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Does CBD work for dogs?

Jun 17, 2022

The popularity of CBD is growing rapidly, and many have discovered the life changing benefits of CBD products can also extend to their furry friends. CBD has proven to ease discomfort, aid sleep and relieve pain for humans, but does it really have a beneficial impact on dogs? The answer is yes, and in multiple ways!

Just like humans and other mammals, dogs have an endocannabinoid system, which is what CBD interacts with inside the body. CBD has proven to help reduce anxiety in dogs and make them feel at ease during otherwise stressful situations. It’s pretty easy to detect when a dog is feeling anxious or scared. A few examples include trips to the veterinarian, thunderstorms, adjusting to new pets in the home and fireworks. As those situations are unavoidable, CBD products especially designed for dogs can help them relax and feel more at ease. 

A few conditions common to dogs that CBD can help benefit include:

  • Allergies
  • Seizure Management
  • Skin Conditions
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic Pain
  • GI Issues

The two most common types of CBD products for dogs are chews/gummies and oils. For most dogs, any treat is a good treat, therefore chews/gummies is an easy way to give your dog CBD. The chemical is already baked into the product, meaning you don’t have to worry about applying the right amount of oil or mixing it with other foods.

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Many prefer to use oils instead of chews as they can experiment with dose levels to find the proper amount to apply that best suits their dog. Typically, smaller dogs will need less and larger dogs will need a larger dose. But tolerance levels vary with every dog and opting for oils can help you find that sweet spot for your dog.

If opting for CBD oils for your dog, you can apply the oil directly to their mouth or mix it into their food. The easiest of these two options is using a dropper to apply directly into the dog’s mouth. If your dog accepts it willingly and doesn’t fight it, you’re home free! 

If your dog isn’t a fan of the direct application, you can mix the CBD oil into their food. It’s best to mix it with wet food. The recommendation is to begin with small doses and monitor your dog to note the effects. If you don’t notice a change in behavior, you can gradually increase the dosage until it meets the intended result.

As with any product you’re considering giving your dog, it’s always wise to consult with your veterinarian, who can recommend the right dosage amount. 

For anxiety and restlessness, CBD oil will typically begin soothing your dog within 30-60 minutes. For more chronic problems like joint pain and mobility, optimum results can take two to four weeks, particularly as you are experimenting with how high a dose your dog needs to get relief from its symptoms.