Guide to CBD for Pets Stimulating Appetite and Nausea
Our pets are unable to communicate with us when something is wrong. So, it’s up to us to pay attention to changes in their behaviour that may signal something is wrong. Nausea that results in vomiting is something that is easy to recognize but loss of appetite and nausea that does not result in vomiting may be more challenging to recognize. Nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite are typically a sign that something is wrong. CBD can help stimulate our pets appetite and manage their symptoms of nausea and vomiting but it’s also important to identify to ensure something more serious
Causes of loss of appetite, nausea, and vomiting
Loss of appetite, nausea, and vomiting in our pets can be a sign of illness. If you pet is refusing to eat one day but appears to be eating normally the next it may have been a result of eating something they shouldn’t have. But if their lack of appetite persists for 48 hours or more it is important to take them to the vet as this may be a result of a bigger problem, such as kidney failure or an infection.
Loss of appetite could also be a result of medications or other treatments as well as the result of stress and anxiety. In these cases, CBD can help to stimulate appetite and manage nausea to help keep your pet healthy. Though in the case of medical treatments it’s important to speak to your vet about adding CBD into your pets treatment plan as there is a possibility of medication interactions.
CBD for Stimulating Our Pets Appetite
CBD has been used for stimulating appetite in both humans and animals and can help to ensure the consumption of sufficient calories to maintain a healthy body.
The Endocannabinoid System and Appetite
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is responsible for maintaining homeostasis in the body as well as a number of other important functions like mood, sleep, and appetite. Both humans and animals have the same endocannabinoid system.
Behavioural studies indicate that endocannabinoids increase eating motivation. Moreover, there is strong evidence of an endocannabinoid role in energy metabolism and fuel storage.
Read more about the endocannabinoid system.
CBD for Nausea
When feeling nauseous it’s difficult to feel motivated to eat, particularly if nausea combined with eating results in vomiting. While stimulating appetite, CBD can simultaneously help to manage feelings of nausea through stimulating the 5-HT(1A) autoreceptors.
CBD can also help with nausea by reducing inflammation.
CBD for Stress and Anxiety
Reducing your pet’s stress and anxiety can also help increase their appetite. Research shows CBD oil works by interacting with the body’s naturally occurring endocannabinoid system(ECS) to soothe and calm anxiety naturally.
Treating your Pets with CBD
If your pet has regular problems with eating as a result of medications or other treatments or is regularly impacted by stress that results in loss of appetite, regular treatments with CBD can help. Though it’s important to remember that loss of appetite could be a result of other health issues so many sure you understand the potential underlying causes of their loss of appetite before treating them with CBD.
Generally, there are two methods of consumption with CBD for pets; (1) CBD treats and (2) CBD oil. The CBD oil can be dropped directly into their mouth (if they will let you) or added to their regular food or favourite treats.
The most challenging part of treating our pets with CBD is determining the most effective dose because they cannot communicate with us. It’s important to start with a small dose and increase slowly until the seizures are under control. A good starting place is 1-5 mg for cats or per 10kgs for dogs.
Take detailed notes of your pet’s symptoms prior to and after administering the dose of CBD and do not increase the dose until at least one hour has passed.
Learn more about treating your pets with CBD in our Guide for Pets.
Can you give your pet too much CBD?
Since we are unable to communicate with our pets it’s important to err on the side of caution with dosing CBD. Though it’s important to note that veterinarians and researchers have seen very few side effects.
Some side effects include dry mouth, drowsiness, and sometimes a small drop in blood pressure (this often looks like lightheadedness).
CBD is a potential treatment to manage your pet’s nausea and stimulate their appetite. Consult with your veterinarian about adding CBD into your pet’s health routine.
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