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As pet owners learn more about the benefits of CBD for their furry companions, so too are veterinarians. The shift towards integrating CBD and hemp-based products into holistic veterinary practice is happening all over the country.

In this blog, we’ll explore

  • Why vets are recommending CBD for pets
  • The conditions CBD can help with
  • And what pet owners should consider before they start their pet on CBD

Understanding CBD and Its Benefits

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis and hemp plants.

Unlike THC, another compound found in these plants, CBD does not make users feel “high.” Instead, CBD interacts with your endocannabinoid system (ECS), a network of signals and enzymes in the body, to help maintain balance.

Balance of what you might ask? That’s a good question. CBD helps facilitate the uptake of beneficial molecules in our body that help us with:

  • Emotional regulation
  • Pain management
  • Inflammation
  • Improving sleep quality
  • Cardiovascular function

CBD’s Health Benefits For Pets

In animals, we believe CBD acts a bit differently. While we can’t tell if CBD helps with our dog’s emotional regulation, we do know that CBD can help our pets with:

  • Pain Management: We believe that CBD can help reduce inflammation in our animals. This, in turn, helps our pets manage their pain better. Many pet owners notice that their dogs and cats have better mobility after using CBD oil.
  • Managing Anxiety: Many pets experience separation anxiety (and it only got worse when we were all home during COVID.) Many dog owners especially use CBD to help their pups relax while they’re crated or away at work.
  • Seizure Management: CBD is an FDA-approved anti-seizure medication. While the FDA hasn’t officially approved CBD for pet medications, many owners use it to reduce the frequency and severity of their pet’s seizures.
  • Better Appetite: Pets can lose their appetite for any number of reasons, including stress, pain, and illness. It’s heartbreaking to see our pets not eat. CBD can help with those root causes and help our pets regain their appetite.

Why Vets Are Prescribing CBD

Veterinarians are increasingly turning to CBD for several reasons:

  • Holistic Approach: Many pet owners are looking and asking for natural alternatives to traditional pharmaceuticals. This writer has some theories about why but will keep them to himself. Traditional medications can have some severe side effects, which CBD, as far as we know, does not.
  • Anecdotal Evidence: Many pet owners have used CBD and seen significant improvement in their pets’ conditions. So many, in fact, that we know have written testimonials about how successfully CBD oil is improving our pets’ quality of life. The results are hard to ignore.
  • Research: Current studies on CBD’s benefits for pets are promising. So much so that even more conservative Vets are beginning to recommend it for their patients.
  • Regulatory Changes: CBD rules and regulations are always in flux. But as restrictions relax, more Vets are beginning to feel comfortable prescribing CBD.

If Your Specific Vet Isn’t Prescribing CBD…

If you’re specific veterinarian won’t prescribe CBD, even if you’ve asked, ask them about their hesitation. Veterinarians are doctors and they may have seen some studies that highlight certain risks in prescribing CBD. Or they may not be up to date on the current research.

Regardless of their answer, your pet’s care is ultimately up to you. If you do decide to start your pet on a CBD regimen, there are some things you should consider first.

What Pet Owners Should Consider

If you’re considering CBD for your pet, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Choose Quality Products: When you’re looking for CBD for your dogs and cats, ask yourself the following questions.
    1. Is this a product that I would consume? Are there ingredients inside that I wouldn’t consume?
    2. Does this product have third-party potency testing documents? You’ll want to confirm that the product is high in CBD and contains minimal (<0.3% THC.)
    3. Where is this product from? Always choose products that contain US-grown hemp.
  • Read Product Reviews: A company can say whatever it wants about its product, but that doesn’t always make it true. If available, be sure to check out product reviews and read what other pet owners are saying about it.
  • Consult With Your Veterinarian: Always ask your veterinarian before starting your pet on CBD. They can help you determine the appropriate dosage for your pet’s situation.

The Wrap Up

The trend of vets prescribing CBD for pets is a welcome shift towards more holistic approaches to pet care. This writer is confident that as its use becomes more widespread, it will outpace traditional pharmaceuticals.

If you’re interested in learning more about CBD oil for dogs, be sure to see Sunset Lake’s 600mg Full Spectrum Pet CBD Oil. Or feel free to get in touch using our contact page, and we’ll try our best to help.