Sponsored by DogDreamCBD Hi there, and welcome to this brief presentation about CBD oil for dogs. This video is brought to you by dogdreamcbd.com. CBD oil for dogs Some pet owners are turning to CBD products because if its glowing claims. WebMD explores the research and whether it’s safe to use. Have you thought about trying CBD for your dog’s pain, seizures, or anxiety? Here’s everything you need to know about CBD for dogs.
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Hi there, and welcome to this brief presentation about CBD oil for dogs. This video is brought to you by dogdreamcbd.com.
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This article will cover a few important issues that all dog lovers should know about when it comes to CBD. We’ll be chatting about:
- The endocannabinoid system
- Proven and potential benefits of CBD oil
- Choosing the right CBD oil
The endocannabinoid system:
So firstly, let’s talk about the endocannabinoid system.
You and your dog have something in common: you both have an endocannabinoid system. This system affects your brain, skin, heart, eyes, stomach – and even your mood. Similarly, your dog’s endocannabinoid system affects their whole body, too.
Cannabinoids are found in cannabis and plants related to cannabis, like hemp. Our bodies make their own cannabinoids, too! As the name implies, cannabinoids affect your endocannabinoid system. This is why cannabis has such a wide range of effects on the body.
This is true for humans, but also for all other mammals – including dogs.
One of the cannabinoids that is particularly prevalent in cannabis is cannabidiol, also known as CBD:
- The endocannabinoid system is found in humans and dogs
- It affects many parts of your body and its functions – including your brain, skin, heart, eyes, stomach – and even your mood
- The endocannabinoid system is affected by cannabinoids, which are found in cannabis plants and hemp plants
- This is why cannabis has a wide range of effects on your body
- One of these cannabinoids is cannabidiol, known as CBD
Possible benefits of CBD oil for dogs
Recent studies have shown that CBD is particularly beneficial for dogs. How so? Well, it reduces anxiety, seizures, pain, and inflammation in dogs, and it can also improve skin conditions. This is according to a few recent papers.
CBD might have even more benefits for dogs. In humans, it’s shown to treat depression, appetite loss, glaucoma, sleeplessness, and more. Now, because humans and dogs seem to be affected by CBD in similar ways, many scientists are trying to figure out if dogs can also benefit from CBD in the above-mentioned ways. As we speak, more research is being conducted on the benefits of CBD for dogs. In time, science will show us the full potential of CBD.
Benefits of CBD oil for dogs:
- Pain and inflammation
- Skin conditions
Other potential benefits of CBD oil for dogs:
- Appetite loss
Choosing the right CBD oil for your dog
When it comes to giving your dog CBD, there are a few things you should know about choosing the best CBD products.
Firstly, always make sure you’re giving your dog quality CBD oil. Now, there are many companies out there that sell CBD oil for dogs, but only some sell quality products. They should have papers that verify that their products have been tested. It’s also always a good idea to check out online reviews to help you figure out if a company delivers on their promises!
The best CBD oil for dogs is ‘full-spectrum CBD oil’. This is better than something called ‘CBD isolate’. Full-spectrum CBD oil contains trace amounts of other beneficial cannabinoids, which work to boost the effect of CBD oil. Most veterinarians recommend full-spectrum CBD oil for dogs, rather than CBD isolate.
Oh – and remember that CBD oil and hemp oil isn’t exactly the same thing. If a product says it’s hemp oil but doesn’t mention CBD, you won’t get all the benefits of CBD. The packaging should state exactly how many milligrams of CBD there is in the bottle. You’ll find that the price will be higher depending on how much CBD is in the bottle.
You can also find high-quality dog treats or capsules that contain CBD. They should also state how many milligrams of CBD there is in one treat or one capsule.
- Quality is important! Ask if their products have been tested
- Full spectrum CBD oil is better than CBD isolate
- Contains more beneficial cannabinoids
- This means it works better
- Recommended by most veterinarians
- Hemp oil is NOT the same as CBD oil, although some CBD oils might come from hemp
- Look for the word ‘CBD’ on the bottle
- It should say how much CBD is in the bottle in milligrams
- CBD treats and capsules
Not sure what is the best product for your dog ailments? Take your quick quiz.
