CBD oil and dogs
As we get to know more about the effects of CBD for mankind, we find ourselves naturally asking: Could CBD oil help our pets?
A growing number of veterinarians believe cannabidiol (CBD) products can be effective in treating an array of conditions in dogs, from anxiety to a lack of appetite.
Scientifically, dogs (and most mammals) have a similar anatomy to humans. Studies in the last decade have shown that the endocannabinoid system can be found in most mammals. Considering that CBD works directly with this nervous system, we can confidently conclude that CBD will have some sort of influence on our dogs. CBD Oil is now available from Dogista here.
Early research and anecdotal testimonials show that CBD has helped our pets in many different ways.
The science behind CBD oil for dogs
Although CBD has great promise as a medical treatment, research into the therapeutic advantages for dogs and other mammals is thus far in its very early stages and there is currently only one study that’s dealing with using CBD for dogs.
The full study was completed in November 2018 and the preliminary data is extremely promising. Colorado State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital started the research on using cannaboidiol for canine epilepsy and in July 2018, Dr. Stephanie McGrath revealed the initial findings:
“89 percent of dogs who received CBD in a clinical trial had a reduction in the frequency of seizures.”
Although the positive effects of CBD for dogs are also backed by studies done on other mammals and real-life stories from dog owners, with minimal scientific data available regarding dogs and CBD, it is with caution and realistic expectations that CBD should be administered to our dogs.
What are the health benefits of CBD for dogs?
CBD has been shown to have positive effects on your dog’s overall health in addition to being effective in treating specific medical conditions. CBD can be used alone or combined with other medications.
CBD helps with allergies and skin issues in dogs
Itching, scratching, licking, chewing…Skin issues can be very irritating to both our dogs and ourselves.
Just like humans, dogs can be irritated by substances like pollen, food, insect bites, dust and even many types of pet products on today’s market that are manufactured and processed using artificial and toxic chemical ingredients and processing.
Itching usually affects a dog’s belly, armpits, ears, paws, and cheeks. It can go on for months and even years in some extreme cases.
CBD is a possible solution: It has anti-inflammatory properties and relieves the inflammation that causes itching, hives, and blisters.
Skin issues can be treated by adding CBD to the daily diet of your pet and in many instances, by putting some CBD oil on your dog’s skin at the site of irritation.
CBD reduces anxiety in dogs
CBD is known to reduce anxiety levels in people, so it’s not a surprise it’s working for dogs too.
Some dogs have very high levels of anxiety which can make daily interactions with you dog very stressful. Dogs suffering from anxiety tend to show symptoms and reactions such as urination, excessive barking and destructive behaviour.
Some dogs suffer with separation anxiety and find being separated from their owner difficult. Some dogs feel anxious when left alone in the house and can show excessive distress behaviour.
By adding CBD to your dog’s life, it can help anxious dogs to feel much more relaxed.
CBD reduces learned fears and phobias in dogs
Fear of fireworks and thunderstorms are very common in dogs. Unfortunately, there is little you can do to calm a nervous dog.
A fear of loud noises can cause great distress for your pet. CBD may help calm your dog and stop the problem from getting worse.
CBD reduces aggressive behaviour in dogs
Aggressive behaviour in dogs is a much more complex issue. There are a number of factors that can cause canine aggression, such as medical problems, behaviour issues, and trauma. It is usually triggered by a specific situation.
Aggression is often managed by taking behavioural classes with your dog. Using CBD in parallel with specialised training, can help your pet feel more calm and relaxed. It reduces the likelihood of your dog being triggered by specific situations and generally diminishes aggressive behaviour.
CBD boosts appetite and relieves digestive problems in dogs
Some dogs are just easy to feed and will eat almost everything, but problems can arise with dogs that are picky eaters. There can be a number of reasons why your dog might be picky. If your dog usually has a good appetite and you notice some changes, it could be one of many digestive problems. Also, too many treats can spoil your dog, which could lead to it wanting to eat only that, not proper food.
It’s important to keep in mind and just accept that some dogs (sometimes depending on a breed or age) don’t have that much of an appetite.
Adding CBD to your dogs food can reduce nausea and boost appetite, as well as calm an upset stomach.
CBD helps with arthritis, joint and mobility issues in dogs
Arthritis is an umbrella term for abnormal changes and degenerative conditions caused by inflammation in joints, and it is one of the most common orthopaedic issues in dogs. Arthritis is very common in large breeds, but it also affects smaller dogs.
The main cause of arthritis is tissue damage caused by joint physical trauma, stress, infection, even an immune system disorder. The most common joint disorder is hip dysplasia.
With arthritis, cartilage can’t be regenerated as fast as it’s wearing off. Because of that, the boney layer becomes more exposed to inflammation. This leads to thickening of the protective layer around the joint making it less elastic and mobile.
