As a pet owner, when your pet gets sick you give it your all to find them the best possible medicine or treatment available. This article will explore some key therapeutic effects and uses of CBD for dogs, as well as CBD’s ability to help restore balance and promote homeostasis for your pet’s body and mind.
Animals have endocannabinoid systems just like humans and thus can enjoy many of the same health benefits when consuming CBD. But it’s important to note that CBD products with trace amounts of CBD are toxic and harmful to dogs – but you can rest easy knowing that Mrs. Meadys' CBD products have a 0% THC guarantee.
Our CBD is extracted from the stalks of non-GMO industrial hemp plants, with the final product containing 0% THC – meaning it’s 100% safe to administer to your beloved furry companion.
CBD is renowned for its painkilling properties in both humans and animals, and can help manage pain in different ways.
Cannabidiol exerts a wide array of positive effects on the body’s central and peripheral nervous systems, as well as the immune system, working in conjunction with the body’s natural endocannabinoid system to act as a natural analgesic (pain reliever), and to decrease inflammation.
The endocannabinoid system contains several receptors that are attached to cells in the brain. These receptors receive signals that help create anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects that can help manage your pet’s pain.
CBD for dog arthritis can be a highly effective, all-natural remedy for reducing pain and inflammation. By reducing the inflammation caused by common conditions experienced especially by senior dogs (such as arthritis), CBD is able to reduce the painful symptoms caused by these conditions. Studies also show that CBD may even slow the progression of osteoarthritis and prevent nerve damage, according to early model studies.
For pain management, try our CBD wellness tincture (available in 500mg, 1000mg).
As mentioned above, CBD is renowned for its anti-inflammatory effects. In fact, the anti-inflammatory effects of CBD are believed to be one of the main reasons the compound is so useful in treating such a wide variety of conditions.
These effects are linked to its ability to interact with receptors in immune cells. CBD interacts with CB2 receptors, which are generally located inside immune cells. By activating these receptors, CBD is able to evoke a wide variety of immune responses. One of these responses is to fight inflammation.
In some cases, this inflammation can be caused by a malfunctioning of the immune system, causing it to attack healthy cells. By helping lower inflammation, CBD can help reduce pain and other symptoms of common conditions like arthritis.
Osteoarthritis, also referred to as Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD), is a progressively worsening inflammation of the joint caused by the deterioration of cartilage. It is a very common condition experienced especially by senior dogs, and grows in severity as your dog ages.
In a healthy joint, cartilage acts as a cushion to allow the joint to move smoothly through its full range of motion. In cases of osteoarthritis, this cartilage cushion begins to break down because of factors such as age, injury, repetitive stress, or disease. The loss of this protective cushion results in pain, inflammation, decreased range of motion, and the development of bone spurs. While any joint in your dog’s body can develop osteoarthritis, the condition most commonly affects the limbs and lower spine.
By naturally reducing inflammation, CBD can help manage your dog’s pain and discomfort, and increase their mobility and range of motion – allowing them to run, play and jump with ease.
Perhaps one of the best-known medicinal uses for CBD is its ability to help controls seizures, tremors, tics, and spasms. This is because CBD is a natural anticonvulsant.
Numerous studies have proven that CBD can help manage a wide variety of seizures, tremors, spasms, and tics. CBD for dog seizures can be a natural and effective way to manage your dog’s condition.
Idiopathic epilepsy (the most common cause of seizures in dogs) is an inherited disorder, but its exact cause is unknown. Other causes include liver disease, kidney failure, brain tumors, brain trauma, or toxins. Idiopathic epilepsy is the most common cause of seizures in dogs.
Seizures are generally believed to be caused by the rapid, uncontrolled firing of neurons in the brain. Research suggests that CBD can help restore order to these neurons, causing them to fire normally and prevent the onset and severity of seizures.
For seizure treatment, try our CBD Wellness tincture.
CBD for Anxiety
It’s important to note that CBD doesn’t just help deal with physical symptoms. In fact, studies have shown that CBD can help manage the symptoms of a variety of mental conditions, including anxiety.
Much like humans, pets can also suffer from anxiety and stress, along with more specific phobias. And while the exact source of anxiety may differ from pet to pet, it can cause psychological stress and physical reactions just like it does in humans.
One common form of anxiety that dogs experience is called ‘separation anxiety’. One of the most common complaints of pet parents is that their dogs are disruptive or destructive when left alone. Their dogs might urinate, defecate, bark, whine, cry, howl, chew, scratch, dig or try to escape. Although these problems may indicate that a dog needs to be taught polite house manners, they can also be symptoms of separation anxiety.
Other common forms of anxiety happen outside of the home, and can be triggered by a number of external factors:
- Vet appointments
- Grooming appointments
- Meeting new people
- Socializing with other dogs
- Phobias (most common being the fear of thunderstorms and fireworks)
In humans, anxiety and stress may cause us to bite our nails, pace around, or become a little shaky. In dogs, anxiety can cause similar repetitive and compulsive behaviours. Some common symptoms of anxiety in dogs include:
- Persistent barking
- Chewing (furniture, shoes, rubbish, etc.)
- Urinating and defecating (despite being house trained)
- Excessive paw licking
As an all-natural alternative to pharmaceutical anti-anxiety medication, CBD has been shown to help reduce feelings of anxiety and thereby reduce these symptoms.
CBD helps to alleviate anxiety through its interaction with the CB1 and CB2 receptors linked to the central nervous system. Increased levels of cortisol (known as the stress hormone) are pumped through the blood when it enters a state of perceived threat. CBD for dog anxiety can help to regulate the production of cortisol associated with stress, thus returning your pet to a state of harmony.
For more chronic anxiety, try our CBD wellness tincture (available in 500mg, 1000mg).
CBD for Nausea & Vomiting
Nausea and vomiting can be very common in both healthy dogs and dogs that may have more serious health conditions. An occasional, isolated bout of vomiting may not be of concern (i.e. if they’ve eaten something disagreeable, gobbled down too much food too fast, or if there is a change in their diet). However, frequent or chronic vomiting may be a sign of a more serious condition. If your dog’s vomiting is not an isolated incident, please contact your veterinarian for a check-up right away.
Both in humans and dogs, nausea and vomiting are uncomfortable symptoms that often leading to a decreased appetite, rapid weight loss, dehydration, fatigue, and more. Regardless of the underlying cause of your dog’s nausea and vomiting, CBD can help.
Studies on the regulation of nausea and vomiting by cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system show that CBD is a successful antiemetic, controlling both nausea and vomiting while also stimulating appetite. It does so by stimulating 5-HT1A receptors, the same receptor which can help reduce anxiety. By activating this receptor, CBD can significantly reduce feelings of nausea and also suppress the subsequent vomiting reflex.
Research also suggests that prolonged stimulation of the CB1 cannabinoid receptor in the brain can also help reduce nausea and vomiting. In doing so, studies show that CBD can have powerful antiemetic effects. Best of all, CBD won’t cause any of the negative side effects associated with pharmaceutical antiemetic medications.