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Dr Reneé – CBD for Pets?

By Reneé Rumrill, DVM, Pet Editor

[October 2019 | San Juan Silver Stage]

It has become increasingly common
for pet owners to give CBD in various forms to their pets for a variety of conditions. “CBD,” short for cannabinoid, are molecules produced by the cannabis plant family. Not to be mistaken for THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana, CBD found in supplements are from hemp plants, which are required to have less than 0.3% THC in them.

There is a lot of excitement about CBD’s potential to treat many illnesses. But we truly know very little about it from a scientific and medical standpoint. To start with, the cannabinoids are a family of molecules, not just one. Researchers are just beginning to identify them. It is expected that each CBD molecule will have its own unique qualities. Questions that need to be answered: Which CBD molecules are effective for which diseases? What is the amount or dose that needs to be given? How is it absorbed and metabolized in the body? Does it have harmful side effects?

Researchers at Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences are currently studying how CBD might help dogs with epilepsy. Recently, the first CBD medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for rare forms of epilepsy in people was put on the market. A preliminary study at CSU had promising results and a second study is underway. Another study showed a reduction in lameness in dogs with arthritis.

Any drug cannot work if it is not absorbed by the body. It has been shown in studies in dogs that CBD in oil is superior to other forms.

FDA-approved drugs have to meet stringent requirements for purity, concentration, and safety. At this time, all CBD products marketed for pets are not required to meet these standards. As a consequence, there can be a great deal of variation in quality of these supplements. Pet parents are advised to research a brand before using it on their pet. Your family’s veterinarian may have specific companies to recommend, making your search easier. Many veterinarians are excited about the potential of a natural plant-based treatment for illnesses in pets. We wait for more studies to come.

Vista Animal Hospital is proud to serve pets and pet parents in the Montrose region. Dr. Reneé Rumrill is a Colorado State University graduate with two decades of experience in treating four-legged family members.

AltaVista Animal Hospital.  1845 E. Main St. 970-249-8185.  Visit us online.
Ope 8 am – 5 pm, Monday – Friday. 9 am – 1 pm Saturday. Closed Sunday.

Purrfect Pets—Cats

November is “Adopt a Senior Pet Month” at Second Chance Humane Society.

Second Chance Humane Society

[October 2019 | San Juan Silver Stage]
My name is Gadget and I am looking for a new home, since my lifelong family moved out of state, and brought me to the Second Chance Humane Society Shelter. This situation has hurt my heart, so I am hoping to find a new home quickly where I will feel loved and safe forever. I am an 11-year-young handsome boy and am very bonded to my brother Sam (who is with me at the shelter).

If you have a warm and comfortable home, where I can stay inside and greet you, while willingly receiving rubs and sharing purrs, come meet me today!

November is “Adopt a Senior PET Month.” But as a senior cat, I decided that every month should be “Adopt a Senior Pet Month.” And so it is.

Adopting a senior pet is actually ideal for many mature adults. Whether you are an active person or a homebody, we are so less needy than our younger counterparts, and have learned to let go of bad habits and demands.

But that does not mean we won’t get lonely, if you do not pay attention to us; some felines crave companionship so much that they will experience stress and even separation anxiety if they are left alone too often or for too long. But this is easy to prevent.

Start by “catifying” your home into an enriched environment with cat trees, window perches, and other things that can enhance your kitty’s well-being. Most importantly, when you are home, you should invest quality time in creating a strong bond with your cat, because we not only need your companionship and love, but we thrive on it, much more than you will probably ever know.

While you’re gone during the day, leave the radio on, and for overnight trips (which are best to avoid doing for several weeks after bringing home a new cat), hire a pet sitter who will do more than just feed your cat and clean the litter box.

Second Chance Humane Society.  177 County Road 10, Ridgway CO.  970-626-2273 Website
Shelter open Tuesday – Saturday. Animal Resource Center, Cat Castle, Dog Pen. 11 am – 6 pm.
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Ridgway, 309 Sherman Street (HWY 62). 970)-626-3233, Mon. – Sat. 10 am – 5 pm. Sun. 12-5 pm.
Telluride, 335 W. Colorado Avenue (Main Street). 970-728-1100. Open 10 am – 5 pm daily.