As Shelby prepared to leave her newly adopted terrier on her first day of work, her terrier, Mynka began shaking and acting nervous.
“While I was gone, she would urinate all over my carpet. It made me feel guilty leaving her, but I had to go to work.”
Shelby’s situation is not uncommon. Owners will try anything to ease their pets’ erratic behavior, often resulting from separation anxiety: prescription drugs, new diets, and enhanced training, etc. Their efforts have varying results, and owners complain of the different side effects of prescription medications, ranging from lethargy to sheer “loopiness.”
Shelby then decided to try a new and unorthodox solution: medical marijuana. It completely changed her and her dog’s daily lives.
“After using VetCBD for a couple weeks, she was much calmer as I got ready to leave my house and the uncontrolled urination is now under control. I feel so much more comfortable leaving her now. She also used to bark at night when I would put her in her crate, now she is much calmer and sleeps through the night. Mynka and I are forever grateful!”
However, many pet owners are not so open about their use of VetCBD to calm their pets. Many fear judgment and feel shame at utilizing what is still considered an illicit drug. Misconceptions and public stigma still hinder this small but growing industry.
Marijuana consists of many active compounds or cannabinoids, the most well-known being THC, the active chemical responsible for the ‘high’ in marijuana. However, marijuana also contains other cannabinoids, such as cannabidiol or CBD. This lesser known cannabinoid is highly sought after amongst the medical community because of its numerous medical benefits, including anxiety relief. In addition, CBD does not produce a ‘high.’
Shelby and her terrier, Mynka, are part of a growing pet community taking the leap into uncharted waters and reaping the health benefits of this lesser known side of marijuana. The medical research is also developing and revealing numerous benefits of CBD. Cannabidiol has been shown to have positive effects on a number of ailments in research studies as well as qualitative studies (anecdotes): easing arthritic pain, nausea, and even epileptic seizures. However, we are still only at the tip of the iceberg in realizing the full extent of its effectiveness.
Cannabidiol is all natural, non-toxic, and doesn’t have the side effects associated with many prescription drugs used to treat typical pet ailments. This is a fact. As the facts around this naturally occurring compound grow, cannabidiol could find its way into the mainstream medical conversation sooner rather than later.
Stay tuned for our one on one interview with Dr. Shu as we discuss VetCBD, where the idea came from and how they are reaching out to the community.
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