While 2020 has been really messy for us humans, it’s been pretty sweet for the canine population. Covid-19 doesn’t present much of a health threat for dogs—on the contrary, the pandemic has brought pups a number of benefits. “Shelters are emptying out, more people are interested in fostering, and pets are getting more attention and affection,” points out Heidi M. Cooley, a veterinarian at Banfield Pet Hospital in Vancouver, Washington. All of this newfound together-time means many pet owners have become as focused on their dog’s wellness as they are on their own—and are increasingly interested in non-traditional therapies to help their dogs feel as good as possible. One thing that has not changed is the need for better joint medicine for dogs.
Every mammal has an endocannabinoid system, which will respond similarly to CBD. CBD is the same whether it is marketed for humans or for dogs, it just depends what it has been infused with. We only infuses our CBD with organic coconut oil, which is fabulous for us and our furry friends. It seems to be a great alternative for joint medicine for dogs.
The studies on CBD for dogs is limited to two studies on dogs with osteoarthritis and dogs with epilepsy. We know that dogs require less CBD than humans and it is safe. Our research staff has a lot of doggies, and in our anecdotal experience, we have seen Molly the Collie’s blood sugars stabilized and Red the Labrador cross’s anxiety reduced by the introduction of CBD. We must also stress that CBD is one part of a wider holistic treatment in these cases.
Consult your vet first, start with a low dosage, then keep a close eye on your pup. Some dogs have developed signs of toxicity after ingesting CBD products; it’s difficult to tell whether they might also contain THC, which can be poisonous to animals. Call your vet immediately if you notice your pet acting lethargic or disoriented, or walking or behaving strangely.