It’s sometimes difficult to diagnose and treat our dog’s medical or behavioral issues. After all, our dogs can’t talk to us and tell us exactly what they’re feeling. It often takes observation and trial and error to find a combination of supplements and diet that work to keep our pets happy and healthy long term.
Thankfully, we have a new option to help support our dog’s health and well-being. We are learning that CBD Hemp Oil can benefit our pets in many of the same ways it benefits us, offering a new potential treatment option for many common pet health problems. Like humans, our pets (and all mammals) have an endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system helps our body create homeostasis, optimizing our immunity, metabolism, and cellular communication.
CBD (cannabidiol) is one of the compounds found in cannabis and hemp which interacts with the endocannabinoid system. It is non-psychoactive, meaning your pet won’t get “high” from CBD. Regardless, you should make sure you are giving your dog the highest quality CBD possible without any potentially harmful additives, pesticides, or solvents.
While more research is needed, many vets are starting to recognize CBD’s potential benefit for many of the following issues.
The calming effects of non-psychoactive CBD have been chronicled extensively in humans, and studies show it can be helpful in treating social anxiety and panic found in high-strung dogs. Likewise, many pet owners have found it useful for dogs dealing with anxiety caused by separation or noise.
Relief for Pain and Inflammation
Studies show CBD helps decrease pain and inflammation in humans, including intestinal inflammation associated with irritable bowels. Likewise, many pet owners find it can help dogs deal with similar often hard-to-treat issues.
How to Administer CBD to Pets
Pets can take CBD in many of the same ways we can, through tinctures and oils which can be mixed into food or placed on a treat. CBD can also be used in recipes for homemade pet treats. As with any supplement, we recommend consulting with your holistic vet to see if CBD is right for your pet.
Learn more about CBD by visiting our education page.