How CBD Products Can Help Your Dog OR Cat With Skin Allergies
When you have an itch or a scratch, it can be quite annoying. For dogs and cats, it can be even more frustrating as they struggle to reach itchy areas.
Unlike humans, dogs and cats react to allergies through their itchiness. This is due to the large number of mast cells found in their skin.
When your pet has a skin allergy, as an owner you have to step in. There isn’t really anything they can do to help or stop the itching themselves, so don’t think it will just go away.
CBD is a natural and safe remedy that can relieve symptoms of skin conditions, this blog will explore how.
What Are Skin Allergies In Dogs?
Skin allergies are a type of allergic reaction. They’re very common in dogs and cats and can affect some breeds more than others. For example, Spaniels, Poodles, Bulldogs, Labradors, Dobermans and Pit Bull Terriers are the breeds most prone to skin allergies.
Signs Your Dog or Cat Has A Skin Allergy
Dogs with skin allergies normally can’t resist the urge to give in to an itch. They are known to lick, scratch and even chew certain parts of their body, normally damaging the skin.
Some common areas to check that are affected by allergies include the:
What Causes Skin Allergies In Dogs?
Just like humans, skin allergies in dogs are caused by an overactive immune system. Again just like a human immune system a dog’s immune system is designed to protect it from disease and infections by attacking harmful agents in the body.
Dogs that have an overactive immune system, their body attacks the non-harmful environmental substances too, mistaking them as biological threats. In turn, this causes an allergic reaction.
The immune reactions involved in allergies are quite complex. Most reactions involve allergen protein molecules combining with antibodies in the blood, then attaching to a type of cell called a mast cell . Mast cells are found in many tissues throughout the body. When the antigen and antibody react with mast cells, the mast cells release potent chemicals, such as histamines, that cause local inflammation such as redness, swelling, and itching. This inflammation causes various signs associated with an allergic reaction.
There’s a variety of environmental allergens that your dog may be sensitive to, such as dust mites, fleas, mold, pollen from grass and plants.
Dogs can also be allergic to a certain ingredient in their food, these can include: beef, chicken, fish, pork, rabbit, lamb, soy, wheat, dairy, egg and more. There is a variety of hypoallergenic and free from dog food available to choose from.
How Are Skin Allergies In Pets Normally Treated?
If you to your vet they will offer the use of medication, allergy vaccinations and suggest using topical solutions.
Common allergy medication for dogs include corticosteroids, antihistamines and cyclosporine. However, some dog owners approach medication as a last resort as some medication can have side effects such as:
- Loss Of Appetite
- Dry Mouth
- Ear Infections
- Increased Aggression
Allergy vaccines can help gradually reduce allergy symptoms over time, but won’t offer relief in the short term.
The other alternative is topicals or all-natural supplements such as special shampoos, creams, CBD oil and balms which can help reduce symptoms of allergies and dermatitis-usually making up and important part of treatment.
Shampoos For Dogs or Cats With Skin Allergies
Petals and Tails pet shampoo is ideal for dogs and cats with skin allergies as its hypoallergenic, PH balanced and 100 % natural (no funky ingredients here!)
The special formula combines CBD oil, hemp seed oil, coconut oil, aloe vera, oatmeal, avocado oil and real floral extracts to help your pet maintain a healthy coat and skin layer while also providing moisture and relief to irritated and sensitive skin.
Discover the key ingredients in all our pet shampoos and the benefits they have:
Hemp Seed Oil
Helps to make your pet’s coat soft and shin. It acts as a healing oil for dogs with psoriasis, eczema and other skin rashes while relieving itchiness and dryness. Hemp seed oil also comes with a perfect balance of omega 6 and omega 3, fatty acids found in nature.
Moisturizing Coconut Oil
Reduces allergic reaction and improves skin health while leaving your pet’s fur soft and glossy. Coconut oil helps to clear up skin conditions such as eczema, flea allergies, contact dermatitis and itchy skin.
Cooling Aloe Vera
Aloe vera helps hydrate and maintain healthy skin and coat. Aloe vera has natural anti-inflammatory effects.
Moisturizes and soothes itchy skin, helping to relieve symptoms of allergies such as dry skin and hot spots. It also helps clean and soften your pet’s coat.
Avocado contains vitamin E and Omega 3 fatty acids, these decrease inflammation in the body whilst also acting as a great moisturizer for skin.
Petals and Tails high-quality shampoos are comprised of supreme ingredients that support the health of your pets skin and coat. The ingredients include floral extracts that are sourced from all over the world as potent, therapeutic oils. Discover the four long-lasting scents below!
Balms For Pets With Allergies
Due to the success our shampoos have been with pet owners, we extended the range to feature 2 balms. Balms are a cream-like texture that can be applied directly to an irritated area. Balms can help with:
- Hot Spots
- Fatty Tumors
- Itchy Skin
- Yeast Infections
- Dry Skin
- Sore Muscle Pain
- Dry/Irritated Paws and Nose
CBD Oil For Pets With Allergies
As well as using topical products, pure CBD oil can also help relieve the symptoms of allergies and make dogs less anxious. CBD Oil has so many benefits that normally people start giving it to their pet for one thing and then find it helps with other problems such as dry skin and allergies.
