CBD is widely talked about all over the world, and it’s definitely something that is becoming more well-known and understood, but did you know that your pets could also benefit from the use of CBD? Just as it has helped humans, your dogs and cats could be reaping the same health boosting benefits.

Pets become a part of your family instantly, and when something goes wrong with their health, you want to do anything you can to help – which is where the use of CBD has come in for lots of people.

CBD has shown many benefits to dogs and cats health for many things, including:

  • Chronic conditions that cause a lot of pain, such as arthritis
  • Lack of appetite/not eating properly
  • Terminal illness such as cancer
  • Nausea
  • Seizures
  • Anxiety & stress
  • Inflammatory conditions

The CBD oil does not contain the psychoactive compound, THC, that is active in the cannabis plant, meaning it will not get your pet ‘high’ and is completely safe and legal. The extensive amount of research carried out on the benefits and usage of CBD is growing quickly.

Dr Tim Schu, a veterinarian based in the United States who has his own CBD products specifically for pets said, “Many people are unaware that pets can safely and effectively benefit from cannabis oil using proper formulation and dosing. And it’s not just dogs and cats that can benefit, we’ve had ferrets, rabbits, pigs, rodents, and horses find therapeutic relief through cannabinoid therapy. I started VETCBD because as healthcare providers we should explore all potential therapeutic options for our clients, and if cannabis oil offers therapeutic benefits for animals, it is our duty to thoroughly evaluate that potential.”

A study carried out this year by Alexandra Greb and Birgit Puschner on the use of CBD infused pet treats showed that a staggering 93% of 632 participants felt the treats performed equally well or better than the usual forms of medicinal care.

There are even rescue centres using the products to calm their new arrivals with the change of habitat.

Please note: Although there are multiple widely discussed benefits, there is no current medical backing to confirm this type of treatment will definitely work on your pet. Please be sure to carry out research beforehand on the right type and amount to give to your animals if you wish to go ahead with this.

We hope to see this more openly discussed and used in the near future.

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