Uptick in fireworks increases demand for CBD pet products

Ruff Haus Pets in Lincoln Square has had to double — even triple — orders for CBD pet products this month.

“Dogs are really reacting to fireworks, so [owners are] buying [CBD products] up,” store employee Castor Santee said. “We try to keep it in stock as much as possible.”

CBD, short for cannabidiol, comes from hemp. It largely lacks the component of marijuana that triggers a euphoric “high” — it isn’t regulated by the federal Food and Drug Administration — but it does seem to soothe pets’ nerves.

And with complaints about fireworks surging this Fourth of July, many pet owners are turning to CBD products to calm anxious and fearful pets spooked by the loud booms and bright flashes of the holiday.

Dr. John Howe, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association, opposes giving dogs CBD products, citing the lack of regulation.


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