How Can CBD Oil Help Your Dog?

CBD oil is pretty popular nowadays. People all around the world use CBD for anxiety, to cure various muscle issues, etc. There are plenty of benefits to it, and little to no downsides, making it very good if you’re dealing with a variety of ailments.

It has also recently been shown that CBD oil doesn’t only help humans. Pet parents and veterinarians are actually finding that it can help your dog as well. While the brains of a dog and a human are obviously different, cannabidiol actually affects certain parts of the body that we have in common — most notable of which is the endocannabinoid system.

Dogs actually have more CB1 and THC receptors in their brains than humans, and this is one of the reasons why cannabis affects us differently. This is also why, if a dog ingests THC, it may lead to unwanted side effects, so that only CBD is recommended. So, how does CBD oil help your dog?

What does CBD do to your dog?

When a dog ingests CBD, the substance affects how the dog perceives stress and pain, and will also give a bit of a boost to their dopamine levels, resulting in a better mood. The CBD’s interaction with the dog’s endocannabinoid system will also result in reduced inflammation, as well as the blocking of GPR signaling. This lowers cancer cell reproduction. Among others, some of the most notable benefits include:

— Reduces inflammation
— Relieves joint pain and arthritis
— Relieves anxiety, as well as barking or whining from separation anxiety, vet appointments, or loud noises such as fireworks and thunderstorms
— Reduces vomiting and nausea as a result of other medications or car rides
— Reduces seizures in dogs that suffer from epilepsy
— Improves the appetite
— Improves the health of both the nervous and the digestive system
— Greatly improves sleep

Now, this isn’t to say that there aren’t other benefits. However, the ones above are the most important, and as you can see, CBD oil can help your dog with many issues that owners actually consider to be common for dogs. Let’s take a look at a bit more details for some of these conditions.

If your dog suffers from anxiety, CBD oil can reduce the effects a great deal. CBD has a calming effect, which can be particularly helpful when your dog has separation anxiety. When you leave your house for work, you can give your dog a daily dose in order to calm them down. On an irregular basis, this can help when dogs get frightened during fireworks or thunderstorms.

It’s no secret that epilepsy affects quite a few dogs. There are many medications that are used to treat seizures that actually come with negative side effects, such as increased appetite and thirst, which may result in weight gain… not to mention depression, and the fact that the medication is expensive. CBD oil, on the other hand, is usually much less expensive, and even more important, much less physically taxing on your dog. This is why many dog owners resort to it to treat seizures.

Cancer is another condition where CBD oil can help. When you’re treating your dog, you will find that many of the medications and treatments can result in nausea. Cannabis can actually reduce nausea quite a bit. To add to that, cannabis is also known to reduce the growth of cancer cells, and this may even result in a much-improved quality of life for your pet.

Arthritis is a common issue for older dogs. They experience chronic pain, making it difficult for them to move around. However, CBD has anti-inflammatory properties, which result in pain relief. A daily dose can make your dog’s daily life much more comfortable, and they’ll be able to move around much easier. As a result, they will live a fuller life.

Last but not least, CBD can help with appetite stimulation. Yes, you read that right: there are dogs that have severe issues with their appetite. Most notably, this is the case with dogs that have cancer, or older dogs. CBD binds to brain receptors that trigger hunger, and thus stimulates the appetite.

How much CBD is safe?

To wrap things up, while there are no official dosing guidelines, there’s a general recommendation that suggests 0.2 ml of CBD oil per pound of your pet’s weight, per day. If you want to stay safe, you’ll want to start a bit lower than this, and slowly increase the dosage as you watch the results. When you notice a positive response, stop increasing the dosage. Since dogs don’t develop a tolerance to CBD as people do with THC, you should be good to go with that amount without increasing it.

Using and Choosing a Dog Hair Brush

You love your dog, from his (or her) shiny wet nose to the tip of his wagging tail. However, that doesn’t mean that you love dog hair from the tip of your collar to inside your socks (we don’t know how it gets in there either). Even dogs that don’t molt very much shed hair during seasonal changes. So using the right brush can not only be a very cathartic bonding experience for you and your fur baby, but it can really help to minimize the excess hair that ends up everywhere except attached to your dog.

What Should You Look For In a Dog Hair Brush?

This can be such a loaded question, and every groomer and vet will have their own recommendations, but looking at the top 5 dog hair brushes reviews can help to give you a really good idea about the variety and style of brush options that are available to you.

