5 Reasons To Give CBD To Dogs

  • 04/01/2021

Many people have heard about the potential benefits of CBD in treating a range of conditions such as arthritis, seizures, cancer, anxiety and as a means to effectively manage pain in general. While there has yet to be sufficient research conducted into this topic, some study results have emerged in relation to each possible use.

Treating Arthritis

Given that CBD is characterized by the same metabolic pathways as popular anti-inflammatory preparations, it should not be surprising that it could be effective in treating conditions such as arthritis. Dogs are especially impacted by osteoarthritis, and this is a condition which may benefit from the use of CBD.

Roughly 25% of all dogs will face a diagnosis of arthritis during their lives, and some believe upwards of 60% of canines experience symptoms of one degree or another. Studies suggest that CBD oil for dogs has significant pain relief potential for dogs affected by arthritis when it is administered two times per day at a correct dosage.

Generalized Pain Treatment

It is also believed that the anti-inflammatory impact of CBD observed in dogs with arthritis can also be used to treat other sorts of pain, including that caused by IVDD, or intervertebral disc disease. Early research in humans suggests that products that combine THC and CBD are more effective in treating pain than either substance given on its own. However, there have been no such studies conducted with regard to dogs, so it is important not to give THC to canine companions.

Seizure Disorders

The area of CBD research in humans that has had the most attention is that concerning the treatment of seizures, however not much has been examined in terms of how CBD impacts seizures in pets. Dogs can suffer seizures as a side effect of a whole host of medical conditions.

In terms of idiopathic epilepsy, some studies have begun to suggest that CBD may be helpful in lowering the frequency of canine seizures. But, these positive effects have thus far only been observed in dogs that have also been given conventional anti-seizure treatments simultaneously.

Cancer Treatment

The term cancer encompasses a broad array of conditions, each of which is known to benefit from certain types of treatments. CBD as a cancer treatment for dogs has received research attention in the context of human health, both with regard to treating tumors themselves and as a way to address secondary symptoms and chemotherapy side effects. However, precious little has been done in terms of studying the impact of CBD on dogs suffering from cancer.

It should be noted, though, that the anti-nausea properties of CBD that have been observed in humans battling chemotherapy side effects have been seen in ferrets and rats as well, indicating that perhaps dogs will also benefit from CBD during chemotherapy courses.

Anxiety Treatment

Many people operate under the misconception that CBD helps manage canine anxiety. CBD may work to reduce inflammation and pain in dogs, which in turn helps lower anxiety levels, CBD does not have psychoactive properties, and therefore is not likely to address anxiety in the same way Prozac and similar medications would.

The bottom line is that the use of CBD in treating a range of canine maladies requires a great deal more research before valid and reliable conclusions may be drawn.

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