Not just for humans; CBD can help dogs and cats, too

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We know CBD has been beneficial in helping people with their anxiety. Our dogs can suffer with anxiety as well.

Separation, fireworks, storms, car rides, vet visits, and age-related anxiety can all effect our dogs. The American Kennel Club suggests 14% of dogs in the U.S. suffer with this condition and all breeds can feel the effects.

Dogs have an endocannabinoid system (ECS) very similar to ours. CBD works with this system to help invoke and restore a more relaxed and calm state, affecting the neurotransmitters CB1 and CB2.

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a naturally occurring chemical compound that is found in the cannabis plant. The therapeutic benefits are non-intoxicating. Your pet will not get high from CBD products, but will experience a quiet calm.

The upside to using a CBD product with your pup is the lack of side-effects that can be associated with traditional medications used to treat these types of conditions.

Pets can exhibit a variety of symptoms when expressing their anxiety. Aggression, loss of appetite, nervous licks, pacing, indoor urinating or defecation, trembling, panting, whimpering and hiding are common behaviors. Fortunately, CBD can address many of these symptoms and restore your pup's sense of calm.

Other common uses for CBD in pups include arthritis pain and discomfort, skin and ear conditions, seizure disorders, diabetes, pain associated with cancer, loss of appetite, nausea, grumpiness and aggression.

There are a good number of products available for dogs and cats. Treats, drops (both ear and oral), tinctures and sprays are available. Tinctures and drops are normally dosed around 1 to 5 mg per 10 pounds.

When giving your pets CBD products, it would be advised to monitor their behavior and adjust the dose accordingly. As with people, it is recommended to start low and go slow. Each pet's reaction will be individual, according to their needs.

Treats normally last about four to six hours. Oral and ear drops as well as oral spray will last about four hours. It is not recommended to dose pets more than every 10 to 12 hours.

It is also important to know if your pup's CBD dose is too high, it can cause vomiting.

It is best to consult your veterinarian before starting a CBD regimen for your pet. If you pet is on a medication for arthritis, known as Rimadyl (Carprofen), or other N-SAIDs, or suffers from liver disease, it is not advisable for you to give your pup CBD.

Cynthia Groff, CCMA is the owner of Sativa Health Products on Hilton Head Island. SativaHealthProducts.com

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