How CBD for Dogs Can Help You and Your Pet Live a Better Life

Jan 13, 2021Posted by: brian sorel

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They say dogs are man’s best friend, but we think your dog’s new best friend could be CBD oil. In recent years, CBD for dogs has become a hot topic - especially when it comes to therapy for our furry friends. Surprisingly enough, CBD doesn’t only provide benefits for humans. Providing relief from pain, anxiety, seizures, and much more, CBD for dogs can greatly improve your pet’s health over time. If you’re interested in how to give your dog a better quality of life with CBD, keep reading!

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a compound that interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system, which is a series of native receptors that promote homeostasis, or equilibrium. CBD is primarily found in the flowers and leaves of hemp plants, and our products at iCBD are extracted from the highest-quality and best-sourced hemp available.

While CBD is often mistaken for being equivalent to marijuana, CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid so it doesn’t produce any feelings of euphoria. Instead, it’s more often used as a medicinal alternative. Full-spectrum CBD, however, includes THC. All iCBD full-spectrum products meet the compliant level of THC (under 0.3% THC).

Is CBD Safe for Pets?

Turns out, our pets are more like us than we think. Like humans, our dogs and cats have an Endocannabinoid System to help them maintain their overall wellness. Full-spectrum hemp extract as well as hemp’s many other naturally occurring compounds are great tools for promoting improved health for our canine and feline friends. To find the best of the best products for your dogs, we recommend paying attention to the product’s:

  1. Quality of Ingredients
  2. Concentration of CBD
  3. Potency
  4. Value for the Cost
  5. Flavor

However, not all CBD oils are created equal. In fact, CBD created for the purpose of treating pets has a unique process compared to the process for human consumers. For instance, we have to keep in mind that dogs are generally a lot smaller than people, which is a huge factor as we formulate the potency of the final CBD product. Plus, all CBD for dogs is distilled and refined to be more suitable for them with different compounds and properties. A large amount of THC in CBD for dogs can be dangerous to your pet’s health, so it’s necessary to watch how much you’re giving to your canine. Don’t be afraid of full-spectrum products though, as products that isolate CBD may not be as effective for your dog’s health. 

In terms of side effects, there aren’t many side effects that your dog can experience while taking CBD. So far, we know that dogs can experience both dry mouth and increased drowsiness with higher doses of CBD. In a dog, dry mouth should typically manifest as increased thirst and CBD’s calming effects result in the slight drowsiness. 

What are the Benefits of CBD for Dogs?

In our opinion, pet owners should definitely consider giving CBD to their dogs, as CBD can benefit each and every pet - even those that have no health issues. If your dog is suffering from health issues, CBD can put them at ease and can help reduce:

  • Anxiety
  • Chronic pain
  • Joint inflammation
  • Allergies
  • Age-related conditions
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Seizures
  • Skin conditions (using topical CBD)

How Do You Give CBD to Your Dogs?

When you’re picking out a CBD product for your pet, you’ll want to consider your pet’s needs and go from there. For example, a CBD oil with a higher concentration might be great for owners with bigger dogs, but owners of small dogs might opt for a less potent oil to make dosing easier. Or, if your dog is a picky eater, you might need to pay closer attention to the flavoring and go for meat-flavored products, like our iCBD oil flavored with Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil.

Similar to how we consume our CBD, there are a few different ways to give your dog their intake of CBD. With CBD oil, you can put the oil in their food or use the dropper to put it directly in their mouths. Otherwise, there are plenty of CBD-infused treats for dogs on the market that your dog is bound to enjoy.

Not sure how much CBD to give your pet? Here’s our suggestion:

  • Pets under 25lbs:  .5mL
  • Pets 25 to 75lbs: .5-1mL
  • Pets over 75lbs: 1-2mL

iCBD 300mg Oil for Dogs and Cats

If you’re interested in giving CBD to your dog, or even your cat, after reading about all the benefits, check out our product made especially for your pets! Made with MCT Oil from Virgin Organic Coconuts, this is a high-quality product that’s a safe and natural option to help your dog, especially if they seem to be experiencing anxiety. Our pet-friendly CBD oil is a full-panel tested full-spectrum CBD product that is made for dogs and cats of all sizes. It can be added to their food or given directly - and you know they’ll love it since it’s a premium salmon-flavored treat. With 300mg of total CBD content in the bottle (approximately 10mg per serving), you can treat your pet with the suggested amount up to four times