Can CBD benefit my pet?
In recent years, there has been an explosion of interest in the potential therapeutic effects of CBD (cannabidiol) supplements for pets. CBD, the non-psychoactive compound derived from the cannabis plant, has been studied extensively for its various health benefits in both humans and animals. High-quality CBD supplements have gained popularity as a complementary option in veterinary medicine. In this blog, we’ll delve into the potential therapeutic effects of these supplements and their applications in veterinary care.
Before we dive into the therapeutic benefits, let’s briefly understand what CBD is and how it works. (Warning! Science jargon ahead!) CBD is one of over a hundred cannabinoids found in cannabis plants. Unlike its counterpart THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD does not produce a “high” sensation. Instead, it interacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which plays a vital role in regulating various physiological processes in both humans and animals.
The ECS consists of receptors (CB1 and CB2) spread throughout the body, including the brain, immune system, and organs. CBD interacts with these receptors to help maintain balance and homeostasis in the body.
Pain Management: One of the most widely recognized therapeutic benefits of CBD in pets is pain management. High-quality CBD supplements can help alleviate pain associated with various conditions, including arthritis, injuries, and post-surgery discomfort. By reducing inflammation and modulating pain receptors, CBD offers a natural and non-addictive alternative to traditional pain medications.
Anxiety and Stress Reduction: Pets, like humans, can experience anxiety and stress. CBD has shown promise in reducing anxiety-related behaviors in animals. It can help calm nervous pets during thunderstorms, fireworks, separation anxiety, or stressful situations like vet visits. CBD’s anxiolytic (anxiety-reducing) properties may provide relief without sedation.
Seizure Management: Epilepsy and seizures can affect pets, and CBD has gained recognition for its potential in seizure management. Some studies suggest that CBD may reduce the frequency and severity of seizures in epileptic animals. However, it’s crucial to consult with a veterinarian before considering CBD as part of an epilepsy treatment plan. Most studies on this topic are done on pets that are already on another medication to help control or manage their seizures.
Anti-Inflammatory Effects: CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties make it a valuable supplement for pets with inflammatory conditions, such as allergies, skin disorders, and inflammatory bowel disease. It can help mitigate symptoms and improve the overall quality of life for affected animals.
Nausea and Appetite Stimulation: CBD may aid in alleviating nausea and stimulating appetite, particularly in pets undergoing chemotherapy or dealing with gastrointestinal issues. It can help pets maintain their nutritional intake during challenging times.
Support for Aging Pets: As pets age, they may face a range of health issues, including cognitive decline. CBD’s potential neuroprotective effects could be beneficial in supporting cognitive function and overall well-being in senior pets.
Our Choice for CBD Supplements
To be honest, for years TVH was very hesitant about recommending CBD products for our patients. The primary reason for our reluctance was we never really found a product that offered anything beyond anecdotal evidence and in some cases, preposterous claims about the efficacy of their products. Recently, that has changed. We’ve found a product that we think is the best CBD product on the market for pets. That product comes from a company called ElleVet.
ElleVet offers a number of different products, from chews/treats, oils, soft-gels and paste (cat only). They have published studies specific to pets and CBD- more studies than anyone else in the industry. They control the entire process from the one farm where their product is grown and harvested, to the entire manufacturing process. They utilize third party testing for each and every lot they manufacture. We have found no other CBD manufacturer who can even come close to their credentials.
Now, CBD is not a miracle cure. Some pets have shown dramatic improvements for a variety of ailments- but your pet’s results may vary.
If you do want to consider finding CBD products on your own- here’s a few things to keep in mind:
When considering CBD supplements for your pet, it’s crucial to prioritize quality and safety. Here are some tips for choosing the right product:
Consult with your veterinarian: Always consult with your veterinarian before introducing any new supplement to your pet’s regimen. We can provide guidance based on your pet’s specific needs and health status.
Choose Full-Spectrum CBD: Full-spectrum CBD products contain a range of cannabinoids, terpenes, and other beneficial compounds found in the cannabis plant. This “entourage effect” may enhance the overall therapeutic potential of CBD. This is exactly what ElleVet offers.
Check for Third-Party Testing: Reputable CBD manufacturers conduct third-party testing to ensure product quality and safety. Look for products with readily available lab reports that confirm the absence of harmful contaminants and accurate CBD concentration. This is why we trust ElleVet. Each lot can be tracked and the lab report is available by scanning a QR code on the package, so you know exactly what you are getting with each dose.
Start with Low Doses: Begin with a low dose of CBD and monitor your pet’s response. What we like about ElleVet’s products- there’s specific dosing recommendations, determined after rigorous testing and analysis, not guesswork. Other products may require lots of trial and error before finding the right dose.
Remember, if a product makes claims that sound too good to be true, they probably are. Be skeptical about products that are hyped by so-called ‘influencers’ on social media who are paid to promote a product.