Pet owners all over the world swear by the benefits of CBD for their pets and this trend is gaining an increasing following in Hong Kong. As it turns out, CBD is not just beneficial to human health, but it has numerous medical benefits for your pets too. Whether you’re looking for alternative treatments to inflammation, digestive, or even anxiety issues, there is strong research to suggest that CBD should be part of the healthcare regime for your furry friend.
How is CBD going to improve my pet’s health?
CBD is a non-toxic, non-intoxicating, all-natural ingredient that can be beneficial for humans and pets alike. All mammals have an endocannabinoid system which can be stimulated by CBD, which is why our pets can also enjoy the same positive benefits we get from CBD. Researchers have tested the effect of CBD on bodily functions and mental states of animals in many studies, proving CBD-based pet products can improve animal wellbeing when used together with conventional therapies.
Healing naturally – ease pain and fight inflammation
According to an extensive study on CBD, it is proven to be as effective as traditional anti-inflammatory medicine. This study shows that after being given CBD oil as treatment, dogs suffering from osteoarthritis displayed a significant decrease in pain and increase in physical activity.
A happy pet makes a happy home – dealing with anxiety & stress
Research shows that CBD soothes and calms anxiety through its interaction with the endocannabinoid system. In Hong Kong, where small apartments are the norm, our outdoors-loving pets may also go through the same stress we endure in these cramped living conditions. As we look to CBD as a natural solution to manage stress and anxiety, let’s not forget to count our four-legged family member in too!
Combatting epilepsy and seizures
When used by humans, CBD can successfully lower the frequency of seizures. It doesn’t come as a surprise then, that CBD is also proven to be an effective way to manage seizures in dogs. When dealing with seizure related cases, a study revealed that CBD can successfully reduce seizure occurrences in epileptic dogs. Seizures are one of the most common neurological conditions in dogs, so there is no doubt CBD will become one of the most prominent anticonvulsants in the market for both humans and pets.
Overall wellbeing starts in the gut
With 10% of veterinary visits accounting to digestive problems in pets, CBD is certainly good news for pet owners. Maintaining balance in the digestive system is one of the functions of the endocannabinoid system. Studies show that through interactions between CBD and the endocannabinoid system, intestinal and digestive ailments can be reduced.
Am I getting my pet “high”?
According to a WHO report, CBD, in its pure state, is a safe and well-tolerated substance for animals. It is vital to make sure the CBD products you choose for your pet does not contain any trace of THC, and therefore does not cause psychoactive reactions in your pets.
Before you choose a CBD product for your pet, it is important to understand the major differences between CBD & THC (find out here). Giving products with THC to your pet can induce anxiety and other psychoactive effects, so make sure you do your research and purchase CBD pet products from trusted retailers.
Are there any side effects?
Although our pets can reap a lot of potential benefits from CBD, we should be aware of the amount and dosage given to our four-legged friends. According to the American Kennel Club, possible side effects of CBD use in dogs (based on human side effects) can include thirst, drowsiness and low blood pressure. There are also cases where pet owners accidentally give their pets more than the recommended dosage without the occurrence of any side effects. So, if you are uncertain about the dosage or are combining CBD with existing medication, please consult a vet to understand your pet’s individual needs when it comes to CBD.