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Health Benefits Of CBD Oil For Dogs And Cats

Having furry companions is probably the best experience for people who love animals and constant companionship. Pet ownership involves a lot of sacrifices, responsibilities, and memorable moments. As you receive emotional fulfillment from your pets, you should return the favor by keeping them safe and healthy, as they're not aware of it themselves.

Speaking of pet health and wellness, there's an overwhelming amount of pet products on the market, confusing pet owners. To ensure you're getting the best for your furry friends, choose products with ingredients backed by science, such as cannabidiol (CBD).

One of the most potent and effective CBD products today are CBD oils. If you're new to CBD oils and want to learn more about them, check this blog here. To assist you in incorporating CBD oil into your pet's routine, here’s a discussion of CBD oil health benefits for canines and felines.

Why CBD Oil?

The first question that pet owners should ask is - why should I use CBD oil on my pets? CBD is particularly useful when bottled as an oil, and its versatility for different health needs is unparalleled by other CBD product forms.

CBD is an oil-soluble compound which can have more potency and effectiveness if combined with fats and oils, and it isn't a coincidence that CBD oils are perfectly formulated in that way. CBD extracts harnessed from cannabis plants are then diluted into rich oils and fats like medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oils. Through this process, the oil-soluble CBD molecules will become activated. 

Benefits Of CBD Oil For Cats and Dogs 

1. Chronic Pain and Inflammation Relief

Pain and inflammation from injuries and the gradual onset of medical conditions can be disturbing for pets. To help ease their pain, you can offer CBD oil which is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Like humans, CBD oil can interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) of canines and felines through binding CBD molecules in cannabinoid receptors. 

Instead of administering pain medications and drugs to your pets, like NSAIDs, CBD oil is a natural alternative that has less intoxicating and non-psychoactive effects on pets. Pet owners are aware of how regular use of pain medications can gradually impact organ function of the stomach, intestines, kidneys, and liver. 

2. Stress and Anxiety Alleviation

Pets have enhanced mental and emotional health, and they're also prone to stress and anxiety. Whether your pet is suffering from situational anxiety or behavioral anxiety, its symptoms and effects to your furry friend is painful. With CBD oil's help, you can help alleviate stress and anxiety during onset, thanks to CBD's calming properties. 

The CB1 receptors, a type of cannabinoid receptors, have vital roles in stress and anxiety. When CB1 receptors in the brain's amygdala are blocked from activating, your pet's anxiety relatively increases. The molecules in CBD can activate these receptors to improve cell-to-cell communication and stimulate the release of serotonin, the happy chemical. 

However, most pet owners are skeptical about utilizing CBD on their pets because of the association of being 'high' in any cannabis-derived substance. Cannabidiol (CBD) isn’t tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is responsible for the euphoric effects that you might experience upon consumption. As long as there's little to no amount of THC in your pet's CBD oil, they can feel relief from stress and anxiety without feeling high. Preferably, CBD isolates are the best form of CBD oil without any psychoactive THC. 

3. Remedy For Digestive Issues

Nausea and digestive problems in pets are difficult to diagnose because there are tons of possible causes. Once your dog experiences nausea and starts vomiting abnormally, it’s best to have them consulted by your veterinarian and ask consent for administering CBD oils as remedy and relief for digestive upsets. 

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is crucial in regulating digestion and metabolism. Aside from anti-inflammatory and anti-stress properties, CBD can control and enhance the signaling and transmission of biochemicals for digestion, which become disrupted during digestive anomalies. Specifically, it can stimulate receptors in your dog's digestive tract, such as digestion, gastric secretion, and bowel movement receptors. 

Typically, cats suffer from gastrointestinal issues related to their digestion. For instance, a digestive health condition such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBS) induces pain and swelling on your cat's GI tract. Through ingesting CBD oil, the pain and inflammation will subside and will help your cat feel more at ease.

4. Topical For Skin Issues

In terms of chronic pain, stress, and digestive issues, CBD oils are best administered sublingually, or under your pet's mouth. On another end, you can also incorporate CBD oil externally on your pet's skin as topical products. Instead of buying another set of CBD creams and balms for your pet, CBD oil is a multipurpose product and is more cost-effective.

By applying and massaging CBD oil into your dog or cat's skin, they can benefit from the following advantages:

  • Moisturizes dry and flaky skin.
  • Relieves discomfort from itchy or painful skin.
  • Eases pain and inflammation on the skin.
  • Regulates skin cells and promotes homeostasis.

Final Word

Since CBD updated its legal status in different states and countries, consumers became curious about its benefits. It started with CBD products for human consumption and innovated to CBD products for your furry family members. 

While you're considering the use of CBD oil in your pet's health routine, its advantages are truly promising due to extensive scientific research, as discussed here. Before letting your dog or cat take any CBD oil product, ensure your veterinarian is aware and in favor of using it for your furry friends. 

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