CBD first hit the market as a solution for pain and anxiety management for humans. From weed pens for vaping, to CBD pills for managing anxiety, the options are endless. Knowing the right one for you can be a difficult choice, but you’re sure to find a CBD product that complements your lifestyle. The best vape pen may be just a click away! For many, however, the oil form is the best option. It’s popular for its easily controlled dosage and the freedom of mixing it with food or dropping directly onto the tongue. 

Beyond that, the therapeutic use of CBD oil extends out to pets, too. Watching your dog struggle with arthritic pain and thunderstorm anxiety, or your cat excessively clean and lick its fur due to stress can be the worst. Our animal friends are unable to communicate their needs with us directly, which can make it challenging to treat them. 

Medication is available for many animal ailments, and vets are on hand to deal with any issues that arise. However, many people are simply looking for a natural, non-pharmaceutical alternative, which will relieve stress and pain in their pets. For these people, CBD may be the perfect solution. CBD oil, in particular, represents a viable pathway for administering CBD to pets in a controlled and safe manner. 

All the Benefits of CBD Oils for Your Pets

What Is CBD Oil?

CBD is a chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. This compound, when ingested, interacts with the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) in the body. The ECS plays a key role in pain, mood and sleep regulation, as well as many other functions. CBD can calm pain and relieve inflammation by interacting with the neurotransmitters within the ECS system.

Considering the positive effects that CBD oil has on their own lives, people have started to turn to it for the benefits it offers to pets. It’s important to note that although CBD is associated with the marijuana plant, it absolutely will not get your pet (or you!) high. The high experienced when ingesting marijuana is a product of a completely different chemical compound - THC. 

So, what are the specific potential therapeutic benefits of CBD oils for your pets? We’ve pulled together the top benefits, below: 

Appetite and Nausea 

If your pet is experiencing nausea and a lack of appetite, CBD can be a great way to get their stomachs rumblings again! Its been shown to help with vomiting and nausea relief, and could be an easy way to get your pet feeling 100%. 

Reducing Anxiety 

Animals show anxiety in different ways, and their owners must be informed and aware of what behaviours signify anxiety in their specific pets. Common anxiety markers in dogs, for example, are excessive barking, whining, changes in eating habits, restlessness and poor behaviours. 

In cats, a change in behaviour and increase in hiding, aggression and meowing can also indicate anxiety. For many other animals such as reptiles and small mammals, changes in food intake or grooming behaviours are a sign that something’s not right. 

Just like with humans, CBD oil can help relieve anxiety and achieve a sense of calm and peace. Whether your pet has certain anxiety triggers, like fireworks, certain people, or longer-lasting anxiety, CBD oil is recommended as a treatment option. Discuss with your vet and see if this is right for you. 

Seizures and Epilepsy 

Early clinical trial results examining CBD as a treatment for epilepsy in dogs are encouraging. This study found that 89% of dogs treated with CBD experienced a reduction in their seizures.

CBD is a common treatment option for humans who suffer epilepsy but is only just starting to extend out to dogs. This means that it’s certainly a viable option for those looking to avoid strong medicines which are harmful to their pet’s liver.  

Pain Relief 

One of the most common benefits of CBD oil in pets is its ability to affect pain management. This includes inflammation and nerve-related pain, arthritis and mobility pain. While there is not much clinical research on the link between CBD oil and pain management in animals, as it is a fairly new and unregulated area, there is great anecdotal evidence of its efficacy. 

Potential Cancer-Fighting Properties

Though this information is from preliminary studies and anecdotal evidence, it presents an encouraging start. These sources state that CBD may have an anti-tumour effect, which stops cancerous cells from growing and increases the cell death of specific tumour cells. 

Overall, be sure to do your research and ensure that your CBD oil choice is correct for your pet. As the effects of CBD are still being studied, not all companies’ claims are true when it comes to their purported effects. In addition, you should ensure that you choose an oil that is formulated for animals. This is because oil which is not for animals may contain a trace amount of THC. THC is toxic to animals.

(Last Updated On: January 28, 2021)

An Australian Registered Veterinary Surgeon and Practitioner, Bella Medhurst V earned her Bachelor of Animal Science at Adelaide University before going on to study Veterinary Medicine at Melbourne University, from which she graduated in 2017.She has collaborated on honours and PhD projects, and she is working to complete a publication for the Veterinary and Agricultural Faculty of the University of Melbourne.Email: [email protected]