While research on CBD is still in its infancy, the evidence gathered so far suggests that humans are not the only ones who can benefit from it. CBD has shown great potential to revolutionize not only human but also veterinary medicine, and it is reassuring knowing that our furry friends can also experience its far-reaching benefits.
If you are thinking of giving CBD to yours pets, this article might be a good place to start to learn everything you need to know.
How does CBD work in animals?
The benefits of CBD can be effective for your pet(s) as well. All mammals have the endocannabinoid system, a complex system that regulated homeostasis. It might contributes to maintaining normal body functions such as sleep, hunger, among many others. When your pet ingests CBD, it blocks certain receptors in this system, allowing CBD to take effect.
How is CBD administered to animals?
CBD is administered to animals the same way it is administered to humans. There are CBD-based edibles, such as treats and capsules which can be added to your pet’s diet. You can add a few drops of CBD oil to your pet’s food or place them under their tongue. There are also CBD products which are meant for topical application, such as balms and ointments, which can be applied on target areas.
Is CBD safe for animals?
From what we know so far, CBD is safe for animals and causes little to no side effects. However, there have been some canine studies conducted that noted an increase in the liver enzyme alkaline phosphatase (ALP). Studies that followed could not determine the causality between CBD consumption and elevated ALP. Since little is known about the way CBD is metabolized by the liver in dogs, it is advised that CBD is not given to dogs that have liver issues or are taking another medication which is metabolized by the liver.
What to consider before starting your pet on CBD?
Before starting your pet on CBD, whether it be a one-time dose or on a consistent regimen, make sure you speak to a veterinarian first. This is not only to ensure that your pet’s health condition allows for a CBD, but an expert’s opinion is essential to determining the correct CBD dosage for your pet. Secondly, you need to make sure that the CBD you buy is of the highest quality and comes with a certificate of analysis (COA), which guarantees it contains no potentially harmful ingredients. Do you think your pet could benefit from CBD? A consultation with a veterinarian will help you determine this. CBD most likely poses no threat to your pet(s)’ well-being, and may help them live their lives to the fullest.