CBD for dogs?
Yep, that’s right. CBD is a rapidly growing industry, and it has been shown to alleviate many ailments, including anxiety, pain, and skin care. But did you know that using CBD oil is not just for humans? CBD oil can work for animals as well, including:
Dogs, in particular, are prone to nervousness and anxiety. If you’ve ever comforted your pooch when a thunderstorm hits, you’re probably very familiar with this. They also can have issues like joint pain and appetite problems. That’s not to say you should share your personal CBD oil with your dog—there are CBD products made specifically for your fur babies. Not to mention, dosing is very different.
Let’s get into CBD products for your pup and how it works.
Is CBD the same as marijuana?
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a natural substance found in hemp and marijuana—both plants are variants of Cannabis sativa. CBD, while found in marijuana, is not the same as THC, which is the compound in marijuana (but not hemp) that produces a ‘high’ feeling.
In short, giving your dog isolated CBD oil or treats will not get your beloved pet high.
Because of the connection to marijuana, you may be wondering if CBD is legal, and the short answer is yes, but with a few caveats. Legal hemp can contain no more than 0.3% THC, and any higher concentration is federally illegal. Marijuana is legal in some states, however.
What are the benefits of CBD oil for dogs?
CBD interacts with receptors in the nervous system in humans, and it’s similar with dogs. When given the appropriate dose and application, CBD can help dogs deal with similar ailments that humans have, like:
- Pain and inflammation
CBD oil can be applied topically to areas of muscle or joint pain, but many owners opt to give their dog CBD treats.
How to choose CBD products for your dog
There are a few things to keep in mind when looking for CBD products:
Only choose products specifically formulated for dogs
There are a lot of brands and products out there, and you should avoid giving your dog an oil made for humans.
Check the potency and concentration of the oil.
If your dog is experiencing pain and inflammation, you might need a higher concentration. Appetite or anxiety issues can often be helped with a smaller dose.
Organic is best.
CBD oil is created by isolating the compound and blending with a carrier oil, like coconut oil. Ingredients that have not been produced with added chemicals is better for your pupper.
Look for third-party analysis and test results.
A third party not associated with the manufacturer will provide assurance that the product is safe for your dog.
The hemp source is also important. Hemp grown in the United States or Europe is generally considered to be more consistent and reliable.
Some dogs will eat just about anything you give them, but others are a little more…discerning. Choose a flavor that your pup will love, but bear in mind it may take a little trial and error.
High-quality CBD oil gives the best results.
Your lovable pup deserves the best things in life, and you should only use high-quality oils and treats. Check out our shop to find reputable oils and more.