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Paws and Reflect: Exploring the Benefits of CBD Oil for Pet Health and Wellness

CBD oil’s popularity is skyrocketing among both humans and pets. People are turning to CBD for relief from pain, anxiety, neuropathy, and seizures. Now, it’s also being recognized for its potential benefits for our furry friends.

Though scientific studies on animals have been limited, the positive stories from pet owners are quite promising. Veterinarians are currently guiding the use of CBD in pets based on their professional experience and these preliminary studies.

GoodRx highlights that CBD can aid in treating anxiety, inflammation, seizures, and chronic pain in pets. Many pet owners share positive feedback, noting improvements in their pets’ conditions within just 30 minutes. Pets struggling with seizures or chronic pain, who haven’t found relief from conventional medications, seem to benefit the most from CBD.

The CBD used in products for both humans and pets is the same. However, buyers should ensure they’re purchasing high-quality, organic CBD. It’s wise to request a Certificate of Analysis from the seller, which is often available on their website. This certificate allows you to check the product for harmful additives like essential oils or flavorings that could harm your pet. Consulting with a knowledgeable veterinarian about any CBD product is highly recommended.

Side effects from CBD use in both humans and pets are rare but can include loss of appetite, lethargy, dry mouth, fatigue, or diarrhea. These symptoms typically resolve on their own within a few hours. If symptoms persist or worsen, it’s crucial to contact your veterinarian immediately.

Research into CBD is ongoing, but it shows promise for treating various conditions in pets. If you’re considering CBD for your pet, seek advice from a veterinarian experienced in CBD treatment to determine the correct dosage for your pet.

Arie McFarlen, an author, animal lover, and advocate, writes the “Pets of the Week” column for the Shelter and Animal Rescues in Limestone County, Ala.