My dog, Phoenix, has been sick since August 2018. He has endured months of procedures, food and medication trials. Some things work to ease his regurgitation episodes but are usually short-lived.
After months of regurgitation, Phoenix developed aspiration pneumonia 3 times in the past 2.5 months. The regurgitation has to stop!
During vet visits, more medication is prescribed, which adds on more side-effects. If I decline the meds, we’re told more procedures are needed. Vets have also warned that more procedures could kill Phoenix because of anesthesia.
So what do you do when it seems that medications aren’t working and procedures aren’t an option? Try CBD oil!
Yes, you heard me! CBD oil has been a miracle in our household after a year of nothing working.
Within the first use, the regurgitation episodes ceased! Even Phoenix seemed surprised when we went on our nightly after-dinner walk, and he didn’t throw up. So we have continued to use it and still no regurgitation after a week!
Why didn’t anyone suggest this before?
Even though CBD is accessible in most states, it is illegal for your vet to recommend or discuss CBD use in your pet. Vets can only discuss CBD if the pet owner brings it up first. Frustrating?
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is derived from the cannabis plant. There are currently over 700 cannabis strands available but not all strands are safe.
Cannabis plants contain CBD and THC (tetrahydrocannibinol) but in various levels. When using hemp cannabis plant, it contains less than 0.3% THC.
THC, found in marijuana cannabis, has psychoactive properties to it. (Wanna get high?) While THC isn’t good for pets, CBD can be used to treat many medical and behavioral issues such as:
- Arthritis and Joint Pain
- Muscle Spasms
- Anxiety and Fears
- Cancer Pain
- Nausea and Digestive Disorders
In 2018, the FDA removed CBD (derived from hemp) from the schedule 1 list, which means it is legal in all 50 states. However, hemp-derived CBD products are not federally regulated. That means processing and manufacturing is not inspected or controlled by the FDA. (This is also the same for vitamin and supplement products made in the U.S. too).
When purchasing CBD for your pet make sure to buy from a trusted source. Ask questions about purity, flavor, and dosing. Some products have a grassy flavor, which might not be good for picky eaters.
The purity can affect the dose. A lower purity usually means using more product to get a response! Although low purity CBD is usually lower priced, cheaper products are not better.
Try to search for organic and pesticide-free CBD. You wouldn’t want to ingest pesticides, and neither does your pet. Pesticides are known to attack the nervous system in the body. This can lead to bigger problems, like neurological disorders and seizures.
CBD is available in several different forms like extracts, salves, or treats. When choosing a CBD product, ask yourself what condition are you treating and how fast of a response is needed.
Extracts are given by dropper into the mouth, rubbed onto the inner ear or skin, or dropped onto a treat. Administer the extract 30 minutes before eating for digestive issues. It's always best to start with a medium dose. If the optimal response is not achieved within 60 minutes, administer more drops. Do not exceed the maximum recommended dose. CBD can be given once daily or every 8 - 12 hours.
Side effects are minimal with CBD. When used in higher doses, it can cause dry mouth or sedation.
CBD has been a miracle for my dog, Phoenix! We will never understand why he suffers so many digestive issues. But CBD has allowed him to start living his life again as a normal dog.
If you're out of options or tired of the side effects from other medications, CBD is a safe alternative for your dog.
It’s best to discuss CBD with your veterinarian, who can help determine if best for your dog. This blog is for informational purposes only. The information given should not be used as a substitute for veterinary evaluation.
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- Special thank you to All The Best Pet Care, Seattle, WA, for allowing us to take photos in their store.