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CBD Oil and Your Pets

By now most everyone has heard about the benefits CBD can reportedly have for many people for issues like chronic pain, anxiety and symptom relief for a myriad of other conditions. But have you ever considered how CBD might be able to benefit your pets?

Dogs and cats suffer from many of the same common ailments as we do, and CBD is an alternative option for them just as it is for you.

Is CBD safe for animals?

For a little background, CBD is completely non psychoactive and completely safe to be used on pets, meaning the products will not get your pet high. Keep in mind, traditional marijuana can be toxic to dogs and other animals because it contains THC, the psychoactive compound responsible for the mind-altering effects.

Also, to put your mind at ease, CBD also has no known toxicity level, and therefore is incapable of causing an overdose. In fact, the CBD found in most cannabis products for pets is sourced from hemp, a variety of cannabis that naturally contains extremely low concentrations of THC.

The health benefits of CBD tinctures for pets are along the same lines as those of humans since the their endocannabinoid systems process the chemicals similarly.

How CBD is used for pets

Pain Relief and inflammation

The health benefits of CBD tinctures for pets are along the same lines as those of humans since the their endocannabinoid systems process the chemicals similarly.

The number one reason pet owners turn to CBD is for pain relief. Studies show that CBD can temporarily stop the absorption (and therefore cause a build up) of anandamide, a chemical that helps dampen pain signals in the brain. At the same time, CBD works to reduce inflammation caused by conditions common in older pets, such as arthritis.

Seizures

Another reason pet owners use CBD, and one of the best known medical benefits of CBD is its ability to help control seizures, tremors, tics, and spasms. This is because CBD is a natural anti-convulsant. If your pet is suffering from these symptoms something like Palmetto Harmony’s Palmetto Paws CBD oil for pets is an excellent choice.

Anxiety issues

While the physical benefits of CBD for pets are plentiful, it is important to note that it can also help manage the symptoms of a variety of mental conditions. Much like humans, dogs and cats can also suffer from anxiety, stress or even specific phobias (Did I just see you plug in the vacuum or hear a clap of thunder?). While the exact source of anxiety may differ in pets, it can cause stress and specific physical reactions in them. Some common forms of anxiety affecting dogs and other pets include separation anxiety, noise anxiety, and travel anxiety.

If your dog suffers from mental stress you may notice behaviors like persistent barking, chewing (furniture, shoes, garbage, etc.), urinating and defecating (usually inside the house or crate), aggression or tremors (shaking). To regulate symptoms like these you may want to try this Calming Pet CBD Tincture from Lazarus Naturals. Research suggests introducing CBD temporarily increases serotonin levels in the brain, reducing stress and anxious behaviors.

Nausea and vomiting

CBD has also be found to be an antiemetic, meaning it helps suppress nausea and vomiting which are common symptoms in both humans and animals. There are plenty of antiemetic medications on the market but many can cause a wide variety of side effects, including, hypotension, strong sedation, excessive drooling, lethargy, lack of appetite, and diarrhea. CBD tinctures can reduce the feeling of nausea and also suppress the vomit reflex without the side affects of other medications. In fact, it can even stimulate an appetite in sick pets.

Cancer

Another common and tragic ailment in pets is cancer, and as with humans, in many cases, the suffering can be significant and the condition proves to be fatal. While currently there is no cure for cancer, and chemotherapy is still the leading treatment plan for both humans and animals, treatment usually focuses on slowing the growth of a tumor while reducing pain and other symptoms.

As we know, chemotherapy has a plethora of side effects and CBD is becoming increasingly accepted as an alternative or supplementary route. Some studies have shown that CBD has anti-cancer effects in that it can help slow the growth and spread of cancer and even reduce the size of tumors in certain types of cancer. There have also been studies that show that CBD and other cannabinoids can enhance the effect of traditional chemotherapy, suggesting that it increases the rate by which cancer cells absorb chemotherapy agents, while simultaneously protecting healthy cells.

CBD Dosing for Pets

Dosing can be a bit tricky so make sure you’ve done your research and consulted with your vet or a specialist. If your vet has given the okay (it is important to check that CBD will not negatively affect any medications or conditions your pet may have) start with 1mg of CBD per every 10 lbs. of an animal’s body weight. Just like with people, it’s generally good to start small and gradually increase the amount of CBD every week until you see your desired benefits. If it’s their first time, make sure to stay with your pet for several hours after giving them CBD to ensure they are okay.

If your pet suffers from chronic pain, anxiety/stress, epilepsy, chronic inflammatory conditions like arthritis or IBD, or cancer, it’s always best to first discuss options with your vet. We highly recommend giving CBD a try so it won’t hurt to bring it up at your next visit.

As members of your family, your pets will appreciate what you do to make them feel better if they are suffering. When the benefits of CBD products help get your furry friend back to a healthy happy state, you’ll see a new spring in their step that’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

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