CBD oil for dogs: A veterinarian explains the pros and cons
CBD oil is everywhere, and seemingly in everything. You’ve probably heard someone mention CBD, especially if you live with a chronic condition like pain or anxiety, or if you follow Kim Kardashian, who had a relaxing CBD-themed baby shower to celebrate her fourth child with husband Kanye West.
As some states have begun to legalize both medical and recreational cannabis, the market has enjoyed an influx of readily available CBD, including CBD oil for dogs to treat pain, anxiety, to control seizures and more in the family dog.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the many active compounds found in the Cannabis sativa plant. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is another active compound and the most well-known, due to its psychoactive properties — it’s the compound that gets you “high.”
But, much like the use of CBD in humans, not a lot is known about how CBD oil for dogs works – and if it actually works. According to the American Kennel Club, there have been no formal studies in how it affects dogs, and our expert backed that up.
“Does it actually help with pain, or does it just make them not care? We don’t know, but they seem to be less reactive to low level pain stimuli, for example arthritis and things like that, when they take the product,” explains Mark Verdino, MD, senior vice president and chief of veterinary staff at North Shore Animal League America. “And certain anxieties, they seem less reactive to certain things.”
Essentially, CBD is non-psychoactive but has a number of the same medical benefits as THC. This means you can take advantage of the therapeutic benefits for your pet without being concerned they will have the “stoned” feeling that goes with THC – which obviously would be very upsetting for a dog.
“The psychotic ingredient in it that makes people high is not present at CBD oil, and they’re not entirely sure how the CBD, the Cannabidiol, actually works to do the things that they’re claiming that it does,” says Verdino. “We don’t know, but they seem to be less reactive to low level pain stimuli, so like arthritis and things like that, when they take the product. And certain anxieties, they seem less reactive to certain things.”
The doctor shared that he uses CBD for his own dog, a senior who gets jumpy in the evenings, and it seems to relax the animal.
“At night time when the lights are dimmed down, it’s dark out, they don’t see it well in the dark, and he gets a little spooked. And when I give him the CBD, he seems to just go to sleep.”
The question is, of course, how is it working. Verdino says, “So is it helping with the anxiety, or is it just making him drowsy? I don’t know, but it seems to help. So we have a symptom, and it helps with that symptom.”
Could there be risks? At the moment, we don’t know. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved CBD for use in dogs (or humans) and has not issued dosing recommendations, and any medication or supplement carries the potential risk of reaction, so it’s important to try a small dose first and monitor how your dog reacts to it.
Verdino had some words of advice if you choose to give your dog CBD, saying, “I recommend people use a pet-specific product just so that they know that the concentration is appropriate, that there’s nothing else in it to. because look, this is a fairly unregulated industry.” Products include tinctures with a dropper that are easy to use to fill a pill pouch, such as Elevate for dogs. There are also treats available like MediPets CBD Treats, Hemp My Pet biscuits and King Kalm Crunch CBD treats.
And with good reason, as many human friendly CBD products are in gummy form. “There’s really nothing to prevent a CBD company from making it flavored with an artificial sweetener like Xylitol, which is toxic for animals. So I would definitely choose a veterinary-specific product, and I would choose one that seems to be from a more reputable manufacturer,” according to the doctor.
Bottom line? CBD products for dogs – whether oil or in a treat – have been shown to anecdotally help with some issues like pain and anxiety, but too few studies are available to conclusively say they will help. It’s best to talk with your vet about your dog’s specific issues and heed the doctor’s recommendations.
Travel Essentials: 10 Best CBD Oils For Dogs
According to the latest report commissioned by the veterinary charity PDSA, 26% of UK adults own a dog and one quarter of those owners take their dogs on holiday with them. Another UK survey showed that 56% of dog owners said that they choose to travel with their dog as they enjoy their holiday more. In the United States, the latest surveys of pet owners, by the American Pet Products Association, revealed that over 63 million households own a dog, with nearly 50% taking their dogs on vacation by car, plane or train.
A dog with its flight ticket on a Japan Airlines plane in Chiba, Japan (Photo by Richard Atrero de . [+] Guzman/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Most airlines allow small pets in the cabin for a small additional fee if it’s organised in advance. Trains in Europe and Amtrak in the US are happy for dogs to accompany owners too. But this doesn’t mean travelling with one’s pet is smooth sailing, especially at an airport where passing through security is essential. This can be stressful for both dogs and their owners so an effective means of calming an animal is appealing. Likewise, owners look for ways to make a journey with dogs, who get agitated in a car or train, more relaxing. Using a CBD supplement made especially for dogs could relieve some of that tension. The American Kennel Club says that while there’s no definitive scientific data on using CBD to treat dogs, there’s good anecdotal evidence from dog owners on its anti-anxiety impact. CBD (cannabidiol), a compound found in cannabis and hemp, is also touted for its anti-inflammatory properties, cardiac benefits, anti-nausea effects and appetite stimulation. With this in mind, here are ten companies that produce some of the best CBD oils and treats for dogs.
