CBD for Dogs: Just What Your Furry Friend Needs
We’ve learned a lot over the last several years about just how beneficial CBD can be for humans. Did you know that using CBD for dogs is becoming popular, too?
As crazy as this might sound, cannabinoids, like CBD, are actually beneficial for several types of animals – not just dogs.
Studies on CBD for Dogs
Don’t take our word for it, though! A study published by Frontiers in Veterinary Science claims, “Clinically, canine brief pain inventory and Hudson activity scores showed a significant decrease in pain and increase in activity with CBD oil. Veterinary assessment showed decreased pain during CBD treatment.”
Good dog owners (that includes me!) love to make sure that their canines are living their best life, right? Two of the biggest things that we are concerned with, when it comes to our pets, are:
- anxiety from being alone
People will literally do anything to make sure their pets are not in pain, and not in anxiety, as they should.
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Side effects are something that we all have in the back of our minds when we go to medicate ourselves, or our canine friends. While we want to help them, what we don’t want is a slew of adverse side effects from giving our dogs medications.
CBD oil has very little side effects on animals, including doggies.
Stool Issues: Introducing a new item to a dog’s diet might induce diarrhea. To avoid this, start off giving small amounts of CBD to see how your dog responds. Our CBD oil uses MCT oil, which is a coconut oil. Make sure your dogs are okay with this (most are).
Vomiting: Again, this is not necessarily specific to CBD. If a dog tries something new, and they hate the taste, they may vomit.
Low Blood Pressure: While rare, some dogs experience a drop in blood pressure after consuming CBD. It’s a minor drop in blood pressure, but it still may happen. Watch your dog closely if it’s the first time they take CBD.
Drowsiness/Lethargy: CBD is known for inducing calming effects. This is one of the the reasons that it works so well to combat anxiety in dogs. If you notice your pet start to act lethargic, this is likely the CBD working.
Liver Enzyme Levels: Liver enzyme production can be affected when dogs take CBD oil. If your pet is on other medications, double check with your vet to make sure this condition isn’t worsened from taking several medications at once.
Common Questions About Dogs and CBD
Yes, CBD is quite safe for your dogs. Compared to a lot of other medications that dogs might be prescribed, CBD is one of the safest options for pain and anxiety relief.
Many veterinarians agree that starting with the lowest dose possible to see effects is the safest choice when it comes to dogs supplementing with CBD.
What is a safe, low dose? Try starting with approximately 0.2mg of CBD per pound of bodyweight of your dog. For example, if your dog weighs 50 pounds, try starting with 10mg of CBD oil and adjust the dosing, as necessary.
Most people use CBD oil for dogs. You can actually give your dog the same CBD oil you yourself take, as long as it is real CBD oil and not filled with strange chemicals.
Draw out an amount of CBD oil needed, and squeeze it onto their food or a treat. You can also squeeze out the drops on the bottom of their food dish, too. They will lick it up, and the results are normally felt without 10 minutes or so.
CBD dog treats are also available, but again, make sure the treats are as natural as possible, and not filled with strange chemicals or fillers.
CBD can help with many different symptoms. That said, many pet owners use it to address pain, or anxiety in their furry pets.
No, your dog actually cannot overdose on CBD. Make sure your CBD oil, or CBD dog treat, is hemp-derived, and has very low limits of THC, though.
A study published by Frontiers of Veterinary Sciences showed that canines cannot overdose on CBD, and that it’s toxicity levels are extremely low.
Yes, CBD is federally legal in all 50 states. As long as your CBD contains amounts of THC that is 0.3% or less, you’re good to go. Hemp-derived CBD is legal, while marijuana-derived CBD remains a controlled substance in most states.
American Kennel Club: What to Know About Canine CBD
Animal Behavior and Welfare: The Impact of Feeding CBD Containing Treats on Canine Response to a Noise Induced Fear Response Treat
CBD Clinicals: CBD Dosage for Dogs
Frontiers in Veterinary Science:
Pharmacokinetics, Safety, and Clinical Efficacy of Cannabidiol Treatment in Osteoarthritic Dogs, Preliminary Investigation of the Safety of Escalating Cannabinoid Doses in Healthy Dogs
Taylor & Francis Online: Cannabinoid Treats as Adjunctive Therapy for Pets: Gaps in Our Knowledge
Veterinarians.org: Side Effects of CBD Oil in Dogs