Guest Post by Keith J. Myers
Did you know that dogs, like humans, have endocannabinoid receptors in every tissue type and cell in their body? This means that like humans, they are also receptive to every healing benefit that Cannabis has to offer….benefits that regulate joint pain, anxiety, depression, seizures, stress, and many more.
CBD can be a great natural remedy to control your dog’s range of symptoms. CBD’s are routinely used to treat dogs who suffer from appetite loss and separation anxiety. They have also been found effective in treating cancer.
But among the CBD products that are in the market today, how can you be sure that the dog-specific CBD products you choose are beneficial to your dog? How would you know the exact amount to give them?
We’ll discuss the 3 tips you should look into when buying CBD for dogs. You can also check our site, The Hempire, for further details.
But first off, let’s discuss what CBD is.
What is CBD?
CBD is a short term for the word Cannabidiol. CBD is one of the many chemicals that can be extracted from its main plant, the Cannabis Sativa plant or Hemp plant.
CBD is non-psychoactive. That means, unlike the effects of marijuana, CBD does not alter your mind and does not bring harm to the individual who is taking it.
CBD-based products are as of the moment prohibited in several markets, however, some countries are allowing them to be a prescription drug with strict rules and regulation to be followed.
A lot of different forms of products with CBD are now being marketed. The usual oil that was made can now be found in the form of edibles, such as biscuits, brownies, and any finger food that is pleasing to the palate.
For dogs, CBD dog treats are now bombarding the market and are being aggressively sold, as this is a great innovation that benefits the pet owners, giving them an easier way of making their pet take medicine.
Benefits of CBD Dog Treats
The first benefit of CBD dog treats is that your pet dog will love them!
Another benefit is that CBD dog treats may come in different ranges of sizes and doses to choose from to fit your dog's needs. Usually, products like these are labeled on their package indicating how much dosage is in the product.
The only thing that you should be wary of is what effects the treats might have on your dog. Choose products that are legitimate rather than from sources selling bogus products.
Keep in mind that it is your dog's health that is in line here. So choose wisely in selecting the right product for your dog.
3 Tips Before Buying CBD
Make sure the product you purchase has CBD in it
It may sound obvious but basically, this is where people get scammed easily. Usually, people who have bad motives advertise their products as products that have CBD on it but in truth, they don’t.
In buying CBD products that are made specially for dogs, make sure that the laboratory that created the product offers a lab report that verifies that their product has the actual presence of CBD. Without proof, you may get products that are of low-quality that are made from hemp seed and may give your dog poor results -- or worse, give your pet side effects that may harm its health.
Be wary of the dosage
Although CBD is less dangerous to dogs, it is still advised to follow proper dosing as failure to do so can result in drowsiness. Some known worse cases can give dogs nausea or even vomiting.
As a standard, when using CBD tincture, it is recommended that for every 10 pounds of your dog's weight, use one drop of CBD oil. For example, if your dog weighs 40 pounds, use 4 drops of oil. When giving your dog the CBD treatment, always administer the oil directly under the tongue.
Keep track of the dog’s behavior and health for about a week. Check if there is any improvement in his condition and see if it does more harm than good. It is highly advised to check with a veterinarian before doing self-medication in your pet in order to prevent harmful results.
Ask for a veterinarian's prescription
It is best to work with your veterinarian. Veterinarians have knowledge of CBD and they are the experts in terms of treating pets for physical or mental conditions.
Keith J. Myers is the Founder & Editor in Chief of the Hempire. He has overseen and directed the editorial growth and skill of this website since 2012. Before creating the Hempire, Keith was a writer and editor who covered topics in CBD, health, science, and wellness.