CBD products can be used in pets. Currently, multiple studies are being performed on the different uses of CBD products for pets. With the limited information that we do have on CBD in pets, there are promising results that this may be a great supplement to give your pet for numerous different diseases.
CBD products or cannabidiol is found in the hemp plant. This substance is made into a form that your dog can use to help with their overall well-being.
The endocannabinoid system is found in the bodies of all animals. This very complex system contains many receptors that play a role in maintaining homeostasis in the body. The cannabidiol acts on these receptors helping with homeostasis.
All CBD is free of THC. This is the psychogenic part of the plant, the component responsible for the "high" feeling.
Hemp has been used for many years. Recently its effects have been studied both in human and veterinary medicine. Currently, people are trying these products on themselves and pets even without a doctor's recommendation. As more people are trying CBD products the more positive results we are seeing which is leading to more research on the products.
Currently, our knowledge of CBD is minimal. Studies are being performed to see their long-term effects on the body and how they help with a specific disease. The most popular research in veterinary medicine is on the results of CBD products for a dog with pain due to arthritis. Arthritis is one of the most common reasons that a dog would need long term pain medication. These side effects from long-term use are preventing some dogs from taking the medication and being pain-free.
The FDA currently regulates CBD products. The farm bill of 2018 removed hemp from the controlled substance act allowing CBD products with 0.03% of THC or less to be sold. These products still must follow all the same regulations set for by the FDA.
CBD is commonly being used to help treat many problems that pets may have. Currently, CBD is being used to help with pain and inflammation, glaucoma, seizures, anxiety, and much more. The main side effect that has been noted with CBD oil is that liver values may increase slightly. This is also true of any pain medication that your veterinarian may give your dog.
There are many different problems that CBD products have been showed to help.
CBD has been shown to help decreases stress and help with anxiety. Many people will use CBD around thunderstorms or firework. CBD products will help
One of the primary uses of CBD is for pain and inflammation associated with arthritis. Colorado State Veterinary School has published studies on the effects of CBD in arthritic patients. The study showed that CBD does help decrease the pain and inflammation associated with this disease.
CBD may help decrease the size of your pet's tumor. Also, if your pet is undergoing chemotherapy and feels nauseated CBD products can help reduce nausea and even help increase their appetites.
A recent study has shown that CBD products can help decrease the number of seizures that your dog has. In the study, 89 percent of dogs who took CBD products saw a decrease in the number of seizures. CBD products are suitable for those dogs who do not respond to the traditional medication or who cannot take conventional medicines due to the side effects or other diseases.
CBD has been shown to help repair the healthy skin barrier. When this barrier is disrupted allergies, bacteria, and yeast are allowed to invade the skin causing all the skin disease that we see. CBD will help repair this layer and help your pet to feel much better.
CBD comes in oils, treats, and capsules. Depending on what your dog likes, there are many different options for giving them CBD. Most of the oils are flavored, and dogs do not mind a few drops of the oil on their food. If your dog is very picky, then a treat may be the best way to give the CBD oil.
You can purchase CBD oils and treats online. Also, certain health food stores and now even big chain retail stores sell CBD products. When purchasing CBD products online make sure that a third party has tested them so that you know for sure that they do contain what they say they contain.
If you are going to try CBD in your pets, consult your veterinarian first to make sure that there is nothing that your pet is currently taking that would interfere with CBD. CBD products are very useful in pets and are growing in popularity. With more research coming out on the usefulness of CBD, veterinarians will be recommending CBD products more for their patients.
Dr. Sara Ochoa DVM
Since she was a little girl, she knew that her dream was to become a veterinarian. With a tremendous passion and love for animals that makes her a great source of knowledge for others. She lives happily with her husband Greg and her babies Ruby the Schnoodle, and Bam-Bam the bunny.