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CBD products are everywhere now! You can find CBD products for pets or humans in the grocery store and gas station, not to mention all of the places online! It can be a little overwhelming.
So what is CBD? Is it really safe for your pet? Is it worth the cost? And how do you use CBD for pets?
Don’t let the information confuse or overwhelm you! In this article we will tell you just the quick facts, so you can choose wisely for yourself, and utilize CBD products correctly for your pet.
Lots of CBD research is underway, including research on the benefits of CBD products for dogs and cats. It can also be assumed that human research has overlaps with benefits for pets. This is because you and Fido may not be that dissimilar, on a biological level. Okay, so, sure your dog eats some smelly food and pees on the neighbor’s flowers, but you both have an endocannabinoid system.
The endocannabinoid system is where all the good stuff happens with CBD.
This system in the body exists naturally, interacting with the nervous system and hormone systems in the body. Endocannabinoids can be found in lots of foods, such as:
Eating these kinds of foods, like taking CBD, has a calming effect on the body, because it stimulates the endocannabinoid system. Benefits include decreased inflammation, pain management, increased relaxation, and, in humans, CBD is being used successfully to treat anxiety and depression.
While your dog shouldn’t eat people food, you can give your pet these same benefits with CBD products just for pets.
CBD for pets can be used two ways: on an on-going basis, or on an emergency basis.
How you use CBD for pets, then, depends on what you are treating. These two categories are for chronic or acute conditions. The same condition can also actually be both!
A chronic condition is something that is ongoing. For example, your dog may have regular, fairly consistent problems with joint pain.
An acute condition is immediate or even temporary. For example, an injury might cause acute joint pain. When an acute problem is not treated properly, it often results in a chronic problem! So treating an acute condition immediately is super important.
An example of how your pet might have both is anxiety. Maybe your fur baby has general nervousness, pretty regularly. That’s a chronic problem. Or your pet freaks out during fireworks, that’s an acute problem. If both occur, you’ve got chronic and acute anxiety.
Fortunately, CBD can be used to treat acute and chronic problems. There are many situations where you might give your pet CBD, including:
The reason why this list is so varied is because of what you learned above: the endocannabinoid system (the ECS). The ECS helps regulate the body, and CBD helps regulate the ECS.
So taking CBD regularly may help your pet with virtually any health issue! It’s certainly worth a try.
Some pet owners wonder about using topical CBD, especially for pain (rubbing on a painful area) or skin issues.
While some topical treatments may help, the best use of CBD is internal. Bathing in a CBD shampoo can be super soothing to a dog with irritated skin! The skin contains some ECS receptors. But circulating through the blood, CBD will reach more of the endocannabinoid system.
Please note: a topical CBD treatment should never be ingested!
The best CBD for pets should be specially formulated for pets. Human CBD products may contain ingredients which are harmful to pets!
To get the best CBD for your pet:
By following these guidelines, you will give your pet the best CBD!
So where to buy the best CBD for pets? Should you pick up one of those gas station formulas?
If you really want the best for your fur baby, check out our online store. At Bad Dog CBD we have curated our products to offer only the formulas with proven results. Whatever ails your pet, we are sure to have the right product for effective treatment.
Here’s to a long, healthy life for your pet!