CBD UPDATE: Dogs and Cats
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.