You can orally give your dog or cat CBD oil as well as using the shampoos and balms. This is due to CBD oil being a great supplement for your pet as well as relieving an array of symptoms.
Success Stories Of Pets Using CBD For Skin Allergies
Kali.W – Absolutely Amazing! – Lavender Fields Forever CBD Shampoo
” I was super excited to find a CBD dog shampoo for both my pups! One of my dogs, Bandit a border collie, suffers from extreme allergies and sensitive skin. Almost anything flares up his allergies. Thankfully the hemp is soothing against his skin and VERY helpful for their fur! Both Bandit and my other puppy, River’s fur have grown so SOFT with just using this a couple of times. Not to mention how good they smell after their baths no more stinky, itchy dogs here! “
Kerry – Smells So Good – Lavender Fields Forever CBD Shampoo
” I’ve been a professional groomer for 10 years now and have tried a lot of brands of shampoo in the past. My dogs get pretty gross and smelly from being in daycare 5 days a week. This smells amazing and lasts! I usually have to use a special shampoo on my little mutt since a lot of shampoos make her itchy. She hasn’t itched once since using it!! Will be buying a lot more!! “
Megan Q. – Saved!! – CBD Oil Dropper
” My mini Aussie has been taking this twice a day for seasonal allergies and it has been a lifesaver. He’s no longer itching incessantly. Customer for life “
Stephanie – This Balm Is Amazing! – Orchid Balm With Honey
“My boy was going through a pretty bad allergic reaction. His hair was falling out, his skin was inflamed and drying out. While we dealt with the reaction I still needed something to keep his skin from peeling. I bought @petalsandtails Exotic orchid balm with honey. I already knew about the healing effects of honey, combined with CBD and other natural ingredients it’s been working wonders. His skin is no longer red, and the peeling has stopped completely. He doesn’t try to rub it off and it absorbs quickly, so no mess. Plus it smells amazing! I know a lot of bully breeds have skin problems, and I really can’t recommend this enough. “
Rose – Worked Like A Charm! – Orchid Balm With Honey
“I can’t believe how quickly, or how well, this product worked. My puppy was getting huge puffy, red rashes on the insides of his rear legs. He would try to itch at them constantly. Within a few hours of putting this balm on him, I saw a huge difference. The rashes were gone a few days later. Now, if I see one starting I put some on right away and I can’t believe how quickly, or how it’s usually gone by the next morning. Wonderful product. Thank you!”
Hannah- So good! – Lavender Fields forever CBD Balm
We absolutely love the lavender balm. The balm smells so good and natural. I use it for my dog’s paws when they are feeling dry and it works wonderful! We will be purchasing again for sure!!
CBD oil, shampoos and balms can also help to relieve the stressful and uncomfortable symptoms your pet experiences with skin allergies. It’s hard to see our pets in pain or irritated, especially when they can do very little to help themselves. By scratching and licking they actually damage the skin, making it worse.
CBD and the other ingredients found in the shampoos and balms are natural. This ensures your pets skin and coat is calm and treated as naturally as possible without the use of harsh chemicals or medication.
Derm Spotlight: Is CBD Oil Safe for Pets?
CBD oil, or cannabidiol, is a compound found in the cannabis (or marijuana) plant. This is different from tetrahydrocaccabinol (THC), which is the compound in cannabis responsible for the psychoactive effects of marijuana, i.e. “feeling high.” CBD does not cause the “high” feeling and is not considered an illicit drug, meaning that it is legal to sell and use in the US.
CBD is a very hot topic right now and people are using it to treat everything from anxiety to acne to cancer. Many of our dermatology clients mention that they have tried using CBD in their pets. Because CBD is a relatively new trend, there is not a huge amount of research regarding its use in humans, and there is even less research in pets. In this issue, we would like to review what information is available.
CBD Research in Dogs
The earliest research into CBD use in dogs started in the 1980’s and these were simple pharmacokinetic studies, meaning researchers injected CBD into a few dogs and then measured the concentration of CBD in their bloodstream and urine. 1 These studies don’t tell us much about the usefulness of CBD, but they did suggest that dogs can be given CBD without experiencing side effects.
More recently some studies have been published looking at the actual effects of CBD in dogs. In 2018, a study found that giving CBD to dogs with arthritis significantly decreased their pain and increased their activity level. 2 In 2019, a study looked at dogs with severe epilepsy (seizures). They gave one group traditional anti-seizure medications and gave the second group traditional anti-seizure medications plus CBD. The CBD group had a significant reduction in seizure frequency, though 2 of the dogs in that group had to leave the study due to ataxia (incoordination, difficulty walking). 3. These studies both line up with a survey done where US veterinarians said they discussed CBD most frequently as a potential treatment for anxiety, pain, or seizures.
What About the Skin?
As dermatology specialists, that’s what our clients care about the most. Unfortunately, there is not ANY scientific research studies published about the use of CBD in cat or dog skin disease. There are two studies reporting that cannabinoid receptors are present in the skin 5 and hair follicles 6 of dogs, but what does that mean? In humans, a few preliminary studies have found that CBD may help decrease skin inflammation 7,8 so it’s possible that CBD could be helpful for pet skin disease, but we just don’t know for sure yet. Hopefully someone will study this more closely soon!