Many pets have needed extra care during COVID-19, often due to the added stress from the unpredictability of the ongoing pandemic. “Pets’ world just suddenly turned upside down . . . A lot of it is because routines are upended, and pets have no idea how to function in the new world order,” Stephanie Borns-Weil from Cummings Veterinary Medical Center told Tufts Now. Your pet may do well with a prescription for patience, behavioral correction, and sticking to a routine. However, many owners look to CBD treats as a quick fix.
According to Grand View Research, the global CBD pet market size was valued at $125 million in 2020 and is expected to grow at an annual rate of 58.9%. And rising diagnoses of anxiety disorders in dogs is a possible factor in this growth. This includes moisturizing CBD pet balms, CBD-infused treats and chews, as well as rinse-less shampoos to provide quick, concentrated relief. Of these, oil-based treats and capsules may work better because “CBD incorporated in a fatty substance demonstrates the most efficient and consistent absorption,” professor of veterinary neurology Stephanie McGrath told Insider.
With the limited studies on CBD for pets, low doses have been deemed safe for healthy dogs (via MDPI). However, the benefits of CBD are still mostly anecdotal — in both humans and dogs.