Post-traumatic Stress disorder in dogs is a recognized disorder, more frequent than one would imagine and due to causes of various nature. Can CBD (Cannabidiol) help our four-legged friends to recover from this state? And which are the other uses it could have?
Dogs in state of shock after natural catastrophes
In Japan, after the terrible earthquake, which caused the nuclear disaster of Fukushima, many dogs found themselves abandoned, left alone in the streets or chained up for many days. As any dog owner knows, their psychophysical wellbeing is altered by these events, also very seriously.
Also in Italy, like in Japan, following the earthquakes which hit the regions of Lazio, Abruzzo and Umbria, many dogs were found in a state of shock, excited, disorientated, or paralyzed by fear.
CBD for animal care
In these cases, could the administration of Cannabidiol be useful? We asked Elena Battaglia, veterinarian, we interviewed some months ago:
“CBD works very well in cases of Anxiety and Stress” – Doctor Battaglia declares – “it helps the animal to relax and this means that Cannabidiol shows to be very useful”.
A recent study conducted by the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association demonstrated in fact how from a 61.8% to a 95% of the owners of domestic animals reported benefits for the health of their animals after CBD treatments, in case of pain, problems of the nervous system, inflammations, anxiety, vomiting, problems of the digestive system, tumours, convulsions, skin problems and phobias, like for example those related to fireworks.
Douglas Kramer: the veterinarian, pioneer in cannabis based treatments
Pathfinder in cannabis experimentation for the cure of animals was Douglas Kramer, American veterinarian who passed away in 2013; with the goal to alleviate the sufferings of his Husky Nikita during the final stage of life, he started to administer cannabis extracts.
This palliative treatment limited Nikita’s pain and made her regain appetite again.
The Story of Jack
But, as said above, cannabinoids can be useful not only as palliative treatments and in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. The story of Jack , a 7 year old Belgian Shepard Malinois, affected by a form of drug-resistant epilepsy, tells us how CBD transformed his life.
Jack’s owner started a cycle of CBD administration, using Premium Hemp Extract 10% , obtaining very important results. "Jack started to look less stressed and now I’m trying to adjust the dosage, currently fixed at 2 mg a day, taken at breakfast and dinner.
“The most realistic objective – tells his owner – is to give Jack three years more of good quality of life without the side effects of conventional medicines.” “With CBD Jack is more relaxed, more playful and happier. Also the neighbours noticed it, making comments on how Jacks looks younger. We started to train together, an activity prohibited until 10 months ago!”.
How to administer CBD to your four-legged friend? And in which dosage?
In order to administer the drops of CBD to your domestic animal, just add it to its food; only a few drops could already reveal to be effective. Dosage is one of the most discussed arguments; the advice veterinarians give is to start with a low dosage, to be continuous and verify in the medium-term the actual desired effects, like for example calming an anxiety state.
Elena Battaglia again advices “A standard dosage exists to part from, based on weight, which will then be handled according to the disorder and the patient”, and regarding possible side effects: “Based on literature and experience, I can say that I never observed any side effects if not very rarely, a light sedation.”
The information contained in this article is not intended as medical advice, the contents have informative purposes only and do substitute the medical advice of the veterinarian.