CBD oil can also potentially benefit pets suffering from seizures and appetite loss. (Photo: Pixabay)
If you are a pet parent, try CBD oil; it is therapy for your fur buddy
But how does it benefit pets?
Just like us, our pets also face bouts of anxiety. “Thunderstorm, separation, or car anxiety can have a grave impact on their health. In extreme cases, pets might try to run away or jump out of the window. Vet-prescribed oral usage of CBD can eventually calm them down,” he says.
“Over the years, CBD oil has had its share of misconceptions. But it’s time to bust those myths. It is widely believed consumption of CBD oil creates a ‘high’ like effect or causes intoxication. But the truth is, CBD doesn’t have THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), another cannabinoid with psychoactive properties,” explains Dr Dilip Sonune, director of Veterinary Service, Wiggles.
Though there are some topical treatments, CBD oil is typically administered orally to dogs, and giving the correct dosage is imperative. “As is the case with any medication, success has everything to do with dosing,” Dr. Richter says.
Because there is a theoretical risk of drug interaction, as with any medication, you should consult your veterinarian first before treating your dog with CBD.
Pet parents and veterinarians alike are naturally wondering whether cbd for dogs, in the form of products such as cbd oil for dogs or cbd dog treats, can provide the same benefits.
THC Dangers for Dogs
Because CBD shares metabolic pathways with anti-inflammatory drugs, it makes sense that it would help with certain inflammatory conditions (anything that ends with -itis is an inflammatory condition).
The only FDA-approved cannabinoid product, Epidiolex, could theoretically be prescribed by a veterinarian for epilepsy in dogs, although this would likely be cost-prohibitive. Because it is FDA-approved, though, the CBD content of this product would be accurate, unlike most other CBD products on the market.
Overall, CBD itself seems to be incredibly safe in dogs and cats. However, numerous scientific papers have found that when given at the recommended doses, CBD does cause an elevation in an important liver value on bloodwork called alkaline phosphatase (ALP).
CBD-based products, however, may help improve your dog’s quality of life when used in conjunction with other therapies.