CBD for Cats and Dogs: Is it Safe? | Shake Organics

CBD for Cats and Dogs: Is it Safe?

If there has ever been a time on this earth where our pets have lived a more luxurious lifestyle, I've not been here to see it. For some of us, our pets are like children, so why not treat them?

Sneaking leftovers off the dinner table aside, we're all looking for ways to improve our furry friends quality of life. I've had a lot of questions as to whether cats and dogs react positively to CBD, so let's delve into the science.

The Science:

One paper from the Frontier of Veterinary Science studying the clinical efficacy of CBD for dogs concluded: "Pharmacokinetics revealed an elimination half-life of 4.2 h at both doses and no observable side effects. Clinically, canine brief pain inventory and Hudson activity scores showed a significant decrease in pain and increase in activity (p < 0.01) with CBD oil. Veterinary assessment showed decreased pain during CBD treatment (p < 0.02). No side effects were reported by owners." 

This is overwhelmingly positive, and the researchers recommended 2mg of CBD per kg of bodyweight for your pet for similar results. 

Another study from the same source, however, indicated that CBD had no fear-reducing effect to external stimuli, effectively quashing the notion that you can allay your pet's anxiety response to fireworks. What is important to note, however, is that the researchers agreed that CBD is safe to consume for dogs.

So what about cats? This study, focusing on THC & CBD both independently and in combination, explains: "Titration to maximum doses of 30.5 mg/kg CBD (CBD oil), 41.5 mg/kg THC (THC oil) or 13.0:8.4 mg/kg CBD:THC (CBD/THC oil)". In other words, CBD appears to be safe to consume for cats and dogs, even in extremely high doses. For reference, the doses above would indicate a small dog or cat (4-7KG) can safely consume 120-210mg of CBD - more than the majority of humans would consume in a day.

The Anecdotal Evidence:

I'm sure we've all seen the video of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier uncontrollably trembling mid-seizure, only for the shaking to completely stop less than 1 minute after slurping up some CBD oil. That isn't the only evidence, though.

From a Google simple search, you can see thousands of pet owners using CBD to alleviate joint pain and aid sleep for their animals. I've used CBD plenty of times on my two Lhassa Apso's, and they really seem to benefit from it; I can only describe it as an extra spring in their step.

There are plenty of CBD oils on the market aimed at dogs, and whilst they might be more palatable through meaty flavourings, you can use almost any all-natural oil for your animal. Pet CBD products are largely pretty weak in comparison to standard oils, and much less cost effective.


The three papers outlined above are the most prominent CBD pet studies out there, and whilst they come to differing conclusions, all of the authors agree that CBD is safe and effective for pets. If you're looking to level up your pets' health, check out our all-natural oil here (sharing is caring!)

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