I took these pictures of my dog, Rocky. He is a five year old Golden Retriever. He is a wonderful friend and companion. Next to eating, sleeping and belly rubs, his favorite activity is swimming. He is not allowed on the furniture, but turn your back and there is a good chance he can be found on the couch or the bed. Submitted by Brian R.
Dogs can get seizures for a variety of reasons, the most common of which is epilepsy. The most common treatment for seizures in dogs is valium and phenobarbital, and both can have some serious side effects that should be considered before choosing such treatments. In their quest for pain relief and seizure relief, many pet owners are turning to CBD products.
CBD or cannabidiol is a naturally occurring substance in the brain and when it’s used, it combines with the naturally occurring cannabidiol in the brain and works to counteract pain and seizures, per scientific studies. Recently, the AKCCHF (American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation) has been conducting studies to see how CBD works in dogs to help reduce and eliminate seizures.
Some dog breeds are more genetically dispositioned to have seizures than others. These seizures may be due to brain abnormalities or head trauma or a combination thereof. Managing the seizures is the goal pet owners. Seizures, while in and of themselves may not be harmful depending on their severity, are terrifying to watch.
Per the above-mentioned study, pet owners shouldn’t just run out and purchase CBD and stop their current medications for their pets. Instead, they should discuss the pros and cons with their veterinarian and find out if they can gradually reduce the dosage of current medications, or if both need to continue as-is for a time.
Great care should be taken to ensure that the veterinarian is fully on board with the use of CBD oil products for pet care. Not all veterinarians believe in using CBD products and many will tell pet owners to avoid such products. It’s okay to get a second opinion, after all, a pet is part of the family for most people.
Signs and symptoms of a seizure in a pet may include restlessness, panting, pacing, and general unease. As the seizure approaches the pet may become irritable and agitated and even more restless. If this is the first seizure, you may be very confused as to what is going on until the actual seizure itself. If you have seen this before, it’s time to quickly contact your veterinarian and get their advice, especially if the CBD oil is only being used to treat the seizures as they occur. Typically, the CBD oil is administered daily just as a daily medication would be.
There are no known side effects of CBD oil for dogs. For this reason, many pet owners are turning to this alternative treatment to avoid the more serious side effects of valium and phenobarbital in their pets. Many veterinarians will work closely with pet owners to ensure that the proper dosage is given each and every day.
Other things to consider are the dosage of the CBD and the frequency of the dosage. Each pet’s dosage should be calculated according to the seriousness of the seizures and the weight of the particular dog or other animal. Not all dogs of the same breed are going to weigh in at the same weight, so care should always be taken to ensure that the smallest dosage possible is given, and then for maximum results the amount can be gradually increased as you observe the effects.
Many CBD companies are recognizing that a lot of people are sharing their CBD oils with pets. Thus, a huge boom has ensued in the pet care industry for CBD oil products. It’s important to note that CBD can be derived from both marijuana and hemp. When CBD is derived from hemp seed oil, there is absolutely no risk of any THC products (THC is the psychoactive compound in Cannabidiol and cannabis).
CBD oil, in pure form, is a highly concentrated oil and should be taken with great care. It’s important to fully understand the ratio of CBD to THC if such a variety is utilized. Pets should not have any THC if possible, as it can cause them to have a psychoactive reaction.
CBD oil can be a very safe alternative to valium and phenobarbital as long as the right type is given to your dog, cat or other kind of pet. Pet owners who are concerned should check their sources and may want to ensure that the CBD oil is derived from hemp seed oil and not from marijuana.
Parenthood is an umbrella term. There are parents of all kinds across the world. Some are foster parents, while others are adoptive parents, along with the obvious kind: biological parents. But one very important kind of parent that most of us tend to forget is the category of “pet parents.” Did that tickle your funny bone? Or did it sound a bit too far-fetched? Well, think about it one more time. It is a real thing and true to the last word. Pet parents might not be your run-of-the-mill parents, ones that give birth and raise a human baby, but they are parents still. And if you really ruminate over the thought we just put out there, there is not much of a difference between a parent of a human baby and that of a little dog or a cat. In fact, taking care of pets can sometimes be more complicated than taking care of a human child.
Animals cannot speak (neither do infants, but more so when it comes to animals). Therefore, it can be utterly perplexing trying to understand what they go through. They are quite limited in their forms of articulation. At least infants can still scream and raise hell in the house; but, when it comes to animals, you do not usually know the first thing about what they go through. There are a few behavioral signs in your pet that you can spot: inactivity or lack of movement; and they might stop eating partially or entirely, depending upon their health condition. So you see, it is sometimes not that easy becoming parents to your pets. But here are a few things that you can do or practice to ensure that you live up to the expectations of your furry little one and give them all the love and safety that they deserve.
Make Your Baby Comfortable In Their Abode…
When you bring a little life into your new house, you must make sure that your place has everything required for a happy life. Make them a kennel, get them warm cozy blankets, and prepare a litter box as soon as you get them home. Also, when your pets are still little, they are prone to various diseases and allergies that you should be aware of. Use proper air and water filters to protect them against pet allergies. Once you take care of the health of your pet, building a comfortable space for them in your living space should not be too much of a challenge for you.’
Consider Adding IDs For Your Pets…
We might have to harp on this same tune again, and it is essential that you understand it completely. Animals cannot speak. Therefore, even if they find themselves in danger of any sort, on roads or elsewhere, chances are high of you being completely oblivious of where they are. A very wise thing that you could do to keep a weather-eye on your pets is tagging them with the right ID numbers. These ID tags are smart and digitalized. They are extremely easy to use, and the most you have to do is upload a picture of your pet onto the profile of the website whose ID tag you are using. You could also add other details like their medical history, emergency contact numbers so that it is easy for people to report back to you in case of an accident or emergency.
Training Your Pet Is Synonymous To Raising A Child…
Toilet-training your pet is as important as toilet-training your child. In fact, you must train your pet in various other things too. For instance, you could train them to recognize your body language and voice so that you can communicate or convey a message to them.
Take Them For Routine Check-ups and Keep Them Clean…
Just like you would make arrangements for your baby to get regular check-ups, you must take your pets to a vet too. Understand all that the vet has to say, coordinate with him/her and get your pet essential vaccines (but don’t overdo it). Also, cleanliness is of vital importance when it comes to your pet. Give them a nice warm wash at least once a week and make sure that all the bath products that you use for them are made exclusively for animals and are all natural.
Your heart will ache when your pet suffers, and it will leap with joy when you see them being cute. Being a parent is one of the greatest joys in life. Whether you are a parent of a child or a pet is immaterial. Therefore, keep the points mentioned above in the back of your mind and assume the role of a smart and caring pet parent in no time.
I have a female Siberian Husky named Rocca. I have had her since she was just two months old, and I have lived to the day to see her get married and become a proud mom of six amazing puppies ❤️🥰. She has gone from an extremely hyper, stubborn dog to a very protective responsible mother protecting her young ones with everything she’s got 🥰😍. Submitted by Pakinam H.
Our dog’s name is Diamond, and she is a German Shepherd, almost two years old. We took her in when she was six months from a friend friend who could no longer take care of her. She loves to nibble on people. She eats her daily fruits from our backyard fruit trees. She loves running in circles chasing her own tail. Submitted by Elliot H.
Below is my other gorgeous dog named Bob. He loves playing fetch, and running back and forth in our front and back yard. He is also one year and ten months old.
Here my boy Bob is tired of taking pics while Diamond is loving the camera…