Have you heard about CBD oil for dogs and wondered if it is legit? Me too, so I decided to do a little digging.
I’m also not a big fan of medication for my dog or for my family in general, but the reality is sometimes you need medication. I just like to start with other alternatives first.
CBD is touted as a natural alternative for dogs. Let’s take a closer look.
Should You Consider CBD Oil for Dogs?
There are many ways to treat the ailments of a dog. Some of these treatments are actually the same as they are in humans, such as anti-anxiety medications. Since dogs can have some of the treatments that humans can, what about giving a dog some CBD oil to help with pains or anxiety?
The use of CBD oil has had a massive rise in popularity lately, and with this, more and more people have been wondering if the therapeutic effects of CBD oil can be given to dogs as well. To put it simply, there have not been enough scientific studies conducted on this to offer hard data.
There is, however, evidence that suggests that it might be a good idea to try giving your dog some CBD oil if it suffers from chronic pains or anxiety.
Understandably, you might have many questions about the idea of feeding your dog CBD oil, and rightfully so. You should make sure to research any type of medication that you plan to give your dog.
Thankfully, there are many studies and resources that look at the benefits of giving dogs CBD oil for certain treatments.
One thing that you will want to think about before you give your dog CBD oil is what your veterinarian thinks about it.
Just as with any other supplement or medication that you plan to give to your dog, you should always look for your veterinarian’s input on the situation and whether or not he or she thinks that CBD oil is the best way to treat the issues that your dog has.
What Are the Benefits of CBD Oil for Dogs?
CBD oil, which is short for cannabidiol, is a type of oil that comes from cannabis plants. CBD oil typically comes from hemp, rather than marijuana, although there are plenty of CBD oils that do originate from cannabis. This is important to note, as CBD from hemp will have little or no THC, so you won’t have to worry about your dog getting high off the oils.
The benefits of CBD oil are numerous. There have been several studies that have shown that CBD oil can relieve your dog of chronic aches and pains, such as pain brought on by arthritis. In addition to this, CBD oil can also help reduce anxiety in dogs, which can be incredibly helpful if your dog suffers from severe separation anxiety.
CBD oil can also work as a prevention to illnesses and ailments as well. Whether you want to prevent seizures in an epileptic dog or you want to reduce the chances that your elderly dog develops cancer, you might be able to turn to CBD oil as an effective way to prevent these things from happening to your dog.
Compared to the potential benefits of CBD oil, there are very few risks involved, as long as you dose the CBD oil properly.
Something you will want to think about is the amount of THC (what gives the “high” from marijuana) in your dog’s CBD oil. Most CBD oils will be almost completely THC-free, while some treatments may contain a hint of THC.
What CBD Oil Products Are There?
There are also several different products that you can choose from when it comes to looking for your dog’s CBD oil. Out of the many products that you will want to look at, there are two major brands that you will want to pay close attention to. These brands are CannaPet and King Kanine.
CannaPet specializes in providing a variety of CBD oil products for your dog. Of course, there are capsules that you can add to your dog’s food, but it can be hard to get a dog to eat capsules.
In addition to capsules, there are also several different CBD-infused biscuits (including vegan-friendly ones) that you can choose from, depending on which flavor you think your dog will enjoy the most.
King Kanine is similar to CannaPet in the sense that there are multiple products that you can give to your dog. Rather than capsules, you have the option to feed your dog the CBD oil itself, which can be much easier to get your dog to eat than feeding it capsules.
There are also special CBD-infused treats and topicals as well so that your dog will have access to CBD oil if the need for it arises.
Aside from these brands, a few other brands that you might want to look at are Honest Paws and NuLeaf. There are also many places that sell CBD oil that will occasionally add a different, smaller oil for pets as well.
When you are looking at CBD oil products, you will want to be extra careful that you are looking for products that are meant specifically for dogs. If you are looking at CBD oil for humans, horses, or any other animal, the concentration of CBD oil will be off and this can harm your dog.
CBD oil that is designed specifically for dogs is going to be the right concentration for dogs, meaning that it will be the safest choice that you can make for your dog’s health.
How Do You Dose CBD Oil for Dogs?
Dosing CBD oil for your dog is fairly easy. Of course, each company that you purchase products from will have different amounts of CBD oil in them, so you will want to pay attention to their guidelines first and foremost.
Aside from this, there are two factors that you will want to think about when you are dosing CBD oil for your dog: weight and time. Depending on the weight of your dog, you will either feed more or less CBD oil to the dog. For example, a dog that weighs less than 20 pounds will usually get a much smaller dose than a dog that weighs almost 100 pounds.
Similarly, you will have to consider the amount of time that you can wait between doses. The stronger the CBD oil is, the more you will have to wait to prevent the chances of an overdose.
Usually, the wait will be somewhere around 12 hours for most treats, which means that CBD-infused dog treats should be something that your dog gets maybe once a day.
The last thing you will need to think about when giving your dog CBD oil is why you are giving the oil. CBD oil has proved that, in small doses, it has supplemental value for your dog’s health. This means that if you are only giving your dog CBD oil as a supplement to keep it healthy, you will be giving it a smaller dosage.
On the other hand, if you are giving your dog CBD oil for medicinal purposes (which you should always consult your veterinarian about first), you will be giving your dog more oil to achieve the effects desired.
These are all things that you will need to think about when you are planning to dose the amount of oil your dog needs to be healthy, happy, and comfortable in life.
Using CBD Oil for Allergies
Unfortunately, the idea of using CBD oil to treat allergies in dogs is almost completely unstudied. There are many professionals who do claim that it helps, but there is little scientific evidence of harm or help.
If you want to treat your dog’s allergies with CBD oil, you should make sure to keep a close eye on your dog to make sure that there are no adverse reactions.
Considering the fact that CBD oil can help with a variety of issues and ailments, it would be reasonable to think that CBD oil can also minimize the symptoms of seasonal allergies. If your dog has severe allergies that leave your vet at a loss for treatment, it might be worth trying out some CBD oil to see if that soothes your dog’s allergies at all.
Using CBD Oil for Cancer
Compared to allergies, there are many more studies on CBD oil for treating and preventing cancer. If your dog is either prone to cancer or is already suffering from it, it might be worth it to give your dog some CBD oil in the hopes of managing the pain.
Thankfully, the AKC Canine Health Foundation is planning to devote a study to seeing how CBD oil helps with cancer in dogs, which might be something you want to pay attention to.
Despite this, many, many people believe that CBD oil can reduce the chances of cancer as well as lessen the symptoms of cancer. This is because, in humans, there is proof that CBD oil affects cancer cells and the way they act.
Considering that there are many similarities between humans and dogs, giving your dog some CBD oil to prevent the worst symptoms of cancer is something worth doing.
When it comes to cancer and CBD oil, many people look toward the oil not for prevention, but for the relief of symptoms. Cancer can cause all kinds of aches and pains that can be incredibly uncomfortable to suffer through. CBD oil, which has been proven to take the edge off pain, might be a good option for a relatively old dog that is suffering from a painful form of cancer.
In the end, there are many benefits to giving your dog CBD oil, both from a supplemental and from a medicinal level.
You will, of course, want to look at what your vet has to say about it, and you will need to pay attention to the dosage, but as long as you are careful, you can make your dog’s life so much easier with CBD oil.
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