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Is Peanut Butter Safe For Dogs?

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Every time you crack open a jar of peanut butter, your dog miraculously appears, poised and ready for you to deliver a spoonful of the good stuff into their mouths. The nutty treat can send dogs wild, whether it’s being licked off a spoon or applied to a toy for long-lasting enjoyment. 

As a responsible pup owner, there are a few things you should be aware of before giving serving them peanut butter. We’re going to break down everything you need to know about giving your furry friend his favorite treat. 

Can Dogs Eat Peanut Butter

The majority of peanut butter is actually safe for dogs to consume. If peanut butter is provided in moderation, as part of a balanced diet then it can serve as a great source of protein, fats, vitamin B complex and vitamin E. Servings of peanut butter can be healthy dog treats if they’re added into the diet correctly. 

High sodium levels can be detrimental for your dog’s health, making unsalted peanut butter a good choice. There are several recipes for homemade peanut butter that don’t contain any additives sugar; this can be a healthy way of giving your dog nutrient-dense nut butter. 

How Much Peanut Butter Can My Dog Eat?

Peanut butter is a delicious thing and it’s packed with protein and healthy fats. Having a happy and healthy dog is a top priority and it’s natural that you’d want your dog to eat as much as possible. However, if you feed your dog too much peanut butter, you run the risk of health complications like pancreatitis and obesity. 

There’s a couple of options for you to consider when deciding on how much peanut butter to give your dog. The first option is to contact your veterinarian and ask their advice on serving size and frequency. It’s always best to ask a qualified professional if your dog has a sensitive stomach or more severe conditions like diabetes. 

The second option requires you to limit peanut butter to only 10 percent of your dog’s diet. Measure the amount of food that your dog gets daily and reserve only 10 percent of that for peanut butter. You may also want to consider switching out peanut butter with other healthy treats from time to time. 

Homemade Peanut Butter Recipe

There are many brands that sell peanut butter without any extra sugar and additives, making them completely safe for your dog. But, if you’d like to make your own, you can whip up homemade peanut butter in 5 minutes or less. 

Simply throw your unsalted peanuts into a food processor until they’re soft and smooth. Add a little drizzle of extra virgin olive oil into the mix and continue to smooth the peanut butter out. 

Important note: A sugar substitute called Xylitol is found in certain brands of peanut butter and is safe for human consumption but is very toxic to dogs. Check the ingredients of any store-bought peanut butter prior to purchasing to ensure that it’s safe for your pup to eat. 

 

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Scents That May Be Harmful to Your Dog

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As a dog owner, you’re always worried about your pet’s wellbeing. Your dog’s health goes far beyond feeding and sheltering them but also what can be harmful if they’re to smell or ingest something that makes them sick. Essential oils are super trendy right now for both people and pets. However, there are certain scents that can be dangerous to animals, especially dogs. 

We want to keep your four-legged friends happy and healthy. That’s why we’ve put together this list of safe and toxic scents to help keep your pet safe from any future accidents. 

What Are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are extracted from plants and are distinguishable by their strong fragrance. They’re extracted from certain compounds within a plant and processed into essential oils, making them quite different from conventional oils. 

People use essential oils as a remedy to clean, relax and for their health. Essential oils are commonly used in people’s homes and users often want to share the benefits with their pets. Unfortunately, some essential oils are detrimental to the health of dogs and can make your dog extremely sick. 

Why Are Essential Oils Harmful to My Dog?

The potent scent of essential oils is incredibly strong, even for humans. Imagine the sense of smell that your dog has; and when they inhale the scent of essential oil, they’re also ingesting molecules that react with compounds within their body. The same process happens within the human body but we’re able to process a range of different chemicals and compounds that dogs aren’t.

When choosing essential oils for your home, it’s important to differentiate safe oils from oils that your dog will find poisonous. Certain essential oils are completely harmless, especially in small amounts. However, you should always ask your veterinarian if you’re unsure and require guidance prior to purchasing any oils. 

