What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) has become more widely available for pets over the past few years, and we receive many questions about whether CBD is helpful or harmful to senior pets. First, let’s explain what CBD actually is because many people confuse it with marijuana. CBD is a compound found in the cannabis plant which contains less than .03 of the THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana responsible for the “high.” So these are different products; when we speak about CBD it should not be confused with marijuana – you are not going to get your dog stoned if you give them CBD.
What are the benefits of CBD for Pets?
CBD for pets may help senior pets increase mobility, decrease anxiety, and may help some pets sleep better. Certain illnesses like arthritis, dementia, seizures, or anxiety have shown some positive results with CBD treatments. Some owners have reported that CBD has helped their pets with dementia to sleep better, pets with arthritis to move around better, and pets with anxiety to chill out and relax. Although extensive research does not exist and although these results may vary from dog to dog, some owners swear by CBD as an alternative or in conjunction with traditional pharmaceuticals that might otherwise wreak havoc on the liver and kidneys over time.
Are there studies about CBD for pets?
There are a couple of recent, noteworthy studies that have tested the efficacy of cannabidiol. One study in 2018, done by Cornell University, tested pharmacokinetics, safety, and clinical efficacy of cannabidiol in osteoarthritic dogs. The results were overwhelmingly positive, showing no observable side effects. The study further showed significant decrease in pain and increase in activity. Another study from 2019 showed that CBD may be an option for dogs who suffer from seizures.
What to know before you buy CBD for your pet?
Anytime you consider giving your pet something new to ingest, it is a good idea to speak with your vet because there may be interactions to consider or it may not be appropriate for your situation. Your vet should always be your first line of defense in your pet’s care. Another thing to consider is which formulation you may purchase. CBD chews are a better way to administer it than other formulations. It’s also important to start with a small dose to see how your pet responds. Before you purchase CBD for your pet, be sure the formulation you are purchasing was developed for pets because many human CBD products may contain xylitol which can be toxic to pets and should never be given to pets.
Below are a few products to consider if you are thinking about CBD for your dog. We do not endorse these products, but rather provide them here for informational purposes. Always consult with your vet before giving your dog anything new.
According to the website, these chews are powered by the best premium NASC certified US grown hemp extract (with naturally occurring CBD) and are softer and easier to portion. These soft baked chews include superstar botanical ingredients like optimized turmeric extract and come in three sizes for simple and consistent dosing.