CBD & Your Dog’s Allergies: How Cannabidiol May Help Your Itchy Scratchy Dog

Using CBD to Relieve Your Dog’s Allergies & Itching

When your dog has an itch, he lets you know. You may hear his alarm bells – the clinking of his tags as he vigorously scratches around his collar. Or he may be more direct in coming to you to scratch a spot he can’t reach. However it happens, and whether he knows it or not, your dog needs you to help him stop the itch.

Unlike humans, dogs react to allergens primarily through their itchiness. This is due to the large amount of mast cells found in their skin.

It’s best to allow your vet to determine what the root issue is – especially if your dog is scratching his skin open as those wounds will need to be cleaned and your dog kept from picking at them to avoid infection. Diagnosing the reason for your dog’s itching will help you know how best to treat it. Whatever your vet tells you what the problem is, ask how your dog’s endocannabinoid system might play a role in providing relief.

What is the Endocannabinoid System, and How Does CBD Interact with it To Help My Dog’s Allergies?

CBD and an Itchy Dog: Can Canna

The endocannabinoid system was named as it was because the cannabis plant helped lead to it’s discovery in 1992. It consists of two different kind of receptors that are found all over the body – including our organs, tissues, glands, and immune system. Depending on where the receptors are in the body, they respond a little differently, but the goal is always the same: to maintain balance in the body despite whatever is going on outside of it.

Our bodies naturally create chemicals that stimulate these receptors, but they also respond to phytocannabinoids – chemicals created by plants, like cannabidiol, also known as CBD. CBD has gained a lot of attention recently as researchers have discovered how this incredible, totally safe and natural chemical helps promote such a positive response from our bodies.

What Studies Say About CBD, Allergies, and Inflammation

Scientific studies and many users have found a number of uses for CBD oil, not least of all as relief for some serious allergic reactions, including allergic dermatitis and allergic asthma – itchy skin and difficulty breathing due to allergens. It’s important to tackle the problem at the root, like getting rid of fleas or throwing out food that causes an allergic reaction in your dog. But allergy symptoms can cause so much pain and irritation, it’s a big relief and a definite step in the right direction when it comes to taking care of the ones we love most: our dogs.

CBD as a Natural Anti-Inflammatory for Your Dog

We don’t know the exact reason CBD seems to help many dogs with their allergy symptoms, but the reason my be due to the powerful anti-inflammatory effects of cannabidiol. Multiple studies [1][2] have confirmed its anti-inflammatory effect on the body, and more research is being done every month.

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CBD’s Effectiveness on Dog Allergies May Be from Its Anti-Anxiety Properties

CBD’s effectiveness on your dog’s allergies may be related to its powerful anti-anxiety and calming effects.

Many dog owners first stumble upon CBD while searching for a tool to help calm their dog’s separation anxiety, travel anxiety, or noise anxiety. CBD’s powerful calming effects have been witnessed by both people and dogs alike.

In addition, giving your dog CBD oil will help bolster his immune system and reduce his need to scratch, perhaps even getting rid of the symptom altogether while you deal with the source of the itch.

What Real Dog Owners Say About Using CBD to Alleviate Allergy Symptoms

Many dog owners originally began giving CBD to their dogs for other reasons, and discovered its effect on allergies. These examples come from the Facebook group “CBD Oil for Dogs & Cats”

“I originally started my Aussie on cbd oil for aggression issues and I noticed that the cbd oil miraculously started clearing up his allergies. Just one if the many great things cbd oil has done for my furry family members 😀. Turmeric paste is another great spice that helps with allergies and other ailments.” – Pam Smith

“Started my shi-poo on CBD oil in June. Works amazing at stopping his constant scratching!” – Kathy N Kenn Cochrane

Many pet owners saw the main benefit as a reduction in constant itching or paw licking:

“My Chihuahua had crazy allergies. Constantly licking and chewing her feet. Cbd has been a godsend.” – Vicki Bunker

My Lab Marley doesn’t sit there and lick her paws for hours since giving her CBD. – Janine Gill

“CBD is anti-inflammatory and can help dogs with allergies. Just make sure you’re buying a pure CBD oil with ZERO THC. Very important.” – Cindy Fine-Tsuchiyama

Other dog owners saw an improvement, but not complete relief:

“It seems to keep my small dog from getting his seasonal hives! But he still gets itchy. No hives is definitely an improvement though!” – Kelly Marie

My yorkie was getting at least one allergy shot a month a year ago. She’s had two since being on the oil. – Kodi S Thurmond

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How to Choose a Quality CBD Product for Your Dog’s Allergies and Itching

When choosing a CBD product for allergies, we’d highly recommend choosing an oil tincture as opposed to treats. This is simply because there’s less ingredients, usually the CBD oil itself, along with a carrier oil such as MCT oil (coconut based) or our preference, Hemp Seed Oil (a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which also helps allergy symptoms)

Cannanine™ Organic Hemp Oil for our dogs is made with human grade ingredients and legal for use in all 50 states. It doesn’t contain any THC, so you don’t need to worry about your dog feeling “high.”

Additional Resources & Citations

  1. Cannabinoids as novel anti-inflammatory drugs [NIH]
  2. Cannabidiol attenuates cardiac dysfunction, oxidative stress, fibrosis, and inflammatory and cell death signaling pathways in diabetic cardiomyopathy. [NIH]
  3. Cannabis Oil for Dogs: Everything You Need to Know [PetMD]

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