PCR Rich Hemp Oil (CBD oil) is becoming one of the biggest crazes in the health supplement world. More and more pet owners are turning to CBD oil to help their pets with issues such as anxiety and pain management. If you haven’t heard of CBD quite yet, it is only a matter of time before you will encounter this increasingly popular natural alternative.
What is CBD?
CBD is a non-psychoactive compound found in the hemp plant, meaning it does not produce any “high” or “buzz”. CBD activates your dog’s endocannabinoid system (which all mammals have) to help maintain your dog’s normal body function and can help with issues such anxiety, pain, seizures, and skin issues.
What are veterinarians saying?
Because CBD is not approved by the FDA, veterinarians can’t legally prescribe CBD for dogs or any other animal. Hemp-derived CBD oil is legal in all 50 states, but a veterinarian could lose their license for prescribing it. That isn’t to say that some veterinarians are not on board with the whole CBD movement and don’t recommend it. Some doctors are even studying the effects of CBD on certain conditions, such as Dr. Stephanie McGrath at CSU, who is studying the use of CBD for dogs with epilepsy.
We love to hear stories of how CBD is helping furry family members all across the country feel better. Check out these few stories:
“Emma Smith of Sherman Oaks, California started using CBD oil on her 13-year-old Pomeranian, Tinkerbell, about a year and a half ago when she was battling liver disease and having chronic seizures. She was unable to walk, eat, or use the bathroom on her own, so Smith knew she didn’t have much time. Her vet said the best thing would be to euthanize her, so she made the appointment.
At the last minute, based on a recommendation from her local dispensary, Emma decided to try CBD oil to make her comfortable in her last few hours. That night, she gave Tinkerbell a dose of CBD oil before bed and the next morning she was walking, using the bathroom on her own again, and had no seizures! She marvels, “we are still not sure how it all works, but CBD has kept our little girl alive for a year-plus longer than we expected!” Emma cautions, “the dosage is tricky at first, but we are so happy to have found CBD for our pets! We’ve continued to use CBD to control the seizures and it has worked ever since…it’s been almost 2 years, and we have seen our pup do so well on the oil that we will never stop using it. Still doing great, she’s about to have her 15th birthday, and we couldn’t be happier!”
“Jeanie Shulz is a rescuer and provider of foster/adopter and behavioral support in the Portland, Oregon area. Over the past 20 years, she’s worked with upwards of 1,000 dogs that have special medical needs or are victims of severe abuse or neglect. The vast majority of the dogs she works with are older and have a variety of medical problems (ranging from arthritis to cancer) and severe anxiety/fear/aggression. She first learned about CBD oil from a friend who is a cancer survivor and firm believer in it. Of the 60 dogs she’s currently working with, she has 17 on CBD oil that have been taking it for various lengths of time, ranging from one week to six years.
Overall, she’s had tremendous success and only one mishap: “I’ve only had one dog that probably got more than she should have because she got into the bag of CBD cookies and ate several. She got disoriented and off-balance for a few hours and was fine the next day. That was the only negative response I’ve had and that was very minor,” she says. In all of the dogs, she saw a positive result after using it for about a week to two weeks with no interruptions. For the dogs w/ medical needs (in particular arthritis), it’s as if their joints get “oiled,” resulting in much less discomfort and more ease of movement throughout their daily activities. For example, one dog named Xena (pictured) was unable to sit and had trouble walking short distances due to severe abuse. She is now a “prancer” after being on it about two to three months, goes on short walks, and is able to sit and lie down comfortably. She’s even able to lay out and stretch on her back for a belly rub…none of which she could do before. “In all of the dogs”, Jeanie says, “I’ve seen definite improvement and no one acts ‘drugged’ or listless. It’s very gentle, unlike synthetic pharmaceuticals and all the dogs who have had bloodwork recently are doing well… their numbers look better than they ever have.”
“Annie Bahr of West Chicago, Illinois got her now ten-year-old dog Cubbie from a rescue when he was only 6 weeks old. He was a great dog, trained quickly, and had no issues. But suddenly, when he was about 5 years old, he became scared of fireworks, so she got him a compression shirt to help him with 4th of July. “That did nothing,” Annie says, “Cubbie went into our basement and shredded a 5 x 5 foot area of brand new carpet.” A year or so later the fear/anxiety progressed to include thunderstorms. The vet gave Cubbie some anxiety meds, but they did nothing. He still was terrified and they were always scared that he was going to have a heart attack. As the years have gone on, his anxiety over storms and fireworks continued. Annie says, “I tried every ‘calming’ treat on Amazon that I could and even melatonin. Nothing worked. I have about 6 different areas in my home that are completely shredded.” This year, Annie’s father was diagnosed with stage-4 lung cancer. While researching, she stumbled on the benefits of CBD oil. While her father was too advanced in his sickness, Annie looked into it for Cubbie. She didn’t wait long to try it, because “the next day, we had HUGE thunderstorms. Worse than I could remember. I was afraid to try the CBD oil, so I used his melatonin treats. They didn’t seem to work. He was so upset and terrified, I decided to try the oil. Within about 10-15 minutes, Cubbie was laying by our feet on the couch as we watched TV and listened to the thunder roll. It was amazing. I have not used it since as we have no had any more big storms, but I have it ready to go and would recommend it to anyone!”
If you look around online, you can find tons of great testimonies of pet owners who are successfully being able to help their furry friends feel better and live a happier life. If you are looking to add CBD oil to your dog’s regimen, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us and ask which product we recommend for your pooch!