According to the American Kennel Club, there’s anecdotal evidence from dog owners suggesting CBD can treat pain, neuropathic pain, arthritis as well as helping to control the shakes some dogs have. Stirling users also tell us it helps with their dog’s separation anxiety, fear of thunderstorms, and is good for long road trips.
According to Dr. Klein, CBD is also used because of its anti-inflammatory properties, cardiac benefits, anti-nausea effects, appetite stimulation, anti-anxiety impact, and for possible severe condition benefits that I cannot legally discuss.
The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) is currently sponsoring a study through the Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, that will evaluate the use of CBD in treatment-resistant chronically ill dogs. The CHF hopes that this will be the first study to gain scientific data on the use of CBD in dogs with this condition.
Great advice from AKC for dog owners ready to give their dogs CBD.
- Start with 1mg of CBD per every 10 lbs. of an animal’s body weight, once or twice a day.
- Generally, it’s good to start small, and gradually increase the amount of CBD every week until you see your desired benefits.
- Take notice of your dog after you give them CBD. It will take a couple of days until you see the effect.
- No….CBD with 0%THC will not get your dog stoned. It is completely psychoactive free. It can help your dog relax, but it will not alter it’s mental behavior.
CBD is itself non-toxic, and so the most important thing to keep in mind is that “overdosing” on CBD will not result in fatalities. There is no instance where the dog can be hurt by giving them CBD. The most commonly reported side-effects (very small %) for CBD in animals are sedation and over-active appetites.
CBD PRODUCTS ON THE MARKET
If you and your veterinarian decide that you should try CBD as a treatment for your dog, there are a few things to keep in mind when purchasing CBD oil. Not all oils are the same; you’ll want high-quality CBD oil to have a better chance of it working.
- Look for organic. If the CBD oil is not organic, it at least should not contain pesticides, fungicides, or solvents.
- Don’t price shop. The higher the quality and purity, the higher the cost. You don’t want to go for a cheaper option that could have toxic substances such as pesticides, herbicides, or heavy metals. Make sure your CBD oil is free of additives.
- Get the analysis. The manufacturer should provide a certificate that tells you the amount of CBD that is in the product. Many CBD oils contain only small amounts of CBD. You’ll also want to make sure there is little or no THC in the product.
- Buy CBD as a tincture. You can buy dog treats containing CBD, but the best form to administer is a tincture. This way, you can adjust your dog’s dose drop by drop.
Where issues could occur is if you buy the wrong product. Contaminated CBD products – that is, products that have high levels of contaminants like heavy metals, residual solvents, and other byproducts of cheap and hasty CBD extraction. Like all supplements, pet owners should be cautious when it comes to purchasing medical CBD. So don’t be afraid to request current third-party lab test results from CBD pet product vendors! Reputable companies will happily provide them. (Or, of course, you can always refer to CBD Oil Review for up-to-date reviews and research!)