CBD Oil for Dogs and Pets in NZ – Everything You Need to Know

We love our dogs, so of course, we want to keep them healthy, happy, and thriving. Whether it’s reducing your dog’s pain levels, helping them with inflammation, or even treating seizures, keeping your dog healthy will leave them happier and with a better quality of life.

One natural treatment option could help your dog stay healthy in a variety of ways – CBD.

Although CBD oil is legal prescription medicine for humans, it is not available legally for animals in NZ. The Cannabis Clinic can prescribe CBD oil for people for a variety of reasons, from stress and wellness to pain and insomnia or anxiety. 

CBD oil and dogs

When you think of CBD oil, you probably haven’t thought that it could offer anything for dogs – but it turns out that CBD shows a lot of potential as a treatment for multiple canine health disorders.

Here are the ways that CBD for dogs can be used.

Reduces inflammation

One area where CBD oil could help your dog is by reducing inflammation. Inflammatory conditions can leave your dog with a reduced range of motion, in pain, and struggling to participate in their regular activities.

Canine diseases that are caused by inflammation include inflammatory bowel disease, osteoarthritis, and dermatitis.

CBD has demonstrated a significant ability to reduce inflammation and possibly help your dog with their inflammatory disorder.

Reduces pain

There’s nothing worse than seeing your dog in pain, and to make it even worse, we often don’t realise that our dogs are in pain until it’s very painful. Because of this, it’s important to know the signs that your dog might be in pain.

Signs that your dog might be in pain include:

  • Sensitive to touch
  • Less active than usual
  • Crying out
  • Rapid, shallow breathing
  • Excessive licking of one area

But your dog doesn’t have to suffer from pain; natural treatment options like CBD oil have shown great promise in helping to reduce the symptoms of pain.

One way that CBD oil for pets may act as a pain reliever is by increasing the effects of serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that is well-known for its positive effects on mood. But serotonin can also block pain, especially in cases of chronic pain. CBD can activate serotonin receptors and, therefore, could help to reduce pain in your dog by increasing serotonin activity.

How can CBD oil help dogs?

As the research tells us, CBD oil can make some significant changes to your dog’s health by reducing their pain levels and reducing their inflammation. The main way that CBD induces these effects is by interacting with certain receptors. The type of receptor and the location of those receptors determines the response that your dog will experience.

Endocannabinoid receptors exist in mammalian brains, so we know that mammals like dogs can experience the many effects of CBD. Knowing that CBD can impact your dog, here are some of the ways that you could help your dog by using CBD oil for pets.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is an inflammatory condition that causes the cartilage in your dog’s joints to deteriorate. As the cartilage deteriorates, the cushion that protects their joints from bone starts to disappear, leaving the joint more susceptible to damage and pain. Also known as degenerative joint disease, osteoarthritis progresses over time and can leave your dog in pain and with a reduced range of motion.

If your dog is suffering from osteoarthritis, CBD may be able to help. Multiple studies have demonstrated the ability of CBD oil to improve the symptoms of osteoarthritis in dogs. These studies found that CBD oil improved pain levels, mobility, and activity levels in dogs with osteoarthritis.

Seizure disorders

Seizure disorders can be especially debilitating for dogs, causing them to lose control of their muscles and convulse when a seizure occurs. Seizure disorders can leave your dog scared, in pain, and in danger of hurting themselves or suffering from brain damage.

The good news for owners of dogs suffering from seizures is that CBD could offer some relief.

A recent study published in 2019 found that CBD oil reduced the frequency of seizures in dogs that suffered from idiopathic epilepsy. Importantly, the study also found that the owners of the dogs reported no negative side effects from the CBD treatment.

While more research is needed into the effects of CBD on canine seizures to fully understand how it works, this early stage research is certainly promising.

How to give CBD oil to your dog

If you’re interested in CBD oil for your dog’s ailments, you may be wondering how exactly to give CBD oil to your dog.

Consuming CBD oil is easy for humans – you can choose between vaping, topicals, nasal sprays, and edible products, to name a few. But for dogs, it can be a bit harder to incorporate CBD oil into their routine.

To make it easier to give your dog CBD oil, you can purchase ready-to-consume CBD dog treats. These are ideal because they are fuss-free and easy to dose, and your dog will love them.

If you can’t find CBD dog treats, you can simply mix CBD oil into your dog’s food. Handy hint – you may find it easier to add CBD oil to wet dog food, rather than dry.

For any questions about dosing, it’s best to ask your veterinarian what dose of CBD will be best for your dog and their health issues.

CBD oil side effects

If you’re interested in CBD oil for dogs, one of the benefits is its high safety profile. CBD is largely considered to be safe, and studies involving CBD oil for dogs have shown that CBD may result in no negative side effects.

Some mild side effects from CBD oil use are possible. These can include:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Dry mouth
  • Lethargy

One side effect that you don’t have to worry about when giving your dog CBD is any psychoactive effects. CBD isn’t intoxicating, meaning that it can’t get you or your dog high.

The bottom line

Whether you’re wanting to treat your dog’s pain and inflammation or perhaps more serious conditions, like a seizure disorder, CBD for pets could offer a lot of help.

CBD has demonstrated impressive therapeutic abilities and could help to improve your dog’s overall quality of life.

If you’re thinking about giving CBD oil to your dog, be sure to source it from a reputable supplier, selling only the best quality CBD oil for dogs in NZ, and go to your veterinarian if you have any questions or concerns.

MBChB (Otago), BSc (Auckland) - As our tele-medicine doctor and author, Dr. Waseem keeps busy educating both patients and doctors about medicinal cannabis. He also consults with people from all over New Zealand, offering a listening ear and giving the most relevant advice.

10 thoughts on “CBD Oil for Dogs and Pets in NZ – Everything You Need to Know

  1. Debbie Redmond says:

    My 10yo border collie has arthritis and his dysplasia in his back legs. Therefore no more running for him and playing with the ball. This is very sad as he is a very active dog

    • Dr. Waseem Alzaher says:

      Hi Paul, thanks for the question. Yes you can buy CBD oil that has been prescribed to you but unfortunately at this time we cannot prescribe CBD oil for a dog. We consider CBD oil a very safe product and use it for a wide range of conditions, including wellness and stress, so it is quite easy to be prescribed. Hope this helps.

  2. Eve Berry says:

    How can I get CBD oil prescribed please? I am 75 years old and apart from anxiety and sleep problems, have severe back pain and arthritis along with chronic CHD. Any advice or assistance you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    • Dr. Waseem Alzaher says:

      Hi Eve, thanks for the question, happy to help. We can prescribe you CBD oil if you talk to one of our doctors, it should be no problem at all. We have had some good results using CBD oil for pain and sleep so I encourage you to give it a try. Please let me know if I can be of more help. Take care

  3. Adele linton says:

    Hello my 7 year old golden retriever bella has been diagnosed with aggressive melanoma on her paw and is now in lymp gland and in her lung her paw is messy and told it won’t heal can I put CBD OIL ON THE WOUND were she had biopsy taken look forward to your reply many thanx adele

    • Dr. Waseem Alzaher says:

      Hi Adele, thanks for the question. Sorry to hear about your golden retriever. We are happy for people to use CBD oil topically i.e. on the skin, so if it was my pet, I wouldn’t mind. However, I am not a vet to give any formal advice 🙂 I hope this helps.

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