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Should You Give Your Dog CBD?

Should You Give Your Dog CBD?

Nearly everyone has heard of CBD, the extract derived from the cannabis plant that’s making waves in the natural health community. While it may be the newest addition to smoothies, cupcakes, and medicine cabinets across the country, people may be surprised to learn that it has also been making rounds in the canine world. Manufactured specifically for your fur baby, dog CBD could very well be the next big thing for man’s best friend.

Supporting Evidence

As with most trends, there is a lot of information on the internet about the different ways that giving your dog CBD can be beneficial for them. As has been the case with formal studies for human consumption, the legality surrounding cannabis during recent years has prevented extensive testing on exactly how dog and puppy CBD products may treat specific conditions. The CKS Canine Health Foundation, however, is currently sponsoring a study in partnership with Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences to gather specific evidence on using CBD to treat conditions, specifically treatment-resistant epilepsy.

Choose the Right Product

When looking for dog and puppy CBD products, it’s important to do thorough research to ensure you’re finding the best option for treating your dog’s specific condition or symptoms. It’s also important to factor dosing instructions into your decision. A puppy CBD product will likely have different dosing than a dog CBD product simply based on the animal’s weight.

Make It Appetizing

Those worried about getting their dog or puppy to ingest the products can rest assured. There are dozens of different varieties of dog and puppy CBD products on the market, and even some made specifically for cats. For those wanting the option of controlling the dosage, look for an oil that can be added to food or simply placed on the tongue. There are also bacon strips, dog biscuits, beef jerky, and steak bites — all filled with dog CBD oil to ensure a perfectly dosed treat every time.

Possible Side Effects

As with humans, it’s important to consider any side effects that a pet may experience. The AKC indicates that possible side effects may include:

  • Dry mouth: Since CBD can reduce the body’s production of saliva, dogs may crave more water while taking CBD.
  • Decrease in blood pressure: CBD in higher doses has been shown to reduce blood pressure temporarily. For dogs, this may result in a short period of light-headedness or wooziness.
  • Drowsiness: One of the most common uses for dog CBD is to treat anxiety. Owners should observe their pet’s reaction to CBD, as it may cause drowsiness, particularly in higher doses.

Treating Specific Conditions

As has been demonstrated in humans, dog, and puppy CBD products are believed to be beneficial in treating pain, inflammation, nausea, and in reducing the number of seizures a pet may experience. According to Dr. Jerry Klein, the AKC’s Chief Veterinary Officer, “CBD is also used because of its anti-inflammatory properties, cardiac benefits, anti-nausea effects, appetite stimulation, anti-anxiety impact, and for possible anti-cancer benefits.”

All in all, using pet-specific CBD products can be incredibly beneficial in treating everything from seizures and the symptoms of Cushings Disease to reducing nausea, pain, and anxiety. Have a Nice Day CBD has a wide variety of products specifically designed for pets that their owners can be confident are the best quality, lab tested, and affordable. Ready to see for yourself how impactful dog CBD products can be on your pet? Visit the Have a Nice Day CBD website’s pet section by clicking here. Looking for dosing information? Check out our blog!

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