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This dosage has been found to be both safe and somewhat effective for just the conditions studied (arthritis and seizures). Additional research is needed to evaluate the necessary dosages for CBD in treating other conditions.

Osteoarthritis, often abbreviated as arthritis, is one of the most common inflammatory conditions in dogs.

However, the anti-nausea effects of CBD seen in people who undergo chemotherapy have also been documented in rats and ferrets, suggesting that dogs receiving chemotherapy may benefit from CBD treatment.

How Much CBD Can You Give Dogs?

Unlike CBD, THC ingestion can cause serious problems for your pet.

But because CBD is not psychoactive, it is unlikely that CBD has the ability to directly treat canine anxiety in the way that Prozac and other medications do. The use of CBD for anxiety in dogs, as with most conditions, requires substantially more research.

Seizures are probably the most-studied application of CBD in people, but limited research exists for pets. In dogs, seizures can be caused by a vast number of underlying conditions.

Perhaps the biggest misconception is that CBD is useful in managing a dog’s anxiety. In theory, it is possible that CBD, by reducing pain and inflammation, could indirectly reduce anxiety caused by pain or inflammation.

CBD, or cannabidiol, comes from cannabis plants. However, unlike marijuana, it doesn't contain delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, more commonly known as THC. That's what's responsible for marijuana's high.

"If it's cheap, there's a reason why it's cheap," Sinn says.  

Can CBD Help Treat My Dog’s Health Conditions?

A study published in Frontiers in Veterinary Science showed that a CBD-based oil helped a collection of beagles with osteoarthritis experience "increase[d] comfort and activity in the home environment." It's a small study, but it shows CBD can work.

"You're going to ask me about CBD, aren't you?" Sinn said in a lecture she gave last year. 

In the 2016 survey, nearly half of 282 respondents said hemp products helped ease anxiety in some way. Even more anecdotally, Jeffrey Powers, DVM, told Consumer Reports that CBD helps calm his Saint Bernard's noise anxiety. However, a 2020 study on CBD's effects on firework-related anxiety wasn't as promising.