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The Benefits of CBD for Dogs

Posted on Jul 24th 2020

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The Benefits of CBD for Dogs

If your pup suffers from any health issues, you've likely searched high and low for the best treatment. While there are plenty of medications available from the veterinarian, some dog owners prefer natural remedies. CBD oil is a natural, effective treatment that has received a lot of attention recently. Studies have shown it to be a viable treatment for various ailments (for both pets and people) and its efficacy as a natural dog treatment is strong.

As a diligent pet owner, you may have questions about the safety of CBD pet products. These concerns are valid, but you'll be happy to know that they are unfounded. While THC is harmful to pets, CBD is not. All pet approved CBD products should contain 0-0.3% of THC, making them safe for our four legged friends. CBD also does not produce any of the psychoactive effects that are associated with THC. Furthermore, CBD is usually derived from hemp plants, not marijuana. At most, CBD may produce increased sleepiness as a side effect.

CBD is beneficial for various puppy problems, but these are the four most common:
  • Anxiety
    One of the most popular uses for CBD among people is anxiety. The calming, stress reducing properties of CBD work just as well for our pets! Whether your dog suffers from situational stress (due to fireworks, thunderstorms, etc.) or a behavioral anxiety problem, CBD can help calm him or her during stressful times.
  • Seizures
    The most promising therapy of CBD is its ability to reduce seizures in epileptic individuals. Various studies into medical CBD were launched on its anticonvulsant properties alone, and many people have found relief. CBD as a treatment for epilepsy in dogs also shows promising results and many pet owners choose this treatment over anticonvulsant medications. Be sure to check with your vet first if you are interested in alternative therapies for an epileptic pet.
  • Pain and Inflammation
    CBD has various anti-inflammatory properties, making it a great natural pain reliever. Older pets that are suffering from joint pain or pets healing from a recent injury may find pain relief with CBD oil.
  • Digestive Issues
    If your pet is constantly nauseous, vomiting or having diarrhea, there may be unexplained digestive problems. It's always important to check with your vet, as there could be an underlying disorder or something as simple as an improper diet. However, chronic digestive issues may benefit from CBD oil treatment. CBD has antiemetic properties, which can reduce vomiting and stimulate appetite.

How Does CBD Work?

The various benefits of CBD make it seem like a miracle drug and you may be wondering how all of these effects are possible. Early research into the medicinal properties of both THC and CBD uncovered the endocannabinoid system, a naturally occurring system found in our bodies (and those of our pets too!). Responsible for maintaining homeostasis, this system is what CBD binds to when ingested. Endocannabinoid receptors are found in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands and immune system. When your dog ingests CBD, it binds to certain receptors within the endocannabinoid system and improves the functionality of the system, producing the beneficial effects that we observe. The details of the amazing benefits of CBD are still under study, so stay tuned for emerging studies about pets and CBD!

If you are interested in learning more about the potential benefits of CBD for your dog, feel free to stop into your local Wag n' Wash. We carry CBD for pets and our staff members are knowledgeable about its uses and effects.