Is CBD oil safe for my dog?
Great question. In short, yes.
Numerous studies and research papers have shown that CBD is safe for dogs. The only real side-effect is drowsiness – so your dog might get a little sleepy.
And while we’re on this topic, CBD can’t get your dog high. While other cannabinoids, such as THC, are intoxicating, CBD is not.
Of course, cannabis itself isn’t safe for dogs. So, while you can give your dog CBD oil and treats, keep them away from cannabis plants.
And yes, CBD oil that is derived from hemp is legal pretty much everywhere. CBD is found in both hemp and cannabis, and while cannabis isn’t legal everywhere, hemp is. So, hemp-derived CBD oil is perfectly legal for both you and your dog to enjoy!
- This has been proven by research.
- Side effects include sleepiness.
- It can’t get your dog high as it’s not intoxicating.
- Cannabis itself, however, isn’t safe for dogs.
- Hemp CBD oil is legal.
Giving your dog the right dosage
Now we’ll discuss dosage.
It’s essential that you ensure you have the right dosage of CBD oil for your dog. Most CBD oil merchants have a dosage chart on their website. You can also check out our website, dogdreamcbd.com, for a dosage chart.
If in doubt, ask a holistic veterinarian. If you’ve been prescribed CBD by a veterinarian, they should tell you how much CBD to give your dog each day. They might prescribe the dosage in droplets or in milligrams.
Generally, you want to start with a small dosage and gradually increase it if necessary.
Remember that the amount of CBD per droplet depends on the concentration of CBD in the liquid. This amount changes per brand and per product. Let’s say you have a 30ml bottle of oil, and it contains 1500 milligrams of CBD. One milliliter of oil will contain 50 milligrams of CBD because 1500 divided by 30 = 50. So if you want to give your dog 25mg of CBD when he gets anxious, use half a milliliter of tincture.
CBD can be incredibly useful for dog owners all over the world, as it truly has wonderful benefits for our furry friends.
If in doubt, talk to a veterinarian. there are plenty of great CBD products for your pets – you just need to know where to find them. Check out the DogDreamCBD quick quiz to find the best CBD products for your dog.
CBD Oil for Dogs: What to Know
These days, you can find cannabidiol (CBD) products pretty much everywhere. The trendy ingredient is a natural compound found in marijuana and hemp. CBD by itself doesn’t cause a “high,” but research suggests it might help with insomnia (problems falling or staying asleep) and anxiety, along with other medical conditions.
CBD’s popularity has many dog owners turning to it as an alternative treatment. Of course, you want to do everything you can to help your pet. But does CBD really work? And is it safe? Here’s what you need to know.
Currently, you can find CDB products for your dog in the form of oils and treats. There’s not a lot of research or a formal study to back up the claims on its uses and benefits. Evidence is mostly anecdotal, or unscientific. Experts aren’t sure how much of the CBD is actually affecting the dog’s body or if it’s just being removed. More research is needed.
But some dog owners think CBD oil can be used to:
- Ease inflammation
- Soothe nausea
- Stimulate appetite
- Ease pain
- Control seizures
- Boost heart health
- Lower anxiety
One small study looked at how CBD affects dogs with epilepsy. Most of the dogs given CBD oil from a hemp plant had seizures less often after 12 weeks. All dogs were given their usual epilepsy drugs during the clinical trial.
There’s limited information on CBD’s side effects and risks when used in dogs. Experts don’t yet know proper dosages or what amounts can be toxic.
So far, the FDA has approved only one CBD-based prescription drug to treat seizures in humans. Based on some of the side effects humans have had, here’s what to watch out for:
Dry mouth. It may temporarily limit the amount of saliva, or spit, your dog makes. They may be very thirsty.
Low blood pressure. CBD can cause a sudden temporary drop in blood pressure for humans. While a drop of CBD may seem small, it may cause lightheadedness for your dog.
Drowsiness. Its calming effects may make your dog sleepy if you give them a lot.
