The Itchy Truth About Man’s Best Friend
Dogs have always been considered man’s best friend. However, when a dog suffers from a skin irritation it can quickly turn into man’s worst nightmare. Constant scratching and expensive visits to the local vet for treatment can become a heavy burden for many canine owners. There is a wide variety of skin conditions in dogs, as many as 160 different kinds, and almost all of them cause irritation and itching. There are many different treatments for skin irritation in animals.
The most common treatments are topical and oral medication. However, there are many natural treatments that range from natural herbs to taking a bath in oatmeal. New advancements in the development of cannabis oil show that its many uses may spread to treating skin conditions for man’s furry companions.
Cannabis oil is completely safe for dogs and humans and the oil has no side effects found in other forms of cannabis, like marijuana. Cannabis oil is applied topically when used to treat skin conditions. Because the medicine is absorbed into the skin directly, there are no cognitive or memory altering effects that are commonly associated with cannabis and other hemp products. Cannabis oil does not contain the certain chemicals called THC. THC stands for tetrahydrocannabinol and these chemicals are what cause any hallucinogenic or mind-altering effect. The other chemicals found in hemp products are called CBDs, which stands for cannabidiol. Cannabidiol is the chemical that provides the therapeutic effect. This occurs by blocking the receptors in the skin that transmit pain and irritation. Cannabis oil is a product that contains less than .3% of THC. The low amount is proven to have no intoxicating effect in humans or dogs, including small dogs.
When looking for a treatment to a dog’s incessant scratching, the first key is to identify the cause. When the dog is an outdoor dog or a working dog, the cause of the irritation might be linked to allergies, parasites like fleas or ticks, or potentially a fungal infection. For indoor dogs, the cause is more likely to be related to dandruff, hormonal imbalances, or infection caused by bacteria found in the house. Once the cause is identified by the local vet, treatment will be prescribed accordingly. It is wise to always consult your local vet before trying any new treatment, however, it might be suggested to ask about cannabis treatment if the initial treatment prescribed does not work.
Cannabis oil is already proven to have several medicinal qualities. It has been groundbreaking in treatments for certain neurological disorders like epilepsy and ADHD in humans. Cannabis oil is also proven to treat skin conditions in humans. The receptor-blocking aspects of the cannabis oil help to prevent pain, itching, irritation, and inflammation from common skin diseases like eczema, arthritis, and even common allergic reactions. These effects that have been proven on humans have also been shown to be effective on canines and other animals and so far, no negative side effects have been reported.
In addition to common skin diseases found in dogs, cannabis oil is known to treat arthritis and studies are currently looking into its effect for treating urinary problems, type 1 diabetes, and even specific kinds of cancer (including skin cancer) in dogs. Depending on the results of these trials, cannabis oil could become one of the most common and cost-effective treatment methods for pet conditions of all kinds.
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