Almost all living creatures contain an endocannabinoid system. Insects are the only exception. The same cannabinoid receptors that are widespread throughout the body in humans are also present in animals. Including our four-legged, furry friends. And with countless studies showing how cannabidiol (CBD) can treat ailments from anxiety and depression to cancer and Chron’s disease…many people are turning toward CBD for their pets.

CBD for pets works pretty much the same way it does for humans. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for several physiological activities including: mood, memory, appetite, and pain sensation. When there’s a disease or underlying condition, the activation of endocannabinoid receptors has significant possibility of treating whatever condition a person (or pet) is suffering from.

The Benefits of Using CBD for Pets

The use of CBD for pets can be helpful in treating several problems. Not only can it help with pain, but has also shown to be effective for pets that have fallen seriously ill. No pet owner wants to see their canine or feline companion suffer. This is why using CBD for pets offers an excellent alternative to ease their troubling symptoms.

For the unfortunate four-legged friends who have succumb to chronic conditions, CBD can help. Pets with late-stage cancer or other chronic illness can be treated with CBD to help treat symptoms associated with such conditions. Using CBD for pets has shown to provide relief from tumors and seizures, as well as stimulate appetite in pets that no longer desire to eat.

CBD can also help ease symptoms of less critical conditions. Giving CBD to your pet can provide relief from several skin conditions. Its anti-inflammatory properties can also help pets who have arthritis, offering them opportunity to move around without pain.

For pets with anxiety problems, CBD can prove to be just the calming aid they need. It’s been shown to benefit both behavioral and situational anxiety. CBD for pets can help keep them calm during thunderstorms and fireworks, as well as during travel and when company comes by.

While CBD does help with behavioral anxiety,  it’s recommended that pets receive training as well as use CBD to help them stay relaxed in everyday situations. CBD will help keep your pet calm, but won’t change a pet who is prone to anxious behavior.

Any pet owner knows that their four-legged friends like to explore, which can sometimes come with some serious consequences. CBD can help with sprains, strains, torn ligaments, and breaks by reducing pain, stiffness, and swelling. It’s an excellent aid that can lower the need for high doses of prescription pain medications. Because just like humans, pets can also suffer from the side effects of prescription painkillers.

CBD isn’t about getting your dog or cat high. In fact, CBD can’t get your pet high. THC is  responsible for the psychoactive effects cannabis causes…and can actually be harmful to pets. CBD though, has shown to be completely opposite when it comes to treating animals. It works in harmony with your pet, and contains zero psychoactive effects.

Even Veterinarians Express Interest in CBD for Pets

CBD is so beneficial to pets, it’s even being recognized by the mainstream. The American Veterinary Medical Association has even raised an eye to the benefits it contains to help animals. Veterinarians across the country have expressed interest in CBD, but like many want to see more research done on the positive effects it contains.

Take Dawn Booth for instance, Clinical Pharmacology Lab Director at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. “My gut reaction,” she says, “is they [CBD] do probably provide some therapeutic effect benefit. But I’m never going to say there’s enough benefit that marijuana should be given to pets. I’m saying there’s enough justification that we need to study it.”

Most veterinarians still aren’t ready to prescribe a regime of CBD oil for troubled pets. The owners of these pets however, are ready. And they’re taking things into their own hands to do what’s best for the animals they love.  Pet owners are doing what it takes and offering their furry friends the (often much needed) relief they deserve. As one dog owner who turned to CBD when her dog was dying of cancer put it, “People need to understand that this isn’t about getting my dog high. It’s about improving his quality of life.”

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