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Why Are People Giving Hemp to their Dogs?

American Kennel Club(2.) reported owners give hemp extract products to their dogs to help with pain and seizures, take advantage of the anti-inflammatory properties, cardiac and anti-cancer benefits, anti-nausea and anti-anxiety effects, and appetite stimulation. However, keep in mind there is no conclusive evidence yet on proving all of these specific positive attributes.

Nevertheless, our furry four legged friends in many cases get better treatment than our own kids. In a recent survey by the American Pet Products Association(1.), 67% of U.S. households own a pet. In other words, about 87.9 million families have pets. Additionally, over 50% of those, about 63.4 million, have dogs.

For 2019, the estimated spending amount for our dogs is $75.4 billion. Not only does the amount we spend on our pets increase each year, but our furry family members are worth every penny. We want them to live long healthy and happy lives.

According to AKC: “helping with pain and seizures, anti-inflammatory properties, cardiac and anti-cancer benefits, anti-nausea and anti-anxiety effects, and appetite stimulation”

So the Question is, What Research Has Been Done?

Cornell University published a research article(3.) that concluded comfort and activity levels in dogs increased when taking CΒD at 2mg/kg twice daily. They noted that it wasn’t until weeks 2 – 4 that the benefits started to show. Additionally, it took about four weeks after completion of treatment for the beneficial effects to completely dissipate.

In the next year or two we look forward to seeing the results of a study that Colorado State University is conducting(4.). They received a grant from the AKC Canine Health Foundation to study the Efficacy of CΒD for the Treatment of Canine Epilepsy. We are so excited to see if giving hemp extract products to dogs can help our canine friends like FDA has already proven it can help people with seizures associated with Dravet and Lennox and Gastaut syndromes. Stay tuned!

Sources:

  1. https://www.americanpetproducts.org/
  2. https://www.akc.org/
  3. https://www.frontiersin.org/
  4. http://www.akcchf.org/

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