What You Need Know About Using CBD for Dogs

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What You Need Know About Using CBD for Dogs

Dogs have been long associated with humans in many different ways and help to perform many different roles including herding, hunting, protection, load pulling, police assistance, and in the military. They are also useful for companionship and aiding disabled persons. They are trainable, loyal, and are always there. This is why they seem indispensable and are aptly referred to as man’s best friend.

For the love of their dog and for its usefulness, any owner will do whatever it takes to make sure they are safe and healthy. This will include feeding them, bathing them when needed, providing whatever they need, taking them to vets when necessary and administering any drugs and medication they require. An effective drug to administer to your dog either for maintaining their wellbeing or for treating a number of its ailment is CBD or cannabidiol. This is one of the many compounds found in the hemp plant along with terpenes and flavonoids. It is extracted from its stem, flowers, seeds, and leaves through various methods including C02 extraction.

CBD can come in many different forms for animals but the most prominent of these is the oil, pills, and treats. Other forms may also include soft chews. As oil, it can be administered through tinctures under the tongue of your pet or topically on the skin directly. It can also be mixed into your dog’s food. As a pill, it can be administered like any other drug by placing it on its tongue. Treats are like biscuits and they can act as dietary supplements for your dog.

What CBD Can Do For Your Dog

Regular usage of cannabidiol will keep your pet healthy. For animals with medical issues such as rabies, distemper, leptospirosis, cancer, arthritis, seizures, and epilepsy or any form of pain and inflammation, CBD will help to normalize their bodily functions and heal them of whatever ailment they have. This is why it has become increasingly popular. You can see some more of its benefits to your dog here.

Dosages are applied based on different factors including the size and weight of your pet as well as whatever ailment it is being used to treat. You can get this from the retailer you purchase your product from or you can get dosage guides and calculators online.

How CBD Works

Every mammal from humans to dogs has an endocannabinoid system often called ECS. This is a system that is very important to the body as it helps it balance and regulate its functions that are essential to life and living. The ECS handles functions such as an appetite for eating, mood, sleep, memory, reproduction, etc. It does this by naturally producing needed substances like anandamide and 2-AG to help the body function properly.

Humans and animals get sick when this system does not function as it should. For any different number of reasons, the ECS may not be able to produce the essential substances needed to make it work as it should. Fortunately, this system contains cannabinoid receptors which listen to conditions outside the cells and transmit needed information about these conditions to the inside of the cells, making the cells take appropriate measures.

When CBD is administered to your pet, just like natural endocannabinoids will do, it binds to these receptors and kick starts the process of transmission to the cells. The ECS responds positively and it is able to produce the necessary substances it needs to function. By reason of these, your pet can enjoy good health and wellbeing. You can learn more about the ECS here.

Buying CBD

CBD products are available from several sources both offline and online. Due to the United States Farm Bill of 2018, it became legal as well as popular and it opened up the market. This has also resulted in the proliferation of many poor quality products. For this reason, there is a need to be careful and to conduct personal research before purchasing. Thankfully, there are some trusted and reputable sources you can buy from.

Endeavor to check labels when purchasing. You can also go further and request for the lab report of the product you want to purchase. Reputable companies will be able to provide this for you. One indicator you can use to know if it’s a quality product is the price. When it is very cheap, it is most likely a poor product containing additives that may be harmful to your pet. This is not to say that every product with a high price automatically qualifies as a good one. You still need to take appropriate measures to find out.

Sarah x

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11 Comments

  1. Jenny Marston May 8, 2020 / 11:21 am

    I don’t think I’d personally give my dog CBD (not that he needs it) but it seems like a great option for some!

  2. Riana.AngCanning May 8, 2020 / 7:36 pm

    Super interesting! I wouldn’t be against it if my dog needed it, but thankfully she doesn’t need any medication at the moment. But good to know how it all works!

  3. ofbeautyand May 9, 2020 / 10:43 am

    I have tried CBD coffee and I know it’s in so many other things but I didn’t know it was in pet food x

  4. Rosie Ireland May 10, 2020 / 1:52 pm

    This is really interesting, I didn’t know it could be used in pet food!
    Rosie

  5. Ellie May 10, 2020 / 5:37 pm

    Seems like a great option for some, I didn’t realise you could use it on dogs!

  6. Kelly Diane May 11, 2020 / 11:18 am

    This was such an interesting read. I’ve never thought of using it on dogs before but as mine suffers for seizures, its definitely something I’m going to look more into.

  7. glowsteady May 12, 2020 / 4:28 pm

    Interesting, I don’t think I’d be comfortable giving my dog CBD though, but he doesn’t really have a need for anything like this. It’s great that it can work for some dogs! x

    Sophie

  8. Bethany Jane May 14, 2020 / 4:42 am

    I had no idea CBD could be used for dogs (or any pets really). I haven’t ever thought about giving a treatment like this to my cat, but if it would help her if she was ill, I’d consider it!

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