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What are the Benefits of CBD for Pets?

It is well known that practically all animals have an endocannabinoid system, which is essential for maintaining homeostasis (i.e. the ability to self-regulate) of many organs.

We find it in fish, reptiles, birds and mammals; even in worms, and in leeches and, apparently, even primitive invertebrates, including the Hydra, were equipped with them. In nature, only insects appear to lack this important system that maintains homeostasis in the nervous and immune systems as well as other organs.

Using a complex system of receptors and chemical signaling molecules, the endocannabinoid system modulates the nervous and immune systems, and other organs, relieving pain and inflammation, modulating the metabolism and neurological function, promoting healthy digestion and supporting reproductive function and embryonic growth.

Since its discovery, the development of ECS studies has led to new approaches in various areas ranging from pain management, cancer therapy, neurological disorders, as well as stress and anxiety reduction.

In the future, scientists are sure they will be able to discover more about the role of the endocannabinoid system in the pathogenesis of diseases and the maintenance of animal health.

These massive research efforts also include studying the potential effects of CBD products for our four-legged friends. Results amply demonstrates that our pets benefit from it in many ways, just like humans do.

CBD oil produced for the treatment of animals is absolutely similar to that made for humans and, in recent years, has become a key therapy for pets that need pain relief, relaxation and mood balance to improve their quality of life.

Anxiety, inflammation  and aging pains: How are pets finding relief?

CBD is also often mentioned as a possible treatment for a number of conditions that our friends share with humans including pain management, arthritis, anxiety, convulsions and even cancer. CBD’s use for treating these conditions still needs to be further researched, but there is a growing amount of scientific evidence.

The benefits of CBD oil for dogs suffering from anxiety

Puppy separation anxiety, post-traumatic stress due to a history of abuse or fear of loud noises such as thunder or construction work are all possible causes of anxiety in dogs. Because CBD oils regulate the central nervous system and reduce hyperactive mental states, pet owners use them to reduce chronic stress and anxiety in their dogs

Some of the main benefits of using CBD oil for anxious dogs include:

  • Reducing secretion of stress hormones
  • Relieving brain hyperactivity
  • Producing positive effects on their mood

The benefits of CBD oil for dogs suffering from arthritis or epilepsy

Like unfortunately happens to many humans, dogs’ joints often degenerate with advancing age; Arthritis, the symptoms of which can drastically reduce a dog’s quality of life by more than ten years.

It has been demonstrated that CBD oil, when used early, can relieve chronic arthritis pain and inflammation, preventing or slowing the progression of the disease.

The use of CBD oil can also be beneficial for dogs suffering from convulsive disorders such as epilepsy, a disease often caused by an unknown underlying cause.

Veterinarians generally treat this condition with powerful anti-epileptic drugs, but these can only be administered for a period of time as the therapy tends to be less effective over time; moreover, when the drug is used for a long time, there is the risk that many side effects may afflict our pets.

This is why the use of CBD oil is becoming increasingly popular: it has proven to be an excellent ally in the treatment of this discomfort as, although it is very active in reducing convulsions in pets, it has much milder side effects.

CBD may have side-effects on dogs

In general, CBD products for pets are well tolerated by dogs. The side effects of CBD consumption will most likely disappear after your pet’s body becomes accustomed to it.

Apart from this, CBD for dogs can cause mild side effects including:

  • Feeling of tiredness and drowsiness
  • Sensation of dizziness or headache
  • Stomach ache, often followed by diarrhoea

Hemp-derived CBD is therefore an excellent weapon in combating this discomfort and, as it is not psychoactive, can become an important part of their daily diet. CBD-rich dog treats are a classic example of one of the ways to give them CBD.

CBD may play an important role in improving your pet’s mental state, increase their well-being or alleviate physical discomfort, although we always recommend that you consult your veterinarian before administering it, especially if they are currently taking any medications or prescriptions.

Owners who are concerned about their dog’s convulsive activity or who want to improve its skin condition may benefit from frequent use and therefore most manufacturers recommend regular intake 1 or 2 times a day.

Although it would certainly be reasonable to administer a daily dose to a dog suffering from constant severe anxiety, what about if your friend only feels agitated during car journeys?

A daily dose would certainly not be necessary, especially if he has no other underlying conditions: each case is individual and must be assessed according to the animal’s problems.

As for the type of product, it is available on the market in different forms and can be taken orally directly or together with food. 

For any information on doses and the animal’s diet, it is advisable to consult your vet.


Sources:
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/333306722_Cannabis_in_Veterinary_Medicine_Cannabinoid_Therapies_for_Animals
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/335377881_Using_Cannabis_and_Cannabidiol_CBD_Oil_in_Dog_Training_and_Behavior_Work
https://www.avma.org/sites/default/files/2021-03/APH-CannabisResources-Report-20201207.pdf
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6770351/pdf/animals-09-00686.pdf

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