Is your pup’s tail sagging instead of wagging? Maybe it’s time to bite the bone and consider cannabidiol (CBD) for your four-legged friend. It’s no secret that CBD oil is a hot product on the market for adults and children, but now savvy pet owners are getting in on the action. If you’re curious about using CBD for Spot, convincing research is emerging suggesting that dogs can benefit from CBD in many of the same ways humans do. Many dogs suffering from varying ailments (anxiety, seizures, etc.) have seen substantial improvement with the use of CBD. Are there CBD products specifically for dogs? Yes, and White Coat Hemp Co. has the goods. Let’s dig into the benefits of using CBD products for dogs.
How can CBD oil help my dog?
There are many different ailments that can befall our furry friends leaving pet owners scrambling for treatment. CBD has been used to treat a host of issues, most commonly:
- Stomach issues
- Separation anxiety
- Skin issues
- Epilepsy and seizures
- Side effects of cancer
- Pain relief
In the day and age of doctors prescribing a pill for everything, many people are looking for homeopathic and natural alternatives to treating the ailments of their animals. CBD oil is a natural product derived from the cannabis plant. Many people use CBD for a variety of issues, and recently the FDA has approved a CBD based medicine for the treatment of epilepsy. Studies suggest that over 4% of dogs have seizures, and some owners are turning to CBD oil for treatment. While the research surrounding dogs and CBD is limited, we do know that CBD oil is used to treat epilepsy in humans and has great success.
Where is the research supporting CBD for dogs?
In July of 2018 Dr. Joseph Wakshlag (Cornell University) pioneered one of the first published studies of its kind, Pharmacokinetics, Safety, and Clinical Efficacy of Cannabidiol Treatment in Osteoarthritic Dogs, to see if there was scientific proof to his (and many others) findings. They treated a sample of dogs with a proprietary blend of hemp oil and had remarkable findings. Over 80% of the dogs studied had improved mobility, less pain, and improved arthritis.
CBD oil is beneficial for many dogs, especially those with arthritis, pain, and anxiety. The National Cancer Institute found that both THC and CBD beneficial for tumor prevention and regression in mice during studies conducted in 2018. CBD was also shown to help with cancer symptoms like nausea and loss of appetite. Though these studies were not performed on dogs, we might assume that canines could potentially benefit as well.
What kind of CBD products are out there for dogs?
CBD for dogs is available in salves, treats, oil that can be mixed into their food, vitamins, and capsules. Make sure that you only give your pet CBD products that have been specially formulated for animals. Do not give any animal CBD products that are meant for humans, as it may cause serious health issues
White Coat has many products available for your K9 companion. An easy and usually undetectable way for you to incorporate CBD into your pet’s diet is by mixing or spraying CBD oil (sometimes referred to as tinctures) into their food or water. If your dog is well behaved, try giving them a CBD vitamin or pill with some peanut butter or cheese, subject to certain dietary restrictions. The most common and easiest way for dogs to take CBD is by giving them CBD infused treats, bones, or jerky. Don’t worry, since CBD has less than 0.3% THC present, your pup won’t get “high.” Always consult your veterinarian before giving your pet any new medication, including CBD products.
What will my vet say about my dog using CBD products?
Your vet’s opinion on using CBD products to treat your pet will vary depending on where you live. Until recently, most veterinarians risked their licenses if they suggested medical cannabis as a remedy or medication to pet owners. If you live in a state where hemp products are legal, your vet may be likely to recommend CBD oil, vitamins, or treats due to their low risk of side effects, relatively low cost, and a myriad of uses. Regardless of what their response is, always ask your vet about CBD treatment if your dog is on any medication since mixing different medicine could potentially lead to health issues.
The medical community is currently producing a multitude of clinical studies showing the great benefit of CBD oil treatment for your pet’s health and behavioral issues. Compared to the expensive and side effect riddled medications you could be feeding your little furballs, CBD oil as an alternative treatment seems like a no-brainer. It’s easy to purchase and has not been connected to any serious health risks, unlike the array of synthetic medications widely available for purchase. Join the thousands of other dog parents who started giving their pets and CBD and see firsthand how it could benefit both of your lives.
Disclaimer: Any therapeutic claims of CBD contained herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) and are for information purposes only. Further, the FDA has not approved hemp-derived CBD as a supplement for animals.