CBD Oil for Dogs – How it Works

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With so much information online, it’s hard to determine whether CBD oil is just another short-lived pet trend or a really helpful remedy. Initial research results seem quite promising and we believe that CBD oil can be very beneficial for your puppy.

This post shares everything you need to know about CBD oil: how it works, what health issues it treats, how to use it properly, etc.

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What is CBD

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound found in the hemp and cannabis plant. It is completely safe and non-psychoactive, i.e. it doesn’t make users ‘high’. Tetrahydrocannabinol(THC) is another compound found in cannabis which, unlike CBD, has psychoactive and mind-altering properties.

Most CBD oils are obtained from hemp and are composed of CBD only. This means they only contain the beneficial compounds and you don’t need to worry that your dog will get ‘high’.

How CBD Can Help Your Dog

Here is a list of the health issues CBD oil can help with:

Reduces anxiety

Many dogs suffer from depression and separation anxiety. These conditions can often result in destructive behavior which is demonstrated with aggression toward other dogs, urination, or chewing objects. CBD oil acts as a relaxant and calms your pup.

Prevents & combats cancer

Just like humans, dogs can also get cancer. Giving a small dose of CBD oil every day can be very effective in preventing and fighting cancer.

CBD oil inhibits the growth of cancer cell and helps the immune system to fight the disease. In addition, it can be very helpful with side effects caused by cancer including chronic pain, loss of appetite, and nausea.

Relieves pain

CBD is an effective pain reliever. Studies have shown that it can help with the following:

  • Chronic pain (nerve and neuropathy-related pain)
  • General inflammation
  • Intestinal inflammation
  • Inflammation in acute pancreatitis
  • Pain caused by arthritis, as well as joint inflammation and pain in aging dogs

Improves appetite

Dogs can lose appetite due to various reasons but most of the time the cause is nausea. CBD oil will help with digestive issues, relieve pain, and restore appetite.

Promotes heart health

Veterinarians confirm that CBD oil can help with cardiovascular issues in dogs. Here is what it can do:

  • protect blood vessels and arteries from damage
  • regulate heart rates
  • regulate blood pressure

Helps with epilepsy and seizures

Did you know that 5% of dogs suffer from seizures? The usual treatment for seizures is prescription drugs but, just like in humans, they’re often inefficient and/or cause a number of side effects.

CBD oil administered in higher dosages can help with your pup’s seizures. It has been shown to reduce their frequency and, in some cases, stops seizures completely.

Allergies

In some people and dogs, the immune system wrongly identifies certain substances (dust, mold, pollen, or certain types of food) as threatening. In that case, the body starts producing protective chemicals such as histamine. Histamine causes various allergy symptoms such as hives, nasal congestion, itchiness, and swelling.

Due to its anti-inflammatory effects, cannabidiol can prevent the immune system from producing histamine, thus reducing allergy symptoms in both humans and dogs.

Side Effects and Risks of CBD Oil in Dogs

Even though there aren’t enough studies to confirm the side effects of CBD oil in dogs, we know they’re possible based on how CBD oil affects humans. Here’s what to watch for:

  • Drowsiness – the relaxing effect of CBD can cause mild drowsiness, especially if given in higher doses.
  • Reduced blood pressure – higher doses of CBD can also lower the blood pressure resulting in brief lightheadedness.
  • Dry mouth – CBD oil can decrease the saliva production resulting in increased thirst and dry mouth.

The risks of using CBD oil for dogs haven’t been researched yet. However, CBD can interact with certain prescription medications. So if your pup is on medication, it is recommended to consult a vet before administering CBD oil.

CBD Oil Dosage for Dogs

The FDA hasn’t approved CBD yet and for that reason, there’s no official dosage chart.

The dose of CBD oil will depend on a number of factors, including your pup’s size and age. Even though most brands offer recommended dosages, it’s always best to start with smaller doses to see how the dog reacts to the product. If there’s no negative reaction, increase the dose gradually (say, every five days) until you start noticing the desired results.

To stay on the safe side, use only THC-free CBD oils. If by any chance your dog has consumed a product containing THC, contact a vet right away. THC or marijuana overdose can cause the following side effects in dogs:

  • Depression
  • Lethargy
  • Vomiting
  • Excess drooling
  • Agitation
  • Unusual behavior
  • Tremors

Other CBD Products for Dogs

Besides CBD oil, you can also add the following CBD products to your pup’s diet:Capsules

  • CBD tinctures
  • Treats
  • Topicals

Buying the Best CBD Products for Your Dog

If you’re thinking about buying CBD oil for your pup, you should be well prepared. Here’s what you need to know in order to maximize the health benefits and avoid side effects:

First, you need to be aware of the difference between hemp and marijuana. They both come from the same plant but have entirely different effects on your dog. When buying CBD oil, look for products that contain no THC or contain it only in traces. In addition, since CBD oil isn’t regulated, make sure to buy only from reputable brands that provide certificates from lab tests and give the amount of CBD on the label.

Look for organic oils, or at least make sure the oil doesn’t contain any additives, solvents, fungicides, heavy metals, herbicides, or pesticides.

The higher price usually indicates higher quality. Avoid low-cost products as they could contain toxic substances or additives.

In Conclusion

When manufactured by a reputable company and administered the right way, CBD oil can be a very beneficial supplement for your dog. Make sure to consult a veterinarian before you start giving CBD to your dog in order to be aware of all the possible risks and side effects.

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