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The Many CBD Benefits for Dogs

It truly is an amazing supplement for your pet and CBD benefits for dogs are many. It can assist to reduce pain and inflammation. CBD is wonderful for reducing anxiety and hyperactivity in pets. It can be a lifesaver for instances of high stress like the 4th of July or visits to the vet.

Our pets have an Endocannabinoid System just like us. Our body usually makes its own endocannabinoids but as we age, or if we are unwell, the body can become unbalanced. Luckily, we can supplement our system with CBD.

The Endocannabinoid System is comprised of three different parts: receptors, cannabinoids, and enzymes. These receptors have so far been identified as CB1 and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors are located in the brain, nervous system, and glands while CB2 receptors are to do with our immune system and blood. The molecules in CBD fit into these receptors supplying the body’s essential system when the body does not make enough of its endocannabinoids.
An unbalanced ECS can cause health issues for your dog. It can cause many problems from abnormal sleep to poor digestion, lethargy due to pain, and even abnormal cells. CBD can help to supply these receptors and it is believed that this will result in the production of more receptors leading to better health in the long term.

These cannabinoid molecules in CBD can help to fuel our bodies with these essential cannabinoids so that our bodies can remain healthy. This is the same for our pets.

There are many different options available. You can choose a treat that is pre-dosed. You can choose a tincture that can be administered by mouth or added to food or water. There are even topical salves that can be directly applied to areas of inflammation.

Pros and Cons of CBD for Dogs

While the CBD benefits for dogs are many, there can be drawbacks for implementing a CBD regimen for you dog. As with any medication, it is prudent to consult with your vet before starting your dog with a CBD product.

Positive CBD benefits for dogsNegative CBD effects for dogs
Helps fight pain & inflammationHigh dosages may show increase in certain liver enzymes
Relieves AnxietyCan be costly compared to other medications
Helps regulate appetite, sleep Full Spectrum CBD can cause drowsiness in higher dosages
Treats Skin DisordersCan be difficult to administer to fussy pets
Can be used for cancerDry Mouth
Can help treat seizuresLowered Blood Pressure

CBD is very effective for older dogs. Some researchers believe that as we age our body is less efficient at creating its endocannabinoids. Many older dogs experience hip and joint pain. CBD has been proven to reduce inflammation in the body as it calms the body’s inflammatory response.

CBD helps to calm the boy’s response to the feeling and sensation of pain. In the case of an older injury, the body creates inflammation to immobilize the area so that further injury is not incurred. The body cannot discern between a new injury or an old injury creating this inflammatory response despite the fact the injury is old. CBD calms this response which results in less pain and inflammation.

Many dogs suffer from anxiety. It may be from being left alone, visits to the vet, long car journeys, or just from interacting in highly noisy social situations. CBD can help your dog to relax. Many of our customers have found it be a necessity on the 4th of July when many pets suffer from seizures because of fireworks.

I give CBD to my rescue dog. When I first brought him home, he was anxious and frightened. CBD has helped him to be able to relax in stressful situations.
Many pets suffer from digestive issues. CBD has been proven to alleviate many digestive issues and to encourage good gut flora in humans.
While there have only been limited studies on the effects of CBD in dogs, we can only assume that it translates well as they have an Endocannabinoid System just like us two-legged folks.


CBD Can Help Your Pet Live their Best Life


Which is the best form of Dog CBD?

We get asked this question a lot at our store. We make our products in both Broad Spectrum and Full Spectrum. Broad Spectrum contains all of the cannabinoids with no THC and Full Spectrum contains 0.3% THC.

For dogs experiencing a lot of pain and inflammation I almost always recommend a Full Spectrum product. It has a complete plant matter and it is believed that the cannabinoids work synergistically with one another creating The Entourage Effect.

A good option can be to purchase a Broad Spectrum tincture as well as a Full Spectrum Tincture. The Broad Spectrum tincture would be administered in the morning and the Full Spectrum tincture administered at night. This can help to ensure that your dog does not feel drowsy during the day.
CBD can result in symptoms such as dry mouth so if your dog is drinking more than usual do not be alarmed. If your dog is excessively drowsy you are giving your dog too high of a dosage.

We sell pre-dosed pet treats using all-natural ingredients. This can be a great alternative as dogs love them and they are great for on the go or traveling. Each treat is precisely dosed so you can ensure your dog is receiving the correct dosage. For dogs and their family on the go a CBD water product is an easy to use and refreshing product you can both enjoy!

Our Chicken & Sweet Potato Treats with Glucosamine are dosed with 5mg of Broad Spectrum CBD per treat and are perfect for older dogs experiencing pain and inflammation. We sell our Peanut Butter & Blueberry treats for smaller dogs as they tempt even the fussiest eaters and they are dosed with 2mg of CBD per pet treat.


Concluding CBD Benefits for Dogs

Many of our customers report their dogs running around and playing when previously they were lethargic and in pain.
CBD can be given to your dog as a long-term plan with little to no side effects. For help in finding the right dosage for your dog we’ve made a simple to use pet CBD calculator that will help you get started.

Our CBD tincture can be administered directly into the mouth, added to water or food, or added to their favorite treat.

Always, check with your veterinarian if your dog is currently taking any medication or supplements as CBD may interfere with specific medications. Discontinue use if you notice any unusual side effects.

Sarah Rutherford - Contributor

Sarah Rutherford - Contributor

Sarah has been interested in plant medicine for over 20 years. She draws on her experience working in the health and wellness field and applies it to the CBD industry.