FEB 22, 2024 5:00 AM PST

Survey Finds 38% of Danish Dog Owners Give Their Pets Cannabinoids

WRITTEN BY: Kerry Charron

A study published in PLoS ONE analyzed survey data provided by Danish dog owners. The University of Copenhagen research team found that 38 percent of dog owners give their dogs cannabinoids (specifically cannabidiol or CBD). Cannabis is not legal for veterinary use in Denmark, but pet owners are giving their dogs CBD without a prescription. 

The research team distributed an anonymous survey on social media to find out about the use and purposes of cannabinoids for canines. Survey questions included the types of products used, the reasons for use, and pet owners' perceptions about cannabinoid effectiveness. 

Over two thousand respondents completed the survey. 38% reported using at least one cannabinoid product for their pet. Approximately 93 percent used CBD drops or oils, and nine percent used CBD ointments or creams. The respondents mainly included residents in Denmark's two largest cities. The research team documented the dogs' weights. 24% weighed under 10 kg, 24% weighed between 10 and 20 kg, 25% weighed between 20 and 30 kg, and 27% were over 30 kg. 

Only 4% of dog owners reported using products containing THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), and the majority used CBD. The study revealed a diverse range of medical and behavioral conditions in their dogs. The most common reasons for giving dogs cannabinoids include allergies, pain, and behavioral issues. Some respondents reported using cannabinoids for their dogs' general wellness and appetite control, while some administered cannabinoid products to their dogs to manage seizures. Roughly 77% claimed cannabinoid treatments had a positive effect on their dogs.  

The researchers indicated that the study's findings do not reflect those of other studies investigating dog behavioral modification after CBD treatment. They noted that there may be placebo effects documented in the owners' evaluations. The research team emphasized the need for further research on dog cannabinoid treatments to promote safe and effective use by pet owners.

Sources: Eureka News Alert, PLoS ONE


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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