As with any pet wellness trend, when it comes to CBD oil for dogs, there’s a lot of information floating around the internet, and it’s difficult to know what’s accurate and what’s exaggeration. Of course, you want to do what’s best for your pup, which leads to the question: What do I need to know about CBD oil for dogs?
Why are we hearing so much about CBD oil now? Dr. Klein points to the legalization of marijuana in many places, which has triggered interest in potential health benefits of marijuana-related products. “We are likely to see continued interest in CBD and an increase in research about its uses and efficacy in the coming years,” he says.
What Is CBD Oil?
The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) is sponsoring a study through the Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences to evaluate the use of CBD in treatment-resistant epileptic dogs. The CHF hopes that this will be the first study to gain scientific data on the use of CBD in dogs with this condition.
If you and your veterinarian decide that you should try CBD as a treatment for your dog, there are a few things to keep in mind when purchasing CBD oil. Not all oils are the same; you’ll want high-quality CBD oil to have a better chance of it working.
The safety and risks of using CBD for dogs have not yet been researched. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved CBD and has not issued a dosing chart. Therefore, we do not know what size dosage would be toxic. Any medication or supplement carries the risk of a reaction. It is always advisable, when giving your dog something new, to start out with small amounts and then closely monitor the effects. And always check with your veterinarian first.
As we mentioned, the compound in cannabis that causes the “high sensation” is called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) . HolistaPet’s CBD oil products for dogs and cats contain no THC.
CBD, which is short for cannabidiol, is a natural compound extract from the hemp plant. Cannabidiol is just one of 113 cannabinoids found within the hemp plant. Of all those cannabinoids, THC and CBD are the most widely studied and used.
CAN MY DOG OVERDOSE ON CBD?
Yes, you can give your dog human CBD oil as long as you always check the ingredients just to make sure they are all safe for pets to consume. Additionally, make sure the dose is appropriate. Some manufacturers may add ingredients to CBD products that are okay for humans but toxic for dogs. However, many human CBD products are alright for dogs to consume. Keep in mind that the dosage levels for a dog will be much less. This is because CBD dosage is primarily given according to body weight.
CBD from hemp grown outside the U.S. can have high amounts of pesticides or other toxins.
At appropriate doses, the potential side effects of CBD for dogs (and humans) are considered relatively minor and are listed below: