Are CBD Treats Bad for Dogs?

on July 05, 2022

Are CBD Treats Bad for Dogs?

CBD products are now widely available for pets and humans alike. Many pet owners are asking, “Are CBD treats bad for dogs?”

It’s important to note that no CBD product for humans should ever be given to dogs. Human products commonly contain ingredients, like xylitol, which may be toxic to dogs. They may also contain THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, which is not intended for dogs.

As for the pet-friendly varieties, CBD products may have many health benefits for dogs. However, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing.

Read on to learn the do’s and don’t of dog CBD treats.

Will CBD Treats Get My Dog High?

The cannabinoids in dog CBD treats may have a relaxation effect on dogs, but they are not psychedelic. That means that CBD will not get your dog “high.”

However, it is possible for a dog to have too much CBD. See “dosage” section below.

Can a Dog be Allergic to CBD?

Yes, it’s possible for your dog to be allergic to CBD, or allergic to anything, for that matter! However, a CBD allergy is extremely unlikely. Symptoms of acute allergic reaction in dogs include:

  • Hives
  • Facial swelling
  • Swelling of the throat, lips, eyelids or earflaps

Such anaphylactic reactions are extremely rare in dogs. However, they should be treated like an emergency.

Other allergic reactions take more time to present, but may include:

  • Itching
  • Red, inflamed skin
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Sneezing
  • Chronic ear infections
  • Itchy, runny eyes
  • Constant licking

If you observe these signs in your dog, you should discontinue CBD use. However, consider other new products your dog may have consumed or been exposed to in the past 30 days. Because a CBD allergy is so rare in dogs, it’s more likely that what you are observing comes from another source. 

Still, go ahead and discontinue your CBD to be on the safe side. Consult with your veterinary professional to help uncover the source of the allergies.

Can a Dog OD on CBD?

Okay, so an allergy is possible, but unlikely. What about overdose? Is it possible for a dog to OD on CBD?

It is possible for a dog to OD on CBD, but again, it’s unlikely. The most important thing is to never exceed the recommended dosage for your dog! For more details see the “dosage” section below.

Signs and symptoms of CBD overdose in dogs include:

  • Dry mouth
  • Lowered blood pressure 
  • Lethargy or sluggishness
  • Dizziness
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Upset stomach

If you observe these side effects, discontinue use and consult your veterinarian. It may be possible to give your dog CBD again, but at a lower dosage. Just continue to monitor for the symptoms listed above, in case your dog has an allergy to CBD.

What’s the Right CBD Dosage for Dogs?

Alright, so you want to give your pet CBD, but not too much. You’re asking, “What is the right CBD dose for my dog?” Too much and you increase the likelihood of side effects. Too little, and you don’t see the benefits of CBD.

Luckily, there are a few simple guidelines to help you get that dosage just right. Follow these steps:

  1. Read the packaging.
  2. Start with the lowest recommended dosage CBD for your dog’s weight. Keep in mind all CBD products when calculating dosage.
  3. Monitor your dog for benefits and side effects of CBD.
  4. Keep the same consistent dosage for 30 days.
  5. Gradually increase your dog’s dosage if you’re not yet seeing the full benefits of CBD usage.
  6. Never exceed packaging guidelines.

If you use the minimum CBD dosage that works for your pet you will see the maximum benefit. Also, keeping a low daily dose allows you to still use CBD treats for when you want a little extra calming or health benefits for your dog.

What are the Best CBD Treats for Dogs?

CBD works best when given consistently. Fortunately, our CBD treats are specially formulated to maximize health benefits as well as taste great for your furry best friend.

Check out our online store to find the best CBD treats for your dog.

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