posted byLindsey Wendt08/06/2022
Yes! If you didn’t know, CBD (or cannabidiol) is a compound found in cannabis that's becoming more and more popular for its medicinal benefits. It’s been used for years to treat pain, anxiety and other ailments in people but CBD is also making waves among dog owners as a way to help their pups with everything from anxiety and pain to cancer treatment.
With so much information about CBD available, how to choose the best-priced, most effective, and safest option for your dog can be confusing. So let’s talk about CBD for dogs!
What is CBD?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a naturally occurring chemical compound extracted from hemp plants. Hemp plants are part of the cannabis family, but they vary in their levels of CBD: in general the more CBD, the more medicinal benefits you can expect from using it.
There are over 700 different compounds within the cannabis plant, and many of them can provide multimodal health benefits to our dogs.
CBD oil can be extracted from high THC cannabis (aka marijuana) or low THC cannabis (aka hemp) and can contain many cannabinoids including THC (a psychoactive component that produces the “high” effect).
Depending on what location you live in, you may have access to certain CBD products and not others so it is important to speak with a professional that is familiar with your local area, or your veterinarian to be able to explore what options are available to you.
However, because CBD doesn't have any psychoactive effects on humans or animals alike—unlike THC—CBD oil is considered safe for use by humans as well as pets. When used responsibly and under the guidance of a professional, CBD has minimal to no adverse side effects!
CBD is safe for most dogs, but caution should be taken when using cannabis or CBD products with animals that have underlying cardiac (heart) disease.
Canine CBD products are formulated to be easy to administer and can come in many different forms (tinctures, chews, topicals, etc).
The FDA has approved hemp-derived CBD as a safe and effective ingredient in pet food and treats, which is allowing a lot more options to come into the market for the treatment of dogs.
It is important to verify that these products are free from harmful additives or contaminants so that we are able to keep our dogs safe while utilizing the health benefits of CBD products.
CBD oil can help with a variety of ailments, including anxiety and stress. It can also help relieve pain and inflammation, and help manage digestive issues.
CBD oil has been shown in multiple studies to help reduce the seizure frequency in epileptic dogs.
There was a study done that asked pet parents what their motivation was for using CBD for their pets and 56% thought it was the best treatment for pain.CBD is a great tool for pain management but it has plenty of other benefits as well.
CBD oil for dogs can be used for many purposes; It just depends on the symptoms your pet is experiencing:
CBD for dogs is a booming industry, but it's important to find high-quality products. Here are some tips for making sure you get what you pay for and ensuring that is safe for your beloved furry family member:
CBD acts on receptors in the brain and body but it also interacts with other drugs in a way that may change how they work.
CBD can interact with other drugs that your dog is already taking, so it's important to consult with your vet if you're using CBD to treat a condition your dog already has.
CBD is metabolized by the liver and can cause an increase in a particular enzyme produced by the liver in some dogs.
We’ve said it once, we’ve said it a million times “talk to your vet before using CBD” and especially if your dog has existing liver disease. They are there to help you make all of the best decisions for your pets' care and safety.
CBD dosing for dogs can be complicated to administer at first because every dog is different. Whether your pet has a back injury, arthritis or just an occasional bout of anxiety, finding the right dosage can take some time.
Since CBD is a natural supplement, it is best to take the time to find the right amount for your dog since they can all have different levels of need for supplementation.
You should gradually increase the amount over time until you find just the right amount that works for your pet and their unique ailments. Again, this should be done under the guidance of a veterinarian or professional cannabis consultant. It’s always a good idea to check with a professional!
Now that isn’t to scare you into thinking you might overdose your dog on CBD because if you follow the label instructions that’s unlikely to occur, especially when THC is absent. In fact, you may not even need as much CBD as you think.
There is a phenomenon called the "entourage effect" which means that the effects of the individual cannabinoids (like CBD) are increased when used in conjunction with other naturally occurring components found within the plant.
This can lead to lower doses of CBD and other cannabinoids needing to be used to achieve the same or even better effect than if they were used alone. It’s like it has its own built-in rewards program!
You can find anything online these days but it’s always a good idea to shop smart.
Hopefully, you will see that CBD is a natural, safe and effective option for treating pain and anxiety in dogs. It can also help with other conditions like seizures, neurologic disease, skin allergies, cancer and more.
If you’re looking for a way to improve your pet’s health without using prescription drugs or invasive procedures, then CBD is worth considering!
Dr. Lindsey has undergone in-depth training and education in the use of cannabis medicine in dogs and cats. She sees botanicals as an essential component of taking care of pets in the best way possible!
She continues to dedicate herself to expanding her knowledge base so that she can provide the most cutting-edge integrative medical care possible to her patients and to share with you, adored blog reader! Thanks for reading!
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