A quick look online and you will see plenty of CBD products for cats, dogs and pets in general. The trend seems to be especially popular in North America where you can find CBD in a whole range of pet food, pet treats, creams, shampoos and ointments. It seems that the recent popularity of CBD for humans has spilled over into the animal world. But is CBD safe for dogs and what are the effects?
Its worth saying that CBD is a natural constituent in hemp, often found at levels around 2-5%. Hemp has been used as an animal feed in many areas of the world, it grows just about anywhere and hemp is highly nutritious. Seeds from the hemp plant are rich in balanced omega acids, and hemp seed is also a popular animal feed. So CBD has been used for thousands of years as a natural food source for animals. CBD use is safe, and CBD has even been approved for use in medicines such as Sativex by GW Pharmaceuticals. When CBD is approved for use in human medicines you can feel assured that it is safe to give to your pets too.
Use of CBD oil for dogs
One of the most popular uses of CBD is the use of CBD oil for dogs. Many dog owners feel that CBD improves general health and fitness for their dogs. Some dog owners feel that CBD oil has specific benefits for dogs that may be suffering with the first signs of older age, such as arthritis. Some dog owners feel that CBD helps reduce anxiety.
CBD dosage for dogs
Many CBD containing dog treats contain around 10mg of CBD. Thats’s a little higher than the amount of CBD available from a dropper bottle where 1ml (20 drops) contains around 1-5mg. Remember that CBD isn’t psychoactive so your dog won’t get progressively higher and higher if you give more CBD. Views on the ‘correct’ dose do seem to vary quite widely.
CBD oil dosage for dogs
Some dog owners that have larger dogs struggling with arthritis tend to use several 10mg CBD dog treats per day. If you are using CBD oil, the CBD oil dosage will vary according to your dogs condition and size. It may be useful to start your dog on a low dosage and slowly build up to a higher CBD dose. Monitor your dog as your CBD dosage increases and try to find a level that suits your dog. The manufacturers of pet CBD oil and CBD treats often have useful and interesting dosage data supplied with their products. Lots of research has taken place into use of CBD products for cats, dogs and pets in general. CBD is even being used for horses, the CBD trend is definitely being taken seriously by the vet world!