What Are the Benefits of CBD for Pets?

With the rise in media and social popularity of CBD for many ailments in humans, you may wonder if it could have any benefits for your pets as well. Just like all cannabis-based research, studies about CBD for medical purposes are still in its infancy. This is even more true for research into its benefits for animals.

However, early studies have yielded exciting results, and here at Affordable Pet Hospital in Tampa, we’re confident that future research will only confirm that CBD is a safe and versatile substance that can treat a variety of debilitating conditions!

What is CBD?

CBD is the non-psychoactive component in the cannabis plant. Contrary to some misinformation circulating out there, CBD does not give users the “high” feeling many associate with cannabis. Instead, that psychoactive effect is only brought on by THC, the other main component of the cannabis plant.

Is CBD approved for medical use in pets by the FDA?

There is only one medication containing CBD that is currently approved by the Food & Drug Administration, Epidiolex®. This medication is approved to treat seizures in humans. As of this writing, there are no FDA-approved CBD medications for pets.

However, there are many products available for sale in the U.S. for both humans and pets that legally contain CBD.

Is CBD safe for my pet?

Since there are no FDA-approved products containing CBD for pets, extreme diligence should be taken to ensure the quality of any CBD products you give to your pets. There are many high-quality products out there, but unfortunately, there are many low-quality and scam products as well. This is why many are calling for more regulation over the CBD market for both humans and animals.

Take the time to investigate the manufacturer and source of the CBD product you intend to purchase for your pet. Ensure that you are only purchasing products from reputable manufacturers and retailers with transparent business practices and sourcing information. Read customer reviews and look into as much information as you can online about the product and company. As long as you do this, the products you purchase for you and your pet should be useful and beneficial.

What are the benefits of CBD for my pet?

CBD’s beneficial effects on both humans and animals are linked to the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS helps maintain equilibrium in other body systems. When any system in our bodies becomes unbalanced, the disease will almost surely follow.

Studies and anecdotal evidence have shown that CBD affects our pets in much the same way as it does humans. High-quality CBD products, given at therapeutic doses, have been shown to effectively treat:

  • Pain

Pain, especially that caused by inflammation and degenerative conditions like arthritis, has been greatly relieved in pets that are taking therapeutic doses of high-quality CBD products. This is believed to be caused by CBD’s interaction with nerves and receptors involved in pain sensations.

  • Anxiety

CBD is also believed to activate the same receptors that are turned on by serotonin, a chemical produced by the body that induces feelings of calm and happiness. Because of this, CBD has a calming effect that can be very beneficial for pets suffering from anxiety disorders.

  • Seizures

We mentioned before that the only FDA-approved CBD medication for humans is for the treatment of seizures, and pets are no different. Significant reductions in seizure activity have been seen in pets taking high-quality CBD products. CBD is thought to reduce the overactive firing of neurons in the brain, along with reducing the number of electrolytes in the system that contribute to seizure activity.

CBD Pet Product Advice in Tampa Bay

Are you considering giving your pet CBD to help with their pain, anxiety, or seizures? Do you have questions about what or how much to give? Contact the veterinary professionals at Affordable Pet Hospital in Tampa at (813) 991-9898 or via email at clientcare@newtampapet.com! We can answer all of your CBD-related pet questions, along with providing a comprehensive evaluation of your pet’s health and current needs. For caring, compassionate, and competent care in Tampa Bay, Affordable Pet Hospital has you covered.