Top Reasons Why Your Cat or Dog Could Benefit from CBD
If you’ve heard the buzz about CBD and why people are using it, you might have also heard that pets can use it too. In this article we’ll explain if CBD is safe for your pet, and the top reasons why he or she could benefit from it.
There are few formal studies on how CBD specifically affects dogs, cats, or other domesticated animals. However, one such study conducted by Cornell researchers found that a daily dose of CBD given to dogs with osteoarthritis increased comfort and activity level versus those given a placebo.
The majority of CBD studies have only been conducted on lab rats and mice, with newer studies beginning to use human test subjects as well. From these studies and other anecdotal evidence we can infer with some level of confidence how CBD affects cats and dogs.
So, how can CBD help your pet?
No one likes to see their pet in pain. Our companions live to bring us joy, and we want the same for them. Fortunately we can help.
One of the most well-supported findings of CBD is its effectiveness in treating pain. Research has shown that CBD may reduce pain and the neurological response to pain. If your pet is suffering from pain after an injury or surgery, it’s possible that CBD could be used as a natural pain reliever.
Research shows that CBD may help to reduce inflammation and pain associated with it. Pets, especially dogs, often suffer from inflammation of the hips and joints later in life. If your dog is older and less active than she used to be, it may be due to inflammation or arthritis.
Treating pain associated with arthritis and inflammation is one of the most common reasons that humans use CBD, and your dog might be able to enjoy the same benefits.
If you frequently travel with your pet, you understand that motion-sickness is common and difficult to deal with. Some dogs love riding with their head out the window, chomping at the air, while others curl up in the back and feel nauseas. CBD may help. Research and anecdotal evidence suggests that CBD can reduce nausea and even stimulate appetite. A double-whammy benefit!
The 4th of July is an exciting holiday, even for pets. Dogs love to run around the park and meet new people at cookouts. Unfortunately once the fireworks begin, many pets panic and run scared. In fact, many pets are lost on the 4th of July due to their fear of fireworks.
We’ve also seen first-hand that dogs are afraid of thunder and snowplow noise as well. The good news is that CBD could be an easy and effective way to relax your pet during stressful times like these.
While epilepsy in dogs is less common than the other ailments previously mentioned, many are still impacted. Your veterinarian should be able to accurately diagnose if your dog has epilepsy and is suffering from seizures.
Research is limited, but there is actually a clinical study which found “promising” results from treating epileptic dogs with CBD. The study found that dogs given CBD had fewer and less severe seizures than those given a placebo.
Are there side-effects for my pet?
The studies mentioned above and many more anecdotal reports suggest that CBD is remarkably safe for humans and pets alike. There appears to be little risk of overdose or toxicity. However, there are reports of minor side-effects such as the following:
- Dry mouth – Research and users have found that CBD can reduce saliva and cause a dry-mouth sensation. This may lead to increased thirst. We advise you to monitor your pets saliva production and thirst. You may need to hydrate them more than normal, but be careful not to over-hydrate if it is not necessary.
- Getting “high” – If you give your pet a product that contains THC, they will likely experience the psychoactive effects associated with that compound. You should make sure that the CBD products you buy are “THC-free” and contain CBD derived from hemp plants. All of Nuvamed’s CBD products use USA-grown hemp and THC-free.
- Decreased blood pressure – Some reports indicate that CBD may lead to a drop in blood pressure and result in light-headedness. We advise that you avoid rigorous activity with your pet after administering CBD until you understand how it affects them.
- Drowsiness – Especially at higher doses, CBD may result in drowsiness. This is also a side-effect in human use. Always start in small doses until you know your pet reacts to CBD. Do not let your pet operate any heavy machinery while using CBD.
You want the best for your pet. With so many options on the market, it can feel overwhelming to know what is best. We recommend the following best practices:
- Shop for CBD products that use organic ingredients. Note that any CBD product advertising a “USDA Certified Organic” claim is false, as the USDA does not certify CBD products at this time. However, be sure to look at labels (and photos of labels online) and opt for products using organic ingredients.
- Make sure to check that the product you are considering has independent lab test results, commonly referred to as “Batch Reports” (see examples here). These certificates of analysis show if the product has high amounts of THC (avoid) or chemicals and solvents (avoid).
- Don’t only look for the cheapest option. CBD is relatively expensive to farm, extract, and manufacture into finished products. Independent testing and accurate labeling adds to these costs. If a product is priced too low relative to others, it may be too good to be true.
- Proper dosing is crucial, and not all products are as clear as others. CBD-Infused doggie treats can vary greatly in potency, and bio-availability in these types of treats is less proven than traditional oils. Consider using a tincture oil (yes, the same one for humans) with your pet so you can accurately measure every dose.
Nuvamed’s CBD tincture oils have tamper-proof droppers with measurements. That way you can measure each dose straight out of the bottle and into your pets food.
So there you have it! We hope you learned something and feel better informed to decide if CBD is right for your pet. We’re pet owners, too. We all want what’s best for our fluff-balls. Feel free to bookmark this page and use the options below to share with a friend!
We advise that you consult with your veterinarian about whether or not CBD is right for your pet. It’s possible that CBD could interfere with other medications your pet is taking, and your vet will know what is best.