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Facts About Using Kratom as a Pain Reliever for Your Pet

Kratom has psychoactive properties that can be derived from alkaloids such as Mitragynine and (7HMG) 7-Hydroxymitragynine. Kratom leaves have over 20 active chemical compounds, which include some that induce opioid-like and analgesic effects, which include speciociliatine, and speciogynine. There is a rich combination of chemicals that are yet to be understood fully and discovered, which explain the ability of Kratom to act in a diverse number of ways. These will mostly depend on the dosage, but it can induce pain relief or analgesia, suppress coughs from animals, act as a stimulant, and act as a sedative when taken in higher dosages.

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Potential benefits of Kratom to your pet

 

Several claims are yet to be substantiated as to the effects that consumption of Kratom has on human beings. There is still a limited amount of scientific support for its use. Some studies that have been performed on animals indicate that Kratom can be of importance in several conditions, such as:

 

  • Anti-anxiety – Those who have dealt with pets that get crazy once you start leaving them alone have a better understanding of the anxiety suffering that our pets experience, the same as human beings do. Kratom is an opioid that can induce energy stimulation in your pet and also aid them in calming their nerves.

 

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  • Relief of chronic pain – Anecdotal reports show that Kratom is an alkaloid drug whose action is centered on the mu-type opioid receptors, thus creating analgesia. This means that it could be a very useful pain reliever. An informal trial reported that out of the 66 dogs that were given Kratom to act as a pain reliever, 62 displayed some noticeable improvements. Kratom might be a source of comfort for dogs with sores and ongoing aches.

 

  • Arthritis relief – Residents of Southeast Asia, the origin of Kratom, have been using the herb as a pain reliever for a long time, and studies that researchers have performed on animals indicate that it might have the same type of effects on pets like dogs. These studies are a sigh of relief for those dogs suffering from pain. Those people who have been giving Kratom to their arthritic pets report that they get pets that are happier and more active.

 

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  • Treatment of seizures – The information regarding how effective Kratom is in treating seizures is conflicting. Some individuals who have pets suffering from epilepsy and other conditions that bring about seizures have reported improvements in their pets after taking Kratom. Some pets do not experience seizures anymore, while others have some minor episodes. The American Psychiatric Association, however, in addition to other sources, reports that there are some instances in which the use of Kratom caused seizures in people. However, they report that this mostly occurred when the users combined Kratom with other substances.

 

  • A stimulant for energy addition – When taken in a low dosage, Kratom has been reported to act as a mild stimulant. The chemical components active in the herb react with brain receptors to cause stimulation of energy and alertness.

 

  • Appetite stimulant – The main reason people from areas where Kratom finds its nativity chew its leaves is to increase their appetite and energy. When working like a stimulant, Kratom is most likely to boost the activity of your pet and give it a better appetite. Yet, you need to be cautious since there are possibilities of your pet experiencing anorexia or a decrease in appetite if you stop feeding it on Kratom products.

 

Humans have been taking Kratom as capsules, powder, or tea, but can it be used for similar reasons on pets? As for ingestion, Kratom tastes bitter, which means your pet will most likely spit it off once you give it to them, which means the key is making it interesting. Some of the ways you can do this is by:

 

  • Adding it to treats – You can give Kratom to your dog or cat by mixing it in small amounts to a treat for your pet, such as beef bits or a hamburger.

 

  • Using some sugarless peanut butter – As a way of masking Kratom's bitter taste, you can add it to sugar-free peanut butter. Many pets love this sandwich spread which means it’s a treat they will not be able to refuse.

 

  • Using a fruit – You can also get some steamed pumpkin fruits or an apple, mix it with Kratom powder, and then give it to your dog or cat. This is one treat they will not be able to stay away from.

 

  • Adding it to a beef or bone broth – Your dog surely goes crazy over beef broth. You can add Kratom to this in a slightly higher but safe quantity since it is not possible for it to avert the flavor.

 

  • Put it in their dinner – If you feed your pet moist food, you have a good chance of giving Kratom to it by stirring the powder into it.

 

  • Put it on their gums – Some people rub a Kratom solution on their canine friends' gum. The liquid is quickly absorbed into the blood system by the surface vessels found in the mucous membranes. This can be of great help if your pet is experiencing extreme pain.

 

Do we have guidelines for Kratom dosage for pets?

 

Currently, no specific guidelines have been outlined for giving Kratom to your cat or dog, meaning the amount you give to it will mostly rely on trial and error. It is good to start on a smaller dosage to evade the side effects of higher dosages, such as nausea, constipation, diarrhea, liver damage, and seizures. Some people also determine the amount of Kratom to give to their pets by relying on the numbers available for humans based on weight conversions.

 

Can Kratom be toxic to your pet?

 

Some studies on how Kratom affects animals and humans have indicated minimal toxicity of Kratom. It can cause seizures and liver damage when taken at higher dosages, but the available research shows no toxicity when taken at low doses. This should be taken with great caution since most evidence supports these findings from patient experiences and anecdotal reports. Most of the scientific information available on the subject does not go beyond 2012, and clinical trials that have been published are very few. Do not play around with the health and safety of your pet if you are not confident of what you are doing.

 

Conclusion

 

For the pet parent who wants to go for alternatives to the traditional forms of suppression of pain and anxiety, information indicates that Kratom has a lot to offer. Researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center and the University of British Columbia have recently published a review of 57 years worth of international scientific evidence, which may help in the reduction of misconceptions that have been made about Kratom. This will help restore its potential as a public health tool that deserves deeper research. Individuals who use Kratom for their pets have reported reduced anxiety, pain relief, and increased energy. It is essential to consult your veterinarian before using Kratom on your pet and be cautious when going on about it; nothing is risk-free.

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