The Benefits Of CBD Oil For Dogs
The good news is that it can help with many of your dog’s health issues from allergies to cancer. The bad news is that the CBD industry for pets is still unregulated. That means the majority of pet owners might be getting ripped off.
So today I want to talk about all the good things CBD oil can do for your dogs. Then I’ll show you how to find the best product for your dog and talk about how to give it.
What Does CBD Oil Do For Dogs?
There’s a messenger system in your dog’s body called the endocannabinoid system. It helps regulate sleep, appetite, pain, the immune system and more. CBD impacts the activity of the messengers in this system and stimulates the nervous, digestive and immune systems, as well as the brain. And it can do this because the endocannabinoids in CBD are very similar to the ones found in your dog’s body.
That’s why the benefits of CBD can be deep and significant. And why CBD oil is the fastest-growing healthy plant in the world!
6 Ways CBD Oil Can Help Your Dog
Let’s take a look at common conditions where CBD can help dogs. And after I’ll talk about which CBD oil you should buy and general dosing information.
1. Dogs With Joint Problems
If your dog has joint pain, your vet might prescribe NSAIDs or other pain meds like Gabapentin. But NSAIDs can cause deterioration in joints and soft tissues … and they can damage your dog’s liver. Gabapentin can also cause kidney damage. Plus, it’s not all that effective.
CBD is a natural anti-inflammatory that doesn’t carry the same risk of side effects as drugs. It works by binding to CB1 receptors in the brain. These receptors stimulate the immune system to reduce inflammation. CB1 receptors also change the way the brain responds to pain.
CBD also binds to CB2 receptors found in the nervous and immune systems. When this happens, the body may produce more cannabinoids naturally. This helps reduce inflammation even more and reduce the pain associated with it.
In fact, researchers at Cornell University found that dogs taking CBD for arthritis were more active and showed a decrease in pain.
Some of the common people buy CBD Oil for dogs as an anti-inflammatory for joint problems include:
- Hip and elbow dysplasia
- Sprains and strains
- Torn ligaments (CCL)
2. Dogs With Cancer
Sadly, 50% of adult dogs will get cancer. Cancer is a massive health challenge for dogs, especially if they undergo chemotherapy or radiation.
Cancer researchers are always looking for new ways to treat cancer and release the pain and nausea that can go with it. And CBD has been extensively researched as a cancer-fighting substance.
A study in mice showed that CBD slowed the growth of mammary cancer cells. And in 2018, researchers found that CBD increased survival time in mice with pancreatic cancer. Other animal studies show CBD oil has cancer-fighting abilities and can slow the growth of tumors.
In another study, cancer cells became more sensitive to treatment with CBD. That means CBD can increase the effectiveness of conventional cancer treatments.
CBD also kills cancer cells by blocking their ability to produce energy. And it can stimulate the immune system to produce killer cells that cause death in cancer cells.
Researchers also found that CBD blocks a cannabinoid receptor called GPR55. This is important because GPR55 increased the growth rate of cancer cells in mice.
CBD oil can also help with nausea associated with many cancer treatments. And studies have shown CBD can significantly reduce cancer-related pain.
3. Dogs With Seizures And Epilepsy
It’s estimated that about 5% of dogs suffer from seizures. They can be terrifying for both dogs and their humans … and they can cause anxiety.
Most vets treat epilepsy and seizures with antiepileptic drugs. Common options are phenobarbital or potassium bromide. But these drugs are extremely harmful to your dog’s liver and other organs. And even if the drugs don’t cause unmanageable side effects, they don’t always work …
So researchers at Colorado State University got excited when they studied CBD as a treatment for epilspsy in dogs. A whopping 89% of dogs that received the CBD had a reduction in seizures.
In human trials, CBD even worked in patients with drug-resistant epilepsy. In one study, 7 out of 8 patients saw a marked improvement within 4 to 5 months.
CBD reduces the frequency and severity of seizures because of how it interacts with the endocannabinoid system. It’s believed that abnormal electric charges of the neurons in the nervous system cause seizures. But CBD can bind to receptors in the brain … researchers speculate this can improve the functioning of the nervous system.
4. Dogs With Anxiety
Anxiety is a common reason dog owners turn to CBD. Anxiety can appear in different forms, including:
- Noise phobia
- Separation anxiety
Of course, there are anti-anxiety drugs available … but CBD is being studied for anxiety because it doesn’t carry dangerous side effects.
Most human users of CBD take it for pain, anxiety and depression. Over a third of these users report that CBD worked “very well by itself.” CBD has even helped manage anxiety and insomnia in children with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). And animal studies show its antidepressant effects aren’t just for people.
CBD can work quickly given directly by mouth when your dog gets stressed. It usually only takes 5 to 20 minutes to work. But CBD appears to be most beneficial for anxiety when given over a period of time. So if your dog is prone to stress, a daily dose might work best.
A 2012 study looked at stress in rats exposed to cats. The rats given repeated doses of CBD had less anxiety than those given a single dose.
Researchers aren’t certain how CBD relieves stress and anxiety, but it’s thought that it can help regulate serotonin. Serotonin is a hormone that regulates mood, social behavior, digestion, sleep and appetite.=
5. Dogs In Pain
Probably the most promising research on CBD is that done on pain. From nerve pain to arthritis, it works well … without the harmful side effects of pain medications.
CBD binds to both CB1 and CB2 receptors in the brain and nervous system and this helps change the way your dog’s brain perceives pain. Plus, CBD can help manage the other symptoms that accompany pain, such as sleeplessness and nausea.
CBD can also help manage acute pain from injuries.
6. Dogs With Allergies
Allergies are on the rise in dogs. And they’re difficult to treat … so, sadly, allergies are a common reason dogs are euthanized. Skin conditions in general are one of the most frequent reasons for vet visits.
The endocannabinoid system is also found in the skin … and that’s good news for dogs with allergies. It means CBD can help relieve dry and itchy skin. And it can promote the growth of new healthy skin cells.
You can give CBD internally for allergies, or use it externally for hot spots or interdigital cysts.
Now that you know a bit more about WHY you would give your dog CBD oil to your dog, let’s about HOW to choose a good quality product.
How To Choose The Best CBD Oil For Your Dog
CBD (Cannabidiol) is a naturally found substance in cannabis and hemp. Both deliver amazing health benefits … but there are differences.
Cannabis (marijuana) contains a relatively large amount of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is what causes the psychoactive activities of cannabis. It’s why marijuana can give a “high” or “buzz.”
CBD oil made from hemp contains much lower amounts of THC. To sell hemp legally, it must contain less than 0.3% THC. So while your dog can still enjoy the calmness and reduction in anxiety that CBD provides, he won’t get high. And that’s important … because you might enjoy the high, but your dog definitely doesn’t!
Your dog will also get the same pain-relieving and immune-supporting benefits from hemp CBD.
But not all hemp CBD products are the same …
1. Look For A Full Or Broad Spectrum Hemp
Check the label of your CBD product to make sure it’s full spectrum or broad spectrum.
This means your dog’s CBD oil contains not just CBD, but other important cannabinoids that occur naturally in full-spectrum hemp. This includes CBC (Cannabichromene) and CBG (Cannabigerol).
Researchers have looked at CBC for its …
- Cancer-fighting activities
- Ability to block pain and inflammation
- Positive effect on brain cells
CBG is also studied for its medicinal use. It can decrease inflammation in the digestive tract and it can protect nerve cells and the eyes. It also supports healthy bladder function and fights cancer cells.
A full-spectrum CBD oil will also contain terpenes such as limonene, alpha-pinene, and beta-pinene. These are also naturally occurring medicinal substances found in all hemp.
Together, cannabinoids and terpenes create the entourage effect. This happens when compounds in hemp oil work synergistically to boost the medicinal properties of hemp oil.
CBD extracted with CO2 (I’ll talk about this in a moment) pulverizes the terpenes. This will make them hard to detect in testing and they won’t show up on the Certificate Of Analysis …
… but they’ll still be there and will contribute to the CBD oil’s medicinal effects.
CBD extracted with solvents will better preserve the terpenes. So you will find them noted on the Certificate Of Analysis.
But I don’t recommend solvent extracted products, which leads me to my next point …
2. Make Sure Your Dog’s CBD Uses CO2 Extraction
There are two common ways to extract the CBD oil from the hemp plant:
As you’ve probably guessed, CO2 extraction uses carbon dioxide to extract oil from the plant. Using a high-pressure chamber, CO2 puts pressure on the hemp. This breaks down the hemp and releases the oil.
