The legalization of cannabis opens a surprising door for dog owners.
CBD is a cannabis extract that can help reduce anxiety and pain in dogs, without the dog being frozen / high. It is a natural alternative to pharmaceutical drugs that are often addictive and have undesirable side effects. CBD is consumed orally, by pouring a few drops into the dog’s mouth. Without psychoactive effects, giving your dog CBD could be an interesting solution that will only do well!
If you’re like us, you’ve never heard the word “CBD” before quite recently. In this article, you will be told everything you need to know to give your dog CBD and also on holistapet.com.
What are the effects?
After ingesting a dose of CBD, your dog feels better.
It’s vague as a description so let me develop: CBD does not add any sensation but rather, reduces anxiety and pain. A bit like, taking an Advil does not make you feel better but rather masks your pain. Giving your dog CBD reduces his perception of pain and reduces his anxiety level without making him high. CBD is not stupid, does not hallucinate, and does not blur ideas. When it does work (because it does not work on all dogs) it distresses, relaxes, reduces anxiety and pain. The official website of the SQDC says that the CBD “could create the impression of feeling relaxing and increasing the state of calm and relaxation.”
When describing the effects on the dog it is vague because the difference to be observed is in the absence or the reduction of a behavior. Instead of grunting, panicking, choking, barking, being on the lookout for every sound, the dog is just calm.
Humans can also consume CBD for the same reasons as dogs. The effects of CBD on dogs and humans are essentially the same. These reasons can be divided into 2 major groups:
- A) Decrease pain (arthritis, cancer, epilepsy, etc.)
- B) Decrease anxiety
In order to be consumed the CBD is extracted from the plant and then added to the oil. This is called a “tincture”. It is in this liquid form that CBD is generally sold. The spinach is then sold in a small 30ml bottle in which the concentration of CBD per milliliter varies.
The regular dose is 0.3mg CBD per kilo (dog weight). So, for my dog who weighs 20kg, he is given 6mg per day.
Formula: Weight of your dog in kg x 0.3 = number of mg per day.
The maximum dose not to be exceeded per day is 10 mg CBD per kilogram for an adult dog.
Hemp also contains CBD but in a much smaller quantity. Thus, there are products for dogs that display contain CBD, at a lower price, but these products will have no real effect on your dog because their CBD concentration is drastically lower.
Why we give it to our dog:
It had long been accepted that our responsive dog would always be timid. That the noise in the street, there is nothing to do, it just scares him and the neighbors who come home, and it’s just not his thing.
By reading on the reactive dog forums, we often saw the term CBD come back, without understanding what it meant. When someone mentioned being on the run and not knowing what to do, someone would inevitably mention “did you try to give him CBD”
Test! We too have taken
By this we are not comfortable giving something to our dog without having tested it ourselves, we tried to take CBD at the same time as we gave to our dog. Because we suffer from anxiety, and we are the most light-weight people we know, we feel comfortable telling you that, indeed, there is no hallucinogenic effect and that we does not feel at all high. It is rather a tool to manage anxiety. Personally, I find that it avoids having the black ideas that turn in the head. Thoughts are one after the other rather than a snowball avalanche. If you suffer from anxiety, you will understand what I mean.
To know! CBD does not work on all dogs:
One thing that reassured us is that it does not affect everyone. We cannot know exactly what percentage of dogs take CBD “works” but we have read that CBD is effective on 50% of dogs. The effects are seen between 5 and 30 minutes after consumption and last about 4 hours. There are dogs for which it has no effect and for others it is practically a miracle.
It is advisable to start with a small dose and gradually increase until you see the effects. If you arrive at the maximum dose and notice no difference after a few weeks, you can try another CBD provider or conclude that it does not work for your dog.