Once medicinal marijuana became legal in Canada, it wasn’t long before we started hearing from people about CBD or CBD Oil. I had never heard of it before, so I decided to educate myself.
CBD is short for Cannabidiol. It is a natural component of the cannabis plant. CBD is just one of a hundred of phytocannabinoids within the plant. It is now the hot thing on the weed medicinal market.
People that smoke marijuana get high from the THC or psychoactive component of the weed. CBD does not have any psychoactive components in it.
Now we are treating people with illnesses, like MS, Epilepsy, Cancer, Parkinson’s, PTSD, and things like anxiety disorders with CBD or CBD Oil. The next logical question is what about CBD Oil and dogs?
Can I give CBD to my dog?
CBD and CBD Oil for dogs, is really still a fairly new concept. We have learned over time about the positive things that it does to help sick people cope with their illnesses. But what can it do for my dog and is it safe to give it to them.
There are some Veterinarians that are now prescribing CBD to dogs, in many different cases. Like any type of supplement or medication, you need to make sure to give the right dose. The one good thing we do know about CBD is there are no significant or life-threatening side effects, as long as it is given in the proper dose.
When we give our dogs regular medications, we get a clear cut map of what we are giving them, how much to give, and what to watch out for. With CBD, because it is still quite new for dogs, there isn’t generally a clear cut stamp of approval on it. We need to be sure that what ever we decide to do with CBD Oil and our dogs, that we talk to our Vet and get their opinion.
There are many organic supplements and non medical medications, that we already give our sick dogs. CBD falls into that same category.
What illness can we use CBD for
CBD and CBD Oil can be used to treat many symptoms that are caused by serious to less serious illnesses in our dogs. Some of the main illnesses are :
If you are planning to give your dog CBD, it maybe a good idea to start a journal of your dogs symptoms before CBD and after. This way you can see for yourself, if you see any change in those symptoms. Much of the concern with giving your dog CBD or CBD Oil, is the uncertainty of whether it works or not.
The one thing we know is that it is not toxic for our dogs. CBD, does provide relief for many symptoms of certain illnesses, that our dogs are living with.
How do we give our dog CBD
The great thing about CBD and CBD Oil, is that we now have options of different ways to give the CBD to our dogs.
One of the popular ways of giving CBD now is in the form of a treat or dog chew that has the CBD made right in the treat itself. These types of treats, are sometimes called calming treats to help your dog with anxiety, managing pain, inflammation and providing a more relaxed dog.
We also have the ability to use a topical cream, that can help skin issues, arthritis or aches and pains. Rubbing it on the ailing area, gives almost immediate relief for your dog.
How much do I need to give my dog
When it comes to giving your dogs CBD or CBD Oil, knowing how much to give your dog, is very important. It is always a good idea to make sure whatever you are thinking of giving your dog, you should first run it by your Vet. That way they can tell you if there are any issues that may affect your pet that you are unaware of, especially if they are on other medication already.
The general rule of thumb with CBD is start with a very low dose. When you give your dog the CBD you also want to make sure that you are going to be staying home for a few hours, just to ensure that your dog is OK and that there are no issues.
CBD treats, come in different sizes and dosages. Most of these treats come in packaging that has a guide on the back, that will help you decide the correct amount to give, based on your pets weight and size.
The topical cream is very easy to administer, you just rub it on the area that is bothering your pet. With the cream there is no worry about applying to much, you just use it like any other topical cream.
CBD Oil comes in a bottle with a dropper, that you can put drops on your dog foods one at a time. Start with 1 mg of CBD for every 10 lbs. of your dog’s body weight, once or twice a day. Start slowly that way you can really see if you notice a change with just a small amount. If you don’t see a change in the symptoms within a week or so, then next time just add a 1 more mg.
Final thoughts on CBD or CBD Oil
Anytime we give our pets new medication of any kind, we are told to watch for any warning signs or things that may indicate a bad reaction or outcome. Some of the things we would want to look out for are: drowsiness, diarrhea, itching and dizziness just to name a few.
They say just like humans it can take 3-7 days for the medication to take effect, so don’t jump up the dose after just one or 2 days. Make sure to give it at least the week to see if you notice any change at all in your dog.
The bottom line is keep a really close eye on your dog when introducing any new medication or supplements. What works for one dog, may not work for all dogs, so be vigilant with your monitoring.
I still really believe that a journal is the best tracking system to monitor how things are going and if there are any changes occurring.
Both our dogs are on different medications, so we always have the book handy, just to track everything and make sure that if one of us missed a medication, we can just look at the sheet and know they need to be given it.
CBD and CBD Oil, still has a huge stigma attached to it, just simply because it comes from the cannabis plant. I am not a Vet and have no training with CBD, but I do believe that cannabis is a huge resource, that can provide relief to humans and to our dogs. Just please be responsible, do your own research and always talk to your Vet before giving your dog anything.
I would love to hear your story about your dog. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to comment below.
KEEP CALM AND BE VIGILANT