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How Can CBD Help Your Pet Live a Better Life?

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CBD is extracted from the flowers. leaves, and stalks of a CBD plant. It is a natural compound with a variety of physical and mental health benefits for both humans and animals. CBD is not a psychoactive compound. 

It does not make the user 'high.' CBD does help with feeling focused, relaxed, and calm. It also helps with sleep, pain management, and overall wellbeing. Benefits for dogs include:

  • Appetite 
  • Brain health 
  • Digestive health 
  • Healing and recovery 
  • Heart health 
  • Hip and joint support 
  • Manage stress and anxiety 
  • Muscle spasms 
  • Pain and inflammation 
  • Skin health 


How Does CBD Help Your Pet? 

CBD and other cannabinoids work in the Endocannabinoid System to help the body maintain a homeostatic balanced state. CBD uses the Endocannabinoid System to oversee the body's most essential internal processes. 

They increase or decrease the functions when needed and turn them off when the job is finished. The ECS watches over functions such as sleep cycle, appetite, and mood. It regulates the body's response to inflammation, stress, and pain. 

The ECS is not exclusive to humans. Most life forms have a system, including the pet canary, cat, or dog. All mammals and invertebrates possess an Endocannabinoid System. Because it has a nearly universal presence, the ECS in pets responds to CBD oil almost the same as humans. 

Like humans, dogs have cannabinoid receptors over their systems and organs, including the gastrointestinal tract, immune system, central nervous system, and brain. Similar to humans, the receptors help regulate the quality of a dog's sleep, mood, pain management, immune response, and digestive system. 

When a dog is lacking or deficient in nutrients, they may feel out of sorts, anxious, or irritable. Their joints become weak and may hurt. There may be behavioral imbalances. Just like the human Endocannabinoid System, the dog's ECS is brought back into balance with CBD. 

The areas of a dog's brain that are affected by CBD oil are:

  • Amygdala – Emotions 
  • Basal Ganglia – Learning and motor skills 
  • Brain Stem – Reflex, heart rate, muscle tone, pain sensation, blood pressure 
  • Cerebellum – Muscle control and coordination 
  • Cerebral Cortex – Awareness, memory, thought 
  • Hippocampus – Recall and memory 
  • Hypothalamus – Metabolic processes 

Inflammation and Chronic Pain 

A common problem, especially in older pets, is chronic joint pain. It makes pets less active, which leads to more severe health problems. CBD can be used when a dog's joint tissues cause mobility issues and pain. 

It desensitizes the nerve ending of the inflamed area and brings the inflammation under control. Other systems in the body can become dysfunctional and cause chronic pain and inflammation. The Endocannabinoid System is also in charge of dysfunction management with the use of cannabinoids. There is no indication that the universal mechanism works differently in pets. 

Balance and Mood 

PTSD, anxiety, and stress are not limited to humans. Dogs also suffer from internal balances causing panic, lack of energy, or crankiness. CBD helps dogs' inner processes, bringing harmony to uneasiness.  

Recovery and Healing 

As a dog recovers from an injury, survives allergy season or fights off disease or sickness, CBD helps the pet achieve and maintain the best health. 

Prevention 

CBD's protective properties help the body prevent bacteria, inflammation viruses, and disease from thriving and spreading. 

Research on the Effects CBD Has on Dogs 

There is published research on the response pets have to CBD and its behavior and health problems. This article will address how much CBD should be given to pets and any known side effects. There is a lot to learn about the impact of CBD on animals. 

Over 20 studies have been published on the CBD effects on dogs. The studies that have been published show much promise. The results of CBD versus placebo for managing pain in dogs with osteoarthritis were studied in 2018. Dogs taking CBD had no side effects, increased mobility, and less pain. 

Another study gave CBD to dogs with epilepsy. It showed fewer seizures. More importantly, it showed, to a point, a correlation between the amount given to dogs and a reduction in seizure frequency. There is a study that shows CBD benefited inflammatory and immune-mediated disorders like allergic skin disease in dogs. There was even a study that indicated CBD might help dogs with cancer strains that are chemotherapy-resistant.  

What Is the Proper Dosage? 

Any new habit, diet, or regime should start slowly. The same holds for introducing dogs to CBD. Pet Standards' CBD Pet Chews are an excellent way to introduce your dog. Research shows no long-term problems or toxic effects from CBD use. 

Bodies may respond in slightly different ways. Too much at the wrong time may cause the dog to be sleepy rather than wanting to go for a walk. Begin with a low dose administered at a casual time of the day. Evenings may be the best time. 

The amount to administer depends on the pet's size. Start with one mg for dogs weighing no more than ten pounds. Add a half mg for each additional ten pounds. If the dog exhibits signs of drowsiness or dry mouth, decrease the dose the next time. Gradually increase the dose until achieving desired results. The dosage tip applies to the amount of CBD. If using chewable or dog treats, check the CBD amount in each treat. Start with one serving. 

Are There Side Effects from CBD? 

Research has found no harmful, toxic side effects from CBD. The significance of the findings is most pain and inflammatory medications have consequences that can be harmful. CBD is a fantastic inflammation regulating solution for dogs with inflammation and pain. 

It's important to note that all CBD is not of the same quality. The practices of growing, extraction, and manufacturing can have an impact on effectiveness and quality. Choose products that are lab tested with a report that confirms they have no THC. Such products are available from Pet Standards. 

In Summary 

Pets, like humans, have an ECS with receptors on their systems and organs. CBD helps keep joints and bones healthy and strong, soothe inflammation, and maintain a happy balance in the mood. Having the correct chemical balance allows the body, brain, and mood to stay healthy and happy.  

It soothes the source of pain and prevents it from recurring. CBD addresses pain symptoms caused by mood imbalances, sleep issues, nerve damage, and inflammation. Quality sleep boosts the immune system. 

When the immune system is healthy, it prevents getting sick and keeps performance at its best. A healthy immune system protects against bacterial, viruses, and things that cause illness. CBD helps the ECS manage processes that affect the symptoms and COVID-19 and other viruses.  It helps dogs with anxiety, behavior, immune system, chronic pain, digestive health, and vision.

Pet Standards Products

Pet Standards has two CBD products. One is a CBD broad-spectrum oil tincture that helps promote:

  • Antioxidant support
  • Calming effects
  • Increased vitality
  • Neurological support
  • Optimal health
  • Overall health and wellness
  • Relief from anxiety during grooming, nail trims, fireworks, thunderstorms, vet visits, and car rides

Tinctures are among the most potent CBD. They are 100 percent natural supplements. The other product is CBD Pet Chews. They are excellent for many of the same kinds of support. The key factors to high-quality CBD is brand transparency, CBD potency, quality, value, and satisfaction guarantee

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