The use of CBD Oil in both humans and dogs has increased significantly over the last year or two however research into the benefits and effects remains ongoing.
Despite the fact that the research to date is minimal more and more people are turning to CBD Oil as way to more naturally deal with a number of different issues. The personal anecdotes from people on their personal use as well as their use on their dogs has been very favorable leading more and more people to try CBD.
Why CBD Oil
Although research is still in the early stages the research that has been done has been very promising. Many dog owners have begun using CBD oils for their furry friends and have reported very favorable results.
CBD is believed to be able to help your dog with a number of different things including the following:
Side Effect of CBD Oil
Research has shown that CBD may help with some of the above mentioned conditions and that it does so without any significant side effects.
Side effects include lethargy, dry mouth and lowered blood pressure (for a short period). CBD does not damage any internal organs and this is a big reason more people are turning to this product for help. CBD will also not get your dog high.
Types of CBD products available for your dog
There are many ways a person can purchase CBD for their dog including:
- Tincture (Oil) – with a dropper bottle
- Can be applied directly into the mouth
- Added to food
- Dropped on a treat
- Rubbed into the bare skin or inside of ears
- Dropped onto a paw so the dog will lick it off
- Capsules or gel caps
- Topical ointments
Recommended CBD Dosage for Dogs
The basic rule for dogs is 1-5 MG of CBD for every 10 pounds of body weight. This is mostly recommended twice a day or every 12 hours.
It is important to keep in mind that every dog is different and will react differently to CBD. As a result it is recommended that you start with a smaller dosage at first (like 1 MG for every 10 pounds) and see how your dog reacts before upping the dose. This is easy to do if using an oil with a dropper bottle but not always so easy if using any of the other types of products. If using treats you can break the treats into smaller pieces.
Depending on what you are trying to treat a small dose may be sufficient (i.e. a smaller dose may be sufficient for something like anxiety however a higher dose may be needed for pain management). Start small and keep an eye on your dog to see how they react. If the smaller dose appears sufficient stay with that but if not slowly move up the dose until you have the desired effect. If your dog overly sleepy after you gave them CBD it is likely the dose was too high for them.
You should also contact your vet before starting CBD Oil for your dog. You will want to make sure that the CBD Oil will not negatively affect any current medications. Also if you are intending to replace any current medications with CBD Oil you will want to discuss this with the vet to make sure it is done safely (some medications should not be stopped “cold turkey” and a plan may need to be put in place for the transition).
Things to Remember
- Make sure you look for a good quality, organic CBD product.
- Verify that there is little to no THC in the product (a good CBD product contains less than 0.3% THC)
- Start with a smaller dose and work your way up on the dosage until you see the desired result
- If you purchase treats make sure to keep them separate from the other dog treats so you are not accidentally giving your dog too much CBD
- Keep an eye on your dog when first starting this journey to make sure there are no side effects
- Contact your vet if you have any concerns/issues
- Research has thus far been very promising however it is ongoing
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