5 Common Pet Conditions That CBD Can Treat Right Now
Seeing our pups in pain is one of the toughest parts about being a pet owner. There’s nothing worse than not being able to help your friend in need. When regular, old-fashioned medication isn’t achieving the desired results, there has to be another way… and now there is. Your dog doesn’t have to be left to suffer seizures or crippling bouts of anxiety caused by past trauma. Instead, they can consume a treat or a few droplets of liquid and their whole life can turn around. The happy and healthy dog who used to wag and play all day can find their way back into your arms with the help of a natural remedy called CBD. Here are five common pet ailments and conditions that CBD for pets can cure today… and it’s just getting started.
Perhaps the most clinically tested use of CBD for pets is on dogs with epilepsy. This is partly due to the clear results that can be gathered from the tests. After administering CBD over a certain time period, has the number of excruciating epileptic seizures lessened? If so, then the treatment is probably working. One study at the Yamazaki University of Animal Health in Japan was performed on three dogs with epilepsy. They were given a CBD-infused oral drug called Epidiolex. Two of the three dogs had a vast reduction in the amount of seizures they were suffering from. Dr. Stephanie McGrath at Colorado State Veterinary College also performed a more comprehensive controlled study on a group of 16 dogs with epilepsy. Her research found that 89 percent of subjects who received CBD in the trial had a reduction in seizures. Two of the three dogs had a vast reduction in the amount of seizures they were suffering from. The AKC Canine Health Foundation (AKCCHF) is planning another major clinical trial to study CBD as a treatment for epilepsy in dogs. This trial will also be performed by Dr. McGrath.
Dogs can live with anxiety. They grin and bear it, and try not to have an accident when they hear a car horn outside, but is that enough? Your best friends shouldn’t have to just about make it through the day. Whether your dog suffers from anxiety caused by fireworks on the 4th of July or separation anxiety from being left alone in the house, CBD can calm her symptoms and help her relax.
When you give your dog CBD treats or oil, it enters the endocannabinoid system, activating receptors in the central nervous system. These receptors help the body produce serotonin, which is a major contributor to well-being and happiness (in dogs and humans), and help everything work more smoothly.
Cannabinoids (CBD) work to suppress inflammatory and neuropathic pain in a similar way to how the symptoms of anxiety are targeted. CBD attaches to the receptors in the endocannabinoid system, which is associated with the central nervous system that controls pain throughout the body, and works with your dog’s body to calm down the painful symptoms.
A study by Joe Wakshlag, the associate professor and section chief of nutrition at Cornell, focused on canines suffering from osteoarthritis, a painful joint disease that most commonly affects older dogs. He found that CBD oil drastically reduced the pain in the subjects tested.
It’s not uncommon for dogs to suffer from cardiac issues. These might include cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle, or chronic valve disease, where the valves of the dog’s heart no longer work properly. Some estimates suggest that 10% of dogs in America suffer from heart disease, so finding a natural remedy has long been a goal of veterinarians and scientists alike. Research into the subject on humans has shown that CBD can cause vasorelaxation (a lessening of vascular tension in the heart), reduce heart arrhythmias and even prevent heart failure.
Sadly, around 50 percent of dogs over the age of 10 will develop cancer at some point. It’s the most common canine killer, and while research is ongoing into fighting the disease head-on, CBD is providing canine patients with relief they have not found before. Kodi, a Golden Retriever with lymphoma, was only given a few months to live. After he started using CBD oil, the tumors on his neck reduced in size by a third. Juda, an 11-year old Mastiff mix, was a very active dog until her diagnosis of cancer and arthritis. She was given a year to live but refused to give up the fight. Since she started her treatment on CBD, her cancer progression has seemed to slow down and she’s back to walking due to a reduction in the pain caused by her arthritis. As clinical research is still being conducted or planned for the future, testimonials like Kodi’s and Juda’s are vital for other pet owners to see how this miracle drug can change their dog’s life.
The five illnesses listed above are just a few examples of the incredible healing powers of CBD, and many feel it’s just the tip of the iceberg. As time goes on, the full extent of the medical applications of CBD oil will become apparent and its true potential can be harnessed for the betterment of animals everywhere.