When it comes to our pets, there’s nothing we won’t do for them. We’ll use paw-some dog puns whenever possible! We’ll also give them the healthiest food and snacks, throw them over-the-top birthday parties, give them free rein on the couch – the list goes on and on! The same is true for treating our fur families’ ailments like anxiety, stress, or any aches and pains.
So, if there’s something natural out there that may be able to keep them healthy, isn’t it worth sniffing out? The answer for many pet parents is a resounding yes. The treatment garnering a lot of attention these days is cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD. CBD is a natural-occurring compound extracted primarily from hemp plants and it’s thought to have many therapeutic properties.
So how can CBD help? One study – from Harvard – shows that CBD may be an effective treatment for addressing anxiety and for patients who have trouble falling and staying asleep. Other studies show that CBD may offer treatment for different types of chronic pain like that caused by inflammation or neuropathy. But can CBD really help our furry friends? Research continues, but the answer looks very promising.
How it works – Claws and effect
Studies show CBD can have the same calming effect on animals as it does on people and can also help lower inflammation and impact how we experience pain. Specifically, research from the European Journal of Pain showed CBD could relieve pain from arthritis in animals when applied to the skin.
Scientists believe CBD works – the same in animals as it does in people – by interacting with our Endocannabinoids System (ECS). The ECS is a complex system that is linked to several functions – appetite and digestion, pain, mood, inflammation, and other immune system responses. Many believe CBD works by being broken down by enzymes in the body. Then, CBD influences receptors – essentially signaling the ECS to ‘take action’ to bring systems back into biological balance, whether that’s producing a calming effect, helping us sleep, or easing pain.
Trust me, I’m a dog-tor – Talking to your veterinarian
If you’re interested in learning about CBD’s potential benefits for your fur family members, it’s smart to be proactive when talking to your vet. There’s a growing crop of CBD products marketed for pets that can help you get the results you’re seeking. Many people have used CBD to help their 4-legged friends:
- Reduce pain
- Treat arthritis
- Lower anxiety
- Promote relaxation
Ask questions and read labels
Because CBD is in the early stages of regulation, it can be challenging to know which pet products are formulated responsibly and contain only natural, high-quality ingredients. Consult with your veterinarian for their recommendations, plus look for pet CBD manufacturers that follow stringent quality control processes. For example, at CBD Health Collection, you can be confident knowing all of our human and pet products are 3rd party tested and our hemp growers follow the strictest quality control guidelines. With all of our CBD products, you can also expect:
- THC free* products that are safe (*THC-free is defined as undetectable at the lowest level which can be consistently detected using scientific analysis)
- Organically-grown, premium hemp oil is Non-GMO
- Made in the USA
- Gluten-free and vegan
- Hemp produced in an ISO certified FDA registered facility with cGMP
Don’t stop re-trieving!
Whether your fur family members include dogs, cats, horses, bunnies, goats, or anything in between, high-quality CBD products for pets can let them enjoy all the same benefits and CBD goodness that humans do.
CBD can bring a powerful punch in improving the overall quality of life of our favorite animals. Talk to your veterinarian to learn more about CBD for pets or call or email us with questions! Our specially-formulated pet products combine all of the natural healing properties of CBD oil with flavors your animals will love. Is your fur baby anxious, hurting, or just uncomfortable? Look at our pet tinctures online that include a custom terpene formulation targeting either inflammation or relaxation. Don’t stop re-trieving! Let’s do this!