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CBD Oil For Dogs

Here at Local Joint, we are HUGE dog people. The second a pup walks into the shop, they are greeted with a cacophony of cheers, and immediate pets from our staff. And what better way to show our love for our furriest friends than with how to help their health using CBD oil? CBD oil has wonderous medicinal properties for both humans and hounds, thanks to our endocannabinoid system that has receptors located in our body’s regulatory systems that interact with cannabinoids such as CBD to aid in said regulation and balance. 

How can CBD help my dog?

CBD is best known for its role in reducing inflammation, which then allows it to be an excellent source for pain reduction, seizure control, and is even anecdotally associated in helping with cancer treatment. CBD oil is also ideal for dogs with anxiety, or who have issues with hyperactivity, depression, trauma, or need an appetite stimulant. Because CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system, it maintains overall balance, reduces and prevents inflammation, and can in general be safely and beneficially used by all dogs, even dogs without ailments.  

How much CBD should I give my dog?

Start small! First, consider the size of your dog. For every 10 lbs, start at 1 milligram. So, if your CBD bottle is 300mg and 30ml, that is 10mg per dropper, which is divided up using markings to help guide you. For a more “medium” dose, start at 2mgs, and for a high dose, such as for dogs with cancer, start at 3mgs. If you are looking to alleviate a specific symptom that is not alleviated within the first two weeks, it may be a good idea to increase your pup’s dose.

Can I give my dog THC? 

While plenty of dogs have survived accidental or intentional consumption of THC, and very small doses have been suggested to have potential benefit, it is not recommended to dose dogs with THC due to how easily they can be overdosed. An overdose of THC has potential to be toxic and even fatal in our canine companions. Less severe side effects of pups consuming too much cannabis include confusion, anxiety, severe lethargy, vomiting, and overall not feeling good! 

What happens if I give my dog too much CBD?

There is no research that shows any risk leading to dangerous health consequences or death from dogs consuming “too much” CBD, however, like when humans take CBD, it is best to figure the most effective and efficient dose through starting small. The anti-anxiety and sleep benefits of CBD may create noticeable drowsiness. An uncharacteristically lethargic pup could indicate a dose higher than necessary, as can dry mouth. 

How long until my dog will feel the CBD?

Like humans, each dog is different, but on average it can take 35-45 minutes for the CBD to kick in. The difference may be hard to tell at first, but after two weeks you should really be able to notice a positive difference in your dog’s behavior. As we mentioned earlier, every dog is different, and different doses may work more effectively than others. Be patient!

CBD can be man, woman, and pup’s best friend! It works with each individual’s endocannabinoid system to decrease inflammation, anxiety, and overall pain; making it particularly valuable for humans and dogs to utilize alike. Even if your pup doesn’t struggle, a bit of CBD goes a long way for keeping them comfortable and happy!