CBD is rapidly gaining popularity as a natural way to help reduce stress in dogs. Derived from the industrial hemp plant CBD, or cannabidiol, is and has been found to be safe and effective for animals when used properly. CBD works by interacting with receptors in the body that are responsible for regulating stress levels. It has also been shown to aid in other issues such as anxiety, inflammation and pain relief.
The Waltham Petcare Science Institute recenty performed a study revealing that “a single oral dose (4 mgs per kg of body weight) of THC-free cannabidiol (CBD) can significantly alleviate multiple measures of dogs’ stress caused by car travel or being left alone” (https://www.dvm360.com/view/new-study-reveals-cbd-is-effective-at-reducing-canine-stress).
Another Waltham study demonstrated that “a once-daily oral dose (4 mg/kg of body weight) broad-spectrum THC-free CBD over a 6-month period to be safe for healthy adult dogs.” (Bradley S, Young S, Bakke AM, et al. Long-term daily feeding of cannabidiol is well-tolerated by healthy dogs. Front Vet Sci. 2022;9:977457. doi: 10.3389/fvets.2022.977457)
These studies contribute to an ever increasing pool of evidence surrounding the safety and efficacy of CBD for dogs and other animals.
While CBD can be an effective tool to help reduce stress in pets, it’s important to remember that CBD should be used under the guidance of a skilled veterinarian. CBD products come in many forms including tinctures, treats and even topical creams. Many pet owners prefer a CBD Oil that can easily be placed on the dog’s food. A veterinarian can help you to determine the best CBD product and dosage for your pet’s needs.
Overall, CBD is an increasingly popular option for owners looking to provide their pets with a natural stress relief solution. When used responsibly in combination with veterinary guidance, CBD can be a safe and effective way to reduce stress in dogs.