This method of extraction creates oils with a higher concentration of CBD. That means your dog will get more from his supplement. Of course, that also makes the product more expensive … but it’s better than the alternative.
The cheapest way to extract oil from the hemp plant is with solvents, such as …
- Petroleum products
But residue from these solvents will be in the product and they can be toxic to your dog.
Some CBD extraction uses natural solvents, such as ethanol or olive oil. This is much safer for your dog but these oils can destroy the hemp plant’s waxes and the resulting oil isn’t as beneficial.
3. Look For A Certificate Of Analysis
If your dog’s CBD oil doesn’t have a certificate of analysis (COA), run away!
A certificate of analysis is a document that shows the amount and type of cannabinoids in the CBD product. And it usually comes from a third-party laboratory,
COAs protect your dog from poor quality products and the manufacturer should have one for each batch of hemp. If there isn’t a COA on the company’s website, you’ll want to ask for one before you buy any CBD oil.
When looking at the COA, there are 5 important things to look for.
CBD Is The Same As Advertised
This is more common than you would think … in fact, we were once tricked by this!
What you might see is something like “500 mg CBD” on the product label. But don’t take the label at face value! Make sure the COA says the same amount as the label does.
Some lab tests express the CBD content in mg/g. So to calculate the amount of CBD, you need to know how many grams are in the bottle of CBD.
For example, let’s say the COA shows 16.9 mg/g CBD. To calculate how much CBD is in the product, multiply the number of mg/g by the number of grams the bottle weighs. (A typical 1-ounce dropper bottle of CBD will weigh 30 grams.) This will give you the total mg of CBD in the bottle. In this example, it’s 507 mg (16.9 mg/g x 30 gram bottle).
CBD Is Really Full Spectrum
Again, never take the label at face value! Some CBD is from isolate, which means it won’t have other important cannabinoids and terpenes.
Remember the entourage effect? You won’t get this extra boost with CBD isolate. So how do you find out if your dog’s CBD is from isolate? The COA will show that the product only contains CBD and no other cannabinoids. Stay away from these products.
There’s Not Too Much (Or Too Little) THC
If your dog’s CBD contains more than 0.03% THC, it’s probably marijuana and not hemp. It’s not legal and your dog won’t enjoy the psychoactive effects.
You also want to avoid products with zero THC. If there’s none, then your dog’s CBD is from isolate … and the health benefits will be fewer.
A Third-Party Did The Tests
Once again, never take the manufacturer’s word that the product is high quality. Make sure the product was properly tested by a third party lab. Unfortunately, the CBD industry isn’t regulated, which leaves you vulnerable to poor products.
There’s No Contaminants
You need to know where and how the hemp that’s used to make the CBD oil is grown. This plays a huge role in those test results you see in the COA.
Always look for an organic product to reduce any environmental toxin risks. You want to know that the soil and water it’s grown in is as clean as possible. That’s because hemp plants are really good sponges and can absorb contaminants as they grow. And it’s why heavy metal toxicity can be a concern when looking at CBD oils.
So be sure that you check the COA for any contaminants such as pesticides, heavy metals and solvent residues.
Cost Shouldn’t Be A Priority
It can be hard to compare products and some people give up and look at costs only …
… but this is not the best approach!
You want a high-quality and safe product for your dog. Extracting CBD from hemp requires a lot of plant material as well as careful monitoring.
If the product you’re considering has a price that’s significantly lower than the competition, there’s probably a reason for that …
But the most expensive doesn’t mean it’s the best CBD oil for dogs …
Instead, consider what we’ve reviewed …
- How was the CBD oil extracted? (CO2 is best.)
- Is the CBD concentration different than advertised? (CBD on COA should match the bottle.)
- Is it full-spectrum? (The product should have other cannabinoids, not just CBD.)
- Is the THC content worrisome? (THC should be less than 0.3% but higher than 0%.)
- Is it organic? (Hemp is a sponge for contaminants.)
- Was it third party tested? (If you can’t find a COA online, ask the manufacturer for one.)
These variables are what you need to look for when determining the quality of a product. The cost is never a sure sign of a product’s quality.
Side Effects Of CBD Oil For Dogs
The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association surveyed dog owners. They wanted to see what, if any, side effects they noticed. And the great news is that there weren’t any major effects reported.
