CBD and Pain in Dogs

To begin you may be wondering, what even is CBD anyways? Cannabinol (CBD) is a compound that is found within the cannabis plant, and research has shown that CBD makes up almost 40% of plants' natural extracts. Cannabis is most widely known and recognized for another compound found within the plant, called THC. THC is what produces the “high”  and euphoria that most people first think of when we refer to cannabis. There is a special process that occurs to separate CBD from the cannabis plant which results in the CBD oil which is full of amino acids, omega-3 fatty acids and many other beneficial compounds. All that being said, you can be sure to find these safe and naturally occurring properties when you implement Kitsie into your pets daily life and routine. 


Moreover, CBD has been widely researched and studied to identify the benefits and properties that the compound holds. To be more specific about these benefits, research has indicated that CBD can aid in reducing inflammation in humans and pets, treating nausea and appetite issues, helping to reduce anxiety and stress and to top it all off, CBD has been widely known and used for soothing pain and any discomfort which may be caused from other conditions.  


As mentioned above, one can used CBD in hopes of relieving pain and discomfort that one may be experiencing. For our pets, this also stands true and as a pet owner it is safe to say that we will do anything to ensure that our pets are happy, healthy and not experiencing discomfort by any means. So, how does CBD help? Well, for dogs who are in pain CBD can help with pain management. Pain management is one of the most important aspects for maintaining a positive quality of life when it comes to senior dogs or pets and even young pets who may be experiencing daily pain due to a variety of reasons. The pain experienced may be caused by hip problems, arthritis, inflammation, and even just simple mobility issues. Although CBD cannot cure your pets pain and take it away forever, it can help reduce the negative sensations they may be experiencing. In addition, though CBD can be used for managing pain, your vet may also prescribe another route of pain management, such as opioids. It is important to discuss with your vet the options available based on your pets circumstances and be transparent about your intention and desire to include CBD in the treatment moving forward.  


So, what is causing your pet to feel pain? It is commonly seen that just simple inflammation throughout the body can cause pain in your pet, and this is amplified for animals who are also suffering from arthritis or other mobility issues, such as hip dysplasia. It is not uncommon for pet owners and vets to treat these issues with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. However, these type of drugs do have risks such as intestinal bleeding, liver failure, and nausea. This is at even greater risk for older dogs who may also have problems with their immune systems. On another note, it is possible to use CBD in a treatment plan that also consists of lower doses of vet prescribed drugs, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs(NSAIDS). The idea behind this is to lower the amount of NSAIDS your pet consumes by including a natural form of pain relief as well. This type of plan can be curated with your vet in order to accommodate your pets needs. 


Furthermore, if your pet is in pain, they are likely experiencing some sort of pain related anxiety. If you are wondering what to look for to know if your pet is suffering from anxiety, the signs might include and are not limited to: Excessive barking or meowing, separation anxiety, biting people, things or even toys excessively, defecating and urinating (this can even occur while the pet is crated), shaking and other behaviours that may be seen as aggressive. With all of that being said, research has shown time and time again that CBD has the potential to help dogs and other pets with decreasing feelings of anxiety and stress while allowing your pet to engage in feelings of calmness and tranquility. This is done through the process of CBD stimulating the same receptors in the brain that aid in reducing anxiety, which are known as the 5-HT1A receptors. You can be sure that by adding CBD into your pets life that you will be caring for their physical  wellbeing as well as their mental wellbeing. 

Now, you may be wondering if CBD is really all that safe to give to your pet? The simple answer to this question is yes. However, it is important that you are choosing only high quality CBD oil products, such as Kitsie. By choosing a product like Kitsie for your pet, you are ensuring that the product you are using is 100% natural and will only contain trace amounts of THC (less than 0.3%) which will allow for all the amazing properties and benefits that CBD has to offer without your pet experiencing any sort of high or euphoria that is associated with THC. In addition, the World Health Organization has deemed that CBD is safe for pets. Moreover, they have acknowledged the benefits that come along with adding CBD into your pets life. However, with anything that is put into ones system, there can be side effects. For CBD, there are no huge side effects or major risks, however one may experience fatigue (due to the calming nature of CBD, it is possible your pet may be so relaxed they fall asleep), dry mouth (this will appear as an increased desire for water) and lowered blood pressure (this is typically seen in high doses of CBD).  With all that in mind, as long as you are following the proper dosage and guidelines of administering CBD to your pet, you will minimize the risk of your pet potentially experiencing any side effects. If you still have questions or even any concerns about CBD and administering it to your pet, discuss the option with your veterinarian, they may also be able to guide you through proper dosage amounts in relation to your pets condition, weight, age and so on. 

Written by Mead Johnston

Mead is an experienced dog trainer, writer, and lover of animals. She has always been surrounded by animals and had a passion for learning more about them every day. This passion grew tremendously when Mead brought home a Great Pyrenees x Golden Retriever named Mac in 2018. Mead has continued to learn more about dogs whenever possible and wherever possible, while also helping so many wonderful clients. Her goal is help her clients and their dogs become confident in their daily lives. As a dog trainer, she often helps clients who are starting off with a puppy or they might have an older dog that is presenting challenging behaviours. Mead believes in the all-natural uses of Pet CBD to help our furry loved ones live longer, happier and healthier lives.

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