Sammy and I are often asked about whether or not he uses CBD Oil and every time we mention that he doesn’t, and why, we are met with criticism. I always assume it is because the other person doesn’t know what we know,.SO today we thought we would address just why Sammy doesn’t use CBD oil and why it is not something everyone should be giving to their pet!

First, let’s talk about oils. Canines do not process oils.

While I understand that CBD is given in small amounts, some dogs cannot process the oil at all. And sometimes pet owners give too many milligrams of CBD, which can have side effects. Oils naturally apparent in fish or meat is digested through the food, not directly as an oil. You must be very careful if, when, and how much of any oil you give your pet, even if directed by your vet! I have met many dogs that reek of salmon oil because owners give way too much. It’s literally trying to get out through their pores because their body cannot process it fast enough (before more is given). Other signs of adverse reactions to oils: soft stool, coughing and/or vomiting after eating, increased itchiness, oily skin with skin flakes, sleepiness, and delay in wound healing. Given in excess it can also cause organ damage and death.

Second, there are no CBD products specifically created for pets so we don’t have the same information regarding efficacy, safety, and possible adverse reactions.

CBD products are only available in human form. That doesn’t mean someone who sells it won’t slap a label on it and sell it to you for our pet. Remember, sellers (no matter who they are) are “advertising and marketing” their products to make money. We often take what one person says as the truth, when in reality that person was just repeating what someone else said, or distorted the truth entirely. While it might have helped their dog for minute, most people never pay attention enough to their dog to see the side effects.

The regulations applied to CBD products and the monitoring of them is very different from that of medicines, which have implications for safety and means the products could interact with a supplement or medicine you’re already on. There are no regulations for pets! So now you have to worry about interactions with medicines or supplements they are on. For example, already giving fish oil? Now giving CBD Oil? How has your dog changed really? Number one is their poop will change, so now they are now not absorbing the nutrition they need from their food because their body is rejecting the oils. The oils coating the intestine are not absorbing any nutrition form their food when eating.

The problem with most pet owners is they are not paying attention to their dogs health long before problems arise. So when something comes up they put a bandage on it, using something to advertised to them or their vet to address the problem, instead of looking to the root cause to fix it. If you do not invest in good quality food for your pet, you will pay the price later in either their suffering or ultimate death.

Remember, they are here for you, to teach you, so pay attention.

Not to get off track, but one serious problem that arises again and again is staying with the wrong vet. We live in a time where the opportunity to find a vet is much more available to us. Or you can have more than one vet for your pet. For example, Sammy has two vets, one holistic (his main vet who does his yearly physicals and maintains his health and well being), and one is conventional (for procedures the holistic vet doesn’t do, or emergencies). This is because we address Sammy’s health and well being every day of his life, not just when something goes wrong. And before you say it’s because he’s a service dog, you would be wrong. I’ve always been aware that he is a BEING just like you and me and he deserves to be take care of just like I would myself. That means being fed the best he can, keeping an eye on everything that changes in him (from his personality to his poop), and changing vets if I feel the one he has sin’t doing right by him.

Many vets treat your pup like a number and don’t educate themselves about what is available to the general public that many pet owners readily give their dogs. If you won’t take it for yourself, why would you give it to your pet? If your dogs ultimate well fare is not apparent when communicating with your veterinarian, then find another vet. But be sure to ask the right questions when getting a referral! If nothing else, ask the person to describe your vet’s last visit from the time they walked in to the time they walked out, including the mannerism and verbal communication of the vet and veterinary staff. That will give you a good idea of how educated, open, and caring the vet is. For example, does the vet or their staff get on the floor with the dog or make the dog get on the table upon entering the room? Do look at your when talking? Do they address your pet like they are another BEING in the room, or an inanimate object?

I could go on, but I think you probably get the idea. Just as you would want a doctor to work with you for your own well being, so should you want a vet and their staff to be for your pet.

And one final note, don’t just take the vet’s word for it! Do your research! Especially if you feel your vet is not up-to-date on modern veterinary practices, canine nutrition, etc. Just as MD’s are not educated beyond the “bandage them up, move them along” methods from fifty years ago, veterinarians are taught the same. Every medicine and procedure is taken from the human doctor experience and modified for the canine. We may have similar bodies (i.e. organs), but they are not alike and they do not function them same way.

Here’s an example: humans have a short intestine of 22 ft (where we absorb the nutrients of our food) and a long intestine of 5 ft; while a canine has a short intestine of 13 ft, and a long intestine of 3 ft. Our intestine is made to digest for longer periods of time, in order to break down fruits and vegetables and grain so we are able to absorb more of our foods. Canines intestines are not made to break down sugars, grasses, grains, oils, etc and so they will absorb faster from the meats they eat and excrete faster (i.e. humans usually take 12-24 hours to completely digest into the colon, where a dog will take 6-8 hours). Just like us, the more nutritionally dense the food your dog eats the smaller their poop. If they eat kibble made with fillers, they will poop out the fillers as their body can’t absorb them (causing larger poop), which will cause hunger and disease to develop over time. They same applies to humans.

So the point is, do your research, know your dog, and do what’s right for him/her. Don’t jump on the band wagon just because someone tells you to or it’s being marketed to you.

Remember, you are their lifeline to wellness, make sure you are doing everything you can to provide it.

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