Fertility problems. Some studies found this in male animals exposed to CBD.
Always check with a veterinarian first if you’re thinking about giving your dog CBD.
Is It Legal?
Laws around CBD can be confusing. It’s illegal to market CBD as a dietary supplement for humans or add it to food. The FDA is cracking down on companies that do so.
In many states, veterinarians aren’t allowed to recommend it for pets or give any kind of dosing information.
Experts say more research, regulation, and standard practices are needed before CBD can be safely given to dogs and other pets.
Colorado State University: “Results from CBD clinical trial to assess efficacy on seizure frequency in dogs ‘encouraging,’” “CBD clinical trial seeks dogs with epilepsy.”
American Kennel Club: “CBD Oil for Dogs: What You Need to Know.”
American Veterinary Medical Association: “Cannabis use and pets.”
Oklahoma State University: “The Use of CBD in Dogs and Cats.”
FDA: “What You Need to Know (And What We’re Working to Find Out) About Products Containing Cannabis or Cannabis-derived Compounds, Including CBD,” “FDA Regulation of Cannabis and Cannabis-Derived Products, Including Cannabidiol (CBD),” “FDA Warns Companies Illegally Selling CBD Products.”
Harvard Health: “Cannabidiol (CBD) — what we know and what we don’t.”
Frontiers in Veterinary Science: “US Veterinarians’ Knowledge, Experience, and Perception Regarding the Use of Cannabidiol for Canine Medical Conditions.”
CBD for Dogs: Everything You Need to Know
In certain states, medical marijuana is an option for people seeking relief from ailments like seizures, pain, anxiety, and cancer.
Pet parents and veterinarians alike are naturally wondering whether cbd for dogs, in the form of products such as cbd oil for dogs or cbd dog treats, can provide the same benefits.
Here’s everything you need to know about CBD for dogs.
THC vs. CBD for Dogs
CBD is one of over 80 different chemical compounds called “cannabinoids” that have been derived from the cannabis (marijuana) plant. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), perhaps the most famous cannabinoid, CBD is not psychoactive.
Instead, CBD shares important metabolic pathways with a class of drugs called NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like ibuprofen and Rimadyl. These pathways control many processes in the body, from inflammatory responses to blood clotting.
Do not give dogs straight marijuana or any product containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive component of marijuana. There is simply not enough research to justify the use.
CBD-based products, however, may help improve your dog’s quality of life when used in conjunction with other therapies.
Why Use CBD for Dogs?
CBD is often mentioned as a useful therapy for a variety of conditions, including pain management, arthritis, anxiety, seizures, and even cancer. Although the use of CBD in treating each of these conditions is under-researched, there are varying levels of scientific evidence for each scenario.
Because CBD shares metabolic pathways with anti-inflammatory drugs, it makes sense that it would help with certain inflammatory conditions (anything that ends with -itis is an inflammatory condition).
Osteoarthritis, often abbreviated as arthritis, is one of the most common inflammatory conditions in dogs.
One in four dogs will be diagnosed with arthritis in their lifetime, and by some estimates, as many as 60% of dogs exhibit some degree of the disease.
Research has shown that CBD can provide substantial pain relief in dogs with arthritis when given twice daily at appropriate doses.
In theory, the anti-inflammatory benefit seen in arthritic dogs could also be seen in dogs with other types of inflammatory pain, especially back pain from intervertebral disc disease (IVDD).
Preliminary studies in people have shown that combo products containing both CBD and THC are more beneficial for pain relief than when either drug is given alone. But no such research has been done on dogs, so THC should not be given to them.
Seizures are probably the most-studied application of CBD in people, but limited research exists for pets. In dogs, seizures can be caused by a vast number of underlying conditions.
With regards to idiopathic epilepsy specifically, there is some research that suggests that CBD could be useful in reducing seizure frequency in these dogs. However, these benefits are only seen with dogs that are given traditional anti-seizure medications at the same time.
Like seizures, the term “cancer” is an umbrella term that refers to an extremely diverse set of specific diseases, each with their own set of beneficial treatments.
