Can CBD help arthritis in dogs and cats?

Osteoarthritis is as common in pets as it is in humans. As your pet ages, the daily wear and tear on its joints slowly create stiffness, inflammation and pain. This is another significant condition that affects your pet’s quality of life and, conversely, the relationship you have with your pet. 

The 9 symptoms of arthritis in your dog.

Here are some of the symptoms that may mean your pet is suffering inflammation, pain, and discomfort from osteoarthritis. 

Dogs can exhibit many different signs when they have OA, and they do not necessarily demonstrate all the same signs all the time. The most common signs dog owners may notice include:

  • Difficulty getting up and down
  • Walking stiffly
  • Lameness in one or more legs
  • Reluctance to go up and/or down stairs
  • Reluctance to jump up or down (onto/off furniture or into/out of a vehicle)
  • Stiff, swollen, or sore joints
  • Reluctance to be touched on some parts of the body
  • Loss of stamina
  • Unexpected aggression towards other dogs or towards humans.

The research below are examples of studies that have shown that CBD supplements can reduce inflammation and related pain related to osteoarthritis in animals.


Pharmacokinetics, Safety, and Clinical Efficacy of Cannabidiol Treatment in Osteoarthritic Dogs Frontiers in Veterinary Science, July 2018

Clinically, canine brief pain inventory and Hudson activity scores showed a significant decrease in pain and increase in activity with CBD oil.

Attenuation of early phase inflammation by cannabidiol prevents pain and nerve damage in rat osteoarthritis Pain September 2010

This study showed for the first time that local CBD administration inhibited pain and peripheral sensitisation in established OA.