Veterinarians are not legally allowed to recommend CBD oil for their furry patients, at the moment. But this may change as more pet owners welcome it to their list of acceptable veterinary treatments for dogs and cats.
Why? Because there is anecdotal evidence among pet owners that the substance CBD may be useful for certain symptoms of their feline and canine children. The key there is to know which symptoms respond well to CBD oil dosages.
Here are some signs that show it is permissible to give CBD oil to your dog or cat. (After all, CBD oil is known to be safe for use in dogs and cats with the right dosage).
1. Evidence of Chronic Pain Due to Osteoarthritis
There was one study of 16 dogs who were experiencing chronic pain due to their osteoarthritis. These dogs also showed multi-joint pain. These pets were given CBD oil as the treatment of choice for the clinical trial.
The results showed that more than 80% of the cannabidiol dogs did improve while on CBD oil, with quality of life increasing and pain levels seemingly decreasing. (These have prompted Cornell University which hosted the experiment to explore other ways of determining the potential benefits of CBD).
2. Evidence of Physical Symptoms of Stress
Your dog or cat may be under a lot of stress at the moment, due to various factors (such as moving from one home to another). If your dog or cat feels stressed out, it may exhibit these symptoms:
• Faster Heartbeat
• High Blood Pressure
Although stress can cause anxiety, it is possible to relieve at least some symptoms to a moderate degree by giving them CBD oil. In fact, CBD has always been associated with lowering anxiety levels in humans. This means using CBD in pets is just making a leap of faith that what worked for anxious humans may be helpful for anxious pets.
3. Evidence of Separation Anxiety
A dog or cat that has gotten used to your being at home all the time may become a candidate for separation anxiety when you have to commute to work again. You know your pet may be heading that way when it displays symptoms such as:
• Prolonged Wailing
• Prolonged Barking
• Prolonged Yelping
Another sign that your pet is experiencing separation anxiety is when you come home after work to find it has decimated your indoor shoes or other objects it could reach. Though annoying and often inconvenient, this is a sign that your pet really misses your presence at home.
Fortunately, a mild dose of CBD oil may help calm down an otherwise stressed-out pet. You have a choice between giving CBD prior to your commute to work or after you get home. The point is to give a minor dose only so that your dog or cat is not heavily sedated but is calm enough to accept that this is the new routine now.
For even more information on separation anxiety in dogs, I recommend checking this article – how to help a dog with separation anxiety.
4. Evidence of Seizures Related to Epilepsy
Another study of 16 dogs prone to seizures due to epilepsy showed that almost 90% of the treated dogs had fewer seizures when given CBD. This is promising news since veterinarians do not have other drugs which may be as effective at controlling the incidence of seizures in dogs.
(This study done in Colorado State University may remind you of the proven efficacy of an FDA-supported CBD-based anti-epilepsy drug named Epidiolex. Epidiolex is the only CBD-based product so far to gain the nod of the FDA. It is usually given to epileptic children who have the two rare kinds of epilepsy).
If you want to help your dog or cat cope with symptoms of their illnesses or disorders, there is much anecdotal evidence that CBD oil may be helpful.
However, don’t be surprised if your pet’s veterinarian doesn’t provide a recommendation of CBD oil dosage, no matter what the ailment or health issue is. This is because there is very little clinical evidence about CBD, how it works, and what side effects can crop up.
But this does not mean that CBD oil is a dud. Actually, it may just mean that veterinary science researchers need to do more clinical studies about CBD in general and its relationship with pet wellness. This will help produce more research findings about the effectiveness of CBD oil for pet symptoms. There may come a time when medical research will have enough supporting evidence to back up claims the CBD oil is the right solution for your pet’s health issues.