No doubt you’ve seen or heard about pet CBD. Every pet store in your city probably has a version of it both topically and as treats. There are questions to be answered:
● Do Cats and dogs need a different kind of CBD than humans?
● Is the dose the same for cats and dogs?
● What’s the best type of CBD to give my pet? Treats or oil?
There is a significant amount of evidence that points to CBD's effectiveness and we're going to take a look at those in this article as well as answer your questions. The following organizations and Veterinarians (DVM) have researched and have provided cases of evidence-based improvement when using CBD on dogs and/or cats:
We’re Starting to Put it Together:
The Effects of CBD Oil For Dogs and Cats is Similar to Humans.
A Note on The Benefits of CBD in Cats and CBD for Cats Research:
Many of us out there are looking for answers. Does CBD oil help cats with arthritis? Or, does CBD help cats with cancer? A simple google search would produce a ton of articles. They'll tell you how CBD for cats helps with everything from anxiety to seizures.
The truth is none of those tests have been performed on cats.
We're assuming that they'll be affected the same way but nothing has been attempted. Aside from the research in general being done on mice, rats and in bigger cases dogs with promise, we still need more.
The benefits of CBD in cats still hasn't been effectively looked at. We do know that cats have the same endocannabinoid system as humans, so of course they would be affected by it. We just need to know if CBD oil for cats would be as effective for arthritis as it was in dogs, for example. Even in CBD for dogs, the amount of studies are pretty low but they all conclusively point to the same results which is considered a significant finding.
As of 2020, we still don't have a definitive study on CBD for cats. We're looking forward to more, and the while the future looks promising, we'll have to wait and see!
One of the largest and most significant studies for CBD in dogs with arthritis was performed by Cornell University. Their findings revealed a few key points:
How Much CBD Should You Give Your Dog?
Dr. Karen Gellman (DVM, PhD) of Cornell University talks about the range of dosing found for pets in the CBD industry
"Though each individual animal’s response may vary, four levels of CBD dosing are generally used in pets:
Dose (per kg body weight) indications
● Micro (0.1 mg/kg) — anxiety, fear, stress, behavioral issues, mild pain, muscle tension
● Medium (0.2-0.5 mg/kg) — osteoarthritis, moderate pain, muscle spasms
● High (0.5-1.0 mg/kg) — moderate to severe pain, neurogenic pain, degenerative myelopathy, tremors, idiopathic epilepsy, diabetes regulation, IBD
● Ultra (1.0-5.0 mg/kg) — refractory epilepsy, anti-neoplastic, refractory pain, hospice care"
Click here to use our dog dose calculator-
This would be the dose for moderate to severe pain
1- Dogs eliminate CBD slightly quicker than humans and so they should be taking CBD twice a day.
2- The ideal therapeutic dose for dogs is a range from 0.1mg per kilogram all the way up to 5mg per kilogram depending on pain level. (our calculator is set to 2mg per kilogram)
3- Dogs (like humans) will absorb more CBD if it's placed in food and/or the dog has a full stomach.
2mg/kg is a pretty healthy dose of CBD. This means that if you have a larger dog, CBD oil is much more cost effective than dog treats that are usually lower doses than the oil. The cost per milligram of oil is generally cheaper than a dog treat, although we do have both treats and oil for dogs.
We know that humans take CBD differently than dogs (see our guide here)
In truth, veterinarians are not allowed to prescribe CBD to dogs or cats. CBD cannot be regulated as a supplement since it is an active ingredient in a prescription medication for pediatric seizures (Epidiolex).
And, because it's neither a supplement nor a medication, it falls into several gray areas and the veterinary community usually tip-toes around CBD. However, there are several vets that educate themselves and are strong advocates of the CBD compound.
Check out some of our favorite articles for more research:
Here is what we take away from these articles,
Dogs and cats suffer from the same things humans do. Cancer, arthritis, anxiety and pain all happen to us both.
While we can't make any claims about what CBD can do just yet, we can say that it has been researched for several decades on humans and mice. The dog and cat studies are only just starting to come around.
CBD oil is a natural product that will continue to be used in the future and will grow exponentially as time passes.
There are countless articles of universities and vets studying this more and more. The New York Post wrote this article on scientists doing CBD research for animals, and the future is bright with others. The Veterinary Info. Network (VIN) states that Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine secured funding for research and clinical testing. There will undoubtedly be more on the horizon as states continue to legalize CBD oil’s widespread use.
The research for dogs and cats will only become more prevalent as the passing of recent legislation in December's 2018 Farm Bill allowed hemp to be farmed and sold in all 50 states to include CBD oil. There are much more studies on the benefits of CBD oil for humans, obviously.
The quality of CBD oil comes in to question very frequently. It is extremely important to validate the lab tests of the product when shopping for CBD oil for cats and dogs. If what you’re looking to purchase does not produce laboratory testing results, DO NOT purchase that product. There are too many people trying to make a quick buck and turning out a low-quality product. Do your research and make sure that you’re only supplying your loved one with the best products on the market!