Sometimes all it takes is a happy puppy to make a sour day sweet. You don’t need much more than to come home after a long day at work to your dog wagging their tail and jumping up to lick your face. But on the other hand, there’s not much worse than to come home to a dog or cat that is struggling with seizures or joint pain. You may have a list of medicine from the vet to give your pet, but they come with their own list of harmful side effects as well as a hefty price tag. Don’t you want better care and treatment for your four-legged family members? It might be time to try CBD to offer your pet relief from uncomfortable medical conditions. But if you’re curious about how it works and first want to have your questions answered, keep reading to learn more.
What is CBD?
You may have an idea of what CBD is from our other blogs, but we’ll go over it again just in case. CBD products are made from hemp or cannabis and offer a variety of benefits for both humans and animals. The good news is that CBD, unlike THC, doesn’t have the psychoactive effects. CBD interacts with CB1 and CB2 receptors in your body to help manage pain signals and many other bodily functions. CBD products also come in a variety of forms, such as oils, balms, as well as pet-friendly forms like dog bones and treats.
Is it Safe For Your Dog?
Researchers are still studying the effects of CBD on the body, so it’s important to do your own research and ask your vet any specific questions. CBD is also considered a schedule 1 drug according to federal law, which only adds to the confusion. But like we stated before, CBD doesn’t cause a psychoactive effect like THC does. According to one study, it is safe even in high doses and when used over a long period of time. CBD can be used to help treat:
- Anxiety and noise phobia
- Loss of appetite
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Autoimmune diseases
Choosing the Right CBD Product
When there are so many CPD products online, it can be overwhelming to make sure you’re choosing the right one.
- First, make sure it’s organic and is free of pesticides, fungicides, or solvents.
- You also want to look at the quality and purity. This will increase the price, but it will be better for your pet.
- CBD products can also have a range of strengths, so shop around for a product that has a good amount of CBD and is free of additives.
- Some CBD retailers will actually post lab results that show the quality and purity of their products.
- Getting the purest form of CBD will have the most benefits. While CBD is available in dog treat form, it will have a higher chance of being beneficial when it’s in a tincture form.
Start Slow and Keep Documentation
To find an appropriate dosage for your dog or cat, first ask your vet for their opinion based on your pet’s weight, age, and breed. When you first start using CBD for your dog or cat, start out slowly so you can document any reactions and side effects. Some warning signs of a dosage that is too high include:
- Dry mouth: Your dog obviously won’t tell you if their mouth is dry, but look out for how much water they’re drinking.
- Tremors: Some human patients with Parkinson’s disease experienced a higher number of tremors when their dosage was too high.
- Low blood pressure: When first starting CBD, have your vet note the blood pressure and make regular visits to check it again. You can also look out for your pet being unusually tired or lethargic.
- Lightheadedness: Look for dizziness or disorientation.
There’s still a lot to learn about how CBD products work to treat certain medical conditions. However, there have been many studies showing positive results, from pain management to treating cancer. Having a pet that is struggling with pain or another issue is stressful and it only makes matters worse when you can’t ask them how they’re feeling as you would with a human patient. But with CBD products, there is hope for a pet that is happy and healthy.
Keep reading Cultivating News to keep up with the latest news about CBD products online.