As a pet owner the chances are you’ve been inundated with advertising for hempseed oil or CBD oil for your furry friend at some point. There has been such ahuge influx of information and products containing hemp seed or CBD, oftenmaking it difficult to discern their differences and the benefits for dogs.

So let’s get clear on these terms so you know what is safe for your pet.

Hemp seed oil and hemp seed products for pets

Hemp seed products have been legal as a food in Australia since 2017. Theseeds are a great source of:

● Protein

● Fibre

● Essential fatty acids: Omega 3, 6 and 9

Hemp seed-containing treats, toppers and pet foods are likely to be theproducts you’re seeing pop up at your local pet store. Proteins are essentialbuilding blocks for life that contribute to a vast range of body functions andomega fats support healthy joints, cardiac and immune function.

While it’s clear these nutrient-dense seeds can offer many health and coatbenefits, hemp seed products don’t have a high enough concentration of CBD tocreate the therapeutic effects associated with medicinal CBD products.

CBD oil for dogs

CBD, cannabidiol, is a primary phytochemical or cannabinoid found in Cannabisspecies. Unlike its widely recognised cousin cannabinoid THC, CBD is non-intoxicating and does not elicit the same “high” as THC. Hemp, by its nature,has very low levels of THC – which is why it is so often used for theextraction of CBD.

Due to their physiology, dogs have a lower threshold for THC than humans. Thismeans it is hugely important for the safety of your dog that any CBD oilproduct is assessed for its cannabinoid content. You need to avoid anypossible adverse effects of THC or other additives that could be harmful totheir health. Buying CBD oil products online can open up risks to your dog, asyou can’t guarantee what exactly is inside the bottle, if any CBD at all.

Benefits of CBD oil for animals

CBD oil has been shown to have a number of benefits in humans and naturallythis has spurred an interest in how CBD may improve certain conditions inpets.

Three key areas where CBD oil may help dogs are:

● Epilepsy

● Osteoarthritis

● Chronic pain

Epilepsy is the most well-known condition where CBD may provide relief. Inhumans with treatment-resistant epilepsy, CBD oil has shown significantreductions in seizure frequency. The same goes for our canine friends, whereCBD has exhibited a 33% reduction in seizure frequency in epileptic dogs.

CBD has also been researched for its positive effects on osteoarthritis indogs. Potentially through its anti-inflammatory action, CBD has been shown tohelp mobility and progressively reduce symptoms in some dogs.

When typical pain relief isn’t providing effective reductions in pain or isimpacting your dog’s quality of life, CBD oil may be a viable alternative.

And given its anti-anxiety and antioxidant effects, we may soon see CBD beinginvestigated for pets with anxiety, skin or sleep disturbances.

Safety and side effects of CBD for dogs

CBD appears safe for dogs with careful dosing under the supervision of atrained vet. The most common side effect for dogs taking CBD is loose stool.This is generally recorded infrequently but of course if you are concerned,please contact us or your prescribing vet.

Wrap up of hemp vs CBD products for pets

Should you feel that CBD oil may benefit your dog, working with your vet isessential. Please be aware that black market CBD products you may find onlinecan be very harmful to your dog’s health, and hemp products may offer notherapeutic benefit at all.

It’s likely that we will uncover more medicinal actions of CBD oil for dogsand other pets’ health and wellbeing in the future. While we wait for moreevidence on the use of CBD in cats, there are some clear benefits for dogs.

If you are interested in giving legal CBD oil to your pet contact CBDVets Australia on [email protected] or (02) 82949303.

For veterinarians interested in prescribing legal CBD oil for their furrypatients, please also get in touch to learn more.

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