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CBD for Pets

The Endocannabinoid System and CBD for Pets

 

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a complex network of receptors and signaling molecules that play a role in a variety of functions in the body, including appetite, pain, inflammation, and mood. It is thought that the ECS plays an important role in maintaining homeostasis, or balance, in the body.

Pets also have an ECS, and it is thought that this system plays a similar role in their bodies as it does in humans. CBD, or cannabidiol, is a non-psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant that has been shown to interact with the ECS. CBD can be used to help pets with a variety of conditions, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Pain
  • Inflammation
  • Seizures
  • Skin conditions
  • Appetite loss
  • Weight loss
  • Cancer

 

CBD is a safe and effective treatment for pets, and it has been shown to have few side effects. If you are considering using CBD for your pet, it is important to talk to a qualified professional first. They can help you determine if CBD is right for your pet and can recommend a safe and effective dosage.

 

How CBD Works

CBD works by binding to receptors in the ECS. These receptors are located throughout the body, including in the brain, nervous system, and immune system. When CBD binds to these receptors, it can help to modulate the activity of the ECS. This can lead to a number of benefits, including:

  • Reduced inflammation
  • Reduced pain
  • Increased appetite
  • Reduced anxiety
  • Improved sleep
  • Reduced seizures

 

The Benefits of CBD for Pets

 

CBD has been shown to be beneficial for pets in a number of ways. Here are some of the benefits of CBD for pets:

 

  • Reduces anxiety: CBD can help to reduce anxiety in pets, which can be helpful for pets that suffer from separation anxiety, noise phobias, or other anxiety disorders. A study published in the journal "Frontiers in Veterinary Science" found that CBD was effective in reducing anxiety in dogs with separation anxiety. The study found that dogs that received CBD had a significant reduction in anxiety symptoms, such as pacing, whining, and panting, compared to dogs that received a placebo.

 

  • Reduces pain: CBD can help to reduce pain in pets, which can be helpful for pets that suffer from arthritis, chronic pain, or other pain conditions. A study published in the journal "Pain" found that CBD was effective in reducing pain in dogs with arthritis. The study found that dogs that received CBD had a significant reduction in pain, as measured by their activity level and their owners' assessment of their pain.

 

  • Reduces inflammation: CBD can help to reduce inflammation in pets, which can be helpful for pets that suffer from allergies, skin conditions, or other inflammatory conditions. A study published in the journal "Veterinary Dermatology" found that CBD was effective in reducing inflammation in dogs with allergic dermatitis. The study found that dogs that received CBD had a significant reduction in inflammation, as measured by their skin condition and their owners' assessment of their inflammation.

 

  • Improves appetite: CBD can help to improve appetite in pets, which can be helpful for pets that are recovering from surgery, have cancer, or have other conditions that affect their appetite. A study published in the journal "Animals" found that CBD was effective in improving appetite in dogs with cancer. The study found that dogs that received CBD had a significant increase in their appetite, as measured by their food intake and their owners' assessment of their appetite.

 

  • Reduces seizures: CBD has been shown to be effective in reducing seizures in pets with epilepsy. A study published in the journal "Epilepsy & Behavior" found that CBD was effective in reducing seizures in dogs with epilepsy. The study found that dogs that received CBD had a significant reduction in the number of seizures they had, as well as the severity of their seizures.

 

  • Improves skin conditions: CBD can help to improve skin conditions in pets, such as allergies, dermatitis, and hot spots. A study published in the journal "Veterinary Dermatology" found that CBD was effective in improving skin conditions in dogs with atopic dermatitis. The study found that dogs that received CBD had a significant improvement in their skin condition, as measured by their owners' assessment of their skin condition.

 

  • Improves overall health and well-being: CBD can help to improve overall health and well-being in pets, which can lead to a longer and healthier life. A study published in the journal "Frontiers in Veterinary Science" found that CBD was effective in improving overall health and well-being in dogs. The study found that dogs that received CBD had a significant improvement in their overall health and well-being, as measured by their activity level.

 

How to Give CBD to Your Pet

There are a number of ways to give CBD to your pet. The best way to give CBD to your pet will depend on your pet's individual needs and preferences. Here are some of the ways to give CBD to your pet:

  • Oil: CBD oil is a popular way to give CBD to pets. CBD oil can be added to your pet's food or given directly to your pet by mouth.
  • Capsules: CBD capsules are another popular way to give CBD to pets. CBD capsules are easy to administer and can be given to your pet with or without food.
  • Treats: CBD treats are a fun and easy way to give CBD to your pet. CBD treats are available in a variety of flavors and textures, so you can find one that your pet will love.
  • Topical creams: CBD topical creams can be applied to your pet's skin to help relieve pain, inflammation, and other skin conditions.

