By this point, you have probably heard of CBD as an excellent anxiety-reducer, pain-reliever, and inflammation tamer. But did you know that CBD is an amazing healing substance for your pups and cats?
That’s right. Just like CBD continues to prove itself as nothing short of great for us humans, your pets can reap the same health-boosting (or even life-saving) benefits.
CBD, more formally regarded as cannabidiol, is the non-psychoactive cannabis-derivative which is making headlines everywhere due to its miracle-like healing capabilities for everything from anxiety to digestive issues to lessening seizures to proliferating cancer cells.
Yep, that sounds like a miracle-like substance to us, too.
As more studies are being conducted to prove CBD’s wide range of therapeutic benefits, we are just beginning to scratch the surface of the cannabinoid’s healing effects and potential.
So, if you’re curious as to whether CBD can help your pet with his/her anxiety, pain, appetite and more, the answer is yes – the compound can help tremendously in many common issues pets experience.
How does CBD help my pet?
Unlike its psychoactive counterpart THC, CBD does not create a buzz – It is a non-toxic stimulus which provides your dog with a calming and pain-relieving sensation without harming them with the potential intoxicating effects from products sold in pet stores or products administered by vets.
The benefits of using CBD for your dog are actually quite incredible, and the CBD market is opening up a whole new world for pet care for those who believe in natural remedies.
Similar to the way CBD works to optimize human health, CBD for pets really isn’t all that different. CBD works with the the body’s Endocannabinoid System to maintain harmony within the body and fight any unwanted toxins.
Currently, CBD is being issued to pets for their anxiety, pain, seizures (if they experience them), appetite, cancers and overall health —perhaps heart health at its core.
CBD helps your pet’s anxiety
Does your dog suffer from separation anxiety or get all of whack when he/she is exposed to loud noises? A lot of animals respond negatively to louder sounds like sirens or fireworks, and many pets don’t behave the best when their owner heads to work for the day or leaves them for a significant period of time.
CBD has been studied extensively for its positive effects on stress and anxiety in humans, with findings showing the cannabinoid to relieve common and severe anxieties, also proving itself an effective agent for panic disorders and post-traumatic stress disorders.
When you give your pet CBD, it enters into its Endocannabinoid System (ECS), the system found in all mammals which promotes and maintains balance in the body. Once the CBD hits your pet’s ECS, specific receptors found throughout the body (in the brain, organs, central nervous system and tissues) are activated, causing your pet to feel relief from that anxiousness.
In short, CBD makes it much easier for the body to calm down and relieve tension and anxiety because the cannabinoid receptors (those found within the ECS and those within CBD) can now “speak” to each other, thus, providing significant anxiety-reducing effects.
CBD helps your pet’s pain
Does your pup suffer from chronic pain like arthritis? Because CBD acts as a natural pain reliever, it targets your pets’ aching joints and gives your dog relief from the inflammation. CBD also soothes the chronic inflammation that prevents your pet from healing properly in ways that other pet products haven’t done.
Giving your pet CBD for pain or inflammation works in the same way as with giving your pet CBD for anxiety —by working in sync with the ECS. The cannabinoid receptors in your pet’s body receive signals from the CBD product telling them to fight the targeted or inflamed area, and providing comfort and relief.
CBD aids in common pet diseases
The majority of diseases in dogs all result in the same types of symptoms including chronic pain, nausea, loss of appetite and change in behavior.
CBD is a multi-purpose health supplement that can help your dog or cat relax, alleviate their pain, and improve their bad habits and behaviors (like incessant barking or going to the bathroom on your living room rug).
To that end, CBD can help your pets if they are experiencing inflammatory bowel disease, autoimmune disease, neurodegenerative disease or cardiovascular disease.
CBD is proving to be an effective agent in cancer, as well. Pets tend to have the same symptoms that humans get when they have cancer including nausea, loss of appetite and chronic pain.
Pet owners of dogs with cancer have been giving their furry friends small doses of CBD every day as it is showing to dramatically aid in both preventing and killing cancer cells. It does this by helping the immune system kill cancer cells (again, working in conjunction with the ECS), and, because CBD contains anti-tumor properties, it blocks the cancer cells’ ability to produce energy.
How is CBD administered to pets?
CBD is often given to pets orally, in the form of CBD treats or CBD oil. Although it can be applied topically (for pain and inflammation), the most common methods include pet treats, pet tinctures and even CBD pet food.
While all forms of CBD are perfectly safe, most pet owners are finding the dog treats to work best, as dogs are more prone to accept a treat rather than drops of oil.
Most CBD products for dogs and other house pets are derived from hemp oil, meaning the product contains less than 0.3 percent of THC, if any at all. Because of this, all 50 states have approved the use of hemp-based CBD for animal (and human!) products.
CBD could be a healthy, and even life-saving, herb for your dog. More pet owners and holistic vets are being drawn to CBD products due to their diverse and seemingly effective benefits.
CBD can be used to treat your pets’ seizures, nausea, stress, anxiety, arthritis, cancer symptoms and gastrointestinal issues in dogs.