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CBD for Hair Loss in Dogs

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CBD for Hair Loss in Dogs

Chronic or recurring skin infections in dogs can be caused by food allergies, fleas, and even a liver deficiency. Skin-related conditions in dogs can result in open sores, painful itching, as well as hair loss. With skin infections and hair loss being one of the most common problems in dogs, let’s take a look at how CBD can help your dog feel more comfortable by providing relief from itchiness and skin irritations caused by dermatitis, dandruff, mange, and more!

What Is CBD oil?

CBD is a non-psychotropic phytocannabinoid, and offers both therapeutic and medicinal purposes for humans and pets. CBD is natural, safe, and is derived from hemp and cannabis.

Most CBD skin products will use CBD from hemp.CBD is a skin antioxidant that helps skin from the “inside” and the “outside.” CBD (cannabidiol) oil is one of the 104 chemical compounds from cannabinoids found in cannabis. CBD contains no tetrahydrocannabinol, THC that is psychoactive. Hemp has higher levels of CBD, and low levels of THC.

For hemp to be classified as such, it has to contain only 0.3% of THC. With this amount of THC, there is no “high” effect. Hemp was made federally legal in the US with the Farm Bill in 2018. Today, it is legal to purchase CBD products online from reputable CBDdistributors. Pets should only use a pet CBD product with no THC.

By administering a cannabidiol supplement to your dogs each day, you’ll be neutralizing free radicals, and delaying the aging process. Cannabidiol protects against DNA damage, as well as fights inflammation throughout the body. So if your dog is suffering from hot spots or a skin infection, consult with a holistic vet as to how you can useCBD for pets.

The Endocannabinoid System in Dogs

Cannabidiol works together with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in both pets and humans, and provides homeostasis. CBD is regarded as both a superfood and supplement with numerous health benefits gained by its minerals like iron, zinc, and magnesium, and also antioxidants, and vitamins A, E, and C, which protects from free-radicals, resulting from everyday pollution. CBD offers all 21 amino acids which are the building blocks of protein. CBD also contains phyto-cannabinoids, terpenes and fatty acids which all help with stress relief.

CBD for skin irritations in dogs

Cannabidiol or CBD for dogs may help relieve numerous health conditions in dogs ranging from inflammation and seizures to skin allergies and irritations. Understanding how CBD works in dogs, whether to limit tumor growth or fight a hot spot, means working together with a veterinarian, and asking plenty of questions as to which CBD products work best.

The skin is the largest organ in the body. It is able to absorb vital nutrients like CBD to help with specific skin conditions like flea allergies, dermatitis, mange, and food allergies in dogs. Cannabidiol for pets may be beneficial since it does the following:

  • Enriches and moisturizes the skin.
  • CBD has anti-inflammatory properties to help reduce inflammation stemming from hot spots and skin infections.
  • Cannabidiol oil has fatty acids, vitamins and minerals that are key to optimizing skin health in dogs.
  • CBD has anti-bacterial properties to help destroy bacteria and promote healthy skin.

A 2017  study published by Mary Ann Liebert explains that “At lower doses, it has physiological effects that promote and maintain health, including antioxidative, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotection effects. For instance, CBD is more effective than vitamin C and E as a neuroprotective antioxidant and can ameliorate skin conditions such as acne.”

The study explains that “In addition, it is possible that CBD targets differ between humans and animals. Therefore, the same blood concentration might still lead to different effects. Even if the targets, to which CBD binds, are the same in both studied animals and humans, for example, the affinity or duration of CBD binding to its targets might differ and consequently alter its effects.”

Cannabidiol for dogs with sensitive skin

Another 2017 study from theUniversity of Colorado shows that cannabinoids may soothe certain skin diseases. The study notes that cannabinoids may be“effective against eczema, psoriasis, atopic and contact dermatitis,” via Science Daily.

This study explains how CBD is effective in curing the “itch” associated with pruritus and skin diseases. "Perhaps the most promising role for cannabinoids is in the treatment of itch," said the study's senior author Dr. Robert Dellavalle, MD, associate professor of dermatology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Cannabinoids have the potential to reduce the dry skin that causes the itch.

CBD tinctures and topicals for skin allergies in dogs

Cannabidiol oil for dermatitis in dogs seems to be beneficial in dogs with dry itchy skin that result from allergies. Causes of skin inflammations in dogs include the following:

  • Burns
  • Trauma
  • Bacterial, parasitic, fungal or vital infection
  • Allergens

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Dermatitis in dogs

Dermatitis in dogs results in skin conditions like scaling, boils, abnormal redness, scabs from

itching, and even blisters. Abnormal itching or excessive itching usually results in a painful and annoying condition called pruritus with scaling and crusting.

Secondary bacterial and yeast infections in dogs will develop from skin inflammation. This comes with skin color changes, fluid discharge, increased inflammation, pain, redness and more itching.

Dermatitis or dry itchy skin in dogs can be healed with cannabidiol oils that are free of THC. Consult with your veterinarian first to identify the underlying cause. Your vet will treat the secondary skin infection after doing a full examination.

Diagnostic tests with lab procedures may be needed as well to test skin scrapings, and the dog’s hair, as well as skin swabs, blood tests, and possibly urine tests. That said, traditional pharmaceutical treatment will include the following:

  • Medicated shampoo therapy
  • Topical treatments like antibiotic ointments, corticosteroid creams, topical insecticides
  • Systemic drugs like oral antibiotics, corticosteroids, and anti-inflammatory meds

CBD for hair growth & prevention of hair loss in pets

That said,cannabidiol (CBD) oil may help to stimulate hair growth, and prevent hair loss by protecting and nourishing coat and skin. CBD pet tinctures allow for higher efficacy, and easier administration with a few drops under the tongue. Here’s what you should know about CBD tinctures and capsules for pets.

