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With all the stories reported on the positive effects of Cannabidiol (CBD), used by an increasing number of people, it’s only natural to ask if it has the same benefits for our much-loved pets. Let’s explore what we know right now. You are not the first one to wonder if the benefits for humans can translate to our furry friends. Recently, Cornell University and Colorado State University conducted canine studies to help answer these questions. Here is what we found out.

Studies on CBD and Dogs

The effects of hemp-based CBD on dogs with arthritis was published in Frontiers in Veterinary Science in July 2018. This study suggests that CBD could protect against the impact of immune response and inflammatory allergic disorders in dogs. In addition,the dogs displayed no ill side effects. Furthermore, 80% of osteoarthritic dogs had a significant decrease in pain and were more active. A second study by a neurologist at James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital found that 89% of epileptic dogs, who received CBD in a clinical trial, showed a reduction in the frequency of seizure activity. And it went on to say that the findings are very promising. Further long-term studies of CBD are needed, but short-term effects appear to be positive.

Spring and Summer Time Woes

With summer quickly approaching, our pets will be spending a lot more time outdoors. Along with fresh air and sunshine, summer can also bring some challenges for our pets. Amongst the most common of those challenges are allergies. And unfortunately, it is quite common for all types of dogs, regardless of breed, to suffer from allergic reactions. Itchy skin is the most common symptom associated with allergies in one particular area or even all over the body. The respiratory system can also exhibit symptoms, such as coughing and sneezing and, may be accompanied by a runny nose or excessive tearing. The digestive system can also be affected and result in vomiting or loose stools.

Types of Allergies

Flea Allergy Dermatitis
The majority of dogs will experience some minor localized itching when bitten by fleas. However, flea saliva is the most common insect allergen known, and sensitive dogs will react to a single bite with severe itching, referred to as Flea Allergy Dermatitis. Your pet will bite and scratch until large amounts of hair are removed. You may notice this predominantly in the hind end, near the tail. Many times, this can lead to a secondary bacterial infection.
Inhalant Allergy
Many of these allergens are seasonal and occur when the conditions are right. However, some exist all year round. The major irritants are tree, grass and weed pollens, mold, mildew, and mites. Mold, mildew, and mites are not as avoidable as pollen, as it can be present in the home at any time. In the majority of dogs, the allergy manifests with extreme itching. You may see your pet licking, rubbing and scratching a lot more than normal
Food Allergy
Exactly what it sounds like, a food allergy is a reaction to a component of the food your pet is consuming. Once again, you will notice your dog scratching more than usual.
Contact Allergy
The least common of all allergies are Contact Allergies. As the name implies, this results from direct contact with chemicals found in flea collars and lawn pesticides. Fabrics used in carpets, bedding, or furniture can also be culprits. Dogs affected by these allergies will have skin irritation and itching wherever these substances touch the dog’s body, usually the feet and stomach.

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Treatment of Pet Allergies

Drug Therapy
What can we do to treat these allergies? First, try to identify the allergen. It is not always easy to figure out what exactly is causing the reaction. So, this may take some time. In the meantime, your vet may prescribe corticosteroids or antihistamines to provide some relief. Keep in mind these drugs have the same risks and side effects for dogs as it does for humans. A topical antibiotic may be prescribed for bacterial infections, caused by excessive scratching and biting.
Control or Removal
After identifying the allergen, you can move to control or eliminate it. For instance, do everything you can to make sure your pet is free of fleas. Change your pet’s diet to eliminate possible food allergies. Coordinate your dog’s outings with environmental factors. For example, windy conditions will disperse pollen more widely. Prevent your dog from playing on your lawn directly after fertilizer or pesticide treatments.
Shampoo Therapy
Consistent baths can help decrease symptoms of allergy affected skin. TerraVida Online makes CBD Pet Conditioning Shampoo to help soothe, moisturize, and protect the skin of your pet. Known for its anti-inflammatory effects, CBD shampoo is used by pet owners to alleviate pets’ itchy, inflamed skin. This CBD enriched formula is absorbed by the skin, to provide direct relief. Frequent bathing also rinses irritating allergens out of your pet’s coat, which offers further benefits.
Natural Alternatives
Keep your pet’s endocannabinoid system balanced with CBD products made especially for them. CBD Pet Oral Drops are available, as well as CBD oral sprays and CBD dog treats. Help alleviate allergy symptoms systemically with our easy to measure tincture, using the built-in dropper to add to food.

Administering CBD

Start with a small amount of CBD and gradually increase the dosage until the expected results are acquired. Pay attention to your pet’s behavior. If they are acting more like their old selves, that is a good sign that the CBD may be working. Monitor your pet for adverse side effects, like, excessive excitement or drowsiness, vomiting, or confusion. Contact the experts at TerraVida if you have any questions about the benefits of CBDour products, or how CBD can help your pets. Remember, all of our CBD products are third-party lab tested for potency and purity, and all results are available on our TerraVida Online website. Always consult your veterinarian before making changes to your pets’ regime.

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