Dogs are truly our best friends, in sickness and in health. They are the most loyal beings out there. They are amazing creatures that will love us until their last day. According to a survey administered in the United States, an estimated amount of 78 million dogs are owned as pets in the country. Children all across the globe have surely asked for a dog at least once in their lives and if they were lucky, their parents would have agreed and gotten them a puppy.

So many people absolutely love their dogs because dogs provide a sense of companionship and love that some humans just can’t give. It is very likely that humans and dogs have shared a special bond of friendship and mutual support ever since the Neolithic period and there is absolutely no surprise that this bond hasn’t broken until this day and will never break until the end of time.

Certain dog breeds also provide us humans with a sense of safety because they act as guard dogs, and they will definitely defend their master against any kind of threats. Throughout the course of history, humans have also been known to train dogs and even teach them all kinds of tricks, and dogs have never disappointed. Along with their undying love and loyalty to their masters, they are also equipped with a seemingly constant willingness to make sure there is a smile on our faces and also having out-of-the-world cuteness which makes it so easy for us to love them with all our hearts. 

Benefits of CBD for Dogs

Dog’s Mental Health

Just like humans, dogs also have chances of experiencing issues when it comes to health. In these scenarios, they will need the absolute best kinds of medications possible. One may have heard about CBD (Cannabidiol) for dogs. CBD is a substance that is extracted from the cannabis plant (marijuana) and has an amazing list of health benefits for humans and dogs as well.

The CBD which is found in most pet supplements is indeed sourced from hemp; hemp is basically a variety of the cannabis plant. It is very important to note that hemp is undoubtedly not the same as marijuana because it has low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and therefore provides a therapeutic effect. This kind of CBD which is available for pets will surely have no psychoactive effects on them. Consequently, you need not worry about your dog getting “buzzed or high.” But, just like us humans, dogs are intelligent creatures that feel a range of emotions like anger, sadness, guilt, envy, jealousy, happiness and joy to name a few. 

Here’s where I make you understand why CBD can be as helpful dogs as it is to humans. Dogs possess the same endocannabinoid system (ECS) as humans. This kind of system is made up with a lot of receptors. Dogs have two types of receptors in their bodies, and those are:

  • CB1 receptors, which are located in their brains, nervous systems, glands and organs.
  • CB2 receptors, which are located in the regulatory cells of their immune system.

CBD works perfectly by targeting ECS receptors and restoring proper balance when some things aren’t working properly. CBD works miracles when relieving dogs if they are in pain. Pain is a symptom of a multitude of health conditions; pain is one of the most significant ways that our bodies can show us that something is not how it is supposed to be in the body. Dogs have a way of showing us if they are in pain. Some of them bark, some howl, some actually come up to you and cry; you as a dog owner, must understand what your dog is trying to communicate to you. 

CBD can suppress and also interrupt the pain signals in the dog’s brain, which will successfully alleviate chronic and acute pains. Below is a list of some well-known problems that can cause pain and all of these can be made better with the help of CBD:

  • Cancer
  • Sprains and other sorts of injuries
  • Torn muscles and ligaments
  • Recovery pain, surgery pain

Side Effects of Using CBD

People who have used CBD oil for dogs have reverted back with little to no side effects. Some studies are even bold enough to state that it is advisable to replace some conventional drugs that you might be giving your dog, with CBD oil or capsules. And they also state that CBD is incredibly safe when compared to some drugs. If your dog has cancer, CBD helps a lot. It helps with inflammation and pain, as well. When the dog is going though some treatments for cancer it will have side effects like vomiting and nausea; these side effects can be counteracted with the help of CBD. It cannot be construed as a cure for cancer, but early studies have reported some amazingly positive results.

Dogs can get stressed out if they have separation anxiety and if they are left home alone all day or all night, or even for a couple of hours. They have been known to develop these feelings because of loud noises which occur out of nowhere, like fireworks or even faulty smoke detectors. If your dog is stressed, he will have a reduced appetite, he will experience some behavioral changes and act aggressive towards other people and dogs, and he will also pant a lot more than normal. If you see these symptoms in your furry friend fret not because CBD has a lot of anti-anxiety effects; in dogs and in humans. 

With the above summary of how we learned that CBD can help our loyal best friends, should we even discuss the side-effects? That would be a rather short discussion because there are little to no side-effects. CBD has only proven to be helpful, and never an issue has presented itself because of the use of CBD. In any case, do consult a veterinarian before you start a dosage for your dog.

(Last Updated On: June 24, 2019)

An Australian Registered Veterinary Surgeon and Practitioner, Bella Medhurst V earned her Bachelor of Animal Science at Adelaide University before going on to study Veterinary Medicine at Melbourne University, from which she graduated in 2017.She has collaborated on honours and PhD projects, and she is working to complete a publication for the Veterinary and Agricultural Faculty of the University of Melbourne.Email: [email protected]

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