  • Encapsulated CBD oils provide rapid and more efficient bioavailability.
  • Opt for a full-spectrum CBD oil. These may be combined with CBG, CBN and CBDA to work simultaneously to help with pain and anxiety, to reduce tumor growth, to help with skin conditions, and to also reduce bacteria in dogs.
  • CBD products should indicate full-spectrum lab testing with a certificate by a third party to ensure purity and quality.
  • CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system, and must be administered in the correct doses to be effective. Consult with your vet for the best advice on efficacy and dosage.

CBD oil as a natural supplement contains vitamin E, Omega 3, and 6 fatty acids which play an important role in strengthening the hair follicles, and promoting hair growth.

Micro-encapsulation of cannabidiol (CBD) oils is the process where this natural supplement for hair growth and health has the potential to deliver small particles of full-spectrum hemp oil in a controlled amount to a specific area like a “hot spot.”

Cannabidiol oil for maximum hair growth and optimal health in pets is best when delivered in an encapsulated form, so that it can fully penetrate the hair follicle roots to maximize benefits in dogs. When CBD is not delivered in an encapsulated form, it does not have the potential to get absorbed deeply in the skin, and will remain on the skin’s surface. Consult with your vet to find out more!

CBD and skin inflammation

Targeting inflammation with a full-spectrum hemp oilmay be beneficial to dogs for skin irritations. High-quality cannabidiol pet products that are free of THC, and free of contaminants like pesticides and herbicides ensure safety with minimal side-effects.

CBD oil is loaded with essential minerals like iron, zinc, and magnesium which are all beneficial for human and pet health. Zinc is key to hair health, and good skin and coats in pets.

Cannabidiol oil also contains elastin and collagen which promotes healthy hair in people. It is high in antioxidants, and yields vitamins A, E, and C, which protects from free-radicals caused by everyday pollution.

Omega-3 fatty acids to combat inflammation

CBD contains  Omega-3 fatty acids that helps combat inflammation. A recent 2017 study shows that the researchers” found an enzymatic pathway that converts omega-3-derived endocannabinoids into more potent anti-inflammatory molecules that predominantly bind to the receptors found in the immune system. "This finding demonstrates how omega-3 fatty acids can produce some of the same medicinal qualities as marijuana, but without a psychotropic effect,” via Science Daily.

Anotherstudy from the European Journal of Pain demonstrates that CBD can be added to the skin to reduce pain and inflammation. That said, there are many more studies showing how CBD may be used to lessen inflammatory and neuropathic pain, which are two of the most difficult types of chronic pain to treat.

The study adds that “Outcomes of this study indicate that topical application of CBD gel is an effective treatment for reduction in inflammation and hypersensitivity associated with the rodent adjuvant-induced monoarthritis model,” via Plos One.

All the latest CBD research demonstrates that cannabidiol oil works by enhancing the signaling of a neurotransmitter, anandamide, which lessens pain signals. CBD is beneficial in reducing inflammation, in turn, reducing the pain associated with inflammation. CBD is also beneficial in promoting healthy cell growth in dogs while the inflamed skin is being treated.

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Hemp CBD for itchy skin in dogs

  • CBD may help to reduce inflammation in dogs with itchy skin, so when he or she develops a skin irritation, you’re going to need to help his skin heal, and to repair the skin’s natural barrier.
  • CBD may act as a pain reliever, and may help to reduce pain from inflammation and infection.
  • Your dog will feel anxious from all the itching and pain associated with his skin infection. CBD may help to ease anxiety caused by discomfort.
  • CBD may also be effective to use in dogs with skin irritations and itchy skin.
  • Hemp CBD products for dogs that are infused with virgin coconut oil are beneficial in healing hot spots, and in promoting skin health in dogs.
  • Virgin cold-pressed  coconut oil with CBD is a delicious food topper, and can also be applied to your dog’s skin.
  • Hemp CBD skin products for dogs with itchy skin should be made in the US, and should be free of all GMOs.
  • CBD pet products for skin infections and itchy skin in dogs should come with a certificate of analysis (COA)

CBD for Healthy Coat and Skin in Dogs with Skin Allergies and Dermatitis

  • CBD helps with doggie odor and may help to clear up skin infections
  • CBD may help to control flea allergies and dermatitis in dogs while controlling the itch, and minimizing pain.
  • CBD may help to control yeast and fungal infections in dogs.
  • Cannabidiol oil when combined with coconut oil may also be beneficial when applied topically to a dog’s itchy skin.
  • CBD may help to soothe insect bites, hot spots, and eczema in dogs.
  • CBD pet shampoos and conditioners can also help with infected skin.

Nowadays, it’s important to consider and support your furry best friend’s emotional and physical well-being with ahigh-quality cannabidiol oil for pets. There’s nothing more annoying than having to deal with a painful hot spot or skin irritation and hair loss. Always consult with your vet for skin infections and hair loss.

Even if the signs are subtle, you’ll need to treat your dog’s discomfort and pain right away, and to prevent more hair loss. Recognizing signs of a skin disease or allergy early on may be tricky, but that said, an early visit to the vet will make most skin conditions easier to treat.

Meet The Author 

Claudia Bensimoun

Canine Specialist & Writer

Claudia Bensimoun is a freelance journalist and author, and specializes in veterinary content, and eBooks. She's a long-time feature writer for Animal Wellness magazine, Fido Friendly magazine, and the United States Dog Agility Association. In addition, Bensimoun has written for numerous pet websites, magazines, newspapers and online publications. Her interests include wildlife conservation, animal welfare, disaster/ humanitarian relief, veterinary research, and veganism.

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