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CBD oil: Is it bad or good for your pets?

Plenty of people swear by CBD oil for their pets, thinking it could calm them down Vets want you to know the oil could actually be harming them

WEDDINGTON, N.C. — Gwynne Coleman feels pretty sure the dogs in her family are benefiting from CBD, or Cannabidiol, oil.

"Just a calming influence – that’s mostly it," Coleman said.

She’s recommended it to several people, including to her daughter for a dog starting to chew. 

But her own vet, Dr. Ed Faulkner at Weddington Animal Hospital, says he can’t recommend it – as in he legally can’t.

"There are zero animal drugs approved," Faulkner said. "So vets technically cant prescribe or even discuss it because it’s not FDA approved."

He says its really buyer-beware when you buy anything for pets with CBD oil right now. He says you have no idea what other potentially harmful ingredients could be in it.

"There’s no regulation by the FDA, so its kind of the wild wild west in the market out there," he said.

Faulkner said even with CBD oil alone, they have no idea what effects -- good or bad -- it has on animals.

"There's no studies yet on how it reacts with pets either so we don’t really know its benefits," Faulkner said.

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