(WKRG/ CBS News) –The Alto family’s pet, Kogi, doesn’t like it when they leave him alone.
“It’s worse when we both leave together,” said Kelly Alto.
Alto says after researching online how to help Kogi’s severe separation anxiety, she and her fiance decided to try hemp oil, a cannabis-based supplement for pets.
“Before using it, we would be able to hear him like squealing and barking and jumping up and scratching on the door, and since using it we would be able to get down the hall and not hear him freaking out,” said Alto.
Several companies are now making pet products that use CBD, one of the active ingredients found in hemp and cannabis plants that can affect mood, health and bodily functions. The health claims include relieving pain and anxiety and reducing seizures in epileptic animals.
The products do not contain THC, which gives marijuana psychoactive effects.
Dr. Jonathan Salkind, a holistic veterinarian, is concerned about cannabis use in pets. “An anecdotal story isn’t enough evidence to give it to a lot of animals,” said Salkind.
Dr. Salkind does not prescribe cannabis to his clients because he believes more research is needed on its effectiveness. He also warns the FDA has not approved the products for animals.
“As there’s more money in cannabis and marijuana, I think we’ll get better studies which can really show us what the potential is, because there is potential, but it’s early,” said Salkind.
Alto believes the effects for Kogi have so far been positive.
CBD products from hemp, not marijuana, are legal in every state. Most can be purchased online.