You’ve heard about all the benefits that CBD offers, but did you know you can use it on pets too? Regal Pet Health is thrilled to announce the launch of its latest product offering – Regal CBD Remedy.
The Regal products with their variety of herb formulations have been used with great success in households across South Africa, and introducing a CBD product to the Regal family was just a matter of time.
What exactly is CBD?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound found in cannabis and hemp. A popular misconception is that CBD gets you ‘high’, but unlike marijuana, CBD does not contain tetrahydrocannabinol (TCH) which is the compound that has psychoactive properties, so CBD products will not get you high.
How does it work?
To put it simply, CBD works with the receptors in the endocannabinoid system (ECS), the system that consists of cannabinoid receptors found in the brain, central nervous and immune systems. This system helps regulate and maintain bodily homeostasis (the immune system, pain, digestion, skin health, mood, sleep to name a few). CBD targets this system, either stimulating or inhibiting the receptors in the body into action, and since humans and dogs have the same ECS, CBD products are just as beneficial to dogs as they are to humans. (In fact, all mammals, vertebrates and invertebrates, are known to have an ECS – aren’t our bodies – be it human or animal – simply remarkable?!)
In our Regal CBD Remedy, rather than the usual herbs as the base formulation, we use CBD isolate – CBD in its purest form – to bring you a product that is easy to digest, tasty (thanks to the beef flavouring) and has a myriad benefits.
Here are some of the more common benefits that CBD oil has for dogs:
Seeing your dog in pain is heart-breaking and the ripple effects can be far-reaching. Due to its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties, CBD can help with arthritic pain, sprains, neuropathic pain, and post-operative pain, providing much-needed relief.
Anxiety issues in dogs can be divided into two categories; situational (a situation which the dog is not usually used to such as a thunderstorm, fireworks, strangers etc. This type of anxiety is usually resolved when the anxiety-inducing factor is removed) or behavioural (typically a deep-rooted issue such as abuse or trauma in the early years. This usually presents its self as separation anxiety, aggression etc). CBD has been known to help suppress the anxiety in both circumstances by stimulating the secretion of serotonin which helps to calm and soothe your dog.
Studies have shown CBD oil to increase metabolism, stimulate the appetite and to prevent and reduce nausea. Further research has shown that it can alleviate nausea from medication or certain illness as well certain conditioned events (such as riding in a car). Once the nausea abates, the appetite is also likely to return which results in nutrients being fed to the body. So it’s a win win!
Additional benefits of CBD for dogs include alleviating allergies and the symptoms relating to them, supporting and treating gastrointestinal problems and improved cardiovascular health.
The face of Regal CBD Remedy
Here’s a fun fact: The dog used on all the product packaging is Regal Hero, Zara. Zara started using the Glossy Coat Remedy and the Skin Healing Shampoo when she first arrived at her forever home in Zambia, and has been a proud Regal advocate ever since. She lives with her parents, and new baby sister, Gia. Her favourite things to do are swimming, chasing lizards, singing, and cuddling with Baby Gia.
Dosage and directions for use:
Although the principles of the endocannabinoid system are the same in humans and dogs, dogs have smaller brains than humans and as such, fewer cannabinoid receptors and a smaller ECS, so some concentrations in products designed for humans might be too high for dogs, so it is important that the correct dosage is administered.
For the Regal CBD Remedy we recommend 1 ml per kilogram of weight
Weigh the dog accurately to determine the correct dosage and administer once daily using the dosage guidelines. Use an accurate measure such as a syringe or graduated dropper pipette. Shake well before use. Administer the medicine orally or mix with a small amount of food and ensure that it is consumed. Start with a low dose e.g. 25 % and increase the dose slowly over several days to the full dose, while watching for any adverse reactions such as increased thirst, dizziness or drowsiness. Sensitivity to Regal CBD Remedy may vary between dogs and a full dose may not be needed.
The information on this page is intended as an educational tool only and should not be used to treat illness. Please consult a veterinarian if you have any questions or concerns with regards to your pet’s health.