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Over the course of the past few years, CBD has been popping up in just about

everything from bath bombs to bubbly water. The hemp-based

cannabinoid’s growing list of benefits has helped CBD earn its spot as one of

the most popular health and wellness supplements…and it isn’t just popular

with humans. Did you know CBD has been reported to help pets as well? Our

furry friends benefit from CBD just like us. Keep reading if you want to learn

more about CBD for pets and how it can be incorporated into your BFF’s daily

routine.

What is CBD?

First off, we should get to know a little more about CBD. CBD, or cannabidiol,

is one of the many natural compounds in hemp plants. These compounds,

called cannabinoids, interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system to

produce therapeutic effects. Unlike THC, another famous cannabinoid, CBD is

non-psychoactive, meaning it won’t get your furry friends “high.” While we’re

talking about THC, it seems important to mention that THC, when consumed

in high doses, can be toxic to our furry friends.

How does CBD work?

Did you know all animals, with the exception of insects, have

endocannabinoid systems? Yes, that means mussels have endocannabinoid

systems. CBD works by interacting with our pet’s cannabinoid receptors

which are part of their endocannabinoid system or ECS. The ECS is

responsible for maintaining balance in the body as a response to certain

triggers like inflammation, pain response, and stress.

What are the benefits of giving CBD to my pet?

CBD affects pets in many of the same ways it affects us, such as pain relief,

stress management, and seizure reduction. * In fact, a 2018 study found that

CBD decreased pain and increased activity in osteoarthritic dogs. Beyond

that, many pet owners have reported a decrease in pain after incorporating

CBD into their pet’s routine.

Many pets can suffer from anxiety, which can be triggered by a number of

things from change in routine, to loud noises, to separation from their owner.

Fortunately, research has shown the CBD may help people and pets manage

anxiety. Research believes CBD affects the brain’s response to serotonin, a

neurotransmitter responsible for stabilizing mood. A 2012 study done on rats

found that CBD has an anti-panic effect on the animals.

Canine epilepsy is the leading cause of recurrent seizures in dogs and is often

managed using pharmaceuticals that can have unwanted side effects. A

recent study found that CBD, combined with conventional ant-epileptic

treatment, reduced seizure frequency in dogs. On top of that, the Canine

Health Foundation is currently doing further research on the efficacy of CBD

for the treatment of canine epilepsy, which is very exciting for the future of

hemp, CBD, as well as veterinary medicine.

How to give CBD to your pet?

Now that you’ve read about some of the benefits CBD may have to offer, you

might be wondering how to give CBD to your pets. Luckily, it’s as easy as

giving them a treat or a bowl of their favorite food. Pet CBD products typically

come as oil drops or treats. The latter can be given to pets just as you would

give them a normal treat. “Sit, stay, roll, over, okay fine you’re just so cute” …

you know the drill. For pets like cats that might not enjoy treats as much as

our other furry friends CBD oil made for pets is a great option. CBD oil drops

can be easily added to any food. Though, we recommend adding it to a food

with a strong smell, like canned food or tuna, as some pets can be quite

persnickety. Some pet owners will even mix CBD oil with peanut butter.

If you are a pet owner thinking about giving your pet CBD, it’s important to

consult with your veterinarian, especially if your pet is already on medications

as CBD may affect their effects.

Things to Look Out for When Buying CBD for pets

As always, we want to provide the best for our furry friends, and that should

include their CBD. It’s up to consumers to make sure they’re buying quality

products.

Here are 3 things to look for when buying CBD for pets:

1. Made for Pets: Pets should only be given CBD products that are

formulated for pets. CBD products made for humans can contain toxic

ingredients like xylitol that can cause life-threatening reactions.

2. Organic CBD for Pets: Hemp is a powerful phytoremediator, meaning it

absorbs whatever is in the soil or water. When buying CBD for pets and

even yourself, it’s important to look for organic products to ensure

they’re free of pesticides, herbicides, and any other chemicals that may

harm you or your pet.

3. Third Party Testing: To make sure you’re purchasing from a reputable

CBD company, check and see if they have their product tested by a

third party. Any reputable CBD company should have certificates of

analysis for all their products, which show exactly what is inside.

Pioneer Green CBD Pet Products meets all of the above criteria!!

Because the compound was only recently legalized, research regarding CBD

for pets is only just beginning but the information we have so far is quite

promising. CBD may have a number of potential benefits for you and Fido.

Hey, they say pets are good for your health, so why not keep them in good

health too?