In people, CBD has been studied for possible use in cancer patients, both to treat the tumor(s) directly, as well as to treat the secondary symptoms of cancer and chemotherapy. Very limited research has been done on the use of CBD for dogs with cancer.
However, the anti-nausea effects of CBD seen in people who undergo chemotherapy have also been documented in rats and ferrets, suggesting that dogs receiving chemotherapy may benefit from CBD treatment.
Perhaps the biggest misconception is that CBD is useful in managing a dog’s anxiety. In theory, it is possible that CBD, by reducing pain and inflammation, could indirectly reduce anxiety caused by pain or inflammation.
But because CBD is not psychoactive, it is unlikely that CBD has the ability to directly treat canine anxiety in the way that Prozac and other medications do. The use of CBD for anxiety in dogs, as with most conditions, requires substantially more research.
Potential Risks of CBD for Dogs
Overall, CBD itself seems to be incredibly safe in dogs and cats. However, numerous scientific papers have found that when given at the recommended doses, CBD does cause an elevation in an important liver value on bloodwork called alkaline phosphatase (ALP).
We are not yet sure whether the elevation of this liver value has any medical significance. It could signify that CBD causes irritation or damage to the liver. Alternatively, it could be an artificial finding in which the drug interferes with the way the lab measures the liver value.
Anecdotal reports do exist of dogs becoming somewhat sleepy or sedate if they receive extremely large doses of CBD, but those effects appear to resolve on their own with time.
CBD doesn’t appear to have any drug interactions when it’s given to a dog that’s on an anti-inflammatory drug like Rimadyl.
Because there is a theoretical risk of drug interaction, as with any medication, you should consult your veterinarian first before treating your dog with CBD.
THC Dangers for Dogs
Unlike CBD, THC ingestion can cause serious problems for your pet.
“The most significant [issue] is THC toxicity, meaning, essentially, they are high,” says Dr. Gary Richter, owner and medical director of Montclair Veterinary Hospital in Oakland, California. “Depending on how significantly a pet has been overdosed, the effects of that can be quite long-lasting, even days.”
During these episodes, a pet may not be able to stand or eat. If you suspect THC toxicity, take your pet to the veterinarian immediately. Secondary effects of THC, especially respiratory depression, should be monitored closely to avoid complications.
Overall, life-threatening risks for dogs from cannabis are “exceedingly rare,” Dr. Richter says. There is no documented lethal dose for THC in dogs. In fact, a dose of THC 1,000 times greater than the dose needed for a dog to feel “high” is still not lethal.
THC toxicity more often occurs when a pet has eaten a product that also contains chocolate, coffee, or raisins. “Even if the THC toxicity is not excessive, they can sometimes have problems due to these other ingredients,” says Dr. Richter.
How Much CBD Can You Give Dogs?
Though there are some topical treatments, CBD oil is typically administered orally to dogs, and giving the correct dosage is imperative. “As is the case with any medication, success has everything to do with dosing,” Dr. Richter says.
Studies on using CBD for dogs with arthritis or seizures generally use a dose between 2-8 mg/kg, with most papers erring on the lower side of that estimate (roughly 1-2 milligrams per pound of body weight), twice daily.
This dosage has been found to be both safe and somewhat effective for just the conditions studied (arthritis and seizures). Additional research is needed to evaluate the necessary dosages for CBD in treating other conditions.
One complication in attempting to properly dose dogs with CBD is that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has found that many CBD products actually contain little, if any, CBD.
The only FDA-approved cannabinoid product, Epidiolex, could theoretically be prescribed by a veterinarian for epilepsy in dogs, although this would likely be cost-prohibitive. Because it is FDA-approved, though, the CBD content of this product would be accurate, unlike most other CBD products on the market.
Can Veterinarians Prescribe CBD for Dogs?
U.S. veterinarians are forbidden from prescribing/dispensing CBD, and cannot encourage or instruct clients to purchase CBD products.
However, they are free to talk to you about the potential risks and benefits of a treatment plan you may have devised on your own. If you are considering giving CBD to your dog, speak to your vet, and you may want to also speak with a veterinarian who has experience with CBD.