MAY 09, 2023 6:10 AM PDT

Study Will Examine CBD Treatments for Dogs in Post-Surgical Pain

WRITTEN BY: Kerry Charron

A study will assess whether the addition of CBD can support pain management in dogs after undergoing orthopedic surgery. Funding provided by Morris Animal Foundation will support research conducted by the veterinary research team at the University of Saskatchewan. Although pet CBD products have become popular in the last decade, there are few controlled studies focusing on CBD’s efficacy as a pain management tool for pets.

The research team will examine CBD’s effect on pain relief in dogs undergoing a procedure used to treat cranial cruciate ligament tears called tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO). TPLO surgery is a common procedure in dogs and post-surgical recovery often involves significant discomfort.

The researchers will study the effect of adding CBD oil to the standard protocol used to manage postoperative pain. The dogs will be randomly assigned to either receive a group receiving a placebo treatment or CBD doses in addition to the standard pain control regime. Surveys and physical examinations will be used to assess pain, and the results will be compared between the two groups.

CBD is often used to reduce inflammation and pain for dogs with arthritis and other autoimmune diseases, and now many pet owners started to give their dogs CBD after surgery to ease any pain. According to study author Dr. Alan Chicoine, “This study hopes to objectively answer whether, in this situation, CBD provides some benefit. If it does, we want to get that information out to the veterinary community. Then dog owners, in consultation with their family veterinarian, can decide if CBD is right for them.” It is critical to discuss potential CBD use with your veterinarian so that you can make the best possible post-surgical treatment plans in light of your dog’s health status, potential interactions with other medications, and other unique factors. 

Sources: Eureka News Alert


About the Author
Bachelor's (BA/BS/Other)
Kerry Charron writes about medical cannabis research. She has experience working in a Florida cultivation center and has participated in advocacy efforts for medical cannabis.
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