CBD for Autoimmune Disease in dogs/cats

April 23rd, 2020 at 9:26 am EDT
Hello Friend,

Welcome to Thursday.

Many of the common diseases in our dogs and cats have an autoimmune basis- the immune system responds inappropriately and actually "attacks" itself..

Skin disease such as allergy, lupus..polyarthritis..Hemolytic anemia..thyroid disease ( autoimmune thyroiditis), organ dysfunction which can have an immune basis to it  (ie glomerulonephropathy)


Not many veterinary options asides from Steroids, stronger IMMUNOSUPPRESSIVE drugs such as cyclophosphamide (some are also Chemotherapy drugs..)

Then there is CBD, which is emerging to be a Natural Anti-inflammatory and may help with an overactive immune system.

But is CBD safe, and is this the right option?

Well I am having a new Webinar on CBD for Dogs and Cats in which I'll be answering this question, including doses, and new uses for Cannabidiol in Animals.

 CBD (Cannabidiol) as a 'natural' immune modulator

Autoimmunity (AI) is an "attack on self", where the immune system gets triggered and thinks that the body's healthy tissues are invaders.

In an autoimmune response, T-cells take action as if your pet's own cells were foreign in order to bring the body back into homeostasis. 

This self-attack is known as "molecular mimicry" and is the root of any autoimmune disease.

The location of the autoimmune attack will vary based on the condition. For example, if there is autoimmunity in the joints, autoimmune polyarthritis may result.

In general, immunosuppressive therapy is incredibly expensive and not always effective. The aim should be to modulate the immune system and bring it back into balance, not to turn it off completely.

Holistic Options

What options exist for a dog or cat with an autoimmune condition if you do not wish to use traditional medications? 

Holistic approaches for autoimmune conditions are to decrease inflammation, repair the digestive tract, and regulate the immune system. 

This includes getting rid of stressors and sensitivities on the broad spectrum, including environmental, food, chemical, and others. Managing autoimmune disease requires dietary and lifestyle changes, which have been reported to help reverse these conditions.

A dog or cat with an autoimmune disease may consider cannabinoid therapies as an option for their ability to decrease inflammation, modulate the immune system, and help to bring the system back into balance.

CBD and Inflammation

Decreasing inflammation

Inflammation is the root cause of many illnesses, and autoimmunity is no exception. Extensive research has been performed on the anti-inflammatory properties of THC, CBD, and other cannabis components. 

If inflammation response is regulated, there will be less likelihood of an autoimmune attack. More investigation is needed to examine the particular role of cannabinoids for autoimmune disorders.

Cannabinoid therapy has the potential to assist those with autoimmune conditions by decreasing systemic inflammation, with little to no side effects. Preclinical evidence has found that cannabinoids can attenuate autoimmune inflammatory response. In an animal model of multiple sclerosis, CBD decreased the gene transcription that promoted inflammation.

Why is CBD oil so effective for dogs?

CBD oil is a plant source of cannabinoids that can act as a booster for your dog’s own endocannabinoid system and can help support all its functions.

All mammals have an endocannabinoid system. Functions the endocannabinoid system support include appetite, memory, stress response, sleep, body temperature and the immune system.

Cannabinoids are the building blocks of the endocannabinoid system and are naturally occurring substances in your dog’s body.

Perhaps the most important systems CBD can support are the central nervous system (which includes stress response) and the immune system. These two systems work together to keep your dog in a state of homeostasis (or balance) and CBD oil helps lubricate both.


A typical Dog Dose would be 1mg/ 10lbs of body weight twice daily- this means a 50lb dog would take 5mg (2 drops of my Ultimate CBD) twice a day. 

Heal Your Pet At Home!

Best Wishes,

Dr Andrew Jones, DVM
P.S. Will this be effective for every pet?


But is it a viable option worth trying..yes..in my opinion.

It is important though that it is a cbd supplement that is a whole plant extract ( so includes all the medicinal cannabinoids), and one that is certified 'green' extraction methods ( no toxic solvents)

P.P.S.  About my upcoming Webinar..CBD (Cannabidiol) for Dogs and Cats: What You Need To Know Before Giving This To Your Pets

It's happening this Tuesday April 28th at 5PM Pacific

Some of the topics we are covering

  • What is CBD oil (cannabidiol), what about THC, and Hemp Seed Oil? You should be using this..
  • How and why CBD oil can work for even the most difficult health issues your dog and cat faces (This is backed by Science)
  • CBD and Inflammatory Disorders- Can it help with COVID?
  • Dr Jones' NEW Natural Home Remedies for Dog Itching, Pet Arthritis, Cancer, Dog Seizures, Cat Urinary Disease, Diabetes, Pet Anxiety, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Holistic Anti-inflammatories and more..
  • What you NEED to look for in choosing the right CBD Oil for your pets (There is a HUGE difference in quality, and the carrier oil is EXTREMELY important)

P.P.P.S. As a BONUS for signing up you'll get a copy of the webinar, along with ALL the slides - this is ONLY available for those who sign up.

 I am also going to be answering your most pressing dog and cat health and CBD questions..but you NEED to be on the webinar to ask them.

DISCLAIMER: This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian. Dr Andrew Jones resigned from the College of Veterinarians of B.C. effective December 1 2010, meaning he cannot answer specific questions about your pet's medical issues or make specific medical recommendations for your pet.

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