Some people have a furry four-legged best friend who shows them unconditional love. They are always there to cheer us up and keep us smiling. Of course, we are talking about dogs. They never judge us and are always in a happy mood. In order to keep them healthy and thriving, we must take special care of the wellness routine we implement for our doggy best friends.
That is why CBD for pets, including dogs, is one of the fastest growing segments in the CBD industry! More and more owners are adding CBD into their wellness routine. Seeing the difference in their wellbeing encourages humans to want to share the benefits of CBD with their pets. This movement is becoming so big that the pet care market is expected to reach $125 million by the year 2022…That’s a lot of pet owners who want to keep their pets healthy and happy.
But it is important to know the best ways to give CBD to your pet. So, throughout this post we will discuss the right ways to go about delivering CBD to your dog, the benefits, potential concerns and servings.
How CBD Interacts with Dogs
Dogs, like humans, have an endocannabinoid system that allows them to benefit from using cannabinoids like CBD. As far as we know, the way CBD interacts with their endocannabinoid system is similar to how it interacts with ours, with a few exceptions. CBD is metabolized by the dog’s liver, so it is extremely important to be cautious giving CBD to dogs with bad livers or dogs that are currently taking other medications that are metabolized through the liver.
There are many ways to administer CBD to your pet, but there are only few that are most effective. The most effective way to administer CBD to your pet is through CBD oil. Out of all the consumption methods, CBD oil scored and performed with the most consistent results in each dog, regardless of breed or size.
A Few of the Benefits
Now to the part everyone has been waiting for, what are some of the benefits? Well, there are quite a few that may make your dog a very happy puppy! CBD for pets has shown promising results in a variety of ways. Here are just a few benefits our furry four-legged friends may experience:
- Easing of joint discomfort
- Improved mood
- Assists in calming
- Combatting anxious feelings
- Assists in recovery
- Easing of muscle soreness
- Assists in normal digestion
- Enhances skin and fur appearance
- And more!
Although there are many benefits that may be incurred from providing CBD to your pet, there are still some concerns to look out for. Even though CBD can be administered to your dog, THC should not. CBD in its pure state is actually safe and tolerated very well by dogs and animals of all kinds (according to the 2017 World Health Organization Report). However, it must be CBD in its purest form.
Other concerns that may occur when giving dogs CBD is potential of dry mouth or drowsiness your pet may experience when taking CBD. Monitoring how much CBD you are giving your dog is crucial to avoid these types of unwanted side effects. These effects are harmless, as they are common side effects anyone may experience when consuming too much CBD because of the amplified calming effects of the cannabinoid.
Serving of CBD for your Dog
To discover how much CBD your dog should be taking, it is important to take into account their weight and reasons for taking CBD. As a starting point, you may want to try giving your pup 1-2mg per 10 pounds of weight. For example, if your dog weighs 20 pounds, then start with 2-4mg of CBD per day to see how it affects them. From there, you can increase the serving size based on the desired effects.
How to Pick the Right Products for Your Pup
When deciding to start giving your pet CBD, it is important to look for a few things when picking the right product. First, don’t be a discount shopper. If you are trying to find the cheapest price, chances are you won’t find the best quality. Make sure to do your research to find a high-quality product for your dog’s overall wellbeing. Check out the lab report associated with the product, this will allow you the ability to ensure there is not THC in the product you are giving your dog, as well as make sure the potency amount of CBD listed on the label is accurate. Lastly, make sure you are purchasing from a reputable source or authorized retailer of a high-quality brand.
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