With the widespread use of CBD products around the world, pet owners are naturally wondering if CBD oil can be good for dogs.
In this article, we share everything you need to know about the benefits and risks of CBD for dogs.
THC or CBD for dogs: which is better?
Both of these products are popular, but have very different effects. THC is a hallucinogen with intoxicating properties, and there is no consensus on its benefits and risks. THC is illegal in Lithuania and many other countries because of the potential risks.
Veterinarians warn you should never give products with THC to dogs and other pets. The psychoactive effects of this cannabinoid in animals have not been properly studied and can pose serious risks to the pet’s health and even life.
Meanwhile CBD, or cannabidiol, is a totally different story. It is a cannabinoid that does not have intoxicating, depressant or other psychoactive properties. It is valued for its soothing, anti-inflammatory effects. Experts say that CBD-based products can help improve your dog’s quality of life.
Why is CBD oil a good choice for dogs?
CBD is often recognised for its benefits in the treatment of various conditions, including pain, arthritis, aggression, anxiety, seizures and even cancer. Considerable practical and scientific evidence supports the benefits of cannabidiol for pets.
Here are some cases where you should try CBD:
Osteoarthritis, often abbreviated as arthritis, is a degenerative disease that affects the joints: they wear out, become immobile, stiff and painful. It becomes difficult for the pet to move or run. Joint pain significantly affects the pet’s quality of life.
Unfortunately, this is one of the most common inflammatory conditions in dogs. One in four dogs will be diagnosed with arthritis in their lifetime, and by some estimates, as many as 60% of dogs exhibit some degree of the disease.
Research has shown that CBD can provide substantial pain relief in dogs with arthritis. CBD oil should be given twice a day at appropriate doses. Before doing so, consult with your veterinarian.
In dogs, seizures can be triggered by many underlying conditions, but epilepsy is a fairly common cause, just like in humans.
It is a neurological disorder characterised by recurrent attacks of the central nervous system, sometimes convulsions or loss of consciousness. It is a chronic disease you have to live with for the rest of your life.
Studies show that CBD oil can benefit dogs with epilepsy. Research has shown that CBD can significantly reduce the strength and intensity of seizures.
Like seizures, the term ‘cancer’ is an umbrella term for many oncological diseases. Each has its own treatment options and CBD will not replace them. However, it can significantly improve the quality of life of a dog with cancer. Many studies have been conducted with people suffering from oncological diseases. CBD has been found to help with secondary symptoms of cancer and chemotherapy, such as:
- Lack of appetite;
- Fatigue, insomnia;
- General weakness.
While research on the use of CBD in dogs with cancer is still limited, the apparent benefits of cannabidiol have been found by tests on rats and ferrets. It suggests that dogs undergoing chemotherapy may benefit just as much from CBD treatment.
Stress and anxiety is a condition that often affects dogs. It can arise for many reasons, the most common of which are changes in the daily routine, e.g. the owner’s departure, a change of environment, the appearance of a new pet at home, etc. A disease, inflammation or other ailment can also provoke anxiety in a pet.
In any case, CBD oil is beneficial in managing canine anxiety. In theory, it’s possible that by reducing pain and inflammation, CBD could indirectly reduce anxiety caused by pain or inflammation.
Different types of CBD oil
Full-spectrum CBD oil. It includes the full spectrum of cannabinoids found in the hemp plant and contains very small quantities of the hallucinogen THC. This product is perfect for humans, but since it also contains THC, it may not be the right choice for your pet.
Broad-spectrum CBD oil. It’s a CBD extract that contains all the other beneficial cannabinoids except THC. This product is just as safe, but has a stronger, more intense effect than CBD isolate. If you want to give your pet CBD, you should consider using this particular type of extract.
CBD isolate. It’s the simplest and purest form of CBD. Pure CBD isolate products do not contain other cannabinoids, flavonoids and terpenes, also derived from the hemp plant. Of all the three different types of oil, CBD isolate has the mildest and weakest effects.
Does CBD oil have any potential risks for dogs?
That being said, there are reports of CBD side effects such as drowsiness, slow movement, constipation or diarrhoea, but these symptoms usually occur when a pet gets more than the recommended dose of CBD. These effects are temporary and go away on their own.
CBD can interact with certain medications given to your dog, so you should inform your vet about the use of cannabidiol. Your vet will assess your pet, consider the risks and tell you what doses of CBD oil are safe and effective in dogs.