What is CBD oil for dogs with cancer?
CBD oil for cancer in dogs is a natural hemp supplement made by extracting anti-inflammatory compounds from hemp plants and infusing them into a high-fat carrier oil (usually coconut oil or hempseed oil). Combining CBD with oil improves absorption during digestion.
CBD is one of over 100 active compounds found in hemp and other species of cannabis plants. Known as cannabinoids, these compounds stimulate receptors in the body connected to the control of inflammation, pain signals, and the broader immune system.
How does CBD oil work with cancer?
Cancer and other chronic diseases can cause stress and internal inflammation, which leads to discomfort, swelling, pain, and anxiety.
By acting on the inflammatory and immune systems, CBD can help return the body to homeostasis, the medical term for a state of internal balance.
Researchers believe that CBD and other cannabinoids may also directly affect the growth of tumors. However, studies on the anti-cancer properties of cannabis compounds are in their early stages and haven’t yet reached a firm conclusion.
What size CBD oil should I buy?
There are no strict rules about how much CBD dogs should take or how often they should be given CBD supplements. Most experts recommend thinking about your dog’s size, weight, and intensity of symptoms when shopping for CBD oil and determining dosages.
For dogs with cancer and other chronic diseases, we recommend a medium-to-large dose of CBD, given daily, as long as symptoms last. Because of this, higher volume and/or concentration CBD oils are likely to offer better value.
In general, bigger sizes of CBD oils retail for higher prices but offer a better cost per mg of CBD infused into the product.
Should I buy CBD oils or CBD dog treats for dogs with cancer?
When a CBD brand makes both oils and treats, there’s rarely a difference between the CBD extract used in each product. A company will usually produce batches of their CBD extract, then infuse it into their entire product line.
As a result, the choice between CBD oils and treats usually comes down to owner and dog preference. For example, if your dog is highly suspicious of medicines or things being added to their food, then a readymade CBD treat may work better.
On the other hand, if you’d prefer to measure out your own CBD dosages, then a tincture of CBD oil with a graded dropper offers more flexibility.
How do I give my dog CBD oil for cancer?
CBD isn’t an alternative to cancer treatment drugs and shouldn’t be used as a replacement for any prescribed cancer treatment.
However, CBD can offer an alternative or supplement to medications used to treat the symptoms of cancer and cancer therapy, such as pain, swelling, nausea, and inflammation.
To give a dog CBD for these and other inflammatory symptoms, calculate an appropriate daily dosage based on their needs and body weight. The most popular ways to deliver CBD to dogs include mixing CBD oil into their food or dropping it onto treats.
CBD can also be dropped directly into dogs’ mouths or rubbed into their gums.
How much CBD should I give my dog for cancer? (dosages)
General recommendations for CBD dosage is 0.5 – 2 mg of CBD per pound of a dog’s body weight, with a starting dose of 0.5 mg per pound. This means, for example, that a dog weighing 20 pounds should begin with a daily dose of 10 mg before 20.
Remember that CBD extracts are infused into carrier oils, so the total volume of a CBD oil isn’t the same as the total amount of CBD.
From that starting point, owners should observe their dog for any change in symptoms, and can slowly raise the dosage if necessary.
Daily routine or single dose?
If you read online reviews of CBD oils for dogs, you’ll find reports of owners giving their dogs a single dose of CBD to help calm them during a thunderstorm or fireworks. Some reviews even claim that one or two doses of CBD helped improve pets’ joint pain or mobility issues.
While it’s true that some dogs will experience positive effects from a single dose of CBD, most pets require consistent supplementation over weeks or months to feel any benefits from CBD oil.
This is particularly true for dogs with high levels of inflammation, such as those with cancer. In these cases, we recommend daily supplementation for best results.
How do I tell if my dog’s CBD oil is working?
Signs that CBD if having a positive effect on dogs include increased activity, mobility, or interactions. When inflammation is reduced, dogs should experience less discomfort and anxiety, making it easier for them to return to normal behavior.
In most cases, CBD won’t completely remove symptoms associated with cancer or invasive treatments like chemotherapy. However, the correct dose of CBD oil can reduce their negative effects.
The benefits of CBD may also build across the course of supplementation.
Can dogs overdose from CBD oil?
Experts believe that there are upper limits to CBD tolerance, where extreme dosages may have damaging effects on the liver, kidneys, and other organs. Practically speaking, however, dogs cannot overdose from CBD oil and would need to consume many times the recommended dose to approach the point where negative effects might occur.
As a natural supplement containing non-toxic ingredients, CBD doesn’t carry the same risks as pharmaceutical medications or recreational cannabis products made from marijuana. Beyond the risk of minor side effects in some dogs, CBD is completely safe.
However, dogs can easily overdose when given cannabis products designed for humans. Human CBD may contain higher amounts of THC, a psychoactive cannabinoid that is considered highly toxic for dogs. Never give a dog cannabis products made for humans.
Does CBD oil for dogs have any side effects?
Most dogs won’t experience any side effects when taking pet-friendly CBD oil.
However, a small number of owners have reported minor side effects when giving their dog CBD for the first time. The most commonly reported side effects are diarrhea and/or nausea and vomiting.
These side effects could be caused by a sensitivity to the high-fat carrier oils used in CBD products, or the CBD extract itself.
If a dog experiences side effects when taking CBD, discontinue use and contact a vet if side effects don’t quickly resolve themselves.
Do vets recommend CBD oil for dogs with cancer?
At the federal level, CBD is categorized as an unregulated health supplement, which means that vets aren’t able to prescribe CBD for dogs. State laws may differ, but most say similar things that result in CBD remaining non-regulated.
While vets may not be able to recommend CBD in an official capacity, however, most are more than happy to discuss the benefits of CBD supplementation with individual owners.
Can dogs take CBD with other cancer medications?
When combining supplements like CBD with pharmaceutical treatments for cancer and other canine health issues, consulting with a vet is essential. In most cases, however, CBD can be safely paired with existing treatment plans.
One of the main uses for CBD in dogs with cancer is as a supplement or alternative to common medications like NSAIDs or opioids, intended to reduce inflammation and pain. CBD can be taken alongside both of these medications.