Is CBD Safe for Dogs? 

on July 07, 2021

Your pet’s wellness is as important as any other member of the family. So when it comes to trying new products it’s good to understand the potential health effects of what you are trying. Sure, there’s lots of hype around CBD for dogs, but what is the truth about CBD for dogs?

Here’s a quick look at the benefits and risks of CBD for your pet.

What is CBD?

CBD is in a class of chemicals known as cannabinoids. CBD is not marijuana. And while marijuana is sometimes called “cannabis” the two words are not interchangeable. Cannabis is the plant, cannabis Sativa, a hemp plant. There are hundreds of cannabinoids, which naturally occur in many other plants also (like broccoli!). The main chemicals in cannabis Sativa are THC and CBD. In order for a product to be labeled a “hemp product” it should have less than 0.3% of THC (the psychedelic active ingredient in marijuana). Many CBD products have 0% THC. 

Laboratory testing is the only way to determine exactly how much CBD and other chemicals are in a hemp product.

What are the Side Effects of CBD?

CBD is not psychedelic. It is generally considered safe unless someone is allergic to the hemp plant (very rare). For most people and animals, CBD has no side effects. However, too much CBD can cause lethargy, drowsiness, nausea, and/or diarrhea. 

Is CBD Safe for Dogs?

Yes, CBD is safe for dogs. It is theoretically possible for a dog to be allergic to hemp, just like a person can be. Considering how rare it is in humans, though, it would be very unlikely for a dog to be allergic to CBD.

Just like in humans also, though, it is possible to give a dog too much CBD. Dogs do seem to have a high tolerance, but if they have too much CBD they may experience nausea, diarrhea, lethargy, moodiness, or even possibly difficulty breathing.

If you suspect a dog has overdosed on CBD, you should seek emergency veterinary care.

Can I Give My Dog My CBD Product?

You should never give a dog a human CBD product. Human CBD products may contain ingredients that are harmful to our furry loved ones, such as xylitol (a common sweetener, toxic to dogs). Pet CBD products are specially formulated for your furry family members, which means no harmful ingredients and correct dosing for our pets’ wellness.

Trustworthy dog CBD products are also lab-verified to ensure quality and potency.

Why Give Your Dog CBD?

CBD has so many benefits for dogs! While veterinary research into the use of CBD for dogs is a new field of study, so far results are promising. Pet owners also report all kinds of observed benefits for dogs using CBD, including improvement with:

  • Arthritic conditions 
  • Epilepsy
  • Pain, range of motion, and mobility issues, such as from hip dysplasia or prior injury
  • Inflammation
  • Recovery after injury or surgery
  • Insomnia
  • Allergies or skin/fur issues
  • Nausea or digestive issues
  • Nervousness or anxiety (including separation anxiety, situational anxiety, and even carsickness)
  • Behavioral issues

The list goes on! It includes such a wide range of issues, it seems, because CBD may help restore homeostasis for dogs.

Whatever your pet wellness needs, it’s worth trying CBD!

How Much CBD Should I Give My Dog?

Correct dosing charts are provided with dog CBD products. They involve the dog’s weight and also the milligrams (mg) of CBD in the product. You can use the package as a guide, but the general formula looks like this:

Weight of dog times (x) milligrams (mg) CBD in each milliliter (ml) of oil = correct dosage.

When in doubt, start with a smaller dosage and work your way up until you see the beneficial effects of CBD for your dog.

What is the Best CBD for Dogs?

The best CBD products for dogs are specially formulated for your furry loved one. To ensure quality, they should also be grown in the USA, minimally processed hemp products with independent lab verification of potency.

At Bad Dog CBD we have only the very best CBD products for your dog. We ensure quality from crop to tincture or treat, as well as consistency in dosing. 

Check out our tinctures, treats, and even anti-itch shampoo CBD products for your dog!

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