The medical cannabis industry is big business and it isn’t showing signs of slowing down. It is projected to be a $10 billion industry by 2018. And one of the fastest growing segments of the industry may surprise you. It’s our lovable four-legged friends. That’s right. There are benefits of CBD oil for dogs just like for their human companions!
What are the benefits of CBD oil for dogs?
CBD oil for dogs can help with both chronic illness and acute conditions. Most notably, CBD has been credited with alleviating chronic pain caused by arthritis, preventing epileptic seizures and slowing the growth of tumors in dogs. CBD oil can also help with more temporary conditions, like acute muscle and joint pain, weight management and anxiety during thunderstorms and fireworks. CBD oil is commonly used during post-operative care to reduce swelling and stiffness.
CBD oil may relieve symptoms for dogs suffering from these conditions:
- Chronic pain
- Heart murmurs
- Nausea and vomiting
- Muscle spasms
- Weight management
- Certain neurological disorders
- Certain skin conditions
Where can I buy CBD oil for dogs?
CBD oil pet products and can be purchased from some veterinarians, speciality pet stores and online.
How much CBD oil should I give my dog?
Veterinary experts recommend a starting dosage of one drop of CBD oil per 10 lbs of your dog’s body weight per day. (So you would give a 50 lbs. labrador 5 drops of CBD oil per day to start.) Steadily increase this dosage (one drop of CBD oil per 10 lbs of your dog’s body weight twice per day) until your pet achieves the desired therapeutic effect. Please consult with your pet’s veterinarian when considering dosage options.
Is CBD oil safe for my dog?
Currently, veterinarians cannot prescribe medical marijuana to pets. However, pet products with CBD made from hemp are legal in 49 states (Indiana recently banned CBD) and many veterinarians recommend animal-grade CBD oil as a homeopathic treatment. CBD oil shares many of the same health benefits as medical marijuana without risk of getting your dog high.
The safest way to treat your dog with CBD oil is to use a formula that’s specially made for dogs.
Again, it is important to always consult your veterinarian when making dietary decisions for your pet. You wouldn’t treat your children without a physician’s advice, right? Man’s best friend is no different. There are few industry regulations when it comes to pet products and, unfortunately, there has not been as many clinical trials on the benefits of CBD oil for dogs as there have been for us. So make sure you look for 100% pure, THC-free CBD oil to ensure the best quality products for your pet.
CBD oil shows promising signs for helping our canine friends lead longer, happier and healthier lives. If you have any questions about how CBD oil can benefit your dog, please contact us. We are happy when your pets are happy.