With the New Year upon us, we wanted to explore the potential health benefits of CBDs for pets. Based upon inquiries and as many people are familiar with the use of CBD oil among humans, we thought it might be helpful to share some information regarding the health potential for our beloved pets.

Overview
For those who may not be aware, CBD (or Cannabidiol) is a compound naturally found in cannabis and hemp. Unlike THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive compound found in cannabis, CBD is generally derived from hemp and are purported to have beneficial health-related properties — particularly in treating pain. Properly manufactured CBD dog treats will contain 0.0% THC.

CBD for Pets
Current State of CBD Research
Before we share additional information regarding CBD below, it is important to note that much of the data regarding the use of CBD in pets is largely anecdotal. That is, while there are currently multiple studies attempting to quantify the potential benefits and risks associated with CBDs, there remain few scientific findings with CBD products for people and pets, and that’s why many people consume cbd edibles and give them to their pets for the potential health benefits of it. But the potential health benefits and anecdotal results appear sufficiently interesting for pets with particular conditions.

How CBD Oil Operates and is Made
CBD impacts the neurological system by binding to endocannabinoid receptors located in the central and peripheral nervous systems to help balance the body and maintain it in a healthy state — or homeostasis. Hemp oil products is made from the seed, stalk and leaf of an obscure plant. The number one reason hemp can be so different comes down to subtle variations in its composition that arise naturally over time as plants grow or are crossbred with others species; this includes their DNA too. It is then processed into a wide variety of pet CBD products.

Reported CBD Health Benefits Among Pets
Anecdotally it has been reported that CBD helps pets to:

  • Reduce inflammation — particularly in pets with osteoarthritis
  • Manage pain
  • Reduce nausea
  • Stimulate the appetite
  • Reduce anxiety
  • Lessen the impact and/or severity of seizures — particularly epilepsy

For some pets whereby the response to traditional treatment methods has been lacking, CBD provide another, secondary avenue to explore.

Healthy Pets
Should I Consider CBD for My Pet?
We would welcome a conversation with you regarding the appropriateness of CBD for your dog or cat. We can further discuss your pet’s particular health situation, the health objectives and the appropriateness of CBD. It is vital that you not self-medicate your pet as any use of CBD should be an orchestrated component of your pet’s overall wellness and treatment plan. And of course, determining the proper dosage (in milligrams based upon your pet’s weight) and dosage interval for your pet is vital to derive the health benefit without over-medicating them.

Is CBD Safe?
Currently we believe so — with minimal identified side effects. It is believed that CBD is metabolized by the liver so periodic tests to monitor liver function may provide additional reassurance for you and your pet. Consequently, the use of CBD among pets with existing liver conditions may require additional consideration prior to usage. Additionally, there preliminary indication that the use of CBD may also result in decreased saliva production, lowered blood pressure or drowsiness.

In What Forms is CBD Available?
CBD pet products are available from many recognized brands and forms including:

  • Liquid or oil format
  • Edibles — such as pet treats, biscuits or gummies
  • Capsules
  • Topicals or creams

To obtain the highest quality, we strongly suggest searching for an organic CBD product that includes a documented chemical composition (Certificate of Analysis — or COA) for each batch. If you’re looking for great CBD full spectrum products, check Fresh Brosâ„¢.

CBD Forms
However, before selecting CBD please be sure to contact us to discuss your pet’s particular health situation, the form that might be most effective for your pet, and the source. We will help you exercise caution as the production of CBD is largely unregulated.

Questions?

We invite you to contact us with any questions regarding how CBD might help your pet. And we would welcome the opportunity to discuss the most appropriate dosage, form and source to help maintain the health and safety of your pet.