CBD & Pets

What do you think when you hear “CBD for pets”?

A common reaction is something like “What?! I’m not drugging my dog!”. If that sounds like you – calm down. Let’s clear some things up for you. First, we should revisit our old friend the endocannabinoid system. I know you know all about this from our prior article , but I’ll refresh your memory just in case. The simple explanation of the endocannabinoid system is that this system serves as, for lack of better words, a signaling device that sends notifications to cells all over the body. Although researchers are continuing to learn and understand it, so far we know that it plays part in regulating things like sleep, appetite, mood, memory, reproduction, and fertility. The ECS is still active in the body even if you don’t use cannabis. Endocannabinoids are molecules that are produced by the body. Your body makes them as needed, and they help keep internal functions running smoothly.

Some may be surprised that pets, like dogs and cats, also have endocannabinoid systems that are very similar in function to humans. In a survey conducted in 2019 by the Veterinary Information Network, an online community of veterinarians, nearly two-thirds of respondents reported that they were asked about cannabis by their patients at least once a month. The benefits that CBD provides for pets is relatively the same to the ailments it can aid for humans being anxiety, pain, medical conditions, dry skin or types of rashes. Many owners appreciate its benefits for their furry friends that experience anxiety related to loud noises or social situations, muscle and joint pain due to medical conditions or old age, and it’s topical moisturizing properties for dry or cracked noses and paws especially during the dryer seasons.

When first introducing CBD to your pet, it’s always best to start with the lowest recommended dose and monitor how your pet responds. Depending on their reactions, you can start slowly increasing the dose but never exceed the maximum recommended amount. In choosing the right product and brand for your pet, reading customer reviews can be really important in your journey to ensure you’re purchasing from a reliable and trusted source. The advantage you have when shopping from Vitae CBD Boutique is that our team conducts extensive research for you when choosing each product to stock on our shelves to verify that they are made with safe and trusted ingredients. Our newest pet line, Honest Paws , is – well, honest. Founder, Chelsea, developed the idea behind her brand when her sweet pup was struggling with health issues. In taking her to the vet, she was told that the prescription medication would cause her pet to be very lethargic moving forward and that the medication wasn’t even guaranteed to work. Her dog’s condition began to disappear upon integrating CBD into her system for a month straight.

While some pet owners swear by CBD, Stephanie McGrath, D.V.M, states that it’s important to note that researchers are just beginning to learn how to use it for pets and which dosages have what effects. In 2016, she led a research study to look into common questions about CBD’s interactions with dogs and even if it imposes any immediate threats. The study concluded that a twice daily dosage can help increase comfort and activity” in dogs with osteoarthritis, and that Stephanie feels very comfortable with CBD being a safe product for pets. In 2019, California passed a law that prevents state regulators from penalizing veterinarians for talking with clients about using cannabis for their pets. While vets can’t bring it up themselves in other states, they can still answer questions you may have if you want to consult with them before introducing it to your pet.

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