Should You Give Your Dog CBD Oil?

It seems like CBD oil is everywhere these days. It is undoubtedly the new health craze, but what about for your pets? We can tell you there aren’t as many studies on CBD oil and its effect on dogs than how it affects humans, but we’ll break down the available research for you so you can have the knowledge to make the right choice when it comes to your furry family members.

In July 2018, the first clinical study analyzing the effects of CBD oil on arthritic dogs was published in the journal, Frontiers in Veterinary Science. The research from Cornell University found CBD oil decreased pain and increased comfort and activity in the majority of dogs they studied.

A Colorado State University study looks at the effect of CBD oil on dogs with epilepsy. Researchers found the majority of the dogs that received the CBD oil treatment had a reduction in frequency of seizures. The Colorado State University study is ongoing and if you’re interested, your dog can be a study participant.

Those are the two major studies on CBD efficacy in treating dogs. So far all the research is more positive than negative, it looks like CBD oil won’t work for all dogs, but works for most depending on what is ailment is being treated. After all, CBD oil is being used to treat anxiety, lack of appetite, headaches, etc. in humans. 

Veterinarians in most states aren’t allowed to prescribe or recommend a cannabis-derived product for a patient even if they think it works. There are so many loopholes to jump through to conduct this type of research there’s a lack of studies on the subject. There are some studies that focus on the toxicity of marijuana to animals, but marijuana has THC in it. THC is highly toxic to dogs. Experts say to avoid THC altogether when it comes to dogs. That means make sure the CBD oil you give your dog is strictly hemp-based. Cannabis derived from the hemp plant has essentially no THC. 

So that leads us to - should you try it on your pet? There is a low risk of harm to your dog, but a high possibility of return as long as you follow product dosage guidelines and avoid THC. There is a problem though. The research needed to determine the correct dosage for dogs has not been done yet, but manufacturers have knowledge behind their recommendations. 

Make sure the CBD oil you give your pup is made specifically for dogs. There are plenty of brands in the marketplace that make CBD oil just for dogs. The benefits could be huge depending on the issue you are attempting to treat.