CBD infused dog treats from Verma Farms
1.Verma Farms (oils, treats)
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Hawaii-based Verma Farms sells some of the world’s bestselling CBD oil for dogs. Their CBD dog edibles are also top notch. The highly praised, tasty, CBD-infused steak bites ($59.99 for eighteen 100 mg treats), suitable for mature dogs or pups, are THC free. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound that gives marijuana its psychoactive properties, is to be avoided unless prescribed by a vet. Verma Farms’ CBD is sourced from Hawaiian-grown, pesticide-free Cannabis sativa plants that are rich in nutrients and freshness. While their real beef treats are justifiably popular, Verma Farms also recommends buying CBD for dogs as a liquid so dosage can be adjusted drop by drop and administered in small doses by mixing it into food or treats. Verma Farms’ products are at a premium price for good reason: not all CBD oils are equal. For highest effectiveness, the oil should be organic and THC and additive free. Look at the manufacturer’s certificate. Cheaper options could contain toxic substances such as pesticides, herbicides, or heavy metals.
2.King Kanine (oils, balms)
King Kanine’s most popular CBD oil is King Kalm, with 600 mg of CBD made with Copaiba, Krill Oil and their broad spectrum CBD oil. Priced at $109.99, this product isn’t cheap but everything is organic, pesticide and solvent-free. Each product goes through a rigorous manufacturing and quality-testing process in the United States and is approved by a third-party lab to ensure purity, potency and overall quality.
The newly-expanded pet line from Charlotte’s Web includes botanical blends, unflavored or chicken-flavored oils and topical balm. The oils are available in two sizes,100 ml or 30 ml bottles with a graduated dropper. Also on offer are reasonably priced packages of 30 chicken-flavored chews for $19.99 and hemp-infused balm for sensitive skin at $24.99.
Green Roads is one of the most established CBD companies in the United States. Their CBD range is currently sold in over 10,000 retail locations. Their products for pets are formulated taking the weight of the animal into account as that’s so important for dosage. Green Roads’ CBD pet drops are available in a range of strengths, suitable for small, medium or large dogs.
5. Innovet (oil, capsules, chews)
Innovet’s keenly priced selection includes oil, capsules, chews and even peanut butter for fussy dogs who won’t eat the other products. The oil used in all products is 100% organic, hemp-based phytocannabinoid (CBD) sourced from Oregon and Colorado. Some products are almost half the price of their competitors and the founders explain that this is due to manufacturing all their CBD products in house.
6. Medipets (oils, sprays, treats)
MediPets CBD products are free of THC, easy to use and 100% natural. All MediPets products are pharmacist-formulated, third-party lab tested and made in the USA from industrial hemp oil extracted from organically-grown hemp. After the essential oils are extracted from hemp, the raw extract goes through a filtration, distillation, and refinement process to produce 99 percent pure CBD. Medipets sells CBD beef or bacon and cheese treats and CBD Pet Spray that can be sprayed directly into a pet’s mouth for a quick and easy application.
7.Just CBD (oils, treats)
Available in easy-to-administer tinctures, the oils from Just CBD come in five appealing flavors: beef, bacon, chicken, salmon and tuna. These tinctures are made with pure hemp extract oil and come in three dosages of 100 mg, 250 mg and 500 mg, so that dosage can be adjusted based on dog size and needs. Just CBD also sells steak bites for dogs who are reluctant to consume tinctures.
8. Canna-Pets (oils, treats)
Canna-Pets offer CBD capsules and oil but their organic biscuits are a unique product in this crowded market. The crunchy biscuits, with cannabinoids derived from enriched oil extracts of organic hemp, are available in tasty flavors including turkey, maple bacon or peanut, banana and apple (vegan). Each 227g bag is $16.99 and contains 37-40 biscuits.
9. Paw CBD (oils, chews and treats)
Add natural or peanut butter flavored Paw CBD oil to your dog’s food or use the tincture dropper to administer it orally to your pup. The oils are available in 30 ml bottles in five strengths, ranging from 150 to 3000 mg. Also available are CBD oil crunchy hard treats, great for a dog’s teeth and soft chews in cheese, peanut butter or turkey flavors. All products are considered THC-free, lab tested and made from non-GMO hemp grown using organic farming methods in the United States. Paw CBD offers a 30-day money back guarantee and free shipping within the United States.
10. PureKana (oils and treats)
Offering CBD oil drops in bacon flavor, PureKana also has a popular range of organic dog treats with imaginative flavors like steak and sweet potato, peanut butter and pumpkin and Blueberry and Chicken. The prices are reasonable at $34.99 for 25 treats. Aimed at active and energetic dogs, there are two versions of the treats, one for small dogs, the other for large dogs.
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