There are three key factors in dosing CBD oil for dogs:
Other factors to take into account when considering CBD oil for you dog:
How long does CBD Oil take to work?
Each individual dog will respond differently to CBD oil. It is advised to start slow and small when dosing. Always watch your dog when giving them any new supplement, including CBD oil. If you give your dog food or treats with CBD in them allow for 45-90 minutes for effects to kick in. The same is true when dropping the oil onto your pup’s food, which is by far the easiest method.
If your dog has chronic issues it will likely take 2 to 4 weeks for results to be evident, if you do not see results, the dosage will most likely need to be altered.
Side Effects and Risks
Studies have shown that CBD oil is safe for the vast majority of dogs. However, some dogs can still experience side effects, especially if they are started on too large a dose, before they are used to it, or if they are given a dosage much too strong for their size. Potential side effects include:
These are side effects that can occur in both humans and animals. CBD can also have an effect on other medications your dog is taking. They can either have a positive effect, making the medication more effective, or have a negative impact. It is always advised to have a conversation with a veterinarian who is knowledgeable about different medications, and how CBD oil may interact with them.
Alternatives to CBD Oil
There are many CBD based products for your dog if you do not want the oil/tincture version of it. Some dogs may not like the grassy/nutty flavour of CBD oil, so some people choose to give their dogs CBD treats and soft chews, which is a viable alternative (however, not absorbed as effectively as oral absorption). There are also topical (transdermal creams) for targeting muscle aches and pain, and for soothing/healing dried or damaged skin. It appears you can safely use multiple forms of CBD oil for your dog at the same time, however you should stick to the general guidelines previously mentioned in this article for administering CBD based products to your dog(s).
Bottom Line for CBD Oil use in Dogs
CBD oil and CBD based products for pets appear to be extremely safe, especially if doses are administered properly. When buying CBD products always purchase from a reputable supplier, and all reputable suppliers should provide dosage instructions on the bottle or through their website to guide you. Important considerations when considering CBD oil for your dog: