Help Your Best Friend Be a Better Friend

Jenny Hawthorne, a 52-year-old grade school teacher, first heard about CBD for pets when her friend’s dog’s tumor disappeared. “She was [topically] putting CBD oil on her dog’s tail that had a tumor-like thing on it”, she said. “And it literally just fell off. It was amazing.”

She was inspired to try out CBD Chews for her own dog, Cooper, whom she had playfully nicknamed the “Tasmanian Devil”. Jenny describes her dog’s behavior and “nonstop frantic fun”. Within literally a week or so of taking the CBD, he was a completely different dog”, she said. Cooper also lost weight, which Douglas also credits to CBD treatments. Jenny was so happy with the results of trying CBD chews for her dog, but we wanted to find out more.

To better understand the new canine health trend, American Kennel Club’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr. Jerry Klein, explains what CBD is, what it does, and its safety concerns and side effects.

What Is CBD?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound found in cannabis and hemp. Dr. Klein says it is essential to note that in most cases, CBD does not contain delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound that gives marijuana its psychoactive properties. In fact, most CBD products are derived from hemp and not from marijuana.

How Does CBD Affect Dogs?

What scientists know is that cannabinoids interact with the endocannabinoid receptors located in the central and peripheral nervous systems, which help maintain balance in the body and keep it in a normal healthy state.

What Dog Health Problems Can CBD Chews Treat?

There is strong evidence from dog owners suggesting it can treat pain, especially neuropathic pain, as well as helping to control seizures.

According to Dr. Klein, CBD is also used because of its anti-inflammatory properties, cardiac benefits, anti-nausea effects, appetite stimulation, anti-anxiety impact, and for possible anti-cancer benefits.

The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) is sponsoring a study, through the Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, that will evaluate the use of CBD in treatment-resistant epileptic dogs. The CHF hopes that this will be the first study to gain scientific data on the use of CBD in dogs with this condition.

Possible Side Effects of CBD in Dogs

While there’s no scientific data on the side effects of CBD usage for dogs, there are potential side effects based on how CBD affects humans. To minimize any potential side effects, make sure you are following the proper dosage.

Dry mouth: Research has shown that CBD can decrease the production of saliva. For dogs, this would manifest as an increased thirst.

Lowered blood pressure: High doses of CBD have been known to cause a temporary drop in blood pressure. Even though the drop is small, it might create a brief feeling of light-headedness.

Drowsiness: Dog owners have used CBD to treat anxiety. The calming effect of CBD can also cause

 slight drowsiness, especially when using higher doses.

CBD Products on the Market

If you and your veterinarian decide that you should try CBD as a treatment for your dog, there are a few things to keep in mind when purchasing CBD Chews. Not all products are the same; you’ll want high-quality CBD Chews to have a better chance of it working.

Look for organic. If the CBD Chew is not organic, it at least should not contain pesticides, fungicides, or solvents.

Don’t price shop. The higher the quality and purity, the higher the cost. You don’t want to go for a cheaper option that could have toxic substances such as pesticides, herbicides, or heavy metals. Make sure your CBD oil is free of additives.

This is certainly great advice from Dr. Klein. HardyPet has long been on the leading edge of canine health research and it is through collaboration with veterinarians like Dr. Klein they are able to produce such powerful health solutions for dogs.

Jenny will tell everyone who asks her about her experience. “HardyPet CBD Chews helped my best friend be a better friend and brought us even closer together”, she said with a tear in her eye. “I’m truly thankful”.

You can find more information about HardyPet CBD Canine Chews HERE.