Dogs and CBD
As we all know, the use of Cannabis is now legal and there are more and more outlets popping up all over the city. The majority of these establishments carry a number of products, ranging from Marijuana, either rolled or in packages for self-rolling, to various types of edible products such as brownies, cookies or gummies. All of these products contain THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) which is the compound found in Marijuana that creates a “high” when ingested.
Besides these products, there are also various types of edibles, pills, oils and ointments which do not contain THC. These products are basically derived from hemp.
THC is toxic for pets even in small amounts and, if you are using any type of Cannabis which contains THC, it should be treated with the same care and caution around your pets as you would with your children.
CBD that is extracted from hemp has been becoming very popular and is often recommended for use in pets to help with pain relief, anxiety, insomnia, anti-nausea, appetite stimulation and also to relieve inflammation in joints and to help with seizures. Although there have not been wide-spread clinical studies to confirm all of the benefits of CBD oils to help our pets with various medical conditions, it is being recommended by more and more veterinarians in treating our furry friends for various ailments.
CBD oils have also been prescribed by medical practitioners for use with their patients to help with chronic pain caused by arthritis and other joint pain and to reduce inflammation. It has been suggested that it has helped many people and it has also been prescribed to help control tremors and seizures in patients with epilepsy. While it is not a cure, it does help to relieve symptoms and may help with the severity and length of seizures.
If your pet is aging, is highly anxious or has other medical conditions, you may want to speak to your veterinarian and discuss treating your furry friend with CBD. You need to speak to a professional to find the right dose and type of oil which your pet can have and you should never try to self-medicate on your own. As with anything new that is being introduced into your pets’ body, it should be given in small doses to start and be monitored for any side effects which your pet may experience. And never allow your pet to have access to or ingest any type of Cannabis products or edibles that you may have on hand.
CBD can be helpful but, as with any type of medication, it must be used with caution and always under the advice of a professional.