The most consistent side effects noticed were:
- Sedation 19%
- Overactive appetite 5%
- Lack of energy 4%
- Panic reactions 2.7%
- Dry mouth/excessive drinking 2.3%
- Nausea 1.7%
- Vomiting 1.7%
- Increased seizures 0.69%
- Impaired mental functioning 0.68%
This means the most likely side effect you may see is that your dog gets sleepy. And that isn’t a bad thing. Especially if your dog suffers from seizures, anxiety, or has any pain, and you’d like to give CBD oil a try …
… but some CBD oils will have other additives and may not be safe.
Caution With CBD Oil Additives
You want to be sure there are no chemical additives or preservatives in the product you buy. These will cancel out the health benefits, even if the hemp is grown organically.
Also be aware of companies who have added essential oils (EOs) to their CBD oil. Even though they’re “natural,” EOs can affect animals profoundly.
If your holistic vet has recommended using a CBD oil with an EO, then follow her dosing recommendations. She’ll know what’s best for your dog’s unique health needs.
Some will recommend using CBD with frankincense as it’s good for tumor reduction in cancer patients. But always check with your holistic vet or herbalist first.
Dogs Taking Other Medications Or Supplements
If your dog is taking any other medications or supplements you will want to check with your holistic vet as well. CBD oil has many health benefits but it can change how your dog metabolizes some medications or supplements.
Researchers have looked at how CBD oil changes metabolism in humans. It can be similar to grapefruit, which causes significant reactions. So if your dog is taking any of the following medications you’ll need to ask your vet about dose changes:
- Allergy medications
- Liver or kidney medications
- Heart medications
- Anxiety medications
Hopefully, your holistic vet has helped you find alternatives to the medications above. But even then … CBD can affect herbs and natural supplements.
This doesn’t mean you can’t give your CBD oil if he uses other supplements or medications. You may just need to make adjustments. CBD changes the metabolism of other things but sometimes for the better! Meaning you can use less of another product or skip on the medications altogether.
And less is often more.
CBD Oil Dosage For Dogs
Each bottle of CBD has a specific concentration expressed in milligrams (mg). Most dogs are okay with the taste, so you can just put it on your dog’s food.
Dr Robert Silver recommends giving your dog 0.05 to 0.25 mg/pound of body weight, twice daily. He also suggests starting with a lower dose and working your way up. If 0.05 mg/pound is enough, stay at that dose. There’s no need to increase unless the lower dose stops working. If that happens, increase the dose to 0.125 mg/pound, twice daily and only continue to increase if your dog needs it.
For anxiety or health prevention, you’ll usually find that the lower doses work well. But if your dog is dealing with pain or immune issues, you’ll probably need a larger amount.
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CBD Oil for Dogs: What You Need to Know
As with any pet wellness trend, when it comes to CBD oil for dogs, there’s a lot of information floating around the internet, and it’s difficult to know what’s accurate and what’s exaggeration. Of course, you want to do what’s best for your pup, which leads to the question: What do I need to know about CBD oil for dogs?
The AKC’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr. Jerry Klein, explains what CBD oil is, what it does for dogs, and its safety concerns and potential side effects.
What Is CBD Oil?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound found in cannabis and hemp. Dr. Klein says it is essential to note that in most cases, CBD oil does not contain delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound that gives marijuana its psychoactive properties. In fact, most CBD products are derived from hemp and not from marijuana.
How Does CBD Affect Dogs?
Currently, there has been no formal study on how CBD affects dogs. What scientists do know is that cannabinoids interact with the endocannabinoid receptors located in the central and peripheral nervous systems, which help maintain balance in the body and keep it in a normal healthy state.
What Dog Health Problems Can CBD Oil Treat?
While there’s no definitive scientific data on using CBD to treat dogs, there’s anecdotal evidence from dog owners suggesting it can treat pain, especially neuropathic pain, as well as helping to control seizures.
According to Dr. Klein, CBD is also used because of its anti-inflammatory properties, cardiac benefits, anti-nausea effects, appetite stimulation, anti-anxiety impact, and for possible anti-cancer benefits, although there’s no conclusive data on this use.
The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) is sponsoring a study through the Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences to evaluate the use of CBD in treatment-resistant epileptic dogs. The CHF hopes that this will be the first study to gain scientific data on the use of CBD in dogs with this condition.
