Does your family pet or furry friend suffer from anxiety or have a fear of storms? Cannabidiol (CBD) has demonstrated many therapeutic properties for pets and can safely manage stress and anxiety. CBD is a plant-derived compound which comes from the hemp plant and mimics the action of chemicals that are essential for normal functioning of our brain and body.
Pets and people have a system of cellular receptors that are collectively referred to as the endocannabinoid system. In the last ten to fifteen years, our understanding of the functions of these systems has brought CBD into the limelight as a valuable and therapeutic option for many conditions, including stress and anxiety and pain management.
What Kind of Ailments Does CBD Treat?
With our veterinary patients (mainly dogs and cats), we have begun to use CBD to manage anxiety and behavioral disorders, like pain management, and osteoarthritis, with an ever-increasing measure of success. The action and effect of CBD, which often varies from patient to patient, is best discussed with your veterinarian prior to use. CBD may require several hours to take effect once administered and may interact with other medications your pet is taking.
How Do You Dose Your Pet?
Due to the elasticity in dosing, a trial with CBD may be appropriate in order to determine the most effective dose for your pet. CBD can be used in both cats and dogs. When administered at an appropriate amount and in a “pet-friendly form”, it provides the necessary relief from the chaos and stress that can occur in your pet’s life.
What Are the Benefits of Using CBD Over Other Pet Medications?
Unlike some of the more commonly used medications to manage anxiety and stress, CBD does not require regular dosing to be effective and does not come with any negative side effects. Administration of CBD several hours prior to an event will allow it to be active and in effect.
What Should You Look for When Choosing a CBD Product for Your Pet?
At CompanionCBD, a CBD product company for pets, we feel it’s important to look for products that are produced from 100% Hemp. The product should be THC-free, all-natural and manufactured in a GMP/NFP certified facility, this ensures quality and safety.
Your veterinarian is your pet’s best advocate, and knowledgeable about the varied options available to make life enjoyable for you and your pets. Talk to your vet about CBD and its many benefits.For more information on CompanionCBD, or to review the latest research from medical professionals, visit companioncbd.com.
By: Josh Sosnow, DVM
Josh Sosnow, DVM, is the Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer of CompanionCBD. He has been a practicing veterinarian in small animal medicine and surgery for over 18 years and is the owner of North Scottsdale Animal Hospital and Desert View Animal Hospital.Prior to CompanionCBD, Josh was a veterinary consultant to Mission Pharmacal, advising the company on the formulation of nutritional supplements for the pet marketplace. He also co-founded UrbanBiscuit.com, an online retailer of organic, “green” and recyclable pet products.