Every pet owner wants the very best for their furry friend. When it comes to keeping them healthy, there are a lot of choices available out there. But have you ever tried cannabidiol (CBD oils) for your dog? Research has proven it to be effective for numerous illnesses dogs may experience, including car sickness, nausea, cancer, anxiety and arthritis.
Here are a few things you need to know about CBD and some of the benefits for the woofers:
Alleviates anxiety: Dogs can become very sensitive to foreign environments, unfamiliar noises or threatening noises, such as thunder and fireworks. Some dogs become very agitated during thunderstorms and around fireworks. Symptoms of distress include panting, whining and excessive barking. CBD oils contain calming agents, which is helpful in alleviating stress and anxiety. After administering CBD to your dog, it should become calm within an hour or so.
Relief from pain and inflammation: CBD oil contains compounds that fight against pain and inflammation. The oil stimulates the auto immune and inflammation responses. Thus, with these anti-inflammatory effects the cannaboids have, the pain is reduced by the stimulation of cannaboids in the brain and body of the dog. This sends neurotransmitters, keeps the dog calm and relieves pain. For more chronic pain management, such as joint pain and mobility, it may take a couple of weeks for optimal results.
Seizures and epilepsy: Research has shown that CBD may help to slow down the duration and frequency of seizures.
Cancer-fighting properties: CBD has been found to have an anti-tumour effect. CBD has shown to shrink tumours by blocking their ability to produce energy and by inhibiting cell growth. CBD can be used in conjunction with vet prescribed medications and in some cases has shown to enhance the efficiency of cancer treatments.
Car sickness and nausea: When your dog feels car sick or nausea sets in for any other reason, CBD helps to alleviate it by interacting with the serotonin receptors. In doing so, studies have shown that CBD does, in fact, have powerful anti-emetic properties, allowing it to combat nausea and increase appetite.
Great for the heart: Studies have shown that CBD may be able to treat and prevent heart disease in dogs, as dogs, like humans, have an endocannaboid system. CBD interacts with the cardiovascular system and can, when taken on a regular basis, slow down and possibly even prevent heart disease altogether.
Arthritis: CBD can be very effective in the fight against arthritis, hip dysplasia and joint pains. With its anti-inflammatory and powerful pain relieving effects, it can be a life-altering supplement for dogs (both elderly and young) by providing much-needed pain relief.
Senior dogs and their wellness: While it won’t make your dog live forever, it will certainly help to combat some of the symptoms associated with an ageing dog and make them feel relaxed and comfortable in their later years.
CBD is legal: CBD oil, derived from hemp cannabis, formulated for dogs contains less than 0.03 per cent THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). The THC is what will give you the (illegal) high and causes psycho-active tendencies. Your dog will not feel high, only calm and relaxed.
Don’t just buy any CBD oil or CBD biscuits for your dog: With so many options to choose from, make sure you choose the highest quality, THC-free biscuits. Know how much CBD the product contains; the manufacturer should have a certificate of analysis. Start with the minimal dosage and work up to where you see a substantial relief for your dog. All dogs are different and some will tolerate much higher dosages before you see results than others.
Unlike THC, which is one of at least 113 cannabinoids identified in cannabis and the main psychoactive compound in marijuana, CBD is completely non-psychoactive and safe to use on pets. CBD also has no known toxicity level and is incapable of causing an overdose. The CBD and other compounds found in CBD supplements stimulate this system by either activating or blocking the group of receptors it contains. But, as always, it is best to consult your vet first.
That’s it for this week, from me, Vinkel and Koljander.
Paw five! Woof!