The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), which approves pet food ingredient definitions, addressed the issue at its January 2017 meeting, Dzanis said. “AAFCO has subsequently issued guidelines to note that to date, no hemp-based ingredients have been defined or otherwise sanctioned for use in animal feed, hence any inclusion in a feed or pet food would be objectionable to state feed control officials.”
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“The pet product market is very excited about CBD products,” said Brad Solomon, founder/partner of Prana Pets, quoted in the Pet Product News article. “Many retailers want to carry these products, but they are concerned about the legality of CBD. Everybody we speak to agrees about all the amazing benefits associated with this category. Our client testimonials are enough for us. Every client who has tried our CBD products is experiencing positive results.”
Cannabidiol (CBD) interacts with receptors in the brain, central nervous system, and organs and acts as an anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting agent. There are a number of reasons why your pup would need an anti-inflammatory agent. Whether it’s to aid in post-operative care or alleviate pain associated with illness or disease, CBD has been proven to fight inflammation in dogs (and people).
Some veterinarians have even used industrial hemp products (derived from none other than the hemp plant). For instance, there is a cbd hemp oil, called Hempworx CBD oil, that is considered a popular pick to assist during post-operative care. Pet Releaf is another popular CBD hemp oil on the market. What’s more? Hemp seed oil is loaded with essential fatty acids, omega-6s and omega-3s. It’s a win-win!
However, there are veterinarians that support THC-free hemp supplements for animals. Miami-based veterinarian Dr. Patricia Khuly, VMD, has recommended hemp supplements to her patients, and has even made homemade versions using hemp oil for her pets. “I find they can be somewhat effective as part of a well rounded chronic pain protocol,” she tells Leafly—though she has never used them for pet anxiety or improving fur and skin. “Hemp oil sounds interesting for use in the same way fish oil would be implemented for these other indications,” she adds, “especially for my vegan clients who prefer to source non-animal based products for their pets.” She would like to see more research first, though.