Your Dog & CBD

Your Dog & CBD

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Your Dog & CBD: What Are The Benefits?

Whether it be the Instagram pages of your favorite pup-fluencers, trusted dog-blogs, or the shelves of your go-to pet supply shop, you may feel like you’re hearing about the benefits of CBD for dogs more than ever.

With the return (by popular demand!) of our Calming CBD meatballs, and a plan to roll out more delicious CBD treats, we wanted to gather the benefits we love and stick them all in one place to guide your CBD shopping.

CBD, or cannabidiol, affects your dog’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), a system within both the body and brain (in humans, too!) dealing with functions from movement to mood. When CBD is extracted and used in chews/treats, like our meatballs, the goal is to assist our canine friends with issues such as anxiety, arthritis, skin conditions, and more. When functioning correctly, the receptors of the endocannabinoid system promote an overall sense of balance throughout the body. Cannabidiol acts upon these receptors to provide the benefits you often read about, both physically and mentally.

Treating ( pun intended!) inflammation & pain

According to research published by Frontiers in Veterinary Science, CBD oil has the potential to reduce pain and inflammation in our furry friends. Since 1 in 5 adult dogs in the US is affected by arthritis, the proven anti-inflammatory properties of CBD in early research is game-changing news for pup parents everywhere. Seeing your best friend suffer is unbearable, so trying a safe, natural remedy with other known benefits is a no-brainer! “CBD may provide anti-inflammatory benefits which are more potent and sustainable than those offered by non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs),” writes Modern Dog Magazine.

Reducing anxiety

It’s not uncommon for our dogs to have many seemingly irrational fears, such as fireworks or the vacuum. Some are more debilitating than others, with some dogs suffering from anxiety when forced to be around other humans or dogs. Because dogs’ reactions to their fears are largely physical-- shaking, crying, cowering, or even growling/showing teeth--, it is particularly important to effectively treat anxiety. CBD provides a calming and stabilizing effect by altering the brain’s response to serotonin.

Helping reduce seizures and convulsions in epileptic dogs

Epilepsy in dogs at its most basic level causes them to suffer from seizures-- for some, even multiple times a day. Severe cases of epilepsy and extreme convulsions have the potential to inflict long-term damage on the brain, such as changes in temperament. By acting to calm over-firing neurotransmitters in dogs who suffer from seizures, CBD has the potential to reduce* not only the severity but the number of seizures your pup has to endure.

* Please note that our CBD treats are in no way a treatment for canine epilepsy, and are in no way to be used as a replacement for medication prescribed to you by your veterinarian.

Supporting the immune system

The complex (but very interesting!) immune systems of our canine friends possess CB2 receptors, onto which anandamide and 2-AG can latch (in order to regulate inflammatory signals to the body). The immunity-regulating properties of endocannabinoids help to reduce this inflammation, while strengthening the immune system and fighting off infection within the body.

More research to consider on the benefits of CBD for our canine friends:

The skin(ny) on the role of cannabinoids in dermatology

Combination therapy with cannabidiol and chemotherapeutics in canine urothelial carcinoma cells

Cannabis in Veterinary Medicine: A Critical Review

Unraveling the use of CBD in veterinary medicine