CBD Oil for Dogs and Cats

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Dr. Laurel Davis, Asheville homeopathic vet, offers Stories from a Holistic Veterinarian, the blog of a homeopathic vet and “animal interpreter”. With a clinic in downtown Asheville, NC. Dr. Laurel also offers animal health, lifestyle and vaccination advice for cats, dogs and their human friends across the country.

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Do I believe CBD oil, cannabidiol oil, has a place in veterinary medicine?  Absolutely, I do!  Certainly, it is not a panacea, nor is it for every individual.  I think each animal caretaker must do their own research, engage in critical thinking, then make their own decision. Read on to gather your own information.  I have also included a video that visually describes how CBD affects a mammal’s body.

 

 

CBD Oil for Dogs and Cats

 

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A key reason CBD has a wide range of potential medical uses lies in its ability to influence a wide range of receptor systems in the brain and body, including not only cannabinoid receptors but a host of other receptors in the brain.

 

 

Does CBD Oil come from Marijuana?

 

The first hurdle many people must push through is understanding the difference between hemp, which is the source of CBD oil and marijuana. In actuality, they come from one and the same plant, Cannabis sativa.  The plant’s flowering tops and leaves contain the psychoactive elements, more specifically, the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content, which we’ve come to recognize as marijuana. Alternatively, hemp uses the seeds and fibers, primarily from the stalk, and contains low levels of THC and high levels of cannabidiol (CBD). While THC is the principal psychoactive component of Cannabis and has certain medical uses, CBD stands out because it is both non-psychoactive and displays a broad range of potential medical applications.

 

Marijuana Mechanism of Action

 

A key reason CBD has a wide range of potential medical uses lies in its ability to influence a wide range of receptor systems in the brain and body, including not only cannabinoid receptors but a host of other receptors in the brain. This includes the central nervous system and in peripheral organs, especially related to the immune system. They make up what’s called the endocannabinoid system. The cannabinoids interact with the receptors in the body and modulate things like pain, anxiety, and nausea.

 

 The Endocannabinoid System Explained

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Uses of CBD Oil

 

 

There are as many uses of CBD oil as there are the different kinds of receptors for the cannabinoids. Just kidding! Truth be told, there are countless uses for CBD oil. Studies show that many cannabinoids have anti-inflammatory effects, and can help with pain, tumors, seizures, muscle spasms, skin conditions, appetite stimulation, aggression, anxiety and neurological disorders…all of this without the possibility of life-threatening side effects.

CBD hemp can help with both chronic and acute disease. Among chronic conditions, it can help with arthritis, compromised immune systems, stress responses, aggression and digestive issues. There are also studies under way into CBD’s effects on Type 1 diabetes, organ diseases and cancer.  Veterinarians are also finding CBD hemp can be useful in treating acute ailments like sprains and strains, torn ligaments, bone breaks and even during postoperative care to reduce swelling, pain, and stiffness.

If your dog or cat is taking conventional drugs for any of these conditions, CBD hemp may make it possible to use lower doses of the drugs to achieve therapeutic effects. Since conventional medicines do have side effects, this is a useful benefit of CBD.

 

Dosing

 

Effective therapeutic cannabis doses have not been worked out [for animal companions.]. It is best to start with the lowest amount possible and to gradually increase the dose every 5 days or so until the desired effect is seen. If undesired side effects such as excessive sedation, disorientation, excitement, vomiting etc. are observed, the cannabis dose is too high and administration should be stopped immediately. After the side effects have worn off, the animal can be restarted at a lower dose. The upper oral dose limit for CBD products recommended by veterinarian Dr. Robert Silver is around 1 mg/kg/day orally, but one should start with a much smaller fraction of this dose such as 0.05 mg/kg/day. For THC products, Dr. Silver recommends starting with an oral dose of 0.1-0.25 mg/kg THC once or twice daily. Once the pet has received the same dose over about 1 week without undesired effects, the pet has developed a tolerance and the dose can be gradually increased. If you are uncertain as to how to go about dosing the CBD oil you have purchased, consult with your local holistic veterinarian.

 

Are you interested in discovering what CBD oil can do for your pet? Head over to our online Critter’s Choice Store or stop by our Asheville, NC clinic to pick up your bottle of Sunvet’s favorite, New Life CBD Oil, today.  It’s made with 100% organic CBD Oil and crafted right here in our beautiful North Carolina mountains.

 

The use of hemp, CBD, oil is an ancient practice. We are finally allowing ourselves to re-investigate the healing truths of this wonderful and intriguing plant. If you feel CBD oil would benefit your four-legged beauty, consult with your holistic veterinarian and get the proverbial ball rolling.

