Before we just to the crucial equation – How Does CBD Help With dogs Allergies?
Let’s speak about what are allergies.
What are dog Allergies?
Our pets’ body has a built in safety net that keeps them safe from a wide variety of dangers surrounding them. When these safe systems properly function, the body can identify a threat and respond very efficiently in order to minimize any possible danger.
In a perfect world, the responses are proportionate to the threat at hand, however things don’t always work out that way. Allergies are caused by unproportioned response of the immunity system to something our pets have come into contact with.
Common Allergies Symptoms
If your pet is suffering from allergies, then I probably do not need to tell you how it looks like. You can often know right away when your dog has an allergy burst.
For many pets’ parents, allergies can develop in a later phase in the life of their pets and it’s hard to know what the cause is. We can know it is allergies because of combined symptoms that point directly to an auto immune problem.
The common symptoms we can see when our pets are suffering from allergies:
- Severe itching
- Excessive biting
- Swollen paws
- Swollen eyes
- Irritated bowels
- Breathing problems
It may come in different shapes, different conditions, but the root of the problem is one thing – inflammation.
Inflammation is caused by auto immune signals which their duty is to remove infector elements and toxins from the body. By increasing the blood flow to the troubled area, the body needs to consume more oxygen and other resources to fight off whatever is risking the body. Unfortunately, there are number of reasons why the body may get confused and “sends out the troops” without any proven danger at all.
Inflammation is not just the case to a lot of symptoms which are described above, which are not comfortable, exhausting and annoying to the surrounding area and you. When the inflammation is more than a temporary response and become to a chronic situation, it may leave a severe negative influence on our pet’s health. Chronic inflammation has been tied to a lot of diseases, including cancer, and degenerative diseases like osteoarthritis.
Physical expression – Mental frustration
It is horrible to see our pets experiencing the discomfort and even pain which is caused by allergies. Not only that, chronic itching and discomfort can take a toll from their mental health. Many researches show that dogs who are chronically itching and having a lot of discomfort tend to take action and be more aggressive. This makes sense after all.
One thing I know for sure is the fact that when my pets are nervous & stressed, so am I.
What is causing allergies?
The most frustrating part probably, when trying to deal with allergies of your pets, is how difficult it is to trace the specific allergens that cause our pets’ allergies. Sometimes it can be a combination of different triggers like environmental causes like summer heat and humidity which unite to create the perfect storm.
As always, our philosophy when we are dealing with chronic health problems like allergies, is to work preventatively. If you succeed to realize which allergens your pet is reacting to, you can do much better to avoid them in purpose to reduce the frequency and severity of future outbreaks.
Some of the most common prevalent types of allergy triggers include:
- Nutrition intolerance
- Environment triggers (pollens, for example)
- Bug bites and stings
- Cleaning products
- Antibiotics and certain prescription drugs
The more we can ensure our pets’ direct surroundings, the more their immunity system is going to going to be able to know the good from the bad when they live their life.
How Does CBD Help With dogs Allergies?
The most therapeutic main action of CBD is to create a balance in the body. It does it by increasing the communication between the different body systems and encouragement of less severe reaction of the cells in the immune system.
You must have heard the words “homeostasis” here and there. The meaning of the word is the situation which the bodies of our pets are functioning in an optial way that isn’t over or under active: it’s just right.
Think of it like the ‘goldilocks zone’ of pet health. This applies directly to the way CBD works in our pets’ immune systems. The immunity system’s cells are covered with receptors which work especially well with cannabinoids like CBD – for instance mast cells, which release pro-inflammatory chemicals like histamines and cytokines. According to research, CBD delays the release of those pro inflammatory chemicals that eventually cause to auto immune responses or as we know as allergies. The research also says “The endocannabinoid system possesses a protective role both in acute and chronic inflammatory diseases.”
Pain and discomfort
One of the promising advantages of using a full spectrum hemp extract that is rich in CBD for allergies is how it is a powerful analgesic. The characteristics of killing the pain by the Cannabis plant are well documented and can help to reduce the feel of itching and ease strong pains while it works to decrease the cause of it, the inflammation.
How to administer CBD to dogs?
The benefit of using CBD oil tincture is the benefits of CBD and the other active compounds found in a full-spectrum hemp extract will be available throughout your pet’s body. You are not only treating the outburst, whether it’s in the paws or the ears of the dog, you are giving general relieve out of this situation. It is the best way to get the most immunomodulatory effects of the CBD and help to balance from the beginning your pet’s ability to respond appropriately to outside threats that are now not so threating. For cats and dogs prone to allergies we recommend a dosage between 9-12 mg per day, administrated by the mouth or on the corner of an ear (The soft skin in the bottom of the ear, where the fur stops growing).
Our recommended CBD Ease tincture is specially formulated so that one full dropper is one standard dose. It also has the powerful synergistic benefits of turmeric and Boswellia extracts which are known for their anti-inflammatory properties.
Full Spectrum or Bust
It is important that whatever CBD oil or hemp extract you are using is full-spectrum. This means that all the active cannabinoids and other therapeutic compounds have been left intact. Any product which claims to be ‘THC free’ or 99% CBD is going to be less effective and more prone to side effects.
The allergy free dog
For some, allergies may be guests for life, for others you may get close enough to suppress the allergies for good. Either way, there is a lot of options of what to do and prevent allergies ruining your dog’s life and yours. No matter your dog or cat’s condition, the best offense is a good defense. When our pets are healthy with a keen, functional immune system, it’s harder for the triggers I’ve mentioned to set off an auto-immune fiasco.
- Feed your dog with fresh nutrients – raw or dried in freezer.
- Remove toxins and chemicals that may trigger allergies.
- Encourage healthy immune function using topical and systemic CBD therapy.
- Stay away from drugs like Apoquel. They are not a viable long term solution.
Don’t be frustrated and don’t give up even though it may take some time.