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Pet Health

Pet Health

The interaction between compounds, terpenes, and the endocannabinoid system (ECS) has shown potential in addressing aspects of pet health including pain relief, sleep improvement, anxiety relief, nausea relief, spasms, seizures, and even easing exercise, through the consumption of pet-friendly versions of cannabis or hemp-derived CBD.
Your Endocannabinoid System

How It Works

Cannabinoids interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in both humans and animals, regulating various physiological functions, including pain perception. This enables pets to benefit from the therapeutic effects of cannabis compounds.

Pain Relief

Pets, like humans, can experience pain due to injuries, surgeries, or chronic conditions such as arthritis. Recognizing and managing pain in pets is crucial for their well-being and quality of life. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can have potential side effects like gastrointestinal issues and liver or kidney damage. While opioids, sometimes prescribed for severe pain, carry the risk of dependence and overdose. CBD has been explored for its potential in alleviating pet pain. A study published in the Frontiers in Veterinary Science (2018) reported that CBD oil reduced pain and improved mobility in dogs with osteoarthritis, suggesting its role in managing chronic pain in pets.

Sleep

Pet sleep issues, often related to anxiety or discomfort, have also been targeted with cannabis-based products. CBD’s calming effects can potentially help pets achieve restful sleep. A study in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (2019) found that CBD oil improved sleep and reduced anxiety in dogs with separation anxiety.

Anxiety Relief

Anxiety is a common concern among pet owners, particularly during stressful situations like thunderstorms or vet visits. CBD’s anxiolytic properties have prompted its use for pet anxiety relief. Anecdotal evidence and a study in the Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (2018) suggest that CBD can help reduce anxiety in pets without causing significant side effects.

Nausea

Pet nausea and vomiting can result from various factors, including illness or medication. CBD’s antiemetic properties have been investigated for their potential in providing relief. A study in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine (2019) reported that CBD oil reduced vomiting and increased appetite in dogs with chemotherapy-induced nausea.

Spasms & Seizures

Conditions like muscle spasms and seizures in pets, similar to humans, can benefit from CBD’s potential antispasmodic and anticonvulsant effects. The FDA has approved a CBD-based medication called Epidiolex for treating seizures in dogs. Additionally, a study in the journal Pet Behavior Science (2019) reported that CBD reduced seizure frequency in dogs with epilepsy.
What To Look For

Cannabis Solutions

Cannabis, and specifically CBD, is increasingly recognized as a safer alternative for managing pet pain, especially for chronic conditions. CBD products for pets, such as oils or treats, are formulated to provide measured doses suitable for animals. Pet owners are advised to consult with veterinarians to determine appropriate dosages based on their pets’ size, breed, and health conditions.
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