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Is CBD an option for your pet?

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Published on: December 4, 2017

A closer look at CBD

CBD generates great interest among pet industry professionals and pet parents as a leading alternative therapy for health and behavior related problems in companion animals.

CBD, also known as Cannabidiol, can be used to treat seizures, nausea, stress, anxiety, arthritis, back pain, symptoms of cancer and gastrointestinal issues. It is very low in THC (always less than .3 percent) so there are no psychoactive effects. In other words your dog will not get high from either topical or oral applications of the plant. It is legal in every state.


Little research has been done to document the effectiveness of treatment. There is much more anecdotal information available on experiences pet owners have had with CBD and their pets. One Colorado Springs pet parent used CBD oil for his dog and reported that working with his veterinarian, he was able to reduce the use of seizure medication by 75% by supplementing the traditional medicine with CBD. With proper dosage, CBD does not have any of the potential side effects reported with traditional medicines like damage to kidneys and liver disease.

Pet ediblesHigh strung dogs with severe separation anxiety, depression and noise phobias may also benefit from CBD treatments. The oil helps them relax and get through the stressor.

Another pet owner reported the ability to keep her dog, who suffered from severe separation anxiety, out of a crate when she was at work within days of starting CBD oil. She did say that to maintain the desired results she had to keep the dog on a constant, consistent dose of the oil or bad behaviors resurfaced. Read more about fighting BOREDOM as a separation anxiety trigger.


You can buy CBD as topical creams and salves for localized relief of problems like arthritis, skin irritation and sore muscles. You can also buy it as tinctures, edibles and oil for treatment of conditions that impact the entire animal. Oil does provide the highest dose.

CBD oilOil should be provided in equal doses twice daily. Please consult the product label or manufacturer’s web site for dosage recommendations.

Edibles, tinctures, creams and salves can be used when needed to make the pet more comfortable. Start with a smaller dosage than suggested and build up to the recommended dosage. This way, you will give your pet an opportunity to get adjusted to the medication. Look for organic brands that are free from additives to get the best product possible. You should always consult with your vet about brands and dosage before you start a new treatment.

While these products are not a “cure all,” they do open up a whole new set of options. Pet parents who want to explore more natural remedies can consider CBD for their pets.

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