CBD for dogs is starting to become a more viable option for pet owners who have canines that suffer from a variety of wellness related issues. There are no bones about it – sorry had to make the joke – you love your dog and you want them to be healthy and happy for as long as possible. Sometimes it can be hard to know what to do when your pup is having trouble physically or emotionally but you do know that you want them to feel better.
CBD for Dogs: Health Benefits for Specific Problems
There are a lot of claims out there that CBD is the answer to A LOT of health issues that dogs – and humans – suffer from, but there isn’t a large amount of research to backup those claims. However, there are some studies on the benefits that CBD can have on specific ailments – and in classic More Than Hemp style, we are going to look at what these specific problems are and what those studies have shown.
Managing Seizures and Epilepsy
Cannabidiol (CBD) is the most abundant non-psychoactive cannabinoid in the cannabis plant. Animal studies have looked at the effect CBD has on epilepsy.
We do have some information on how it affects humans with epilepsy. This study was conducted after multiple trials on animals were performed. The preliminary results show that CBD may be a promising treatment for epilepsy and it is generally well-tolerated in small doses and participants saw a reduction in symptoms and side effects were minimal. The good news is that as CBD continues to grow in popularity, more studies on how CBD can potentially help dogs are being conducted.
Case in point, Dr. Stephanie McGrath, a neurologist and assistant professor at Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, has completed two clinical studies since 2016. One of which looked at how CBD affects dogs suffering from epilepsy. The results of Dr. McGrath’s studies will be published later this year so there will in fact be more information to dig through in the future.
Although more research is needed, CBD is starting to be seen as a potential option for helping with seizures in dogs.
Dogs suffering from osteoarthritis are usually prescribed nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), but NSAIDs sometimes are insufficient in alleviating pain and can also have adverse effects, particularly in older pets. We will get into the research of if CBD helps dogs with arthritis, but we want to tell you how it helped our dog Bella.
The reason we got into the CBD business is actually because of our own pup Bella. Bella had very severe arthritis and was given traditional medication for a long period of time. When her veterinarian attended a seminar on using CBD oil for pets, she suggested that Bella give CBD a try. It worked wonders for her and now we’re here: offering high-quality hemp products that alleviate various ailments in both pets and humans. Let’s take a look closer look at this growing trend in the CBD industry.
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine conducted a study of 16 dogs with osteoarthritis. The results were extremely promising. Researchers found that their results showed a significant decrease in pain and an increase in activity at weeks 2 and 4 during CBD treatment compared with pretreatment baselines and no side effects were reported by the dogs’ owners. Although this was a small study, it was found that 2 mg/kg of CBD oil twice daily can help increase comfort and activity level in dogs suffering from osteoarthritis. This explains why Bella felt so great after taking CBD!
Anxiety and Stress
Many studies have shown that CBD can help manage the symptoms of a variety of mental conditions, including anxiety – we have written about how it affects human anxiety already, but let’s see how it affects anxiety and stress in dogs.
Just like humans there are a multitude of reasons that dogs get anxiety. It could come from anything, but the most common reasons are:
- Separation anxiety when their owner leaves the house
- An illness or an injury that causes pain
- Infectious diseases or toxic conditions
- Fear from a terrifying experience
Is CBD the answer to making your dog feel more at ease? In 2015, a team of researchers reviewed CBD and its role in treating anxiety.
The review included both studies conducted on lab animals (mice and rats) and clinical trials conducted on humans.
Both sets of studies showed that CBD produced unique anxiety reducing effects and could help control generalized stress-induced anxiety and obsessive behavior. Overall, existing preclinical evidence supports the potential of CBD as a treatment for anxiety disorders. Is it a treatment? There is not enough research to confirm that, but the outlook does look promising for dogs and humans alike.
Reduced Nausea and Vomiting
Many of us have woken up to that noise – you know the one – that guttural dry heaving coming from your dog at 2am…for some of us, it is too regular of an occurrence.
You should become concerned about your dog’s nausea and vomiting if they are also experiencing appetite loss and diarrhea – if they are just eating too much grass outside because they are bored and throwing it up later, that is a problem we are not qualified to tackle.
There is a some evidence that shows that CBD is a successful in controlling both nausea and vomiting while also stimulating appetite.
When CBD enters the body, it interacts with the endocannabinoid system which is present in all mammals. A 2012 study published in the British Journal of Pharmacology found that, by indirectly activating the 5-HT1A (or 5-hydroxytryptamine-1A) serotonin receptor in the brain, CBD reduced nausea-like behavior in rats and shrews.
Another study showed that activating CB1 receptors at these sites for prolonged periods of time, CBD is able to reduce the intensity of nausea as well as reduce vomiting.
No specific studies have been performed on dogs, but this information lets us know that it can be effective in reducing nausea and vomiting in other animals.
Is CBD Safe for My Dog to Ingest?
All of the studies above have shown that participants – human and animal – experienced mild side effects if any while taking CBD. However, you should consult with your veterinarian before you give CBD to your pet. They will be able to tell you if it will affect current medications and what dosage is ideal for your furry friend.
Is CBD Right for Your Dog?
Studies on how effective CBD is for dogs suffering from these specific ailments is limited to say the least, but the existing studies on other mammals lets us know that CBD has the potential to help with specific issues that many dogs experience. Every dog is different and how CBD affects your dog might be different than how it affected your friend or neighbor’s dog, but the research is showing that it is definitely worth a shot.
One of our goals at More Than Hemp is to make it possible to buy hemp derived CBD oil – and other CBD products easily and with confidence. We strive to provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision for your dog.
Disclaimer: Always contact your veterinarian first if you are concerned about your pet’s health. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. CBD products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The information presented on this website is not advice and is not a substitute for advice from a healthcare professional. Information provided does not constitute a professional relationship with Dr. Leigh Randa, PhD. Always consult with your doctor/veterinarian before combining CBD with your current treatments or medications. CBD should not be used as a substitute for medical treatment.