Is CBD Safe for Dogs?

When it comes to the “man’s best friend”, owners will go to any lengths to make sure they’re pupp is well taken care of.

From giving them fun baths to taking care of their diets, we as owners do all we can to give our pet dogs a comfortable life. But we just can’t seem to protect them from the random cold spells, dry coughs, fevers, disease pain, wound pain, etc.

Even though it hurts us, we just accept it as a part of our little one’s life. But we often forget that when there are problems, there are solutions, you just have to look for them. One such solution is the up and coming wonder compound, CBD (cannabidiol). The buzz CBD has made in recent years makes it impossible for the companies to not keep investing in it and for the consumers to ignore it.

Ranging from CBD edibles and CBD oils to CBD topicals and CBD gummies, the CBD product list is literally endless! The scene has also extended towards accommodating our pet pups and we couldn’t be happier.

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Even though this probably means we can now safely administer CBD to our pups in a variety of ways, it’s easier said than done. The entire topic is a tad bit sensitive and requires further research to determine whether CBD really is a rainbow disguised as a treat for our little friends. Read on further to know what we know about CBD treats for your dog.

CBD: What is it?

CBD is safe to use for pets

CBD or cannabidiol is a cannabinoid that is derived from the “Hemp plant” which is a different variety of the Cannabis Sativa, making it from the same species as marijuana. Now hold on to your horses before you jump to conclusions… well, dogs, in this case.

Although the Hemp plant is from the same species as Marijuana, CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it will not get the consumer “high”, which is its major distinguishing point from marijuana. The reason being that Hemp does not contain the cannabinoid THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) which is solely responsible for the Euphoria experienced after smoking marijuana.

CBD itself, although is different from THC but CBD products may contain THC. Here’s what you need to remember when buying your pet CBD:

CBD Isolate is 99.7% pure CBD, there is no other compound involved.

Broad Spectrum CBD contains other beneficial flavonoids, terpenes, essential oils and Cannabinoids (except THC), all of which enhance CBD’s functioning.

Full Spectrum CBD is Broad Spectrum CBD with the addition of THC. The exact quantity may vary but it is generally not higher than 0.3%, the legal limit in most countries. THC in this quantity is not intoxicating.

So if you buy from a well-reputed brand that does not compromise on quality, this amount of THC will not get your pup high.

What are the Regulatory Authorities saying?

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While the consumers are mostly happy with the results they have been getting, the regulatory authorities have expressed serious concerns over the mislabeling and contamination of CBD products. They believe using CBD on its own may not be harmful but contamination of the products and misleading the audience could have serious reprecussions.

Although CBD has proven health benefits, the authorities do not allow open marketing of its specific benefits. CBD is sold under the general wellness category as a supplement and not as medicine due to ongoing research in this department.

What’re the Vets saying?

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When it comes to your friendly neighborhood vet, their stance on whether we should give CBD to our dogs or not is a bit blur just like the amount of research that is present at the moment on the topic.

Although with the current studies, CBD is pretty safe for dogs some vets might advise it and some vets might not. Why? CBD is currently not meant to diagnose or cure any disease and so it cannot be prescribed instead of the required medicine.

They can although, give you the green signal for using it for your dog’s general health or mood.

Should I give CBD to my Dog?

Can I give CBD to my dog

Want a straight-up answer? Yes, you “can” give CBD products to your dog but should you? It depends on what your dog needs it for.

CBD’s analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties are well-researched on and so if your dog has a problem walking due to joint or muscle pain, you can definitely use it to help them.

Here are some other problems that CBD can help them with. These include:

  • Anxiety
  • Muscle Pain/Joint Pain
  • Nausea
  • Reduction in Appetite
  • Inflammation
  • Seizures
  • Slow Metabolism
  • Mood Swings

When we talked to some pet owners who were giving CBD to their dogs, their responses ranged from “Yeah, it honestly worked for my dog but we did the whole process with full consideration and professional consultation at every step” to “We did start with some CBD products but our pet was showing some side effects but we’re not entirely sure whether they were from CBD or something else.”

The reason for telling you this was that just like humans, dogs might also face some side effects based on their unique body composition, seriousness of the illness, metabolism rate, weight etc Some of these side effects may resemble that experienced humans which are:

  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Dry Mouth
  • Low blood Pressure

How Can I give CBD to my Dog?

How can I give Cannabidiol to my dog

With the advancements being made by the pharmaceutical companies in terms of CBD products, several products are available for you and your furballs like CBD oil Tinctures, CBD hard chews, CBD soft chews,  CBD topicals, and even CBD peanut butter  (because peanut butter is a dog’s best friend).

With such a vast variety of products, choosing the best one can become very hard. What you need to consider in this case is:

CBD oil is the most bioavailable method for ingesting CBD and the fastest one. This means that it hits the dog’s bloodstream faster and gives the maximum amount of CBD per ml ingested (around 35%) sublingually.

CBD topicals never hit the bloodstream and are meant for inflammation and pain purposes. They are pretty effective too!

CBD treats are the least bioavailable method and you have to wait for at least 2 hours for the compound to take effect. This is because it has to pass through an entire digestive system before it can enter the bloodstream and even then most of the CBD is lost during the digestive process.

CBD oils and treats come in a variety of flavours, all of which your pup will be delighted to consume. You only need to consider the purpose you’re using it for before making a purchase decision for your dog.

Final Thoughts:

While CBD can prove useful for your beloved dog, it would be a wise decision to do your research and consultation before getting involved in this scenario. The reason is mainly that the amount of research currently available in this regard is inconclusive and thus there is always a factor of risk involved.

Even though we and many other experts have done the research for you, you should still do some yourself before using it for your dog’s exact health condition.

I am a 34-year-old father of three that lives in Sweden. I´ve changed my life with the help of CBD and I have a profound interest in the research surrounding CBD. You can read more about me here.

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