The blood vessels surrounding the inflamed joints become swollen and inflamed and calcium deposits accumulate, all of which makes the condition very painful, making it uncomfortable for our pets to walk or move.
CBD is widely known for its anti-inflammatory and pain-killing effects in humans and many pet owners have also hailed CBD as a wonder solution for their dogs suffering with joint issues.
By taking CBD orally, your dog will be relieved from the two most associated symptoms related to inflammation: swelling and pain.
CBD helps our dogs with cancer
Cancer is one of the most common causes of death in dogs over the age of 10. The statistics say that half of the dogs over the age of 10 will suffer from some form of cancer. Fortunately, half of those cancers can be treated successfully if noticed on time.
CBD in the treatment of cancer has quickly become a talking point in recent months, with many people and CBD companies claiming CBD can cure cancer in humans and dogs. Whilst this idea is a very exciting one, there is no documented proof that this is true. I personally believe it is a very tenuous path to take, to believe that CBD can and will cure a dog (or human) from cancer. It is far more realistic and sensible and documented that rather than be an all encompassing cure for cancer, CBD in fact treats a variety of endocrine functions within the body and provides a therapeutic environment which in turn can inhibit cancer cells growth.
Cannabidiol has been shown to relieve fatigue, improve appetite, reduce inflammation as well as relieve pain in humans post cancer diagnosis and during chemotherapy treatment and as such, it would be logical to suppose the same would apply when treating dogs with cancer.
CBD relieves seizures and epilepsy in dogs
Epilepsy is a medical condition that causes repeated seizures. This can be a very frustrating experience for both you and your dog.
During a seizure, there is an abnormal electrical activity burst in the dog’s brain. That makes it behave in an unconventional way, without any control of its body. Seizures affect between 1 and 5 percent of dogs.
The Veterinarian prescribed medications to stop seizures in dogs can have numerous side effects. CBD oil is quickly gaining recognition as an effective treatment in dog seizures and clinical studies to back these findings up are underway currently.
CBD oil Conclusion
As with any new product or trend that appears on the consumer market, it is important to fully understand and trial the product to your own personal needs and expectations to be able to assess and balance both positive and negative claims. When the product is that of a ‘therapy’ and/or ‘alternative medicine’ it is vital to use cautiously and sensibly and alongside veterinary advice. The sudden explosion of CBD oil on the market has unfortunately seen many companies make claims that their oil is the best! It can be a mine field for anyone wanting to use CBD oil to know which one to choose and at what strength etc.
Dogista is has spent the last 12 months researching and testing a selection of CBD oils from several companies, putting to test the efficacy and benefits of each oil. Having worked with The Real CBD Company we are proud to now offer our customers two CBD oil options that can be safely used with dogs; 5% CBD oil and 3% CBD oil. When selecting a CBD oil the key requirements as a standard rule of thumb is for the oil are as follows:
- CBD oil extraction must be from the full plant and not just from seeds. Extraction methods must be via CO2 extraction. The supercritical (or subcritical) CO2 method uses carbon dioxide under high pressure and extremely low temperatures to isolate, preserve, and maintain the purity of the medicinal oil. This process requires expensive equipment, experienced and trained personnel and authorised lab conditions. This method ensures the end product is safe, potent, and free of chlorophyll. The majority of CBD oil available to buy today uses Ethanol as a cheap way for extraction but this method not only destroys all therapeutic properties of the plant, it also adds a dangerous chemical factor to any oils produced.
- CBD oil made from hemp seeds alone or mixed with other oils such as a olive oil, coconut oil etc has no therapeutic properties whatsoever and will only serve as a placebo effect. Many false claims are made by many companies regarding their oils but the science proves their claims to be false and misleading to consumers. Compared to whole plant cannabis, hemp is typically low in cannabinoid content. A huge amount of hemp is required to extract a small amount of CBD, raising the risk of contaminants because hemp, a bioaccumulator, draws toxins from the soil. The robust terpene profile of whole plant cannabis enhances the therapeutic benefits of CBD and THC.
- For the therapeutic properties of CBD oil to be unlocked, it must have a % of THC added to the CBD oil. Laws in Europe dictate that any CBD oil sold cannot contain more than <0.5 THC. Labels should show the quantity and ratio of CBD and THC per dose, a manufacturing date and batch number (for quality control)
- Lab Testing should be available for all CBD oil products showing that they are tested for consistency, and verified as free of mould, bacteria, pesticides, solvent residues, and other contaminants. Every retailer of CBD oil must be able to provide independent lab test documentation that is relevant to each oil sold. Again, many retailers online state that their oils are lab tested, but do not have the documentation available to potential customers.
- When selecting an oil, applying all the above guidelines, it is important to start with low dosage in dogs regardless of the condition being treated. Dosage can be increased gradually according to desired results 4 days apart.
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