Pet Vitamins, Supplements, CBD and Hemp Products
Veterinarian Advice for Pet Vitamins, Supplements, CBD and Hemp Products
As part of your pet’s nutritional plan and ongoing care, we at Veterinaire Pet Care believe that dogs and cats can benefit from vitamins to supplement their diets. Vitamins serve not only as preventive measures to support good overall health, but also help as an adjunctive treatment – or a complement to primary therapy – for various veterinary diseases and conditions.
The most common are multivitamins and supplements to relieve arthritis, reduce shedding, alleviate inflammation, or improve an animal’s coat. Some pets take probiotics or antioxidants as part of their routine care. All vitamins and supplements, regardless of how common they may appear to be to pet owners, should only be given as recommended by your veterinarian.
As with humans, another current topic of interest related to dietary supplements is the use of CBD and hemp products for pets. These have become quite popular in veterinary use and have numerous properties that have been found to assist with the management of pain, inflammation, anxiety, cancer, and appetite stimulation in dogs and cats.
Many pet owners have questions about the origins and effects of CBD and hemp products, which are available as concentrated liquids, oils, or treats. CBD, or cannabidiol, is a natural chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. CBD products are derived from hemp, which is the stalk, stem, and sterilized seeds of the cannabis plant, and not from marijuana, which comes from the leaves, flowers, and viable seeds of the cannabis. CBD differs from marijuana in that it contains little or no THC, which is the compound that gives marijuana its psychoactive properties, but CBD helps to regulate bodily functions such as sleep, pain receptors, and immune systems.
As with any other medications or supplements, consult with the specialists at Veterinaire Pet Care for advice on whether CBD products may assist your animal companion. Our veterinarians can offer instructions on how to best use them for your pet, including dosage guidelines and potential interactions with other medications.
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