Our dogs do so much for us. They can be our closest companions for years, asking for nothing in return, accompanying us through moves to new cities, new partners, joy and grief. There is suggested evidence that dogs have been kept as pets since Paleolithic times, due to paintings and carvings that archeologists have found in ancient campsites and tombs. In ancient Egypt, dogs are even depicted in scenes of family life accompanying their masters and sitting underneath their thrones (https://www.britannica.com/).
So can we nourish and love our pups in return? By now, we all know that CBD has numerous benefits for humans, including relief from anxiety and PTSD, pain-relief, improved sleep, and improved overall sense of well-being. Our dogs and other furry friends deserve similar relief. CBD for dogs can serve as an alternative form of medication for anxiety, seizures, and many other ailments. According to Dr. Gary Richter, a holistic veterinarian practicing out of Oakland, California,“[CBD] can help with everything from pain and soreness to stress and anxiety, upset stomach…and seizures.”
CBD can be especially useful for treating your dog’s anxiety. In humans, stress might cause us to bite our nails, pace around, shake, or talk incessantly. In dogs, anxiety can cause similar repetitive behaviour, such as persistent barking, chewing (furniture, shoes, rubbish, etc), urinating and defecating (usually inside the house or crate), aggression, and tremors. Recently, The Alchemist’s Kitchen partnered with Pet Relief to craft treats for pets infused with our Plant Alchemy CBD oil. Besides easing pain and anxiety, these treats are an excellent supplement for cardiovascular health, cholesterol control, liver health, and lustrous hair. Plus, they are packaged with the iconic art of New York artist Keith Haring.
A common question veterinarians receive is how much CBD oil should I give my pet? CBD dosage for dogs can vary depending on the size and weight, and often requires a bit of trial and error. It’s best to start with a low dose, and see how your dog reacts. CBD can be administered in either a treat or an oil, depending on your dog’s needs. Make sure to never give your pup raw, unprocessed cannabis, which is highly toxic, and keep CBD treats locked away to be sure your pet receives proper dosage (a dog that finds a stash of CBD treats will probably eat more than they should).
Let’s celebrate all that our furry friends do for us by nourishing them in every way we know how. Besides fresh food, long walks, and extra cuddles, CBD treats and oil can be a wonderful way to show our pets how much we care.