Possible Side Effects of CBD in Dogs
While there’s no scientific data on the side effects of CBD usage for dogs, there are potential side effects based on how CBD affects humans. To minimize any potential side effects, make sure you are following the proper dosage.
- Dry mouth: Research has shown that CBD can decrease the production of saliva. For dogs, this would manifest as an increased thirst.
- Lowered blood pressure: High doses of CBD have been known to cause a temporary drop in blood pressure. Even though the drop is small, it might create a brief feeling of light-headedness.
- Drowsiness: Dog owners have used CBD to treat anxiety. The calming effect of CBD can also cause slight drowsiness, especially when using higher doses.
Risks of Using CBD Oil for Dogs
The safety and risks of using CBD for dogs have not yet been researched. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved CBD and has not issued a dosing chart. Therefore, we do not know what size dosage would be toxic. Any medication or supplement carries the risk of a reaction. It is always advisable, when giving your dog something new, to start out with small amounts and then closely monitor the effects. And always check with your veterinarian first.
CBD Products on the Market
If you and your veterinarian decide that you should try CBD as a treatment for your dog, there are a few things to keep in mind when purchasing CBD oil. Not all oils are the same; you’ll want high-quality CBD oil to have a better chance of it working.
- Look for organic. If the CBD oil is not organic, it at least should not contain pesticides, fungicides, or solvents.
- Don’t only shop based on price. Higher quality and purity are usually associated with a higher cost. A cheaper option could contain toxic substances such as pesticides, herbicides, or heavy metals. Make sure your CBD oil is free of additives.
- Get the analysis. The manufacturer should provide a certificate that certifies the amount of CBD that is in the product. Many CBD products contain only small amounts of CBD. You’ll also want to make sure there is little or no THC in the product.
- Buy CBD as a liquid. You can buy dog treats containing CBD, but the best form to administer is an oil or tincture. This way, you can adjust your dog’s dose drop by drop.
The CBD Wellness Trend
Why are we hearing so much about CBD oil now? Dr. Klein points to the legalization of marijuana in many places, which has triggered interest in potential health benefits of marijuana-related products. “We are likely to see continued interest in CBD and an increase in research about its uses and efficacy in the coming years,” he says.
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Is Human CBD Oil Safe For Dogs? A Total Explanation
This is likely because you have your own CBD oil made for human consumption and you wonder if you and your dog can use the same one.
YES, human CBD oil is technically safe for dogs. However, it is highly recommended to give your dog a pet-specific version of CBD oil.
Why is it recommended to give your dog pet-specific formulations? That will be explained, in-depth, in the article below
Can I Give My Dog Human CBD Oil
Technically, yes, you can give your dog human CBD oil. You can give your dog human CBD oil because the endocannabinoid system that humans have is a system that dogs also have. That means it works in the same biological way in dogs that it does in people.
Most mammals also have the same endocannabinoid system. That is why you can technically give your dog CBD oil that is made for human use.
Many pet owners have tried human CBD oil in their pets to see how they react.
CBD Oil Specifically For Dogs
There are CBD oils made for dogs and pets like cats and horses specifically. It helps dogs in much the same way that it helps human beings. It can assist in lowering pain, inflammation, nausea, vomiting, and anxiety. There are even more health ailments that it can help, too. Studies have shown this to be the case, and that is why there are dogs
How Can I Give My Dog Human CBD Oil?
If you are going to give your dog human CBD oil, it is imperative that you follow dosing instructions as best you can.
Human CBD Oil Dosing For Dogs:
Because CBD is a natural and non-toxic product,
it does not typically hurt a dog to give them too much at once.
So, it likely won’t hurt your dog if you give them too much. However, some dogs become lethargic and tired if given too much CBD. Thankfully, that is not life-threatening or permanently damaging to their health. It can be annoying to the dog, though. Rarely, giving a pet too much CBD can cause them to have diarrhea. It doesn’t often happen, though. The good news is that it is temporary. However, avoiding giving them too much is the best course of action.
Start Low, Go Slow
Firstly, it is essential to start giving your dog small amounts and slowly increase their dosage over the course of a few weeks. This is to see how well they do with what they are being given. After all, pets are just like people, and they all have individual reactions to different things.
So, if you are going to give your dog human CBD oil, it is best to provide them with a dosage that is based on their body weight.
Here is an example of 3 different strengths of dosage to give your dog:
- LOW TIER = 0.05mg CBD x 0.5kg of body weight
- MID TIER = 0.125mg CBD x 0.5kg of body weight
- STRONG TIER = 0.25mg CBD x 0.5kg of body weight
Doses should be given twice a day. However, some dogs may react better to one dose. Keep a close eye on your furry pal when they first begin. The dosing times are usually morning and evening. However, it can be different if you have a unique schedule. People that work night shifts may have to have a different schedule than someone that works during the day. That’s perfectly okay.
A helpful example is a 30 ML bottle of 125 mg CBD oil contains 4.16mg of CBD per ml. So, you will have to do the math on how many drops to give your dog based on their body weight if you are choosing to provide them with human CBD oil. The examples above can help you come to the right calculation.
It is recommended to give them CBD oil under the tongue. However, if you would rather not, you can mix it into their food. They get a faster reaction when they have it administered under the tongue. With food, it takes at least half an hour for them to get the benefits.
As you can see, giving your pet human CBD oil can be done. But, it can be confusing to
CBD Oil for Specific Pets Makes It Much Easier To Correctly Dose
These products have been specially formulated for pets and are much easier to use and dose. Pet parents that want to ensure that their dogs are getting the correct dose should use pet-specific CBD oil. These are products that have been made specifically for pets and are easier to give to pets. There is little to no confusion over dosage amounts with these products. This is why it is recommended to give dogs CBD oil that is made for dogs.
It takes the guesswork out of dosing and gives pet parents the peace of mind that they aren’t offering their pet too much or too little.
Specially formulated pet CBD oils and products are also convenient for other reasons. Many CBD pet companies make treats and other pet-friendly versions of the product that allows a pet owner some choices that work best for their needs.
CBD treats are made organically from hemp extracts. They are often found in flavors that many pets find appealing. This makes it easier to give certain dogs that may be picky eaters or that don’t want to get their dosing under the tongue. It’s true that some pet parents have feisty dogs. Not every dog will be keen to have a dose given
under the tongue. Hence, the option of giving them CBD in treat form is much more appealing to both the dog and the pet owner.
How Do I Know If My Dog Will Benefit From CBD?
CBD has many amazing benefits that have been proven in research, with a couple listed below. It helps dogs and humans in many of the same ways. It allows for inflammation to be lowered, pain to be improved, nausea to be lessened, and anxiety to be decreased. These are all wonderful benefits, and they can really help a dog that is going through some of these health issues.
If your pet has any pain or significant health issues, they will likely benefit from CBD. Because there are almost no side effects, you won’t be putting your dog’s health in jeopardy. NSAIDs and prescription medications can have very harsh side effects for animals. There is usually a list of side effects on these types of drugs that can leave a pet parent stressed and concerned. Worrying about the side effects of medications is stress that pet parents don’t need to add to their growing list of concerns. After all, there is plenty of stress in having a pet that is suffering from health concerns.
CBD is a much safer option to prescriptions and NSAIDs. It contains healing properties and offers nothing but benefits. So, it is very likely that your dog will benefit from CBD. They may benefit from CBD much more than from medications. They certainly won’t have to worry about some of the awful side effects that prescriptions often come with. And that means that pet parents won’t have to worry, either. It is perfectly safe to give your dog CBD, and it is likely going to help them with pain, inflammation, nausea, anxiety, stress, and more. Dogs that have arthritis can benefit greatly, too. Many reports have been made by pet parents that their pets with arthritis are moving much better and don’t seem to be as sore. This can really improve their quality of life and enable them to get up and move around much more.
So, it is recommended that you start out with a small dose. This is to gauge their reaction. Slowly increase their dosage to the recommended amount over time. You will likely be able to see for yourself if the product is helping your dog. Many pet parents
have reported positive health changes in their dogs after only a week or so. That means you will be able to tell if CBD is helping your dog after a few weeks or a month.
How Do I Give CBD Oil For Dogs To My Dog?
The good news is that CBD oil for dogs is made specifically FOR dogs and contains dosing instructions along with it. Pet parents can give CBD oil for dogs to their dogs either under the tongue or mixed in with their dog food.
