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What Pet Owners Should Know about CBD

free marijuana 2CBD, or cannabidiol, has become a popular supplement for humans and pets in the last few years. Many claims are made purporting a variety of benefits, from pain control to anxiety treatment. Current, but very limited research suggests possible uses for pain and seizure control in dogs, with a relatively wide safety margin.


What is generally not advertized are the murky legal issues surrounding this drug, and the wide variations in quality and safety of products on the market. Neither the federal nor Minnesota state law allows CBD to be sold as a supplement, but little to no enforcement seems to be taking place at this time. Because of this, none of the products sold will have undergone oversight by the MN Department of Health or any other governmental body. This means a product may contain only a fraction or none all all of the advertized drug, and could also contain unwanted microbial, chemical and pesticide contaminants.


Pet owners should be cautious when considering use of a cannabidiol product. The label should be checked for a common artificial sweetener called xylitol which is extremely toxic to dogs. CBD can alter the metabolism of many commonly used veterinary prescription drugs, including fluoxetine, gabapentin, ketoconazole and phenobarbital. Regular use may also alter the effects of common anesthetic drugs. One of the recent studies has found that CBD can impact the liver, and cause an elevation in a liver enzyme called alkaline phosphatase in dogs.


So when you are walking down the supplement isle of your local pet store, please consider some of these factors before experimenting with your pet’s health.

May: The Ragdoll

ragdoll freeHistory of the breed: The Ragdoll is a relatively new breed of cat.  Developed in the 1960's by a breeder named Ann Baker in Riverside CA, her kitty, Josephine and Josephine's sons, Daddy Warbucks and Blackie, are the origin of this special breed of cat.
If you research the history of the Ragdoll, you will soon discover that there was a lot of controversy and drama around the creation and popularization of this breed of cat.  Ann Baker's dream was to franchise Ragdoll catteries and she got paid a royalty fee for every kitten sold.  She was very keen on promoting this new breed of cat.  As time went on, however, her claims about the breed became outlandish.  She promoted the Ragdoll as being immune to pain, having a human gene in them, and even went so far as to say that they represent a link between humans and space aliens. 
Another set of breeders, Denny and Laura Dayton, came on the scene several years after the inception of the breed.  Their goal was to legitimize the breed and promote them for what they are, exceptionally docile and friendly companions. 
The fact that Ragdolls have acheived world wide popularity is a testament to the fabulousness of this cat.  Had this breed not been so exceptional in their nature and beauty, it likely would not have survived the controversy of it's origins. 

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