 

How Much CBD to Give Your Pet

The amount of CBD to give your pet will depend on your pet's weight, age, and individual needs. It is important to start with a low dose (1-10mg/ 10lbs of bodyweight) and gradually increase the dose until you find the right amount for your pet. Remember,  It is also important to talk to a qualified professional before giving CBD to your pet to make sure that it is safe and effective for your pet.

CBD is generally considered safe for pets, but there are some potential dangers and precautions to be aware of. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Dosage: There are no standardized rules so It is important to start with a low dose of CBD: 1-5 mg/ 10lbs of bodyweight and gradually increase it until you find the right amount for your pet. Too much CBD can cause side effects such as drowsiness, vomiting, and diarrhea.
  • Interactions with other medications: CBD can interact with other medications that your pet is taking, so it is important to talk to your veterinarian before giving CBD to your pet.
  • Quality of CBD products: Not all CBD products are created equal. It is important to buy CBD products from a reputable source that tests their products for quality and safety.
  • Pets with liver or kidney disease: CBD can be processed by the liver and kidneys, so it is important to talk to your veterinarian if your pet has any liver or kidney disease.
  • Pregnant or nursing pets: There is not enough research on the safety of CBD for pregnant or nursing pets. It is best to avoid giving CBD to pregnant or nursing pets.

If you are considering giving CBD to your pet, it is important to talk to a qualified professional first. They can help you determine if CBD is right for your pet and can recommend a safe and effective dosage.

 

Here are some additional tips for giving CBD to your pet:

  • Start with a low dose: As mentioned above, it is important to start with a low dose of CBD and gradually increase it until you find the right amount for your pet. Too much CBD can cause side effects such as drowsiness, vomiting, and diarrhea.
  • Give CBD with food: Some pets may experience stomach upset if they take CBD on an empty stomach. Giving CBD with food can help to prevent this.
  • Monitor your pet: It is important to monitor your pet for any side effects after giving them CBD. If you notice any side effects, stop giving CBD to your pet and talk to your veterinarian.

 

Conclusion

CBD is emerging as a safe and effective treatment for many conditions in pets. However, it is important to be aware of the potential dangers and precautions before giving CBD to your pet. By following these tips, you can help to ensure that your pet experiences the benefits of CBD with the lowest potential for negative side effects. Remember to consult with a qualified professional like a veterinarian and to follow all local, state and federal guidelines. It is also important to note that the FDA has not approved CBD for use in pets, and there is still some research that needs to be done to fully understand the long-term effects of CBD on pets.

 

References: 

American Kennel Club (AKC) - CBD Oil for Dogs: What You Need to Know

https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/cbd-oil-dogs/

 

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) - Cannabis for Pets

https://www.avma.org/resources-tools/animal-health-and-welfare/cannabis-use-and-pets

 

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine - Cannabinoids for Companion Animals

https://www.vet.cornell.edu/departments-centers-and-institutes/cornell-feline-health-center/health-information/feline-health-topics/cannabinoids-companion-animals

 

Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences - Cannabidiol in Animals

https://cvmbs.source.colostate.edu/cannabidiol-in-animals/

 

Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association - Pharmacokinetics, Safety, and Clinical Efficacy of Cannabidiol Treatment in Osteoarthritic Dogs

https://www.ahvma.org/wp-content/uploads/AHVMA-2018-V49-CBD-for-Arthritis.pdf

 

Frontiers in Veterinary Science - Pharmacokinetics, Safety, and Clinical Efficacy of Cannabidiol Treatment in Osteoarthritic Dogs

https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fvets.2018.00165/full

 

Veterinary Information Network (VIN) - CBD and Pets: A Veterinarian's Guide

https://news.vin.com/vinnews.aspx?articleId=57301

 

The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association - Evaluation of the Effects of CBD Hemp Extract on Osteoarthritic Dogs

https://avmajournals.avma.org/doi/abs/10.2460/javma.254.11.1301

 

University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine - Clinical Trials Evaluating the Use of CBD in Dogs with Osteoarthritis or Epilepsy

https://research.vetmed.ufl.edu/clinical-trials/current-studies/cbd-clinical-trials/

 

World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) - Cannabinoid Medicine for Veterinary Use: Practical Guidelines for Veterinarians

https://www.wsava.org/WSAVA/media/Arpita-and-Emma-editorial/Cannabis-guidelines-for-Vets-17-June-2020.pdf

 

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