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Q: If there are no behavior changes, how will I know if the CBD oil is doing any good?
A: That depends on the affliction that you are trying to treat. If you are treating a dog with epilepsy, for example, you might notice a reduction in seizures. If you are treating arthritis, you might notice that your dog’s range of motion has increased. Anxiety? You may see them calm down just a bit.
With certain conditions, there might also be measurable changes if your vet conducts tests. For instance, there might be a decrease in inflammatory markers.
Q: What scientific studies have been done on CBD oil for dogs?
A: As of this point, it seems like the majority of research studies which have been conducted on dogs and CBD oil use have focused on epilepsy and osteoarthritis.
These studies have thus far produced optimistic results. There have also been other animal studies as well as human studies which may be applicable to dogs as well.
The reason I say this is because dogs, like humans and some other animals, have endocannabinoid systems.
You can check out articles throughout the site to read examples of some of the studies which back CBD oil for dogs is an effective natural treatment.
Q: What are the physical benefits of CBD oil for dogs?
A: Based on current research as well as anecdotal use, it appears that CBD oil may be able to reduce seizures and combat the stiffness and pain associated with arthritis and other inflammatory conditions.
It might also be helpful for treating acute injuries, nausea, immune system issues, cancer symptoms, and symptoms of dysplasia.
Q: What are the psychological benefits of CBD oil for dogs?
A: Once again going by a combination of anecdotes and research, it seems that CBD oil may be able to help reduce anxiety and depression as well as overall stress. It could be useful in treating PTSD as well.
CBD Oil for Dogs Safety
Q: Would CBD Oil make my dog “high”?
A: Assuming you are purchasing high-quality CBD oil for dogs and you are administering the proper dose, the answer to this question is “no”.
The compound in marijuana which produces a high is THC, not CBD. Manufacturers that produce quality CBD oils for dogs test their products to make sure that they contain only trace amounts of THC which will not produce a high.
It is important to note that if you overdose your dog on CBD oil, it is possible that your dog could be exposed to higher levels of THC as a result. This could result in a “high.”
This is neither a pleasant nor safe experience for your dog, so it is essential to shop only from reputable brands and to make sure that you do not exceed the recommended dosage.
Q: Are there side effects from CBD oil for dogs?
A: Currently, research is still needed to state whether or not a dog could experience side effects from CBD oil definitively.
Some possible side effects which could occur based on human data include dry mouth, drowsiness, a temporary decrease in blood pressure, and a reduction in the effectiveness of some other medications (potentially).
It is also possible that a dog could be allergic to CBD. This is something to be on the lookout for, as you would when testing any other new supplement.
As previously mentioned, if you use a product which contains significant THC or you give your dog too large a dose, this could result in additional side effects. But these should be absent with an appropriate dose of a suitable product.
To learn more on this topic, please read ” Does CBD Oil for Dogs Pose Any Dangers or Side Effects?”
For most pets, side effects of CBD oil should be mild or nonexistent.
Q: What are some signs that the CBD Oil might be doing more harm than good?
A: If you are seeing unwanted side effects like those mentioned above, and you are not seeing sufficient benefits to offset them, that may mean that CBD oil is not a suitable treatment for your dog.
Q: Should I see a vet first?
A: You do not need to see a veterinarian to legally purchase CBD oil for your dog. You should still consider seeing your vet first, however, simply to discuss your plans. Your vet can let you know if there are any likely interactions with other supplements or medications your dog is taking, or with any health conditions your pet may have.
Q: Are there any dangers if a child in the household got into the CBD Oil?
A: CBD oil is safe and non-toxic, but it is possible to overdose on it. If a pet or a child gets into the CBD and ingests too much of it, this may result in consuming more THC than intended. Even though the trace amounts would produce no symptoms while taking a correct dosage, they could produce an unwanted high with an incorrect dose.
For this reason, you should store your CBD oils out of reach of children and pets. Even though you can safely administer CBD to both, you do not want them ingesting CBD unmonitored.
Q: Can my cat or horse use my dog’s CBD oil as well?
A: The answer to this question depends on the exact product that you have purchased and whether the company has provided dosage information for these other species.
But remember, CBD oil must be dosed according to weight. It would not make sense to give a small dog the same amount of CBD oil that you would give a large dog. Likewise, you would not give a horse the same amount of CBD oil that you would give a cat or a dog.
