CBD’s popularity is disrupting the pain relief & supplement industry. People are enjoying a full spectrum of benefits from these hemp-derived oils from reducing pain, inflammation, occurrences of seizures, to helping with anxiety and allergy issues. The same benefits humans receive can be enjoyed by our furry family as well.
How does it work?
Dog's endocannibinoid system mirrors humans. The system plays an important roll in modulating the brain, the immune system, the endocrine system, the gastrointestinal tract, and affects the areas of the central nervous system. When the endocannabinoid system is stimulated by external cannabinoids it leads to a moderation in the body’s immune response and so reduces inflammation. Hemp derived oils are becoming an increasingly common supplement much in the way that Glucosamine/Chondroiton exploded on to the market for both humans and pets in the mid-1990’s.
As any responsible pet owner knows, there a lot of “curative” products that companies claim are helpful for a variety of canine ailments. The FPF (Furry Parent Frustration) occurs when owners do not see the benefit of the product for their pet after spending money on another “snake Oil” designed to separate consumers from their dollars. CBD is different. According to recent studies from Cornell University, CBDs may inhibit a gene that is known to be responsible for certain types of cancer and can bind to the receptor that is responsible for controlling pain and inflammation.
CBDs & Dogs: Potential Benefits & Uses:
Pet owners are looking to CBDs for a range of ailments. They include:
Anxiety & fear
Appetite loss & digestive issues
Joint & arthritis pain
Cancer & tumors
Seizures, epilepsy, and spasms
CBD Dog Products:
Human CBD items often have ingredients that are unhealthy for dogs. Happily, there is a range of dog formulations that are designed to be easy to dose and safe to consume. The most common CBD pet products include: Tinctures , capsules and treats. Capsules and treats are convenient and simple to dose. Often dogs can spit out capsules or they require extra money spent on wrapping it in a pill pocket or a piece of cheese while tinctures can be messy and end up in your dog’s saliva and on the floor. Hard biscuit treats tend to crumble and may lose some of the product dose but are much more palatable. Caveat: hard biscuit treats are often too difficult to break up to dose for older dogs, small dogs, puppies and dogs with teeth or gum issues. Soft chews such as the Treat-its brand, combine the best of all worlds. They are pre-dosed with 2.5 mg of CBD per treat, are easy for all dogs to eat at every stage in their lives and are extremely palatable unlike some tinctures or capsules. Their medication should be associated with a pleasant treat as opposed to putting pills down the throat, etc.
(“Low & Slow” method) Dosage Guidelines
When starting your dog on a CBD regimen, we recommend starting low and slow. Dogs has more cannabinoid receptors than humans so the dosages will be much lower. These formulas will help you determine suggested dosages based on the dog's weight:
Low Dose: .025 mg per lb - .055 mg per kg
Medium Dose: .07 mg per lb - .15 mg per kg
High Dose: .15 mg per lb - .33 mg per kg
Often these dosages are given twice per day. Each dog is different. Just as recommend with humans, when finding an ideal dose of CBD oil go "low and slow. "
Side Effects & Interactions
CBDs like any supplements have potential side effects when dosed incorrectly such as lethargy and dry mouth. Consuming a broad-spectrum cbd product like Treat-itslikely has fewer side effects. As always, a responsible pet owner, if the pet is taking other medications talk to your vet about drug interactions before you start using CBD or any supplement for your pet.