Essential Oils That Are Harmful to Dogs 

Whether used in a diffuser, burned or applied directly to the skin, the list of harmful essential oils for your dog are:

  • Anise
  • Clove
  • Cinnamon
  • Citrus
  • Garlic
  • Pennyroyal
  • Pine
  • Peppermint
  • Tea tree
  • Thyme
  • Wintergreen
  • Ylang Ylang

There are other essential oils that could be dangerous for your dog to smell so it’s always crucial for you to check with your veterinarian. 

Symptoms of Essential Oil Poisoning in Dogs

As a pet owner, you’re always observing your pet’s behavior and want to help your dog as much as possible. There are a few key symptoms to look out for when your dog is having a bad reaction to essential oil:

  • Drooling
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty breathing
  • The scent of essential oil on their fur or breath 
  • Muscle tremors and difficulty walking about
  • Inflammation and redness around their mouth or tongue
  • Vomiting 

What to Do in Case of Emergency 

If your dog is showing any of the above symptoms and you’re concerned that they may have come into contact with essential oils, you’ll need to act fast. Contact a professional and seek medical help by speaking to your veterinarian immediately for further assistance.

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Are There Different Strains Of CBD Plants

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If you’ve spent any time investigating the world of cannabis products, you’ve surely heard of strains

A strain is a variety of cannabis. Every strain has different characteristics, which begin with the strain’s unique genetics. Cannabis cultivators breed different strains, crossing interesting genetics to create desirable traits.

Strains can vary in size, appearance, color, smell, and even effects.

With every strain comes a different chemical makeup of the plants. Each strain has a unique profile of the plant’s active ingredients (cannabinoids and terpenes) which contribute to that strain’s unique effects.

Although generally cannabis strains are mostly associated with marijuana, cannabis strains are equally important when it comes to CBD.

In fact, without these unique strains, CBD would not be on the market today.

Let’s take a look at some different cannabis strains and how they relate to CBD.

The Most Important CBD Strain: Hemp

When it comes to the modern CBD market, the source of all your favorite CBD products is the hemp plant.

Biologically speaking, the hemp plant is no different from the type of cannabis used to make marijuana products. The difference is primarily the legality of the plant.

Based on the 2014 and 2018 Farm Bill, hemp is defined under United States law as a cannabis plant containing 0.3% or less THC. 

To comply with this restriction, cultivators selected certain strains of cannabis that fit these criteria. In this light, it’s easy to see that hemp is actually just a strain of cannabis.

Technically, hemp isn’t just a single strain. Any cannabis strain containing 0.3% or less THC can be classified as a hemp plant. 

There are many strains of hemp. They can vary in their CBD content, terpene content, and the concentration of other cannabinoids (so long as they stick to 0.3% or less THC, which keeps them in the hemp classification.)

In states without medical or recreational marijuana laws, all CBD products are sourced from hemp plants. But in states which allow for medical and recreational cannabis, certain CBD products can also be made from marijuana plants.

Using the definition of the Farm Bill laid out above, a marijuana plant is any cannabis plant containing 0.3% or more THC. THC is the infamous compound associated with the “high” sought by recreational marijuana users. THC produces an intoxicating effect, which is why the definition of hemp severely restricts THC content.

Understanding CBD Strains: CBD and THC Ratios

When dealing with hemp plants, the THC content is so low that it can be safely ignored. That is why hemp can be used to produce CBD products, even so-called “Full Spectrum” CBD extracts which still contain minute traces of THC.

But when we take a look outside of the strict definitions of hemp, we find a lot of marijuana strains that are high in CBD. Even if they have more than the 0.3% THC required to classify them as hemp, these strains can actually contain boatloads of CBD and often have more CBD than THC.

This is usually expressed as a ratio. A marijuana strain high in CBD can provide different relief in comparison to a strain that has high amounts of THC. 

In fact, CBD can actually work to counteract the intoxicating effects of THC. As a result, CBD strains are not very sought after by recreational marijuana users hoping to become intoxicated. Instead of getting the user high, these high CBD marijuana strains are often utilized by users looking for therapeutic relief.

Here are some of the more common CBD:THC ratios you might encounter in marijuana strains.

18:1 — This is an extremely high CBD concentration, with virtually no THC. Ideal the CBD user looking to minimize their THC intake while still consuming marijuana. At this ratio, the strain is unlikely to produce any THC intoxication.

