CBD for Pets; Dealing with Heart Disease in Cats on WGN Radio
Can CBD products help our pets? That’s a one of the most common questions asked nowadays. Listen HERE, as on my Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show, Dr. Jennifer Weiss, owner Cubbington’s Cabinet answers.
Dr. Weiss explains CBD and what cannabidiol is in the first place, and why this non-psychoactive ingredient in the cannabis plant may be able to help pets.
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a complex cell-signaling system identified in the early 1990s by researchers in humans. And it turns out, dogs (most especially) and cats have nearly identical ECS wiring as humans. So Dr. Weiss and others realized, if CBD products can help humans it’s at least possible pets may benefit too. Dr. Weiss gave CBD a try with her own dog, and it worked for anxiety related issues far more than pharmaceuticals anti anxiety medication.
Dr. Weiss agrees public interest and even laws remain ahead of the science. For example, in Illinois veterinarians and veterinary technicians aren’t supposed to even legally talk about CBD. What’s odd about that is that the veterinary professionals themselves in Illinois can walk around the corner and buy CBD or marijuana products for themselves. As I put it, “It’s messed up.” We also discuss the published science, which is limited.
Can CBD help pets with anxiety issues, with pain associated with cancers and/or arthritis and/or serve as an anti-seizure product? We discuss this.
Dr. Weiss also offers advice and various tips on what CBD to consider purchasing, and most important what to not purchase.
What We NOW Know About Heart Disease in Cats
Feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a very common cause of death in cats and by far the most common heart disease in cats. Veterinary cardiologist Dr. David Connolly with the Royal College of Veterinary Medicine in the UK says HERE on WGN radio that we may finally be turning a corner; he’s quite optimistic and explains what HCM is, and what might happen to cats with HCM. Dr. Connolly talks about drugs that are currently being used to treat HCM. However, he says, we need to do better and we are moving that direction, greatly due to funding from EveryCat Health Foundation.
I discuss the Ricky Fund, which I created with the Winn Feline Foundation, now called EveryCat Health Foundation, which supports funding to better understand and treat HCM. Back in the day, Ricky performed several times on WGN radio (and as nearly knocked Steve and Johnnie off-the-air), was featured on Paul Harvey’s the Rest of the Story twice and lots and lots of TV stories. Here’s Paul Harvey on Ricky: