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Pet Health: The Many Benefits of CBD for Pets

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The use of CBD (cannabidiol) products is becoming more and more popular. The CBD industry is now booming as more states and places all over the world are starting to legalize it and see the benefits of using it. Different products are now available for people to purchase.

While CBD is still popularly used by humans, there are already studies that prove how it can also be beneficial for pets. Now, is it really safe to give this to your pet? Will your pet get high when they take this?

Well, CBD alone is safe for pets. And no, your pet won’t get high by eating this. What’s toxic to a lot of animals is THC or tetrahydrocannabinol. THC is the cannabinoid also found in the cannabis plant that can get its user high.

This sensation isn’t safe for pets. Unlike humans, pets will not know how to deal with such a sensation. If you have any products that contain THC, you should keep it in a place that your pet cannot get to.

Now that you know that you can give CBD products to your pets, you can check to know the latest news about CBD. For now, here are some benefits that they can get from it.

  • Reduce Anxiety

There are many reasons why your pet is anxious. Some of the triggers stem from traumatic experiences and some are just really random. Giving your pet a CBD treat or oil can help your pet calm down. This is even a good sleeping aid.

If your pet hasn’t been sleeping because of stress or anxiety, then this is also something you could use. Like humans, pets also have an endocannabinoid system. When given CBD, this system helps give your pet the feeling of relief and calmness.

  • Helps with arthritis

Older pets usually suffer from swelling joints that ultimately lead to arthritis. Pets with arthritis usually no longer move around like they used to. It’s because they are experiencing joint pains when they move so they just avoid this.

CBD has anti-inflammatory compounds that can help reduce the pain that they feel. The endocannabinoid system is what functions and sends a signal to the brain. The signal sent is what activates the internal system to cope better with pain.

CBD oil or tincture is what you should get if this is the case. You can just give your pet a few drops in his or her mouth. If your pet seems to not like its taste, then you can also choose to mix this in their food. Or better yet, just give him or her some CBD treats.

  • Appetite Increase

If you notice that your pet hasn’t eaten much within 24 hours, then it means that his or her appetite is down. Stress and anxiety could be the reason why your pet doesn’t want to eat. Some studies show that CBD can help increase appetite.

CBD can also help alleviate nausea, which could also be the reason why your pet is not eating. However, if your pet hasn’t been eating for more than 24 hours, make sure that you take him or her to the vet right away.

  • Helps pets with cancer

An animal can also develop a tumor in its body which can be cancerous. Pets that are diagnosed with cancer are usually lethargic. It’s also common for them to be in pain. There is still a need for more research to be conducted about how CBD can help cancer.

However, there is a study published in 2009 that found how the spread of tumor in one’s body can be slowed down through the use of CBD. The study found that cancerous cells seem to destroy themselves when they interact with CBD.

While it is not yet proven that CBD can indeed cure cancer, what it can really do to your pet is to improve their mood and activeness. It’s common for pets with cancer to experience pain, nausea, and insomnia while on chemo. CBD is known for its capability to reduce those feelings.

  • Reduces seizures in pets

Dogs are more susceptible to having epilepsy and this is how they get their seizures. While medication or treatments for epileptic dogs are available, most of the medicines they get have side effects that could be harmful to them.

There’s also still no proof that CBD can cure epilepsy. However, CBD is known to reduce the duration of seizures that pets like dogs have. Aside from the duration, it also decreases the number of seizures that they may get in a day.


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