CBD for use with pets…good, bad, healthy, harmful? Lots of questions and lots of confusion! We would like to address this issue because we are promoting and selling a CBD Treat in our Solutions line and we want you to be knowledgeable and comfortable with CBD.
Let’s try to clear some of the confusion first. CBD, or Cannabidiol, is not medical marijuana. As pet owners, we must understand that CBD for pets is typically extracted from hemp (not cannabis/marijuana) plants that contains less than 0.3% of THC (marijuana plants can contain more than 0.3%). Thus hemp has no psychoactive properties like THC, found in marijuana, yet has a wider range of medical benefits. As pet owners we must also understand that exposure to marijuana can be toxic for our pets.
So why are pet owners seeking out CBD products? 1) Pain management 2) Cancer, glaucoma, kidney, liver, PTSD and certain seizure disorders 3) Pet anxiety and behavior issues 4) Loss of appetite.
Dr. Becker shared the following caregivers information in her Healthy Pets article, “The Hot CBD Trend for Pets – Risky or a Godsend?”: Lynn Tingle, who founded the Milo Foundation, a pet adoption center and animal sanctuary, uses edible cannabis products and ointments with senior dogs for both health and behavioral problems. As Tingle told Fox Q13 News:
“You just see a real difference in their spirit. They’re just not in pain, so they’re happier and they’re moving better … They just get a new lease on life.”2
The news outlet also spoke with the owners of a company that makes cannabis tinctures for treating pet anxiety, loss of appetite, pain and inflammation, diseases like cancer and glaucoma, and kidney and liver problems. Co-founder Alison Ettel said:
“What we find is a lot of the animals are coming to us when there are no other options and pharmaceuticals haven’t worked for that animal. They’re at that last resort, and cannabis is really good for those types of situations.”
Dr. Rob Silver, a veterinarian and herbalist, explains that one of the most common applications for CBD is for anxiety and behavior issues in dogs. It seems to work very well at low dosages for hyper dogs.
Further, cannabinoids have a strong affinity for the brain and nervous tissue and are able to easily cross the blood-brain barrier. This makes them helpful for certain types of seizure disorders as well as applications like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Pain management is another area where CBD products shine, even in cases of cancer pain.
The New York Times described the case of a 12-year-old chow-shepherd mix who was diagnosed with bone cancer and unable to tolerate a prescription painkiller. His owner bought him a cannabis-based tincture, and within four months he was able to reduce his painkillers while moving “with some of his old swagger.”
Dr. Silver also described a client with a dog who had osteosarcoma (bone cancer) and was in a great deal of pain. The owner decided to offer cannabinoids to his pet, and after just five days, the dog was able to begin putting weight on the leg with the tumor.
Research is backing up the health benefits of CBD. Research, at Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, using CBD for the treatment of epilepsy in dogs, is scheduled for publication later this year.
And a study recently completed at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine showed a significant reduction in pain and an increase in activity in dogs with osteoarthritis.The research team is currently conducting a similar trial with cats. Additional studies are planned to evaluate the use of CBD oil in treating acute pain, behavior issues and during chemotherapy for pets with cancer.
Dr. Becker recommends, “If you’re already using a CBD product or are considering one, that you try to get a “Certificate of Analysis” which should show you how much THC is in the product (it should never be over 0.3%), how it’s made, and whether it’s organic and free of pesticides and other chemicals. I think the most important thing to remember about CBD is that if you don’t think you see improvement with one brand, I recommend trying several others, as potency, strain, extraction technique and a variety of other factors ultimately impact the efficaciousness of the end product.”
Dr. Becker’s Bites is proud to offer a delicious CBD treat that has helped so many animals, we regularly receive powerful testimonies from pet parents who say this treat really changed their pets’ lives.
Our CBD oil is manufactured in a GMP facility that guarantees the potency, purity and consistency of each batch, and was personally recommended to us as the best option for our treats by Dr. Silver, the veterinarian we trust most when it comes to CBD research and manufacturing.