Humans aren’t the only ones who can benefit from CBD products. Our furry friends have an Endocannabinoid System, just like us. This system is responsible for maintaining homeostasis within the body, which includes regulating the immune response, communication between cells, appetite and metabolism.
Some veterinarians believe that CBD can help treat injuries, bone breaks, and sprains. Additionally, there are indications that CBD can help reduce post-op swelling and pain and can really help older pets with joint pain. CBD has also shown to soothe anxious dogs from separation anxiety, loud thunderstorms, car travel, veterinary visits and social anxiety.
Another promising aspect of using CBD is the fact that it could help your dog get off synthetic drugs, which typically has many short and long-term side effects. Even if it can’t fully replace the conventional drugs,CBD could possibly help you lower the doses that the dog has to take.
Just as for humans, dosage largely depends on the size and weight of your animal as well as what you are looking to treat. It’s always best to start with a small dose, monitor the effects on your pet and use sound judgement when increasing dosage.
Another thing to keep in mind is that once you give your dog a dose, it may take a couple hours before you notice any effects from your dog. If you believe your dog is not feeling any effects after a few hours, increase the dosage slightly later in the day or wait until the next day to try a slightly higher dose.
The most common side effect of CBD for pets is drowsiness. While uncommon, there has been cases of mild vomiting and skin irritation.. If this happens, stop giving your pet CBD.
In any case, consulting with an open-minded vet might be the be the best course of action before treating your pet with CBD.