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CBD For Animals: Can CBD Topicals Help Pets?

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Many of the problems that plague us as humans have become common among our pets as well — from osteoarthritis and cancer to eczema and allergies. This could lead us to wonder if human CBD could be helpful for dogs and cats — especially if you’ve benefited from CBD oils and topicals yourself. As it turns out, topical CBD for animals can offer a host of benefits when used appropriately. However, before you start smothering your beloved companion in your favorite Chocolate Sundae CBD oil, get the information you need by reading about topical CBD for animals below!

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Benefits of Topical CBD for Animals

Pain and Inflammation

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that tends to affect elderly pets and greatly reduces their ability to run, jump, play, and enjoy life. If you’ve been asking yourself, “Can dogs have CBD oil to help with their pain?”, the answer is “Yes!” — if that CBD oil is pet-safe, pure and completely free from THC, colors, and flavorings.

Like humans, dogs and cats have a network of cannabinoid receptors throughout their bodies known as an endocannabinoid system. However, they are much more sensitive than humans and only need a little bit of pure, unflavored cannabidiol oil to enjoy the benefits of topical CBD.

What the Science Says

Using topical CBD for pain has been well documented in research, with some more recent studies focusing on CBD for animals specifically. Here’s a quick roundup of studies supporting the use of CBD for pain in animals:

  • In a 2016 study, laboratory rats with induced arthritis were given topical applications of cannabidiol over four consecutive days. The results were very positive, with marked reductions in joint pain and inflammation and a thickening of the synovial membrane that cushions the joints.
  • In a 2017 study, laboratory rats were given local CBD before and after being made to develop arthritis. The results were stunning — late CBD administration blocked the pain entirely and early administration prevented damage to the nerves throughout the normal progression of the disease.

If your pet has been diagnosed with osteoarthritis and you would like to try some topical CBD for animals, a holistic veterinarian will be able to guide you regarding the frequency and amount of oil to apply to the affected joints.

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Irritated Skin

In addition to arthritis, dry, itchy, and flaking skin are also very common in dogs and cats, and studies using CBD for pets are starting to show very promising results. However, before using your human CBD on dogs or cats, first, go to the vet and find out what is causing the irritation — as it could be caused by an underlying condition such as:

  • An autoimmune disease
  • Skin parasites
  • Tick-borne illnesses
  • A bacterial skin infection

Dry skin can also be a symptom of seasonal allergies, too frequent bathing, or a reaction to a substance that you use at home. Ask your vet what is causing your pet’s symptoms and how to prevent the problem. Then ask if your dog or cat can have CBD oil, what’s the best CBD for your pet, and how frequently the oil should be applied.

What the Science Says

While CBD for animals can’t do much to get rid of parasites and ticks (you’ll need a vet-approved treatment for those), it has been shown to help with other symptoms of skin irritation, including the following:

Atopic Dermatitis

This common, often widespread condition occurs in dogs as well as in humans (where it is known as eczema). According to research, cannabidiol shows promise for treating atopic dermatitis in dogs. More research is needed to confirm these results.

Allergic Contact Dermatitis

Allergic contact dermatitis can occur when a dog comes into contact with a substance that their body perceives as a threat — such as a harsh shampoo or outdoor pollen. According to this study, topical CBD for animals could reduce the inflammation associated with allergic contact dermatitis — giving your pet welcome relief from the itch.

Other Skin Conditions

In humans, topical CBD has been shown to help with epidermolysis bullosa, psoriasis, and dry skin. However, more research is needed to see if human CBD would do the same for dogs.

In every case, vets recommend a wholesome, anti-inflammatory diet that is rich in omega-3 and low in starch to reduce inflammation in the joints and the skin.

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Oral or Topical CBD for Animals?

When people ask “Can dogs have human CBD oil?” they are often thinking about oral CBD rather than topical CBD. If your pet is in pain and/or suffers from skin conditions, which method of administration is best?

In general, oral administration is better for a widespread effect where multiple joints are affected. It is also a good idea if your pet suffers from internal problems like anxiety and/or nausea, as well as topical irritation such as dermatitis. However, when your pet needs fast relief for itching or pain in one centralized location, topical CBD for animals can provide fast-acting relief where it’s needed most.

Pure, Organic CBD Oil

Topical human CBD for dogs might be helpful if it’s free from THC and other additives. However, at the end of the day, the best CBD for animals is one that is specially formulated for the needs of your pets. At Kratora, we offer a CBD liquid for dogs and cats that is derived from premium hemp and has had 100% of the THC removed. Our oil is also free from additives and neutral in flavor to prevent irritation whether used as an oral or topical oil.

Before using our CBD for animals, be sure to ask a licensed veterinarian “Can my dog have CBD oil?” and ask about the right CBD dosage for your beloved companion. Order our CBD oil online before 3 p.m. Eastern Time Monday through Friday and 1 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturdays (excluding holidays) for same-day shipping.

Please note that none of the products sold on our website are intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or medical condition.

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