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Conditions that CBD Supports in Pets

October 12, 2019 1.5 min read

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Where research stands today.

To begin to understand how CBD could impact pets, it’s helpful to look at scientific studies conducted not just in pets but also in humans. Based on these existing studies, there are potential clinical applications for cannabinoids in areas such as:


Veterinarians from Cornell University conducted a study, published in 2018, that demonstrated favorable effects of CBD on pain and activity associated with osteoarthritis in 16 dogs.1


CBD could provide a calming effect in pets who experience sensitivity to stressful events that lead to an overall state of anxiety. A 2015 review of human studies provides support for CBD’s favorable effects on anxiety.2


Veterinarians from Colorado State University conducted a study, published in 2019, that demonstrated favorable effects of CBD as an adjunct therapy on the frequency of seizures in nine dogs with epilepsy. The CBD group had a 33% reduction in seizure frequency when compared to the placebo group. While the reduction was significant, the sample was small and further investigation is warranted.3

Nausea and Digestion

A number of studies in humans have shown positive effects of CBD on nausea caused by certain therapeutic treatments and positive effects on digestive discomforts caused by inflammation.4 5

What does all of this mean for your pet? 

While the research is limited in dogs and cats, completed studies on CBD in dogs are showing positive outcomes and the initial results are encouraging. These results have led researchers to begin more comprehensive studies on CBD, which have the potential to support additional veterinary benefits of CBD.

There’s more work to be done to determine just how many conditions cannabinoids, such as CBD, have the potential to affect. Canopy Animal Health is monitoring all research, has studies completed and underway and is commissioning more studies. Ultimately, this could mean a happier, healthier life for your pet, and we want to be there every step of the way.


1 Gamble L-J, Boesch JM, Frye CW, Schwark WS, Mann S, Wolfe L, Brown H, Berthelsen ES and Wakshlag JJ (2018). Front. Vet. Sci. 5:165. doi: 10.3389/fvets.2018.00165
2 Blessing, E.M., Steenkamp, M.M., Manzanares, J. et al. Neurotherapeutics (2015) 12: 825.
3 McGrath S, Bartner LR, Rao S, Packer RA, Gustafson DL. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 2019; 254 (11): 1301 DOI: 10.2460/javma.254.11.1301
4 Parker, L. A., Rock, E. M., & Limebeer, C. L. (2011). British journal of pharmacology, 163(7), 1411–1422. doi:10.1111/j.1476-5381.2010.01176.x
5 Alhamoruni, A., Wright, K. L., Larvin, M., & O'Sullivan, S. E. (2012). British journal of pharmacology, 165(8), 2598–2610. doi:10.1111/j.1476-5381.2011.01589.x