Reading the instructions that come along with the product is your best bet. Reputable companies will have instructions that you can follow sent along with the product, in an email, or on their website. However, if you have any doubts or concerns, don’t be afraid
to contact the company through their customer support. They should be able to help you right away with any questions or concerns that you have.
Do I Have To Have A Vet’s Approval For CBD?
You do NOT have to have a vet’s approval for CBD. CBD is legal in all fifty states and in many countries. As long as the CBD has less than .3% THC, it is perfectly legal to buy and give to your dog. Veterinarians do not have to give prescriptions for CBD, and so you do not need their approval at all. It is something that pet parents will have to decide for themselves if it will benefit their furry pal.
It is imperative to note that there are some vets that recommend CBD for certain pets. More and more veterinarians are learning about the significant benefits of this product. This is mostly because more research has been released over the last few years that has touted its benefits and its healing properties in animals, just as in humans. Also, because it has become legal and more acceptable, many veterinarians are becoming comfortable in recommending it to pet parents that have a pet that could benefit from CBD products.
Believe it or not, some veterinarians are actually selling CBD products in their office. This means that they have fully embraced the proven research of CBD in pets and are even willing to sell it in their vet office. Holistic veterinarians are exceptionally open-minded about CBD oils, treats, and products that are made for pets.
So, in summation, you do not need your veterinarian’s approval nor recommendation to give your pet CBD. However, it is likely that your vet will recommend it if they have kept up to date with current research and information. Unfortunately, not all veterinarians are keeping current on CBD and have not yet decided to recommend it. But, thankfully, you don’t need their approval to give it to your pet.
Pet parents can choose to give their dogs CBD on their own. Researching the benefits of CBD and which health ailments it can help will be the best way to decide if it is something that you want to give your pet. There are a lot of studies and articles that show the benefits of CBD and that offer pet parents the ability to research it for themselves and decide if it is something worthwhile for their dog or other pet. It is always highly recommended to research anything that you are going to give your pet and have as much knowledge as you can when making decisions. This includes even researching dog foods that you are going to give your pet so that you know what they are
Where Do I Buy CBD Oil For Dogs?
Buying CBD oil for dogs can be done at certain veterinary offices, in some pet stores, and online. The easiest way to buy CBD oil for dogs is online. You can order it from your phone or computer and just wait for it to come in the mail. It is important to look for products that are made specifically for pets. First-time buyers should be especially careful when buying online. There are tons of places that sell CBD for human use. However, only certain retailers have CBD oil for dogs. So, pay careful attention to the type of CBD oil you are buying and ensure that it is made for dogs specifically.
Here at Innovet, we offer safe and natural CBD oil for dogs. It is made from organic hemp extract that is sourced in the United States and has been tested by a third party for safety and efficacy. There is less than .3% THC, and that means that it is totally safe and legal. Because there is less than .3% THC, there is no chance that your dog will be getting “high.” So, your dog will not be getting any type of high, and they will be consuming something natural and safe. Naturally organic and safe, your pet can begin taking it right away and enjoying the significant benefits that CBD has been shown to give. Pet parents that are suspicious of prescriptions and chemicals should be pleased to know that this natural alternative is out there and that it can help their dogs with pain, anxiety, inflammation, and much more.
There are also pet treats that you can give your finicky eater. Some dogs do not like to have supplements given under the tongue. CBD treats in different flavors are a great option for pet parents that know their dog will not be happy to take oil under the tongue. Here are some great Innovet’s Hemp Treats For Dogs that can really give your dog a tasty treat that comes with the health benefits of CBD. They are organic and
completely natural, and that means there are no chemicals to worry about. They are made with hemp extract and consist of only organic ingredients.
Final Thoughts on Giving Human CBD Oil To Dogs
Giving human CBD oil to dogs can be done and likely be done safely. After all, their systems are like ours, and they can benefit in the same ways. However, giving them too much accidentally is much more likely when giving them human CBD oil. As discussed earlier in this article, too much CBD is likely to make them lethargic and, although rare, they can have diarrhea. This is why we recommend NOT giving them human CBD oil on a regular basis and why we recommend pet-specific CBD oil and products. It takes the guesswork out of the dosages and makes it much more likely that you won’t give them too much. At Innovet, we want pet parents to be able to give their pets the very best and have the knowledge that they need to make important decisions for their furry friends.