My Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Penny, has been struggling with itchy skin for about a year now, and itâ€™s led to her being super anxious, and finding a fix has proven difficult. Honestly, weâ€™ve given her shots, pills and changed her food â€” I was ready to try anything. So when I saw an Instagram ad from a pet trainer saying that he gives CBD oil to his dogs for skin issues, I found myself with a card out paying for it before he could even finish his sentence. For Pennyâ€™s itching, the alternatives weâ€™d been presented with were pills and shots, which are costly and have potential negative side effects.
After researching products online, I ordered the CBD drops from Highline Wellness. While there are specific brands targeted at dogs, I figured Iâ€™d get the regular drops so that I could use them if they proved useless for Penny. I started by putting a few drops in her food daily â€” some in the morning and some at night.
Honestly, the effects were pretty immediate. While Iâ€™m not sure it does anything for her skin, exactly, it does calm her down without making her drowsy. That may sound small, but itâ€™s actually really helpful. I think that part of the reason why she scratches so much is because she starts to panic when the itchiness starts, and it just exacerbates the problem. Because sheâ€™s been much calmer, Iâ€™m more aware of when her skin is actually bothering her, which it turns out is less often than I thought before I started her on the drops. Sheâ€™s now been taking them for about five weeks, and weâ€™re still going strong with the drops. I definitely plan to keep giving them to her. We havenâ€™t seen any side effects whatsoever, and I do like that itâ€™s not harsh like some of the medications weâ€™ve been offered.
Youâ€™re probably well aware that CBD oil is very trendy right now, but its effects are still being studied. CBD is a cannabinoid, which is a natural compound found in cannabis and hemp. While most CBD products donâ€™t contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive compound in marijuana, a lot of outlets are still studying what impacts it could have on humans and animals. In fact, the American Kennel Clubâ€™s Canine Health Foundation is currently funding a study to determine the effectiveness of CBD to treat epilepsy in animals. While itâ€™s still under evaluation, the World Health Organization has determined that CBD â€śdoes not appear to have abuse potential or cause harm.â€ť While all results are anecdotal at this point, CBD potentially has anti-inflammatory properties and calming effects â€” and I can honestly say that the calming effects have been the game-changer. While you should talk to your vet before you move forward with using CBD drops with your dog, itâ€™s been helpful for Penny. Next up: Testing it for her on flights or long car rides!
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