OSU Veterinarians Warn Pet Owners Of CBD Concerns


Friday, February 21st 2020, 11:44 am
By: News 9


An Oklahoma State Veterinarian is warning pet owners about using CBD products to treats their pets. 
 
Virtually everyone wants the best for their pets, especially when they get sick. In recent years with the CBD craze hitting the markets, many pet owners believe that it could be viable option to turn to. However at Oklahoma State they're taking a more cautious approach.
 
"The problem that I have the issue I brought up in the article is that the CBD research from what I know and what I can tell you with a firm scientific understanding has just not caught up yet," says Dr. Lara Sypniewski, at professor at OSU's Veterinary Clinical Sciences.
 
In a recently-penned article, Dr. Lara Sypniewski argues that while she believe CBD could have amazing benefits in the future, for our furry friends there too many variables for it to be a safe alternative at this time. Especially when it comes to the number of strains on the market.

"We have different strains of hemp that are being used. You have different extraction processes, you have different purification processes," she said.
 
Because of the variety, there is extra caution when it comes to our pets. The doctor also emphasizes that what makes it even more difficult is that absorption rates are completely different in animals compared to humans, not just with CBD but with multiple drugs.  
 
"It's very interesting how our physiology's have similarities, but some of the big differences can play a huge role in what drug a veterinarian chooses to treat your pet with, than what your doctors would treat you with," she said.
 
So what are the next steps? Sypniewski hopes that CBD could have amazing benefits in the future, she just believes now is the time for the veterinary community look deeper into its effects.
 
"I would just hate that something I recommended had a negative impact in the short term or the long term," she said.
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