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Is CBD safe for dogs?

Giving your dog CBD

CBD is quickly gaining popularity as a remedy for a wide variety of issues ranging from sleep disorders, anxiety, and acute to chronic pain. Since CBD has been considered so effective for humans, many are wondering if the effects can be beneficial for their dogs as well. While many companies are releasing CBD for dogs, it is important to know that you cannot necessarily give the CBD oil in your cabinet to them.

CBD for humans is different that CBD for dogs and that is what we are going to explain in this article. Before giving any CBD products to your dog, be sure to do careful research on the types of products you will be giving them and make sure all ingredients are dog friendly. Especially for products with CBD, make sure the CBD has been produced specifically to be ingested by dogs. We also recommend that you are well-educated on everything you need to know about CBD so that you can ensure that you are providing the best solution to your furry friend. 

 

How CBD affects us humans

Before we explain how CBD can help your dog, it is important to know how CBD affects us humans. Cannabidiol is an extract of the Cannabis sativa plant which is used to help us maintain our general health. Studies have found it to be beneficial in relieving pain and anxiety for humans which causes many people to wonder if it would be beneficial for their pets as well.

In our bodies we have what is called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). That is where the effects of the CBD take place in our bodies and give us the benefits we see. The ECS controls regulation in our bodies and is believed to be found in all mammals. The effects range in many different areas of our lives such as mood, appetite, sleep and more, which is why you see many people taking CBD to brighten their mood or to help with getting better rest throughout the night.

CBD is an all natural compound that has proven to be beneficial for us while also coming with very few side effects. So Since CBD has been stated to be generally safe for humans, that brings on the big question. Can the same results be expected from giving it to dogs?

 

The benefit for dogs

Like us humans, dogs have the endocannabinoid system as well which makes them an obvious candidate for CBD use. Thanks to this system, in theory, your furry friend can benefit from all the effects us humans benefit from by using CBD. Since dogs have a body that is surprisingly similar to our human bodies, they can benefit from the anti-inflammatory effects that CBD has. That means that CBD can greatly help reduce acute and chronic pain in your dog just like us humans.

Your dog has feelings too, so some dogs may experience stress and anxiety and just as us humans would take CBD to get relief from those issues, dogs can use CBD as well and get the same results. Another benefit of CBD use is if your pet suffers from specific illness-causing nausea and seizures, CBD can help relieve your dog of those symptoms.

As you can see it is important to keep an eye on how CBD is beneficial for us humans and you can get a good idea of its benefits for dogs. However, if humans ever feel ill or notice an issue, we can simply go to the doctors and describe our symptoms. But our dogs cannot easily communicate their issues with us, which is why it is up to us pet owners to be able to identify what is going on with our dogs and be able to recognize a solution whether or not CBD will help.

Since CBD is able to improve general health, it may be able to prevent such issues from occurring before they even start and can help your dog stay healthy. The great benefits and lack of side effects from  CBD make it an obvious general health remedy for people to give their dogs, but that does not mean that there are no downsides to giving your dog CBD.

 

The risk of CBD for dogs

Although dogs do have the endocannabinoid systems, they have more cannabinoid receptors than us humans. Making them much more sensitive to the effects of cannabis. If your dog ingested anything that contains THC, it would be much more harmful than giving them CBD. That being said, it is very important to make sure the CBD products you are giving your dog do not contain any THC at all. Some other potential risk associated with CBD are not severe but should still be brought to attention include:

  • Dry mouth: CBD can decrease your dog’s saliva production causing them to get very thirsty so it is recommended to keep a bowl of fresh water accessible to them.
  • Lower blood pressure: Blood pressure has been known to drop temporarily in some dogs causing them to feel dizzy, so it is best to make sure they are in a safe environment when experimenting with CBD (if your dog suffers from low blood pressure do NOT give them CBD)
  • Drowsiness: CBD can cause a very calming effect on your dog so look out for this side effect to ensure it does not affect them in a negative way.

 

How to give your dog CBD

When deciding on a CBD product for your dog, it is extremely important to find one tailored to dogs. Some may believe that any CBD products will work but that is not the case. Pet products have specifically been designed to work with a pet’s body so it is vital to ensure that the product you are buying is specifically for dogs. Although dogs have very similar bodies to us humans there are still minor differences that make a big difference in what they can consume versus us.

Many companies create CBD products for dogs and we recommend giving your pet a product that starts at very low dosages such as individual treats just to ensure you can tailor the dosage by the treat. Keep a record of how much you are giving your pet and be sure to monitor their behavior while on CBD. This is the best way to keep them safe and make sure they are benefiting from the CBD.

 

Overview

So as you can see, the benefits of CBD combined with the few side effects have made many people want to bring it into their dog’s life. We explained how CBD affects humans and how it affects dogs, the benefits of CBD for dogs, and the downsides it has on dogs. CBD can improve the overall health of your furry friend but it is still best to do thorough research for any product you are giving them.

Once you find a trusted product that you believe is right for your dog, be sure to start off very slow and administer the effect is has on them. From there on you can decide to up the dosage or keep it the same. If you notice any negative side effects, immediately stop giving it to them.

Since your dog cannot easily show if something is wrong, you must keep a close eye on monitoring them. It is always best to consult a veterinary professional and while they may not be able to specifically recommend cannabis products, they may be able to provide feedback as to how you can safely and effectively give your dog CBD.

 

Disclaimer

This article explains the effects of CBD only. We do not explain nor recommend the use of THC products with your dog. It is always best to consult a veterinary professional for all of your pets needs. 

 

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