Updated: Feb 8
Our pets become a beloved part of our families. Just like other family members are ready to enjoy summer, their bodies are subject to aches and pains and more serious maladies — especially as they get older. They can even suffer from psychological issues such as separation anxiety. As the benefits of CBD become more widely known, industry professional are often asked if it can safely and effectively be used to help pets.
The answer is a big Yes! Humans and various other mammals, including dogs, cats and horses, have a similar Endocannabinoid System (ECS) that processes cannabinoids. So CBD can be just as effective for these mammals as it is for humans. Remember CBD oil won’t get your pet (or people) high, because it’s not psychoactive.
Five great benefits that say yes
If your pet is experiencing symptoms of distress such as increased barking, aggression and/or chewing, the use of CBD can lead to mood improvement and reduce the feelings of fear, anxiety and stress. Research has shown that in many cases CBD can be an effective way to help your pets emotional well-being.
Studies have shown that CBD can be effective in controlling nausea and vomiting a symptom that can occur in many pets.
CBD has excellent anti-inflammatory effects, and as such can significantly reduce pain. An article featured in Veterinary News (https://bit.ly/2YMUTqy) cites a study by the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine showed that with the intake of CBD oil, dogs with osteoarthritis demonstrated an increase in activity and comfort.
Dogs, like humans, can suffer from seizure-causing conditions such as epilepsy. In a pilot study by Colorado State University (https://bit.ly/2YVOhFK) CBD was shown to be an effective anticonvulsant in dogs with epilepsy.
Being all natural is vital in enhancing your pet’s long-term health. But make sure you’re buying products where the hemp has been grown using the best/safest practices and contains accurate content information. This information can be verified, which is why buying from a store and in person is safer than purchasing online.
In many cases CBD can help your pet live a healthier and more comfortable life, but be sure to talk to your vet first to check for counterindications with any other medications. If your vet approves of the CBD treatment, buy in person at reputable store like Cape Ann Botanicals where you can be sure of the quality of the products. Start slowly — there are many tasty CBD pet products that allow you to use small doses; Although CBD is non-toxic, it is recommended that you stay with your pet for two to three hours after administering the first dosage to see how they tolerate it.