8:1 — Another extremely high CBD and low THC concentration. At this ratio, the strain is likely to produce at most an exceptionally mild THC intoxication. For more experienced users, the THC content in an 8:1 strain is unlikely to produce any type of high.

4:1 — While still high in CBD, this concentration is more likely to produce a mild THC intoxication. Best suited for users with some experience using THC.

1:1 — With a 1:1 ratio, the levels of CBD and THC are balanced. At this ratio, the effects of THC are likely to be experienced. While CBD can dampen the effects of THC, this ratio is likely to produce intoxication, especially when consuming medium or large doses. A 1:1 ratio is best reserved for users with experience with the effects of THC who are comfortable using it.

Which CBD Strain is Best For My Dog?

Thankfully, you don’t need to think too much about the strain of CBD. If you’re just looking to stick to CBD products, you can skip thinking about CBD at all.

All commercial CBD products being sold outside of recreational or medical marijuana dispensaries are produced by hemp plants. Some manufacturers offer detailed analysis and testing data used to verify the quality of their hemp, like cherrypuppycbd. If you want to know exactly what you’re getting, this is the best way to get a detailed breakdown of your CBD supplements.

When it comes to hemp, the strains themselves are mostly the concern of the cultivator.

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The Understated Importance Of Terpenes

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In any discussion of cannabis, you’re likely to come across some mention of cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are often identified as the key active ingredients which give hemp and marijuana their effects, the most famous of which are THC and CBD.

However, there is another important class of compounds found in the cannabis plant: terpenes.

Terpenes aren’t exclusive to cannabis. In fact, they can be found in plants of all descriptions, from pine trees to aromatic herbs to common grasses. Even certain species of insects produce terpenes.

For these plants, terpenes perform an extremely vital function. Richly aromatic terpenes help to repel herbivores which might otherwise treat these plants as a tasty snack, while other varieties of terpenes help attract the attention of pollinators such as bees and butterflies, and even act as signals to enlist the aid of helpful predator species which can consume pests that might cause damage to the plant.

It’s not just animals and bugs which find the scent of terpenes attractive, either. If you’ve ever marveled at the delicious scent of an essential oil, you’ve experienced the wonders of terpenes first hand. 

The essential oils used in aromatherapy, perfumes, and traditional medicine practices are rich in terpenes which are the source of their fragrances. Terpenes are even responsible for the aromas and flavors of some of your favorite foods.

As much as your olfactory system might appreciate terpenes, it turns out that these compounds are more than just a delight for the senses. New research into terpenes suggests that many of these terpenes may also have beneficial effects for your body when consumed.

Terpenes, Cannabis, and CBD Oil

The cannabis plant is rich in terpenes, containing potentially hundreds of different terpenes which give the cannabis plant its distinctive aroma.

Every “strain” of cannabis contains a unique profile of terpenes and cannabinoids. These complex chemical profiles contribute to the wide variety of different aromas and effects which cannabis plants exhibit. 

These unique terpene profiles are often responsible for the distinctive smells and the unique names given to various cannabis plants. And these terpenes aren’t just limited to the marijuana world. The hemp used to produce CBD oils are just as rich with terpenes as any strain of marijuana.

Terpenes are produced in the same parts of the cannabis plant which are responsible for the bulk of cannabinoid production. As a result, when hemp plants are processed to extract cannabinoids like CBD, the resultant extracts are rich in terpenes.

Rather than being a simple byproduct, these terpenes may actually be playing a vital role in the effects sought after by users of CBD supplements.

If you’ve shopped for CBD at all, you may have come across the terms “Full Spectrum” and “Isolate.” CBD products labeled “Isolate” use a purified form of CBD where all other cannabinoids and terpenes have been removed, leaving nothing but 100% pure CBD.

“Full Spectrum” products, on the other hand, use hemp oil which still contains all of the cannabinoids and terpenes extracted from the hemp plant.

For many users, this “Full Spectrum” CBD oil is the preferred product. While this an issue which requires further scientific study, many users anecdotally report a variety of differences between using “Full Spectrum” and “Isolate” CBD oils, a difference which could come down to not only the extra cannabinoids, but also to the unique blends of terpenes these oils contain.

