As a dog owner, all you would want is for your pet to live a long, happy life that is free of pain. In today’s society, many owners are willing to spend large sums of money to ensure that their furry friend is healthy.
What is CBD and how can it help my dog?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a chemical compound that provides health benefits without the high of marijuana. It is being recommended by multiple vets all over the country as it is an effective medicine for a variety of mental and physical illnesses in dogs.
The receptors in a dog’s brain reacting with the CBD can help to control its response to physical pain as well as nausea and anxiety.
It can also help with a huge issue that can happen with any breed of dog – separation anxiety. Separation anxiety is a problem that can happen which is where a dog isn’t able to cope with being away from their owner. However, the soothing effect of CBD is able to relax them. Dog owners are able to give their dog a daily dose to help calm their nerves when they have to leave their home for work.
Canine epilepsy can affect up to 0.6-0.7% of all dogs in the UK alone (around 1 in 130 dogs), it is a serious condition in which a dog can have incredibly bad repeated seizures. Medication to stop the seizures is extremely expensive and for many dog owners is hard to afford. CBD is cheaper and less stress for the dog to go through.
A series of tests were taken in Colorado University and researchers found that 89% of dogs who received CBD in a clinical trial had a huge reduction in the number of seizures.
Where and how to buy CBD:
CBD products for dogs are widely available online. Also, depending on where you live, you might be able to purchase CBD products at your pet store or from your vet.
For safety and awareness, and to find the correct product for your pet, read the CBD Awareness Project‘s article on what to do when buying CBD for your dog.
Their overall recommendation is 0.2 mg/ml of CBD per pound of your dog’s body weight per day. To ensure that it is safe, at first, start with a smaller amount and slowly increase until it sparks a good reaction from your pet.
In closing, CBD is completely legal in the UK “provided it has been derived from an industrial hemp strain that is EU-approved,” says NetDoctor. These strains contain little to no THC (please refer to The Week and NetDoctor). CBD for pets is still a controversial subject in the UK, however, these findings suggest that it is something worth investigating.
We always advocate seeking advice from your veterinary practice.