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How CBD May Help Your Dog
The use of cannabis for medicinal purposes dates back further than you might think. In fact, people have been using cannabis and cannabis oils to treat a number of ailments for nearly 1,000 years. Today, many veterinarians practicing holistic medicine are exploring the beneficial properties of cannabis on dogs for both behavioral and medical issues.
Indeed, all mammals rely on the endocannabinoid system, an interconnected pathway found in the nervous system, glands, and organs that helps to control immune responses throughout the body. CBD positively influences receptors within the cannabinoid network, promoting greater health and healing, which is great for both you and your pet. Here are 6 areas CBD may help your dog have a better quality life.
1. Stiff Joints
Both degenerative and developmental joint pain are common problems found in canines. If you happen to have an older dog, chances are you’ve noticed mild to severe discomfort in your pet’s movements, especially after high-intensity activity. While the primary reason as to why joint pain affects dogs is still unclear, some pets are affected even in youth, your dog can still find relief with CBD oil. Known to alleviate mild and even chronic discomfort, CBD, a non psychoactive agent, has proven to be a powerful anti-inflammatory. This may be why CBD has also shown effective at relieving, but not curing, arthritis in dogs, which occurs when the cartilage protecting your dog’s joints becomes damaged.
While much of the scientific testing of CBD’s effects on anxiety has been limited to human study, the endocannabinoid systems in dogs and humans are similar. This has led many holistic vets to suggest CBD oil for dogs. If your pet happens to show signs of stress or anxiety, either in the presence of guests or in response to loud noises, such as thunderstorms, CBD may help. Providing your dog with CBD oil in advance can better acclimate your pet to stressful situations. It does so by promoting better communication between endocannabinoid receptors. Once ingested, CBD triggers a more fluid chemical transmission between receptors.
As funny as it sounds, your dog’s immune system, and your own, can interpret minor outside influences such as certain foods, molds, and pollen as dangerous. When this happens, histamine is released from mast cells in your dog’s body, causing allergy symptoms such as shortness of breath, congestion, itchiness, and even hives. While more study is needed, promising research has shown that CBD may hinder the release of histamine, naturally reducing the effects of some allergic reactions. CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties have also shown beneficial in reducing swelling.
4. Acute Pancreatitis
Sudden inflammation in your dog’s pancreas can cause a number of symptoms such as frequent vomiting and diarrhea, dehydration, fever, and lethargy. Dogs experiencing acute pancreatitis suffer from overactive digestive enzymes, resulting in a premature digestive process. CBD signals for the immune system to begin the repair process, alleviating cramping and inflammation in the process.
5. Appetite and Nausea
CBD has been used on both humans and dogs to successfully increase hunger, especially in cases where cancer is evident. Regardless of whether your dog’s condition is severe, if you often notice bouts of appetite loss (or maybe just picky eating habits), CBD might help. In fact, reduced nausea and vomiting has also been recorded in dogs taking CBD.
If you’re worried about the success and potential side effects of more traditional seizure medications, which can cause liver and organ damage, CBD can be a more natural approach to take with your dog. Some studies have shown dogs experiencing epileptic symptoms such as seizures experience fewer episodes when administered CBD, which is believed to possess properties that pacify the irregular firing of neurons in the brain during a seizure.
Having a healthy life is important. Keeping up with the latest findings regarding CBD and its benefits can be a great way to stay informed both for yourself and your dog, ensuring more fun and play for you both.
“Cary Teller is an Oregon native who loves exploring the outdoors with his trusty sidekick Milo, a 2-year old gorgeous and cuddly mastiff.”