Is your dog elderly, anxious, or suffering pain from a recent surgery? Do you want to help them with their symptoms using CBD like you would do with yourself? Although no definite answer has been given by science and vets remain in a grey area, but hopefully there will be enough information here for you to make a more-informed decision.

Is it safe to give a dog CBD?

It’s safe to say that most vets wouldn’t encourage you to give your dog a product that is heavy with THC, which could be very dangerous for your pet. However, because CBD doesn’t contain the component to get high, veterinary colleges have been doing research to see if CBD would have the same adverse effects.

How about pain relief? A recent Cornell study has given legitimate and scientific data to show that CBD does in fact provide pain relief for dogs, especially for osteoarthritis in older dogs.

What conditions can it help with?

  • Anxiety
  • Nausea
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Epilepsy
  • Pain

Many pet owners, although their review is not backed by science, say that it has helped their dog’s pain and immobility.

What do Vets think about this?

Sorry to say, but this is another inconclusive answer. Because of the legal sanctions around cannabis, they have little means to study the potential benefits. In fact, a vet could possibly lose his/her license if they recommend CBD to their patients.

However in 2018, the governor of California signed Assembly Bill 2215 into law, which allows vets to discuss cannabis for pets with their clients. Hopefully, more states, especially those in which cannabis is legal, will sign similar laws.


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