Research done on CBD on people has shown how effective the oil could be in treating epilepsy, anxiety, irritable bowel disease (IBD), and chronic pain. However, there are only a few reliable studies showing its effects on canines.
One 2018 study attempted to assess the safety, anti-pain, and anti-inflammatory properties of CBD oil in dogs with osteoarthritis. As a result, 80% of the dogs showed improvement in their pain and mobility, as estimated by two veterinary resources; the canine brief pain inventory and the Hudson activity scale.
Another study followed in 2019, with CBD oil being administered to epileptic dogs. It was found that those given CBD along with the control group seizure medication had far fewer than those that received other medication and a placebo.
While more research is necessary, people have been demanding CBD for their pups and the industry has responded to the call. There are countless CBD products for pets; from treats to creams and oils.
A Colorado State University study in 2018 on canines with epilepsy found that orally delivered CBD oil was more powerful than a cream or gel capsule. It was also concluded that the most effective dose for increasing the dogs’ comfort was 2 mg per kg of weight.
Notwithstanding, this study might be biased as data on CBD dosage for dogs is sparse. This shouldn’t be considered the dosing standard. Every dog responds differently; thus, pet owners should always start small and monitor their dog to gauge what’s right for them.
For pets, it’s best to use products that are pesticide-free and THC-free. Those with only organic MCT oil as a carrier are best for easier absorption. In fact, as a pet owner, you want only the best for your canine and feline family member.