CBD UP­DATE: Dogs and Cats

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CBD can help pets with anx­i­ety, arthri­tis, seizures, and ab­nor­mal growths, but dogs and cats don’t ab­sorb it equally well, ac­cord­ing to a study led by the Cor­nell Col­lege of Vet­eri­nary Medicine in Ithaca, N. Y. Re­searchers tested hemp- de­rived CBD on eight dogs and eight cats and found that com­pared to dogs, cats ab­sorbed only one- fifth the amount.

The study, pub­lished in the jour­nal An­i­mals ( Basel), tested safety and ab­sorp­tion. Re­searchers gave each an­i­mal an amount based on weight: 1.1 mg of CBD per pound of body weight ev­ery 12 hours for two weeks. Dogs re­ceived the CBD in chews, and cats re­ceived cap­sules con­tain­ing CBD in fish oil. In a cou­ple cases, the cap­sules caused a prob­lem when they broke be­fore be­ing swal­lowed, mak­ing cats lick them­selves ex­ces­sively.

Blood tests showed that lev­els of CBD reached their max­i­mum in 1.4 hours in dogs but took 2 hours to peak in cats.

There was no ev­i­dence of harm­ful ef­fects, although a few dogs ex­pe­ri­enced loose stools and vom­it­ing. One cat had el­e­vated liver en­zymes, but it wasn’t clear if CBD was the cause.

Re­searchers con­cluded that hemp

CBD seems to be safe. How­ever, they rec­om­mended mon­i­tor­ing liver en­zymes and watch­ing out for po­ten­tial drug in­ter­ac­tions when hemp CBD is con­tin­u­ally given to dogs or cats for chronic con­di­tions.

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