 

 

 

Shine on!

Dr Laurel 

 

 

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Dr. Laurel Davis is an Asheville homeopathic vet offering phone and Skype consultations for animal lovers everywhere. Call 828-254-2221 or order an Ask Dr. Laurel™ phone or Skype session or bring your dog or cat to her downtown Asheville, NC clinicRead more patient stories.

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26 Responses to “CBD Oil for Dogs and Cats”

  1. Rhonda Dunn

    Im looking for CBD oil for my epileptic dog. I just moved here from San Diego and have one dose left. Please call me asap if you have a good oil I can pick up. She is currently on Treatibles 250mg bottle and getting 3 mg twice daily along with her KBr.

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    • Sunvet

      Hi Rhonda! We carry a high quality CBD in our Asheville Clinic. YOu can swing by any time this week and pick some up. We are open Tuesday thru Friday 8 -5. The brand we stock is 350 mg per bottle, so you may not have to give your pup as much, but we will be happy to help you figure out dosing in the clinic. We look forward to meeting you! 😀 — Billie Pierce, Office Manager

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  2. Angela

    I have a golden retriever that is diabetic and recently found out she has degenerative spine disease. Would CBD oil help her?

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    • Sunvet

      Hi Angela — It is possible that your golden retriever would benefit from trying CBD oil. It is known to reduce inflammation which could alleviate some of the symptoms she has that are related to her spine, but the efficacy of any treatment relies on evaluating the animal holistically and honing in on the underlying cause. I would recommend scheduling an appointment with Dr. Laurel to get some individualized recommendations for your pup. In addition to CBD oil, there are a number of other alternative therapies that can help with spinal issues and the discomfort that accompanies it. Give us a call at the clinic 828-254-2221 to schedule or for more information. We would love to talk with you! — Billie Pierce, Office Manager

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  3. Maria Garrett gotch

    Hi there I have a rescued basset , not sure on age but reckon 5-8. His recently become swollen on his lymph glands, looking unlike an infection and more like lymphoma. I’m taking him for a biopsy tomorrow which will give results in a few weeks but need to act faster . His not responded to antibiotics

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  4. Judi

    I have a 19-year-old cat with arthritis in his hips and spine. He is nowhere near time to leave, but the pain and stiffness is a lot for him. He has trouble walking and navigating the steps to our bed. He is getting Adequan injections and they have helped. Pain meds do not help, except to put unnecessary load on his kidneys. I would like to give him CBD oil. Based on his weight and what is written above, he would need approximately 1.5-2 mg/day (lowest dose). Do you ship?

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  5. Daniel S Lennox

    My moms dogs are both old and are in serious amounts of pain.So we tried using marijuana products like this http://www.ilovegrowingmarijuana.com/central-american/ and CBD The one guys is so bad he will just sit there and shake most of the day and you tell they are both in a lot of pain, we recently started treating them with CBD and oh my god does it work, after one small dose my moms one dog stopped shaking for 3 days and both were in noticeably less pain for days after one dose of CBD compared to the prescription pain meds the vet gave them, we actually took them off those pain meds and have them running on pure CBD and the vets are amazed at how well it works so yes there is lots of research on the subject just like medical mj… the research is all there my friend all you have to do is a little research and you will find it.

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    • Sunvet

      It is so good to hear testimonies like yours. I am glad you were able to find a way to help your mom’s pup’s pain. We believe that it is essential to know the sources, quality, and amount of CBD in tinctures and treats used for animals, so that you can ensure they get the best care possible and see benefits like your Mom’s pups.

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    • Sunvet

      Thanks for your question, Carissa. We use the same CBD oil for dogs and cats, but the dosing is very different, depending on the size of the cat or dog and the issues they are presenting with. — Billie Pierce, Office Manager

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  6. Charlotte Mason

    Is there any benefit for canine diabetes by using CBD oil.

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    • Sunvet

      Thanks for reaching out to us, Charlotte. I checked with Dr. laurel, andhere is her response:

      CBD oil has been shown to be helpful for humans with diabetes esp type 2 diabetes. Although I feel CBD oil can help with the symptoms of diabetes, I wouldn’t come out and say that you would be able to treat your pup’s diabetes with CBD. I would definitely use it in conjunction with conventional treatment! Always let your veterinarian know that your canine is receiving CBD oil. He/she may want to recheck blood sugar levels within a week or two after beginning the CBD oil.

