Is CBD Beneficial for Groomers?
In 2016, I opened a grooming and boarding business. Two of my first clients were brothers, Chewie and Rico. Rico, a fairly calm poodle, was a groomer’s dream. Chewie on the other hand, disliked being groomed, hated boarding, and was visibly stressed and anxious when he would enter our doors. My groomers were wary of Chewie, but they did everything they were trained to do to keep him calm.
Around the same time, I began using CBD on my own pets, and offered Chewie and Rico’s mom, Elissa, the chance to try it with her fur-babies. She was excited to try anything that could help them without harsh chemicals.
Within just a few minutes of giving Chewie a dose of CBD oil, he was calm enough to groom without any fuss. When he came to board with us, he was no longer afraid. His mom thought it was a miracle, but I knew it was because of CBD.
CBD has become increasingly popular for both people and pets since the passage of the Farm Bill, which made farming hemp legal in the U.S. For many groomers and shop owners, the rising popularity of CBD can mean that customers may be using it as an option to calm down pets before going in for a groom.
CBD can help keep anxious dogs and cats calm during their groom and can provide relief from common skin ailments, like skin tumors, growths, hot spots, and itchy areas. Because of the natural relief, the benefit to groomers can be immense. However, education is the most important thing for groomers who use CBD to calm anxious clients. Understanding how CBD interacts in the body can help groomers decide if it is right for their clients.
What is CBD?
The cannabis plant is separated into two plant types, marijuana and hemp. Hemp has less than .3 percent of THC (the psychoactive component associated with feeling “high”) but has all of the cannabinoids, including CBD that the cannabis plant contains. Unlike marijuana, hemp is legal in all 50 states, Canada, and Mexico.
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a natural compound found in the cannabis plant. These compounds, called cannabinoids, interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is comprised of receptors, which work to facilitate communication between cells and which can restore homeostasis in the body. Simply put: cannabinoids tell an anxious brain to calm down and direct cells to help them heal.
Every mammal has an endocannabinoid system, however, dogs have nearly double the number of endocannabinoid receptors as humans. This means that they are extremely susceptible to the positive effects of the cannabis plant.
What does CBD treat?
CBD has a variety of uses. It can treat aches and pains, joint pain, arthritis, allergies, tumors, cancer, seizures, stress, and anxiety. For grooming appointments, CBD can help keep an anxious dog calm without making him fall asleep, and can take some of the fear out of the experience.
Another way that CBD oil can help groomers, is through the use of hemp seed oil. Hemp seed oil has the perfect balance of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, which contribute to a healthy, shiny coat.
Dogs can lead rough-and-tumble lives. Skidding on concrete can cause dry, flaky paw pads, and constant digging in grass can cause exposure to allergens and bugs. While this is adorable, it can make grooming a nightmare. Dogs with allergies, hot spots, and painful skin may not like being groomed as baths and clippers may hurt those spots. Moreover, dogs who have skin tumors and cysts may be more sensitive while being groomed, presenting challenges to the new groomer. But, if the groomer is able to successfully provide relief from those painful areas, the dog will begin to associate the groomer with the feeling of relief, which can improve the grooming experience for everyone involved. CBD salves can also treat a variety of skin conditions, including hot spots, dry skin, and even skin tumors.
What should groomers know before using CBD?
Most CBD companies use tinctures (oils) or treats to administer CBD. You can mix it into your pet’s food or you can put it in their mouth to swallow. CBD can also be absorbed through the gums and can be administered by lifting the dog’s lip and inserting it right into the gums.
CBD products range in the total number of milligrams of CBD per ounce, and they range in the spectrum of cannabinoids. Full-spectrum means that as many natural cannabinoids are present as possible and none were removed or isolated during extraction. Broad spectrum means that some cannabinoids may have been taken out or enhanced. Whenever possible, full spectrum is best for pets.
Most CBD products on the market start anywhere from 50 to 150 mg and go all the way up to 1100 mg of CBD per ounce. Typically, the higher the number of milligrams of CBD, the stronger the effect will be. You should also note that every dog reacts to the medicine differently, but a dog cannot overdose on CBD. Additionally, there are no dangerous side-effects from CBD.
If a pet comes to your shop already using CBD, make sure to discuss with the owner when the dog should receive their next dose to keep them calm during their groom. This can be especially important if the dog is being left at the shop for several hours.
CBD can be a great add-on to grooming services. For example, the grooming and boarding shop that I own, Beautify the Beast, keeps house bottles of CBD oils and salves and offers it to customers as an add-on for $5. Once the pet parents come back and see how calm and happy their pets are, they almost always want to learn more, which is when groomers can educate them about the positive benefits of CBD.
Because of CBD, dogs like Chewie, who would have been impossible for groomers to handle, can now relax and enjoy being groomed without feeling fear or anxiety. The groomers in my shop no longer have to fear anxious dogs because they are able to easily calm them down.
CBD can truly change the lives of everyone in the pet industry and gives dogs and cats the ability to live their healthiest lives possible.
Ten Ways CBD Oil Can Make your Pet’s Grooming Experience (and LIFE!!) better.
First things first- CBD oil will not get your pet high! While we can’t make promises for all pet cbd oils, we have had ours third-party tested for potency and certified- THC free. Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the many active compounds found in the Cannabis sativa plant.
