Is CBD safe for senior dogs?
Yes. CBD is a safe and accepted anti-inflammatory supplement made from hemp plants. Hemp is a non-intoxicating type of cannabis that doesn’t produce a high or other psychoactive effect.
Thousands of dogs and humans take CBD supplements daily without any side effects. Just remember only to give your dog pet-safe CBD, and never CBD products designed for human consumption.
While some human CBD products may be safe for dogs, others can contain high amounts of THC, the intoxicating cannabis compound that causes a high and is considered poisonous to animals.
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Combining CBD with other medications
Many senior dogs will take CBD alongside prescribed medications. Usually, this is completely safe. CBD is thought to be compatible with most types of drugs.
However, there are some medications that do not mix well with CBD – particularly those related to thyroid management, blood pressure management, or blood thinning.
Researchers believe that CBD affects the enzymes responsible for breaking down these drugs, which can lead to high-than-normal levels of medication remaining in dogs’ bodies. This is sometimes known as the “grapefruit effect.”
Because CBD can cause mild sleepiness in dogs, it may increase feelings of fatigue when taken alongside medications such as opioids, benzodiazepines, or antihistamines like Benadryl, which can also produce a sedating effect.
Always consult an animal healthcare expert when planning to combine CBD or other supplements with existing treatments.