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When I was at SuperZoo this past June, I kept hearing people talking about CBD oil and a lot of the information was wrong. I began to wonder if we were witnessing the birth of a new trend and I wondered if we would see a plethora of CBD oil products shoved in our faces over the next year or so. And if this is the case, how many brands are going to cut corners to take advantage of this new fad? We've already seen this with natural products and raw pet food – is CBD oil next?
I've been giving CBD oil to my dogs for a couple of years to help Rodrigo with his anxiety and Sydney with her joint pain. I've tried many CBD treats and oils and have been largely disappointed. CBD oil isn't cheap, and I began to realize that I needed to educate myself because I couldn't afford a CBD oil product that required me to give my dogs four droppers full of the oil or 6-7 treats to be effective.
The following is a list of things that I've learned about CBD oil over the past couple of years. I'm keeping it simple because there is also a video I made with Nathan Richer, founder of Natural Pet Organics, about the benefits of CBD oil, how to determine if a brand is of high quality, and how best to administer CBD oil to our dogs.
1 – CBD Oil Doesn't Make Your Dog High
There is a misconception amongst people who are new to CBD oil and hemp oil that these products will make us (and our pets) high. CBD oil isn't the same as THC (which does make you high). There are no psychoactive properties to CBD oil, and the amount of THC in CBD oil is less than 1%. Therefore, no one will get high or overdose. If given too much, a dog may have some loose stool.
2 – CBD Oil Isn't an Illegal Substance/Drug
Because of the connection to marijuana plants, I've had many pet parents tell me that CBD oil is illegal in their area. If you live in the United States, you may be able to purchase CBD oil products locally, and you can order them online. Remember, CBD oil isn't the same as THC, it's legal across America. If you don't have a place where you can buy it, it can be ordered online and delivered to your door.
3 – Hemp Seed Oil isn't CBD Oil
One mistake I made was buying hemp seed oil because I thought it would have the same benefits as CBD oil. There is a product that is combined with fish oil, and I thought I'd hit the jackpot. Nope! There is very little CBD in the seeds of the hemp plant. Hemp seed oil or cold pressed hemp oil is purely a dietary supplement. It does have some benefits, but it doesn't ease anxiety or provide pain relief.
4 – Hemp Oil May be CBD Oil
If you come across full spectrum hemp oil, that may be CBD oil. Some online retailers don't want to be in the business of selling CBD oil so people will market their products as full spectrum hemp oil; which means that the full plant is being used to extract the CBD oil. Of course, there are always exceptions so be sure to read everything about the product to make sure that it really is CBD oil.
5 – Look for Full Spectrum CBD Oil
When shopping for a CBD oil, look for an oil that was created using the entire plant, aka, full spectrum. Feeling a sense of dejavu? It's because when I think something is important, I tend to repeat myself. I want as much of the CBD as I can get to make sure that my dogs are getting all of the benefits. I've been very disappointed in 250 mg and 300 mg CBD oil products and looking back; I wonder if they were full spectrum, organic, and non-GMO.
6 – Choose Non-GMO, Organic CBD Oil
Ideally, I'd like the company I purchase CBD oil from to have their own fields, but as this industry grows, I don't think this desire is realistic, so I've taken a step back and look for someone who sources their oil from non-GMO (genetically modified), organic (fewer toxins) plants grown in the United States (this is where I live). When it comes to my dogs, I want them to be exposed to as few toxins as possible which is why shopping for non-GMO, organic CBD oil is important to me.
7 – Not all CBD Oil Products are Created Equal
As the industry grows, we're going to quickly see that not all CBD oil products are created equal. This isn't to say that some CBD oil products are bad. Instead, I'm saying that not every CBD oil product or treat will work for every dog. I have tried several CBD oil brands that didn't seem to do much for Sydney and I've tried three that worked great for her. And, I only recently found a CBD treat that helped Rodrigo with his anxiety. So if you try a CBD oil product or treat and it doesn't seem to help your dog, double check the dosage to make sure you're administering it correctly. If that's not the issue, then consider a different brand.
I have been using CBD oil by Natural Pet Organics for a couple of months and have found it very effective with my dogs.
