Many people have heard of CBD, a compound that is derived from the cannabis plant. Did you know that CBD holds many health benefits for animals as well as humans? CBD oil is a safe and effective means of administering this natural and beneficial hemp compound to your dog, and it can help with many health conditions that they may be suffering from.

CBD is one of over 113 cannabinoids that are located in the cannabis plant and has been studied for its potential health benefits. Rest assured that CBD won’t get your pet high, as it’s not psychoactive like THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. CBD is also non-toxic, so you don’t have to worry about overdosing, and it does not carry any side effects.

There are many health benefits that CBD promises, including helping with anxiety, reducing inflammation, easing pain, and it may also help restore balance and promote homeostasis for your pet. These are the most common benefits of the CBD compound, and how it can benefit your dog. CBD is:

Top Benefits of CBD Oil for Dogs

1. A Powerful Painkiller 

CBD has become renowned for its painkilling properties. The compound can help manage pain in many different ways; studies have shown that CBD can temporarily stop the absorption of anandamide, which is a chemical that dampens pain signals in the brain.

This increase in anandamide can have various side effects, including reduced pain sensations. CBD oil may also reduce the painful symptoms of many common health conditions, for either humans or animals.

2. A Natural Stress Reliever 

It’s important to understand that CBD oil doesn’t just alleviate physical symptoms; in fact, CBD helps manage the symptoms of a variety of mental conditions, including anxiety.

Just like us, our pets can suffer from anxiety, stress, and even phobias. While the exact source of anxiety may differ, it causes physical reactions in our dogs. Common forms of anxiety for dogs include noise anxiety, travel anxiety, and separation anxiety, which lead to repetitive behavior and symptoms. Common symptoms include:

CBD has been shown to reduce the feelings of anxiety. It targets the same serotonin receptors in the body as anxiety medications do. By targeting these receptors, CBD oil may temporarily boost serotonin levels in the brain. This can lead to improvement in mood and will reduce feelings of fear. In this, CBD has anti-anxiety and anti-depressant effects.

3. Anti-inflammatory 

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CBD is very well known and renowned for its anti-inflammatory effects. As a matter of fact, the anti-inflammatory effects of CBD are believed to be one of the main reasons why the compound is so useful when it comes to treating a variety of conditions.

CBD oil’s effects are linked to its ability to interact with receptors in immune cells. By activating these receptors, CBD is able to enact immune responses, including fighting inflammation. CBD oil can help with conditions like arthritis, irritable bowel disease, MS, and more.

4. Anticonvulsant 

One of the best-known uses for CBD oil is its ability to help control spasms, seizures, and tremors. The compound is a natural anticonvulsant and can help treat the number one cause for seizures in dogs: epilepsy.

Studies have also shown that CBD can help manage spasticity that’s caused by multiple sclerosis, as well as tics and tremors that are caused by Tourette’s syndrome. Seizures are caused by the rapid and uncontrolled firing of neurons in the brain, and CBD can help restore order to these neurons.

5. Antiemetic 

Many studies have shown that CBD is a successful antiemetic and can control both nausea and vomiting, while at the same time, stimulating appetite. Nausea and vomiting are both very common symptoms of a multitude of health conditions. Unfortunately, they are serious. 

By activating certain receptors, CBD oil can significantly reduce feelings of nausea, and also suppresses the vomiting reflex. The best news is, CBD doesn’t cause any of the side effects that come from traditional medications.

6. Has Anticancer Effects 

Unfortunately, cancer and malicious tumors are common in our pets and typically end up being fatal. While there is no known cure for cancer, treatment tends to focus on slowing the growth of tumors, while reducing pain and other symptoms. A common treatment is chemotherapy.

However, new research shows that cannabinoids such as CBD may hold unique anticancer effects, too. A growing body of research is exploring how cannabinoids can help slow the growth and spread of cancer and reduce the size of tumors.

CBD may protect healthy cells while it increases the rate by which cancer cells absorb chemotherapy agents.

7. Promotes Homeostasis 

Homeostasis is the proper functioning of the body, and it occurs when our bodies are in balance. It also ensures that all of our biological systems are functioning to the best of their ability. Unfortunately, sometimes this balance can get thrown off, and that’s when both our own bodies and our pet’s bodies are susceptible to diseases and illness.

Research suggests that cannabinoids may play a key role in maintaining this balance. This is mainly because they are involved in a wide variety of bodily processes. By stimulating the endocannabinoid system, CBD can help promote homeostasis in the body.

8. Conclusion

Given all of these benefits to your dog’s health, man pet owners choose to use CBD oil not only as a medicine to treat a specific illness that their pet is suffering from, but also as a regular, daily supplement that promotes their dog’s overall health and wellbeing. Whether your dog is suffering from arthritis, inflammation, anxiety, diarrhea, or vomiting, CBD may help.

This is a natural and safe compound of the cannabis plant, that won’t produce any side effects and that you don’t have to worry about as you give it to your dog.

You can put oil on your dog’s treat or sprinkle in in their dog food during mealtimes. Your pet won’t notice the difference; all that will happen is that they’ll reap the benefits of CBD.

(Last Updated On: April 10, 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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