No one likes to see a loved one not feeling well or living a less than full life, and the same can be said for our furry loved ones. Pet parents can sometimes struggle to find the right balance for their pet’s needs. Some medications and treatments can have adverse side effects and can affect the personality of your animal. Luckily, cannabidiol (CBD) is fast becoming a wonderful tool to add to your care regimen for your beloved furry friends.

CBD is one of many compounds found in hemp that is thought to be useful. CBD does not have any intoxicating effects and there are many studies showing the benefits and the safety of CBD use in mammals. CBD can affect liver enzymes that assist in medication metabolization, so always double-check with your vet before use.

Some pet owners are finding support for their furry friend’s anxious moods, separation anxiety, noise phobia, and high stress with the use of CBD. There is continuing research on cannabidiol’s positive effects on stress, anxiety, and emotional imbalances. Mentioned in research from the American Kennel Club, CBD also positively affects cardiovascular health, which can further support the reduction of anxiety and stress on your pet’s system.

CBD has been used in pets for a variety of pet owners reported physical health benefits and possibly has both anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties. CBD may effectively reduce chronic inflammation, which is often a cause of intestinal issues and chronic pain. CBD is also claimed by some to be incredibly useful for pain in your pets. CBD can be used for both temporary and chronic pain support, pain due to inflammation, arthritic pain, nerve pain and intestinal pain from inflammation. With few reported negative side effects, CBD can be a wonderful natural option to support your pet’s current regimen. 

Some pet owners have claimed positive benefits when using CBD to support pets who suffer from seizures. Many medications used for seizures have negative effects on your pet’s organs, CBD is a wonderful natural option to support the regimen to control seizures without harming your pet. Another proposed benefit of CBD for pets is the possible reduction of nausea and vomiting related to nausea, along with increasing appetite. If you have trouble getting your pet to eat regularly, CBD can possibly help with this, leading to a more balanced and healthy pet. This is a common issue related to cancer in your pet, which is another area where supporting a current regimen with CBD may be beneficial.

Many pet owners are happily discovering what CBD products can possibly do for a variety of their pet’s needs. The currently reported lack of major adverse side effects, the safety studies, and the amazing perceived health benefits all make CBD a possible natural support to consider for your furry family member. Choosing a high-quality, trustworthy product is so important. You want a product that has been tested for purity and strength, is THC free and preferably is a tincture form for optimal control in dose adjustment.

At Healing Harbors, our dogs are all huge fans of the Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil Daily Defense Drops — for example:

  • Olive gets 5 drops twice a day to help with her joint and hip pain — she’s a 13 year old pit bull turned “Nanny Dog” to Ashley’s young daughter, and we think her drops help her climb into bed for storytime after a long day of tea parties and hide and seek
  • Opie the black lab uses 10 drops twice daily to help address her shoulder pain from an old cliff diving injury — yep — stick went off the cliff into the ocean, and so did Opie!
  • Eli the English Mastiff gets anxious when Stacy’s away, so 5 drops twice a day keeps him happy while she’s hard at work