benefits of cbd oil for dogs & cats

Seattle Pet Owners – Would Your Cat or Dog Benefit From CBD?

Cannabis is legal in Seattle and many have heard of the benefits the plant provides for relieving anxiety symptoms, controlling epileptic seizures, and pain (to name a few) for certain individuals.

Moving from a cultural taboo to gradual acceptance into the mainstream, cannabis is likely here to stay. Initially catering to human customers – both recreationally and medicinally – cannabis is also on the fast-track to change the lives of our beloved pets.

But what’s the real “411” behind these alternative health products?

Can they really help support your pet’s best health and address chronic health issues without harmful side effects?

Keep reading to learn the basics behind this exploding new therapeutic alternative.

What the Terms Actually Mean

Cannabis Sativa:

  • The marijuana plant/herb


  • Comes from a variety of the cannabis plant (the Cannabis Sativa) that contains THC (the ingredient that produces a euphoric “high” for the user). Made from the dried flowers/buds and leaves.
  • Used throughout history as both medicine and a recreational substance.
  • Can be smoked, eaten or vaporized by humans.
  • As known as weed, pot, grass, 420, hemp, ganja, herb, bud, Mary Jane, hash (dried cannabis resin) and cannabis.


  • Another variety of the cannabis plant that contains less than .3% THC, with high levels of medicinal, toxic-free CBD. Products made with less than .3% THC are legal in all 50 states.
  • In addition to medicinal CBD oil, hemp fiber is used for clothes and hemp seeds are used for food.


  • The natural, psychoactive compound (chemical) in marijuana that produces mind-altering euphoria.


  • Stands for cannabidiol: one of the active, medicinal compounds (called cannabinoids) unique to the cannabis plant. (Cannabis contains over 100 cannabinoids.)

How Does CBD Work for my Pet?

CBD works with the receptors found in the Endocannabinoid System (or ECS) found in all mammals. The ECS network regulates hundreds of processes within the body including mood, temperature, acute pain and inflammation, sleep, stress/anxiety, disease and more. When the CBD molecules bind to specific ECS receptors in your pet’s body, it helps activate those receptors to restore and regulate wellness. In addition, CBD does not have any reported side effects.

At-A-Glance: Benefits for Dogs and Cats

CBD May Help Your Dog With:

CBD May Help Your Cat With:

  • Lack of appetite/digestive issues
  • Multi-cat households
  • Separation anxiety
  • Poor appetite
  • Excessive barking
  • Hiding
  • Carsickness
  • Fear of the litter box
  • Lack of energy
  • Eating inappropriate objects
  • Stressful trips to the vet/groomer
  • Crying with no apparent cause
  • Muscle spasms
  • Carsickness
  • Seizures/epilepsy
  • Stressful trips to the vet/groomer
  • Cancer
  • Anxiety from a change in the environment
  • Recovery from surgery or illness
  • Anti-social or aggressive behavior
  • Inability to settle down or relax, pacing
  • Dermatitis
  • Fear of thunderstorms, fireworks, loud noises; phobias
  • Inflammation
  • Pain
  • Anti-social or aggressive behavior
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Decreases cancer cell reproduction
  • Pancreatitis
  • Glaucoma
  • Arthritis
  • Inflammation/skin issues
  • Cancer
  • Arthritis, joint and mobility issues/pain
  • Asthma/Upper Respiratory Infections
  • Liver disease
  • Seizures

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All of our pets are seniors and we can’t tell you how helpful CBD has been for them! CBD is our go to for helping them manage their pain and discomfort.

We use the hemp oil for our pup and the gel pen on our cats (they don’t like the oil). We suggest you try a few products and see which one works the best for your pet.

Here is a link to the two brands we use:

Have questions about whether CBD could help your canine or feline?

Feel free to reach out to Cosmic Home & Pet , your Seattle Pet Sitting expert!

Cosmic Home & Pet has been providing Seattle dog walking, cat sitting, senior pet care and overnight in-home pet sitters since 1998. We also love and care for other critters (young and old) including rabbits, ferrets, fish, birds, chickens and more.

CBD Oil for Pets

In recent years, CBD oil has become the buzz remedy for issues such as anxiety, depression, inflammation, and more. Earth Shake, a Fells Point juice bar on the corner of Fleet Street and Wolfe Street even gives patrons the option of adding CBD oil into their smoothies–indica or sativa. The former generally provides a sense of deep body relaxation, while the latter tends to provide energy and an elevated mood (Zenity Wellness, n.d.).

CBD, also known as cannabidiol, oil is primarily extracted from the hemp plant. Unlike THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is extracted from the marijuana plant (a cousin of the hemp plant), CBD has no psychoactive properties (Health Line, n.d.).

While there is no definitive scientific data on using CBD to treat canines or felines, there is anecdotal evidence from pet owners. The benefits of CBD on both cats and dogs include treating seizures and neuropathic pain, anti-inflammatory properties, cardiac benefits, anti-nausea effects, appetite stimulation, anti-anxiety impact, and possible anti-cancer benefits (American Kennel Club, n.d.).

Again, there is no scientific evidence, but based on the side effects of CBD usage in humans, potential side effects for use in pets are dry mouth, lowered blood pressure, and drowsiness. Pet owners should always consult their veterinarian before switching or adding new products to their pet’s diet or wellness plan.

