Asthma is a condition that is to a degree not regarded as too serious. However at its worst, asthma is likely to have devastating consequences on the sufferer. An allergic reaction triggered by inflammation within the respiratory path, asthma produces all sorts of breathing problems with their underlying allergens sometimes impossible to trace. If not kept under control, the result can be fatal and unsightly.
In just the same way humans suffer from asthma, dogs can too. The sad part is that their conditions are likely to be potentially worse and drag on for protracted periods of time. This because unlike humans, dogs cannot voice out their concerns and distresses and so are likely to suffer in silence. When asthma attacks a dog, it causes its upper airways to spasm and constrict, resulting in near suffocation. Should this occur consistently, there is a high chance that the tissue in the respiratory passageways will damage permanently.
As your dog surely cannot tell about its distresses, you should be alert in picking up the signs early. A sign that your dog could be suffering from asthma is when there is a persistent, dry hacking cough which can appear either slowly or suddenly. Though symptoms may vary from dog to dog, tell-tale signs that your dog may be suffering from asthma include;
• Breathing difficulties
• Pale mucus
• Open-mouth breathing
• Lack of appetite
• Loss of weight
Be circumspect when looking out for such symptoms as an asthma attack can kill your dog in a short time. Pale mucus for instance may be an indicator that the dog’s bloodstream is finding it difficult to supply blood to all vital body parts. It is not always going to be clear what triggers an allergic reaction in your dog but allergens may include perfume, pollen, mould spore, pesticides, air fresheners, cigarette smoke, and fertilizers.
When it comes to the treatment of asthma in dogs, many pet owners resort to the use of steroids and cortisone implementation and though they may do a job in helping to reduce the inflammation in the airways, protracted use of these forms of treatment can weaken the immune system of the dog and create even more problems in the future.
It is in this event that CBD is being seriously heralded as a form of alternative natural treatment for asthma in dogs. After all, CBD has been found to contain very potent anti-inflammatory properties, and with asthma occurring as a result of an inflammation in the airways, it is thought that CBD can do a more than effective job without the problematic side effects that ensue from the use of the more conventional forms of treatment.
CBD for asthma
Inflammations occur as a result of the immune system trying to protect the body against injuries and pathogens. With conditions like asthma, the scenario is no different and the severe, often life-threatening inflammation that occurs in the airway is because of the immune system’s overreaction to the allergens. In the body of humans and mammals, there is a system known as the endocannabinoid system.
This system ensures that there is a natural balance of all bodily systems and processes. In cases like asthma where allergens are introduced into the body, the balance of a system like the immune system becomes compromised. By introducing CBD into the body of an ailing dog, it interacts with cannabinoid receptors of the endocannabinoid system to help restore balance to the immune system.
Such interaction results in the reduction of the inflammation and in this case the inflammation of the airway. Unlike other drugs, CBD does not result in side effects and is very safe to use even for animals.
Though studies are still on-going, clinical evidence so far seems to back-up anecdotal claims about the effectiveness of CBD when used in treating asthma.
Asthma can be life-threatening in dogs. If you have any reason to suspect it may be suffering from asthma, make sure to send it to your vet and discuss any possibility of incorporating CBD into its treatment regime.