Near and far, you’re sure to hear talk of the budding hemp industry and the many benefits of hemp-derived CBD (aka cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive cannabinoid). You may even see CBD treats or bottles of CBD oil for dogs hitting your local pet stores.
Is this just another health trend pawing for a spot in an ever-growing market of pet wellness products, or is there something more to it?
Let’s discuss the safety of CBD pet products and what you need to know before giving your furry friend hemp-derived CBD.
Can I Give My Dog CBD Oil?
CBD has an amazing safety profile and most animals only need small amounts to see positive results.
But don’t grab just any CBD oil for your dogs.
A surge of hemp-derived products made for pets are landing on store shelves, and knowing what to look for can feel a bit overwhelming.
The best CBD for dogs stays true to the natural composition of the hemp plant, offering a full range of therapeutic cannabinoids and rich terpenes. This also means you’ll find trace levels of THC.
Is THC Safe for Dogs?
High levels of THC can be toxic to dogs, but what about the trace amounts of THC in Whole-Plant CBD oil?
The trace amounts of THC (less than 0.3%) found in high-quality, hemp-derived CBD oil won’t harm your dog.
In fact, other trace cannabinoids like THC combined with CBD can create a synergy known as the Entourage Effect.
These cannabinoids work together with CBD to increase overall therapeutic effects by having a greater impact on the endocannabinoid system (we’ll get to that shortly).
So, yes. THC can be perfectly safe for dogs, especially in the small amounts present in CBD oil. Just keep your pups away from any cannabis edibles or oils with high THC content to avoid toxicity.
Dogs & The Endocannabinoid System
Cannabinoids found in hemp-derived products offer therapeutic effects by interacting with a system of receptors in our bodies called the Endocannabinoid System (or ECS for short).
We experience the benefits of CBD thanks to this widespread system of receptors steming across our central and peripheral nervous systems.
And great news—our dogs have this system as well!
The ECS plays a major role in regulating essential body functions, mood, sleep patterns, appetite and generally keeps physiological processes in balance.
This system is found in humans, dogs, and virtually every other living creature on earth.
Choosing the Right CBD Products
With every industry boom comes a wave of sub-par products with cheap labels and cheaper ingredients.
It may sound obvious, but not all CBD oil for dogs is created equal.
How do you spot the alpha when surrounded by a pack of CBD mutts?
Look for All-Natural Ingredients
Our pets are a part of our family and they deserve only the best. Before considering a product, check the supplement facts. There’s no reason you should have to settle for a product with artificial flavorings or ingredients.
Your best bet is to purchase organic CBD oil free of pesticides and artificial ingredients.
Check Test Results
Reliable brands have third-party testing done on all hemp-derived CBD products. These tests should be readily available to the public. You have a right to know exactly what’s in your pet’s CBD oil.
You should be able to find tests for bacteria, pesticides, heavy metals, and cannabinoid content. Testing for terpene profiles is also a common practice.
Find test results online, or by scanning the QR code on your CBD product.
Benefits of CBD for Dogs
We’ve briefly covered how CBD works and what to look for when buying CBD oil for your four-legged pals, but what does it actually do?
Several pet owners have reported benefits in the form of healthier fur, improved mobility, or an increased sense of calm in anxious animals—to name just a few.
Whether or not it’s an issue for your dog, we’ve all known someone with an anxious pet.
The addition of CBD to your pet’s diet can provide an increased sense of calm and help to stabilize imbalanced chemicals by interacting with serotonin and adenosine receptors in the brain.
Dogs that suffer from separation anxiety or general anxiety may also benefit from regular CBD use.
Positive results have been seen in stressful situations like long car rides, being in large crowds, or hearing disruptive firework displays in the neighborhood (but please, don’t take your dogs to see the fireworks).
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Some dogs, especially older dogs, experience joint stiffness and reduced mobility.
Introducing CBD into their daily routine has helped some animals regain the pep in their step. CBD has shown promising results in reducing joint pain and stiffness caused by inflammation.
CBD is among the best natural anti-inflammatory substances a pet can get.
Improved Appetite & Digestion
Dogs sometimes show a disinterest in eating or may lose their appetite altogether. Others may experience issues with digestion.
CBD oil for dogs has the potential to decrease nausea and stimulate appetite by interacting with receptors in the endocannabinoid system. A healthy appetite is vital—especially when a pet is healing.
Lack of appetite can sometimes indicate illness and it’s important to visit your veterinarian when any drastic changes occur in your pet’s diet.
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How Much CBD Oil Should I Give My Dog?
If you’re interested in giving your dog CBD, you may be wondering just how much you should give them. It is by no means an exact science, but doses are generally estimated by a pet’s weight.
It may be necessary to experiment a little to find the right dosage and the best frequency of use for your pet.
The dosage charts below list what we’ve found to be the most beneficial doses when using Roxy Pets CBD by Hemplucid. These are general guidelines we follow and won’t be 100-percent accurate for every animal.
These graphics show the same doses measured in droppers for 100mg and 300mg bottles.
Dosage for 100mg bottles of Roxy Pets CBD:
Dosage for 300mg bottles of Roxy Pets CBD:
Start with a dose on the low end and look for any changes in your pet’s behavior. Changes usually occur within 30 minutes. If your pet seems unaffected after an hour, try increasing their dosage.
Every pet is different and may require amounts that vary from the guidelines above.
Whole-Plant CBD – The Best CBD Oil for Dogs
Roxy Pets CBD for dogs was developed in memory of Hemplucid CEO Chase Hudson’s best friend and loyal companion, Roxy.
This dog-focused formulation is made with Hemplucid’s Whole-Plant, full-spectrum CBD bonded to a hemp seed oil. Natural chicken flavor is added, so even picky pups will sit, shake, and roll over for their next Roxy Pets treat.
Roxy Pets also provides a CBD line for cats bonded to healthy fish oil. Both flavors can be given to dogs or cats, depending on their preference.
Give your pets the gift of balance, relaxation, and an increased sense of well-being.
Morgan is a writer with an incurable book addiction and a passion for learning. Years of struggling with fibromyalgia and pharmaceutical side effects led him to seek out natural alternatives for wellness. He’s a firm believer in the potential of CBD and its role in promoting a balanced, healthy lifestyle.