You don’t necessarily need to settle for the traditional metal bristle brush that was often used for heavy coats. But this type of brush does serve a purpose, particularly if you are trying to remove winter shedding. But there are also rubber bristle options that can work just as well, and even better if you are looking after a pooch with skin conditions that might be aggravated by metal scratching along the skin.

The purpose of a dog hair brush is to help you to maintain a healthy coat that is clean and clear of debris. The act of brushing helps to stimulate the skin and oil glands, helping to keep your dog looking healthy, as well as actually being and feeling healthy.

Beyond this it is also an opportunity for dog owners to check over the condition of their dogs. While brushing you will notice if your pet seems to have any areas which are causing pain, or any areas where they are particularly itchy, or enjoying the extra massage. This becomes even more important as your dog ages and signs of arthritis or sore muscles start to appear.

Things To Consider When Shopping

Things to take into consideration when you are looking to get a grooming kit will include…

Size of your dog: If you have a very large dog, using a brush the size of an average toothbrush is going to be a particularly painful experience for both you and your canine companion. Likewise, if you have a toy breed, then something more suitable for the average horse is not going to work for you either.

Coat Type: Long haired and short haired breeds do have different needs. These needs will also vary depending on the season.

Skin Type: Although elderly or sensitive skin is obviously one consideration, you also need to consider the smoothness of your animal’s skin. Breeds like Shar-Peis or even English Bulldogs (read here) with very winkled skin need to have a different grooming routine and different equipment than your Spaniels or Staffordshires.

Energy Levels: Some breeds are more than happy to stand perfectly still while you are grooming them. Others, particularly puppies, are going to be jumping all over the place. The temperament of your dog should also be taken into consideration when you are shopping for the right brush.

Owners Ability and Strength: Often we forget about the human component of any dog grooming relationship, but while you are choosing the right equipment for your pet, you should also consider how comfortable it will be for you. This is particularly important if you have arthritis, carpel tunnel syndrome, or any type of repetitive strain injury. There are options that are better suited if you have difficulty gripping a brush, and also if you have limited strength to pull a brush through your dog’s hair.

When Your Dog Won’t Be Groomed

If you are struggling to get your pooch to stay still long enough for you to come near her with a brush, there are a few things you can consider. Firstly, why are they not keen on the experience? It may be that the blade or bristles really do hurt her. Once you have worked out the issue you will be able to find a grooming option to replace your current set up.

Unfortunately, once they have decided that this process hurts or is uncomfortable, you will need to work to retrain him to sit still and try to actually enjoy the process, even though you are introducing new equipment. Decide if your dog is more praise or food oriented for training (see here), and consider using clicker training to get them used to not only sitting and staying, but also to allow them to be groomed.

The Clean Up

We’re not just talking a good doggie bath, but what to do with all of the hair that you are inevitably left with. And trying to remove hair from a dog brush can be a nightmare, as well as just unpleasant. If this is a job that you particularly detest, then look for options that are self-cleaning. You’ll find some that have retractable blades or bristles, which means that with a simple push of a button the hair is popped out and you can throw it into the bin.

Of course, if you are a more crafty person, you might see all this hair as the perfect opportunity to get truly creative. See here:

Spinning it into yarn for all sorts of crafts might be an option, rather than putting it out for the trash collectors or sticking it in your compost.

Multiple Uses

If you have different breeds of dogs, or a variety of different kinds of pets, you can also look for options that are double sided or designed for use with cats and dogs, for instance. You want to ensure that you are looking at options that won’t pull the hair out, but simply helps to loosen dirt on the skin and that will remove shedding and molting hairs. Be particularly cautious of this with cats, as they not only will generally be a little more forthright in their opposition to you, but they are also quite susceptible to getting a bald patch if you go overboard.

Islay, Archie, Dougall and Skye, the West Highland Terriers

Hi, I wanted to let you meet my furry family. My husband and I have four furry babies. They are all West Highland White Terriers. We have one little girl named Islay, and three little boys, Archie, Dougall and Skye. Archie and Islay are two years old, Dougall is nine months old, and Skye is seven months old. They are cheeky but so cute and cuddly and love sleeping in mummy and daddy’s bed and going away in our VW campervan. We were also lucky to have been blessed to have had Molly, who is no longer with us, but have included a photo of her with the red harness and collar. We hope you love our wee family as much as we do. Submitted by Lynn and Joe M.