CBD, which is also known by its longhand name of cannabidiol, has become an increasingly popular supplement that people take to address all kinds of health issues including chronic pain, nausea, and even anxiety.
The substance has become more widely used despite the fact that getting your hands on it can be a tricky proposition depending on exactly where you live in the country. Some people swear by the effectiveness of CBD, so much so that they are even willing to give it to their dogs.
Take a look online and you should probably find at least a few CBD-infused products (see next week’s article for suggestions) that are made for dogs yourself.
So, should you give your dog CBD products as well? That’s something you have to decide yourself as the pet parent. To make the decision making easier, below are some important details regarding CBD/ dogs that you must know.
What Are the Experts Saying?
Since cannabidiol is still a relatively new entrant into the world of supplements, it’s wise to consult with the experts before deciding whether to give it to your dog. This is not similar to dog training that you can handle on your own. You will need expert input on this.
As noted in this article from the Preventive Vet, the results of some recent clinical studies performed on CBD and how it affects dogs have been promising. The catch here is that the researchers used specific formulations of CBD. What does that mean? Unless you secure the exact products they tested, results may not turn out the same for your dog.
You can try to ask your veterinarian about possibly giving your dog CBD, but note that there are states where vets can be penalized for discussing that matter so they may not provide you with information, according to Healthline. Hopefully, the vets where you live can offer some more insight.
What Precautionary Measures Can I Take if I Decide to Give My Dog Cannabidiol?
Should you decide to try giving your dog CBD, there are some things you should do.
For one, make sure that you start with very small doses. You can never be completely sure about what a CBD product will do to your dog, so err on the side of caution to start.
It’s also a must to store any CBD products properly. The last thing you want is for your dog to chow down on CBD-infused treats without you present to supervise.
CBD for dogs is a subject that still needs to be studied extensively, but even now, it is showing some real promise. If you end up deciding that you want to give your dog some CBD treats, just remember to exercise caution at all times to keep your beloved pet safe and healthy.
If you want someone to keep watch over your dog after you’ve given him/her a CBD treat, we at TAILored Pet Services can help. Give us a call at 425-923-7791 or peruse our website to find out more about how we can provide assistance.