Is CBD Oil Safe For Your Pet?

Nov 26, 2019 | Pet Health, Pets, Products

I have been hearing so much about CBD Oil lately and sat down today to do some research on the benefits of giving it to your dog.  I have never tried it nor have I ever given CBD Oil to my dogs but after reading all the good things it can possibly do for your pet, I wanted to put a post together for you.

 
I wanted a reliable source to work from so I went directly to the American Kennel Club’s website.  I wanted to make sure I knew what CBD Oil was and whether it was actually good to give to my dogs if I should ever need to.  The AKC’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr. Jerry Klein, explains what CBD oil is, what it does, and its safety concerns and side effects.
 

Jake and Maggie's trip to Valvoline Oil

The company car needed an oil change so I put the monsters in the car and off we went.  At first they were a little intimated but Jake soon fell asleep and Maggie followed right behind him snoring in the back seat!  

What is CBD Oil?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound found in cannabis and hemp. Dr. Klein says it is essential to note that in most cases, CBD does not contain delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound that gives marijuana its psychoactive properties. In fact, most CBD products are derived from hemp and not from marijuana.
 
What health problems in dogs can CBD Oil treat?  While there is no scientific data on using this oil to treat dogs, there is evidence from dog owners suggesting the following:
Treat pain, especially neuropathic pain
Help control seizures
Has anti-inflammatory properties
Has Cardiac benefits
Has anti-nausea effects
Appetite stimulation
Anti-anxiety impact
Possible anti-cancer benefits
 
What are the possible side effects of using CBD Oil on your pet?  Again, there is no scientific evidence but the following symptoms have occurred in humans:
Dry mouth – Research has shown that CBD can decrease the production of saliva. For dogs, this would manifest as an increased thirst.
Lowered blood pressure – High doses of CBD have been known to cause a temporary drop in blood pressure. Even though the drop is small, it might create a brief feeling of light-headedness.
Drowsiness – Dog owners have used CBD to treat anxiety. The calming effect of CBD can also cause slight drowsiness, especially when using higher doses.
Risks of using CBD Oil on your dog:
Remember, there is no scientific evidence proving that this oil actually works.  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. And always check with your veterinarian first.
 
CBD Oil products on the market.  What to look for:

Not all oils are the same; you’ll want high-quality CBD oil to have a better chance of it working.

  1. Look for organic. If the CBD oil is not organic, it at least should not contain pesticides, fungicides, or solvents.
  2. Don’t price shop. The higher the quality and purity, the higher the cost. You don’t want to go for a cheaper option that could have toxic substances such as pesticides, herbicides, or heavy metals. Make sure your CBD oil is free of additives.
  3. Get the analysis. The manufacturer should provide a certificate that tells you the amount of CBD that is in the product. Many CBD products contain only small amounts of CBD. You’ll also want to make sure there is little or no THC in the product.
  4. Buy CBD as a liquid. You can buy dog treats containing CBD, but the best form to administer is an oil or tincture. This way, you can adjust your dog’s dose drop by drop.
 

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