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CBD Oil For Dogs: 10 Things You Didn’t Know

1. CBD Is Not Psychoactive

CBD (cannabidiol) is a compound found in cannabis and hemp. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) can also be found in cannabis. It’s this compound that gives marijuana its psychoactive properties. Most CBD oils are just that … the beneficial CBD without the THC. And they typically come from hemp, not marijuana. In short, your dog won’t get “high” from CBD oil … he’ll get the relaxation without the intoxication.

And speaking of relaxation …

2. CBD Oil Reduces Anxiety

Does your dog suffer from separation anxiety or noise phobias? CBD has been extensively studied for its effect on stress and anxiety. In humans, research shows it can:

3. CBD Can Fights Cancer

Research shows CBD oil and other substances in hemp and cannabis have have an anti-tumor effect. It has even been shown to stop cancer cells from growing and increase tumor cell death.

CBD oil:

  • Helps the immune system’s killer cells to cause cancer cell death
  • Kills cancer cells by blocking their ability to produce energy
  • Has anti-tumor properties that slow and inhibit glioma cell growth
  • Can help increase the efficacy of conventional cancer treatment

4. CBD Can Treat Seizures And Epilepsy

Estimates suggest that up to 5% of dogs suffer from seizures. Most dogs with seizures are given drugs such as phenobarbital and potassium bromide. Sure, these drugs may help control the seizures. But they can be extremely harmful to your dog’s liver and other organs. And the drugs don’t work in all cases.

CBD has been shown to work well in drug-resistant epilepsy. In one study, 7 of 8 patients with drug-resistant epilepsy saw a definite improvement within 4 to 5 months.

In another study, 84% of children with drug-resistant epilepsy had a reduction in the frequency of seizures.

5. CBD Relieves Pain

The cannabinoids in CBD have also been shown to work well for pain. So well, in fact, that scientists are considering it as a new class of drug for the treatment of chronic pain. Studies show CBD to be very effective for reducing:

6. CBD Can Help With Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Animal studies show that CBD can prevent colitis (IBD) and restore normal gut motility in inflammatory bowel disease.

CBD also has antibiotic properties, including Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA).

7. CBD Reduces Chronic Inflammation And Autoimmune Disease

CBD has been shown to decrease the production and release of inflammatory cytokines. These can cause allergies, hypersensitivities and autoimmunity. It can also suppress something called Th17 dominance, a major cause of autoimmune diseases.

CBD also inhibits the production of inflammatory macrophages and decreases chronic inflammation.

CBD is also a powerful antioxidant research shows is more powerful than vitamins C and E.

8. CBD Can Protect The Nervous System And Help With Neurodegenerative Diseases

CBD shows a lot of promise for degenerative myelopathy and other spine and nerve issues. It’s also been shown to help patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. This is thanks to its ability to protect the brain cells from toxicity.

For senior dogs, CBD can protect the brain from cell death caused by free radicals and toxins.

9. CBD Increases Appetite And Helps With Nausea

If you have trouble getting your dog to eat, CBD may help. The National Cancer Institute reports that CBD increases appetite.

Studies show that CBD for dogs can help with vomiting and nausea, even when they’re the result of toxins and drugs.

10. CBD Promotes Cardiovascular Health

Just as veterinarian Dr Bassingthwaighte discovered, CBD has been linked to heart health. Studies show it can:

Bonus: CBD Oil For Dogs Is Legal And Safe

With so many studies showing the health benefits of CBD, the most encouraging result is that CBD appears to be safe. even when taken in high doses and over extended periods of time.

It can decrease the activity of liver enzymes used to metabolize many prescription drugs. So if your dog is on medication, you might want to check with your holistic vet before using CBD.

Most CBD oil for dogs and other pets comes from hemp oil, so it contains no or very small traces of THC. Because of this, hemp-based CBD products for humans and animals are legal in all 50 states.

The bottom line is, CBD oil could be a healthy (or even life-saving) herb for your dog. More and more pet owners and holistic vets are drawn to its diverse health benefits. And they feel good knowing the side effects are mild and animals don’t appear to build up a tolerance.

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5 Reasons To Use Hemp Oil For Dogs

These days there’s a ton of buzz about hemp and its amazing health benefits for people as well as pets. And for good reason …

Hemp oil is a true superfood with an array of nutrients that are vital to health. Hemp is growing in popularity as a supplement for humans … and, it turns out, your dog needs it too!

I’ll tell you all the reasons you might want to add hemp oil to your dog’s diet … but first of all, let’s be clear what we’re talking about when we say hemp oil for dogs.

Here are some of the constituents of hemp seed oil and how they can benefit your dog.

#1 Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA)

Your dog can synthesize GLA from linoleic acid (an omega-6 fat), but even healthy dogs can be deficient in it. GLA is an essential building block for prostaglandins in the body. Prostaglandins are hormone-like substances that help control inflammation and support many body functions. GLA deficiencies can lead to allergies, arthritis, premature aging, digestive issues, diabetes and cancer as well as skin problems. So your dog needs to get enough of it and hemp oil can deliver.

#2 Omega-3 and Omega 6

Hemp oil contains an ideal 1 to 3 ratio of omega-3 (alpha linolenic acid) to Omega-6 (linoleic acid) fatty acids. A good balance of these fats is vital for health because they work synergistically in the body.

