04 Feb Can you dig it?
Pet owners are trying a new, yet tried and true medicinal alternative
With America’s growing concern for the adverse effects of prescription opioids, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS), steroids,and other medications, suffering people by the millions are turning to a medical alternative that was considered taboo just a few short years ago.
If you haven’t heard of Cannabidiol—or CBD for short—chances are you will very soon. CBD is taken by millions of people to lessen anxiety, relieve pain, reduce inflammation, manage bowel disorders, and even mitigate epileptic seizures. The positive effects on humans are becoming more widely reported—and accepted. Even though CBD has been around for decades, it’s quickly becoming THE 21stcentury wonder drug.
And, inevitably, our 21stcentury minds ask “if it’s good for me, then it must be good for my dog, right?”
The answer to that question is, surprisingly enough, yes!
Cannabidiol is derived from hemp, but doesn’t produce the mind-altering effects of Tetrahydrocannabinol—commonly known as THC—that cannabis users typically experience. Since there are just scant traces of THC in CBD, it also means that it’s safe for your pets. No worries about a prolonged “catnip” effect or “marijuana munchies” for your dog.
Is Fido struggling to get up and down the stairs these days? Is Fifi deathly afraid of firecrackers? Bruno can’t keep his dinner down? CBD may become the pet owners’ go to treatment for these conditions and more. How about treating breeds of dogs more prone to cancer? Indeed, CBD has even shown promise to protect against the development, growth, and spread of malignant tumors. Oh, and CBD appears to work just as well on cats, too, albeit in smaller doses.
Beyond efficacy, CBD is a course of treatment for pet owners who are concerned not only about the health of their pets, but the potentially serious side effects of prescription drugs as well.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AMVA), traditional medications for joint inflammation, pain, and anxiety in domestic animals include: non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (carprofen, deracoxib, firocoxib, and meloxicam); Opioid pain relievers derived from morphine(oxycodone, hydromorphone, butorphanol, meperidine and fentanyl); and Behavior-modifying drugs and sedatives (diazepam, xylazine, acepromazine and midazolam).
These drugs come with some pretty heavy side effects. The AMVA advises caution when giving these medications to pets, as long-term use of NSAIDs can negatively affect prostaglandins, which can result in changes in blood flow within the kidney that can lead to kidney damage and also stomach ulcers. And, as with humans, steroids and opioids need to be tapered and cannot be stopped “cold turkey.”
Since CBD is plant-based and inherently more natural, it promises far fewer side effects than many of the aforementioned prescription medications.
“There’s a growing societal concern over the extensive prescribing of pain killers and anti-inflammatory medications. Dogs and cats are increasingly prescribed these drugs as well, which aren’t natural,” says Peter Orlando, Director of Product Development at NaturPak Pet. “People want natural options to improve quality of life for themselves and their pets.”
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