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CBD for Pets 101: Everything you Need to Know

As with any pet wellness trend, when it comes to CBD oil for pets, there’s a lot of information floating around the internet, and it’s difficult to know what’s accurate and what’s exaggeration.

Of course, you want to do what’s best for your pup, which leads to the question: What do I need to know about CBD oil for dogs?

What Is CBD Oil?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound found in cannabis and hemp. In most cases, such as ours, CBD oil does not contain delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound that gives marijuana its psychoactive properties. In fact, most CBD products are derived from hemp and not from marijuana.

How Does CBD Affect Animals?

CBD affects animals in way very similar to humans, scientists have shown that it interacts with the bodies endocannabinoid receptors located in the central and peripheral nervous systems, which helps to maintain healthy and stable bodily functions ranging from brain function, digestion and even skin health.

Dogs also have more cannabinoid receptors in their brains than humans, meaning they require a much lower dosage. As with any new treatment we strongly recommend starting as small as possible and gradually building the dosage to safely gauge their response to CBD.

What Dog Health Problems Can CBD Oil Treat? Pain

As with other anecdotal evidence about CBD, you don’t have to look far to find stories of dogs in extreme pain who purportedly found relief through CBD.

Many pet owners who praise the benefits of CBD will say that it helped reduce their dog’s pain and corresponding anxiety or immobility. These claims should not be discounted — nor believed blindly — on face value, but it’s one of the main reasons vets are so eager to study the possible medicinal uses of CBD in pets.

Thanks to the Cornell University study mentioned above, we now have legitimate and valid scientific data to show that CBD does in fact provide significant pain relief to dogs with osteoarthritis.


Many dogs have a fear of loud noises such as fireworks, thunderstorms, or vacuum cleaners. Other dogs are scared of cars, strangers, large bodies of water, or even other animals. Dogs often have a very physical reaction to their fears and may show they are scared by cowering, hiding, shaking, whining, or showing signs of aggression.

Research has found that CBD helps manage anxiety by changing the brain’s receptor response to serotonin.

Symptoms of anxiety in your dog can also be an indication of pain or physical discomfort. Whether it’s joint pain, or genetic chronic pain, they may become lethargic, irritable or show other behavioural changes. Witnessing your beloved family member in pain can be distressing for any pet owner.


Canine epilepsy is the most common cause of recurrent seizures in dogs. Unfortunately, the medications used to treat epilepsy, such as phenobarbital, potassium bromide, diazepam, and other anticonvulsant drugs, can cause serious side effects in some dogs. Even with medication, up to 30 percent of dogs with epilepsy continue to experience seizures.

The is a host of anecdotal evidence suggesting that CBD is highly effective in animals just as it has been proven to be in humans. The Colorado State University published a study showing a correlation between CBD administration and reduced seizures in dogs, 89 percent of dogs who received CBD in the clinical trial had a reduction in the frequency of seizures.

The AKC Canine Health Foundation (AKCCHF) recently announced a major clinical trial to study CBD as a treatment for drug-resistant epilepsy in dogs.

Potential Side Effects

While there’s no scientific data on the side effects of CBD usage for dogs, there are potential side effects based on how CBD affects humans (likelihood of side effects reduced with proper dosage, see below).

  • Dry mouth: Research has shown that CBD can decrease the production of saliva. For dogs, this would manifest as an increased thirst.

  • Lowered blood pressure: High doses of CBD have been known to cause a temporary drop in blood pressure. Even though the drop is small, it might create a brief feeling of light-headedness.

  • Drowsiness: Dog owners have used CBD to treat anxiety. The calming effect of CBD can also cause slight drowsiness, especially when using higher doses.

Dosage Guide

To minimize any potential side effects, make sure you are following the proper dosage:

Risks of Using CBD Oil for Dogs

Any medication or supplement carries the risk of a reaction. It is always advisable, when giving your dog something new, to start out with small amounts and then closely monitor the effects. And always check with your veterinarian first.

CBD Products on the Market

If you and your veterinarian decide that you should try CBD as a treatment for your dog, there are a few things to keep in mind when purchasing CBD oil. Not all oils are the same; you’ll want high-quality CBD oil to have a better chance of it working.

  • Look for organic. If the CBD oil is not organic, it at least should not contain pesticides, fungicides, or solvents.

  • Don’t only shop based on price. Higher quality and purity are usually associated with a higher cost. A cheaper option could contain toxic substances such as pesticides, herbicides, or heavy metals. Make sure your CBD oil is free of additives.

  • Buy CBD as a liquid. You can buy dog treats containing CBD, but the best form to administer is an oil or tincture. This way, you can adjust your dog’s dose drop by drop.

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