By Spike Bowan
The miracles of CBD Oil are becoming more and more apparent as the days go by.
Even in the world of veterinary medicine, CBD Oil has a place. Just as in humans, animals are starting to see the benefits of CBD Oil to remedy ailments that afflict them. From arthritic canines to anxiety filled equines, CBD Oil is changing the way veterinarians and pet owners treat their furry family members.
Having personally experienced the benefits that CBD Oil achieves in dealing with my own anxiety and PTSD symptoms, my curiosity has been peaked regarding my two dogs. They’re good girls, but when a thunderstorm rolls in or if fireworks are exploding in the sky above, I can’t get them out from under my desk. It breaks my heart seeing them shudder in fear.
So, I began to do some research. The cannabis plant has over 60 chemicals called cannabinoids. The two main types of cannabinoids are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). … At this level, cannabis has no intoxicating effect, for people or dogs. Hemp is higher in CBD, the substance that provides the therapeutic effects.
Whether a dog has cancer, seizures, or anxiety, cannabis oil can serve as an alternative medication to help treat symptoms. I found many websites and blogs that said the same thing pretty much, but the best information I could find was from PetMD.com.
“Cannabis oil can be used to treat seizures, nausea, stress, anxiety, arthritis, back pain, symptoms of cancer, and gastrointestinal issues, among other health conditions in dogs.
Relief is provided as the cannabinoids in marijuana interact with the endocannabinoid system, Shu explains. “It’s a series of receptors that run throughout the body,” he says. “The cannabinoids interact with the receptors in the body and modulate things like pain, anxiety, and nausea.”
Unlike some traditional prescription medications, medical cannabis has no life-threatening side effects with proper dosage, Shu points out. “It doesn’t damage the kidney, liver, or GI tract. The dogs aren’t high or sedated.”
What Are the Potential Risks of Cannabis Oil for Pets?
Like any medications, overdosing can lead to potential risks for pets. “The most significant is THC toxicity, meaning, essentially, they are high,” Richter says. “Depending on how significantly a pet has been overdosed, the effects of that can be quite long-lasting, even days.” During these episodes, a pet may not be able to stand or eat. If you suspect an overdose, take your pet to the veterinarian immediately.
Life-threatening risks for dogs from medical cannabis are “exceedingly rare,” Richter says, adding that toxicity more often occurs when a pet has eaten a product that contains chocolate, coffee, or raisins. “Even if the THC toxicity is not excessive, they can sometimes have problems due to these other ingredients.” That said, ingestion of large amounts of marijuana has been fatal in a number of dogs, so preventing overdoses with medical cannabis is still extremely important, warns Dr. Jennifer Coates, a veterinary advisor with petMD.
Graham Quigley, owner and acupuncturist at the Holistic Animal Clinic in San Rafael, California, worries that as the popularity of alternative medicine increases, pet parents may buy into “overly ambitious claims about cannabis oil” from unreliable sources. Quigley stresses that cannabis oil is not a “cure-all.” (Read More)
As with any form of medical treatment, I am going to be checking with my dogs’ veterinarian before I decide to begin a treatment regimen. My hopes are that my dogs will experience the same benefit of CBD Oil that I do.
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