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CBD For Dogs

5 minute read

What Every Dog Owner Should Know About CBD

CBD is a trending topic and pets (especially dogs) aren’t getting left out of the conversation. In this 5-minute read, we will cover how CBD can benefit man’s best friend and help you make an informed decision for your dog.

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What is CBD?

CBD is short for cannabidiol, which is an element from hemp plants. It is important to note that psychoactive effects are caused by a different chemical, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). As such, it is safe to say CBD has no psychoactive effect on humans or animals.

CBD oil is the most common way to purchase CBD for pet wellness. It combines CBD with a carrier oil (such as MCT oil) to make it easier to consume and measure. CBD’s benefits come from its activation of the body’s natural endocannabinoid system (ECS). All animals rely on the endocannabinoid system for regulating bodily functions, so even dogs will also benefit from taking CBD. The ECS helps control pain, inflammation, anxiety, sleep, mood, and more.

How dogs respond to CBD

A January 2019 study that asked over 2,000 veterinarians found that more than 50% of veterinarians support the use of CBD products for animals. CBD interacts with receptors of a dog’s endocannabinoid system to signal the body should increase or decrease responses to stimuli. This can result in the following benefits for dogs:

As you can see, dog CBD oil offers a natural way of regulating and maintaining the optimal balance for your dog.

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Popular uses of CBD for Dogs

Dogs love to run around and as they age joint pain can make that nearly impossible. Studies have shown that 20% of dogs will suffer joint pain⁴ as a result of age, development, or injury. The effects of CBD oil for dogs has made it an exciting alternative option. CBD targets inflammation in the joint, minimizing swelling and reducing pain.

When your furry friends go on car rides, trips to the vet, get their nails clipped, or you leave for work they can experience stress and anxiety. Some dogs will express this as excessive barking, restlessness, insomnia, and/or pacing.  In these cases, CBD helps to calm your dog and relieve stress.

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Side Effects & Is CBD safe?

CBD is completely safe for human and dog use. It is a natural plant extract that offers your puppy a lot of benefits and potential relief. CBD will not get your little fluffy friend ‘high’, it is non-intoxicating. The World Health Organization considers CBD to be a safe, non-toxic, and non-addictive substance with potential therapeutic value.

Side effects are rare and typically mild. Potential side effects of CBD include drowsiness, dry mouth, changes in mood, changes in appetite, diarrhea, and tremors. Owners should monitor their dog’s reaction to CBD just to be sure he/she is properly benefiting from CBD.

How Dogs Take CBD

It is recommended to introduce your dog to CBD with a small serving of 1-3mg/day. As you gauge how your dog responds you can increase the serving until your pet is showing the benefits of CBD. To give them CBD you can place the drops of CBD into their mouth, or for a special treat, give your good boy/girl some CBD infused pet treats. Most dog owners are adding CBD to their pet’s diet twice a day, so the benefits last all day.

little pug looking scared around the corner of a chair

Final Thoughts

Since CBD oil works well for dogs with anxiety, stress, pain, and inflammation it helps to give your dog CBD before any activity with those triggers, such as:

  • A trip to the vet
  • Pet grooming (nails, washing, and baths)
  • A guest visiting your home
  • Leaving your dog alone all day
  • Expected loud noises (thunderstorms or vacuuming)
  • Visiting a new place
  • Road trips or long car rides

CBD oil can also be given to other pets, as all animals have an endocannabinoid system and respond to the effects of CBD.

Written by:

Sean Cope

Sean is a CBD expert and employee at Daddy Burt Hemp Co. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a double major in Communications and American Culture in 2014 and has also worked in a variety of marketing positions. Sean currently specializes in educating people about the benefits of CBD through writing articles that are supported by scientific evidence. He has spent countless hours reviewing medical and scientific studies about cannabidiol and writing about them so that others can understand. Sean is a contributor for Nutritional Outlook Magazine and has been featured on Analytical Cannabis, Dayton.com, Cincinnati.com and many more.Sean wants to highlight the following Daddy Burt article: CBD for Addiction

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Bob Estes

Bob is the founder and CEO of Daddy Burt Hemp Co. Bob has quickly become an authority and expert in the hemp & CBD industry. He originally developed an interest in science and engineering and received a degree in Industrial Engineering, which led him to a career in the nation’s space program. Bob worked for several aerospace companies supporting the space launch for NASA and the Department of Defense. Since Hemp farming has been revitalized in America over the last decade, his family legacy has called to him. Daddy Burt Hemp Co. is the rekindling of Bob's family's hemp farming legacy, dating back to the early 1800s.Bob has been profiled by Smiley Pete Publishing and has been featured in articles about CBD/Hemp on Forbes.com, Kentucky.com, MiamiHerald.com, NewsObserver.com and many more.

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  • Thanks for the tip to introduce your dog to small servings of CBD by giving them 1-3 mg a day. My pet beagle has been experiencing a lot of anxiety lately, so I am wondering if CBD might be an option for her. I’ll have to speak with a vet to see if getting some CBD oil for my dog is the right thing to do.

  • It’s good to know that CBD can help dogs. My family’s dog is getting old and she’s starting to feel some arthritic pain. We’ll be looking further into CBD oil biscuits to ease her symptoms a bit.

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