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The Benefits & Potential Side Effects of CBD Oil For Dogs

Side Effects Of CBD Oil In Dogs

CBD Oil has been the talk of medical journals for years, and in the past few years has popped up frequently in mainstream news as an alternative medical approach to a variety of health issues. As more and more has been discovered about the uses for CBD oil, its use in pet health treatment has gained in popularity, particularly for the treatment of anxiety. CBD Oil for dog’s anxiety is a focus of discussion, and many pet parents are asking the question: will CBD oil help my dog’s anxiety? The topic itself (as with all CBD products) is a complex one, but as with all health treatments, there are pros and cons. Here is everything we know about the benefits and side effects of CBD oil for dogs.

What Is CBD Oil?

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a compound derived from hemp, and to be classified as CBD, the oil must contain less than 0.3 percent of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive compound in cannabis that produces the ‘high’ feeling. Because CBD contains less than 0.3 percent THC, there is no psychoactive reaction. Most CBD oil is derived from hemp.

The Benefits of CBD Oil For Dogs

It’s important to start by saying that there is not definitive scientific data supporting the use of CBD oil for dogs, but there is a growing amount of anecdotal evidence from pet parents that lends to CBD’s use for pain, particularly neuropathic pain. CBD is also used to help control canine seizures. The use of CBD oil for daily health treatments in dogs is growing in popularity, and many dog owners swear they have seen a striking difference in their dog’s health, including treatment for inflammation, cardiac problems, nausea, lack of appetite and anxiety, both in daily anxiety management and in short-term anxiety treatment, such as travel or the sounds of Fourth of July celebrations.

Chronic anxiety in dogs is not only miserable in the moment, but it can produce more serious long-term effects, such as cardiac problems, high blood pressure, stroke, higher susceptibility to illness and even a shortened lifespan. CBD can produce a calming effect, and for many dogs that suffer from chronic anxiety, CBD Oil can offer much-needed relief and rest, over time leading to overall health and wellbeing.

The Potential Risks and Side Effects of CBD Oil For Dogs

As with all health treatments, the user must weigh potential benefits against potential risks or side effects. It’s important to note that perhaps the most important (and preventable!) risk is that the CBD market is still fairly new and is not yet regulated or tested for safety. So when purchasing CBD oil for pets, many dog owners can’t be sure of what they’re buying. Is the product good quality? Are there any toxins present? Is the CBD oil properly formulated? Is there even CBD oil in there at all? The easiest way to avoid risks in this area is to speak with your veterinarian and purchase oil directly through them. This allows you and your vet to formulate a plan for consistent and accurate use of CBD oil, as well as test regularly to ensure proper dosage and receptiveness.

Other potential side effects can include dry mouth (which will increase your dog’s thirst), lowered blood pressure (which could cause lightheadedness and dizziness) and drowsiness. Because CBD oil treatment for dog anxiety is somewhat new, it’s important to note that other side effects could be present, so it’s important to closely monitor your pet and start with the smallest dosage available to ensure no allergic or otherwise adverse reaction.

Incorporate CBD Oil With a Balanced Nutritious Diet

If we constantly put junk food into our bodies, there’s nothing for the body to pull from when it needs sustenance to combat illness and stress. Just as we must maintain a balanced diet with true nutritive values to perform at our best, dogs need an equally nutritious and wholesome diet to live healthfully and combat illness and anxiety. Try Wellness CORE, a completed and balanced, high-protein diet. Wellness CORE has no fillers, contains meat as the first ingredient and is available in grain free and with wholesome grains options. Wellness CORE is natural and free of artificial flavors, colors and preservatives. Ingredients like beef and salmon can pack a powerful stress-fighting punch.

CBD oil for your dog’s anxiety might be the right choice for your furry friend, or there may be a different option that works best for you. When you’ve removed every stressor you can, created a safe place, and have incorporated the right dog food and regular exercise and your dog is still suffering from anxiety, speak with your veterinarian about treatment options. No dog should have to continue suffering with anxiety, so find the plan that works best for you and your buddy as soon as you can.

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