As is often the case, some dogs will fall right in the middle of the two above options: they’ll gain some kind of noticeable benefit from taking CBD, but the effects won’t be significant enough to transition off of more traditional symptom reduction treatments.
Here, it’s best to think of CBD as a helpful supplement that can both improve your dog’s every day life, and step in to provide relief during particularly stressful periods. For example, senior dogs might take CBD to support mobility in the same way that supplement with joint aids such as fatty acids. (In fact, many CBD oils already use high quality Omega oils such as MCT oil or hemp seed oil as a carrier for cannabis supplements, so they offer double the dietary benefit).
Other occasional uses of CBD include helping dogs to deal with one-off stressful events such as when moving home or during fourth of July fireworks. Taking CBD during these triggers can reduce dogs’ anxiety resposnes, and also make them more receptive to other training and calming measures.
We find the most effective way of adminstiering CBD in these scenarios is to begin a small dosage one to three days before the stressful event, and then apply a stronger dosage around thirty minutes before your pup would really benefit from it.