Posted on September 21 2018
When it's time to seek out Veterinary care for your beloved pet, you have more options than you realize. In addition to normal Veterinary care that includes treatments such as pharmaceutical medications and surgery, you can also seek holistic care for your pet as well. Holistic medicine looks at what is occurring in your pet, and why and how it is happening.
Holistic Veterinary care evaluates and incorporates all aspects of your pet's health - including physical, nutrition, environment, genetic tendencies, stress levels, and more. It also works to prevent health problems, looks for root causes of illnesses and symptoms, and looks at the connections between various areas of the body to one another.
There is a variety of Holistic treatments and modalities that Veterinarians use to treat their patients, in addition to the convention medications and surgery. The types of holistic treatment include the following:
- Nutritional Supplements
- Massage Therapy
- Chiropractic Care
- Acupuncture & Acupressure
- Herbal Medicine
All of these are just some examples of Holistic Veterinary Medicine, with many others being available as well. Laser Therapy, Osteopathy, Sports Medicine, and Flower Essences are also Holistic options to consider.
Out of all of the available options, studies show that herbal medicine is becoming extremely popular, one form in particular - the use of CBD Oil and dogs.
How CBD Oil Works for Dogs
Cannabidiol is a substance that is found in a Cannabis or Hemp plant. Unlike the component THC, CBD is not a psychoactive stimulus, but rather provides your dog with a calming feeling, and pain relieving sensations without harming them with potential intoxicating effects.
As discussed in the last blog post, CBD acts by targeting the Endogenous Cannabinoid System, which humans and dogs both have. CBD responds to those receptors located in the brain, organs, Central Nervous System, and Immune Cells, and then stimulates relaxing effects.
Benefits of CBD Oil for Dogs
The benefits of using CBD Oil for your dog is incredible, with more and more people choosing this treatment for their pets. Products containing this substance have substantially opened up a new world for Veterinary care, and for those who believe in natural remedies. So, what exactly does CBD do for dogs?
Treats Seizures & Epilepsy: Many dog owners turn to CBD when their canine companion suffers from seizures and epilepsy. High levels of CBD can manage your pet's seizures. Over time, it has even been known to reduce the frequency of them, and in some cases, eliminate the seizures altogether!
Relieves Chronic Pain & Arthritis: Unfortunately, just as humans do, dogs often experience arthritis, which can be quite painful. As CBD is a pain reliever, it targets those aching joints and can provide relief from pain. CBD also soothes the chronic inflammation that prevents your pet from healing properly. Studies show that CBD is very effective for: decreasing neuropathy and nerve-related pain, decreasing the impact of inflammation - especially in acute pancreatitis, reducing inflammation, reducing intestinal inflammation.
Boosts Appetite: CBD can help alleviate the digestive issues and pain relief that may cause your dog to lose their appetite. Nausea is one of the most common reasons for a dog losing its appetite, and just as in humans, CBD has been shown to help with vomiting and nausea. In fact, the National Cancer Institute reports that CBD does increase appetite, and carries this extra benefit in addition to controlling cancer.
Reduces Anxiety: If you think anxiety is rough on humans, triple that feeling for your dog. Many dogs suffer from anxiety and have been known to be depressed and anxious in certain situations. Such situations that can cause these feelings in dogs are: thunderstorms, separation from their owner(s), car rides, nail clipping, and Veterinary appointments. This anxiety can cause destructive behaviors, such as chewing objects, urinating, diarrhea, pacing, excessive panting, and more. CBD helps control this because of the relaxing stimulant that calms your pet.
Prevents & Fights Cancer: Sadly, our canine friends can develop cancer too, and when they do, they form symptoms of nausea, loss of appetite, chronic pain, and more. CBD allows your pet to feel comfortable during these challenging times, and helps reduce the painful side effects that cancer can have on your dog. Pet owners are also giving their dogs small doses of CBD daily, as it has been proven to aid in preventing and killing cancer by: helping the immune system kill cancer cells, blocking the cancer cells ability to produce energy, & contains anti-tumor properties.
Helps with Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Animal studies show that CBD can prevent colitis and restore normal gut mobility in inflammatory bowel disease. CBD also has antibiotic properties, including MRSA.
Reduces Autoimmune Diseases: CBD has been shown to decrease the production and release of inflammatory cytokines that can cause allergies, hypersensitivities, and autoimmunity. It can also suppress TH17 Dominance, which is a major cause of autoimmune diseases. CBD also inhibits the production of inflammatory macrophages, and is a powerful antioxidant that's shown to be more powerful than vitamins C and E.
Protects Nervous System & Helps with Neurodegenerative Diseases: For dogs suffering from degenerative myelopathy and other spine and nerve issues, CBD shows much promise for relief. It's been shown to help patients with ALS, Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's disease by protecting the brain cells from toxicity. For senior dogs, CBD has been shown to protect the brain from cell death caused by free radicals and toxins.
Promotes Cardiovascular Health: Studies show that CBD can reduce the damage from damaged blood vessels around the heart and irregular heart rates, protect blood vessels from damage and dilate the arteries, and reduce heart rate and blood pressure associated with stress and anxiety.
CBD Oil For Dogs is Legal and Safe
With so many studies showing the health benefits of CBD, the most encouraging result is that CBD appears to be safe, even when taken in high doses, and over extended periods of time. It can decrease the activity of liver enzymes used to metabolize many prescription drugs, so if your dog is on medication, you will need to check with your Veterinarian before use.
Most CBD oil for dogs and other pets is derived from hemp oil, so it contains no or very small traces of THC, that will not give your pet a "high" effect. Due to this fact, all 50 states have approved the use of hemp-based CBD for human and animal products.
Note: You should ONLY use non-THC CBD Oil. Some CBD oil products may contain THC, but these are NOT meant for dogs. In the event that your dog has consumed ANY product containing THC, contact a Veterinarian immediately!
It is also important to consult your Veterinarian regarding the dosage of CBD before administering.
CBD oil could be a healthy, or even life saving herb for your dog. More pet owners and holistic Veterinarians are drawn to its diverse and marked health benefits. Plus, the side effects are mild, and animals aren't seeming to build up a tolerance for CBD.
- Remember that not all CBD oils are the same. You will want a high quality CBD oil that works. Make sure the product is organic. If it isn't organic, your CBD oil most likely contains pesticides, fungicides or solvents.
- Keep in mind that the high the quality and purity, the higher the cost, and that is a good thing! When it comes to CBD oil for your pets, you don't want to price shop. Make sure your CBD oil is free of additives and has a good amount of CBD.
- Ask for a lab analysis of the amount of CBD in the product. Many CBD oils contain only small amounts of CBD. The manufacturer should provide a certificate of analysis. You'll also want to make sure that there is no THC in the product.
- You can buy CBD in treats or capsules, but the best form is in a tincture. This way, you can adjust your dog's dose drop by drop to make sure he gets the most benefit.
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