Cannabis and CBD are being used to treat various ailments and medical conditions. Following the legalization of cannabis in Canada more and more research continues to emerge supporting the use of cannabis for these ailments. This has extended to our furry friends. Pet parents and veterinarians alike are using CBD for pets and finding positive benefits. We hear lots about CBD for dogs but CBD can also be great for our fussy furry felines.
Whether your pet has cancer, seizures, or anxiety, CBD can serve as an alternative medication to help treat symptoms. Here’s everything pet parents need to know about cannabis oil for their pets.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabis compound that has significant medical benefits. Though CBD not psychoactive therefore does not produce the ‘high’ that people experience with THC. The fact that CBD-rich cannabis is non-psychoactive or less psychoactive than THC-dominant strains makes it an appealing option for patients looking for relief from inflammation, pain, anxiety, psychosis, seizures, spasms, and other conditions without disconcerting feelings of lethargy.
Scientific and clinical research underscores CBD’s potential as a treatment for a wide range of conditions, including arthritis, diabetes, alcoholism, chronic pain, PTSD, depression, anxiety, epilepsy, and other neurological disorders. Further evidence suggests that CBD is safe even at high doses. (source)(source)
Read more on our education portal to see how CBD is effective in treating and managing symptoms for many of these common ailments.
How does CBD work for your pets?
As of right now, there is little formal research studies directly relating to our canine or feline pals. What scientists do know is that cannabinoids interact with the endocannabinoid receptors located in the central and peripheral nervous systems, which help maintain balance in the body and keep it in a normal healthy state. It seems as though this is the same process for our furry friends as it is for us.
As the anecdotal evidence to support the safe use of CBD, not only for humans but also for our pets, increases the more research will be conducted to support the safe use of these products. The Cannie Health Foundation has announced funding for clinical trials relating to drugs resistant epilepsy in dogs, which has been FDA approved for humans. Read more about that trial here.
What Ailments Can CBD Treat?
There’s anecdotal evidence from dog owners suggesting it can treat pain, especially neuropathic pain, as well as helping to control seizures. And according to Dr Klein, CBD is also used because of its anti-inflammatory properties, cardiac benefits, anti-nausea effects, appetite stimulation, anti-anxiety impact, and possible anti-cancer benefits
(source). Dr Klein is the American Kennel Clubs’ (AKC) Chief Veterinary Officer. AKC Vet’s Corner
Possible Side Effects
There American Kennel Club has listed a few possible side effects based on anecdotal evidence from pet owners as well as how we see humans react. As always we recommend starting with a small dose, seeing how your pet reacts and then slowly increasing. The possible side effects include:
- Dry mouth: Research has shown that CBD can decrease the production of saliva. For your pets, this would look like 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 lightheadedness.
- Drowsiness: Dog owners have used CBD to treat anxiety. The calming effect of CBD can also cause slight drowsiness, especially when using higher doses.
CBD and other medication
Cannabis does interact with some drugs. So, it’s important to consult with your veterinarian if your pet is already on any medication before starting CBD. Like many medications, cannabinoids are metabolized through the liver, so combining CBD with other drugs may enhance the effects of those pharmaceuticals. Therefore, it may be important to monitor the symptoms and behaviour of your pet for possible medication adjustments.
“We do see the strength of pharmaceuticals increase when dogs are taking CBD, so we can often taper down some of those pharmaceuticals,” Dr Andre says. “For example, CBD often potentiates the effects of antiseizure medications, which is why a lot of times when we combine those with cannabis, we get better control.” Casara Andre, D.V.M., founder of Veterinary Cannabis Education & Consulting. (source)
How to Administer CBD to your pets
Miss Envy has made administering CBD for your pets simple. We have CBD-infused treats for your puppy pals and your furry felines that come in flavours your pet is bound to love. All our treats are 100% fair trade organic, gluten, grain and soy-free and infused with solvent-free CBD. No fillers or artificial flavours. We also have a specially formulated CBD oil supplement that can be dropped directly into their mouth if they are cooperative or added to their favourite food.
Dr Cornelia Wagner, owner of Hawthorne Veterinary Clinic in Portland, OR, is one of the veterinarians opening her mind and her doctor’s office to the idea of cannabis as a safe, effective medicine when dosed properly.
All The Best Pet Care suggests a starting dose of 1 mg – 5 mg per 10 lbs. of body weight.
Cats: 1 – 5mg but consider their size also
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Start with a dose on the low end of the range. Changes usually occur within 30 minutes. If there is no change after an hour, increase the dosage. Note that occasionally improvements will take more than one treatment.
To control pain, give approximately every 8 hours. For other uses, or to break unwanted behaviour patterns, give once or twice a day. Remember that you cannot overdose and there is no toxicity associated with CBD. Dr Wagner suggests that “the upper dose limit for CBD products recommended is around 1 mg/kg/day orally, but one should start with a much smaller fraction of this dose such as 0.05 mg/kg/day.”
Despite these estimates do consult with your veterinarian about the best way to use CBD for your pet as they know your pets needs best. And as mentioned previously CBD can interact with medications so it is even more important to discuss adding CBD to your pet’s health routine if they are already taking some prescription medications.
Can Our Pets Use The Same CBD We Use?
Since our pets have the same endocannabinoid system as we do and CBD doesn’t have any psychoactive effects you could technically give your pet the same CBD tincture you use. Though humans have significantly more cannabinoid receptors than our pets do, not only because of our overall size but also because of our brain to body ratio. So, it’s a lot more complicated than simply decreasing the dose for your pet. Consider the fact that a few drops of CBD oil may be a large enough dose to last you the entire day, how would you reduce this dose to account for the size of your pet?
That’s why there are CBD products specifically formulated for your pets. Just a few drops of the right product and your pet is good to go without overloading their endocannabinoid system (which is what could happen with a few drops of human CBD oil).
Not only that, but CBD Pet Treats recipes are made specifically to appeal to discerning palates of particular pets. So, go ahead and buy yourself some CBD oil, but make sure you buy your pets CBD oil specially made for them (source).
If you are going to try giving your pet some of your CBD oil make sure you do so carefully and do your research. Cannabis supplements for pets recommends using a product made specifically for your pet but also gives some information about how you may go about figuring out the correct dose using your CBD oil.
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