With regards to neuroprotective disorders, pain management, and cancer treatments, consult with your veterinarian about current medications and discuss an appropriate serving size. There are veterinarians who specialize in working with CBD products as well and may be able to assist you with proper dosing.
The delivery method you select for your dog depends on personal preference.
- Chewables – highly beneficial due to being combined with other foods in order to ensure long lasting effects and slow delivery over time. Chewable tablets provide an exact amount of CBD which means easier tracking of how much CBD is consumed.
- Tinctures – pure extracts hemp plants, usually placed on dog food, treats, or directly in the mouth for absorption and long-lasting effects
If you are considering administering CBD to your pet, the rule of thumb is to start small. Your pet’s weight will help you determine how much he or she needs. Give a low dose and increase gradually if you feel your pet would benefit from more of the compound. CBD is non-toxic and there is no lethal overdose; however, the important thing is to find the amount that’s right for your dog’s personal needs.
When looking for a CBD product for your dog, there are several qualities you should pay attention to:
- Hemp oil vs. CBD rich oil. Hemp oil is not CBD, and by nature it does not offer the medical benefits associated with CBD. Instead, hemp is a food supplement. So while it will probably give your dog a nice glossy coat, it may not do much for his anxiety or arthritis. What you need to find out is what part of the hemp plant your product is derived from. If your hemp oil is sourced from the whole hemp plant, or from the leaves or stalks, it probably contains CBD. However, if it comes only from the seeds, it almost certainly does not.
- Extraction method. CO2 extraction is considered to be the safest and cleanest option with the least potential for THC contamination
- Isolate vs. full spectrum oil. CBD isolate is the CBD compound itself, fully isolated from every other aspect of the plant from which it is harvested. Full spectrum oil includes other cannabinoids. Isolate is absorbed faster in the body, so dogs are likely to experience quicker effects.
- Organic. Hemp is naturally resistant to pests, so hemp is grown most of the time without using pesticides and herbicides. However, most people don’t realize the hemp plant actually cleans the soil. Because of hemp’s amazing ability to clean and absorb materials, it is important that hemp is grown in good, organic soil. Organically grown hemp needs soil that is free of toxins, so those toxins don’t show up in the finished product. In other words, it is important to make sure your pups CBD product is made with organic hemp so that is it free from toxins and therefore safe!
- THC content. Always pay close attention to the amount of THC in any CBD oil you buy for your dog. You don’t want to give him a psychoactive experience by accident. Make sure your product has been tested by a third party and contains less than 0.3% THC.