WEST FARGO — Pet owner and CBD advocate David Klier says his dog, Milo, has become a huge fan of CBD treats. Klier gives Milo about a handful a day to treat a number of ailments.
"Whenever we are doing something, (...) or whenever he meets new people, he gets some (treats)," Klier said.
Klier gets the treats from Green Therapy Center in West Fargo. The store carries CBD products that, because of strict regulations, contain 0.3% of THC.
"I probably sell five to 10 treat (bags) a day," said Justin Koller, a partner at Green Therapy Center.
What Green Therapy noticed when the opened a year ago, was that customers had questions about CBD products for their pets.
"I will have a customer come in who buys pet treats to give their pets before they go to the lake," Koller said. So, before that hour and a half road trip, (they) give them the CBDs, the pet is not super anxious in the car (or) just all hyper."
Some who might think about getting some advice from their veterinarian about CBD, may have to think again. Due to federal and state regulations, veterinarians risk the loss of their license to even talk about it.
"Right now, CBD oil is considered a supplement, but because of its bio-active properties and veterinarians are not given federal authority to recommend or prescribe it, we cannot offer advice on it," explained veterinarian Dr. Kevin Dill.
Studies are ongoing, so science-based evidence on CBD products and pets will be out soon. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration could act once more information is available.
Until then, pet owners like Klier will tell his story of Milo's CBD success.
"Pretty much anything you imagine we would take it for, they can take it for," Klier said.
This weekend, Green Therapy Center is raising money for Homeward Bound Animal Shelter. A direct donation, along with a portion of sales proceeds will go the local charity.