Is your dog anxious, scared & hard to settle down at times? Maybe your old friend is in pain from arthritis or old age? Read on to find out more about this trending treatment for your favourite pet.
If you're a dog owner, you might have already realised that there's two kinds of "anxiety" for dogs...
Namely, situational and behavioural.
Behavioural anxiety is where your dog is always prone to getting upset, anxious or rowdy. This behaviour is usually only fixed by professional intervention & training.
However, situational anxiety is where your dog gets (understandably) anxious during:
- Thunder & Lightning
- Having visitors over
Situational anxiety is often easily managed by training. However, if it's clear your precious pet is clearly scared and having a bad time, that can easily be controlled with CBD, making your dog not only calmer, but happier.
Hemp won't get your dog "high" because it has much lower levels of THC, the psychoactive compound found in cannabis.
Another point to consider is that your dog may be in pain, or have osteoarthritis (OA), especially if they're getting old.
This 2018 pharmaceutical study suggests that 2 mg per Kg of bodyweight, twice daily can help increase comfort and activity in dogs with OA, by killing pain and restoring joint function.
This is actually a pretty big dose compared to the levels needed for controlling anxiety, as we'll see below. However, there are testimonials of dogs being able to do things they couldn't before, even if it is cocking their leg, as we'll see in the Reddit section below.
CBD for dogs is a point of contention for Vets, with some fully behind the new treatment and other a bit more skeptical. This is usually the case when a new treatment enters the market. It takes some time for research to catch up with the trends. But, user experience and research doesn't lie.
So many pet owners have sworn by the positive anxiolytic and pain relieving effects of CBD, that it's hard not to be intrigued.
These user experiences from reddit.com show the genuinely positive effects of CBD for dogs;
"My 12 year old lab has been on 10mgs of CBD a day for 6 weeks know. Took her off tramadol and she seems just fine." - Doodiebudie
"A coworker of mine got a sample of (CBD) and gave it to her grandpa for his dog who couldn't even lift his leg to pee. They gave it to him daily and gradually saw his movement get better and eventually he could lift his leg to pee. It was awesome hearing the relayed progress each week and now her family swears by CBD for dogs." - NonsensicalNiftiness
"My 15 yr old daschund mix recently stopped eat and began shaking due to anxiety from us packing our house, we were very very worried. I tried so many things, as a last resort i got her on doggie Prozac & Xanax for when she couldn’t stop shaking, hoping she would finally relax. No luck, I had tried everything else... Finally, a lady at a petstore mentioned CBD for dogs and I thought why not? I’m taking it! It worked instantly. The shaking stopped immediately and her behavior was back to her old self. I couldn’t believe it! Plus she’s not groggy like she had been on that STUPID prozac. And now she is back to eating her regular food twice a day! It feels like a miracle... Any dog lovers know how stressful this stuff can be." - jankerjunction
Why buy overpriced CBD dog treats, when you can just use the real thing?
Add Pharmaceutical Grade Peak Supps CBD Oil to dog food or treats yourself with the provided measuring dropper.
But what about the dosage for dogs?
The best way to work out your dog’s dosage is using their body weight.
Below is an outline of 3 different dosage strengths (low, medium, and high) you can use to help you dose your CBD oil for your anxious dog.
- 0.1mg CBD x 1 kg of body weight (low)
- 0.25mg CBD x 1kg of body weight (mid)
- 0.5mg CBD x 1kg of body weight (high)
For best results, give your dog 2 doses per day, ideally in the morning and night. You can move up the dosage strength slowly so your dog gets used to it.
In order to get an exact dose, you’ll want to take the total strength of your CBD oil and divide it by the total amount of oil in the pack.
This will tell you how much CBD is in 1 ml of oil.
For example, a 10ml bottle of 500mg CBD oil contains 5mg of CBD per ml.
Given that a single drop from a dropper holds roughly 0.05ml, you can calculate that a single drop of oil contains 2.5mg of CBD.
From there, work out how many drops of oil your dog needs based on his/her body weight.
For example, a 20kg dog would need one drop of the lowest concentration oil for the lowest concentration dose, whereas a 10kg dog would need only half a drop.
As we read before, however, the effective research backed dosage for proper pain relief or arthritis is 2mg/kg. Then we start to get to a drop per kg/bodyweight. This is where the higher concentration oils will come in useful.
Different sizes of dog require different sizes of CBD dosage
For our other strengths, 10% and 15% CBD Oils, each drop is 5mg and 7.5mg respectively. We recommend using our lowest concentration CBD for anxious dogs, especially dogs under 10kg who will need a small amount of drops to benefit.
-Author: Ottis Bailey (BSc)
Gamble, L., & Boesch, J. (2018). Pharmacokinetics, Safety, and Clinical Efficacy of Cannabidiol Treatment in Osteoarthritic Dogs. Frontiers In Veterinary Science, 5. doi: 10.3389/fvets.2018.00165