Another way to strengthen your dog’s back to prevent injury is with the use of supplements.
One type of supplement for dogs that is growing in popularity is CBD, or cannabidiol.
Since CBD is relatively new and so little is known about how it works, how about we take a quick crash course in what it is, what it isn’t and what researchers know about CBD for pets.
What is CBD?
CBD stands for cannabidiol ...a compound that is found in hemp and cannabis plants.
Isn’t that the same as “weed” (marijuana)?
Not at all.
Most CBD products come from hemp and not from cannabis. CBD does not have the psychoactive compound THC in it.
THC is the compound that makes people feel “high” and the reason it is against federal law.
CBD on the other hand has no chance of any “high” feeling and is legal for sale in the U.S. as long as it does not contain the THC compound.
How does CBD affect dogs?
Now for the confusing news. Researchers don’t know yet exactly what CBD can do for pets or humans.
The reason for this is simply because it is so new that researchers have not had a chance to conduct proper studies with it yet.
What that means is that all of the data we currently have on CBD and it’s uses come from people who are trying it out and reporting their findings.
Proper clinical studies take years and millions of dollars. And due to laws that are still in effect it’s still not easy for researchers to study the compound in the same way that other supplements or products are studied.
What dog health problems can be treated by CBD?
Since there aren’t any studies yet, the only information we have to go on is anecdotal evidence.
This means the information we now have comes from pet parents that have tried CBD and are reporting what they learned.
But the results are very promising for many people.
At this time CBD is being used for dogs because of its anti-inflammatory properties (joint health), cardiac benefits, anti-nausea properties, anxiety issues, increased appetite and even anti-cancer properties.
The American Kennel Club’s Canine Health Foundation (CHF) is even conducting its own study of CBD for the specific use in seizure treatment for dogs that do not respond to any other available drugs on the market.
If you decide to try CBD products to treat your dog for any condition or just for supplemental health it is advised to start with small doses and work from there.
How does CBC work in dogs?
Humans and dogs both have what is called an Endocannabinoid System in our bodies.
Researchers have learned that our (and our dogs) brains have receptors in our brains that respond to cannabis.
People and dogs also have many other receptors in our brains that respond to other treatments.
This is how every other drug that you can get from your pharmacy works.
What this means is that for humans and dogs and other living things, cannabis, CBD etc have a built-in reaction within our bodies that are believed by many to promote better health, healing and treatment for many ailments.
Putting it all together - CBD and dogs:
Even though we don’t have a bunch of scientific studies yet, we know from a lot of anecdotal evidence that CBD is helpful to many dogs and their parents for a wide range of health issues.
It is highly believed that CBD has anti-inflammatory properties. This means that CBD products for your dog can help reduce inflamed joints in your dog which will give him or her more mobility.
More mobility means stronger joints and muscles which in-turn means less of a chance of injury.
If you are trying to keep your 4 legged lil’ buddy as healthy as possible and strong to avoid problems like back injury then CBD is something you can consider as preventative and reactive medicine.
It can help curb some health issues while treating issues that have already affected your dog.