Pets

How to Give Your Dog CBD

By Harris Wheless
Nikolay Tchaouchev

Many pet owners have caught onto the CBD craze and are wondering if the rules of CBD use in humans can also apply to dogs. It’s a difficult question to find the answer to. Most of the informational resources and articles online focus on CBD use in humans. And not as much research has been done on its effects on canines and other pets.

Because of this, it’s important that dog owners do their own research and find reputable brands with quality products to which their pets will react positively. When looking for the right product, you’ll need to consider the best way to add CBD to your current dog care routine. Many brands offer various kinds of CBD products with different application methods. To learn what product to buy and how to use it, keep reading.

How CBD can help your dog

CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of a class of cannabis compounds called cannabinoids. Another well known cannabinoid is THC, the compound that gives marijuana its psychoactive quality. Marijuana and hemp are both forms of the cannabis plant, although hemp has less than 0.3% THC and marijuana has more than that amount. CBD and other compounds that go into CBD products are usually taken from hemp using an extraction process.

When CBD enters the body, it interacts with something called the endocannabinoid system, which regulates other systems and helps the body maintain homeostasis. Studies show CBD may enhance the system’s regulatory properties and promote general body functioning.

Some of the benefits of CBD include its ability to help dogs cope with certain environmental factors like separation anxiety. CBD also has anti-inflammatory properties and can reduce aches, pains, and any swelling that may come along with them. If your dog has chronic pain, CBD can assuage muscle soreness and stiffness.

When shopping CBD products for dogs, you might see products labelled as PCR, which stands for phytocannabinoid rich. This means that the treat contains CBD as well as other cannabinoids and terpenes. These full-spectrum products are beneficial for their entourage effect, or the way multiple compounds can work together to produce better results.

Application method and administration of CBD

Before you buy CBD for your dog, you should consider what application method is best for your pet. The most common are CBD dog biscuits or chews and CBD oil. Many CBD products aimed at dogs are flavored with peanut butter, chicken, or some other taste that dogs will find appealing. CBD oil for dogs can be mixed into their food, while CBD dog treats can be eaten just like any other canine snack.

CBD products have varying amounts of CBD, but the number is usually listed on the label as the concentration, along with the recommended dose of CBD. To find the right dosage for your dog, it’s best to start with the lowest recommended dose and slowly work your way up to something that provides maximum relief. With oil, this generally means starting with 0.2mg of CBD per pound of your dog’s weight.

If you’re treating your dog for something like anxiety or stress, the dose will be lower than if you’re using CBD for seizures or chronic pain. See how your dog responds to a starting dose, then adjust accordingly. Create a dosing schedule where you give one to two doses a day, or administer as needed. If you don’t see results immediately from the starting dose, don’t give your dog more but wait until the next day to try a slightly higher dose.

Other things to keep in mind

When it comes to giving your dog CBD, there are a lot of considerations to make—including age, size, and health conditions. Smaller dogs won’t need as much CBD as bigger dogs to experience the same range of health benefits. If your dog is taking medication for a pre-existing condition, consult a vet about how CBD might interact with this other substance.

While CBD has a good safety profile with few side effects, it’s still important to take the proper precautions in order to ensure your dog has a positive experience. With the right amount of research and a product from a quality brand, your dog could soon be barking its thanks.

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