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April 1, 2021

Natural Dog Chews With Cannabinoids- When to Use Them

What we feed our pets is changing. Owners are increasingly buying high-quality, organic, and natural health foods and supplements. There are a huge variety of health supplements available for every ailment — joints, cardiovascular, and eyesight to name just a few. CBD is the newest to this market so you might be wondering just when your dog could benefit from CBD and how. As makers of CBD natural dog chews, we’ve put together this article to answer all your CBD and dog questions.

CBD Dog Treats: The Science

We’ll start with a quick overview of CBD for pets and what the science says.

In case you’re not already aware, CBD, or cannabidiol, is derived from the hemp or cannabis plant. It’s one of 113 active cannabinoids. These cannabinoids have shown great potential to help treat a variety of ailments in both humans and animals.

We say great potential because many of the health claims around CBD currently are anecdotal. It’s only in recent years that research has been conducted into the potential benefits of CBD and other cannabinoids as legalization grew in popularity.

The research that has been conducted into CBD for pets has focused mainly on seizure control and pain reduction. The seizure study showed promising results, with an 89% reduction in seizure frequency in dogs. Even better, studies so far have shown no observable side effects to CBD in pets.

CBD research for humans is more extensive. Just like in pets, studies show CBD can reduce seizures and help relieve pain from chronic conditions such as arthritis, as well as reduce mental health issues such as anxiety. While research continues, CBD supplements are growing in popularity on the market for both pets and humans. 

The CBD you see used in popular pet products like CBD dog treats and CBD dog chews is hemp-derived. What this means is because of the type of plant it’s derived from, there’s no chance of it containing THC. THC is the cannabinoid associated with the “high” sensation from the cannabis plant.

Why Use CBD Dog Chews?

For pets, in particular, owners are opting to use CBD as a natural supplement as it’s organic and non-toxic.

For many pet owners, vet-prescribed medications come with downsides. For example, it’s common to prescribe Metacam as pain relief in arthritis for dogs. It is very efficient at relieving pain, however, the side effects are plentiful.

Short-term side effects include digestion issues such as vomiting, diarrhea, and appetite loss. Long-term side effects include kidney and liver toxicity and gastrointestinal ulcers.

As it’s a long-term medication, to manage long-term effects, your dog needs regular blood tests to monitor its health. All this adds up in price, especially if your dog isn’t insured.

CBD is a far more affordable option for many owners. This isn’t to say ignore your vet and don’t use prescribed medications. But for many owners, CBD supplements have helped alongside veterinary advice and medications. 

When To Use CBD for Dogs

As we’ve mentioned above, research continues into the various ailments CBD may help relieve. This said, anecdotally, many owners use CBD to help relieve and manage many common conditions.

Arthritis

CBD has anti-inflammatory properties. This makes it an excellent option to help relieve pain associated with arthritis. As this is a condition that mostly affects older dogs, CBD supplements are a gentle option with no harsh side effects.

Pain

These anti-inflammatory properties can extend to relieving other types of pain. This includes short-term injuries such as sprains and strains, as well as long-term pain such as cancer pain. 

Loss of Appetite

CBD can increase appetite, so for dogs struggling with eating, it’s a great natural option to try. For dogs under-going cancer treatment such as chemotherapy, CBD can help relieve both pains and increase appetite.

Seizures

CBD helps reduce seizure frequency. This makes it a great option for dogs with seizure disorders such as epilepsy. 

Anxiety

Studies in humans show CBD is effective in reducing anxiety. Many owners see similar positive results in their pets.

There are a huge variety of causes for anxiety in pets. This includes previous trauma, environmental stimuli such as storms or noise, lack of socialization, and many more.

CBD supplements are a great natural remedy to try for anxious dogs.

Aggression

The vast majority of informed owners know that aggression in dogs almost always stems from fear or anxiety. Because CBD relieves the symptoms of anxiety, this could help dogs who express that anxiety as aggression. 

Natural Dog Chews with CBD

Now you know what conditions CBD can relieve in dogs, you’ll know whether it could help your four-legged friend. But how do you go about giving your dog a CBD supplement?

Many of us have less than fond memories of wrestling our dog into eating a vitamin tablet or sneaking it in peanut butter. This alone is enough to put lots of owners off trying to give their dogs a new supplement!

Fortunately, CBD for pets comes in a few different forms so there are lots of options to suit your pet. The two main options are oil or infused into food products.

For oils, you need to take the dropper from the bottle and get it underneath your dog’s tongue. It goes without saying, this can be a challenge with some dogs!

This is why most owners opt for natural dog chews and treats with CBD. These are a tasty option to help your pet, without them ever even knowing a supplement was involved.

Once eaten, it takes around 30 to 90 minutes for the effects to take place and you can expect around four hours of relief.

Try CBD Dog Chews for Your Pet

If your pet is suffering from any of the conditions mentioned above, CBD is a healthy, natural supplement to try. It comes with no harsh side effects and dogs love our natural dog chews with CBD. Browse our products andorder Okoa Pet chews online.

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