Can I give my dog CBD oil?
Absolutely! Vets have been reporting some intriguing benefits of CBD oil on the dogs in their care. In our previous blog we mentioned the existence of the endocannabinoid system which every person has. Your dog has one too, which it uses to process cannabinoids.
However, it’s important to dose responsibly so that the oil delivers the effect you are expecting for your dog. Ideally, you want to start off with giving your pet a small dose of CBD and gradually increase their dosage over the period of several weeks.
The safest way to work out an initial dosage depends on both the strength of your CBD and the weight of your dog. Please note that generally, CBD oils designed for human consumption will be stronger (because we weigh more!), so it may be more difficult to accurately assess the dosing requirements for your dog.
What effect will it have on my dog?
Research has found that the benefits CBD can bring in humans are very similar for our canine friends. You may find that your dog is far more relaxed and less anxious: which makes yours and your dog’s life much easier if it suffers from separation anxiety or noise phobias.
It is estimated that up to 5% of dogs suffer from seizures. Usually a dog who suffers from seizures will be put on chemicals such as phenobarbital or potassium bromide. Although these do undoubtably help control the seizures (not as well as we would like), they can be extremely harmful to your dog’s liver and other vital organs, which can be a big problem if your dog suffers from hereditary liver disease like mine did. Research has shown CBD oil to be extremely effective in controlling the dog’s seizures, without the side effects of the aforementioned medicines.
Additionally, there is a great deal of research to suggest that there are several health benefits for your pet; both protective and preventative.
Dr Edward Bassingthwaighte discovered that CBD oil is linked to heart health. Studies have shown that it can reduce damage from damaged blood vessels and protect blood vessels from damage. On top of this, it has proven to reduced blood pressure and heart rate (associated with stress and anxiety) by dilating arteries.
CBD oil has been used a treatment for dogs with cancer too. Studies show that the once given regular dosages of CBD oil, the tumour shrinks, and the dog does not experience recurrence.
Both humans and dogs share a receptor known as the vanilloid receptor. In humans, this regulates swelling and pain, and the function is similar in dogs too. CBD interacts with this receptor by blocking it and preventing them from turning on excessively. When CBD is used, it prevents the receptor from sending pain signals to your pet’s body. If your dog is suffering from pain and inflammation, there is a great deal of research to show that you should invest in CBD oil to alleviate your dog’s pain and make the most of the anti-inflammatory properties CBD has to offer.
How do I administer CBD to my dog?
There are two ways we would recommend administering CBD to your dog:
- Administering it directly under his or her tongue. This has the benefit of offering the fast relief.
- Adding the oil to a treat or mixing it directly into your dog’s food.
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*Cannabidiol oil (CBD) is a natural component of the hemp plant.
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