CBD for Pets
As long as you have a backbone, you have an endocannabinoid system. This means our furry friends that we live with at home. Whether it is a dog, a cat, or a bearded dragon, they can benefit from cannabidiol (CBD) medications and treatments.
Anyone who has a pet knows that they can get anxious or sick just like we can. And they are also a part of the family. We want what’s best for our pets, and research is starting to show us that what is best for them is CBD.
It is important to note that when researchers do studies on humans, they have already completed trials on mice and rats. That being said, any research that shows positive results in humans generally has shown positive results in animals. For some ailments, we only know it works on animals. So our furry friends have the benefit on that!
What Is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a chemical found in the cannabis sativa plant. As of now, CBD is extracted from industrial hemp to be sold legally. It lacks the same properties as THC that get the consumer “high”, but it has the beneficial properties that make the consumer healthy.
CBD interacts with a system in the body called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). This system is in charge of homeostasis, which is regulating the body. The ECS tells the body how to react to surroundings, what to do when a virus has gotten into the body and makes sure your joints are well maintained. If you have a fever, that is your ECS raising your body temperature to combat an illness. The ECS is behind the majority of our body’s actions.
CBD comes into play when your endocannabinoid system isn’t working properly. Autoimmune diseases, mental disorders, and neurological pain disorders are just a few things that happen when your ECS isn’t working properly. And surprise! CBD can help with all of those. Even for your dog.
Can CBD Heal My Pet?
Animals show a lot of symptoms similar to humans, which makes sense because their diseases are quite similar as well. We both get anxiety, we both get old tired bones, and unfortunately, we both can get cancer.
My Pet Is Anxious
You may have an overly anxious pet. Does your dog tear up the house when you are gone? Or cry at the door for hours? Whine while they are playing because they are just so excited? Many felines develop an anxiety disorder familiar to the human race, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Your pet may have a clean bill of physical health, but the anxiety is driving them almost literally up the wall.
Studies have shown that CBD relieves stress, they even have evidence of it helping with social anxiety. If you have a dog that can’t focus, even years after leaving the puppy stage, CBD also improves cognitive function. You can even start teaching tricks to your cats!
My Pet Is In Pain
Dogs can get cancer, cats can get muscles torn, bearded dragons can get into fights, animals can feel pain. It’s miserable to watch someone you love helpless and in pain. Now you don’t have to.
While studying CBD and pain, they administered CBD drops to patients experiencing chronic pain. These people had exhausted treatments and medications, but when they took CBD oil, their pain was almost non-existent. Whether it is a fresh wound that needs attention or chronic pain your animal has had for years that you just want to put an end to, hemp oil medications work for it all.
My Pet Has Seizures
For centuries, cannabis has been used to treat seizures. Considering it is something that you can watch as it is being healed, all over youtube are success stories of using cannabidiol for seizures. Even in pets.
Studies have proven that CBD can help with seizures, even in patients who are treatment-resistant. From children to seniors, people having seizures have been taking advantage of CBD, and now you can for your pet too.
My Pet Has Nausea and Is Vomiting
It is exhausting cleaning up vomit constantly because your pet is sick. You’ve tried the medications, you’ve changed their diet, and still, you find yourself on your hands and knees with carpet cleaner. There can be many reasons your pet has nausea, so it is suggested to go to the vet. But when they still can’t stop it, you know CBD is going to be there for you.
Studies have shown that with CBD’s interaction with the endocannabinoid system, it calms nausea and vomiting. They started with calming rats, so you know your little fur babies will benefit. But they didn’t stop there. Cancer patients have also stated that their nausea from chemotherapy went down after using cannabidiol treatments. That’s a powerful medicine!
My Pet Won't Eat
Sometimes we have to give our pets medicine that makes them unable to eat. Our pets can also get depressed, like when a loved one has died or someone moved off to college. Anorexia is common in cats, which is not because they don’t want to eat, but because they have no appetite.
CBD has an amazing ability to regulate the body, and this includes appetite. Studies have shown that when patients go through chemotherapy, they lose their appetite. Doctors suggest using CBD for their appetite, as it does increase it. If CBD can help cancer patients, they can help our pets.
There are many different ways to feed your pets CBD medications. There are dog treats for the canine family members. Tinctures you’re your finicky cats and elusive lizards. There are even pills and powders you can sneak into their food. We would do anything for our pets because they would do anything for us. Now we have a natural medicine to heal them just like we heal ourselves.