Safety and Side effects of CBD in dogs
A growing interest in the benefits of cannabidiol (CBD) for our pets also brings with it questions about safety and side effects when being prescribed a new medication.
Let’s review some of the potential side effects and safety concerns of giving CBD to our dogs and cats.
CBD side effects
Just as with any medication, whether it be for humans or pets, there is always a chance of experiencing side effects.
In safety studies and trials of dogs taking CBD oil the most common side effect observed has been diarrhea. Other less common side effects include redness around the ears or discharge from the eyes. For dogs, it is generally concluded that side effects from CBD are within acceptable ranges.
In cats, the most prevalent side effects displayed were head shaking and increased licking.
While side effects from CBD for pets are possible, when administered by a knowledgeable vet they can be mitigated or avoided with a careful dosing schedule.
Is CBD Safe for my Dog or Cat?
There has been some initial research into the safety of CBD oil in cats and dogs. Dogs have been shown to tolerate CBD oil in relatively high doses. While some research shows CBD might affect liver enzyme status, other data suggest changes aren’t clinically significant.
Cats seem to metabolise CBD quite differently from dogs and other animals. There is currently not enough research to assess the safety or efficacy of CBD for cats.
Safety of CBD
Should you feel that CBD oil may benefit your dog or cat, working with your vet is essential. Please be aware that black market products you find online can be harmful to your pets health.
There is no guarantee that the product has been tested for its CBD content or toxins, putting your pet at risk of contaminants like pesticides or additives not suitable for animals.
Additionally, there are safety concerns around giving dogs THC. They are much more sensitive to the psychoactive effects of this cannabis compound and untested products may put your dog at risk for adverse effects or worse.
Be aware that cannabis-derived products such as CBD are scheduled substances under Australian law and only legal for pets when prescribed by a veterinary doctor.
Experienced Veterinary Advice is Best
Our team at CBD Vets Australia are well versed in the correct doses, formulations and potential side effects that can occur when giving dogs and cats CBD. With monitoring and careful management, CBD can be safely prescribed in specific instances and side effects mitigated by evidenced-based treatment regimes.
By Jessica Kindynis