CBD Oil for Dogs
With the continued rise of veterinary costs, it is perhaps no surprise that dog owners are seeking out more affordable, natural solutions for their pets. And CBD is a popular choice. Cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD, is a naturally occurring chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. It has numerous benefits and as both humans and dogs have an endocannabinoid system, many people believe that CBD can be beneficial for dogs as well.
However, as research into the full effects of CBD for dogs is still in its infancy, it is important we mention that CBD products should not be given to dogs without the prior approval of a veterinarian. The aim of this article is to provide further information around the topic of CBD oil for dogs so that you can make an informed decision, alongside the advice of your vet.
Why is CBD Being Given to Dogs?
There are many reasons why people seek out CBD products for their dogs. These range from the aforementioned extortionate vet costs or to help ease symptoms of anxiety, arthritis, or other illnesses people have noticed in their dogs. Many people have simply experienced the benefits of CBD in their own lives and want to extend the same opportunity to their pets.
Currently, there has been no formal study carried out into the effects of CBD in dogs. However, scientists are aware that dogs have an endocannabinoid system just like humans do and, as such, it is possible that dogs could benefit from CBD in many of the same ways.
CBD has been used for many years for its anti-inflammatory properties, appetite stimulation, anti-anxiety impact, and more. And although there is no conclusive data into its full effects and potential for animals, many people believe that CBD could have the same therapeutic effects in dogs.
CBD for Dogs: What Does the Research Say?
Research into the effects of CBD in animals is extremely limited. However, there have been studies. One study carried out in 2018 hoped to assess the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD in dogs suffering with osteoarthritis. The dogs were given a 2 or 8mg dose of CBD per kg of their body weight and studied. The results indicated that 80% of the dogs showed an improvement in their pain and mobility levels. Another study carried out in 2019 discovered that epileptic dogs who were given CBD experienced a reduction in their seizures, compared to those simply given a placebo.
Both of these studies are just a small insight into the beginnings of some fascinating research into the effects of CBD oil for dogs. However, a lot more research is needed before we fully understand its effects, particularly over the long-term..
Speak to Your Veterinarian for Advice
As you can tell, there is still a lot we don’t understand about CBD and its effects on animals. Therefore, it is important to seek advice from your veterinarian before starting any course of natural treatment. Not only is this helpful for your own peace of mind but it also ensures you are not giving CBD to your pet needlessly. After all, not every pet needs the addition of cannabinoids to its diet or treatment regime.
Many vets will advise that if a dog has an endocannabinoid system that is functioning normally, the addition of CBD products is unnecessary. It’s like a human taking supplements their body doesn’t need; it’s a waste of money. So, we recommend that before you embark on your dog’s CBD journey, you first seek the advice of your veterinarian.
How Much CBD Oil Should I Give My Dog?
If your vet suggests that CBD oil might be worth a try, your next question should be, ‘how much do I give my dog?’ The amount of CBD given to any dog will depend on factors such as its weight and health needs. Just like humans, every dog will respond differently to the effects of CBD. That’s why, here at ULU, we always recommend you start with the smallest dose, monitor your dog’s results, and adjust dosages accordingly.
All of the products we sell here at ULU offer dosing suggestions, but keep in mind that these are doses recommended for humans. We don’t know how much is safe or even effective to give to a dog. Therefore, if you would like to try, the safest and most sensible option would be to start with the smallest dose possible and build things up slowly from there.
How to Give CBD Oil to a Dog
So, you’re ready to give CBD oil to your dog but you’re wondering how to go about it. Unfortunately, research into this area is sparse so the best advice we can give you is to go for a trial and error approach. For most animals, giving medications orally is very effective. You could attempt adding drops from the tinctures straight into the dog’s mouth or dropping the oil onto their food. As we said, it will likely be a matter of trial and error until you find what works best.
As we close this article, we just want to reiterate that research into CBD and its effects in dogs (and animals in general) is very limited. In the UK, CBD is not a product that is currently recommended for use in dogs or other animals without a prescription from a vet. If used incorrectly, it could be harmful for your dog. So, it is always important to seek the professional advice of your veterinarian before commencing any form of treatment. While CBD research is limited, it is possible you might find that CBD is an excellent and effective form of treatment for your dog.
If you have any questions or you would like to speak to a professional about the topic of CBD in dogs, get in touch today. We would love to help where we can.