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So you have already hopped on board the CBD hype train and can’t help but wonder, can I give my dog CBD?
So your dog has not been it’s excited, happy, and energetic self? CBD could be the answer to get your best friend back into their energetic and rambunctious yet loveable selves. In this article, we’re gonna break down any questions you might have about this cannabinoid and how it will affect your K9 best friend!
What is CBD?
CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is one of the active compounds in the cannabis and hemp plants. The better-known compound is THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, which is what makes people “high.” CBD is non-psychoactive, but it has quite a few of the same possible benefits as THC. We break it down more in our article What is CBD?
What Dog Health Issues Can CBD Treat?
The research on CBD and canines is still underway, which makes it difficult to pinpoint the health issues that it can treat. With this in mind, we cannot confidently advise you on CBD for dogs. Before use, we recommend reaching out to your veterinarian. Upon approval, research by reading articles and customer reviews to find the perfect product for your pup.
CBD Benefits for Your Dog
With the lack of scientific data available on the benefits of CBD for dogs, we can’t determine how CBD will be beneficial for your dog.
However, there is one benefit that you will experience—the ability to buy hemp products online. Since CBD from hemp is federally legal, you can find many retailers that will ship CBD animal products right to your door.
With a large list of brands to choose from, you must know what to look for before purchasing any products, and like other hemp merchandise, it needs to be lab-tested with a certificate of analysis (COA).
With a COA, you can know that your pet’s product has been lab-tested for safety and cannabinoid content.
Possible “Side Effects” of CBD for Dogs
If your dog consumes CBD, it may be challenging to notice if they are experiencing any “side effects.” Similar to humans, the effects of cannabinoids will vary. Because of this, it’s important to seek advice from your veterinarian before use.
It isn’t uncommon to see a canine get an upset stomach after switching to any different food, and the same concept applies to CBD products. Stop use immediately if you notice any concerning effects and contact your veterinarian.
It’s always good to keep your veterinarian in the loop and informed during your pet’s journey with CBD.
Proper CBD “Dosage” for Dogs
All in all, if your animal is new to CBD, make sure to start small and adjust if you need to. Remember, your dogs cannot communicate with you, so you must be near them after consumption. That way, you can determine whether or not your dog is having a positive experience or not.
Can I give my dog my own CBD?
Where the jury might still be out on whether or not you can give your dog the same CBD you consume yourself, we over at Hometown Hero recommend you get your K9 best friend a product that is specifically formulated for them.
Warnings when using CBD on your Dogs
If you’ve decided to start treating Fido with CBD, you have to remember two very important things. The first thing, keep any CBD products locked away where your dog cannot get into them, as they will undoubtedly consume more than the recommended amount and we all know what happened to that nice steak you left out on the counter when you had to run a quick errand. The second thing that is very important when you start treating your pooch with CBD is to keep any CBD products FAR AWAY from their regular treats, so you do not accidentally give your best friend too much of the wrong treat.
Don't be afraid to reach out with any questions you might have about CBD, especially before giving it to your goodest of good boys or girls. We are always happy to help!