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CBD For Dogs
Scroll through social media site and you’re likely to see an ad for CBD products. It’s taking the world by storm and seems to be everywhere.
Medical doctors and veterinarians alike have reported seeing results in their patients, both human and animal. You don’t have to be a human to enjoy CBD and you don’t have to be a dog either. Horses, cats, gerbils, mice and other animals may all benefit from using CBD.
This an incredible herbal supplement is making waves around the world for the health benefits reported with its use. People who consume CBD have claimed it supports a healthy immune system, improves moods, focus, pain management and more. Of course more research is needed.
Despite the fact that the FDA has not approved cannabis as a medicine, it continues to grow in popularity. However, the FDA has approved Epidolex (for humans), a pharmaceutical branded CBD product for two seizure disorders.
The research associated with this product, got the medical community paying attention as it demonstrated the ability to stop or lessen seizures in some patients. This move by the FDA gave credibility to CBD and vindicated those who’ve made claims of therapeutic response using the compound.
What is CBD?
CBD is a plant compound, or phytocompound, derived from cannabis plants. It is a cannabinoid. There are many cannabis in cannabis and many other types of compounds as well. CBD is the most researched and popular cannabinoid from cannabis.
CBD (which stands for cannabidiol) modulates the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in the body. Dogs have an ECS too. In fact, it seems that all animals do. We know birds, mammals, reptiles, and fish all have an ECS.
The ECS creates endocannabinoids in the body. These naturally existing cannabinoinds are believed to promote wellness and help the ECS regulate moods, immune system function, metabolism, pain management and more. In theory, when phytocannabinoids are introduced into the body they may also modulate the ECS improving health and regulating homeostasis.
What Can CBD Do for Humans and Dogs?
Regulation of pain is one of the popular uses of CBD. Our pets, just like us, may develop aches and pains with age. They are are also at risk injuries that cause pain. Some suggest CBD may help with all of this.
CBD is not a cure for anything, but research suggests it may relieve the symptoms of many chronic conditions and ailments that dogs may suffer from. Here is a general list of the things CBD has been suggested help with:
- Cushing’s Disease
- Diabetes regulation
- Skin fungus and irritations/hot spots
- Relieve anxiety, including separation anxiety
- Relieve pain and inflammation
- Relieve seizures and epilepsy
- Relieve symptoms of cardiovascular disease
- Help alleviate certain skin irritations and allergies when used as a topical treatment
CBD has also shown to be anti-tumoral in animal research. In lab studies, mice had tumors that shrank from taking large doses of CBD oil. While we don’t have a definitive treatment, nor can we say it is an anti-cancer agent at this time, there is a great deal of data that suggests is may have anti-cancer properties.
What to Look For
When it comes to finding the right CBD products and dosages for your dogs, do a little research and just like your dog, dig a little. You’ll find what you’re looking for. There are many products available out there. Remember a few ground rules to stay on the right path:
- Use products who label as organic.
- Ensure that there are recommended dosages clearly labeled on the products so you know what to start with or talk to an experienced veterinarian to receive advice on dosing.
- Some vets recommend you use products made for pets to ensure that they are THC free (broad-spectrum products). Visit InnovetPet Hemp Treat at the link provided for products guaranteed to be safe for your pets.
- Use CBD only sourced from hemp. You’ll see labels saying ‘hemp dog treats’ and this is the type of products you are looking for.
Just like with humans, it’s good to start with a small amount and work your way up. Starting with a small dose gives you some space to increase the dose for your dog until you find what the perfect amount is.
Just like with humans, the perfect dose can be different for every animal. While too much CBD can cause side effects–like diarrhea, vomiting, restlessness, or sedation–CBD isn’t something that will cause death by overdose.
Slow increases is also a good way to avoid side effects like stomach disruptions. Pet parents have reported that skipping a dose or two, and then restarting with a smaller dose can be helpful.
CBD Has Value
By creating balance, reducing inflammation, and easing pain, dogs often feel happier immediately. CBD won’t get your pup high. One of the best things about CBD is there is not intoxicating effects of CBD. Pet owners report their pets seem happier and more peaceful after using CBD.
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