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Should you give your pets CBD? A Houston veterinarian offers pros and cons

What pet owners should know before giving CBD to their furry friends

HOUSTON – “CBD is a promising new therapy for many conditions from anxiety, pain, illness, even seizures and cancer. But it’s under development and as we know, a quick cure could turn to have long term negative consequences,” said Dr Jennifer Hennessey, veterinarian with Animal ER of NW Houston, who suggests pet parents to talk to a veterinarian about questions and before using any CBD products on pets.

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For animal guardians who want to know if CBD can be of use on their furry friends, Dr Hennessey listed the following pros and cons to help them decide.

PROS                                                                 

  • It is believed to have healing benefits for pain relief
  • Calms anxiety when pets are nervous or over-excited            
  • Helps for appetite stimulation for un-motivated eaters who need to gain weight after an illness or surgery
  • It may not be a good if the pet is already on a medication        

CONS

  • Proper research still needs to be completed
  • No FDA regulations.
  • Products on shelves have not been found “officially” safe
  • Excess THC can be toxic to pets
  • Veterinarians cannot “prescribe” CBD to patients
  • Products are not labeled well enough for pets  

To see Dr Hennessey complete interview, watch the video above.