Cats, Dog, Pets December 9, 2019 By

CBD Oil For Dogs: Veterinarians Explain The Pros

The CBD market is rising in popularity with many veterinarians now making the decision to use and promote CBD in their practices. Here we answer some of the most common Q&A’s as well as provide some insight into what the experts really think about CBD. 

What Is the Difference? Hemp Oil Vs CBD Oil

CBD oil and hemp oil are extracted from the same Hemp plant but in two different ways, leading to each method offering different results. Rich in fatty acids, seeds from the hemp plant are used to make hemp oil, resulting in a substance that is naturally created inside of the cannabis plant known as phytocannabinoids. This is also true for CBD oils; however, this comes from the leaves and flowers of the plant. Both methods offer different treatments, with studies showing that CBD oil can help to tackle multiple physical and mental concerns.

Is CBD Oil Safe for Dogs?

It is important for us to clarify that CBD oil has little to no THC (that’s the molecule that can produce that “high” feeling), so there’s no need to worry about your dog acting strangely. Research has shown that CBD oil is safe for dogs as long as they are given the right dosage. At Tempo & Tails, we work closely with veterinarians and other field experts to ensure our products contain the recommended and safe dosage of CBD based on pets’ weight.

What Are the CBD Oil Benefits for Dogs?

North Shore Animal League America’s chief veterinarian Mark Verdino said, “[Dogs] seem to be less reactive to low-level pain stimuli, for example, arthritis and things like that, when they take the product. And certain anxieties, they seem less reactive to certain things.” CBD oil can potentially offer your dog a therapeutic experience and might be able to help assist with anxiety, pain, arthritis, nausea, joint problems, and seizures, as well as helping to calm your dog. Verdino used the product on his dog, stating, “At night time when the lights are dimmed down, it’s dark out, they don’t see it well in the dark, and he gets a little spooked. And when I give him the CBD, he seems to just go to sleep.”

Speaking about promoting the usage of CBD products, veterinarian Dr. Katherine Kramer from Vancouver said, “In the last five years I have had many, many more happy stories than I do toxicities or problems with CBD. At this point, I can’t imagine practicing without it.”

When discussing how the CBD interacts with the pet’s endocannabinoid system, veterinarian Dr. Tim Shu shared, “It’s a series of receptors that run throughout the body. The cannabinoids interact with the receptors in the body and modulate things like pain, anxiety, and nausea. It doesn’t damage the kidney, liver, or GI tract. The dogs aren’t high or sedated.”

Research is well on its way when it comes to CBD benefits both for humans & pets. We keep track of recent studies and any developments in the field and will always make sure to share this knowledge with our readers.

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