All around the country, CBD is emerging in stores and being integrated into consumer products. People are beginning to recognize the enormous potential of CBD as a medicinal substance.
However, many do not realize that CBD is also an effective option for their pets. While CBD can help you treat your dog’s ailments, there are some things you should know before giving your dog CBD oil.
1. What can CBD oil do for dogs?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a cannabinoid that works with the endocannabinoid system to regulate various bodily systems. So far, CBD seems to have the best impact on symptoms relating to pain, inflammation and seizures. Around 5% of dogs suffer from seizures, and CBD can be a great option for dog owners who want to provide their pets with a natural source of relief.
Dogs have a more complex endocannabinoid system than humans, so while CBD can be extremely helpful, THC (the psychoactive cannabinoid in marijuana) can be extremely harmful. CBD will not get your dog high, but any amount of THC will adversely affect your dog, so ensure that any CBD oil you give your pet is pure and does not contain THC.
2. Research on CBD oil for dogs is limited.
As the FDA has not officially stated that CBD can be used for dogs, there has not been much research on the substance with animals. Furthermore, veterinarians are not legally allowed to recommend the product, though some are well-versed on the subject and can discuss it with you. While there is not much formal research, clinical trials are underway and a variety of anecdotal evidence and early trials support CBD’s effectiveness.
One of the most viable use cases for CBD with dogs involves relief from seizures, as the FDA has already passed a CBD drug for humans suffering from seizures. The lack of research simply means that dog owners need to be more careful and monitor their dogs closely while giving them any CBD products.
3. Keep an eye out for possible side effects.
Your dog is not able to tell you what they are feeling. This means that, for the first couple of weeks, make sure you’re around when you give them CBD oil so you can keep an eye on them. They will likely start to feel the effects of the CBD within 5 minutes, but it could take as long as 96 hours. It is important that you keep an eye out for any odd behavior.
Some of the possible negative side effects include drowsiness, dry mouth and lower blood pressure. Drowsiness can occur if the dosage is too high, so if your dog seems to be sleeping much more than normal, consider lowering the dosage. If your dog appears thirstier than normal and is drinking much more water, this is likely due to dry mouth. Lastly, lower blood pressure may be indicated if your dog appears to have trouble walking or has overall lower energy.
4. Start with a smaller dose.
One veterinarian recommends starting with 0.05mg/kg/day and increasing as needed. As you increase the dosage, ensure you never go higher than 1mg/kg/day. Increase by about 0.05mg/kg each week. As dog’s endocannabinoid system is highly sensitive, any major adjustment to the CBD level might have undesired consequences and negative side effects, so take things slowly until you find the right dosage.
You should be able to notice a positive difference in your pet when the right dosage has been found. If your dog suffers from inflammation or pain symptoms, CBD will not fully cure them, but you may notice an increase in activity or fewer signs of fatigue. Keep a close eye on your dog so you can judge when the dosage is best for them.
5. Buy high-quality CBD oil.
One of the most important things to keep in mind is that not all CBD is the same. Some CBD has THC in it, which can negatively impact your pet. When you get CBD for your dog, look for products labeled “pet friendly,” and ask to see the product analysis.
This will allow you to examine how much CBD/THC is in the product, and if any other chemicals or additives are included. You will want to avoid products with more than 0.3% THC and any form of additives.
If you can find tinctures for your dogs, that is the best since it allows you measure the dosage drop by drop. Organic products are also better for your dogs and more likely to come from high-quality suppliers. Again, since dogs have a highly sensitive endocannabinoid system and are unable to express their symptoms verbally, you should try to buy the highest quality products possible and not price shop.
Medications for dogs can be costly and ineffective. CBD offers dog owners a natural way to treat some painful symptoms for their pets. However, they need to carefully monitor their dogs and research the products they are giving to their furry friends.
If your dog suffers from pain, inflammation or seizures, consider getting them CBD oils, tinctures or treats to help them live a happier and healthier life.