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This is a personal blog sharing my experience with my dogs. You may not have the same experience treating your dog with CBD oil. I've had to do some trial and error to figure out what works for my dogs.
In the fall where we live we have windstorms. In the past, we've lost power for 3-4 days at a time; so far this year, we've only lost power for 30 minutes and I'm so thankful because I don't know how to work the generator – yet.
Rodrigo is afraid of windstorms and becomes anxious when we have high winds and power outages. I always like to have CBD oil and Ewegurt on hand during the fall because these are the only things that quickly calm Rodrigo so that we can all get a good night's sleep.
What is CBD?
Despite what some people might think, when I buy CBD oil, I'm not trying to get my dogs high. CBD or Cannabidiol is one of the compounds of hemp and strains of cannabis that are bred to be high CBD. CBD is non-psychoactive and serves as a natural supplement added to food or taken directly to treat anxiety, pain, and other health issues in humans and dogs.
- Anxiety, Phobias (Fireworks, Thunderstorms)
- Gut Issues
- Inflammation, Mobility Issues, Pain Relief
- Veterinarian Visits
- Introductions to New People and Situations
Why I Give My Dogs CBD Oil
I have three dogs that have various levels of anxiety and reactivity so I don't often take them off of our property unless I can control their environment. I prefer vet appointment at the end of the day (or first thing in the morning), I prefer pack walks because people avoid groups of dogs, and I don't take my dogs to the dog park. My dogs will never earn their Good Citizenship Certification due to lack of socialization, but they are happy, safe, and stress-free.
When I know my dogs are going to be faced with a stressful situation, I give them CBD oil 30-60 minutes prior. This helps them relax enough so that I can better help them through the situation. I give CBD oil before vet appointments and it curbs the fear reaction two of my dogs get. I give CBD oil before we walk in a new place, and it alleviates stress and makes it easier for the dogs to follow my lead. And I give CBD oil during storms and within 30 minutes, I can visibly see my dogs relax.
CBD Oil Also Treats Health Issues
CBD oil isn't just for anxiety, I also give it to my dogs to treat the following health issues:
- digestive issues, upset tummy
- inflammation, joint pain, mobility problems
What I've found is that if one of my dogs isn't feeling hot and is having trouble getting to sleep, CBD oil alleviates their discomfort, helping them to relax into a good night's sleep.
Buying CBD Oil for Dogs
There are several places that I can buy CBD oil for my dogs. Buying CBD oil is most expensive when purchased at a pet store.
Marijuana is legal in Washington State and my local dispensary has a separate store that is stocked with CBD products and I've found the best deal for my dogs there – plus the people are brilliant when it comes to understanding their products.
Natural Pet Organics is not currently available.
How Much CBD Oil to Calm an Anxious Dog
Most CBD oil products come with serving suggestions on the bottle. The brand that I use recommends “1-2 drops per every 10 pounds of body weight.” My dogs weigh between 55-75 pounds and the recommendation equates to a full dropper for each of them. There are days when it's tempting to double up on the CBD oil because of my dog's anxiety or pain, but it's important to wait because, within 30 minutes, I will see my dog visibly relax.
However, I haven't noticed any negative side effects on those days when I do double up on the dosage.
CBD Oil for Separation Anxiety
We now have a fifth dog, Apollo, who has separation anxiety and no amount of CBD oil drops will calm him for long. He now takes Canna-Pet Advance Formula Capsules twice daily; each capsule lasts 12 hours. Canna-Pet doesn't leave him drowsy. Instead, it works to take the edge off so that he's not flipping out when we leave.
We have cameras around the house and I've watched him over the day and his behavior was more calm. He was still anxious, but he wasn't destructive.
It didn't take long, about 24 hours, for us to see a visible difference in our puppy.
We have learned that he's not allowed to have free range of the house if he's left on his own for more than an hour or two. If we're going to be gone for three hours, then he goes in his kennel or the puppy condo (the third bay of the garage) which has a dog door to our dogs' yard with the other dogs.
How I Give CBD Oil to My Dogs
I give CBD oil to my dogs two hours before (or after) meal time.
I give CBD oil to Rodrigo, Zoey, and Scout will take it directly from the dropper, which is preferred because it's going straight on their tongue and gums an being absorbed faster. However, Sydney, who has joint issues, isn't up for this, so I put the oil on my fingers and rub it on her gums or allow her to lick it off.
I no longer add CBD oil to food for my dogs unless the product states that it is effective this way and they have plenty of reviews from pet parents.
Canna-Pet Advanced Formula Capsules – I add a capsule to Apollo's raw meals. I don't need to break the capsule; he swallows it as he eats his food.
Don't Be Fooled By Inferior Products
There are a lot of people creating CBD products – oils, treats, salves, etc. – and not all are created equal. Thanks to social media, we can reach out to brands a speak with them about their products, sourcing, ingredients, and more. If you are looking for a CBD oil product, I suggest asking for recommendations from other dog owners – this way you can learn first hand what works and what doesn't work. While every dog is different, I have found that seeking reviews within the dog lover community is a great way to find the best products to test out.
I'm currently using the following products with my dogs:
- Irie CBD for Pets
- ZuRi CBD for Pets
- Canna-Pet Advance Formula Capsules – these can be added to meals and lasts 24 hours!!! I recommend this if you have a dog with separation anxiety.
And, finally, be patient. As I stated earlier, there will be some trial and error. What works for one dog may not work for another.