How Does CBD Help Pets?

How Does CBD Help Pets?

CBD for Dogs

In recent years, owners of pets and the veterinary profession have been surprised by the popularity of the CBD oil over-the-counter hemp-based. Cannabis in general has become one of the most impactful natural solutions introduced into modern veterinary practice.

What is CBD or Cannabidiol?

Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is a substance found naturally in the Cannabis plant. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), it is non-psychoactive, meaning it will not produce a “high.”

Research on CBD is in its early stages, but some studies and anecdotal evidence have found great utility in treating conditions in dogs such as the anxiety, pain, seizures, Cancer and Osteoarthritis. Currently, CBD products for pets are marketed as a natural and therapeutic way to treat these conditions in dogs. They are available in a variety of forms, including CBD oils for dogs and topical products.

How much CBD Oil to give your dog?

Every dog will respond differently, so it is important to start with a small amount of CBD Oil, monitor your pet’s results and adjust from there with a gradual increase. Your pet’s weight is also important as a parameter. Follow the manufacturer’s directions.

When giving CBD to your dog, pay attention to the signs of your dog’s reactions. For example, if you give your dog CBD before a fireworks show and find him lying comfortably during the festivities when he would otherwise be hiding under the bed, surely the amount of CBD was effective, or if your dog’s arthritis has been causing him mobility problems, and after about a week of CBD, he is able to run and jump like he used to, then the amount given is working. Always remember that CBD is not a medicine, it is a natural product that you can use, always with the guidance of your veterinarian.

Studies and publications related to CBD for pets.

American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation

Results published in Veterinary and Comparative Oncology, offer hope for canine cancer patients.

Cell cultures of different canine cancers (osteosarcoma, mammary carcinoma, and lymphoma) were exposed to various concentrations of CBD alone and in combination with the common chemotherapy drugs doxorubicin and vincristine. CBD oil caused a significant decrease in cancer cell reproduction in all cell lines studied. The use of CBD extract or Cannabidiol was able to reduce cancer cell reproduction. This is likely due to the “entourage effect,” where the mixture of numerous chemicals seems to work together to produce a greater effect.


CBD for dogs? New research supports the use of canine Cannabis for Osteoarthritis.

Canine Osteoarthritis is an inflammatory condition characterized by pain, stiffness and loss of mobility, which can leave dogs lethargic, irritable and reluctant to play, run or jump. Unfortunately, the condition is very common in dogs. Researchers estimate that it affects at least 20% of all dogs over the age of 1 year, with higher risk for older dogs.

The recent study, published in the journal PAIN, looked at whether different doses and formulations of CBD that could help dogs suffering from Osteoarthritis, and the results suggested that it does.

Researchers from Baylor College of Medicine worked in collaboration with CBD brand Medterra on the randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. While the placebo group and the low-CBD group showed no improvement, at the end of the one-month period, the group of dogs taking higher doses of CBD experienced a significant improvement in their mobility and quality of life.

Frontiers in Veterinary Science

Fireworks noise anxiety study in dogs by University of Kentucky and Lincoln Memorial University.

Canine anxiety and fear of noise are some of the most common reasons pet owners seek information and administer CBD to their pets. As interest and use of CBD in companion animals increases, there is a critical need for research evaluating both the safety and efficacy of CBD use for canine anxiety.

The objective of the study was to evaluate the influence of CBD on behavioral responses to fear-provoking stimuli in dogs (fireworks noise), testing the hypothesis that CBD reduces fearful and anxious responses.

This study was reviewed and approved by the Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) institutional animal care and use committee.


Pain and mobility in pets.

Research conducted on CBD and humans has shown that it can be effective in the treatment of Epilepsy, anxiety, Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD) and chronic pain.

A 2018 Trusted Source study sought to evaluate the safety, anti-inflammatory and pain-fighting properties of a CBD oil in dogs with osteoarthritis. Researchers gave dogs doses of 2 or 8 milligrams (mg) per kilogram (kg) of body weight.

Eighty percent of the dogs showed improvement in their pain and mobility, as measured by two veterinary resources: the Canine Brief Pain Inventory and the Hudson Activity Scale.

Frontiers in Veterinary Science

Safety and clinical efficacy of Cannabidiol treatment in dogs with Osteoarthritis by Cornell University, Colorado State University, and Metzger Animal Hospital.

The study was conducted using two different doses of CBD-enriched oil (2 and 8 mg/kg). Dogs received each of the two treatments: CBD oil (2 mg/kg) or placebo oil every 12 h. Each treatment lasted 4 weeks.

Results: Veterinary evaluation showed a significant decrease in pain and increase in activity with CBD oil. Owners reported no side effects, however, serum chemistry showed an increase in alkaline phosphatase during CBD treatment.

Clinical Significance: This study suggests that 2 mg/kg CBD twice daily may help increase comfort and activity in dogs with Osteoarthritis.

The Washington Post

CBD for pets.

The CBD for pets category grew 946 percent in 2019, according to Brightfield Group,a Cannabis market research firm. CBD, or Cannabidiol, can be used to treat a variety of pet ailments, including anxiety and certain skin conditions. Recent studies claim it can decrease arthritis pain and control seizures.

Some surprising names have jumped into the industry, announcing the development of a line of CBD products for dogs: Martha Stewart, boxer Mike Tyson and famed canine expert Cesar Millan, are on the list.

Colorado State University and Cornell University

Epilepsy and canine osteoarthritis.

Two notable studies are those conducted by Colorado State University (CSU) and Cornell University. The study conducted by CSU involved the use of CBD to treat canine Epilepsy. Although it was a small-scale study, the results were promising, with 90% of the participants experiencing a decrease in seizure activity.

On the other hand, the Cornell study addressed canine Osteoarthritis and the results showed a reduction in pain and improved mobility in over 80% of participants, suggesting that CBD is a suitable adjunctive therapy in the treatment and management of Osteoarthritis. In both studies, minimal adverse effects were observed with the most significant being an increase in serum alkaline phosphatase.

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