There is honestly nothing we wouldn’t do for Fido right? (Or Sparky, or Howie or whatever name you have chosen for your beloved four-legged friend.) That is why a growing number of owners are turning to CBD to help their pets.
Here, in a nutshell, is what we can tell you about the use of CBD for pets.
How Does CBD Help my Pet?
Not surprisingly, many of the same conditions that people suffer from, animals suffer from as well. So, CBD can and has been used with both humans and pets to help conditions like:
- Stress and Anxiety
- Cancerous tumors
It is also used to promote and promoting general well being and homeostasis (balance) in humans and pets. The fact is, humans and all animals (except insects) have an endocannabinoid system.
But Remember — Pets Are Not Humans
That seems pretty obvious right? Even though pets and their humans often look like one another they should not get the same dosage of CBD.
The fact is, a lot of pets weigh a lot less than the average human. Since Fido does not weigh the same as your Uncle Joe, Fido’s dosage will be less. If Fido does weigh the same as Uncle Joe, you have a different problem on your hands. Or perhaps you have a very large dog, or possibly a very small Uncle Joe.
But it is not just cats and dogs that can benefit from CBD. In fact a variety, other species like ferrets, rodents and monkeys can also benefit. So no matter what sort of pet you have there may be benefits for them. Unless you have a pet grasshopper, then you will have to work out a different plan for “Hoppy’s” anxiety.
Just as experimentation may be required to get the right dosage for you, so it may be for your pet. Find a veterinarian with some knowledge of CBD to help you work out the right starting dosage. Some have encouraged their vet to do research on CBD and its benefits for their special brand of patients.
What does Research Say About CBD for my Pet?
Last year, a researcher at Colorado State University studied CBD for dogs with epilepsy. The purpose of this research was to determine whether the positive results CBD has had in treating children would hold true for canines. In order to participate in the trials, dogs had to have been diagnosed with epilepsy, be receiving conventional anticonvulsants, and experience seizures a minimum of two times per month.
Dr. Stephanie McGrath, a neurologist at the university’s teaching hospital found the following. 89% of the dogs who received CBD in clinical trial showed a decrease in the frequency of seizures.
CBD, Fido, and The Great White North
Cannabis has gotten so much attention among pet owners that veterinarians have taken notice. In fact, the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CAVM) called upon Health Canada to let pets use CBD as well as medical marijuana.
“The CAVCM is working closely with the CVMA to encourage Health Canada to amend the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) to include veterinarians and our patients, and to permit the future classification of CBD as a Veterinary Health Product.”
In one recent CAVM article it is noted that studies have shown that dogs are much more sensitive than humans to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). They are doing some cutting-edge stuff for their “puppers” up there in the Great White North.
THC Toxicity and Dogs in Colorado
Another study on THC and dogs conducted in the U.S. found some additional insightful information.
An American study in 2012 reported increased rates of toxicity seen in dogs living in Colorado, a state with recent legalization of cannabis. In fact a four-fold increase in toxicities was reported between 2010 and 2015. However, a more recent review of calls to the ASPCA Poison Control Center revealed that even in the U.S. states where cannabis was not yet legalized, there are also increased calls related to THC toxicity. It has been suggested that this pattern may be a result of the general shift towards cultural acceptance of cannabis use, and the growing use of cannabis edibles (which is the leading cause of intoxication in dogs).
So the lesson here? Keep your THC edibles (if you do that sort of thing) away from Fido or Fluffy, lest they end up getting sick.
However, in the case of CBD, the same article goes on to state: there is currently little research to know thresholds for toxicity (if any), although the data that is available suggests that it is well tolerated by animals and produces few side effects.
Ready to Give CBD a Try?
If you are interested in giving CBD a try for your four-footed friend, visit our starter tincture page and give us a call. It is always best to consult with your vet on the appropriate dosage, starting low and increasing while monitoring the effects.