Why Your Dog May Benefit From CBD
Recent studies indicate that for a number of specific ailments, CBD can offer a host of benefits to your canine companion. Anecdotal evidence has also suggested that this may be this case. So, now is a great time to take a closer look at some of the reasons why you may want to consider giving your dog CBD.
Does your dog seem to hide when new people come over? Become anxious every time you leave the house? If so, then it’s likely that the underlying culprit is anxiety. Dogs suffer from both situational and behavioral anxiety in much the same way as people do, and CBD has been shown to reduce anxiety symptoms in both humans and animals.
Appetite Stimulation If your dog doesn’t seem to be eating often, then CBD may be able to help stimulate their appetite. Now, if your dog hasn’t eaten at all for a few days, then you should see a veterinarian; however, if it’s an acute occurrence, CBD may be all that’s needed. Occasionally, dogs may elect to forego eating their dinners, especially when the environment is very hot or humid. Should this be the case, CBD can be an effective and rapid remedy.
Dogs are susceptible to many of the same bacterial infections as humans, including Salmonella, Streptococcus, and E Coli. Preliminary research shows that using CBD can eliminate these bacterial infections in much the same way as traditional anti-biotics. In fact, studies have shown that CBD can kill these bacteria within 3 hours, which is about half the time it takes their anti-biotic counterparts.
Healing Wounds As much as we hope to always protect and safeguard our animals, from time to time, dogs will be dogs and an occasional cut, scrape, bump, or bruise can occur. Usually, minor wounds of this variety sort themselves out and heal over the course of a few weeks to a month. However, early clinical research indicated that CBD may speed up the healing processes in your dog’s body, helping to rapidly heal the following common injuries:
- Abrasions – Such as commonly result from poorly fitting bandages or casts.
- Incisions – As can occur when your dog steps on something sharp like a pebble or glass.
- Punctures – Which are often caused by sticks or stray pieces of metal.
- Bites – From other dogs, stray animals or even insects.
- Burns – Particularly first degree burns which haven’t reached beyond the epidermis.
At times dogs can suffer from nausea just as humans do. If your dog seems to have less energy than usual, is drooling more than expected, or is having trouble sleeping, then CBD might be a great option. Preclinical data shows that cannabinoids, like CBD, can quickly remedy both nausea and vomiting. Take special care and pay attention to your dog’s demeanor though, as lethargy, when accompanied by nausea, can indicate a more serious underlying condition.
Pain Management Traditional pain management medicines can have unpleasant side effects on dogs. In some circumstances, CBD has been shown to provide a much safer alternative without sacrificing efficacy. Cannabidiol (CBD) regulates the neural transmitters in the brain, which can help restore and maintain vital body functions and promote a healthy overall system. The effectiveness of CBD for pain management seems to be even more pronounced in dogs with degenerative joint disease and similar chronic conditions.
Although much research remains to be done on the subject, it is clear from the early data that CBD may be an excellent remedy to many of the health issues experienced by dogs. Moving forward, it is expected that even more benefits of giving your dog CBD will become apparent and be scientifically validated.