Cannabis and hemp are widely known for their medicinal values and is being extensively used in the medical industry for possible cure of many diseases. It is now considered by many to be a strong anti-anxiety supplement for both humans and animals.
Dogs and Anxiety
Much like humans, many dogs suffer from anxiety throughout their life. Anxiety disorders are found in dogs for a number of reasons like travel, separation from owner, thunderstorms, physical abuse etc. Some of the symptoms of anxiety in dogs are –
- Pupil Dilation
- Excessive Barking
- Unfriendly Behavior
Dogs with anxiety are extremely sensitive and experience problems in focusing or learning new things. They are often misunderstood as being “stubborn” or “hyper.”
Cannabis Products For Dogs
Mostly hemp and CBD products that have zero to very little THC levels are used in dogs so that they don’t experience the unnecessary intoxication. This way they can reap the benefits of cannabis without its psychoactive effect.
Products like CBD Capsules, Tinctures, and raw oil work extremely well on dogs. Many companies have also come up with treat flavored hemp oil infused capsules. If your dog doesn’t enjoy medicine time treats, you mask the taste in a bacon flavored capsule without them even noticing.
It is always best to consult with a veterinarian to determine the most appropriate form of treatment before administering any product to your pet.
Benefits Of Cannabis On Dogs
CBD treatment for dogs is a safe alternative to drugs without its dangerous and adverse side-effects. Using CBD for dogs with anxiety will help them to keep calm and think clearly through tense situations. It creates a sense of calm and security that can help them to ease out and relax even in difficult times. Dogs who are hyperactive can settle down with CBD based treatments.
Dogs who suffer from stress can also benefit for hemp oil as it helps in improving their mood. They appear more friendly and sociable. Besides providing relief from pain, aggression and seizures, it is also shown to aid in treating fractures, bowel diseases, arthritis and inflammation in dogs.
How Does It Work?
Just like humans, dogs have cannabinoid receptors sites present in the brain, central nervous system and in peripheral organs. These together make up the endocannabinoid system
(ECS). Dogs also have natural cannabinoids in their body called anandamide. But the effect of CBD is five times stronger than the anandamide found naturally in their body.
CBD directly activates these cannabinoid receptors thus allowing clear, two-way communication between the brain and body. This helps in coordinating the operation of brain and body thus allowing better functioning and effectiveness.
There are certified and legitimate brands selling safe capsules for your furry friends. Cannabis Capsules has such capsules, flavored specifically for pet palitability- turning medicine time into a treat.
While the benefit of CBD on dogs is undeniable, it is important to ensure that they are given in a proper dose. Like any other drug, the effects of cannabis is not immediate. For some pets, it can take up to 24- 48 hours to show its effect. The duration of its effect can vary depending on the weight and size of the dog as well as the severity of ailment. Thus, the specific amount of dosage will depend on the dog and the ailment.
Caution should be taken with the amount of dose consumed as over abuse of any cannabis product can lead to itchiness, vomiting, nausea, loss of balance, breathing problems, sedation and lethargy in dogs. The consumption of too much cannabis can be life threatening. Make sure that the dosage is low and supervised. Always take advice from your veterinarian regarding the quantity and frequency of dosage.
By Rebecca Siggers