The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), which approves pet food ingredient definitions, addressed the issue at its January 2017 meeting, Dzanis said. “AAFCO has subsequently issued guidelines to note that to date, no hemp-based ingredients have been defined or otherwise sanctioned for use in animal feed, hence any inclusion in a feed or pet food would be objectionable to state feed control officials.”
Yet pet treats are not subject to the same regulations as complete pet diets; pet supplements fall into an entirely different category under US law. How these regulations and laws apply to CBD even in treats and supplements is still unclear, but that hasn’t dampened demand from consumers and pet retailers for the products.
Sales of CBD pet products doubled in the US from 2014 to 2016, according to MJ Freeway, a data analytics firm referenced by Polly Mosendz in a December 2016 article on Bloomberg.com. Interestingly, the article lumps CBD in the same category as THC, even questioning the ethics of “getting the dog high” (paraphrasing a quote from a senior vice president of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).
Lack of research, regulatory approval
Unsurprisingly, manufacturers are taking note. “We started with one vendor approximately two years ago, and now we have many to choose from,” said George Richter, co-owner of a pet store in California, USA, in a May 2017 Pet Product News article.
“CBD oil is highly recognized as a natural way to heal the body with pain and inflammation, as well as support the nervous system, digestive system and many other tissues in the body,” said Clare Christensen, key accounts sales manager for Rush Direct, quoted in a March 2017 article in Pet Product News. Rush Direct offers a CBD oil-based supplement for dogs in treat form, Canabits CBD.
Members of the pet industry enthusiastic about CBD cite many positive benefits – or at least what they believe to be its benefits. To date, most evidence appears to be anecdotal, with little scientific, published research. Proponents claim CBD helps pets with pain management, hip and joint issues, inflammation and other issues.
Other CBD and related pet treats on the market include Endexx Phyto-Bites, Barkables, Auntie Dolores Kitchen Treatibles, Barkworthies Pumpkin Cannabidiol Treats and Healthy Hemp Pet Products CannaNatural. The number seems to multiply every few months, along with the offerings of pet supplements featuring CBD. Just google “CBD dog treats” to see for yourself.
Choosing the best dog food can be a mystery to many. While a lot of people know that the right dog food is important, not many understand what’s actually in it. We are here to unveil some mysteries behind dog food and to explain why finding the right dog food is essential to keep your dog healthy. Also, we will be going over why CBD dog food might be the addition you need to get your dog feeling his/her best.
Yes, buying your dog high-quality dog food can make your dog much healthier. Diet is just as important for your dogs as it is for yourself. Thus, it’s important to find dog food that is tailored for their breed, size, and age. Also, you need to factor in their dietary restrictions based on any allergies they may have. Finding the right dog food can make a big difference in your dog’s health. The majority of dog foods you’ll find being sold in the marketplace are much healthier to serve your dog than human food.
What’s In Dog Food?
You’ll also have a lot fewer chances of serving your dog food that causes allergies. Some dogs are allergic to certain ingredients . For instance, some are allergic to eggs, dairy, soy, or even wheat. When you purchase prepared dog food, you won’t run into a lot of these issues if you stick to brands that create formulas without these ingredients.
There are a lot of potentially toxic ingredients that you could be consuming that you’ll need to avoid. Unfortunately, these are common ingredients in meals we consume daily. These ingredients can include but aren’t limited to chocolate, artificial sweeteners, grapes, macadamia nuts, onions, and even garlic. You don’t have these same problems when you purchase prepared dog food. After all, the food is specially made for dogs.
CBD comes directly from either the cannabis or hemp plants. It occurs naturally in these plants and is only one of the many different compounds they contain. There are two primary compounds in the plant that get a lot of attention. THC is the compound present in higher levels in the marijuana plant that can have mind-altering effects. It has psychoactive properties that can make whoever uses it feel a ‘high sensation.’ This isn’t something that CBD does. Instead, CBD can produce similar substantial changes in the body without the side effect of feeling high. Thus, it’s seen as a good alternative for those seeking some of the benefits that marijuana can offer without the intoxication.
Given that we’ve all been staying home lately, it seemed like a good time to talk about our four-legged friends and CBD. In fact, if I think about it, I first saw hemp-derived CBD (Hemp CBD) “in the wild” at my local pet store here in Seattle. Now CBD is so ubiquitous that I hardly notice it sitting on the counter when I pick up dog treats.
The FDA regulates pet food labeling but has a powerful partner. The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) establishes model labeling regulations which are in turn implemented by many states. AAFCO is a non-profit, non-governmental agency that doesn’t have actual regulatory authority over pet food. Instead, it is an important advisory body that works with the FDA. AAFCO members include state agencies, the FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine and the Candian Food Inspection Agency.
New animal drugs are subject to pre-market approval. The FDA requires that sponsors of new drugs establish that the drug is safe and effective. At this time the FDA has not approved any drugs for animals.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken a position on Hemp CBD in pet products that is very similar to its position on Hemp CBD in food. CBD products intended to have a therapeutic benefit or intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease are drugs under the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The FDA has sent warning letters to manufacturers of Hemp CBD pet products who made such claims. There is no equivalent to dietary supplements for animals, so structure-function claims about Hemp CBD also can classify pet products as drugs.
But not every state follows AAFCO. For example, Florida allows for hemp extract in animal feed.