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Pet own­ers turn to CBD to ease furry friends’ fears of fire­works

- BY CLARE PROC­TOR, STAFF RE­PORTER cproc­tor@sun­times.com | @ce­proc­tor23 Marijuana · Pets · Pet Health · Narcotic Drugs · Society · Hobbies · U.S. Food and Drug Administration · Lincoln Square · American Veterinary Medical Association · Printer's Row, Chicago, IL · Ravenswood

Ruff Haus Pets in Lin­coln Square has had to dou­ble — even triple — or­ders for CBD pet prod­ucts this month.

“Dogs are really re­act­ing to fire­works, so [own­ers are] buy­ing [CBD prod­ucts] up,” store em­ployee Cas­tor San­tee said. “We try to keep it in stock as much as pos­si­ble.”

CBD, short for cannabid­iol, comes from hemp. It largely lacks the com­po­nent of mar­i­juana that trig­gers a eu­phoric “high” — it isn’t reg­u­lated by the fed­eral Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion — but it does seem to soothe pets’ nerves.

And with com­plaints about fire­works surg­ing this sea­son, many pet own­ers are turn­ing to CBD prod­ucts to calm anx­ious and fear­ful pets spooked by the loud booms.

Dr. John Howe, pres­i­dent of the Amer­i­can Vet­eri­nary Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion, op­poses giv­ing dogs CBD prod­ucts, cit­ing the lack of reg­u­la­tion.

But Dr. David Gon­sky, med­i­cal di­rec­tor and founder of West Loop Vet­eri­nary Care, said some clients say the prod­ucts re­duce pets’ stress, though the ef­fects haven’t been con­firmed sci­en­tif­i­cally.

“The good news is that well-man­u­fac­tured CBD by re­li­able com­pa­nies is un­likely to cause any harm,” he said.

Still, not all pets re­spond well to oils, chewy treats and other prod­ucts con­tain­ing CBD, said Dr. Priya Bhatt, a former pres­i­dent of the Chicago Vet­eri­nary Medicine As­so­ci­a­tion. Some own­ers re­ported pets suf­fer­ing side ef­fects, in­clud­ing vom­it­ing, di­ar­rhea and se­vere lethargy, she said.

Bhatt said it’s crit­i­cal that own­ers sur­vey CBD prod­ucts closely and search for rep­utable brands sold con­sis­tently across stores.

At Ur­ban Pooch Ca­nine Life Cen­ter in Ravenswood, sales have nearly dou­bled, oper­a­tions man­ager Dy­lan Feul­ner said.

“We've had peo­ple com­ing in this week who have never used CBD prod­ucts be­fore,” Feul­ner said. “We’re see­ing more cus­tomers try­ing to stay away from pre­scrip­tions, look­ing for some­thing more nat­u­ral.”

 ?? AP FILE PHOTO ?? Flair the whip­pet looks ready for the Fourth of July, but not ev­ery dog en­joys the bombs burst­ing in air.
AP FILE PHOTO Flair the whip­pet looks ready for the Fourth of July, but not ev­ery dog en­joys the bombs burst­ing in air.

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