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CBD and Cats.


WHATS SO GREAT ABOUT CBD ANYWAYS?

Using Cannabis as medicine is not new.

We are not the first civilization that has used this plant for it’s medicinal purposes. What’s great about modern technology and medical research is that we now have the technology to harness the medicinal properties of cannabis and to innovate pure products.

While there is emerging research on the use of cannabis for dogs (cat studies to follow!), much of what we know today is anecdotal or extrapolated from human medicine. Anecdotal evidence is mainly composed of individual reports. For example, a cat might have accidentally ingested some medical marijuana and the guardian noticed a resolution of symptoms. Maybe after consuming the cannabis, the pet was able to jump on the bed again or was more playful.

CBD has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties, reduce anxiety, improve overall well being, reduce pain and lessen or eliminate  seizure activity. To learn more about CBD and the physiology behind cannabis.

Below are some conditions that CBD may be helpful for in kitties:

1. Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD): This is frustratingly common in cats. CBD may have a place alongside other therapies to help reduce inflammation and therefore symptoms. Cats with IBD may vomit, have diarrhea or may lose weight. To learn more about why cats vomit click here. I generally use diet and herbs to help control IBD symptoms in kitties. 

Dosing: I start with 0.2 mg/kg twice daily and increase gradually for kitties with IBD. If you are using PAWMEDS, I start with 1-2 drops twice daily and then increase. 

2. Pancreatitis: Many cats with IBD also have pancreatitis. Like IBD it can be frustrating to treat. I use a low fat diet, PAWMEDS, herbal remedies, and digestive enzymes to help control inflammation of the pancreas.

Dosing: I start with 0.1 mg/kg twice daily and increase to 0.5 mg/kg twice daily. If you are using PAWMEDS, start with 1 drop twice daily and increase gradually. If your kitty tolerates this product, I recommend getting the PAWMEDS as it will require smaller volumes of oil for the same dose. It is twice as concentrated. It is very important to minimize fat consumption in these kitties. 

3. Arthritis: Cats that suffer from arthritis need all the help they can get. Unfortunately many painful cats suffer because we don’t have great pharmaceutical options that are safe. Because cats tend to be reclusive and don’t travel as readily, they are less likely to get treatment for their aches and pains. I have found CBD to be an extremely effective anti-inflammatory for these kitties. 

Dosing: I start with 0.5 mg/kg of CBD twice daily and increase gradually. If you are using PAWMEDS, start with 2-4 drops twice daily and increase. It can take 2-4 weeks to see results with body pain. Be patient!

4. Cancer: This is a popular use for CBD in both animals and people. There are many reports of longer survival times with better quality of life for both people and animals with cancer. Unfortunately, we don’t have any great studies that prove how or why this happens. This will change in the near future.

Dosing: I start with 0.5 mg/kg of CBD twice daily and increase gradually. If you are using PAWMEDS, start with 2-4 drops twice daily and increase.

5. Asthma. Like all of the disease listed above, asthma is a common inflammatory disease of cats. Some cats have very minor symptoms that need little to no medical interventions. Other cats require life long treatment by inhaler. CBD may be a great option to help these kitties have less inflammation and therefore less asthma attacks. It is important that you never stop medications your kitty is taking before speaking with your veterinarian. If your cat needs an inhaler to breathe, don’t substitute CBD oil for their daily inhaled medications.

Dosing: I start with 0.5 mg/kg of CBD twice daily and increase gradually. If you are using PAWMEDS, start with 2-4 drops twice daily and increase.

6Chronic Upper Respiratory Infections. This has been an unexpected but delightful side effect of patients that have been given PAWMEDS for arthritis or asthma. Kitties that  have had life long symptoms of chronic viral infections have experienced significant relief.

Dosing: I start with 0.5 mg/kg of CBD twice daily and increase gradually. If you are using PAWMEDS, start with 2-4 drops twice daily and increase.

7. Seizures. While these are uncommon in kitties, I have seen amazing responses in kitties that suffer from seizures. If your kitty is already taking medications for seizures, do not stop those abruptly and always work with your veterinarian.

Dosing: I start with 0.5 mg/kg twice daily and increase as needed. Some kitties may need up to 3 mg/kg twice daily. If you are using PAWMEDS, start with 2-4 drops twice daily and increase. If your kitty tolerates this product, I recommend getting the PAWMEDS as it will require smaller volumes of oil for the same dose.