The potential benefits of “Full Spectrum” CBD oils do have some scientific backing, as well. The so-called “Entourage Effect” is a theory which suggests that it is the unique combination of cannabinoids, terpenes, and other trace elements which are the source of many of the effects exhibited by cannabis.

The Entourage Effect has gained credence as scientists try to pick apart the cannabis plant on a molecule by molecule basis. Often, laboratory results on testing a single component of cannabis don’t produce the expected effects, while less refined extracts which contain a variety of cannabinoids and terpenes showcase effects which no single compound seems to be responsible for.

This suggests that rather than one or two active ingredients acting alone, the complex biochemistry of cannabis — cannabinoids and terpenes working in sync — create synergistic effects within the body, leading to the many benefits users experience when consuming “Full Spectrum” oils.

Terpene Benefits

Terpenes aren’t exclusively produced by the cannabis plant. Many of the same terpenes which are common to cannabis can be found in a wide variety of plants and foods. 

Completely independent of their association with cannabis, many of these terpenes have been studied for their potential benefits.

Let’s take a look at a few of the most common terpenes found in cannabis and the science behind their potential effects. Note that every cannabis strain is unique and will contain varying quantities of these terpenes — some may not contain the listed terpenes at all, or only contain them in minute trace quantities.

As we review these effects, it’s important to note that while scientists have identified these potential benefits in laboratory tests of these terpenes, that does not necessarily suggest that ingesting CBD oils or similar products will produce any of these effects. It is simply a primer on how terpenes have the potential to affect the body. As always, CBD oil supplements are not designed to diagnose, treat, cure, or alleviate any medical symptoms.

Pinene: Pinene is the most abundant terpene in the natural world. It is responsible for the characteristic “piney” scent of pine trees, which contain prodigious amounts of pinene within their needles. Pinene is also found in herbs such as basil and rosemary. Researchers have investigated pinene for its potential to help fight anxiety and combat asthma symptoms.

Myrcene: Myrcene is a terpene with a musky aroma. It can be found in large quantities in lemongrass, mangos, and thyme. Research has identified myrcene as an antioxidant, and it has been investigated as a potential anti-inflammatory.

Limonene: Limonene is the terpene which gives lemon and orange rinds their distinctive citrus aroma. Researchers have investigated limonene for its potential to inhibit inflammation.

Caryophyllene: Caryophyllene is a terpene which can be found in black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, and a variety of other plants. It has been investigated for its potential to help fight stomach ulcers.

Ocimene: Ocimene is a terpene found in orchid flowers, as well as mint and parsley. Ocimene appears to have some antibacterial and antiseptic effects in the plants where it occurs naturally.

Terpinolene: Terpinolene is a terpene with a floral aroma which can be found in nutmeg and cumin, as well as lilac flowers. It has demonstrated antioxidant properties in laboratory studies.

Humulene: Humulene is a terpene found in wood, as well as hops. It has a rich, earthy aroma which contributes to the distinctive smell of wood. Researchers have identified humulene as a potential anti-inflammatory.

Don’t Underestimate Terpenes!

Aside from the potential effects which scientists have investigated for individual terpenes, the unique way these terpenes interact with each other and with the cannabinoids may also produce unique effects.

It’s this intricate symphony of chemistry which gives cannabis and CBD oil its many effects.

If you’re hoping to experience the effects of a terpene rich CBD product your pet, it’s important to buy Full Spectrum CBD oil products, which keep all of these potentially beneficial terpenes in tact and deliver them along with a dose of CBD and other trace cannabinoids.

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Is Your Dog Not Eating? What Can You Do to Help

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As a pet owner, it can be incredibly worrying when your dog isn’t eating like he usually does. For a dog, a healthy diet is a crucial element to a happy life. There could be a number of reasons as to why your dog’s appetite has taken a sudden turn so it’s important to be able to observe and respond accordingly. 

Your dog’s health is our number one priority, that’s why we’ve put together this guide to help you spot why your dog isn’t eating and what you can do to help.

