Pets Need Healing, Too

August 8, 2018
2 mins read

If you’re like many folks confused about hemp-based products for pets—or if you’ve never heard of such a thing—you’re not alone. Rumors about hemp travel through the pet community, and it’s important to get the facts. Veterinarian Dr. David Bressman spoke with me about hemp and how giving hemp-based products to pets can help them in a number of ways.

Davi: What is hemp and why is it safe for many pets?
Dr. Bressman: Hemp is a member of the cannabis family, but there are no psychoactive reactors. In other words, hemp is NOT marijuana. This means you can safely give pets hemp without getting them high, and they’re able to take advantage of its many medical benefits.

What conditions can be treated with hemp-based products?
Hemp-based products are now being used to treat pets who suffer from pain, anxiety and seizure disorders.

What are the risks?
In general, as long as the hemp is from a good source with no contaminants or pesticides, it’s considered safe.

What are the benefits?
Some pet owners claim it controls pain, arthritis, anxiety and seizures without affecting kidney and liver function.

Are there side effects to hemp dog treats?
The only side effect I’ve seen from hemp treats is occasional gastrointestinal upset.

How quickly does hemp work once it’s in the animal’s system?
I use hemp primarily for pain control and typically see a response within the first week.

What is the recommended dosage?
The recommended dosage determined by a study at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine is 2mg, [depending on the animal’s size, weight, and other factors. Check with your vet for details].

Is hemp good for every pet?
It’s not a cure-all for every pet, but it has many health promoting properties most pets could use.

Do veterinarians recommend these products?
Whether veterinarians can legally prescribe hemp for patients remains to be determined in many states, but I do think in time there will be more hemp products used to treat pets. Several companies are already manufacturing these products and promoting them at veterinary conferences. I believe the value will rise in the future and we’ll find more purposes for hemp products in veterinary medicine.

Why is hemp oil so popular now?
Hemp oil is getting attention from veterinarians and pet owners due to its nutritional value. It’s loaded with fatty acids, antioxidants and proteins. When I discuss hemp products with clients, I get very little pushback—many are pleasantly surprised by the results.

Hemp is a remarkable substance, but it’s not a mystery. There’s hard science behind how hemp works, and why it works for. It’s also known to be one of the most nutritious superfoods in the world; not just people, but pets, too, can reap hemp’s many benefits. Another plus? Hemp has a natural ability to calm animals, ideal for supporting pets in stressful situations, like fireworks or car trips.

As research continues to discover the benefits, people are learning hemp is a safe, natural and effective alternative to drugs or surgery in treating health issues, to maintain quality of life for pets.

Please consult with your vet.


Davi the dachshund always carefully researches any health treatment his mom uses.

Folio is your guide to entertainment and culture around and near Jacksonville, Florida. We cover events, concerts, restaurants, theatre, sports, art, happenings, and all things about living and visiting Jax. Folio serves more than two million readers across Jacksonville and Northeast Florida, including St. Augustine, The Beaches, and Fernandina.

Current Issue


Submit Events




Current Month

Follow FOLIO!

Ruined, Phase Eight Theater Company, WJCT Television Studios
Previous Story

DUAL CRITICS REVIEW: Phase Eight Theater Company’s ‘Ruined’ at WJCT Television Studios

Next Story

Ann Wilson chats about Stars Align Tour with Paul Rodgers and Jeff Beck

Latest from Imported Folio

Pandemic could put Jaguars’ traditions on ‘timeout’

Lindsey Nolen Remember the basketball game HORSE? Well, on Thursday nights during the National Football League regular season the Jacksonville Jaguars’ offensive line comes together for their own version of the game, “CAT.” They’ve also been known to play a game of Rock Band or two. This is because on

September Digital Issue

Attachments 20201106-190334-Folio October Issue 6 for ISSU and PDF EMAIL BLAST COMPRESSED.pdf Click here to view the PDF!

The Exit Interview: Calais Campbell

Quinn Gray September 10, 2017. The first Jaguars game of the 2017 NFL season. The Jacksonville Jaguars, who finished the previous season 3-13, are looking to bounce back after drafting LSU running back Leonard Fournette with the 4th round pick in the draft. The Jaguars are playing the division rival,