In the last few years, CBD has exploded onto the market, with different types of products available everywhere. Chances are you have probably already heard some mention of it, as it gained popularity in the wellness and healthcare industry, especially to treat chronic pain, insomnia, stress, inflammation, or anxiety.
Or maybe, you saw that many Hollywood celebrities and sport stars are endorsing the use of CBD in their daily lives.
As the popularity of CBD continues to rise, recent studies and anecdotal evidence are making pet owners very curious. Simply put, there are many success stories about how helpful CBD can be for dogs, managing a diverse range of symptoms increasing their comfort and activity levels.
Even though we still need more studies to finally prove that CBD is beneficial for pets, the experience we already have cannot be disregarded.
First Things First, What Is CBD?
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is one of the many natural substances found in the cannabis plant. The other prevalent substance – and the most well-known- is THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is an active compound with psychoactive properties (or the feeling of getting “high”).
It may sound unsafe or uncommon to give CBD to a dog, but when you think about it, it makes a lot of sense. Dogs have more cannabinoid receptors throughout their bodies than any other animal, which means that they can process CBD just like humans – or even better. Therefore, CBD acts indirectly on these receptors to internally receive all its properties.
How Can CBD Be Used in Dogs?
CBD can help dogs manage a diverse range of symptoms. From chronic pain to control seizures, anxiety, and decreased appetite.
One of CBD’s major benefits is that it helps with various types of pain. That includes nerve pain, pain related to inflammation and arthritis (it could be especially helpful for aging dogs).
Therefore, as a consequence of being effective for both pain and inflammation, CBD may help improve a dog’s mobility.
Giving CBD to a dog may also carry other benefits: it can boost their cardiovascular health, improve brain functions, and help them relax before vet visits or celebrations.
Although it is not a magical pill, it is still amazing to look at the many perspectives on how the CBD can help dogs with different types of affections.
Is CBD Safe For Dogs?
When buying a CBD oil or product, it is always important to choose a reliable provider. Now that CBD has become mainstream, there are many companies that sell poor-quality and unlabeled products.
Also, it is important to avoid giving dogs CBD products containing THC. Even though there’s a negligible amount (up to 0.3%) of the plant-based substance in those products, it may have intoxicating effects for dogs.
Take into account that there could be other added ingredients that while safe for human consumption may be unhealthy for animals.
How Much CBD Should I Give to My Dog?
Dosing supplements design for humans can be incredibly challenging. The dosing recommendations developed by the manufacturer cannot be applied on pets (unless you buy a specific veterinarian CBD product)
In that sense, pet owners must have to be incredibly careful: any herbal supplement carries the potential risk of reaction. There is no way to firmly tell how much is safe and effective to give to your dog.
Therefore, as the intake will vary between the different animal’s species, sizes, ages and weights, you should always check with your veterinarian before starting your dog on any CBD product, and monitor every possible reaction.
If you do not see desired results after a couple of weeks, gradually increase the amount of CBD. Not all dogs are the same, and they may respond differently to it (it is also worth noting that drug interactions can happen with CBD, again, check with your vet!).
Last but not least, remember to keep all CBD products safely locked away and separate it from your dog’s food and from other treats. If dogs find them, they will probably eat more than they should (they cannot limit quantities!).