Sickness

Your dog getting sick and becoming ill can be one of the main reasons that they’re losing their appetite. If your pup is feeling under the weather from illness, you can try the following: 

  • Make dry food softer by pouring warm water over it
  • Warm your dog’s food up (try the microwave)
  • Make their food more appealing by pouring beef broth, chicken broth or clam juice over it
  • Try hand-feeding your dog
  • For severe cases, the vet may prescribe medication to induce appetite

If your dog doesn’t have an appetite and also has diarrhea or vomiting, it’s essential that you urgently contact your veterinarian immediately. 

Medications 

If your dog has recently visited a veterinarian and has been put on medication, it may be giving them an upset stomach. It’s not uncommon for dogs to suffer from a loss of appetite after being treated for a disease. Antibiotics are renowned for giving dogs a stomachache and other medications for making dogs feel very nauseous.

Non-steroidal drugs to treat inflammation and chemotherapy could potentially cause your dog to lose their appetite. 

 

Anxiety

If you’ve switched up the dog’s environment by changing jobs or moving to a new city, it can affect your dog’s appetite. Emotional issues with dogs are not uncommon and they can cause the dog to suffer from anxiety, just like humans do. 

Dogs are also emotional eaters like humans if they’re suffering from anxiety and stress they can either have a complete loss of appetite or gain a very large one. 

 

Feeding Schedule

Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, some dogs actually prefer to eat at very particular times of the day. Your dog may like to eat at 6 pm on the dot and a change in the feeding schedule has caused them to lose their appetite. 

It’s common practice for dogs to eat at around the same time every day, so if your pup only consumes his food at one time of day, it’s most likely nothing to be concerned about and it’s a healthy dog that just needs an adjustment in their feeding schedule.

 

Getting Help If Your Dog Isn’t Eating  

In some cases, your dog may have a reduced appetite for a few days and then everything goes back to normal. If your dog’s lack of appetite doesn’t improve and you notice the above symptoms then it’s time to get in touch with your veterinarian. 

It’s important to contact your veterinarian if your dog has no appetite and has diarrhea or is vomiting immediately. We suggest contacting professional help within 8 – 12 hours. 

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Ways You Can Exercise Your Dog Indoors

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Dogs need to exercise as part of their daily routine and they actually love it too. Whether it’s snowing in Salt Lake City or there’s blistering heat in a Boston summer, your dog will want to go for a walk or run. 

It’s not always possible to take your dog out for a walk because it’s unsafe or your dog has anxiety and doesn’t want to go out. Fortunately, with a little bit of patience and a lot of creativity, you can exercise your dog indoors to work their body and mind without leaving your home. 

Let’s get right into it with a few exercises that you can do indoors with your dog. 

 

Staircase Stamina Building 

Use the staircase in your home to your advantage and tire your dog out by giving them a workout on your staircase. The steps on the staircase work well to stimulate your dog’s muscles and maintain healthy joints. By engaging different parts of your dog’s body, you’re helping to strengthen their body with the incline and decline of the steps. 

The easiest way to train your dog on the stairs is to stand at the top with your dog at the bottom. Throw a toy down and when your dog retrieves it, call their name and have them run up to you. Repeat until your dog is exhausted, or you are. 

 

Impromptu Obstacle Course 

It’s probably only going to be impromptu the first few times you do it but you can set up a course around the house. You can use cushions to create a tunnel for your dog to navigate through and use a hula hoop as an obstacle for your pup to hop through. 

The beauty of this is that you can be as creative as you like and it will challenge your dog physically and mentally. 

 

Hide & Treat

Make your four-legged friend work for their treats by hiding around your home. Whether it’s a biscuit or a bully stick, hide the dog treats behind the couch, under the rug or behind doors. It’s a great way to tire your dog out and get their blood pumping because they’re so engrossed in finding their treat. 

 

Use a Treadmill

If you have a treadmill on your home, you can take advantage of exercising your dog. Firstly, make sure that your dog is comfortable with the treadmill by watching it in action and absorbing its sounds. Then, you should place your dog on the treadmill and reward them with a treat. Switch the treadmill on at the lowest speed setting and keep giving your dog treats to keep them engaged and on the treadmill. When your dog has become more comfortable with using a treadmill, you can slowly start to increase the speed.

Important note: if you’re using a leash as a walking aid, it’s crucial that you do not tie the leash to the treadmill or anywhere else. Tying the leash can restrict your dog’s movement and be a safety hazard.

