Pet Parents Using CBD Products For Pets More Than Ever Before


More pet parents are turning to CBD-based products to help their dog’s ailments. Trupanion decided to look into this growth and see what it is that attracts pet parents to CBD products.

According to Trupanion, there has been ‘exponential growth’ in claims that were submitted by insured pet parents relating to CBD products. Trupanion says that in just a year alone (from 2017-2018) claims for hemp and CBD products increased by 300%. Clearly, pet parents have strong feelings about these products.

Trupanion analyzed the data of claims for its insured pet owners and found that claims for the last six years have grown exponentially with relationship to CBD products.

Perhaps this is due to the growing legislation that legalizes and supports medical use for humans as well. Human transference for our pets often occurs, as we consider them family members. By the end of 2016, citizens of California, Massachusetts, Nevada, Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington and the District of Columbia were living with marijuana use as legal. In late 2018, recreational use of cannabis became legal in Canada as well.

A recent Gallup poll also suggests that there is more public support for legalized marijuana with a record high support of 64% of Americans in 2017. Like we said, that human transference is strong.

Trupanion’s results looked at where pet parents in the United States and Canada who made CBD claims came from. They found that the states in the U.S. with the most CBD claims were Washington, New Jersey, Florida and New York, in that order.

In Canada, the Provinces with the most claims for CBD were British Columbia and Alberta, again, in that order.

When it came to the top conditions that pet owners used CBD or hemp products to treat their pets, the following issues were (in order): seizures, musculoskeletal issues such as hip dysplasia and arthritis, cancer, and behavioral conditions like anxiety or depression.

And, with Forbes Magazine predicting that Connecticut, Illinois, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont will legalize marijuana use in 2019, odds are even more pet parents will turn to CBD products as well.

It’s very important to note that CBD and hemp-based products for pets are specifically created to remove the toxic THC ingredient. There’s a big difference between human marijuana and a CBD or hemp-based product for your pet, so be sure to know the difference and consult your vet if you believe your pet has consumed marijuana in any form, even inhalation.

Lori Ennis

Lori Ennis is a wife, mama and friend to all animals. A self-confessed “Hot Mess,” she lives wherever the Marine Corps takes her husband. Currently, that’s Maryland with her very spoiled Labrador Retriever-mix rescue pups and a ton of saltwater fish just tanking around. Lori’s family has fostered dogs for years, mostly Golden Retrievers, and knows no home is complete without an animal buddy (or seven)!


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