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CBD & Your Pet

By Tracy E. Hill, Ph.D.

If you haven’t heard about CBD and the great potential benefits for pets, you need to read this. CBD is cannabidiol which is a compound found in cannabis and hemp. Although similar to THC, CBD does not get you high, has no addictive properties and can be taken daily without negative side effects.

When it comes to our furry family members oftentimes the American Kennel Club is our go-to source of information. In a February 2021 statement to the press, Chief Veterinary Officer of the AKC, Dr. Klein explained that CBD is often used because of its anti-inflammatory properties, cardiac benefits, anti-nausea effects, appetite stimulation, anti-anxiety impact, and even possible anti-cancer benefits.

The AKC’s Canine Health Foundation sponsored a first of its kind research project at Colorado State University to assess the short-term effects of CBD on canine seizures. Results indicated a significant correlation between a reduction in seizures and the use of CBD.

Baylor College of Medicine demonstrated CBD’s efficacy in treating canine osteoarthritis noting a “significant reduction in pain and increase in activity levels” when the dogs received CBD-rich hemp products. Today’s Veterinary Practice stated, “although veterinary clinical trials are the gold standard, the available current data and a wealth of anecdotal evidence show CBD in particular to be safe when used appropriately” for a variety of ailments including pet anxiety, depression, cancer, inflammation and more.

And CBD isn’t just for dogs. Cats and other small animals have benefited from CBD use as well. One study (Konieczka 2020) used CBD to determine its effectiveness on chicken gut health and bacteria. The study determined CBD promoted gut bacterial enzymes, increased energy, and upregulated collagenase activity. Go birds!

So, what are you waiting for? 94 percent of pet owners felt CBD positively impacted their pet’s quality of life. Try Centered CBD today and make your pet feel better!

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