CBD and Dogs: What You Need To Know

Have you ever considered giving CBD oil to your dog? With CBD’s success in medicine and skincare, people are curious to know what the benefits are for pets.

Let’s understand CBD first.

Cannabidiol(CBD) is a powerful plant-based supplement obtained from the cannabis plant. Among the 100-plus  cannabinoids in cannabis, almost 40 percent of the cannabis plant consists of cannabidiol. It is non-psychoactive, which makes it safe to use without any mind-altering side-effects and euphoria. Manufacturers mix cannabidiol with a base oil like hemp oil, to create CBD oil. The oil effectively treats pain, anxiety, gut issues, bone health, and promotes human immunity. Extending the healing benefits of CBD, a question arises, can CBD help man’s best friend?

CBD mechanism on Dogs

All of us have endocannabinoid systems(ECS) that play an essential role in handling multiple processes like memory, appetite, and immune systems. Dogs also have an ECS, which makes cannabidiol beneficial for animals too. Research explains that CBD stimulates endocannabinoid production, which prevents any imbalance in the body. When we consume CBD, it binds with the cannabinoid receptors to boost the physical and mental functionalities. Cannabidiol can mitigate mental conditions like anxiety and physical ailments like arthritis and swelling in dogs. Read on to know more about the numerous benefits of cannabidiol for dogs.

1. Health Benefits

Your furry friend can have the same benefits that we receive from CBD. Their bodies are receptive to this plant-based supplement and can show positive results. Here are a few health benefits that CBD can offer dogs.

  • Helps Arthritis

As per a 2018 research conducted to learn about the effectiveness of cannabidiol in dogs with joint inflammation, scientists observed that CBD could ease pain and enhance relaxation in dogs. The canines took CBD oil for four weeks with weekly analysis and physical examination. Later the pharmacokinetics of CBD revealed a decrease in the pain levels and an improvement in the dogs’ activities. Therefore, dogs with joint pains can benefit from CBD.

  • Reduces seizures

Scientists conducted a clinical study to assess the effect of CBD treatment and seizure medicines on dog seizures. Scientists ingested CBD oil into a group of 14 dogs twice a day for three months, whereas the placebo group received non-infused oil under similar conditions. After twelve weeks, scientists compared both groups and found that the dogs who took cannabidiol recorded a massive decline in the frequency of the seizures. As a result, CBD oil can help manage seizures in dogs

  • Anxiety

Cannabidiol can be a plant-based solution for calming anxious dogs. According to a journal, CBD interacts with the ECS to stimulate the production of serotonin, reducing anxiety. You might notice your puppy’s calm and happy demeanor within an hour of a dose. Even pet owners can use CBD oil for anxiety to treat their conditions.

2. Will CBD Make Your Dog High?

Most people have this stigma that CBD will make their canine friend “high” as CBD originates from the marijuana plant.

The facts state otherwise. Cannabidiol is non-psychoactive, unlike its amigo THC that also comes from cannabis. The THC interacts with the CB1 receptors, which gives the euphoric effect. In contrast, CBD does not attach with the CB1 receptor and hence, no euphoria.

Therefore, CBD will not get your furry friend high. It helps in relaxation and alleviates any pain or discomfort that the dog experiences. CBD seems to support humans and dogs alike.

3. Method of Administration

Now that you are confident about CBD’s benefits and safety, let’s say you decide on trying CBD for your four-legged friend, but here’s a catch. How do you administer it?

There are various methods available, like treats, powder, creams, and oil. The best approach is by incorporating CBD oils and tinctures into your pet’s food and water or placing a drop on their tongue to administer it sublingually. CBD is also available in powdered form that you can add to the dog food. Cannabidiol Capsules also work well when given hidden inside a treat. If your pet resists eating them, you can try flavored CBD with ingredients like coconut oil.

According to a 2018 study, administering CBD oil showed faster results in dogs with epilepsy as compared to giving creams or capsules. So, choose any mode of CBD administration as per the dog’s choice.

4. Dosage

Cannabidiol dosage is an essential factor that a dog owner should consider before administering CBD to their pets. Most brands mention the CBD consistency and dosage on the cannabidiol bottle. The concentrations also vary from brand to brand. So, read the package instructions carefully.

The dosage depends on the dog’s health issue that you are trying to improve. A dog’s weight can also affect the results of CBD. Give lower doses to an average-built dog with everyday health and anxiety challenges and give higher doses to dogs with severe conditions like cancer. Starting from small CBD doses will also reduce any risks and side-effects, which brings us to the next point.

5. Possible Side Effects

Any new medication or supplement can have an adverse reaction, so pet owners should start with a small dose. You should check with their veterinary doctor to get help with an accurate dosage depending on the pet’s health. The reactions include, but not limited to, the following.

  • Digestive issues: Sometimes, CBD oil can show signs like diarrhea, dizziness, and vomiting. It is normally caused when the supplement is not digested well by the body. After using cannabidiol for managing anxiety in dogs, they might experience drowsiness. You can reduce the dose at this point.
  • Dry mouth: In humans, CBD can reduce appetite, which can reduce the secretion of saliva. Similarly, in dogs, this can be evident by increased thirst.
  • Hypotension: Cannabidiol acts as a blood thinner, and high dosages can drop the blood pressure. A drop of CBD oil can cause light-headedness. Also, you must be extra careful if your dog is under medication to avoid any reaction.

Conclusion

In short, CBD oil can be a savior for your dog due to its holistic health benefits. Although CBD has fewer side-effects when compared to other drugs, always check with a vet about the right dosage and make regular visits to your veterinarian to effectively monitor its health.

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