CBD and Pets

CBD and Pets

As we have discussed in previous blog posts, CBD has shown a wide range of benefits to humans, but did you know that CBD has also shown similar benefits in your furry friends? 

Well we’re here to tell you it does. In fact, CBD has been increasing in popularity amongst pet owners as more information arises about the natural benefits it provides. Today we are going to explore types of CBD recommended for your pet, the benefits, studies that support these findings and lastly the safety of CBD and pets. To learn more about CBD and pets including studies that have been done and safety, keep reading:

Types of CBD

To review, the two most popular forms of CBD include CBD isolate and full spectrum. CBD isolate is CBD in its purest form containing 99% CBD. This is achieved by removing all of the Hemp plants compounds, leaving CBD as the only active ingredient. This form of CBD is the strongest, meaning a little will go a long way.

On the other hand, full spectrum CBD contains an array of different cannabinoids and does contain trace amounts of THC (< 0.3%).

Full spectrum may not be advised for pet use due to the trace amounts of THC. Although the < 0.3% is not enough to cause your pet to feel the psychoactive ‘head high,’ and is still considered safe for animals, it may be recommended that you use CBD isolate when looking into products for your pet. 

The most common types of CBD for pets come in similar forms to those that you may have seen for human use including oils, topical creams and in the form of edibles (aka chewable treats).
CBD Benefits in Pets

As with humans, the benefits of CBD in pets vary from one to the next. 

CBD’s benefits on certain ailments go hand in hand with pets and their owners and below we have listed a few:

  • Anxiety 
  • Pain 
  • Inflammation
  • Seizure control
  • Improved quality of life

Studies of CBD and Pets

Research about CBD and humans is much more prevalent than CBD and pets, however studies that have been conducted show promising results. This has also prompted the scientific community to dive even further into the effects of CBD on pets.

In 2018, a study was conducted where researchers administered transdermal CBD and oral CBD to healthy dogs in the form of oil beads, CBD infused oil and topical CBD, over the course of six weeks. 

  • Half of the dogs received 10 mg/day
  • The other half received 20 mg/day
  • Oral infused CBD showed highest plasma concentration
  • Higher plasma concentration was also shown with higher doses of CBD
  • Showed to be tolerated well by dogs- no adverse side effects

Another 2018 study showed that CBD oil was correlated with a significant decrease in pain and increase in activities in osteoarthritic dogs.

2019 study showed that majority of veterinarians felt positively and supported the use of CBD for pets.

Is CBD safe for my pet?

A study conducted by the World Health Organization suggests that CBD has a good safety profile and is generally well tolerated. It is also mentioned that CBD does not show any signs of causing dependence. 

Dogs and cats have endocannabinoid receptors just like humans, which means they respond to CBD in a similar fashion. This explains why the many benefits CBD can have overlap between humans and animals. However, dogs have a greater amount of cannabinoid receptors in their brain, which makes it even more important to ensure that there is little to no THC in their medicine (circling back to why CBD isolate may be the best option for your pet). 

Like with any product, though, we recommend consulting with your vet to determine proper dosing and to see if CBD is the right choice for your pet especially if they are taking other medications that can cause drug interactions.

If your pet is new to CBD, we also recommend starting with a low dose and upping it as needed. This can be done by cutting the CBD infused treats in pieces, or if using an oil, adjusting the dose drop by drop.