Loud noises bother Ella. Ella is Jeffery Powers 10-year-old St. Bernard. Klinger, Jill Douglas’s cat suddenly became uncomfortable being petted. Cannabidiol (CBD), a cannabis-derived cannabinoid helped both Jeffery and Jill find relief for their pets.
Research shows promising indications for cannabinoid (non-psychoactive) use in holistic veterinary medicine as a natural and effective treatment for many issues pets face.
Using hemp oil for animals is a practice that has been around, surprisingly, for longer than you may have thought.
The Endocannabinoid System In Animals
To access the medicinal and therapeutic effects CBD offers, the host body needs an endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is the body’s regulatory system and it’s responsible for maintaining homeostasis.
All vertebrates and invertebrates have an ECS with CB1 and CB2 receptors. The latter is located on cells in peripheral organs and throughout their immune system, and its main function is modulating immune cell functions. The primary location of CB-1 receptors is in the brain and central nervous system. These receptors mediate cannabis-induced psychotropic effects.
How CBD Oil Can Help Your Pet
Cannabis oil has been used for a variety of purposes in a variety of species(mainly for its CBD content), but here we have listed just a few of them.
CBD’s remarkable properties and medical applications offer pets the following benefits listed below.
Behavioral problems in dogs and cats are often due to anxiety. Pets express these feelings in different ways, including tearing up the house, vocalization (excessive barking (dog), whining, crying), house soiling, and aggression.
Separation anxiety, illness/disease, painful injuries, fear from a terrifying experience, and specific phobias are common causes of pet’s anxiety.
CBD helps with anxiety by impacting product of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that improves mood and positive feelings.
2. Gastrointestinal issues
Gastrointestinal (GI) issues in pets are quite common. Majority clear up within a few days without treatment. Some, however, may result in regular or permanent digestive problems and require long term treatment.
Acute gastroenteritis, colitis, constipation, diarrhea, pancreatitis, exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, and small intestinal malabsorption are some commonly diagnosed conditions. Parasites are a frequent cause of these disorders. Some breeds (Great Danes, German shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Collies), however, are more susceptible than others. Excessive drooling, vomiting, flatulence, loss of appetite, bleeding, abdominal pain and bloating, shock, and dehydration are common signs of GI disorders.
CBD reduces intestinal and gastric motility by easing certain digestive system movements (cramping, bowel regulation). CBD can also reduce inflammation commonly associated with GI conditions.
Pets suffer from various aches, just like their owners do. Pancreatitis, bone cancer, arthritis, periodontal disease, ear infection, cystitis (bladder inflammation), and peritonitis are common causes for pain in pets.
Signs your pet is in pain include decreased social interaction, anxiousness, refusal to move, loss of appetite, whimpering, guarding behavior, and aggression, among others.
CBD anti-inflammatory properties help reduce pain in pets by reducing the absorption of anandamide, a pain regulating compound.
Arthritis affects up to 30 percent of adult cats and dogs. It’s nicknamed the “silent epidemic” because it is often overlooked. Signs your pet is suffering include difficulty moving and a reluctance to engage in activities previously enjoyed. Vocalization, lack of appetite, restlessness, and decreased grooming (cats) are also indications of arthritis.
CBD’s analgesic, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties can help reduce joint pain and inflammation. This cannabinoid also protects these areas from further arthritic damage.
5. Loss of appetite
Just like us, pets can lose interest in food. If they resume eating within 24 – 48 hours, it’s not a problem. Anything longer can indicate a more serious issue. In addition to not eating, signs of appetite loss include eating less than usual, not eating treats, weight loss, lack of energy, and vomiting.
Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that stimulates appetite directly, CBD works indirectly. The non-psychoactive cannabinoid helps resolves conditions like pain that negatively impact the desire to eat. CBD also has antiemetic properties that help with vomiting and nausea.
6. Seizures and Epilepsy
Seizures are frequently reported neurological conditions in dogs. Idiopathic epilepsy, liver disease, kidney failure, brain tumors, brain trauma, or toxins are common causes of this condition. Seizures lasting more than five minutes are harmful to pets.
Signs of seizures in pets include collapsing, jerking, stiffening, and muscle twitching, among others. Dogs and cats will appear confused once the seizure passes.
CBD has anti-epileptic properties that can help control seizures, tremors, tics, and spasms in pets.
7. Anti-cancer effects
Cancer kills more dogs and cats than any other disease. Inflammation and poor immune function caused by diet or environmental factors are usually the starting point for the formation of cancer in pets.
CBD’s anti-tumor properties may suppress the growth of cancer cells.
Pet Dosage Chart
As with humans, you’ll need to experiment to find the right dose for your pet. Basic dosing rule for cats and dogs: 1-5 mg CBD for every 10 pounds of body weight. Start with a treatment on the low end of the recommended range. This allows you to assess how your pet reacts, which you can tell in about 30 – 60 minutes.
CBD for pets is available as an oil or in the form of treats. Accurate dosing is best achieved using oils. Tinctures are also preferred as they are better absorbed through the tissues of the mouth rather than through the digestive tract.
Pets should not be dosed with vaporized CBD due to the potential for lung damage and accidental overdose. Avoid edibles as they may contain ingredients toxic to animals such as raisins, chocolate,
Possible Side Effects to Watch Out For In Your Dog Or Cat
CBD is well-tolerated by pets, but high doses may result in dry mouth, lowered blood pressure, and drowsiness.
What To Look For When Buying CBD for Pets
The popularity of CBD has prompted low-quality sellers to throw their hat in the ring looking to make a quick buck. Keep the following in mind to avoid buying poor quality CBD products for your pets.
● Certificate of analysis (COA) – The manufacturer should provide a certificate of analysis (COA) for each product. This document indicates the quantity of CBD and THC. There should be little to no amount of the latter.
● Bioavailability – Bioavailability is the percentage of a substance absorbed by the body after processing and determines potency levels. Nano-sized microemulsion
CBD products have excellent absorption. If that type is not available, your next best option is liposomal emulsified oil.
● Natural and organic – Non-organic CBD may contain pesticides, fungicides, or solvents, which are harmful to pets.
● Labeling – Marketers may use deceptive labeling to get you to bu their items. Products labeled “Hemp Oil” do not contain any CBD.
These are ultimately just standard things that you want to look for when buying a supplement for any purpose, with the exception of the fact that your need for an “organic” compound could be even more important when buying for pets(depending on your personal opinions on non-GMO standards, etc.).