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The benefits of CBD for our pets

 

By Quinton Charles Op -Ed Blogger

We love our pets

We as Americans, love our pets. Maybe even more than we love apple pie (I know that I prefer cherry) and rock-n-roll. I have no doubt that this love is the reason people go to great lengths to cure their pets of all ailments, no matter the price. While noble, it can lead to expenses far exceeding what one would expect to pay for any reasonable cure. Pet owners frequently discover that their pets do not fully recover, resulting in continued expenses and symptoms. While clinical proof of CBD’s benefits for pets is lacking, anecdotal evidence supporting its use is growing. Veterinarians and pet owners alike provide numerous examples illustrating the positive effects of CBD on pets.

Although I fully acknowledge that the types of pets that people own are as diverse as they could possibly be, I am narrowing this article to cats and dogs. In no way does this reflect any animosity towards other types of pets (I used to own a bird), but rather reflects the available information on the effects of CBD in pets.  This is a tricky subject to find information out there. However based on recent advances in cannabinoid administration in humans, it is believed that CBD is both safe in humans and animals. So Lets Talk Dogs!

CBD & Dogs

I grew up with dogs, and it seems like everyone either has a dog or knows someone who does. Despite their apparent resilience, dogs are affected by diet, climate, and mood just like humans. Caring for your dog’s health involves two simple aspects: prevention and treatment. Common issues such as canine obesity, mood problems, and appetite issues can often be addressed with dietary changes, exercise, and adjusting food types. For more severe or chronic conditions, additional support like CBD may be necessary. CBD can benefit both dogs and cats by reducing anxiety, relieving pain and inflammation, protecting the nervous system, managing seizures, and supporting heart health and blood sugar levels.

One anecdote mentions an Australian veterinarian:

“A senior Staffordshire Terrier had a 6cm mammary tumor and metastasis  that disappeared in 3 months and didn’t come back. An Australian veterinarian, Edward Bassingthwaighte, found CBD oil significantly improved a Jack Russell Terrier’s severe heart murmur and painful arthritis within a month. These cases highlighted CBD oil’s potential in his holistic veterinary practice. “I simply can’t explain the improved heart murmur” says Bassingthwaighte. “They normally don’t get better.

So how does it work? CBD produces similar effects in dogs as in humans, including pain and swelling reduction. In previous discussions, I’ve highlighted its potential to combat epilepsy. It can lower liver enzyme activity that metabolizes many prescription drugs, so consult your vet before giving CBD to your dog if they are on medication.

CBD and Cats

For cat owners, CBD offers similar benefits based on anecdotal evidence. Dr. Gary Richter, a holistic veterinarian and owner of Montclair Veterinary Hospital and Holistic Veterinary Care in Oakland, California, generally considers CBD oil safe for cats, despite the lack of specific scientific studies. You can manage potential adverse effects such as gastrointestinal upset (often caused by carrier oils; consider olive oil-based tinctures) and sedation by discontinuing use. It’s important to remember that while CBD oil and hemp are safe for pets, cannabis plants themselves are not recommended. “There is plenty of documentation of marijuana toxicity in cats, for those that nibble on the plants,” says veterinarian Dr. Liza Guess.” 

Overall, pet owners should consult with their pet’s veterinarian before administering any CBD oil. Once the go-ahead has been given, you should be more than ready to give your pet a holistic treatment and, hopefully, a cure to whatever ailment besets them.

If you have questions don’t hesitate to contact us by phone at 866-244-4223 or by email at support@greenwellnesslife.com!  We are passionate about our pets at Green Wellness Life!

 

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