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CBD Topicals for Dogs: Is a CBD Cream, Balm, or Salve Right for Your Pooch?

DATE:October 27, 2019 BY:Joey DiFrancesco

This article is not a substitute for veterinary diagnosis or treatment of any condition, symptom, or disease. Please consult with your veterinarian if your dog is suffering from any troubling symptoms.

In the last few years, CBD infused topicals have hit the mainstream. But is a CBD cream infused with full spectrum hemp oil right for your dog? If you are curious about CBD salves, but want to know more about what it can be helpful for, then read on! 

Pain and Inflammation

Pain and inflammation decrease quality of life in many of our canine companions. Conditions such as arthritis, hip dysplasia, injury, and even plain old senioritis can decrease mobility, undermine our pet’s joy for activities they once enjoyed, and even cause other side issues such as problems sleeping. 

As we have explored in this blog article, there is a great deal of research that supports the use of cannabidiol, particularly when found in a full spectrum hemp oil, for decreasing both pain and inflammation. A few studies on the subject worth mentioning here include:

  • * A 2016 study on laboratory rats with arthritis showed that transdermally delivered cannabidiol (which means the CBD was absorbed through the skin) significantly reduced joint swelling and pain related behaviors. 

  • * A 2017 study showed that locally administered CBD was so effective at reducing inflammation due to arthritis in rats that it actually prevented subsequent nerve damage from the progression of this disease. 

  • * A 2018 study showed that orally administered CBD was effective in increasing mobility in dogs with osteoarthritis. 

In fact, driven by a surge in interest among arthritis sufferers, the Arthritis Foundation recently published official guidance on the use of CBD as a natural remedy for the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis. 

If your dog suffers from pain in specific areas such as the hips, feet, or an old injury site, then a CBD topical gives you the power to target that site for fast relief from pain and inflammation. 

Dry and Itchy Skin

If your dog is suffering from patches of dry and itchy skin, then it is important to have them checked over by a veterinarian. While some dry and itchy skin may come and go, in other cases, it can be a sign of a serious underlying problem that needs medical attention, for example, autoimmune diseases, some tick borne illnesses, skin parasites such as mange, and bacterial skin infections. 

Other causes for dry and itchy skin in dogs can include:

  • * Seasonal allergies to certain kinds of pollen or molds

  • * Contact allergies from chemicals found in your home

  • * Allergies from flea or tick bites

  • * Food allergies or sensitivities

  • * Hot Spots

  • * Poor nutrition

  • * Bathing too frequently

  • * Harsh soaps and cleansers

It is important to first identify the cause of skin problems on your dog with your vet. If you don’t identify the cause, then you can’t prevent the problem in the first place. 

Once you have found out what is causing your dog’s dry and itchy skin, then a CBD cream may offer a natural way to help reduce inflammation (which is the cause of itchiness) and help to moisturize the skin to promote a better immune barrier and also optimal skin health for healing. 

In fact, because of the Endocannabinoid System’s pivotal role in skin health, as confirmed in this study specifically on dogs, CBD has been investigated as a possible future treatment for a variety of skin problems, including:

  • * Allergic Contact Dermatitis, skin allergies that are caused by contact with an allergen

  • * Atopic Dermatitis, known as eczema in humans this skin condition is also common in dogs

  • * Epidermolysis Bullosa, a skin condition that includes painful blistering on the skin

  • * Psoriasis, a condition in both humans and dogs where skin grows abnormally causing painful, itchy, patches of skin

Reduce Other Medications

One of the reasons that more and more people are looking to natural alternatives to prescription medications is to avoid the unwanted side effects of some prescription meds, some of which can be severe and even life threatening. 

The three most common “go-to” medications prescribed for skin issues in dogs ranging from mild to severe include NSAID’s, Corticosteroids, and Antihistamines. Let’s take a look at each along with their potential side effects. 


Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs prescribed to dogs include medications such as carprofen (Novox or Rimadyl), deracoxib (Deramaxx), firocoxib (Previcox), meloxicam (Metacam), and others.

This class of drugs does a good job of reducing the inflammation associated with many skin disorders while also helping with pain. However, even according to the FDA who has approved this class of drugs for veterinary use, says that “Serious side effects associated with the use of NSAIDs can occur with or without warning and, in some cases, result in death.”

Of course, every pet owner has to work with their vet to make sure that the benefits of any medication outweigh the risks. However, many would argue that if a safe and natural alternative will work to alleviate the same symptoms, then it is certainly worth a try. 


