How does CBD oil compare to other treatments?
Medications that your vet approves and prescribes have likely been heavily studied, regulated, verified, and well-documented to merit a recommendation. But even then, there can still be disclaimers and potential side effects. So in that case, how does CBD oil compare to other tried and tested treatments?
So far, CBD oil anecdotally demonstrates an ability to help with issues such as pain, anxiety, and seizures. But this is still a case-by-case basis and acts more as a tool to alleviate symptoms temporarily. It might not solve the root problem, but it certainly assists.
In regards to one pet owner whose dog Bishop suffers from separation anxiety, he didn’t notice the oil had much of an effect, however, when he left Bishop at home, he noticed a difference in the lengths to which he didn’t claw all over the apartment. In this case, it wasn’t a full solution to anxiety but helped curb the outcome.
Most of us personally understand the experience of bodily pain and the urge to take pain relief medication to suppress it. When it comes to pain management, pain experienced in senior or disabled dogs is unbearable. From arthritis to hip dysplasia, reducing pain is crucial to keep your pup in good spirits. In some cases to aid the pain, prescription medication like opioids have been administered. But just because something is claimed to be effective, doesn’t mean it’s best for your dog…
Potential harmful side effects of opioids include long-term liver damage and chemical dependence. And of course, on a similar note, CBD also has potential side effects, albeit different from opioids – which is why we recommend taking it slow. But in CBD’s defense, it is derived from a plant, not created in a lab.
Even some FDA approved drugs have a degree of risk, and they too position a balancing act of benefits versus risks when it comes to drugs. For example, in the case of FDA-approved nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) for dogs, even when used correctly, there’s always a chance of side effects. While NSAIDs are meant to be a safe drug to combat pain and inflammation, they’ve come under some scrutiny in the past as well. It’s been brought to light that they could have potential adverse effects on immune-compromised and aging dogs.
At the same time, one study did demonstrate the effectiveness of CBD’s role to enhance opioids and NSAIDS while slightly reducing the heavy effects of these powerful drugs. Again, there’s still a lot more to learn, but so far, it’s looking quite optimistic.