Without meaning to sound uncouth, being a pet owner is, to some degree, the same as being a parent. We all want to provide the animals we love with the best possible care and shower them with love and attention.
That means we are not willing to experiment with their health. Yet, there are instances when those we love need medical help, and once we exhaust traditional solutions, we usually turn to alternative treatments.
Furious debates are being conducted, and even fiercer battles fought when it comes to alternative medical help which relies on CBD.
Cannabidiol (CBD), a chemical compound found in Cannabis Sativa has been used since the 1940s, when the first tests were conducted on lab animals. Unlike the somewhat notorious THC, which is known to induce the coveted sensation of being “high” due to its psychoactive properties, CBD is used exclusively to helprelieve various conditions such as anxiety, pain, seizures, migraines, depression, inflammation, and similar. There are even indications that CBD might help with diabetes and hair growth.
Despite the many gray areas law-wise, CBD is slowly but surely finding its way to numerous products such as soaps, lotions, oils, hair products, capsules, tinctures, vape oils, skin products, and pet products. Indeed, the pet statistics and facts show how beneficial pets our to our health, so giving our all to make them feel better is only fair.
CBD pet products and possible benefits your beloved pet might reap are the key focus of this article.
Do Animals and CBD Mix Well Together?
The answer to this question is not straightforward. At least the explanation is rather simple—not enough studies and tests have been conducted to give a conclusive answer. However, a study conducted on dogs in 2018 indicated that dogs who suffered from osteoarthritis experienced a reduction in pain and increased activity.
Assistant professor of neurology at Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Stephanie McGrath, published the results of a study she conducted, which indicated that CBD could help epileptic dogs who suffered from seizures.
McGrath continues to work on further studies that test the effect of CBD on postoperative pain in pets, osteoarthritis in both cats and dogs, and dogs that suffer from epilepsy.
Giving CBD Products to Pets
According to the World Health Organization report from 2017, there is no evidence that the usage of pure CBD causes any health-related problems. Yet, McGrath does warn that administering CBD treatment to dogs (or cats) with a known liver problem might be risky, as studies have shown an increased liver enzyme (ALP) in dogs while undergoing CBD treatment.
Additionally, the issue of quality control needs to be addressed as well. CBD market is growing in general, and the pet market is not exempt from this trend. Since CBD products are predominantly sold online, as mass retailers are still reluctant to sell them, pet owners need to pay close attention to the quality of the products they intend to give to their beloved pets. One way of avoiding subpar products is to look for pet products that have COA, which stands for the certificate of analysis. That means that the products they buy for their pets do not contain more than 0.3% of THC. Ideally, pet owners should stick to pet products that contain 0.0% of THC since THC is extremely dangerous for both cats and dogs.
The proof that CBD pet products are sought after can be expressed in numbers. $13 million worth of sales of said products were made in 2017, and the market keeps on growing, making it another strong addition the pet industry. That mainly refers to products that can help relieve common pet-related issues like anxiety and inflammation.
Using available products to help your pet is understandable, but you also need to be careful. Often available medication is not effective in treating your pets or have serious side effects. The feeling of helplessness can often push people into trying various alternative methods of treatments, but those treatments should only be administered after thorough research.