If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you know the misery they can bring. Itchy, watery eyes, runny noses, sore throats, and even skin irritation can make you miserable if your particular environmental allergen is “blooming.” Thankfully, we can reach for any number of over-the-counter medications to lessen the effects of our allergies, but many of us have begun to turn to all-natural remedies to deal with these seasonal irritations.
Likewise, our dogs can suffer from occasional allergies and allergic reactions too. Dogs with eyes that continually water, that have overly wet noses, and that seem to scratch more than normal may be suffering from temporary allergies, either seasonal or related to any number of food or environmental causes.
Even occasional allergies can make a pup miserable, and there are definitely ways you can help your dog mitigate the effects of their temporary allergies using all-natural remedies.
You should always speak to your dog’s veterinary professional prior to starting any course of holistic remedy and/or supplementation to ensure they are a good candidate, and that it won’t interfere with any other current medications or courses of treatment they may have been previously prescribed.
That being said, let’s take a look into how CBD oil may be a useful aid to your pup’s occasional allergies.
One of the best holistic resources for temporary allergies is cannabidiol, or “CBD.” Cannabidiol is one of over one hundred chemical compounds called cannabinoids that can be extracted from a species of the cannabis-sativa plant and used for medicinal purposes. The cannabis-sativa plant has numerous species, but the species from which CBD oil is typically extracted is the hemp plant.
The hemp plant produces a high volume of CBD, and a low volume of tetrahydrocannabinol, or “THC,” which is the cannabinoid found in large quantities in marijuana. THC is a psychoactive cannabinoid that gives marijuana users the “high” they feel when using. CBD is non-psychoactive and cannot get your dog “high” or make them feel otherwise compromised.
CBD is can be extracted from the hemp plant in three different ways:
CBD is thought to interact with your dog’s own internal endocannabinoid system. This system controls things like mood, stress, discomfort, and appetite. CBD interacts with receptors in this system and may be able to deliver relief to occasional discomfort as well as irritations throughout the body.
CBD oil is not hemp seed oil. Hemp seed oil is extracted by cold-pressing the seeds of the hemp plant. This oil is rich in fatty acids which can provide some health benefits, but essentially, it is no better than a healthy fat like extra virgin olive oil. It does not have the ability to interact with your dog’s endocannabinoid system and is better used as a dietary supplement if your dog has a need for more fatty acids in their diet.
Dogs can have occasional allergies that are akin to the kinds we experience as humans. A dog’s system is extremely complex and is subject to temporary allergies that are inherited from their biological parents as well as seasonal allergies from environmental triggers. Most dogs will show signs of a reaction within about six months of age, although it is possible that dogs can develop seasonal allergies as they get older. Here are some of the most common types of occasional allergies affecting dogs:
If something is wrong with your dog and you suspect they may be suffering from occasional allergies, here are some signs that might indicate you’re on the right track.
A quick visit with your dog’s veterinarian can help you determine the extent of their occasional allergies and rule out anything more serious. Once you’ve gotten a diagnosis, you’ll want to do everything you can to eliminate your dog’s exposure to their known allergens. Understandably, some allergens are not easily avoided. If your dog has seasonal pollen-related allergies, you probably won’t decide to keep them indoors all spring.
A great way to help a dog with temporary allergies is by using CBD oil. CBD oil has excellent soothing properties, which make it a great go-to for dealing with various types of irritation responses in our pets.
Because allergens elicit a response in our dogs’ bodies that typically involves some type of swelling or irritation, CBD oil can help ease discomfort by soothing your pup both internally and externally. Additionally, CBD can help alleviate swelling if an allergen has made a point of contact with your dog’s skin (such as a bug bite). If your dog is experiencing pain at any of these sites, CBD oil can also help relieve pain associated with allergic reactions.
CBD is widely accepted as safe for your dog. In fact, studies have shown that it is virtually impossible to “overdose” your dog with a cannabinoid, which includes CBD oil. It should go without saying that you’ll still want to exercise caution when administering CBD oil to your dog, but the most common side effect of giving your dog too much CBD is mild diarrhea. You can feel confident your dog will be safe when giving them CBD oil for their occasional allergies.
While there have been no reported cases to date of dogs having allergic reactions to CBD, there are always outliers and isolated incidents. While your dog will likely not have an actual allergic reaction to CBD, there is a chance they may not tolerate it as well as another dog. A sign that your dog isn’t tolerating CBD treatment can be gastrointestinal distress such as vomiting and/or diarrhea, excessive lethargy, and excessive sleepiness.
CBD offers a variety of benefits and can help with joint discomfort.
CBD can also help relieve mild GI upset such as nausea and vomiting. CBD oil is also able to settle upset stomachs, and can even help dogs who have weak appetites eat more of their food. Dogs who have GI issues are at risk of weight loss, which can be extremely harmful to dogs who are already at an ideal weight or who are underweight.
CBD oil is also a great way to promote a healthy mood in your pup. The same receptors in their endocannabinoid system that are responsible for stress response can be affected by CBD oil, which may bring about a sense of calm from occasional stressful situations.
CBD oil can be a standalone treatment for your dog’s occasional allergies, and can also be used concurrently with other allergy medications. You should speak to your dog’s veterinarian before determining a course of treatment for your dog’s occasional allergies to ensure they are a good candidate for CBD oil treatment.
When you’re ready to explore your CBD options, make sure to check out what VETCBD has to offer. We independently test our expert-formulated product batches for quality and safety to ensure your pet only gets the very best product that helps provide holistic support and encourage your pet to thrive.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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