It is important to note that, as research continues to emerge, pet parents and veterinarians alike are finding that CBD can provide positive benefits for dogs. It can serve as an alternative aid to help treat symptoms of a variety of ailments.
HERE’S EVERYTHING THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CBD FOR DOGS
FIRST LET’S DISPEL A MYTH
Dr Gary Richter, owner and medical director of Montclair Veterinary Hospital in Oakland, California, points out that CBD has no psychoactive effect on dogs when dosed properly.
SECOND, WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF CBD FOR DOGS?
Most importantly CBD oil can be an invaluable aid for Dogs suffering from the following problems: Seizures, Nausea, Stress, Anxiety (eg Firework Celebrations), Back Pain, Gastrointestinal Problems and Symptoms of Cancer. These and other health conditions in dogs are invariably helped by CBD.
THIRDLY, HOW DOES IT WORK?
Relief is provided as the cannabinoids in the product extracted from the plant interact with the endocannabinoid system. This is an internal repair system that all dogs (and humans) have. There are a series of CBD receptors that run throughout the body. The cannabinoids in CBD interact with these receptors and help to sort out the problem. This helps the body to return to homeostasis, which is, the body’s healthy state.
FOURTHLY, WHAT ARE THE POTENTIAL RISKS OF CBD FOR DOGS?
Overdosing CBD could possibly, though rarely, lead to potential risks for pets but, just like pharmaceutical medications, you should stick to the recommended dosage. Take your pet to your veterinarian immediately if you suspect an overdose.
Unlike some pharmaceutical pain medicine, CBD oil for dogs has no life-threatening side effects. With the correct dosage, it doesn’t damage the kidney, liver, or GI tract and the dogs aren’t high or sedated. However, life-threatening risks for dogs from CBD are exceedingly rare. Toxicity more often occurs if a pet has eaten a product that contains chocolate, coffee, or raisins
AND FINALLY, HOW IS CBD OIL ADMINISTERED TO DOGS?
Cannabis oil is typically administered orally to dogs. However, there are also some topical treatments, for example, creams and salves. It also can be used in conjunction with most pharmaceutical medications and treatments. There are few, if any, known significant drug interactions that you really need to be concerned about but, if in doubt, consult your veterinarian. Again, the correct dosage is imperative as is the case with any health supplement. If you follow the recommendations you are more likely to get the positive effect that you’re looking for.