CBD or cannabidiol is becoming increasingly popular due to its many potential health benefits for both humans and pets. Here are some things pet parents need to know about CBD and what natural substitutes and alternatives can work best for their furkids. 

What is cannabidiol? 

CBD is one of the many chemical compounds found in the controversial cannabis or marijuana plant. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), another compound found in cannabis, CBD is not psychotic and would not cause the sensation of feeling “high” to your furkids.  

According to American Kennel Club Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Jerry Klein, there’s anecdotal evidence from pet parents suggesting it can treat pain and help control seizures. Furthermore, Dr. Klein stated in this article that CBD is also used because of “its anti-inflammatory properties, cardiac benefits, anti-nausea effects, appetite stimulation, anti-anxiety impact, and for possible anti-cancer benefits,” while also mentioning that there are currently no conclusive data to support this. 

However, many organizations, including the AKC Canine Health Foundation, are currently studying the possible use of CBD as a natural remedy for many dog-related diseases and to possibly further improve their health. 

Alternatives to CBD in dog food 

As pet parents, we only want to provide what’s best for our furkids. Although marijuana is legalized in several states here in the US, pet parents will want to know more about CBD first before giving it to their furkids. If you want your furkids to enjoy the same benefits and remedies that CBD provides, check out these three superfood alternatives: 

  • Basil or rosemary  

Like CBD, basil and rosemary contain high antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can provide relief to dogs suffering from arthritis. What’s better, both herbs are good sources of antioxidants that protect your furkids from damage against free radicals. 

  • Omega-3  

Omega-3 can do so much more than just keeping your furkid’s skin healthy and coat shiny. Recent studies show that cannabidiol can be naturally produced inside the body with the right amount of omega-3 fatty acids. According to this study, omega-3 derived endocannabinoids play a role in managing pain, inflammation, and even cancer. 

  • Chamomile 

Chamomile can help calm anxious furkids. Like CBD, chamomile acts as a gentle sedative for cats and dogs who are suffering from anxiety and depression. 

You may talk with your veterinarian on how to create a meal plan that includes these superfoods for your furkids. Alternatively, you can look for readily available pet food with all these superfoods, like Wishbone Pet Foods. 

Wishbone is a taurine-rich, gourmet pet food brand that is made with the power of 8 superfoods: basil, rosemary, peppermint, papaya, mango, cranberries, blueberries, and flaxseed, with added herbs like chamomile, thyme, and peppermint. These superfoods and herbs are excellent sources of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants which help strengthen your furkid’s immune system and promote better overall health. 

And for an omega-3-rich recipe, try Wishbone Ocean for dogs, which is made using real New Zealand king salmon. 

See all our healthy gourmet recipes enriched with the power of 8 superfoods for dogs and cats. 

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