The popularity of CBD has exploded in recent years. We can see CBD products everywhere now in the form of drinks, snacks, cosmetics, and supplements. The Pet industry “adopts” CBD and claims this oil is one of the best natural remedies for pain management in dogs and cats.
Maybe you are one of those people who really wants to try CBD for your pet but you are still not sure where to start. If that so, this article is for you. Let’s uncover mysterious CBD step by step and see if it’s worth the hype.
How CBD Works?
ECS or the endocannabinoid system is basically a chain of receptors found in animals and humans. These receptors (scientists call them CB1 and CB2) spread all over the living body including the brain, abdomen organs, bones, skin, lungs, reproductive system, and also vascular system. CB1 and CB2 were discovered in 1992 and are still very new to scientists, however, they believe ECS is responsible for an overall healthy balance within the body.
So, what connection does this have to CBD oil? Naturally, CBD can interact with CB1 and CB2 receptors in your pet’s body and helps the ECS work better and more efficiently. Think about CBD as a support system for an animal’s body support system!
Sometimes your pet’s body has a deficiency in cannabinoids as the result the animal might experience different types of pain. CBD can easily increase missing cannabinoids, restore the balance in the ECS and help to relieve modulate pain in pets.
Is it Safe?
Each year more and more studies are being conducted regarding the benefits and safety of CBD oil. One of them was completed in 2016 at Colorado State University. 30 healthy dogs were given CBD and results show that CBD was safe enough in pets and could significantly reduce their pain, and 89% of dogs showed a huge drop in regular seizures episodes.
In addition, to safety studies, there were many others specifically focused on pain management in pets. Cornell University in 2018 found CBD can increase the activity of pets that suffer from arthritis and if give twice a day helps to increase comfort and reduce pain in animals with osteoarthritis.
There is no evidence CBD can be addictive or provoke bad side effects in animals and humans. The worst side effects your dog can get are becoming too sleepy or having an upset stomach. Everything will depend on what the dosage is, the strength and type of CBD and its quality.
Types of CBD Oil for Pain Management in Pets
What type of pain does your pup have? Your choice of CBD will highly depend on your pet’s needs. Here is an example of all possible types of pain which CBD can help to relieve:
- Arthritis pain. One of 4 dogs will be diagnosed with this painful condition in their lifetime. Because of its inflammatory nature, arthritis makes the life of your dog unbearable. CBD oil has shown to provide significant pain relief in dogs with arthritis because of its anti-inflammatory benefits.
- Casual Pain. Things happen sometimes, especially if your pet is a very active animal. He can pick a fight with another dog or a cat or wound himself while on a hike in the forest, he can get a bug bite or even a sunburn. All these things are physically painful for a time and can create discomfort for your pet. For such skin damages, topical CBD products such as creams and balms are the best first choice.
- Surgical, Cancer or Inner Organ Pain. When a dog is in pain because of cancer (and chemo), his parents want to relieve that pain as much as possible. Maybe your dog is already taking some kind of painkillers or other medication to fight the disease and pain. But usually, those meds come hand in hand with bad side effects like nausea, vomiting, extra sleepiness, and loss of appetite.
There is no proof that CBD oil can heal cancer, however, it can help to recover from chemo or surgery faster. Sometimes you can even complement prescribed medication with CBD that will reduce side effects. Read more about CBD and drug interaction in our previous post.
The thing we can state for sure is that CBD has the power to relieve pain and that gives the body an opportunity to heal faster.
CBD Oil Dosage for Pain in Pets
Now let’s talk about dosage. Same as many other pet owners you might be asking yourself “How much CBD is enough?” or “What is the dosage if my pet is in pain?”. Being very serious about CBD Pawt4Paws created an online calculator that can help to navigate your dog weight to the CBD dosage ratio. But still, let’s touch base here a little.
We always suggest starting slow and low with CBD oil for pain management in pets. Like any other natural supplement, CBD interacts with different bodies in different ways. Maybe low and slow will be enough for your pet and you just continue with the same dosage every day. Or, maybe, it won’t make a difference so then you will need to increase their dosage to see results. We believe less is more, and it’s always easier to increase a dosage than return to “low and slow”.
Everything will depend on the intensity of the pain, severity of the anxiety and fear, your dog’s weight, and age. Take a look at our chart below.
Last Thoughts on CBD for Pets
There are so many great CBD products out there and it can be so hard to pick which one is right. Like many others, Pawt4Paws has its product lab tested which is one of the first things you have to consider if you want a quality product. We encourage you to look for 100% natural ingredients and products with no chemical additives.
We understand that seeing your pet in pain is not easy and even frustrating. That’s why CBD oil might be a great option for your pet to help manage his pain in a more natural and harmless way.
Please visit our online store to see if you like any products and if you do, don’t hesitate to try CBD. We believe it will be a game-changer for your furry friend’s life.
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