CBD for Dogs and Cats: How it Can Help
Depression. Seizures. Inflammation. Pain. Low appetite. As a pet parent, you would do anything to help relieve your dog or cat’s suffering. Veterinarian Dr. Doug Kramer learned this when Nikita, his Siberian husky, was battling cancer and whimpering with pain. After taking medical marijuana, she experienced pain relief and her appetite returned, according to this article in the Journal of the American Veterinary Association. Nikita even began greeting him at the door again like she used to. Although Nikita eventually lost her battle with cancer, Dr. Kramer became a leading advocate of medical marijuana use in animals after crediting Nikita’s improved quality of life to cannabis.
When Joy Kisselburg’s 14-year-old golden retriever Buddy was diagnosed with osteoarthritis, she watched his energy levels plummet as he became depressed and lethargic. After discussing it with her veterinarian, she decided to try giving him a dropper-full of cannabidiol (CBD) tincture twice daily to see if it would help. CBD is one of over 85 active cannabinoids found in cannabis that has significant health benefits.
Within weeks, Buddy was back to playing ball and running down the beach near his San Diego, California home. Kisselburg still can’t believe the difference.
“He has more energy now at 16 than he did as a puppy,” Kisselburg said about her experience using CBD tincture for Buddy’s condition.
Many veterinarians hear testimonies from pet parents about how medical marijuana has improved their dog and cat’s quality of life. As interest in the use of CBD continues to grow in the medical community, more pet parents are considering its use for common health conditions in their dogs and cats.
How CBD Works in Pets
Research from the National Cancer Institute shows that “cannabinoids activate specific receptors found throughout the body to produce pharmacologic effects, particularly in the central nervous system and the immune system.” By imitating compounds our bodies naturally produce, called endocannabinoids, CBD may help inhibit cancerous tumor growth and reduce pain.
All animals (except insects) have the same endocannabinoid system (ECS) that humans do, and the ECS has receptors in nearly every tissue. While activation doesn’t always guarantee reduced symptoms, our pets can experience many of the same benefits from CBD for various health conditions that humans do.
When to Consider CBD for Your Dog or Cat
While Cannaviri can’t make any specific health claims on CBD for pets, veterinarians who recommend CBD products and medical marijuana for pets typically focus on these common pet health conditions:
Joint pain or discomfort
Immune system function
Overall quality of life
While CBD hemp oil is non-psychoactive and safe for pets, veterinarians caution that cannabis toxicity can occur in cats and dogs. It’s important to use a specially formulated CBD product for pets that doesn’t contain high THC, the naturally occurring compound in cannabis that produces a “high,” to avoid side effects like vomiting, increased anxiety, and even hallucinations.
Even when considering a CBD-only product for your dog or cat, it’s important to follow dosing guidelines for a safe and effective experience. While veterinarians cannot legally prescribe CBD for their patients, they can recommend a suggested dose based on pet weight and health condition.
Cannaviri’s goal is to help pets (and humans) feel better and start a conversation about the benefits of CBD on health and wellness. We’ve partnered with a veterinary team to bring you the healing power of nature through our high quality CBD hemp oil products specially formulated for your dog or cat. To check out our high quality CBD hemp oil tinctures, capsules, and ejuice, visit our shop now.