Article by The Fresh Toast,
In the U.S. and many other countries, dogs and cats alike are adored as loving family members.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has estimated that 78 million dogs and 85.8 million cats in the U.S. are owned and treated as pets. Similarly, 44 per cent of all American households have a dog as a pet, and 35 per cent have a cat. With the abundance of pet dogs and cats, demand for medical and veterinary services is significant, and it keeps growing.
For decades, pharmaceutical medications and traditional treatment methods tended to be the norm. However, in recent years, cannabidiol (CBD) has been making a big splash within the veterinary medicine industry. So where does CBD fit with modern-day veterinary medicine.
CBD use and pet mammals — what the research says
As more research findings are released about CBD’s medicinal properties when it comes to pet mammals, including dogs and cats, the compound has become one alternative medicine that’s being discussed and/or considered more now than ever before.
To date, publications from Colorado State University (CSU) and Cornell University have documented the pharmacokinetics of CBD in dog subjects. The study reported that orally administered CBD is absorbed more effectively than transdermally administered CBD (applied on the skin’s surface). The study also found that orally administered CBD was well-tolerated, suggesting support of CBD’s safety profile.
There was also a double-blind study published in 2018 and conducted by neurologist Stephanie McGrath from CSU to determine CBD’s ability to help treat seizures and epilepsy in dogs. It turns out that 89 per cent of the dogs in the study that received CBD experienced a reduction in seizure frequency.