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DENVER, CO -  Colorado is one of several states where recreational and medical marijuana are legal.

Some smoke it for fun, others use it to treat ailments from glaucoma to seizure disorders.

But some Colorado residents are turning to medical pot to treat their pets.

Kathy Walsh reports.

(nat sot CHIARA SUBHAS) "I've been a fan of dogs my whole life."

Bobo, Bandit, Maya and Misty ...four of more than a dozen dogs Chiara Subhas and her husband have rescued.

They adopt senior dogs ... Like 14 year old Leo.

(CHIARA SUBHAS) "You good boy."

But the little Pomeranian started having seizures.

(CHIARA SUBHAS) "Just violently shaking, his mouth is open his eyes are rolling back he's drooling."

Chiara tried changing his diet.

Then went to pot.

(CHIARA SUBHAS) "We were suggested by our vet in boulder that we try a medical marijuana product for our dog."

The product is called "Canna Companion".

Leo started on 2 capsules a day.

(CHIARA SUBHAS) "Shortly after his seizures definitely decreased."

On the company website ... "Canna Companion" is listed as hemp supplements for cats and dogs.

It's basically a unique blend of cannabis with low t-h-c ... The ingredient that gets you high.

There are more than a dozen testimonials ...

Cancer stricken Harley's "happy purrsonality came back immediately!"

And Chiara's boulder veterinarian writes ... The capsules have helped Titus, her 13 year old Great Dane, be "comfy and mobile".

(SARAH BRANDON/Veterinarian) "It's not going to cure cancer it's not going to stop seizures from happening but it can help."

Veterinarian dr. Sarah Brandon stops short of making medical claims. She is co-founder of the supplement company out of Washington State.

In february, the fda warned "canna companion" and similar companies to remove unproven health benefits from their marketing.

SARAH BRANDON "It's one more tool in our toolbelt and we firmly believe that veterinarians and pet parents should have it available to them if they should choose to use it."

But the FDA warned "consumers should beware purchasing and using such products."

(CHIARA SUBHAS) "I personally am not a big fan of the F-D-A, so I would not worry so much ... I don't worry about that at all."

Veterinarian Dr. Debbie van pelt isn't ready to recommend cannabis for cats or hemp for hounds.

(DR. DEBBIE VAN PELT/VETERINARIAN) "I just think that we don't have the evidence right now to document what is safe and what is effective."

Dr. Van Pelt believes there may be potential in medical pot for pets and she understands why owners try it.

(DR. DEBBIE VAN PELT/VETERINARIAN) "Because people love their animals and they are looking for ways to give them better quality of life."

Chiara Sue Bahs sees the change in Leo.

(CHIARA SUBHAS) "He's more alert overall he seems just more comfortable."

She gladly spends 75 dollars a month to keep her aging Pomeranian a happy pup.

Kathy Walsh CBS 4 News

Medical marijuana is legal in 24 states and Washington D.C.