CBD: A Veterinarian Perspective

A relaxed dog with a veterinarian.

Are you the newest proud pet parent on the block? Maybe you and your furry friend have been inseparable for years now? Or maybe you’re fostering a scared puppy while she’s waiting to find her forever home? It doesn’t really matter exactly what type you are. You’re all searching for the same thing. Whatever is the very best for your pup.

When dealing with anxiety from separation and noise or your senior dog is feeling arthritic pain there are ways you can help. Doctors may recommend joint supplements, weight management, and even pain medication, especially for larger breeds like Golden Retrievers or German Shepards who are commonly predisposed to osteoarthritis.

If your dog is feeling anxious, your doctor may recommend turning a television or a radio on for white noise when you leave the house. Using positive reinforcement by creating a treat routine when you’re getting ready to exit your house may help.

But some dogs may need more than a little positive reinforcement. Pet owners are repeatedly turning to CBD oil to treat their dogs for symptoms of anxiety or arthritic pain.

CBD (cannabidiol), a chemical compound that occurs naturally in cannabis (marijuana) and hemp is proven to offer animals relief from stress and anxiety. CBD is not to be confused with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which causes psychoactive effects when ingested. Whilst CBD oil is derived from the marijuana plant, if processed correctly using nanotechnology, it contains zero psychoactive properties and will not give a human or a dog a “high” feeling.

Even though CBD oil is being widely used by pet parents across the country it’s still finding itself in that gray area. According to the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), since July 2018 CBD has been legalized for personal human use within their home state. Doctors are allowed to recommend CBD and consumers may purchase the product at will. There is no need for a prescription for human or pet consumption.

The gray area is that whilst CBD is legal in 47 states, veterinarians are still not legally allowed to recommend it. Vets have been excluded from these federal laws except in California where vets have been legally granted the authority to recommend CBD to patients.

There is a loophole though! Consumer Reports explains, if you’re a pet parent who is considering CBD oil as a treatment plan for your pet and would like more information from your veterinarian, they can advise you on the topic if they are versed in it. They just aren’t allowed to bring it up themselves. When heading to your vet appointment with your dog, be sure to bring some prepared questions regarding CBD, and remember you’re the one who needs to start the conversation.

Currently, most CBD oil recommendations come from happy pet parents themselves. Clinical studies are still in the works, but a recent study from Cornell did show that senior dogs being administered 2mg per kilogram of CBD twice per day did see improvement in their comfort and activity levels.

Consumer Reports also spoke with Stephanie McGrath, D.V.M., a veterinarian and assistant professor of neurology at Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. McGrath conducted studies on dogs with osteoarthritis. She explains that the results are encouraging but have not been finalized and published yet. While McGrath is still exploring the effectiveness of CBD she does confirm that she feels with all of her team’s research and studies that CBD is a safe product for dogs.

It is important to talk to your veterinarian and do extensive research before giving your pet any new kind of supplement. It’s also recommended not to price shop when searching for CBD oil. You want organic produce that is also being tested by a commissioned outside third-party and can provide a Certificate of Analysis, or COA. As a reminder, the American Kennel Club provides some tips on how to shop for CBD oil effectively.

If you’re looking for a high-quality CBD oil for your pet that would fall within the American Kennel Club’s search recommendations, Rescue CBD is a top of the line product. Rescue CBD is a new company that produces 100% organic CBD using nanotechnology. What is nanotechnology though? It’s the scientific process used to create more easily absorbed particles of CBD that is backed by third party analysis lab reports. Rescue CBD ensures its products contain 0.0 THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the cannabis component that causes psychoactive effects that can have lasting harmful effects on pets. Rescue CBD’s line of oil products are also non-GMO, 100 percent organic, solvent-free, and third-party tested for purity and safety

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