By now you may have heard about cannabidiol, or CBD, a natural supplement derived from the hemp plant that has shown to be effective for canine use. Scientists are currently studying the compound to gain a better understanding of its nature so that it can be approved by the FDA. However, significant anecdotal evidence has shown CBD to have positive effects on several aspects of canine health, with very few and minimal side effects.
But it is always a good idea to discuss any changes to your pet’s regimen with your veterinarian before implementing them. Your vet can put your mind at ease about any concerns you may have and answer your questions about CBD and how it will affect your dog. Go in prepared to ask the right questions to get the answers that will help you.
Because it is not approved by the FDA, veterinarians cannot prescribe CBD for dogs or any other animal. Hemp-derived CBD oil is legal in all 50 states, but a veterinarian could lose their license for prescribing it. Although veterinarians cannot go on record saying whether they support it or not, some evidence shows that many doctors may be leaning towards CBD to help their furry friends.
What Should My Dog’s Dose Be?
CBD dosage varies by product and by your dog’s size and weight. It’s always a good idea to start with a lower dose and build from there as your dog requires it. Your vet can help guide you through this process by recommending a dose for your dog to begin with and helping you decide when to increase and by how much. CBD can take a while to have an effect, and you don’t want to jump your dog’s dose up out of concern that it isn’t working when in reality it just hasn’t kicked in yet. Keep your vet apprised of your dog’s progress so you can decide together when and if to increase the dose.
Have You Seen Other Dogs Who Use CBD?
Nothing is as valuable as hands on experience, and your vet is ideally placed to have just that. They are a valuable resource for you. Ask whether your vet has worked with any other dogs who are using CBD, and if so, what the results have been like for those animals. Your vet may be able to use real world experience to give you a clearer idea of what to expect. Not only that, you’ll also feel more confident knowing that your vet has dealt with this before.
What is CBD Good For?
CBD has many uses, but you don’t want to start giving it to your dog for any little thing. Your vet should be able to confirm whether the issue you’re trying to address is one that might be helped by CBD. Some of the issues dogs struggle with that their owners employ CBD to help treat include:
- Joint issues
- Weight loss
Speak to your vet about CBD on your next visit and get your questions answered. You can also reach out to us for any additional information you might need.