Americans spent a whopping total of $70 billion on their dogs in 2018, $17 billion of which was spent on their healthcare alone. This number is projected to rise even higher in the coming years.
An interesting development that has managed to make its way into the healthcare world of our pets is CBD. CBD treats for pets are popular among pet owners and more and more people are using the freshly popular marijuana component in everything from medicine to food.
If you have just a passing idea of what CBD is or what’s it’s capable of, here are 10 facts to get you up to speed.
1. CBD for dogs doesn’t get them high
CBD is a compound derived from either cannabis or hemp. Unlike its cousin, THC, it is not psychoactive and cannot get your dog high. THC is also known to have a higher likelihood of developing paranoia than CBD. In addition to which, CBD is more often extracted from industrial hemp rather than cannabis, so you are assured of relaxation without intoxication.
2. CBD for dogs can be used to manage anxiety
Dogs are so loved all over the world because they are famously some of the most friendly creatures on the planet. However, this friendliness also means they get attached easily and will get very anxious once you leave. This might cause them to damage your sofa or dig holes in the yard, for example. CBD helps to calm them while you’re away.
3. It can be used to manage stress
Dogs are a lot more easily stressed than we humans are. It often results from anxiety due to factors like past abuse, fear of abandonment and the dog breed, in general. Other things that can cause stress include loud noises (like fireworks) and seeing you stressed. CBD can help them relax at such times.
4. It reduces chronic pain
Dogs may be friendly, but they aren’t always the smartest creatures in the world. This may lead to them being involved in accidents that lead to them requiring surgery, and even worse, lifelong pain when they walk or eat, for instance. At other times, it may be due to an illness and not really their fault. Rather than use harmful opioids, CBD is a great alternative.
5. It improves cardiovascular health
CBD has been shown to help with the improvement of dogs’ cardiovascular health in many different ways. The most significant of these is by dilating arteries and protecting them from damage; reducing heart rate caused by anxiety; and protecting blood vessels from damage due to irregular heart rates. The implications of all of this is that it ultimately helps to reduce high blood pressure and improve heart health.
6. CBD can be used to improve appetite
When CBD gets into a canine’s body, it interacts with a complex system of neurotransmitters and receptors known as the endocannabinoid system. Among other things, this system is responsible for sleep, hunger and pain in the body. CBD binds with the neurotransmitters in this system and helps to normalize hunger, sleep, etc. back to base levels.
7. CBD is completely non-toxic
A common and completely understandable fear that most pet owners have is that CBD for dogs is going to poison their pets. Unlike THC, which can induce depression, lethargy, or hyperactivity in animals, the effects of CBD are a lot more predictable.
8. It promotes a healthy gut
Dogs can have poor gut health due to many reasons: old age, poor diet and diseases. CBD helps to improve digestion and reduce vomiting and nausea, through the same mechanism it uses to achieve increased appetite.
9. It has neuroprotective properties
CBD is an antioxidant, a property that helps it to deal with free radicals that lead to cell death, especially in senior dogs. It has also shown a lot of promise in helping to alleviate other diseases caused by old age due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
10. It’s 100% legal
Lastly, for those concerned regarding the legality of giving your dog CBD, it’s 100% legal in all 50 states in the U.S., since it contains trace to no levels of THC.