Cannabis for pets offers promise but vets urge caution

Cannabis products aimed at pets are producing excited testimonials from owners and warnings from veterinarians who caution against turning cats and dogs into guinea pigs by giving them products that have not been properly tested.

While hemp chews and other treats have been on the market for some time, they have lately been joined by products containing cannabidiol. The oil is extracted from cannabis plants but has no psychoactive properties. But its boosters say it has health benefits for dogs and cats suffering from anxiety, osteoarthritis and seizures.

“Our customers are telling us that it is working,” says Kristina Greco, who works at PAWSitively Natural Pet Food & Supplies in Mission. “Pets have been able to go off the hardcore painkillers, and CBD is easier on their immune systems.”

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