Cannabidiol for Pets: What the Studies and Experts Reveal

Cannabidiol for Pets: What the Studies and Experts Reveal

With research into CBD and pets still in relatively early stages, anecdotal evidence and studies have revealed that the supplement could be used to treat anxiety, cancer, pain, and arthritis.

Many CBD-based pet products claim to treat these ailments, so we decided to provide some up-to-date information around this field.

At the time of writing, no CBD products have been officially approved by the FDA for animal consumption. Also, most of the anecdotal and scientific research currently available concentrate on dogs.

Therefore, we will curate the available information for you, moving on to explain any risks or benefits so that you can make an informed decision.

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What Do Veterinarians Think About CBD?

A 2018 survey with 2,131 participants undertaken by the VIN News Service revealed that 63% of veterinarians were asked about CBD products for pets at least once every four weeks.

In places like California, vets have more freedom when it comes to promoting CBD and cannabis supplementation for pets.

In 2018, the state
passed a law allowing vets to discuss the use of CBD and cannabis products with pet owners; this includes potential side effects and toxicities.

Other legal regulations are currently underway. However, it’s still frowned upon for your vet to recommend CBD products, and they almost certainly can’t legally prescribe them until your local and national governing bodies have officially approved them.

In the U.S states where medical cannabis has been legalized, the laws only apply to human healthcare providers. Veterinarians are not legally authorized to dispense, produce, prescribe, or administer cannabis products for use on their animal patients.

Recently, Dr. Stephanie McGrath, DVM, Ph.D., assistant professor of neurology at Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, said:

 “It looks like CBD might have some anticancer effects as well as the ability to ease the side effects of chemotherapy. Whether it actually works against cancer or helps with side effects of treatment, it might have a role in the oncology field.”

Additionally, Dr. Gail Golab, DVM, Ph.D., MANZCVS, DACAW, the chief veterinary officer at the American Veterinary Medical Association, commented:

“There may be value in use of (CBD) products to help support the treatment of epilepsy or osteoarthritis, but the research that’s out there isn’t conclusive,”

CBD-Related Studies in Pets

Also, in 2018, a study was released assessing the safety of CBD for treating dogs with osteoarthritis. During the study, researchers administered doses of 2 or 8 milligrams per kilo of body weight.

Over 80% of the canine participants showed considerable improvements in mobility and pain levels. These results were measured using the Hudson activity scale and the canine brief pain inventory.

A 2019 study revealed that epileptic dogs administered CBD on top of their existing seizure medication experienced a reduction in the occurrence of seizures compared to other dogs given a placebo.

These studies offer an introduction to how CBD could provide medical benefits to the treatment of dogs. However, more studies must be funded and approved in cats, and other popular household pets to establish a wealth of information for veterinarians and pet owners.

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CBD and Pets: Dosage

The previously discussed 2018 study on dogs with osteoarthritis showed that the most effective dose for increasing the comfort and activity levels in dogs was 2 mg per kg of weight.

However, this is only one study, and therefore should not be used as a dependable guideline for CBD dosage in dogs. All dogs are different, with different breeds and sizes responding differently to a variety of medications and supplements.

We recommend starting with a very low dose, monitoring the reaction from your pet, and adjusting accordingly. Although some products will offer dosing suggestions, we recommend reading the results from your pet’s response to the CBD. After all, nobody knows your pet better than you!

Choosing the Right CBD Product for Your Pet

With FDA approval still in the pipeline, there are hundreds of CBD pet products currently available on the market. With such variety, some products will inevitably be more effective than others.

We recommend looking for products that use premium organic hemp and offer analysis certification from third-party laboratory testing. These certifications are proof of the purity and lack of/prevalence of toxins and contaminants in the products.

Here at Enecta, all of our premium CBD pet products are made from organic hemp cultivated in the lush green Italian countryside.

We invest in scientific research, clinical trials, and third-party laboratory testing, ensuring that all of our products are tried and tested before commercial sale.

With over 500 excellent Trustpilot reviews, our customers are our biggest advocates, sponsoring Enecta as a fantastic choice for people looking to improve the life of their pets.

For additional information regarding our product range, click here to contact a member of our team today.

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