How CBD can benefit your Pet

Pets, and all mammals, have an endocannabinoid system just like humans. This means that their bodies are “prewired” so-to-speak to accept cannabinoids. Not all cannabinoids, however, are a good idea for your pet. How can CBD benefit your pet? We’ll take a look at its potential benefits in this guide.

Your Pet’s Endocannabinoid System

The endocannabinoid system works with the central and peripheral nervous systems in your pets’ body. Its job is to help maintain balance among major organs and systems. Their bodies naturally produce endocannabinoids, but what’s produced may not be enough.

Proper stimulation of the endocannabinoid system can help to treat some ailments and diseases.

Cannabinoid receptors are located in the brain, spine, organs and many cells throughout the body. These receptors transmit their detections to cells to trigger a proper response. CB1 receptors are more heavily concentrated in the brain and spinal cord but are found all over the body.

CB1 receptors help regulate:

  • Appetite
  • Pain response
  • Nerve response
  • Memory
  • Emotions

CB2 receptors work a lot with the nervous system and immune system. One of the major roles of these receptors is to control and regulate inflammation.

CB2 receptors help regulate:

  • Inflammation
  • Gastrointestinal health
  • Immune system
  • Aging disorders
  • Dopamine modulation

By providing additional cannabinoids, such as CBD, to your pet, it may help regulate the endocannabinoid system to help treat some ailments.

Calming Anxiety

Anxiety can be experienced by any pet. For some, separation anxiety is just part of who they are. The fear of being left alone can also stem from previous abuse and neglect. For some pets, situations can cause anxiety such as being surrounded by a large group of people (children included) or hearing loud noises. Car rides can be troublesome for some pets too.

CBD works to help calm your pet. Some pets act out when they are anxious and may display destructive behaviors or temperament issues. Administering CBD to your pet prior to leaving the house may help them feel less panic being alone. It may also help prevent anxious behaviors in situations that trigger their anxiety. For pets that may experience anxiety or panic for several hours at a time, a pet CBD capsule or pet CBD dry food may be a good option.

Reducing Inflammation

Inflammation can occur for a number of reasons – aging, arthritis, injury and illness, as examples. It can cause your pet to feel depressed or have shifts in mood. It may also lessen their quality of life by restricting movements and may eventually lead to a loss of appetite.

CBD is a powerful inflammation reducer that may work better than some pharmaceutical options. Inflammation, regardless of where it is in the body, can be reduced. When your pet is not in pain or feels less pain moving, he or she is capable of being more mobile, agile and active. This may also help improve their mood.

Helps Fight Cancer

CBD has anti-cancer properties. Within its anti-cancer properties is the ability to inhibit cancer cell growth. What this means is that CBD helps cut off the “food supply” to cancer cells so they can’t grow and spread.

It may also work to help reduce tumor growth.

When CBD enters the body, it works with CB2 receptors. As it works its way to the immune system, immune cells are able to perform a “seek and destroy” type of behavior to kill cancer cells.

Smaller doses of CBD a few times a day may work better when treating your pet’s cancer. Several attacks on the cells, rather than one or two larger attacks a day, may work to weaken the cells faster.

Aids Pet Epilepsy

Seizures occur when the brain is surged by internal electrical shocks. In some cases, a seizure happens just once and never again in pets. Some cases are chronic and are eventually diagnosed as epilepsy.

As with humans, epilepsy medications come with side effects that can lead to additional health problems.

CBD works well to calm the nerves in the brain, protect the brain and neurons from further damage and helps prevent/reduce seizures. When the electrical disruptions stop in the pet’s brain, their mood and quality of life may improve. Watching a pet have a seizure is a painful and frightening experience.

Improves Appetite

Appetite loss can occur for several reasons including stress, prolonged anxiety, trauma, neglect and underlying health problems. Some pets lose their appetites with age. If nausea is the reason your pet may refuse to eat or eats only a small amount, CBD may be a good option.

Improves Mood

Some breeds are must moody. In other cases, a health condition, situation or previous living experience may cause shifts in your pet’s mood. Anxiety and stress can also cause mood disorders, including depression.

CBD works to calm the mind and improve a pet’s overall mood. It is ideal to maintain a daily dosing schedule and administer the doses around the same time daily. For many pets, a single dose a day works well to promote calm and an improved mood.

Your pet may be experiencing pain, it may alter their mood. Reducing pain via reducing inflammation may help, and may also help to make your pet happier.

Improves Heart Health

Several breeds across multiple species of pets are susceptible to cardiovascular problems. A poor diet may also lead to decreased cardiovascular health. Arteries and major vessels can become clogged in pets, and increased stress can affect cardiovascular health.

CBD has vasodilator properties which help to improve blood flow and inflammation that may work to help prevent blood clots. In the event that your pet has a cardiovascular event or stroke, the CBD may help them recover and may help the neurons and nerves in the brain sustain less damage. 

Closing Thoughts

CBD does interact with the brain; it just doesn’t cause intoxicating effects. It is safe and effective for use in pets. Doses will vary depending on the size of your pet as well as the severity of the condition they have. The variety of pet CBD products available continues to increase.

Visit our pet CBD site at PetHealthCBD.com. Our line of CBD pet products is available in a few different options.