While there is more formal research regarding CBD on homans than dogs, one thing is clear – cannabinoids interact in the same exact way (in both species) with the endocannabinoid receptors located in the central and peripheral nervous systems, which help maintain balance in the body and keep it in a normal healthy state. There is minimal definitive scientific data on using CBD to treat dogs, but there’s an abundance of evidence from dog owners suggesting it can treat pain, especially neuropathic pain, as well as helping to control seizures. According to the Amercian Kennel Club’s Chief Vetenenary Officer Dr. Jerry Klein, CBD has possible anti-inflammatory properties, cardiac benefits, anti-nausea effects, appetite stimulation, anti-anxiety impact, and possible anti-cancer benefits on dogs.

As more and more pet owners rave about the benefits they witnessed due to their pets’ CBD use, people are turning to CBD to help manage pain, arthritis, seizures, and other health problems in their pets. And a growing crop of CBD products marketed for pets—including tinctures, capsules, and chew treats—has burst onto the market to meet the consumer demand. If, however, you want guidance from a veterinarian about CBD for your pet, you’ll have to start the conversation. That’s because vets have been left out of most state laws concerning cannabis, so they can talk about CBD only if clients broach the topic. Only California has passed legislation that specifically authorizes veterinarians to discuss cannabis with their clients, according to experts. As a result, vets lag behind physicians in working with cannabis and researching its use in pets.

Stephanie McGrath, D.V.M., a veterinarian and assistant professor of neurology at Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences conducted a Study on Dogs with Epilepsy and the results were very promising. Based on her research, she found that 89 percent of dogs who received CBD in a clinical trial had a reduction in the frequency of seizures. “Overall, what we found seems very promising,” she said. Dr. McGrath initially decided to pursue the  research after receiving frequent calls from clients and other veterinarians with questions about CBD. In fact, a survey conducted this year by the Veterinary Information Network found that nearly two-thirds of survey respondents said they were asked about cannabis by their patients at least once a month.

“People are using CBD and they are excited about its potential,” she explained. “It’s a topic that is gaining traction in the media, but we truly know very little about it from a scientific standpoint. I feel really comfortable at this point, given all of our clinical trials and our initial research, that it’s a safe product,” she says. She also conducted another on dogs with osteoarthritis. Early results are encouraging, she says, but the results are not yet final or published. A separate study from Cornell found that 2 mg per kilogram of CBD given to dogs twice daily “can help increase comfort and activity” in dogs with osteoarthritis.

If your vetenarian does not know much about CBD, and unfortunately, at the moment many do not, consider going to veterinarycannabis.org for help. The company, offers consultations, courses, and education to pet owners and vets, and they can also help by working with you and your vet by providing guidance about CBD products, dosing, and potential interactions.


Here are just a few of the many reviews (4.9/5.0 based on 872 reviews) from one of our favorite brands, NuLeaf, which makes excellent products for dogs as they do humans. Feel free to check for yourself: NuLeaf CBD for Pets Reviews

Every thing great! good service, most important it works for my dogs hips and leg joints.

Full Spectrum Pet CBD Oil: We started buying NuLeaf Full Spectrum Pet CBD Oil, for our 12 year old Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Pene, for her severe hip displaysia, and, osteoarthritis. After trying some others, with no success, a friend recommended NuLeaf. And, we are so glad they did. After about 6 months, Pene is on no prescription medication, and, although she will be 13 this month, she now has more energy, and walks/runs all over our big yard. She does also take Turmeric Paste, but, the CBD Oil is truly the icing on the cake! We recently had a mix-up with an order (the only time), and after contacting NuLeaf, the problem was solved immediately. We are very happy with the product, and, the customer service!

CBD for Anxious Rescue: Our recent rescue-pup showed signs of high anxiety and our vet recommended CBD oil to help him find calmness. Our dog loves the taste, licks it right off the spoon and we quickly see a difference in his behavior and demeanor.

So far, so good: Duffy (22 pound, Schnottie, about 12-years old) is suffering from arthritis. Traditional meds last fall triggered a series of seizures. I’ve taken him off the prescription meds and started him on one drop CBD morning & evening with meals. He’s walking more comfortably, and with time I’ll know if the seizures will stop. So far, I’m pleased enough to consider putting myself on it for MY arthritis.

Another brand that we love, King Kanine, has a product named “King Kalm”, which naturally reduces dogs’ anxieties, allergies, inflammation, cancer, athritis, and more. If you use the code BARK20, you will receive 20% off your order. King Kanine are high quality manufactured all natural products and have been known to be effective.

Below, you’ll find infographs which detail the cannabinoid receptors in a dog’s body. When compared to those of a human’s body, you will find them to be remarkably similar, which clearly underscores the likely fact that dogs benefit from CBD in the same manner that we do!

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