Omega-6 and omega-3 fats work together to manage inflammation in the body. Too much omega-6 turns on the hormones that raise inflammation. Too much omega-3 can cause immune dysfunction.

Inflammation isn’t always bad. It’s an important part of the body’s healing response to injury or disease. Omega-6 fats increase inflammation to help the body recover.

Omega-3s lower inflammation and control chronic inflammation in the body. Long-term chronic inflammation leads to many health problems, including:

  • Allergies
  • Arthritis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Liver or kidney disease
  • Cancer

So adding hemp oil to your dog’s diet can help prevent these diseases.

Omega-3 fats also benefit the eyes, brain, skin, heart, bone, joints and immune system. They promote good blood flow and improve overall organ function.

  • Managing arthritis pain and inflammation: the Journal of Arthritis and Rheumatism published a study showing that GLA in hemp seeds reduced arthritis symptoms by 25%. The improvement with placebo was 4%.
  • Reducing skin allergies: GLA is an important nutrient to help manage atopic dermatitis. In humans, a 2005 study showed GLA significantly improved clinical symptoms of atopic dermatitis. GLA also helps keep moisture in the skin, leading to suppler skin and a smoother coat.
  • Weight management: GLA helps turn on the body’s fat burning mechanism and can rev up your dog’s energy levels. It may also increase serotonin, a brain chemical that contributes to the feeling of fullness.
  • Anti-cancer: A 2006 study reported that GLA-rich diets modulate inflammation and boost immune function. GLA can inhibit the growth of certain types of tumors. It also stimulates apoptosis (cancer cell death). It can reduce side effects of conventional cancer drugs. The anti-inflammatory properties of GLA may also help prevent cancer by reducing chronic inflammation in the body. Prolonged inflammation weakens cells and tissues, diminishing the immune system.

#3 Antioxidants

Hemp oil contains vitamin E and vitamin A (carotene). These are antioxidants that help the immune system by fighting free radical damage. Free radicals occur when your dog absorbs toxins from vaccines, drugs, chemicals, pesticides, processed foods and pollution. They cause oxidative stress in your dog’s body, damaging cells, proteins and DNA. Antioxidants help keep free radicals under control and promote better health. These vitamins can also increase natural killer cells, helping slow the decline of immune response as your dog ages.

Vitamin E can benefit your dog’s skin, eyes, heart, cognitive function and immune system. Vitamin A also supports immunity, the eyes and skin. It can help prevent urinary stones and contains cancer-fighting properties.

#4 Phospholipids

Phospholipids are molecules that form part of the outer membrane of cells in the body. They help the cell maintain its internal structure and environment … called homeostasis. A 2012 study in Germany on the effects of dietary phospholipids found these benefits:

  • Managing inflammation and arthritis pain
  • Reducing gastric acid
  • Inhibiting tumor growth in cancer
  • Lowering cardiovascular disease risks
  • Improving cognitive disorders and brain health
  • Boosting immune function
  • Repairing liver damage

#5 Safer Than Fish Oil

There are no reported side effects from using hemp oil for dogs, something you can’t say about fish oil.

They use heat to process fish oil, which makes it unstable. It can become rancid very easily, and that means it can cause inflammation in your dog. Since one of the main reasons to give dogs fish oil is to manage inflammation, this is a problem! Hemp oil is cold pressed, making it more stable than fish oil … so it’s less likely to oxidize or become rancid. (But you should still refrigerate it for longer shelf life).

Fish oil can contain mercury, radiation and other contaminants. Organic hemp oil is grown without pesticides or other toxins. The hemp plant also has a long root system, which helps regenerate healthy soil.

Sustainability is also a major concern with fish oil. Fish in the oceans are getting depleted and using fish oil removes a food source for ocean animals. Hemp is a sustainable crop that’s easy to grow in many different climates and soil types – in fact it’s said to grow like a weed!

2 Tips to Make a Cat and Dog Good Friends

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#1 Safe Introductions
Dogs and cats are both complex animals, with emotional needs which can easily be upset so as to cause anxiety.

When a dog and cat are introduced to each other for the first time, if the situation is an anxious one, the animals will associate each other with negative feelings.

It will therefore be much more difficult to encourage them to bond. It should be noted, however, that even if this does occur, the negative association can be reversed with patience and dedication.

The younger the animals are the quicker they should grow to trust each other, but older leopards can change their spots too (I’m not suggesting you get a leopard).

For both animals, introduce them in a way which shows you are happy and at ease with them, showing that they are in a safe and secure environment. Animals always socialize more readily when relaxed.

#2 Obedience Training
Depending on how well behaved a dog is, it might be a good idea to incorporate a level of obedience training into how they interact with your cat.

The reason for this is that dogs have a strong chase instinct. This doesn’t mean they want to eat your cat (although you should always be wary), but it does mean that your dog might take it upon itself to chase your cat around your home.

This will cause anxiety for the cat if it doesn’t recognize this as a game, and in the worst case scenario the cat might decide to fight back, which could result in an injury to your dog. No need to panic about this, however, it rarely comes to this.

Most dog owners are aware of commands such as “sit” or “heel”, but the command “leave” or “leave it” is a great way to show your dog that you don’t want him or her chasing your new pet. It’s an effective way to control how your dog will be around your cat.

While some cats can be almost too inquisitive, most are cautious by nature so will hopefully not chase your dog around. If they do, it might be worth using a cat harness and leash when the animals are around each other initially.