While it is not a miracle pill, cannabis can soothe discomfort and possibly reduce the amount of medication that pets have to take. Beloved animals can enjoy a better quality of life with CBD treats.
THC is the psychoactive ingredient that gives people a familiar “high.” It can be toxic to animals. CBD is non-toxic and non-psychoactive and provides many health benefits.
What Are The Benefits of CBD for Pets?
As with CBD pet tinctures, CBD-infused pet treats may also include additional supplements and vitamins, pet-friendly terpene blends, and more. CBD-laced treats show promise in many pet ailments.
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Medical cannabis and CBD research have been historically limited for humans. It has been even scarcer in veterinary science. Many pet owners rely on anecdotal evidence when they choose CBD edibles for their pets.
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If you decide that CBD is the right choice, know that these products are not cheap. It’s about $100 (U.S.) a month for the dog treats and about $100 for the oil for cats, which will last one to two months.
Still, CBD treats or oil might not be the solution a pet needs, which is why it’s important to see a vet before giving these products to pets. Sometimes doing things like helping the animal lose weight can help with arthritis better than the treats or oil would. Proper training for the pet (and the human) also could improve behaviour more effectively than CBD or medication.
For her, CBD products have been more effective for dogs with arthritis than the traditional joint supplements that have glucosamine as a beginning treatment before using a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug or a prescription medication. Omega fatty acids also can be a good first step.
The product Mozisek uses most is from ElleVet, which has had many clinical trials for mobility issues in dogs. It has not had as many trials for treating behaviour such as anxiety. Those trials were put on pause because of COVID-19.
Mozisek still recommends trying a CBD product before going to something like a Prozac for dogs who are anxious about going to the groomer or in storms.
Look for veterinary CBD products that have had third-party clinical trials.
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