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Title: Health Benefits of CBD for Dogs

Health Benefits of CBD for Dogs
If you have been paying attention, you might have
noticed that CBD is one of the latest health
trends. Found in products from sodas to vapes,
CBD (also known as cannabidiol) is all the rage
among natural health enthusiasts. It should not
be too surprising to see this health trend move
into the pet health niche. In fact, CBD oil for
our pets can be found in the form of treats,
creams, and oils in many niche pet boutiques
these days. However, is it all just hype and
clever marketing? This article will explore that
question in more detail by taking a look at the
actual science of cannabidiol.
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) In the late
1980s, scientist discovered the presence of
neurotransmitters and receptors in the body of
all mammals that responded to compounds in the
body known as endocannabinoids. Over the last
thirty years, research on the Endocannabinoid
System (ECS) has demonstrated that the ECS acts
to regulate a huge number of critical functions
including mood, sleep, appetite, pain, pleasure
and tissue function throughout the body. Given
that, it is not surprising to find that there are
a wide range of potential health benefits of CBD
Oil for dogs. Nor is it surprising that we are
seeing a huge boom in the CBD supplement industry
for both people and dogs.
Lets dive into the science of 5 of the most well
studied benefits of CBD oil for dogs Reduce the
Use of Prescription Pain Medication Our furry
friends deserve to be comfortable. Pain
management is an important aspect of many
conditions from injury and post-op recovery to
chronic conditions such as arthritis, hip
dysplasia and cancer. There are three main
traditional ways to treat pain NSAIDs
(Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs),
anti-depressants (most commonly SSRIs), and
opioids (along with their synthetic
counterparts). Among these drugs, NSAIDs are the
most commonly prescribed both because of their
effectiveness and because they also combat
inflammation. Unfortunately, recent concerns over
the safety of NSAIDs, particularly in canines,
has given some veterinarians cause to be
concerned about potentially overusing this class
of drugs.
In fact, one study showed that as many as 55 of
clinical trials studying dogs and NSAIDs reported
significant negative side effects. In some cases,
these have even been fatal, as this class of
drugs is linked to renal failure, particularly in
older or immune compromised dogs. It is no
surprise then to see the veterinary community
becoming open to the value that cannabinoids may
offer in terms of decreasing reliance on
traditional prescription drugs for pain. CBD is
well known to have both analgesic (pain
relieving) and anti-inflammation properties when
taken orally or applied topically. Moreover,
there is also sciencethat suggests cannabinoids
may enhance the pain relieving action of opioids,
allowing for less of these addictive drugs to get
the same effect. Since cannabinoids are active on
receptors found in both the central and
peripheral nervous systems, they can interact
with other drugs. It is always critical to work
with your veterinarian to create a pain
management program that is best for your dog.
Relieve and Heal Dry, Itchy Skin Many people are
surprised to find out that the Endocannabinoid
System is very much a part of healthy skin
development. In fact, there are cannabinoid
receptors found throughout the skin in both
humans and canines. Many research studieshave
confirmed that the activity of the dermal ECS
includes Regulating lipid production (vital for
moisturizing skin) Normalizing skin growth and
cell death (making it a target therapeutic for
conditions such as Psoriasis and
Eczema) Preserving the immune barrier of the
skin (important for healing and contact
allergies) Of particular importance to a great
many dog owners is the role CBD oil may play in
helping with allergic dermatitis in our furry
friends. This all too common disorder is often
caused by an allergic reaction to flea bites,
dander, pollen, specific chemicals and even
certain types of food.
Research has demonstrated the therapeutic role
that cannabidiol can play in relieving the
symptoms of allergic dermatitis. It does this
through its powerful anti-inflammatory effects
which it achieves through its interaction with
CB1, CB2 and TRVP1 receptors, parts of the skins
ECS. If you notice that your dog is biting or
scratching more than usual, take the time to
thoroughly investigate. Left without treatment,
persistent scratching can cause open wounds and
skin infections that can become a serious health
threat in a hurry. Get in to see your vet and ask
about the role natural CBD oil may play in a
treatment plan for your pup.
Talk to Your Vet Cannabidiol is beginning to be
taken seriously among veterinarians, particularly
holistic vets that have traditionally been more
open to the healing power of natural plants,
herbs and essential oils.In fact, vets in
California recently passed legislation protecting
their legal right to prescribe cannabis based
medicine to their animal patients. It is
important that you have a conversation with your
vet before adding CBD oil formulated for dogs to
your pets regimen. Although it is safe and
non-psychoactive (meaning, it wont get your dog
high), it can interact with other medications.
Better safe than sorry! That being said, this
natural supplement isnt just a fad. As we have
explored in this article, research has
demonstrated that not only is the Endocannabinoid
System important to overall health, cannabidiol
acts to regulate many important functions and has
several real health benefits.
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