 

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5 Tips to Help Your Puppy Sleep through the Night

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Getting a new puppy is an incredibly exciting time and it can be compared to having a baby (a human baby), just to clarify. Puppies need to learn about the environment around them and become accustomed to the world, the same way that babies and children do. As a dog owner, you’ll need to teach your puppy where they can go to the toilet, which commands to obey and sleeping should be done at night. 

Training a puppy to sleep through the night can be a challenging time for dog owners because you’re faced with a little lack of sleep and a whole lot of cuteness overload. 

We’ve put together 5 tips to help your puppy sleep through the night and with any luck it will help you get more sleep too. 

 

Avoid Midnight Munchies

Ensure that you give your puppy their last meal around three hours before they’re going to sleep. This ensures that they’re able to digest the food and also have ample time to go to the toilet. 

Maintaining your puppy’s health by giving them plenty of water is essential; make sure you give your puppy their water around two hours prior to bedtime. That way, your puppy won’t be inclined to drink closer to bedtime and need to use the toilet during the middle of the night. 

Toilet before sleep time

Allow your puppy to go to the toilet prior to bedtime to minimize any interruptions during their sleep. By taking your pup out to the toilet, you’re teaching them that they have a final opportunity to do what they gotta do until the morning. 

It’s essential that you get into the routine of taking your puppy outside prior to bedtime, even if the puppy doesn’t need to go. This helps your pup to relate the time of day with their last time to go to the toilet before it’s time to sleep. 

 

Tire Your Puppy Out 

Puppies are usually full of energy and if your puppy breed has a lively energetic temperament, then the likelihood is that your puppy wants to play all the time. Without tiring your puppy out, it’s going to be difficult to get them to settle down at night to sleep. 

In the hour or two leading up to bedtime for your puppy, it’s important to let them work off their energy by playing games or walking. Gradually calm your puppy down by slowing down the pace of the games and playing. As bedtime gets closer, your puppy won’t be able to resist feeling exhausted. 

 

Create a Happy Sleep Space 

Who doesn’t love their bed? The should be applied to your puppy’s sleeping space. There should be happy and positive associations for your little pup when they think about their sleeping space. Provide your puppy with a comforter that smells of you and let them take it to bed. 

It’s essential that you don’t use your puppy’s bed as a form of punishment and you never send them to bed if they’re not abiding by your rules. This will lead to the puppy associating the bed as a form of punishment and getting them to sleep at night can become troublesome. 

 

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CBD dog treats for joint pain: When your dog is looking for relief from aches

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You might be interested in learning more about whether CBD puppy treats can be safe or effective for treating joint pain in your dog with joint problems or who is suffering from joint issues as a result of older age. When joint pain affects your dog’s ability to live a normal life or to enjoy physical activity, it’s no surprise that this becomes your first priority, leading you to research options for relieving their pain without turning to medicine.

How Does CBD Affect Dogs?

No formal studies have yet shown how CBD affects dogs directly. However, researchers do know that the endo-cannabinoid receptors in the peripheral and central nervous systems are affected by cannabinoids. Some believe that this could help keep the body in a normal healthy state.

Can CBD Oil Help Dogs with Joint Pain?

There are some indications from past users that CBD oil is very popular because of its anti-inflammatory properties and the potential to alleviate joint pain for dogs. Further research may come out regarding the overall impact of CBD oil in dogs in particular with regard to joint pain.

Are There Any Side Effects of Using CBD Oil for Dog?

There is not yet any scientific data indicating firm side effects based on CBD usage for dogs. However, there are possible side effects based on how CBD interacts with the human body.

The proper dosage is important for minimizing any potential side effects, so make sure to do your research before purchasing a CBD product for your dog. Some of the most common side effects reported by humans using CBD products include drowsiness, lowered blood pressure, and dry mouth. It can be a good idea to have your dog monitored by a veterinarian if you are attempting to use these products for the first time.

What Are the Alternative Therapies for Dog Joint Pain?

Many pet owners are looking for safe and natural opportunities to address joint pain in their pet, which is probably what led you to this page. Arthritis and joint pain can have a debilitating effect on a dog’s life and arthritis is used to describe this medical condition. It is believed that arthritis impacts more than 25% of dogs.

