Almost everyday dog parents are introduced to a new medicine, a new food, or any new substance which is an “elixir” for their dogs. It is normal for anyone to get overwhelmed with so many choices. Nowadays, Coconut oil and CBD oil are all everyone can talk about. Here is all you need to know about Coconut and CBD oil to make sure to only give the best to your lovely dog.
Coconut oil has proven to be effective as both a topical and oral treatment in eliminating health problems like flea infestations, ear infections, and reducing symptoms of dermatitis. Also, coconut oil has theoretical benefits if used regularly, like aiding to reduce skin dryness, improve brain function, and promote healthy GI systems.
However, the most effective area of using coconut oil is to heal minor wounds and skin infections.
Is It Safe for Dogs?
Home remedies are a lot in the market, but not all of them are as safe as they may appear. As a dog parent, it is your responsibility to ensure that the home remedies your use on your dog do not only work but also are safe for the dog. Fortunately, coconut oil is one of the safest home remedies for administering first aid to our dogs. Not only does it has several benefits, but coconut oil is equally safe to be ingested as it is for topical use.
But you can not ignore or control allergies. Some dogs are known to experience an allergic reaction to coconut oil, which is why you need to monitor your dog’s reaction to the oil after feeding or applying it the first couple of times.
For dogs who suffer from gastrointestinal diseases like pancreatitis or suffer from chronic diarrhea may not respond well to the oral doses of coconut oil since it is fat. Fat can be hard on a sensitive digestive system. Overall, it is a safe home remedy, but, like any other thing, it is recommended to exercise caution until you know for sure if your dog will experience any adverse reactions.
Several studies show that the use of coconut oil can aid in the faster healing of wounds and reduce the risk of infection. Coconut oil has three main reasons for working so well for injuries.
- Coconut oil has multiple antiseptic properties that fight bacterial, yeast, and fungal infections, as well as prevent the development of these infections beforehand. One of those antiseptic properties is called lauric acid, also known as anti-parasitic, anti-viral, and antifungal. Also, coconut oil contains a significant amount of lauric acid, up to 55%, which is what makes it so effective.
- Coconut oil also acts as an anti-inflammatory, meaning that it reduces discomfort and swelling around the wound allowing it to heal better and faster.
- Coconut oil elevates collagen production, which helps the wound to heal quicker. Collagen is an important element that is found in skin, muscles, and blood vessels. It is responsible for the healing of wounds as it promotes the growth of new healthy skin and helps in clotting blood.
CBD has quickly gained popularity in the medical world. It is now trending as a new supplement in the canine health and wellness industry. CBD is available in the market in the form of oils, balms, and gels. A wide range of companies offers and endorse CBD-related products for many canine health and wellness issues ranging anywhere from travel anxiety to nervousness, or nausea, aggression, and even canine epilepsy. But you may ask, what exactly is CBD? What conditions does CBD oil treat? Is CBD safe and beneficial for our canines? Are there any known side effects and risks associated with CBD usage? What should a dog owner know about CBD oil before giving it to their dog? Some important information about this popular product that is available in almost every pet store around the globe is below.
Is It Safe for Dogs?
CBD oils manufactured by reputable companies are considered safe for dogs. A 2018 study on the use of CBD to treat canine medical conditions supported the use of CBD products as in oils and edibles for animals and suggested that CBD is a useful treatment for pain, anxiety, and seizures.
Dog owners should be extremely careful about which CBD products they buy for their dogs and the company they buy them from. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate any of the CBD products, so it is difficult to know which one is good. This means almost anyone can market and sell CBD products to dog owners. Unfortunately, Companies may provide misleading or downright false information to sell their particular product. Before purchasing CBD oils for your dog, consult your licensed veterinarian first. Your vet will point you to a trustworthy CBD brand and product that may be appropriate for your dog based on its health condition and needs.
Dogs, like humans, have an endocannabinoid system that regulates several important biological functions in the body like sleep, appetite, mood, memory, and pain modulation. Your dog’s body has CB1 and CB2 receptors. CBD attaches itself to these receptors in the brain, spinal cord, and nervous system and helps rebalance key biological functions. Other benefits that CBD usage can lead to are – reduction in inflammation, pain reduction, appetite stimulation, anti-anxiety, and anti-nausea.
Although there is not much research on CBD and its role in treating various canine health conditions, it is often used to treat these ailments in pets: Anxiety, Nervousness, Pain management, Inflammation, Nausea, Low appetite, and Joint pain.
Although popular opinion says that CBD oil is safe and non-toxic for dogs, it is sensible to be aware of any potential side effects that can result from CBD usage. The side effects associated with the use of CBD oils and products in canines are dry mouth, diarrhea, vomiting, low blood pressure. CBD oil can cause dry mouth in canines that may affect your dog’s teeth and gums. It can cause bad breath and pain while swallowing. Diarrhea is a possible side effect of CBD, according to a 2018 study. In a study, 20 percent of dogs vomited when they received CBD capsules or oil so, it can be a possible side effect on dogs. CBD oil tastes bitter with a distinct earthy flavor, so that can be a reason for vomiting too. High doses of CBD can result in a temporary drop in dog blood pressure. Low blood pressure can lead to fatigue, confusion, an increase in thirst, excessive urination, and fainting.
Above are some facts and basic information about the two quite popular oils in the dog health world- Coconut & CBD. Hope you found your answers in this blog.