Did you know that coronavirus can affect your dog? Here we will talk about how you can use CBD for treating canine coronavirus. But first, let’s talk about what coronavirus is and how it affects your dog.
What is Canine Coronavirus?
The canine coronavirus infection (CCV) is a highly contagious intestinal disease that can be found in dogs all around the world. This particular virus is specific to dogs, both wild and domestic. It replicates itself inside the small intestine and is limited to the upper two-thirds of the small intestine and local lymph nodes.
The most common source of a CCV infection is exposure to feces from an infected dog. The viral strands can remain in the body and shed into the feces for up to six months. Stress caused by over-intensive training, over-crowding and generally unsanitary conditions increase a dog’s susceptibility to a CCV infection. Additionally, places and events where dogs gather are the most likely locations for the virus to spread.
The common symptoms include:
- Loss of Appetite
- Acute diarrhea
- Yellow to orange diarrhea varying from soft to watery (may also contain blood)
- Fever (occasionally)
Traditional Treatment & Prevention
Traditional treatment is limited to supportive care, such as;
- fluid therapy
- rest, and
- antibiotics to help prevent secondary infections.
If vomiting or diarrhea is severe, medications may be prescribed to manage these symptoms as well.
Since coronavirus is spread through contact with fecal material from infected dogs, separate sick dogs from healthy ones to help reduce disease spread. Also, the virus can be killed by many types of household disinfectants (including diluted bleach solution), so clean contaminated areas and bedding to reduce the spread of infection.
CBD for Treating Canine Coronavirus
CBD is known for its antiviral and anti-inflammation properties, which can be helpful in treating coronavirus in canines. Intestinal inflammation can be one of the most severe symptoms of canine coronavirus.
The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD is said to help in treating such inflammation by interacting with the immune cell receptors. CBD has also been studied for relieving inflammation in conditions like arthritis, irritable bowel disease(IBS) and other inflammatory conditions. Similarly, CBD can assist in lowering the pain associated with inflammation.
CBD for nausea
Nausea is another issue relating to coronavirus that can cause your pet discomfort, affecting their appetite and eating habits and impacting their weight.
A 2011 study published in the British Journal of Pharmacology, stated that the Endocannabinoid system regulates nausea and vomiting in humans and animals. And that CBD was effective in relieving nausea induced behaviour in rats.
CBD for Stress & Anxiety
Being sick and having symptoms they don’t necessarily understand not only make our pets uncomfortable but can increase their stress as well as increase their experience of separation anxiety. Particularly if we have to take them to the vet (something most pets do not enjoy).
CBD is an effective treatment for stress and anxiety in our pets. It can help to keep them calm during vet visits and maintain a stable mood while they’re managing uncomfortable symptoms.
Read more in-depth about using CBD for pets’ anxiety.
How to Use CBD for Treating Canine Coronavirus
CBD used as a daily treatment can help relieve the symptoms associated with the coronavirus particularly abdominal pain and discomfort. As well as stimulate their appetite and reduce the stress they experience due to symptoms.
With Miss Envy’s Canna9 line of pet products, you can easily add CBD oil to your pets’ food or onto their favourite treats. Or try one of three flavours of Bully Bits treats specially formulated with your furry friend in mind. All of our products are sourced from 100% organic hemp. So you can be sure your pet gets the best product for them that is guaranteed to not contain any THC.
Your pet will not get high from CBD. And although it’s not harmful to give them more than the recommended dose they can get sleepy and lethargic; so, read and follow the label. It is also important to carefully monitor their symptoms before and after treatment. Wait a few hours before increasing the dose.
For more information on using CBD for your pets, or if it’s your first time considering using CBD for your pets, read our article Everything you need to know about CBD for pets.
Note that using CBD as a treatment for your pet does not replace the medical advice given by a veterinary professional. Also, this article does not replace medical advice. If your dog is vomiting a lot it may be important for them to receive fluid treatments. So, if you are concerned about the health of your pet always take them to the vet.
If you have any questions or have suggestions for topics you’d like us to address in relation to CBD and the health of your pet let us know. Contact us via email or social media @miss.envybotanicals or @bully_bits