There is a lot of chatter in the community about whether or not CBD is safe for pets. With our continued dedication to bringing pet owners resources for caring for their pets in the most natural ways possible, we decided to look into resources distributed straight from the doctors and scientists of veterinary medicine! So what’s the deal, is CBD good for pets? If so, what is it good for?
Legalization of Medical Marijuana
As of June 2022, five states have legalized the medical use of CBD oil: Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, and Wisconsin. Obviously, CBD oil is making an impact in the medical community for easing human pain. What does that mean for pets? While we aren’t big fans of animal testing, it is important that there are studies conducted on animals for products whose intended uses are for animals. How else would we know how it will affect them?
Veterinary Studies on the Impacts of CBD Oil on Pets
So far, the majority of animal-based studies have looked into the impact of CBD on pets with cancer, itchiness, arthritis, anxiety, and seizures. There were promising results for cancer, itchiness, arthritis, and seizures, but not for anxiety. A Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine study found dogs given CBD at a rate of 4.4 mg per pound twice daily for a month showed significant improvement in pain relief and quality of life. Cornell also conducted a study that showed CBD worked alongside chemotherapy drugs to decrease cancer-cell proliferation. When it came to itchiness, an Australian study conducted by the company CannPal found their CBD product reduced itchiness, inflammation, and skin lesions by 51 percent after eight weeks of treatment. Studies conducted for the purpose of testing whether CBD could improve anxiety in pets showed little proof.
Purchasing CBD Oil for Pets
It is important to note that there are very limited regulations on CBD oil for pets. The American Kennel Club said it best with their recommendations for locating vendors: “Look for a product with the National Animal Supplement Council (NASC) Seal of Quality Assurance, and one that has a third-party certificate of analysis that includes potency, lists all ingredients and discloses the possible presence of heavy metals, mycotoxins, or pesticides.” You can never be too careful when it comes to caring for your furry friends. You do NOT want to give your pets CBD oil that contains THC or is formulated for humans.
We say all of this to remind you that nature is our priority as a brand. While we think there is more research to be conducted to verify the safety and effectiveness of CBD for pets, studies have shown positive results thus far. You should always consult a veterinarian before administering any medication to your pets. Make sure you’re purchasing from reputable vendors to decrease the likelihood of unnatural additives. Cheers to pups that are able to jump around to show their excitement for their Salmon Stix!