We explore CBD for pain and inflammation, CBD's function in suffering dogs, the best CBD for dog joint pain, and the safety of CBD in conjunction with traditional pain medications. CBD oil, derived from hemp, is a new option to help pets who are in pain. The product does not contain THC, the compound that gives cannabis its psychoactive properties.
CBD for Dog Pain
Seeing your dog in pain is not a pleasant experience, and of course, you want to help them in any way you can.
Could CBD for dog pain be a natural alternative to traditional drugs like Buprenorphine, Carprofen, Prednisone, or even opioids like Tramadol and Trazadone?
We explore CBD for pain and inflammation, CBD’s function in suffering dogs, the best CBD for dog joint pain, and the safety of CBD in conjunction with traditional pain medications.
Table Of Contents
- Does CBD work for dogs with pain and inflammation?
- How CBD works to regulate pain and inflammation in dogs
- Acute Pain
- Chronic Pain
- Best CBD for dog joint pain
- Can dogs take CBD with other pain medications?
Does CBD work for dogs with pain and inflammation?
If you have spent time reading our blogs, you are aware of clinical trials and studies about managing canine pain with CBD.
CBD shows properties associated with pain reduction in the mammal ECS (endocannabinoid system), but further studies are needed to understand it fully.
Here are some highlights from available trials, studies, and quotes showing CBD’s potential as a pain reliever.
A Cornell study found that researchers could increase dogs’ comfort levels from arthritic pain using 2 mg/kg of CBD oil twice a day. The results showed a noteworthy decrease in pain and increased activity at weeks two and four of treatment compared to week zero and the placebo group.
Another study by Baylor University found that dogs with osteoarthritis had significantly reduced pain when treated with CBD.
Mark Verdino, MD, stated CBD seems to reduce the reactions of low-level pain stimuli such as mild arthritis.
Fortunately, the sparse trials and studies on CBD do not limit our ability to make good decisions when giving our dogs CBD. The human and canine ECSs function the same way. The similarities open a window into what may be happening in the canine ECS through human studies.
Dr. Gary Richter said there are some differences in how cannabis affects humans and pets, but CBD’s benefits are similar in both species.
Human trials have shown CBD treatment significantly reduced pain. Chris Meletis, ND (naturopathic doctor), discussed a study in which seven kidney transplant patients suffering from pain were given an initial dose of up to 100 mg/day of CBD. Two subjects experienced complete resolution of pain, four had a partial improvement in the first 15 days, and one person did not improve.
CBD oil treatment for pets who are in pain: What you need to know
CANTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – CBD oil, derived from hemp, is a new option to help pets who are in pain. The product does not contain THC, the compound that gives cannabis its psychoactive properties.
Some pet owners have safety concerns, so Help Me Hank’s Hank Winchester took a look at the products and what consumers should know before considering it for their cat or dog.
CBD oil is popping up for sale in a lot of places, including online. Before you purchase any, a Canton veterinarian is warning consumers that there are some things they should know about CBD oil before giving it to their pets.
Derby, a standard poodle, is 12 years old and became a patient of Dr. Michael Petty, of Arbor Pointe Veterinary Hospital, to be treated for pain.
“He’s a standard poodle and he has been coming to see me for quite a long time for acupuncture and he’s taking a drug called Galliprant and it’s been helping him really well. But the owner had noticed about a month or two ago that he just wasn’t doing as well,” Petty said.
Derby’s owner said the dog didn’t want to go on walks anymore and appeared to be in more pain than usual. So Petty added CBD oil to Derby’s treatment plan.
CBD oil is available for pets, but there’s not a lot of research on its benefits.
Petty said a study done at Cornell showed that CBD helped with arthritis pain.
Not all CBD oils are the same, and you want a high-quality one for your pet.
“It’s concentrated from large amounts of hemp so there’s an inherent danger when you’re giving the CBD oil and that it not only concentrates the oil,” Petty said. “It can also concentrate impurities things like uh heavy metals that may have been in the the soil that were taken up by the hemp plant if it was sprayed by a pesticide.”
Pet owners should check with their veterinarian before giving CBD to their pet as there are no dosing guidelines for the product.
Derby’s owner said she saw improvement and she had advice for other pet owners.
“I know you can find it everywhere but I would trust going to your veterinarian and talking to them about it and seeing if it’s gonna, you know — is this right for my dog?” Anne Alexopoulos said.
CBD oil is given orally and can be expensive, but that’s because you want to purchase a high-quality product.
The Food and Drug Administration is aware that some cannabis products are being marketed as animal health products. The agency stresses it has not approved any products and cannot ensure their safety or effectiveness.
The FDA recommends pet owners talk to their veterinarians about the right treatment for their pets.