The body produces its own steroids as part of normal immune function. However, when given orally or topically, prescription corticosteroids work to reduce inflammation through hormonal pathways that play an important role in immune function. Although they can be very helpful in reducing inflammation from allergic responses in particular, in large doses, these anti-inflammatory drugs actually suppress immune function

One of the most noted unwanted side effects from the use of this class of drugs is behavioral changes, which has also been scientifically documented


When the body detects a foreign substance on the skin or in the nasal passages or airways, it produces a hormone called histamine which causes the tissues to swell and become irritated. The purpose of this biological function is to draw white blood cells to the area so they can engage the perceived invader (in many cases, an allergen). 

In addition to being immunosuppressive, antihistamines have their own set of worrying side effects, covered in the table below. 

Because identifying the source and proper treatment option for you pet requires a veterinarian, be sure to discuss the various options and side effects with your vet. If you are interested in learning more about natural alternatives to prescription medications, it may be wise to consult with a holistic veterinarian in your area.


Benefits of Using a Topical Versus Oral Tinctures

A topical is not the right choice for every situation. For example, if you are hoping to help your dog with anxiety, then an oral full spectrum CBD oil tincture is a better choice. Oral dosing is absorbed into the bloodstream and can have positive effects on systemic issues such as overall achiness, anxiety, digestion, sleep, appetite, etc. 

However, there are a few specific benefits of a CBD cream that may make it the right choice for your dog. A topical allows you to:

  • * Target specific areas that are in need of relief such as a dry patch of skin or a specific joint

  • * Bypass the digestive system, allowing the CBD to be absorbed where it is needed much more efficiently than oral dosing

  • * Avoid interactions with certain medications that can happen with orally dosed CBD products

  • * Give your dog faster relief for pain, inflammation, or itchiness on an as needed basis

  • * Soothe and moisturize dry and itchy skin to promote healing

  • * Reduce reliance on other oral medications for pain and inflammation, including NSAIDs, Opioids, and Corticosteroids, all of which have potential adverse health effects 

    Why Choose LolaHemp CBD Balm Topical for Your Dog?

    Almost from day one, our loyal customers have been asking the owner of LolaHemp, Joey DiFrancesco to offer a CBD infused topical cream for dogs that contained the same quality, full spectrum, and batch crafted hemp oil for dogs that we use in our tinctures. However, since quality is our top priority, we took our time to work with our manufacturer to develop our balm. 

    In October 2019, we were pleased to launch our 200mg LolaHemp Balm Topical. We are extremely proud of our formula. Our craft hemp oil contains a full range of cannabinoids and terpenes representative of the high quality, organic, and domestic artisanal quality hemp we use as our source. Our product is GMO free and paraben free as well.  

    It doesn’t stop there. We wanted to be sure that all of the ingredients that we chose for our balm were thoughtful and supportive of overall skin health. Here are some of the highlights:

    • * Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil: Also known as wild soybean oil, this ingredient is often used in high-end natural skin conditioning products. It is high in proteins, amino acids, and vitamins (including vitamin E) which are vital to skin health. 

    • * Beeswax:  This anti-inflammatory natural wax is paraben free and creates a protective barrier without clogging pores. It is high in vitamin A which is important for optimal skin cell growth and health.

    • * Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil: High in essential fatty acids, this natural oil has been identified as a nutraceutical for use with atopic dermatitis, encouraging healthy skin growth, and promoting hydration of the skin.

    • * Shea Butter: Well known for its skin moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties, this natural ingredient may also promote collagen production and is often used in high-end anti-aging cosmetics. 

    • * Tocopherol Acetate: Also known as Vitamin E Acetate, this ingredient is high in bioavailable vitamin E, known to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which promote healthy skin. 

    • * Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice: Used for centuries, this natural extract is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, as an aid in healing wounds and preventing scarring, and protecting the skin from UV damage.

    If your dog has hot spots, allergies, or dry skin, give LolaHemp CBD balm for dogs a try. If you are not happy with it, let us know within 30 days and we will give your money back! Here at LolaHemp, we are not happy unless our customers and their furry friends are happy. 

    Joey DiFrancesco

    Joey is the founder of LolaHemp for Pets. In 2015 he launched Lolawawa's Pet Boutique, an e-commerce store for pet lovers and pets that donates a portion of profits to animal rescue efforts. In 2018 he launched LolaHemp in response to customers' growing demands for a natural product to help with common pet ailments, as well as the success his own dog (Lola) experienced with hemp oil.



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