Last week we talked about Cannabidiol oil (CBD oil) use in our pets. We discussed how CBD oil as an extract from the hemp plant that and is thought to help make internal system function as “normal” as possible, similar to the effects of acupuncture. Therefore, CBD oil is discussed in helping with pain, seizures, anxiety disorders and more.
We also touched on how CBD oil is not regulated in production. There are no safety checks, import regulations or quality control measures on available products, leaving our pets open to products with contaminants like heavy metals and pesticides. There is veterinary research on CBD oil in progress, but nothing published at this point, so veterinarians are working with CBD oil and using their medical knowledge and resources to use CBD oil to help their patients.
CBD oil is most commonly used in pets with chronic pain, such as osteoarthritis to help their bodies regulate the inflammation that causes pain. CBD oil is not a replacement for medications but may help control their disease. CBD oil is also being used as an aid to help pets with seizure disorders, anxiety issues, and chronic gastrointestinal issues.
Not all conditions may benefit from CBD oil and some conditions may worsen with at home diagnosis and treatments that did not involve proper diagnostics. For example, some pets that may seem to have joint pain may have neurologic issues from conditions such as diabetes. If you think your pet would benefit from CBD oil therapy, your veterinarian is your best source of information for dosing information for your pet and for helping to locate a safe, reliable product.