      Below are some of the reasons humans are taking CBD along with other diabetes medications. The 2005 research paper from the American Alliance for Medical Cannabis (AAMC) lists numerous benefits that both CBD and cannabis can have for diabetes sufferers including:

      – Stabilizing blood sugars
      – Arterial anti-inflammatory properties
      -“Neuroprotective” effects that help prevent inflammation of nerves and reduce the pain of neuropathy
      – “Anti-spasmodic agents” help relieve muscle cramps and the pain of gastrointestinal (GI) disorders
      – Acting as a “vasodilator” to help keep blood vessels open and improve circulation
      – Lowering blood pressure — which is vital for diabetics
      – Helping calm diabetic “restless leg syndrome” (RLS)

      Shine on,

      Dr Laurel

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  7. FredyJohnSmith

    Is it possible to use other CBD based products like balm for animals?

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    • Sunvet

      Hi Freddy! It is possible. However, You would want to check the ingredients carefully and only use balms with high-quality, natural, and animal-friendly ingredients just in case your dog or cat licked the balm off. The oil we carry can also be applied topically for a similar effect. Thank you, Billie Pierce, Office Manager

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  8. Stacy

    Hi, i have a 2 year old lab/pit mix. Hes suffered from seperation anxiety for almost a year now. Hes currently on Fluoxetine 40mg one capsule twice daily. The vet tried trazadone with him but that didnt seem to help him. Would trying cbd oil be something that could help benefit him an his behavior?

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    • Sunvet

      Thank you for the question, Stacy. I apologize for the delayed response, I just discovered some pending comments on the blog today. CBD might be helpful for your pup’s separation anxiety, but Dr. Laurelcan’t make specific recommendations like this without seeing the animal. If you’d like to schedule an appointment for some individualized holistic treatment options, we would love to talk with you. You can reach us at 828-254-2221. Thank you, Billie Pierce, Office Manager

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  9. Kathy DeLorey

    I’m curious if you ever had a pony use CBD oil for arthritis? She has severe arthritis in her rear fetlock. Steriod shots aren’t helping like we hope they would. I have been doing some research and found articles anout the CBD oils, even hemp pellets. My concern is will it help but also if the oil should be used with another form of treatment. Thank you for your time.

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    • Sunvet

      Thank you for leaving this comment some time ago, Kathy. Dr. Laurel mostly works with cats and dogs, so she has not worked with a pony using CBD. I recommend reaching out to an equine veterinarian for some customized advice. Thank you! — Billie Pierce, Office Manager

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  10. Nancy

    I have an 11 year old Lab who is diabetic. I’ve been regularly home testing his BG which normally runs between 250-400. According to his numbers, I adjust accordingly and do curves monthly. He’s doing reasonably well but now has trouble breathing with laryngeal paralysis. Some anxiety with this. I am considering giving him the CBD oil but first would ask if it would adversely affect his BG. Is there any reason you would not recommend I try this with regard to diabetes? I am just not familiar enough with the benefits for his disease. I really want to help him live a more comfortable life. Thank you kindly for your help. Nancy ( for Murphy!)

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    • Sunvet

      Thank you for the question, Nancy. I apologize for the delayed response, I just discovered some pending comments on the blog today. Are you still curious about trying CBD Oil for your diabetic pup? Dr. Laurel can’t make specific recommendations like this without seeing the animal and establishing a client relationship. If you’d like to schedule an appointment for some individualized holistic treatment options, we would love to talk with you. You can reach us at 828-254-2221. Thank you, Billie Pierce, Office Manager

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  11. Justine B

    I used CBD Oil for my dogs when we go to our Vet. They are so excited when we go outside. I gave them CBD Oil 15 to 30 minutes prior. CBD oil for our pets can treat health issues such as digestive or upset tummy, inflammation, joint pain or even allergies. I tried this in my dog, I gave it when I know he faced a stressful situation. And as I done researching, I came across to this article about Cannabis and Mj kylekushman.com/community/products/what-is-veganics/

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  12. Becky

    Our beagele who is about 11 years has idiopathic diabetes insipidus. We are able to control it by giving him desmopressin 3 times daily. Is CBD an effective reament for diabetes insipidus?
    Thank you!
    Becky

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    • Sunvet

      Thanks for your question, Becky. In this situation, Dr. Laurel would need to see your pup and review his or her history before making any recommendations. If you’re interested in a New Client appointment, give us a call at the office 828-254-2221, and one of our lovely receptionists will be happy to give you some info. — Billie Pierce, Office Manager

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