Whether you’re using CBD to help your dog cope with pain, anxiety, or digestion, they’ll receive a bevy of other side benefits along with it. Because CBD directly stimulates the endocannabinoid system in dogs, which is involved in managing a wide variety of biological processes, it can simultaneously affect and assist your pup in multiple ways. Let’s get into the top five bonus benefits your dog might acquire from adding CBD into their daily diet.
1. CBD can help manage your dog’s seasonal allergies.
When your dog has an allergy attack, it’s because their immune system senses a threat (like pollen) even if it’s an entirely harmless one and initiates swelling, sneezing, and itching to protect itself. CBD works within the endocannabinoid system or ECS to halt allergy symptoms by supplementing the natural cannabinoids in your dog’s body.
CBD is also incredibly anti-inflammatory, meaning that it will target and reduce the itchiness and swelling that usually come along with allergies.
2. It can help reduce your dog’s need for medication.
Although medication for dogs is often necessary, that doesn’t make the adverse side effects that often come with it easier to swallow. Depending on the medicine, CBD can work with it to reduce the unfortunate byproducts or lessen the dose of medication needed.
For instance, CBD helps reduce nausea and pain associated with dogs undergoing chemotherapy. Likewise, dogs who suffer from arthritis can use CBD to lower their use of NSAIDs, which can cause liver failure. While it seems like CBD could inhibit medication, the truth is that it so often helps it! Of course, we always recommend consulting your vet before adding CBD to your medicine routine.
3. CBD is proven to lessen the number of seizures for epileptic pets.
Multiple clinical trials have shown that adding CBD to your dog’s daily diet with their typical anti-seizure meds can significantly reduce seizure frequency. On top of that, CBD can help lower the dosage of traditional medication while still lessening the number of seizures your pup endures.
4. It can help slow tumor growth in dogs with cancer.
While studies involving CBD’s effect on tumor growth are new, thus far, they point to CBD ingestion resulting in tumor shrinkage and slower growth in dogs and humans alike! Researchers have seen CBD affect tumors in two ways. First on its own, by inducing programmed cell death and inhibiting growth, and secondly by increasing the rate at which cancer cells absorb chemotherapy. While CBD is not a cure for cancer, it could help the battle against it immensely.
5. CBD promotes homeostasis
Homeostasis is basically when a body’s biological system is in balance and properly functioning. Research has shown that the endocannabinoid system plays a massive role in achieving that balance. When your dog ingests CBD, it stimulates the ECS and helps your dog reach homeostasis. In short, this makes your dog more resistant to disease and generally healthier, and happier too!
Whether your dog is struggling with something big or small, CBD can help them cope while protecting them from other possible ailments. CBD goes beyond its reputation as a natural, holistic medication and works as an everyday supplement supporting your pet in every aspect of their life.