How to Keep Your Dog Happy and Healthy with Hemp
Impressed with the results they’re getting, CBD Oil for dogs is gaining popularity among pet owners.
If you haven’t tried it yet, you may have questions. Is CBD oil safe for my dog? What are the benefits of CBD for dogs and will CBD help my dog with seizures, anxiety, or hyperactivity? And what else?
While every animal is different, anecdotal stories show there’s a good chance CBD can help. Common sense protocols are in place to help you figure out the best way to incorporate CBD into your dog’s health plan.
These types of changes are to be done incrementally. We recommend working with your veterinarian, especially if your dog is on other medications. CBD alters the way certain medicines are assimilated by your pet’s body, causing more or less to enter their system and thus needs to be monitored.
What is CBD?
CBD is one of many phytocannabinoids that comes from the hemp plant. It appears to benefit both humans and animals. When ingested customers report great benefit with little or no side effects for both their pets and themselves.
Hemp and marijuana come from the cannabis family. They look like twins but are very different in composition. Marijuana plants have high amounts of psychoactive THC and minuscule amounts of CBD.
Hemp plants are the opposite; they have high amounts of CBD, which is non psychoactive, and small amounts of THC. Products legal to sell in all 50 states must have less than .3% THC, an amount shown to have no psychoactive effects.
CBD is extracted from sativa hemp plants and made into tinctures for humans and animals, concentrates, vape oils, edibles, skin care products, and more. Some products contain only CBD isolate and others, called full spectrum, have a wide range of beneficial cannabinoids that work together.
What is Full Spectrum and Why Is It Important?
Research is showing the benefits of taking full spectrum CBD oil outweigh ingesting isolated cannabinoids. It’s due to what’s become known as The Entourage Effect; essential cannabinoids CBD, CBG, CBC, CBN, THC, and terpenes work together to provide longer lasting relief for both you and your pet.
Is CBD Oil Safe for Dogs?
The short answer is yes. Just like human beings, dogs have an endocannabinoid system that keeps them in balance. We get glowing reports from customers who have seen significant improvements with seizures, anxiety, barking, nervous chewing, etc. But the truth is most evidence to date is anecdotal, not based on scientific studies. The good news is, science is coming around, as you will see as you read on.
While some CBD products contain negligible amounts of THC, less than .3% by law, there’s no need to worry. It’s not enough to hurt your pet.
What’s the Difference Between Hemp Oil vs. CBD Oil for Dogs?
It’s easy to be confused by these two oils until you understand the difference.
CBD oil is extracted from the whole plant and contains homeostasis producing cannabinoids.
Hemp Oil comes from seed and only seed. While it has desirable qualities and is excellent in a salad dressing with umeboshi plum vinegar, it doesn’t contain CBD or offers any of its benefits. But it will make your dogs coat shiny!
If you’re not sure what you’re getting, take a look at the price. Hemp Oil is much less expensive than CBD.
What the Difference Between CBD Oil for Pets and CBD Oil for People?
For one thing, the flavor profile. We’re pretty sure Salmon flavored CBD oil might not appeal to too many people, although you may be the exception!
Another is potency. For easier dosing, Pet CBD comes in 75 mg. and 150 mg. lower than oil made for humans.
CBD for Dogs with Pain or Arthritis
Tests at Cornell University show the majority of dogs in their study responded positively to receiving CBD for pain. Sixteen dogs received CBD oil made from industrial hemp or placebo oil every twelve hours for four weeks. The study concluded that 2 mg. of CBD twice a day increases the comfort of dogs with osteoarthritis.
CBD for Dogs with Seizures
The American Kennel Club is currently sponsoring a study with CSU around the effectiveness of CBD in helping treatment-resistant dogs with epilepsy.
Dr. Mary Smith, a member of the CHF Board of Directors and the Chairman of CHF’s Scientific Review Committee, states, “This study has the potential to provide a much-needed new tool for veterinarians to treat dogs with epilepsy. A study of this scope is required to prove the efficacy of this plant-based therapy for dogs, and CHF is proud to take the lead on this research effort.”
When his patients want to try CBD for helping their dogs with seizures, Dr. Jeff Gerstalis at Homeward Bound Veterinary Hospital suggests this protocol.
“For now, I am recommending clients start with one modality – either western anti-seizure med (Keppra or Zonisamide) or CBD. Document how many seizures, how frequent, and how fast the recovery is. Then add in the other side (whichever one we didn’t use). And monitor and record. And if we are at a good point of control, then we wean off the western med (not because I do not believe in it, simply from a less side effect and less medication standpoint) slowly over the month. And keep monitoring. If all stay great on low dose med or less with CBD – I am ecstatic. If it worsens, we go back and increase the med.”
Using CBD for Your Dogs — Side Effects
CBD is proving to be an effective way to help your dog with pain, anxiety, seizures, and more, but not all animals respond to things the same way.
According to the American Kennel Club’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr. Jerry Klein, studies have yet to be done, to date, there is no scientific data. But, some side effects noted include dry mouth, drowsiness, and lowered blood pressure, the same ones that affect humans.
We will keep you updated as the research comes in.