Cannabidiol (CBD) is a wellness product trend that has boomed into our lives in the form of gummies, oils, drops, and has lost its stigma when it was first introduced as a health product.
A lot of people were skeptical of the effects and associated it very closely with “getting high” but now, CBD is legal in some states. Many industries have adopted using this chemical compound in their products such as CBD lattes, lotions, edible treats, and now even for your dog!
What better way to calm your stressed pup with the natural ingredients that are derived from a plant so you no longer need to rely on medication to keep your dog relaxed.
The Positive Effects of CBD for your dog
We believe if a product is good enough for humans, it must be good for dogs too! CBD is used by many to relax and reduce any stress or anxiety without feeling sedated. Here are the benefits of CBD for your dog:
CBD has been effective for various types of pain, internal and external. Dogs may find relief in joint pain or inflammation, such as arthritis, hip dysplasia, and other conditions your dog may be experiencing.
Dogs experience anxiety just like humans and sometimes they may need to remind themselves to remain calm. CBD mellows out your dog’s nervous system which is ideal for dogs who suffer from separation anxiety or noise phobia.
Can Treat Seizures
For pets that are seizure prone, CBD is a natural remedy to replace medication that is harmful to your dog's liver.
If your dog’s stomach is upset, try giving them some goats milk with a few drops of CBD. This will help settle their stomach after vomiting and soothe them.
Boost Appetite - After an upset stomach, the last thing your dog would want to do is put more food into their tummies. Usually, with CBD, this will encourage them to eat even after they are not feeling well.
Might Help Fight Cancer - Research has been done that CBD has tumor-fighting capabilities that help stop cancerous cells from growing.
Does My Dog Need CBD?
There are many situations you might find your dog irritable, scared, or upset and many times CBD can help relieve those feelings. If you had a choice to help your dog with their emotions in a holistic way CBD is the best option to calm your dog naturally. Thunderstorms, fireworks, or being surrounded by strangers can trigger anxiety in dogs. Noticeable symptoms of anxiety in dogs include:
Loss of appetite
If you notice your pup experiencing these symptoms frequently or in certain situations CBD may help relieve these symptoms naturally without sedating them.
How Much CBD Do I Give My Dog?
The dosage will depend on the size of your dog and for any quality pet CBD product they will give you guidelines and recommendations of how much to give every day. For dropper products, they will suggest 1 to 2 drops per day when needed and adjust accordingly.
Your dog may only show anxiety symptoms when they are in a situation that triggers fear like around the 4th of July when people light fireworks days before the holiday.
Drop 1-2 drops of the CBD oil onto their favorite treat or even on top of their Cali Raw dinner once it gets dark to see if it helps soothe them and adjust dosage accordingly.
Since CBD is considered a supplement it should be labeled as such with a disclaimer and a warning section. A good rule of thumb when selecting CBD products is to look on the product’s website for “certificates of analysis”. These certificates tell you things like if products are pesticide and metal-free.
Don’t price shop. Look for customer reviews and positive experiences.
Look for organic. If not organic at least a product with no pesticides, fungicides, or solvents and free of additives.
Buy CBD as a liquid when first experimenting with your dog. This way you can control the dosage one drop at a time rather than ingesting a whole treat that has CBD infused in it.
It is best to test a CBD product for your dog before committing to just one type. There are supplements to add on top of your dog’s meals, oils and treats so don’t be discouraged if they don’t like one form of CBD over another. Once you find the perfect way to give your dog CBD stick to that form so they can become accustomed to it.
What To Expect When Your Dog Takes CBD
Every dog is different and when first using CBD they may not seem to feel the effects of it and could take hours to notice any difference. The best way to ease them into CBD is by small doses at a time.
The calming effects of CBD may make your dog seem a bit lethargic and not themselves. Give CBD at home for dogs trying it the first time so they feel safe.
They won’t be salivating as much and maybe thirstier than usual. Leave them plenty of water so they can stay hydrated!
Lowers Blood Pressure
Low blood pressure may come to slight light-headedness so try to encourage them to lay down and relax. No high-level activity.
These side effects should be minor and never to the point where you are concerned about your dog’s health. If you feel you may have overdosed your dog with CBD wait between 10-16 hours for it to clear through their system.If you notice them still under the effects of CBD for more than 20 hours please take them to your holistic veterinarian for any advice.
Here at Cali Raw, we believe in natural, holistic practices to heal your pup inside and out! We wish natural, complete and balanced nutrition was the answer to all of their health problems but remedies like CBD will help with internal issues. Just like how we suggest canned pumpkin to soothe your dog’s upset stomach in our previous blog, CBD will help with anxieties and relieve pain naturally!