Haven't Given your Dog CBD Yet? Woof.
You probably know someone that uses CBD oil, but what about a man’s best friend? That’s right, CBD can act as a natural supplement for your dog’s daily health routine. Similarly to humans, CBD triggers the endocannabinoid system in dogs, which can help restore an overall sense of calm and balance. Unfortunately, there isn’t enough conclusive research however, there’s a surplus of testimonials from dog owners on how CBD oil helped their dog. Roughly 40 million Americans struggle with an anxiety disorder. But anxiety doesn’t just impact us, many of our beloved pets experience it too.
Several factors can cause dogs to experience anxiety. The Merck Veterinary Manual identifies some of the most common as the following:
- Fears and phobias
Here are some testimonials:
A 13-year-old Yorkshire from California developed arthritis, anxiety and small seizures from old age. However, CBD helped Trinket find a natural supplement for pain relief. Her groans from constant pain stopped completely and her owner said she is energetic again.
CBD also shows promise in helping dogs that suffer from seizures.
It seemed like there was no hope for a woman’s 13-year-old pomeranian. Tinkerbell suffered from liver disease and chronic seizures that made it difficult for her to walk, eat and use the bathroom on her own. The vet said it might be best to put her down, but her owner wasn’t ready to give up just yet. That’s when Tinkerbell found something that changed her quality of life-- CBD oil. Now, with CBD oil, Tinkerbell no longer endures seizures.
The Canine Health Foundation (CHF), is funding clinical trials for research on CBD as a treatment for dogs with epilepsy.
Prescription medications for dogs with epilepsy often have terrible side effects. In addition, up to 30 percent of dogs that use these medications continue to have seizures, according to the American Kennel Club.
In June 2018, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first prescription drug from cannabis called Epidiolex which aims to reduce seizures in two rare forms of epilepsy.
How to choose the best product for your dog
If CBD is something your dog wants to try, there are a few things you should keep in mind before you buy it.
You might think that each administration method will provide the same results, but that’s not true. The two most popular options for dogs is tinctures and treats. Tinctures are faster-acting and more effective, but each are perfectly safe.
Where your CBD oil comes from and how it was taken care of are important factors to consider. Some farmers spray their crops, like hemp, with harmful chemicals and pesticides to stimulate growth and act as protection from insects or animals. If this happens, then these harmful chemicals can crawl their way into the final product.
Products containing pesticides can lead to health complications in the future, like cancer.
You want to make sure the CBD oil you give your furry friend is pure. You can ensure this by looking for a company’s third party lab results. The results should guarantee the product is pesticide-free, and ideally, contains no artificial flavors or preservatives.