CBD for Dogs with Arthritis

February 06, 2024
CBD for Dogs with Arthritis
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Does your dog suffer from arthritis? Many pet owners use CBD oil to help relieve joint pain for dogs with arthritis. CBD oil has natural properties that aid in reducing pain and inflammation caused by arthritis.

Currently, the FDA hasn’t approved CBD oil for pets, and until they do, we don’t make any direct claims and recommend you read the current research for yourself. While more studies are needed on CBD oil benefits for pets, new research is starting to emerge, and the results are promising.

clinical study found that CBD oil significantly decreased pain and increased activity for dogs that suffer from osteoarthritis. The study concluded that 2 mg of CBD given twice daily could increase comfort and activity for dogs that suffer from osteoarthritis.

Another more recent study also found that CBD oil can decrease pain and increase mobility for dogs with osteoarthritis. The study also found there were no harmful side effects.

Benefits of CBD Oil for Dogs with Arthritis and Joint Pain

CBD Oil does not cure arthritis for dogs, but it can help in other ways:

Pain Management

According to another study, CBD oil can reduce joint pain for your dog by using a therapeutic target and mechanism. CBD also has fewer systemic adverse effects. By giving your dog the correct dose of CBD oil, you can increase their quality of life through pain management.


A common symptom of arthritis and hip dysplasia, inflammation can also be excruciating for your dog. Studies confirm that CBD oil has anti-inflammatory properties that can relieve pain for your dog.

An Alternative to Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

NSAIDs are a common prescription drug for controlling pain and inflammation. Recent studies report adverse side effects from giving your dog NSAIDs. And the FDA warns pet owners to be cautious when giving their dogs NSAIDs for treating pain. CBD oil provides a side effect free alternative to NSAIDs.

Helps with Mobility

A direct benefit of reduced pain and inflammation is increased mobility. Your dog will have more energy and interest in participating in high-energy activities. This is especially true for senior dogs that are more prone to joint pain and inflammation.

How Much CBD Oil for Dogs with Arthritis

Every CBD oil company will have its own guidelines for how much of their product you should give your pet because CBD oil quality and concentrations can differ between products. First, check your labels and then talk to your veterinarian to ensure the dosage amount is safe for your dog.

Factors that affect the dose of CBD Oil include:

  • The potency of the CBD Oil
  • Weight of your dog
  • The ailment that you’re treating

A General Dosage Guideline for Joint Pain

For treating joint pain caused by arthritis, a general guideline for CBD Oil dosage for dogs is:

0.2 mg CBD oil x the weight of your dog (in pounds)

For example, a 25 lb. dog would need 5 mg of CBD oil. Then you need to factor in the potency of the CBD oil. A 150 mg formula usually contains about 5 mg of CBD per ml of oil.

Most high-quality CBD oil products are formulated with this general guideline in mind, so treats and tinctures are tailored toward different dog weights/sizes and are in easy-to-use doses.

Consult Your Veterinarian

While you don’t need a prescription for CBD oil products, it’s wise to talk to your veterinarian before giving your dog CBD oil. Your vet can advise you on how best to treat your dog’s arthritis and joint pain.

If your dog is already taking prescription medications, you should not give your dog CBD oil until after talking to your veterinarian. They’ll know if it is safe to take with your dog’s prescriptions.

How Long Does it Take for CBD Oil to Work For Joint Pain in Dogs?

A recent study found that a 2 mg dose given twice daily can decrease pain and increase mobility for dogs with arthritis. The study assessed the dogs after two weeks and four weeks and found an elimination half-life of just over 4 hours at both doses with no side effects.

Because every dog is different, you should talk to your vet before giving your dog CBD oil and start with a low dose to observe how your dog will react to the CBD oil.

What Happens if I Give My Dog Too Much CBD Oil?

If you accidentally give your dog too much CBD oil, your dog may experience these common signs:

  • Lethargy
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite

If your dog shows any of these symptoms, contact your veterinarian. In most cases, your dog won’t need any treatment other than to let the symptoms pass. But you’ll want to watch your dog to make sure the symptoms don’t get worse.

To ensure you don’t give your dog too much CBD oil, follow the instructions on the product’s label, and it’s always wise to start with a lower dose to first see how your pet will react to the CBD oil.

Your Dog May Benefit from Taking CBD Oil to Treat Joint Pain

If your dog suffers from joint pain caused by arthritis, then you may want to consider treating their joint pain with CBD oil. CBD oil does not cure arthritis, but it can help manage the pain from sore joints.

Dope Dog offers high-quality CBD oil products to help manage joint pain and inflammation for dogs with arthritis. CBD treats and oils can help relieve pain for your dog and increase mobility for a better quality of life.

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