Dogs and cats are increasingly taking the non-intoxicating cannabis compound CBD as their owners seek to provide relief to their four-legged friends for everything from anxiety to pain and seizures.
The big problem currently is that there’s hardly any data proving CBD helps pets. Small studies have shown CBD reduced the number of seizures in dogs with epilepsy and made dogs with osteoarthritis more comfortable.
A local pet owner stated:
“CBD has had two benefits with him: One is that it has given him relief from his arthritis, and it’s also made him a bit less anxious and a bit more likely to engage with strangers.”
Also a 2018 trial by Colorado State University found that in a group of 16 dogs with epilepsy, 89 percent who received CBD experienced a reduction in seizures. The study — created after its authors received frequent calls from clients and other veterinarians with questions about CBD
was a stepping stone toward a larger epilepsy trial that included 60 dogs. The results of that study will be published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association this June.
In July 2018, Cornell University veterinary researchers announced in Frontiers in Veterinary Science: CBD-based oil appears to provide therapeutic benefits to dogs with osteoarthritis. In a systematic review of 35 dogs with osteoarthritis who were already being treated for lameness at Cornell, they found that a commercially available CBD oil given twice a day significantly improved the dog’s comfort and activity levels.
CBD Marbella says if you are going to use CBD products for your animal, to always consult with your vet first.
“Don’t rush into this option and become the veterinary for your pet,” “Go to your pets vet and that way you can work together to find a plausible solution and a dosage and formulation.”
While it’s great news that osteoarthritis, anxiety and epilepsy symptoms are reduced in dogs and cats, we look forward to more detailed studies being made available in the near future.