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CBD extracted from the hemp plant is used as an active ingredient in products for pets. This is because it can be used for reducing inflammation due to arthritis, relieving pain, reducing anxiety, reducing seizures, etc. Also, studies show that it is safe for dogs because it does not produce side effects at normal dosage. The purpose of this article is to discuss guidelines from vets about giving CBD for dogs.
Is It Safe To Give CBD For Dogs?
According to many experts, it seems cannabidiol (CBD) is safe for dogs. However, there are not many veterinary studies about the effects of cannabidiol on the physiology of dogs and other pet animals.
In a 2019 study, it was found that CBD does not produce negative reactions at normal doses. In this study, dogs were given cannabidiol-infused soft chews for 12 weeks. The dosage was 2 mg of CBD for one Kg of body weight, i.e., a 30-pound dog would be given about 27 mg of cannabidiol. Also, throughout this study, their blood samples were tested for monitoring any potentially harmful side effects.
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What Are The Types Of CBD For Dogs?
Listed below are some of the popular forms of CBD for dogs:
- Oil tinctures
- CBD oil capsules
- CBD dog treats
- CBD infused skin cream
You must know that cannabidiol (CBD)is an oil-soluble compound. Because of this, experts advise you to give it to your dog in oil or fat-based treats for maximum benefits. Also, it may require some trial and error to find which type of CBD product is more suitable for your pet animal. Finally, ingesting it gives systemic relief, and applying it topically gives fast localized relief.
What Are The Guidelines For Giving CBD For Dogs?
- To maximize CBD absorption, give it to your dogs along with meals like breakfast or dinner.
- Full-spectrum CBD products may be more effective for dogs because it has the added advantage of the entourage effect. This effect enhances the overall therapeutic effects and medical benefits of cannabidiol.
- Always purchase CBD products formulated specifically for dogs. Remember that those made for humans may contain additives like caffeine or xylitol, which can be harmful to pet animals.
- Determine the right CBD dosage for your dog based on the guidelines provided on the product label. The most important factor that influences the dosage is the weight of your pet animal.
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