Now that we’ve set your mind at ease, here’s are some reasons to check out CBD Oil for Pets
Anti-Inflammatory. Traditional dog anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS) can cause kidney and gastrointestinal damage and have long term negative effects on your dog’s health. In a 10 week study on CBD oil in dogs at Cornell University – studies showed that “CBD oil increases comfort and activity in the home environment for dogs with OsteoArthritis . Additionally, veterinary assessments of pain were also favorable. “
Anti Anxiety: Does your dog suffer from separation anxiety or noise phobias? CBD has been extensively studied for its effect on stress and anxiety. In humans, research shows it can:
Reduce anxiety caused by public speaking
Reduce anxiety in both healthy people and people with anxiety disorders
So, if your dog is suffering from anxiety, CBD from hemp oil would be a great way to keep him relaxed when he’s uncomfortable.
Cancer Fighting: Research shows that CBD oil can reduce the size of tumors and inhibits cancerous growths. It Helps the immune system’s killer cells to cause cancer cell death. Kills cancer cells by blocking their ability to produce energy. Has anti-tumor properties that slow and inhibit glioma cell growth. Can help increase the efficacy of conventional cancer treatment
The cannabinoids in CBD have also been shown to work well for pain. So well, in fact, that scientists are considering it as a new class of drug for the treatment of chronic pain. Studies show CBD to be very effective for reducing:
Pain (including neuropathy and nerve-related pain)
The impact of inflammation on oxidative stress (which causes degeneration and premature aging)
What you need to know about CBD oil and your pets
The popularity and marketing of CBD is outpacing the research and regulation, says veterinarian Jerry Klein.
There is no scientific data on the use or dosage for CBD in pets, only anecdotal. gollykim / Getty Images
Have a hyper pup or cat that just won’t chill no matter what? Or the opposite, an older pet that’s dragging because their joints ache? You may have CBD on the mind, because chances are you know someone who swears it fixed the fill-in-the-blank issue their doggo was having.
Cannibidiol, which comes from the hemp plant, is making headlines for reports that it can treat pain, anxiety, inflammation and even cancer in humans, but it’s not just people lapping it up. CBD is popping up all over the place — for pooches — and pet owners are buying.
“It’s at my dogs’ groomer,” American Kennel Club Chief Veterinary Officer Jerry Klein, DMV, told NBC News BETTER. “It’s on the counter by the cashier.” And as word of mouth spreads about the many purported powers of the substance, “people are grabbing it from the counter trying to treat anything from anxiety to arthritis to seizures,” he said.
It only makes sense, given the buzz about its powers. “We do what we can for the ones we love,” said Dr. Klein. “We reach for things that may help.” But there are a few problems with this picture, he said. The results on giving pets CBD have been anecdotal so far. And “the popularity and marketing is outpacing the researching and regulation,” he said. “These animals can’t talk and tell us how they feel. It makes this miraculous drug even easier to market.”
If you’re tempted to join the CBD party, there are a few things any concerned pet parent should know, and some questions to ask.
What you need to know about CBD oil, the health craze getting national buzz
What does the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) say?
The FDA has only approved one CBD-based prescription medication for humans, which is used to treat rare forms of epilepsy. FDA spokesperson Lindsay Haake told NBC News BETTER that “the FDA has placed no restrictions on extralabel use of Epidiolex (cannabidiol) in animals. Veterinarians must follow the principles discussed in the Animal Medicinal Drug Use Clarification Act (AMDUCA), as well as any state and federal regulations for the handling of the drug.”
She went on to say, “The FDA is currently collecting information about marijuana and marijuana-derived products being marketed for animals. FDA reminds consumers that these products have not been evaluated by FDA for safety and effectiveness, and we recommend that you talk with your veterinarian about appropriate treatment options for your pet.”
Did that clear that up? No? Well .
Your vet may also have questions
While a veterinarian should be open to discussing general CBD use with their clients if they ask, Klein said, a “veterinarian must state that at this time there is no scientific data on the use or dosage for CBD in pets, only anecdotal. Because CBD products at this time are not regulated, there is no way of ensuring the efficacy for various purposes, ranging from anxiety, arthritis, or even epilepsy. There [are] no current studies on dosage for CBD to correctly and effectively dose a 6 pound chihuahua or a 150 pound mastiff. The time may come when the science has true answers, but it is not now.”
You can’t assume that what works for a person will work for a cat will work for a dog will work for a horse, he said.
If this sounds alarmist, consider this. The FDA has issued significant warning letters to companies selling CBD products, Dr. Klein said, including some that market their products for pets.
Besides dosage concerns, “there’s no accountability,” when it comes to what’s in them, Dr. Klein said. Can you be certain it’s derived from hemp, not marijuana, and that there’s no toxic-to-pets THC? “As an emergency veterinarian I’ve dealt with dogs that have gotten into marijuana brownies and it is a concern,” he said.
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What are the long term effects?
In short: “We don’t know,” said Dr. Klein. “The time frame hasn’t been there long enough. And no studies have been done. We do know there are some changes on blood pressure, dry mouth, but those are just preliminary studies.”
“I don’t want to be the naysayer because I think there’s potential here for real possible benefits,” Dr. Klein said. “It may be a wonderful product in the future if it’s regulated and we have data.” As for now, he said, “I understand the frustration of owners but there is no accurate information.”
Maybe news is on the way though. Dr. Klein points to a study from the AKC Canine Health Foundation, that’s looking at CBD for treatment of epilepsy. “Hopefully in a year or so we’ll have some results on that.”
The bottom line?
“I can’t stress enough that the laws and some of the material is constantly changing,” Dr. Klein said. “It’s important for people to be aware of the concerns and even vets themselves to be aware of the current data. As long as they understand that what they’re giving is not scientifically proven, that it might not be of any benefit, that’s up to them if they want to go down that road.”
Final word from the vet? “If you’re doing it you’re doing it at your own risk at this time.”
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