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CBD Oil for Dog Allergies

CBD Oil for Dog Allergies

If you have a dog with allergies, you know how difficult it is to see your pet struggle with the symptoms. Dogs with seasonal allergies, for example, might itch and scratch themselves like crazy.  This affects sleep, skin health and the ability to just enjoy day-to-day life.

Unfortunately, when most people go to the vet, they leave with a prescription for a drug like Apoquel.
That’s not the answer.
Thankfully, there are natural treatments out there. And one that’s getting a lot of attention right now is CBD oil for dog allergies.

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The Science behind CBD Oil for Dog Allergies

CBD oil is an extract from the cannabis plant. It has a number of healing properties and is an effective anti-pain and anti-anxiety treatment …

And yes! You can also use CBD to treat your dog’s allergies. But let’s back up a bit and explain why.

All mammals have an endocannabinoid system (ECS). It’s the natural system within the body that processes cannabinoids. Those are the active ingredients in cannabis and hemp. The body also makes its own natural cannabinoids.

Cannabinoid receptors in the ECS regulate many important functions in the body. This includes in the brain, the organs and the nervous and immune systems.

When your dog gets allergies, they can affect the proper function of the ECS. That’s how the symptoms happen. Allergies occur when your dog’s immune system thinks something is a threat. Sometimes these things are harmless, such as pollen. The immune system responds by causing swelling sneezing, and itchiness. This is the body trying to protect itself from the allergen, even though it isn’t actually dangerous.

The cannabinoids in CBD oil help to reduce those allergy symptoms. They do this by supplementing the natural endocannabinoids in the body. They’re essentially subsidizing your dog’s endocannabinoid system.

A groundbreaking 2007 study showed that the endocannabinoid system is linked to allergic contact dermatitis. That means allergic skin reactions in animals. Researchers found that certain cannabinoids can fight allergic reactions. They noted, “These results demonstrate a protective role of the endocannabinoid system in contact allergy in the skin and suggest a target for therapeutic intervention.”

Later, a 2012 study on dogs with atopic dermatitis showed that CBD could treat the symptoms. CBD oil improved the appearance of the dogs’ skin and seemed to reduce itchiness.

And that’s not all. We know that CBD oil is a powerful anti-inflammatory, so it can soothe the itch and swelling caused by allergies.

Is CBD Oil Safe For Dogs?


A 2018 study concluded that CBD is totally safe for dogs. The dogs in the study seemed to experience no side effects of CBD treatment. Others, such as this study on osteoarthritic dogs, have not noted any side-effects either.

A recent survey of US veterinarians showed that many vets felt that CBD oil is safe for dogs. They didn’t notice any real side-effects of CBD, although it makes some dogs sleepy. And vets are getting questions regularly from interested clients about CBD oil.

To be safe, be sure to give your dog the correct dosage of CBD oil. If you’re still nervous, talk to your holistic vet before giving it to your dog..

Why We Need Natural Allergy Medication For Dogs

There are many reasons to avoid giving your dog Apoquel®. The same goes for other conventional allergy drugs. We know that allergies are the body’s response to a foreign invader. And that’s ok, but you still want to help relieve those symptoms.

The issue is, most conventional drugs work by suppressing the immune system. The problem with that? They weaken the immune system and make your dog more vulnerable to actual threats.

CBD oil directly affects the cannabinoid receptors in the brain. This works to reduce the allergic reaction. It doesn’t suppress the immune system, but rather it works through the ECS to manage the allergy symptoms.

CBD oil has minimal side-effects, including possible drowsiness. Compare that to conventional meds which can cause nausea, vomiting and organ damage. What’s more, CBD oil supports your dog’s overall health. It promotes a healthy coat, reduces pain and helps your dog stay calm and anxiety-free.

Always give your dog high-quality CBD supplements. After all, the health of your four-legged best friend is worth the investment!

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FAQs about Allergies

Is CBD good for allergies?

Yes. Research shows that CBD can effectively soothe allergic reactions in dogs.

This is because CBD is a natural anti-inflammatory that works in humans, dogs, and other mammals. CBD oil is good for allergies because it reduces the swelling and inflammation associated with allergies.

Does CBD oil help with itching in dogs?

Yes, if the itching is caused by allergies. A small 2012 study on dogs with atopic dermatitis – that is, an allergic rash on the skin – showed that CBD can effectively treat atopic dermatitis and reduce itchiness.

The researchers concluded that CBD can regulate our immune system and improve how it functions, thus reducing allergic reactions.

What’s more is that many dog owners also note that CBD oil reduced itchy allergic rashes and swelling on their dogs’ skin.

Is hemp oil or CBD oil better for allergies?

While CBD oil may be derived from hemp, it’s not the same thing as hemp oil. Hemp oil might not contain CBD at all.

Hemp oil contains omega-3 fatty acids. This is great for a healthy coat and skin. However, it doesn’t do anything to soothe allergies.

CBD oil – including hemp-derived oil – effectively treats allergies. It can reduce itching, inflammation, and swelling, according to the available research as well as anecdotes from vets and dog owners.

Remember that not all hemp oil contains CBD. If it doesn’t say CBD on the packaging, don’t expect the benefits of CBD to work for your dog.

What dosage of CBD oil should I give my dog for allergies?

This depends on your dog’s size. The smaller the dog, the lower the dosage you should give them. It can be anywhere from 0.5mg a day to 5mg a day, which could gradually increase to 30mg or more a day.

It’s best to start with a small amount of CBD oil and gradually increase it over time. For more information, view our dosage chart or ask a veterinarian for advice. Holistic veterinarians are more likely to know about CBD oil for dogs.

Should I use CBD oil or Apoquel for my dog’s allergies?

While Apoquel is an effective way to treat dog allergies, it has a few side-effects.

Allergies happen when your immune system perceives something harmless – like pollen – to be a threat. Most allergy medication, including Apoquel, work by suppressing the immune system. This could weaken the immune system and make your dog vulnerable to a disease.

The possible side-effects of Apoquel include:

  • Vomiting
  • Appetite loss
  • Diarrhea
  • UTIs
  • Lethargy
  • Pneumonia
  • Ear infections
  • Behavioral changes

CBD, on the other hand, has very little side effects, according to research. It’s a very effective, natural, and safe way to treat your dog’s allergies.


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