Reducing inflammation while giving the dog joint pain relief and improving the cartilage are some of the common reasons why people seek out options to research CBD dog treats and CBD oil for dogs. Dog joint pain can be very detrimental to their day-to-day life and CBD oil is just one of many natural remedies that could be used.

Other potential support for dog joint pain include bromelain, green-lipped muscle, chondroitin sulphate, glucosamine sulphate, curcumin, and MSM. Natural ingredients that can also benefit dogs include zinc, vitamin C, selenium, and manganese. If you have identified muscle atrophy, lameness, joint pain, joint stiffness, slowness or pain in getting up or slowness of movement; these could be signs that you pet is suffering from dog joint pain. CBD dog treats or CBD oil for dogs may be able to help.      

CBD for Dogs FAQ

What Can You Give a Dog for Pain Relief?

If your dog is suffering, CBD treats might be the best way for your dog to get some instant relief. CBD treats can have many positive impacts on your dog.

Hemp Oil vs. CBD Oil for Dogs?

CBD oil has more benefits for dog as many humans who have used it have also experienced anxiety relief and relaxation, side effects that you might want your dog to experience, too! 

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Is CBD Good For Pets?

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With thousands of users turning to CBD it’s not too surprising that many are looking to help our furry friends who also need the relief that CBD provides. 

In fact, you can now find several CBD products on the market designed specifically for pets. 

 

The Science Behind Pets Taking CBD

If you’re a proponent of CBD, you might already be aware that in many respects, the research in the field is lagging behind the popularity of CBD.

There are definitely a lot of questions that remain unanswered in the scientific sense, even for CBD use in humans. As you might imagine, this issue is even further compounded when we look for the science behind giving our pets CBD.

Perhaps even more tellingly, in a survey of consumers who had given CBD products to their pets, a whopping 93% of respondents felt that the CBD products they gave their pets were equally as effective than traditional treatment. 88% of respondents reported that they felt the CBD products were “very safe” for use in pets, with the remainder reporting that they felt the products were as safe as other treatment methods.

Understanding How CBD Affects Pets

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While the studies linked above show great promise for CBD’s potential in helping alleviate pet’s symptoms, there is still much work that needs to be done. 

However, some preliminary findings suggest that CBD may function in animals in much the same way it does in humans. 

CBD is part of a class of compounds known as cannabinoids. In addition to being found in the cannabis plant, cannabinoids are essential neurotransmitters which occur naturally in mammals, as part of what is known as the endocannabinoid system.

 CBD may perhaps be best understood in lab rats, where its effects have been well studied. In rats, CBD has been shown to provide vast therapeutic relaxing effects and promote wellness. 

Can CBD Help My Pets?

While there is still much work that needs to be done to determine the most effective treatment strategy for giving pets CBD. The hemp-derived compound can be effectively used in animals to support their over health and wellness. 

If you’re considering giving your animals CBD, it is a good idea to consult with your veterinarian about the best dose and to make sure that CBD won’t interact with any existing medications your pet might be taking.

Finding the right amount to take is a major part of any treatment. It’s important to remember that animals tend to be quite a bit smaller than humans in terms of body weight, so they require far less CBD. While CBD is generally well-tolerated in even large doses and unlikely to cause serious harm, it can still lead to drowsiness, upset stomach, dry mouth, and changes in appetite if the dose is too high.

One of the best ways to begin adding CBD to your pet’s wellness regimen is with Cherrypuppycbd’s CBD Dog Treats and Tinctures

Formulated with care by expert holistic veterinarian Dr. Robert J. Silver, these chews are absolutely delicious for your dog and contain a variety of potent superfoods infused with full-spectrum CBD oil. 

See what CBD can do for your animals! 

 

Sources

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0968089615000838

CBD Oil: How Long Until You See Results?

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How long does it take to work?

Have you recently started using CBD oil as an alternative to traditional medical treatment? You may be wondering how long it will be before you see the effects. There are several factors to take into account. 

Consider the length of time you have been taking it and the dosage. Before you give up altogether, look at the suggestions below. We’ll talk about recommended dosages, overuse effects, how to determine the quality of a product, and types of products out there for you to try.

