Seeing your pet suffer is excruciatingly difficult. You may have already experienced the benefits of CBD oil for yourself — perhaps you’re more relaxed, you sleep better or your chronic pain has lessened. You might be wondering if CBD oil could work for your pet too? While the number of scientific studies are still scant, a growing number of pet owners answer with a resounding Yes!
There are a few known caveats, however. In this article we outline the possible benefits and what to watch out for.
Benefits of CBD For Pets
As already mentioned, scientific studies into the benefits of CBD oil for pets are not numerous, although the number is growing. There are, however, numerous anecdotal testimonials of benefits. The benefits according to cat and dog owners include:
- Diminished arthritic pain
- Less seizures
- Diminished anxiety and stress
- Reduced inflammation
- Possible cardiac benefits
- Better appetite
Talk to Your Veterinarian First
While initial research suggests that CBD Oil is well tolerated by cats and dogs generally, it may not be beneficial for every cat or dog. For example, if your pet is taking other medications, the CBD Oil could interact with them, rendering them inactive or dangerous. Also be aware that cats and dogs metabolize substances differently; what is good for your cat might not be good for your dog.
Your veterinarian knows your pet best, their general health, history and existing conditions, and even though Canadian veterinarians cannot legally prescribe any cannabis products, they can advise you. Many veterinarians support the use of cannabis for pets, and are up-to-date on the scientific studies. The number of supportive veterinarians is likely to continue to grow as scientific studies catch up to actual use.
Make Sure Your Pet’s CBD Oil Does Not Contain THC
THC is the psychoactive component of cannabis, and it will make your dog or cat ill. THC can cause a host of distress for your pet, including difficulty walking, vomiting, diarrhea, dribbling urine, light and sound sensitivity and sometimes even seizures. If your pet inadvertently is given or eats something with THC and exhibits any of these symptoms, take them to your vet where they will most likely induce vomiting or administer activated charcoal.
If you can, buy CBD Oil with clear dosage for pets of different types and sizes. Not all CBD Oils are the same, so it is hard to generalize with dosage. Your veterinarian could help with this. Otherwise, the general rule is to start low and go slow. Oil and tinctures are preferable as it is easier to administer small, precise amounts. While most pets are fine with CBD oil, if your pet exhibits any adverse effects, such as difficulty walking, dilated pupils, drowsiness, tremors or signs of stomach upset or thirst, give your vet a call, just to be sure.
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