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CBD oil: The new tonic for anxious pets?

By LLM Reporters on 10th September 2019

CBD oil has been garnering a lot of attention from the press over the past few years, winning itself a legion of loyal fans thanks to its calming and relaxing properties and fast becoming a staple in many people’s homes.

These days, it’s found everywhere from vape pens to soaps, candles to beers – but what would you say if we told you that it might also soon be in pet food?

Any pet owner will tell you that they like to pamper their pet at times, keeping them healthy, happy and comfortable as far as possible and ensuring they have an enjoyable life. But many brands are now beginning to take it one step beyond that. ‘Purrrrrre CBD OIil’ is designed for your feline friends, and claims to reduce pain, anxiety and agitation in cats. But is dosing your pets up on natural remedies a good move? It’s wise to think about it carefully first.

Indianapolis - Circa February 2019: Various CBD oil products. The popularity of CBD oil as a medicinal product has skyrocketed IV
The popularity of CBD oil as a medicinal product has skyrocketed over the past 12 months. Image credit: Jonathan Weiss/Bigstock.com

Currently, there is no scientific research into the benefits of CBD oil for cats, but many people are of the belief that if it works for them, their pet shouldn’t be any different. In The UK, there aren’t – as yet – any products on the market that are officially authorised for veterinary use, but that hasn’t stopped a plethora of brands extolling the virtues of their products for a variety of animal ailments.

Interestingly, there have been studies previously conducted on the effects of CBD oil on dogs, which are said to have shown promising results. There is also some anecdotal evidence from people who have chosen to treat their cats with the oil irrespective of official guidance, with some saying it has shown good results in the treatment of anxiety.

Other cat owners have given their pet CBD oil to help with the pain and inflammation caused by arthritis and other chronic conditions. In the US, Innovet CBD Oil is rated the number one CBD treatment for both dogs and cats, attracting a flurry of five star reviews from delighted owners who have tried the product out on their pets with great results. All it takes is a quick search of Google to find reems of testimonies and Youtube videos on the topic – proof, if you need it, that CBD oil treatment on pets is fast becoming a ‘thing’.

Hand holding bottle of Cannabis oil against Marijuana plant, CBD oil pipette
CBD does not contain THC – the psychoactive compound that is found in cannabis, and as such, is seen as a safer way to reap the benefits of this powerful plant

So, what exactly is CBD oil – and why has it received so much attention in the past couple of years?

CBD is one of the about seventy active elements found in the hemp plant. While CBD is extracted from the hemp plant, it only contains trace amounts of THC – the psychoactive compound that is found in cannabis. For this reason, it is seen by many to be a safer way to reap the benefits this natural wonder provides. Not only is it natural, but it’s legal, too – and nowadays, you only have to visit a health store to find shelf after shelf lined with oils, creams and other treatments.

CBD oil doesn’t give you a high the way that smoking weed does, as it doesn’t contain THC… so does that mean it’s safe for use on cats and dogs?

Muncie - Circa March 2019: CBD Oil marketed for Cats and Dogs. The popularity of CBD oil as a medicinal product has skyrocketed II
Currently, there is no scientific research into the benefits of CBD oil for cats, but many people are of the belief that if it works for them, their pet shouldn’t be any different. Image credit: Jonathan Weiss/Bigstock.com

Unfortunately, until more research is done, we can’t know for sure, so if you’re toying with the idea of trying it on your canine or feline companions, think carefully about it. With evidence currently anecdotal and risks still unknown, those with any concerns about their pet’s health are best off contacting their vet for advice.

Should you be given the go ahead, it still pays to proceed with care. As with any supplement you add to your pet’s diet, you could find it makes them ill or unsettled at first – so it’s always advisable to start very slowly, with just one or two tiny drops at a time, and monitor carefully. Keep an eye on your pet’s reaction, and stop immediately if you notice any negative effects. After all, if you’re aiming to improve their wellbeing, then it’s important to make sure they are feeling the benefits before continuing use.