CBD For Dogs

CBD For Dogs: Yay or Nay?

CBD (cannabidiol) is known for its healing properties in humans, but what about our pets? CBD for dogs is not a new concept, and, according to the American Kennel Club, although there is no definitive scientific data, ongoing research, recent surveys, and anecdotal evidence suggest pet owners can use CBD oil to manage various health issues, including neuropathic pain and seizures. A majority of the evidence is anecdotal only, which doesn’t mean it doesn’t work! At Doggy Brace, we are all about preventative health, which means we’ll look at anything that helps pups feel better. We’ll let you decide if CBD for dogs is worth trying. 

What is CBD Oil for Dogs?

CBD (cannabidiol) is a natural compound found in the Cannabis sativa plant. It does not get you high – pure CBD lacks THC, which is responsible for the psychoactive effects in humans. 

Never use CBD oil intended for humans on your dog! This includes ingesting and rubbing it on their body. 

CBD for dogs is a hemp extract made explicitly for dogs – it does not contain any THC, which is toxic and can be fatal to dogs.

Is CBD Oil Safe for Dogs?

Yes, when used in recommended doses and correctly and in the right doses, CBD for dogs is safe. 

A 2018 study from Colorado State University states that CBD is a well-tolerated supplement. 

However, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has not approved pet CBD for medical uses. Therefore, state laws on a federal level prohibit veterinarians from recommending the use of CBD in pets. 

It should be noted that there are some possible side effects of CBD for dogs, such as: 

  • Dry mouth
  • Low blood pressure
  • Increased sleepiness

Usually, such side effects are linked with higher doses and the sudden introduction of pet CBD products. They may go away over time. 

How does CBD for Dogs Work?

In general, CBD works by supporting the endocannabinoid system (ECS), a regulatory system that is responsible for managing various body functions like metabolism, appetite, sleep, immunity, inflammation, pain, mood, memory, cognition, and much more. 

The ECS is made of endocannabinoids, endocannabinoid receptors, and enzymes. CBD replaces those endocannabinoids and binds with their receptors to help regulate bodily functions. It is basically designed to help support your body and relieve any discomfort. 

With your dog, it’s meant to help with pain from arthritis, torn ACLs, age-related ailments, poor sleep, and in some cases, poor appetite. However, research for the long-term effects of CBD for dogs are still in their early stages, so understand that there may be some risks in the long-term. 

What are the Benefits of CBD for Dogs?

Remember, due to the lack of formal studies, all of these benefits come from anecdotal sources and may or may not be true for your dog. 

Pain Relief. 

CBD may help manage pain in dogs, especially chronic neuropathic and osteoarthritic pain. CBD acts on several levels to achieve pain relief and is considered to be a natural remedy. 

Reduced Inflammation. 

CBD has strong anti-inflammatory properties and it contains fatty acids to help boost that effect. This can help your pop manage their pain and age-related ailments like arthritis. 

Anxiety Management.

CBD is a potent stress-reliever in both humans and dogs. It supports relaxation and can help dogs with various forms of short-term anxiety and phobias. It is less effective for long periods of anxiety, such as separation anxiety when you head to work. 

Seizure Control. 

CBD offers nervous system support and helps with seizures on two levels – it reduces both their intensity and frequency. Remember though, CBD is not approved to treat seizures. It may be a good alternative if your dog is between medications, but should not be used instead of vet and FDA approved treatments. 

Immune System Boost.

CBD has an immunomodulatory effect, meaning it boosts the immune system. This may result in a stronger immune response and increased protection from harmful agents. 

Risks of Using CBD Oil for Dogs

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. Always check with your veterinarian first! Although they cannot legally recommend CBD, they can talk with you about using it for your pup in the short-term. 

That’s it from us. As always, play on!