There’s a new ingredient on the market that might be the answer to your dog’s anxiety. Cannabidiol, or CBD, oil has been widely praised for its endless health benefits that can relieve muscle pain, epilepsy, skin conditions, and anxiety. Now, recent studies are showing the effectiveness of CBD oil for dogs.
“We’ve heard from many pet owners that they’ve tried dozens of products when looking for something to help their dog’s anxiety,” Marc Lewis, editor at Remedy Review, explains. “Many are turning to CBD oil, but we’d recommend anyone interested in trying it for their pet consult their veterinarian.”
While there is still a lot to learn about administering CBD on pups, it might be the alternative answer you’ve been looking for.
Here are ten things you need to know about the benefits of CBD oil for dogs.
CBD oil for dogs relieves pain
One of the essential components of CBD oil is the interaction with the receptors in one’s brain and immune system that helps relieve chronic pain. Dr. Tim Shu, founder and CEO of a pet cannabis company in California called VETCBD, explains that the “relief is provided as the cannabinoids in marijuana interact with the endocannabinoid system. The cannabinoids interact with the receptors in the body and modulate things like pain, anxiety, and nausea.”
CBD oil for dogs has no psychoactive properties
While cannabidiol oil is extracted from cannabis plants, there is one key difference separating it from the herb. CBD lacks any THC, so your pet won’t feel any effect from CBD oil other than a soothing relaxation. Dr. Gary Richter, owner of Montclair Veterinary Hospital, explains: “As is the case with any medication, success has everything to do with dosing. If you dose pets properly, then they are going to get the positive effect that you’re looking for while not having any psychoactive side effects.”
CBD oil for dogs can treat epilepsy
Rocky was suffering from a seizure when his owner gave him a drop of CBD oil. Within minutes, Rocky went from foaming at the mouth to peacefully moving around the space. This story isn’t uncommon amongst pet owners who’ve tried everything to treat their dogs’ epilepsy, but Rocky’s owner is one of many who has found some success with CBD oil.
CBD oil for dogs can reduce anxiety
Whether your dog gets the shakes during a heavy downpour or when you step out of sight, anxiety is one of many conditions that can impact your dog’s life. In cases where you just adopted a new furry family member, it may take them some time to adjust. CBD oil can help alleviate some of your pet’s anxiety as they adapt to their new surroundings.
CBD oil for dogs can help prevent cancer
Not only is CBD oil a preventative measure for most immune diseases, but research shows that it can help keep cancer cells from growing. There’s a reason why many chemotherapy patients rely on CBD oil for its antibiotic properties, and now your pet can, too.
CBD oil for dogs is easy to administer
For some pets, it may be tricky to give them the medication they need. Luckily, CBD oil is a convenient treatment because it’s available in various forms. All The Best Pet Care has a handy guide on the correct dosage for your pet depending on their weight, as well as some ways (like added to a yummy treat) that could work for you.
CBD oil for dogs increases hunger
If your pup suddenly stops eating, it’s a vital sign that you should take them to the vet. With all things considered, CBD oil can help increase their appetite. You can consider adding a drop directly onto their food or try one of the many CBD-based dog treats on the market.
CBD oil for dogs can help them age gracefully
Aging is no fun for humans or dogs alike. As the years pass by, dogs become vulnerable to many different complications, but arthritis is one of the most common amongst elderly pets. The pain-relieving component of CBD oil can help soothe your dog’s sore muscles and, in turn, alleviate your conscience knowing that you can provide them with some relief.
CBD oil for dogs improves sleep
The relaxation that comes from CBD oil also comes with peace of mind. Some dogs have a harder time getting some sleep when they are feeling anxious. By using CBD oil, you can ensure your pet has a night of restful sleep ahead of them.
CBD oil for dogs comes in many forms, so do research
With few studies and many unregulated products on the market, it can be tricky to determine what product is best for your pet’s health. Before purchasing any CBD-based pet product, don’t forget to do your research! Look into first-hand reviews to get perspective before giving CBD oil for dogs a try.
Vanessa Bermudez is a contributing writer for Remedy Review and based in Brooklyn, New York. She is the co-founder and editor of Modern Girls, a collaborative digital space featured in GirlGaze Project and Teen Vogue.