As dog owners, we often wish we could understand what our pets are trying to tell us. This is especially true when our pets are experiencing pain or suffering from an unknown cause. What’s even worse is some animals will hide their suffering from us.
Even after we’ve taken them to the vet, we may still feel lost with how we can help them. Sometimes the issue remains hidden, while other times we may find the issue but there isn’t much that can be done, and they have to live with a medical condition for the rest of their lives.
I know how incredibly difficult that can be just to read because our love knows no bounds and we simply want to give our pups the best. Now if only there was just a way to give our dogs medicine that helps with their general wellbeing, as well helps with a range of serious medical conditions all the while tasting great.
Oh, wait I know! How about giving them CBD dog treats?
So what is CBD anyways?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a phytocannabinoid that is found in both hemp and cannabis. And there are a lot of cannabinoids out there with some found in chocolate and black pepper, and others that even our own bodies produce. And recently we discovered that CBD itself is found in other foods as well. Flax seeds actually have small amounts of CBD. How cool is that?!
But this brings us to the most notorious cannabidiol, tetrahydrocannabinol, or simply THC. There are over a hundred different cannabinoids and it’s a shame that the only one that is psychoactive is also the most well-known. THC is the only known cannabinoid that causes a high, and CBD most certainly does not!
But this is good, because THC is essentially non-existent in hemp (less than .03%), meaning you can safely give your pets CBD oil and treats derived from hemp without worrying about THC, which in high doses has been found to be dangerous to dogs.
What can CBD help with?
CBD can help with a lot of medical conditions which may seem too good to be true, and while it’s no miracle cure (there is no such thing), one could make a damn good case that it’s close.
Why? Because CBD acts in a way that influences the endocannabinoid system that all mammals have. It’s a vital system composed of a plethora of receptors and neurotransmitters that play heavily into a process known as homeostasis, which is an organism ability to maintain internal stability despite outside influences. CBD can also attach to non-cannabinoid receptors that greatly influence our general health as well. Simply put, CBD works by naturally influencing the systems that protect and balance both us and our pets.
Let’s look some fascinating ways it does this.
Check out a few ways CBD can help your pet:
Anxiety, Stress, and Aggression
Separation anxiety is a very common issue many dogs experience, and unfortunately we often only see the destructive results of it and not the suffering our pup went through while we were gone. CBD directly lowers stress and anxiety when it activates adenosine and serotonin 1A receptors. Which when activated, lower fear regardless if you have a dog that’s scared of thunderstorms or one that becomes aggressive when they see other dogs.
Inflammation, Arthritis, and Pain
It might not seem like it, but inflammation is good because it protects from pathogens, but often good inflammation becomes bad inflammation. This occurs when white blood cells like M1 cells devour foreign threats like bacteria from an open wound and when their job is done they signal for M2 cells to “repair the damage” Seen by how many suffer from inflammation, both humans and dogs, this doesn’t always occur. CBD can directly targets bad inflammation by activating TRPV1 receptors, and indirectly fights it by allowing activation of CB2 receptors which plays a large role in the immune system.
Increase Appetite and Reduce Nausea
It’s never easy to see your puppy that would once devour an entire food bag if left unattended turn into older pup that struggles to eat anything. CBD reduces both pain and digestive issues such as nausea, and many owners see their dog’s young pup appetite come roaringly back. This is one of the big reasons CBD is loved by many that go through cancer treatments.
Up to 5 percent of dogs experience idiopathic epilepsy or primary epilepsy, but this number may be higher depending on your dog’s breed. Australian Shepherds, German Shepherds, Beagles, Labrador Retrievers are just a few breeds where epilepsy is seen in higher numbers. Epilepsy medication is notorious because while it often works, in high doses it can severely damage vital organs and change a dog’s personality. CBD is often called a lifesaver by many of those that suffer from epilepsy as it reduces, weakens, and can stop seizures when they are occurring, even when the epilepsy is resistant to common treatments.
Treats infused with CBD oil is an increasingly popular way to give CBD oil to your dogs without having to fight them to take CBD from a dropper. You can find companies such as Innovetpet that sell flavored CBD treats that most dogs will love. But if you have a picky eater, the site also sells vet CBD oil if you need to make your own, or want a higher or lower concentration of CBD per treat.
How to find the right CBD oil and treats
First, you’ll want to make sure the CBD is derived from organic hemp, which is legal across the U.S. and most of the world, and not cannabis.
Second, while buying cheap can be good for a lot of things, please don’t skimp on CBD oil. If an oil seems too cheap, it probably has insufficient and/or falsely advertised amounts of CBD, and you should ask the company for an analysis report. Which any company worth their salt will readily provide. This will verify the amount of CBD and THC in the product.
How often can my dog have CBD?
You can safely give CBD to your dogs every day and there is no known unsafe limit, but I don’t recommend more than 1 mg per kg a day. You will also have some sedation effects when dosages move into higher amounts, but most owners never give their pets any near that amount.
Some really great companies will even provide a dosing calculator that will show you the minimum, average, and maximum doses based on your dog’s weight. Which is amazing to have since a 5 lb Chihuahua will need a lot less CBD than a 150 lb Mastiff.
CBD just doesn’t only help your dog
Owners and their pets like playing anxiety tag. If they’re stressed, it makes us stressed; if we’re anxious, they start feeling anxious. CBD pet treats are here to help ease that stress for both our four-legged nuggets and ourselves. You and your dogs both deserve that relief!
Giving CBD can bring back your pet’s quality of life, allowing them to once again play fetch and retrieve sticks, run around the lake terrorizing ducks, and most importantly, allow them to once again comfortably snuggle up to their favorite human in the world. A happy pup is a happy parent, so go ahead and spoil them with love.
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