Your dog is part of the family. You would do anything to see that tail wagging. And that’s why with the rise of CBD products for people, there’s also just as many for the family fido. The pet CBD category grew 946 percent in 2019, according to Brightfield Group.
So, with just as many pet products out there as there are for us, what do you need to know about CBD oil for dogs?
Why Give Your Dog CBD
The scientific world of CBD for dogs has a lot left to be discovered. But what scientists do know is that cannabinoids interact with the endocannabinoid receptions, like in humans, which help maintain balance in the body and keep it in a healthy state.
CBD for dogs is used because of its anti-inflammatory properties as well as many other benefits.
According to Dr. Jerry Klein, American Kennel Club’s Chief Veterinary Officer, CBD is used because of its anti-inflammatory properties, cardiac benefits, anti-nausea effects, appetite stimulation, anti-anxiety impact, and possible anti-cancer benefits. However, there’s no conclusive data on this use.
Potential Risks of CBD for Dogs
Preliminary studies show that CBD seems to be reasonably safe to give to cats and dogs. However, this study was only conducted over a period of 12 weeks with eight healthy cats and dogs.
Anecdotal reports show dogs can become quite drowsy and sedative-like if they’re given large doses, but the effects appear to resolve in time.
How to Choose a Product
Just like you’d research for yourself before taking CBD, the same goes for your dog.
- Make sure the product uses CBD from organic hemp. Pesticides, fungicides, or solvents can be harmful to your dog.
- Get it as a liquid. The best form to administer CBD is an oil or tincture. This way, you can adjust the dose one drop at a time.
- Price shouldn’t be your top factor. High quality and purity will be reflected in the cost.
- Grown in the United States is preferred.
- Testing done in a third-party lab to verify the CBD content and rule out the presence of contaminants is vital. You’ll also want to make sure there’s little or no THC in the product.
With the advent of gimmicky-sounding bacon flavored CBD oils and the many unanswered questions around CBD for dogs, it’s always best to talk with your veterinarian. There might be potential safety issues if products are labeled correctly because the FDA doesn’t currently regulate CBD. But on the flip side, anecdotal evidence does suggest that CBD might be the right path for treating an overly anxious pup, one prone to seizures or arthritis.
If you decide to give CBD a try, your vet can go over the potential risks and benefits of a treatment plan that will be best for the furriest member of your household.