How are you taking it?

There are a few ways to take CBD oil. You may have been taking supplements, eating gummies, vaping, or using a tincture. 

Vaping

With vaping, you usually feel it within minutes. It can be intense, but the effects don’t last very long. You will need to use the vape consistently throughout the day. With vaping, it is challenging to determine dosage.

Oral Supplements

Some people notice a difference within 20 minutes of taking a supplement or gummy. For others, it takes longer. It may be two weeks to a month before you begin to notice any changes. 

Tinctures

Tinctures come in a small vial with an eyedropper to administer the correct dosage. You can squirt the oil right under your tongue for fast absorption. Others put it in food, smoothies, or even their coffee. It also comes in a variety of flavors such as cinnamon or peppermint. Again, as you take it orally, the effects vary from person to person.

How much should you take?

So, you’ve been taking CBD oil for a month and still no results? Be patient! Remember that everyone is different and has different reactions to medication. Weight is a factor in deciding your dosage amount as well as other drugs you may be taking. Some people give up on this course of treatment too soon. What’s most likely happening is that your dosage is too small.

Your dosage also depends on what symptoms you’re treating. If your issues are not severe, begin with a dose of 10 mg per day and work up from there. For extreme inflammation or chronic pain, start with 20-40 mg. For other disorders such as schizophrenia and epilepsy, talk with your medical care practitioner. They’ll help to find the right dosage for you.

You know the saying, “Slow and steady wins the race?” That’s how you should view taking your CBD oil product. Start low and build up until you find the dose that works best for you.

Can you take too much?

Bottom line, no. You can not overdose on CBD oil. If your dose is too high, you will notice some side effects. You may be sleepy, feel lethargic, have an increased heart rate, or experience nausea. It is rare to experience these symptoms, but if you do, lower your dose.

Due to the fact this is an all-natural treatment, it can’t harm you. It won’t get you high if you take too much. If you’re a parent, make sure to tell your teenagers this! 

Where can I buy CBD oil?

If you live in an area that has a health food store, you can pick some up there. The shop attendant will be able to help you decide on a dosage.

Otherwise, it is available online.

How do I know what to look for?

There are a few factors in deciding which company will provide the best CBD oil for you. The FDA does not regulate CBD production. It has only recently approved a few drugs for the treatment of epilepsy. So, here’s what to look for when purchasing in a store or online.

Testing

The website should have a lab report posted on its website. This ensures their product has the amount of cannabinoids they claim and no harmful contaminants. If you don’t see this, keep shopping!

THC Content

THC is legal in some states, but not all. To buy CBD oil legally, it must contain 0.3% or less. Plus, you’re seeking its health benefits, right?

Other Ingredients

Check the other ingredients listed on the bottle. If there are long, confusing words you can’t pronounce, you may want to stay away from it.

The best products are premium, all-natural with organic ingredients listed. Some may include symptom-specific additions such as melatonin or Vitamin B12. 

Hemp Source

CBD oil comes from hemp, so it’s essential to learn where it came from. How was it cultivated? Some brands are more concerned with the lowest prices possible rather than quality. Believe it or not, the best hemp comes from the US. Check about pesticide use, GMOs, or other unnatural product usages.

The results are in!

You’ve been taking CBD for a month and have not yet seen results.There are a few things to check. Before you decide to stop taking it all together, check your dosage and the quality of the product. Maybe the type of product you’re using isn’t right for you. 

What symptoms are you trying to treat? Did you know that CBD oil products are even used for our furry friends? If they can work for you, why not them, too?

Resources

Thiele, E.A., et al. Cannabidiol in patients with seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (GWPCARE4): A randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase 3 trial. Lancet. Vol. 391, 2018, p. 1085, March 2018.

Iffland, K and Franjo Grotenherem. An update on safety and side effects of cannabidiol: A review of clinical data and relevant animal studies. Cannabis Cannabinoid Research. 139-154, June 1, 2017.

Bonn-Miller, M.O., et al. Labeling accuracy of cannabidiol extracts sold online. JAMA, Vol. 318, p. 1708, November 7, 2017.