CBD oil has gotten a lot of attention over the years, for its medicinal value in providing relief for a number of ailments. CBD oil is marketed to treat almost any ailment; to help with anxiety, reduce inflammation, prevent seizures, help you sleep, the list goes on.
But as research continues in the field, veterinarians and dog owners alike are discovering its value in treating dog ailments as well.
So, is CBD oil for dogs safe?
Is it worth introducing it as a natural treatment for your dog?
Let’s look a bit further into it.
Is CBD Oil Safe for Your Dog
THC can be toxic for dogs and it’s downright cruel to get your dog stoned. So it’s important to remember that CBD oil doesn’t contain THC, at least in high enough amounts to be toxic.
CBD from hemp contains less than 0.3% THC, and findings have shown small doses to be safe in dogs. So using CBD for your dog is considered to be safe.
Anecdotal evidence shows that it’s relatively free of negative side effects, but to determine any long-term effects on dogs, it does need to be studied further for extended periods of time.
What Are the Benefits of CBD Oil For Dogs
Essentially, the ailments that CBD oil helps to relieve are the same ailments we are prone to ourselves. The benefits of CBD oil are pretty incredible, they have helped thousands of people find relief and now more and more, people are turning to the healing powers of CBD to help their beloved pets.
Relieves Chronic Pain / Arthritis
Advances in veterinary medicine have seen dogs living longer lives, but alongside a longer life comes a higher chance of developing some form of degenerative joint disease.
CBD oil is a pain reliever, helping to soothe the endless aches and pains of arthritis, giving some respite for your blessed little furry friends. It also helps in reducing inflammation, allowing your pet to heal.
A recent Japanese study found that cannabidiol is able to lessen the severity of epileptic seizures in dogs. The study showed that dogs respond to CBD more or less in the same way humans do.
Just like humans, dogs get anxious. They experience situational anxiety, such as; being chased by other dogs, being confronted by strangers, thunderstorms, etc.
They also experience behavioral anxiety such as separation anxiety. This can manifest with symptoms including; pacing, aggression, panting, whimpering, trembling, loss of appetite, urinating, or defecating on the floor of the house.
Just as CBD oil relieves anxiety in humans, it also works wonders as a natural alternative treatment for calming anxiety in dogs.
How To Give Your Dog CBD
There are a number of ways of adding CBD oil into your dog’s diet, including:
- CBD tincture
- CBD oil
- Dog Treat
The method of ingestion doesn’t really matter, so you may want to experiment with the options available and find what suits you best.
What are the Potential Risks
One of the great things about CBD oil for dogs is that negative side effects are rare and mild.
Some of the potential side effects your pooch may experience are:
The side effects that can be experienced are usually very mild and disappear as the CBD is processed by the body.
CBD Dosage For Dogs
When using CBD for your dog, it’s important to make sure you’re using a high-quality form of CBD.
Check on the packaging to see how much CBD is contained in each drop.
The correct dosage depends both on your dog’s weight and the ailment you are treating. The general rule of thumb for dosing CBD for dogs is 1-5mg for every 5kgs…
Below is a general CBD for dogs dosing chart:
05kg: 1 mg – 05 mg
10kg: 2 mg – 10 mg
15kg: 3 mg – 15 mg
20kg: 4 mg – 20 mg
25kg: 5 mg – 25 mg
30kg: 6 mg – 30 mg
35kg: 7 mg – 35 mg
40kg: 8 mg – 40 mg
About The Author:
Jess has been enjoying the benefits of cannabis for the good part of a decade, an avid microdoser and researcher of all things cannabis. She is the content creator for Bargain Bongs Online.