Dog Lifestyle, Pet Anxiety, Pet Health

Review of the Latest Science-Backed Research for Pet Hemp CBD Products and How to Choose the Best CBD Hemp Product for Your Pet

We get asked a lot about whether or not there are research studies that support the benefits of CBD for pets.

The question about whether there is science for CBD for pets is a completely fair and reasonable question.   Notedly, the science to support the benefits of CBD for pets did fall behind the large amount of anecdotal evidence that supported the benefits of CBD for pets mostly due to the prolonged historical illegality of hemp. 

Now that hemp is legal, the body of science is quickly growing.  Here is a summary of some important research related to pets and CBD from hemp.  


Research Studies Bioavailability of CBD

A clinical trial conducted at  Colorado State University  tested three ways to administer CBD in thirty dogs; CBD-infused oil, microencapsulated oil beads, and CBD-infused transdermal cream.

The conclusion found absorbing CBD-infused through the mucus membrane of the mouth as the most effective way for pets to ingest CBD.

Learn more about the principles of Bioavailability in our article on Nano CBD and if you need it.
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Research studies found that CBD is bioavailable to dogs

This is interesting news but unfortunately the study did not review the increased bioavailability option of water soluble CBD from Hemp like those in Relieve Plus and Calm, products offered by The Popular pets


Research Studies on Dog Arthritis and CBD


A recent clinical trial at  Baylor College of Medicine  shows that CBD treatment significantly improved arthritic pain in dogs and increased activity. A similar study in 2018 at  Cornell University made the same claim that CBD improved arthritis allowing dogs to be more active, which is especially important for our senior dogs.


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Research Studies on Dog Epilepsy and CBD


Treating epilepsy with CBD is showing similar favorable results in epileptic dogs as in humans. A Colorado State University  clinical trial found CBD oil reduced the frequency of seizures in 89 percent of epileptic dogs.

My Great Dane’s epilepsy was treated with heavy pharmaceuticals which left her listless and added to that, were not very effective. 

She eventually passed several years ago due to complications from epilepsy: Alice went into status epilepticus where she couldn’t stop seizing. It was a nightmare and left her in a very poor state. 

We could not get a handle on it and deeply regret that there were not effective CBD treatments available at that time.


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Seizures affect many dog lovers and is a complex issue to navigate with your vet

Seizures are a complicated problem for many dog owners.


Research Related to Cancer and Dogs and CBD


The University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine is currently conducting a  clinical trial using CBD oil to treat the side effects and pain associated with chemotherapy treatment for Lymphoma in dogs. This specific trial also is examining whether or not the CBD oil will have any effect on the blood concentrations of the chemotherapy drugs used.

All of this is certainly exciting for the pet lovers that only desire the happiest and healthiest pets.  Meanwhile, while the body of research supports our own positive experiences with  CBD and pets here are some top tips for you when selecting a CBD infused product for your pet.

Top Tips for Selecting CBD for Your Pet

Is the CBD ingredient grown in the United States? 

 Not all non-US products are bad but due to the way that hemp grows it is safest to be very particular about the source of the hemp you give your pet.

Hemp roots are very extensive and therefore impurities in the soil can be taken up on the plant.  


Is the CBD product manufactured in the United States?


Again, CBD products have had a huge surge in popularity.  Unfortunately with that comes several imposters or inferior products on the market.  Look for all factors relating to quality, one of which is where the product is manufactured.

Is the CBD product it tested?

CBD, like any product, can contain contaminants.  It is important to assess whether the products you provide to your pet are of utmost quality.  Testing is another way to measure quality and purity.  


Do the products contain other beneficial ingredients?

CBD is an exciting new ingredient on the market however, it is one of many that can help your pet.  Do not rely on one known effective ingredient but look for other complimentary research backed ingredients that also support your pets needs for the greatest efficacy.

Looking for a quality CBD product for your pet?  Check out Calm or Relieve Plus for targeted relief and easy to spray in mouth, on treats, or on food.


We hope you are looking for products that check the box on quality and efficacy but using the research and the selection criteria above.  Our Pet Wellness  CBD products certainly do.  Our research backed pet formulas are triple tested for purity, grown and made in the USA, and contain not only nature’s powerful CBD but other beneficial terpenes and botanicals that are also science backed to meet your pets needs.  Let your pet enjoy the benefits of CBD and treat your bestie with the best with the best Pet Wellness products today!