8 – CO2 Extraction is the Best Extraction Process
Some brands are using chemicals to extract the CBD from the plant, which isn't a good process for our dogs (or their humans), especially as we're trying to reduce exposure to toxins to improve the quality of our dogs' lives. CO2 extraction is the cleanest process available at this time so look for this in the description of the product you purchase. If you don't find it, ask the brand how they extract the CBD from the plant. If they are cagey, move on.
9 – Third Party Testing is Important
Another important step to protect our dogs is to make sure that the brand is using third party testing to ensure that the CBD oil is clean. Because CBD oil isn't regulated well in the United States, we're going to see experienced people coming into the market to make a buck. The pet industry is more than 65 billion dollars annually – who wouldn't want a piece of that pie? And while some people may enter the industry with the best of intentions, I worry that the pressures of making a profit will cause them to cut corners that may result in tainted oils.
10 – CBD Oil Needs a Carrier Oil to be Oil
People may tell you that a CBD oil product isn't safe because of the carrier oil that is being used. A carrier oil will help to deliver the CBD oil throughout the body to be absorbed. The following are oils that are used as carrier oils. I personally prefer organic coconut oil because of the additional benefits it offers. I avoid CBD oils with fish oil because of the extra toxin load or additional processing to clean the oils. While it may still be perfectly safe and effective, I just don't know so I avoid it.
- Hemp Seed Oil
- Salmon Oil
- Coconut Oil
Natural Pet Organics CBD Oil
I've been giving my dogs CBD oil by Natural Pet Organics for a couple of months, and it works. This is a product that checks all of the boxes – it's clean, it's non-GMO, it's organic, it's full spectrum, it's third-party tested, it doesn't have any additional additives, and – most importantly – it works!
A CBD Oil for All Dogs
Natural Pet Organics CBD oil is made specifically for dogs. No matter the size, age, or sensitivity, your dog will do well on this product. Rodrigo and Scout tend to have sensitive tummies and will get diarrhea or loose stool when I introduce something new to their diet. They had no such reaction with the Natural Pet Organics CBD oil.
Eases Anxiety and Stress
The Natural Pet Organics CBD oil came through during a recent thunderstorm. Rodrigo has a laundry list of phobias that include fireworks, thunderstorms, windstorms, power outages, and he's also afraid of brooms. We've had thunder, heavy rains, and slightly higher winds recently and Rodrigo handled it all like a champ after he happily took his CBD oil.
Reduces Swelling and Stiffness
Rodrigo and Sydney developed arthritis early in life. At first, I thought it was because we fed them large breed kibble. Today, I understand that feeding a kibble diet leads to inflammation in many dogs. Today, Sydney lives with arthritis, and joint issues brought about by an injury. She has rear leg, hip, and back pain at times that is treated through natural supplements, acupuncture and Bowen treatments, and CBD oil. Within 20-30 minutes of receiving CBD oil, Sydney can relax well, and it's helping with her mobility too.
Side Effects of CBD Oil for Dogs
Organic, non-GMO, full spectrum, high-quality CBD oil has no side effects for pets. The most that can happen is loose stool when too much is given, which I haven't experienced with my dogs.
How Does CBD Oil Taste for Dogs
I've found that the best way to give CBD oil (and see the most benefit) is to have my dogs lick it from the palm of my hand or put it in their mouth from a dropper. I'm not a fan of adding it to their food because I don't know how much will make it to their system after it goes through their digestive tract. Since I give CBD oil to my dogs from the dropper, I've noticed that three out of my four dogs likes CBD oil. Sydney, one of the dogs who needs it, isn't a fan. We have a deal – I will add it to her mouth (two droppers full for a 78-pound dog) and she gets a treat afterward.
Who's training whom here?
More about CBD Oil for Dogs
The following is a list of blog posts that I've written sharing my experience giving CBD oil to my dogs.
- 5 Ways CBD Oil Helps Keep My Dogs Healthy
- How Much CBD Oil Will Calm an Anxious Dog?
- What is the Difference Between Hemp Seed Oil and CBD Oil?
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I received payment and CBD oil in exchange for freelance writing, social media promotion, and sharing my honest thoughts on Natural Pet Organics products. Thoughts shared in this post and on social media for Keep the Tail Wagging®, are honest and based on my experience with my dogs, products I use, try or test, and the research I've done in an effort to raise my dogs naturally. If you have any questions about this or other sponsored posts, please feel free to contact me via the contact page of this blog. Thank you.