By Jesse Carpender
5 Ways CBD Oil Improves Your Dog’s Health
Dogs face many of the same health challenges as their human counterparts, and non-psychoactive, hemp-based wellness products can help your canine companion, according to veterinarians across the country.
Factors like nausea, stress, arthritis, and gastrointestinal issues can affect your pet’s overall quality of life. Veterinary care can be expensive, and many specific symptoms require expensive veterinarian procedures or treatments.
“In 2017, the American Veterinary Medical Association encouraged the DEA to declassify cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug “to facilitate research opportunities for veterinary and human medical uses.” – Dr. Gary Richter, director of Montclair Vetinary Hospital, Montclair, CA.
While natural remedies like cannabidiol, or CBD oil, cannot replace traditional animal health care, it can aid your pet’s overall wellness by treating many of these common health conditions at the same time.
To address pet owners’ most common concern, Dr. Gary Richter, director of Montclair Veterinary Hospital told PetMD that CBD oil products will not have a psychoactive effect on your dog. “Depending on the nature of the product, if it contains little or no THC, then the dog is not going to get high,” Richter said.
In 2017, the American Veterinary Medical Association encouraged the DEA to declassify cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug “to facilitate research opportunities for veterinary and human medical uses.”
CBD oil is non-psychoactive, non-toxic, and highly tolerable in animals. The recommended serving size should be based on your dog’s size and weight.
Here are five ways CBD oil can help your dog’s health.
Like humans, dogs have evolved from certain diets and environments that we no longer maintain. Side effects from dogs consuming their own equivalent of fast food are nausea and gastrointestinal issues.
Dogs are mammals like humans and have an endocannabinoid system, which regulates the body’s immune response, communication between cells, appetite, and metabolism.
Homemade CBD treats made with Real Scientific Hemp Oil can help your dog’s nausea and allow them daily comfort. For example, Phyto Animal Health VITALITY-X™ Pure CBD Hemp Oil can be placed on a treat or mixed into your dog’s food to provide their daily serving of CBD.
2. Stress and Anxiety
Dogs are very sensitive to their environments. Whether dogs are picking up on your stress, reacting to major changes at home, or traveling a long distance, you’ll notice a difference in their comfort level. Some dogs even undergo personality changes when they’re stressed or anxious.
Just like the success, many people have had in treating anxiety with cannabinoid medicines, CBD oil is very effective in treating anxiety in dogs. Even with the barest THC possible, CBD oil will help alleviate the physical effects that stress has on your dog’s body, allowing them to feel more comfortable and calm.
One product that’s great for traveling with your dog is Phyto Animal Health’s Pet Vitality-X. This CBD oil combines award-winning CBD hemp oil with medium chain triglyceride (MCT) oil to promote overall health maintenance.
A common result of aging, one in five dogs experiences arthritis. Veterinarians treat older dogs with steroids or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), but eventually, dogs will build up a tolerance and the results will stop.
VITALITY from Phyto Animal Health supports joints and hips, and may even give a healthy shine to your dog’s skin and coat. VITALITY’s hemp CBD combines with medium chain triglyceride (MCT) derived from sustainably sourced organic coconut oil. This oil is composed of capric and caprylic acids, which is beneficial for dog’s aching joints and hips.
An ongoing pilot study at Cornell University on the pharmacokinetics, safety, and clinical efficacy of CBD treatment in Osteoarthritic Dogs has found that the dogs are perceived to be more comfortable and active with very few undesirable side effects.
CBD oil can have a positive effect on several important functions for dogs fighting cancer. Dogs with cancer commonly have problems eating and may suffer from weight loss, nausea, vomiting, and lack of appetite. CBD oil is a power anti-inflammatory which may help dogs suffering from tumors or recovering from surgery. CBD oil’s positive gastrointestinal effects can help your dog absorb nutrients from food as well as support a healthy appetite.
CBD oil helps decrease pain, to give dogs with cancer better quality of life and help them regain some energy to spend time with their family. Most families report that their loved ones are able to have more quality rest and this helps with maintaining overall wellbeing and strength.
One-to-five percent of dogs will have seizures from idiopathic epilepsy between six months and six years old. Although any dog can have a seizure, idiopathic epilepsy is more common in border collies, Australian shepherds, Labrador retrievers, beagles, Belgian Tervurens, collies, and German shepherds, according to PetMD.
Seizures can be a scary experience for your dog. Commonly prescribed medications with potassium bromide or phenobarbital can help control seizures but have many negative side effects.
The Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics published research in 2010 on cannabidiol displays antiepileptiform and antiseizure properties In Vitro and In Vivo animal studies. What they found was that high levels of CBD exerted clear anticonvulsant effects with significant decreases in the incidence of severe seizures and mortality compared with vehicletreated animals.