CBD for Dogs

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When you hear “health and wellness” you may only think about the latest trends us humans are trying to keep up with, but there are actually many wellness trends for our lovable pets these days too. CBD for dogs. When it comes to CBD for dogs, there is an abundance of information floating around the internet. You may find yourself asking, “Does my dog need CBD?”, ” Is CBD for dogs safe?”, ” What are the possible side effects my dog could face?”.

The American Kennel Club (AKC) Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr. Jerry Klien explains what CBD does for our precious pups. Unfortunately, there has been no formal study done to determine how CBD affects dogs.  There is anecdotal evidence from dog owners to suggest CBD dog treats can help treat pain, neuropathic pain, as well as helping to control seizures. Dr. Kelin suggests that “CBD is also used due to the anti-inflammatory properties, cardiac benefits, anti-nausea effects, appetite stimulation, anti-anxiety impact, and for possible anti-cancer benefits, although there’s no conclusive data on this use”. The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) is sponsoring a study through Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences to further evaluate CBD in treatment-resistant epileptic dogs” (AKC).

So what are the health and safety risks  and side effects of using CBD for dogs? This has not been researched and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not yet approved CBD or issued a dosing chart. Therefore, we are unsure of what size dosage of CBD could be toxic to our dogs. Any medication or supplement can carry a risk of a potential reaction. Although there is no scientific data on the side effects of CBD usage in our dogs, we already know there are potential side effects based on how CBD affects us humans. Research shows that CBD can cause dry mouth, lowered blood pressure and drowsiness. In dogs, this may look like increased thirst, brief light-headedness and a slightly drowsy four-legged friend. As always, we suggest to check with your veterinarian first and closely monitor your dog for the effects after starting CBD in small amounts. If you and your veterinarian decide on CBD as a treatment, it is important to remember that higher quality CBD has a better chance of working. Not all CBD is the same. Remember to look for organic to be free of pesticides, fungicides or solvents. Don’t shop CBD products just based on their price tag. Higher quality CBD may come at a higher price but the cheaper option could contain toxins, herbicides,  heavy metals or other additives. It is important to see the provided certificate from the manufacturer stating the amount of CBD in the product; check to see if there is little or no THC as well.  Lastly, dog treats containing CBD are available, but the best way to administer CBD is an oil or tincture allowing you to adjust the dosage drop by drop.

“Dr. Klein points to the legalization of marijuana in many places, which has triggered interest in potential health benefits of marijuana-related products. He says “We are likely to see continued interest in CBD and an increase in research about its uses and efficacy in the coming years” (AKC).

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