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5 Canine Health Conditions That Can Be Treated with CBD Oil

Written by - Reviewed by Consumer Health Digest Team

Published: May 6, 2019 | Last Updated: May 30, 2019

Read what CBD oil is and how it can help your canine!
Canine Health Conditions
CBD Oil for Canine Health Conditions. Shutterstock Images

Millennials are passionate about more than just avocado toast, teardrop trailers, and conflict-free diamonds. A 2018 survey by TD Ameritrade found that they are devoted to their dogs and crazy about cats, with 72% of them owning pets.

Not only do they make and maintain social media pages for their fur babies, but Millennials also expect to spend more money on their pets’ lifetime health care costs than on their own!

It’s one thing to pay to have a pet spayed or neutered, or to seek treatment for an infection or laceration. It’s another matter altogether when your pet suffers from a less-specific ailment, or when the standard course of treatment doesn’t prove effective.

More and more American pet owners — of all ages — are turning to alternative remedies like CBD for dogs to address our animals’ issues as well as our own.

Curious about what CBD oil is and how it can help your dog? You’ve come to the right place!

First, What Is CBD Oil?

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a compound found in marijuana — but don’t confuse it with tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. That’s the psychotropic substance that causes the “high” that most people associate with smoking or ingesting pot. CBD offers a wealth of benefits, but it won’t get users stoned.

What Canine Conditions Can CBD Oil Treat?

Short answer? Tons of them. It may seem like a panacea, but the reason that CBD oil works to alleviate many different problems is because of how it interacts with two types of receptors in your dog’s body: CB1 receptors, which are located in the brain and nervous system, the glands and the internal organs; and CB2 receptors, which reside in the immune system’s regulatory cells.

Without delving too deeply into the complicated science involved, suffice it to say that CBD oil affects several different canine physiological systems and can therefore have beneficial effects on many conditions. Let’s look at five of the most common.

1. Pain and Inflammation

Inflammation and pain are both hallmarks of many different diseases and conditions, including:

  • Arthritis and other joint problems
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Sprains and strains
  • Torn ligaments

An increasing amount of research shows that both can be effectively managed and reduced through the use of CBD oil. Moreover, unlike non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), CBD oil doesn’t seem to have as many side effects. That makes it a more attractive choice for dog owners whose pets are suffering from inflammation and pain due to a number of issues.

CBD Oil for Canine Health

Benefits of CBD Oil for Canine Health . Sensiseeds Images

2. Cancer

In addition to combating the pain caused by cancer, CBD oil has been shown to reduce the nausea and vomiting that are so often a result of cancer treatments, like chemotherapy.

There’s also growing evidence that CBD oil may even help to slow the growth of tumors. Other studies indicate that it can make tumors more sensitive to radiation and chemotherapy, ultimately causing conventional medical treatments to be more effective in eradicating the cancer.

3. Stress and Anxiety

While it’s devastating to have a pet diagnosed with cancer or a degenerative disease, conditions like anxiety and stress in dogs may give you a hefty dose of guilt. Separation anxiety is particularly difficult; you don’t want to leave your dog for hours at a stretch, but you also have to bring home the Beggin’ Strips, as it were.

CBD oil to the rescue again. CBD can help to lower stress and alleviate anxiety, although it likely has to do with serotonin levels. Although the benefits of CBD are clear, more research is being conducted. There is a wealth of anecdotal evidence that it can calm and soothe frazzled nerves, in both humans and canines.

4. Overweight Dogs

Similarly, stories abound about overweight dogs who slimmed down after taking CBD oil. There are a few reasons it might help with weight issues; one is that it may be able to promote weight loss directly by controlling appetite. Researchers have also discovered that CBD oil could indirectly break down fat cells.

Of course, if your dog experiences pain and/or inflammation from joint issues or simply from old age, and finds relief from CBD oil, he or she may be much more willing to go on long walks with you. The increased activity could also lead to weight loss.

5. Skin Conditions

Atopic dermatitis and skin allergies are both fairly common in dogs. If your pooch is frequently scratching or biting at his or her skin or has a rash or inflamed area of the skin, you will want to get to the cause.

Allergic reactions can often be eliminated by getting rid of, or limiting your dog’s exposure to, the allergen. And while both dermatitis and allergic issues can be treated with steroids, that’s not a good long-term solution. CBD oil, on the other hand, can be safely given for long periods because it’s so well tolerated.

A balm or cream containing CBD oil can be applied directly to the affected area to relieve itchy, dry skin and to promote the growth of healthy skin cells.

Read Next: Dog Joint And Hip Pain – What You Really Need To Know

Final Words on CBD Oil for Dogs

Of course, no complementary remedy should be substituted for a visit to the veterinarian, and you should ask your vet before giving your dog CBD oil for any purpose.

And do your own research, rather than relying on a few rave reviews you read on the internet. Preliminary studies do indicate, however, that CBD is unlikely to hurt your precious pup or cause any unwanted side effects and may be extremely helpful in alleviating these common health conditions.

Of course, no complementary remedy should be substituted for a visit to the veterinarian, and you should ask your vet before giving your dog CBD oil for any purpose.

And do your own research, rather than relying on a few rave reviews you read on the internet. Preliminary studies do indicate, however, that CBD is unlikely to hurt your precious pup or cause any unwanted side effects and may be extremely helpful in alleviating these common health conditions.

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