So make sure that you are dosing the CBD safely and properly for the animal in question. If specific dosages for a dog CBD oil product have not been provided for cats and horses, look for product aimed specifically at those animals.
Q: Can I just go to a “vape shop”, buy some CBD Oil for people, and give it to my dog?
A: No, you cannot. This is also a matter of dosing. The amount of CBD oil that you would take is not appropriate for your dog, and the product you are taking for yourself has been formulated for humans.
While you could try to figure out a suitable dose, you would encounter two problems. The first is that you would need to run convoluted calculations, and the second is that the higher concentration of CBD in a human product would probably result in you needing to administer an amount which is too small to physically provide.
You can read more about this in “CBD for Dogs vs. CBD for Humans: What are the Differences?”
It is safer, more convenient and more sensible all-around to simply purchase a CBD oil product for your dog which is specifically designed for canine use.
Q: Is there a possibility of my dog becoming addicted to CBD oil?
A: Happily, the answer to this question is a simple “no.” Based on current research, CBD has no addictive qualities. Furthermore, there is no research at this point to suggest that CBD can lead to any form of dependency.
You can read about this topic in detail in ” Can Dogs Become Addicted to CBD Oil?”
Q: If I had to stop giving CBD oil to my dog for any reason, would he go through any withdrawal symptoms?
A: This question can also be answered with a simple “no.” Because CBD does not create dependency, your dog should not experience withdrawal upon ceasing use.
Q: Will my dog want more snacks than usual?
A: This is possible, but it would not represent a case of the “munchies”. That is a side effect of THC, not CBD. Your dog’s CBD oil should not contain significant THC.
CBD could indirectly improve your dog’s appetite by increasing physical or psychological health. Some dogs may also crave CBD biscuits because they are delicious.
Q: Can I take my dog’s CBD oil?
A: Hypothetically, sure. If you have purchased a high-quality CBD product for your dog, its purity should make it entirely safe for human consumption as well.
Nonetheless, you probably will not derive much in the way of benefits from it because it will be formulated in a significantly lower concentration than CBD oil products for humans.
This is why you should purchase CBD oil for dogs for your pet and CBD oil for humans for yourself.
Q: Can I overdose my dog on CBD oil?
A: Yes, you can. The issue has nothing to do with CBD itself. It has to do with trace amounts of THC. In an appropriately sized dose, these trace amounts do not add up to enough to produce adverse effects in your dog.
But in doses which exceed safe amounts, the THC can add up to the point where it produces unwanted side effects in your pet.
This is why it is so important that you stick with the dosages which are appropriate for your pet’s weight.
Giving Your Dog CBD Oil
Q: How do I give my dog CBD capsules?
With capsules, you can feed a capsule directly to your dog, you can conceal it in wet food, you can hide it in a treat such as a pill pocket, or you can break it open and stir it into wet food.
Q: How do I give my dog CBD tinctures?
A: To administer CBD in tincture form, use an eye dropper to dispense it into your pet’s mouth, preferably under the tongue. Alternately, hide it inside a treat or mix it into wet food.
Q: How do I give my dog CBD treats?
A: You can feed your dog a CBD treat just like you would any other type of treat.
Q: What if my dog won’t take the CBD?
A: If you are having trouble with one delivery method, try another. I also recommend reading “How to Give Your Dog CBD – Tips, Tricks and How To’s.” This guide includes some troubleshooting recommendations.
Even if you have a finicky dog, if you experiment enough and you take your time patiently training your dog, you should be able to find a working solution.
Q: How do you store CBD oil properly?
A: Storing CBD oil so that it lasts is largely a matter of keeping it away from direct heat and light. You should make sure that it is properly sealed. Keep it in your fridge if you want to extend its lifespan as long as possible. Read “How to Store CBD Oil for Your Dog.”
Conclusion: You Now Know the Basics About CBD Oil for Dogs. Give It a Try and Keep Learning!
Whether you have skimmed through this FAQ or you have read over it in detail, you now should feel much more knowledgeable about CBD oil for dogs.
In this FAQ, I have linked out to a number of articles which cover some of these topics in extensive detail.
Be sure to read these articles as well as some of the others on the site to enhance your knowledge of CBD oil for dogs.
If you feel ready to start shopping, check out my detailed reviews and recommendations for CBD dog oil brands.
Whether you are purchasing CBD oil for maintenance or to treat an acute or chronic condition, I hope that you find what you need for your pet to enjoy the fullest possible health and happiness.
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