There are a plethora of pet-specific CBD brands to choose from; some of our favorites are CBD Dog Health and Dope Dog Treats. Owners can choose from an array of topical products for ailments like torn ligaments, treats and food, and tinctures, which can be given to pets suffering from separation anxiety.

For any individual who is skeptical about giving or treating their pet with CBD, there may be reassurance in the fact that CBD is also widely available for human consumption. Owners can trial the plant oil first on oneself, and if satisfied, can then begin to administer to their pet accordingly. Happy Healing!

CBD Oil for Dogs and Cats: How it can help your pets

When it comes to our pets, there’s not much we wouldn’t do to keep them happy and healthy. Whether it’s the food they eat, levels of exercise, or making sure they have comfy spots for sleeping, there are times we take better care of them than we do ourselves.

CBD, short for Cannabidiol, is a naturally occurring, non-psychoactive chemical that is extracted from cannabis and hemp plants. When introduced to the market, many people flocked to CBD for a natural remedy to help with anxiety, arthritis, seizures, and so much more. Naturally, we began to wonder if our furry family members could also benefit from this seemingly incredible supplement. But it also opened the door to a slew of questions –

  • Is CBD safe for my dog or cat?
  • Can my pet use the same products I do?
  • Is all CBD the same?
  • Have there been any clinical trials, ie. science, conducted with CBD and pets?
  • Will CBD have the same benefits for my pet that it does for me?
  • How does the dosing information differ for pets?
  • How do I know which CBD pet products to buy?

Many of these questions are still being answered, but over the last few years we’ve learned a lot about the ins and outs of pet CBD.

Is CBD safe for my dog or cat?

As of the writing of this post, the FDA has yet to approve any CBD products for pets, and only one CBD product has FDA approval for human use. However, many humans and pet owners continue to use them because of the perceived health benefits. Many of the benefits are still being explored.

When it comes to the bare-bones question of CBD being safe or harmful though, there are products that you can feel secure using. You should look for products that engaged within the scientific community by sponsoring clinical trials and worked with veterinary and pet safety organizations.

For example, Applied Basic Science Corporation, or ABSC Organics, went so far as to sponsor a clinical trial for canine safety, as well as epilepsy and arthritis. They’re also conducting clinical trials for drug-resistant epilepsy, in partnership with the American Kennel Club.

If you’re ever unsure, research the product you’re using. Ideally, it’s organic and made from certified hemp or cannabis plant, is free of toxins, residual solvents, heavy metals, free of herbicides and pesticides, and free of GMOs. Phew, that’s a mouthful.

What products should I use for my pet?

As with the foods we eat and vitamins and medicines we take, it’s best for your pet to use CBD that is specifically designed for animals. Flavor and smell play a big part – many pet CBD products are flavored with ingredients that are more enticing to our furry friends, such as chicken, fish, or beef. Even pumpkin has additional nutritional benefits for pets.

Additionally, pet CBD product quantities and dosing are geared for their smaller bodies and systems (e.g. metabolism).

CBD treats to try

Baked with active CBD, this delicious treat can help your dog through a particular issue like anxiety or inflammation.

Shop the highest quality human-grade CBD dog treats here.

Can CBD be used to treat anxiety and other conditions for my pet?

There are a handful of conditions – most notable epilepsy and arthritis – that have real data to back up the effectiveness of CBD as a treatment. Clinical trials conducted at both Colorado State University and Cornell University show that CBD can help canines suffering from seizures and arthritis.

Research on CBD as a treatment for anxiety is ongoing. However, anecdotal evidence (i.e., user feedback) shows that CBD works when it comes to relieving pet stress and improving quality of life.

How much CBD should my pet be given?

Dosing is often one of the biggest questions that comes up when talking about CBD for pets. There are different amounts of CBD in every product, from treats to CBD tinctures (digestible oils) to lotions and balms, measured in milligrams, or mg.

The biggest consideration when determining the amount of CBD for your pet is their weight. An example of dosage amounts for different size animals can be found here and outlines, for example, that a 30lb dog taking a tincture with a density of 40 mg of CBD per mL should receive .25mL per dose. This is no different when administering medicines or antibiotics to your children, for example.

What are the potential side effects for my pet if I give them CBD?

Some common side effects from CBD products are often not due to the CBD itself, but due to the oils used in delivery. One example is that pets in clinical trials experienced loose bowel movements due to the tincture oil.

Another thing to keep an eye on is your pet’s liver function levels, as CBD has been shown to elevate liver enzyme levels. CBD is not harmful, but if your pet has existing liver trouble it’s definitely worth discussing with your veterinarian.

It should be noted that some animals experience small amounts of lethargy when taking CBD. As long as you’re choosing a product with low or non-detectable traces of THC, however, your pet shouldn’t experience any kind of “high.”

What are some things I should do when starting my pet on CBD?

First, always make sure you consult, or at the very least notify, your veterinarian when adding a new medication or supplement to your pet’s regimen. Some vets are happy to discuss CBD as an option, while others are more hesitant.

Regardless, it’s always good to check. Next, start with the recommended dosage. Also, it’s wise to keep a journal so that you have a reference for when CBD was given, how much was given, and any noticeable changes your pet experienced with the product.

We’re still learning more about CBD for pets every day, but signs point to it being generally safe and often effective. As with any medication, buy the product with the research behind it. Talk to a vet before adding anything to your pet’s regimen.