CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid which can be extracted from both hemp and cannabis plants. It is known to have a number of health benefits for humans, promoting better wellbeing and helping humans to feel calmer and sleep better. It can help to reduce inflammation and relieve chronic pain. It does all those things while being non-toxic, and non-addictive.
The many benefits of CBD have led to people wondering if it would have beneficial applications for pets, including cats and dogs. To date, there is limited evidence for either argument. Clinical trials into the use of CBD oil for dogs are limited, and because of this most vets would be reluctant to prescribe CBD. They are required to treat their client’s beloved pets with treatments that have a sound evidence base behind them. Many, if pushed, will acknowledge that CBD is safe, however, and will encourage its use as a home remedy.
Dogs and THC (the psychoactive part of marijuana) do not get on, so do not ever give your dog edibles or allow them to get near your medical marijuana stash. CBD is not psychoactive, and there has been no recorded toxic events in pets. Using a couple of drops of CBD oil in wet pet food could be beneficial for a dog that is nervous or anxious, or one that has been diagnosed with arthritis and is not doing well on conventional treatments.
Whatever you do, make sure that you keep up to date with the shots your dog needs and that you take it to the vet if it appears unwell. If an ailment is not getting better on its own then it is vital that you seek professional medical advice. Do not try to manage medical conditions on your own. That is what the vet is for.
CBD oil has become increasingly popular to treat a wide variety of health issues for humans. It wasn’t too long after that it was realized that this may an effective tool to help treat many of those same conditions in dogs. If you are worried about whether or not it is safe to use for your dog there are a few things that you should know.
One of the most important things that people don’t know about CBD is that is does not have the ability to get you or your dog high. It may contain trace amounts of THC, which is the property that has psychoactive properties, but these amounts simply are not enough to have any real effect. This actually makes it ideal to a number of people that prefer not to give their dogs pain medications that can make them clumsy and drowsy. It also doesn’t result in the side effects that can come with prescription medications, such as constipation.
It is also almost impossible to overdose on CBD oil, even for a smaller sized dog. With that said, you still want to find a dosage that is safe for their size. Dosage will depend on the stregnth of the oil as well as the dog’s weight. You will likely still need to play around with the dosing to find what works best depending on the illness, condition or disease that you are hoping to treat. For example, you may need a higher dose to address a seizure disorder than you would for a dog that suffers from mild anxiety. However, be sure that you always stay within the range set for your dog’s size unless you consult with your veterinarian and they say otherwise.
In any case it is best to consult with your veterinarian, but almost all of them agree that they are seeing significant results treating a number of conditions. These include, but are not limited to, anxiety, depression, skin issues, seizures and appetite. It is so popular that you can actually find high grade quality CBD oil in your local pharmacies that is created specifically for dogs. There you can also find more information about dosing based on their size and the condition you are treating.
Based on all information available, it is perfectly safe to use this oil for your dog. The side effects are basically non-existant, with the most common one being increased thirst. Dog owners have found that they have been able to increase their family member’s quality of life by adding this to their daily routine.
If you have further concerns about the safety of CBD you should certainly take the time to do your own research. You will find that they are now making dog treats that contain this medication to make it that much easier to add to a dog’s diet and most people find it to be extremely beneficial. If you do choose to use it, just be sure to monitor your dog to be sure that there are no adverse reactions.