CBD Oil for Dogs
Advice & Information
As we discussed on our CBD for PETS page, giving a Dog (or any Pet) CBD in the UK is quite a grey area and is really down to the owner (on the advice of their local vet).
In the last 12 months, more and more Vets are recommending trying your Dog on CBD for things like Anxiety (calming your Dog), Arthritis, Pain, Seizures, general help with poorly eating Dogs, etc.
CBD is now being widely recognized as a go-to supplement for many Pets (just as it is in humans).
CBD & THC for Dogs
As mentioned on our CBD for PETS information page, all pets (especially Dogs), must avoid THC. This is the psychoactive ingredient in the Cannabis plant and can cause Dogs to have seizures.
How much CBD should I give my Dog?
As there are no "PET" CBD products in the UK (legally), you will find that the CBD Oil recommended by Vets is normally a "human" THC Free Isolate CBD Oil, blended with things like Salmon Oil. Because it is designed for humans, the boxes will not offer any advice on dosages for Pets. This would make it a "Pet" specific product and the VMD (Veterinary Medicines Directorate) just does not allow that at present (hopefully this will all change in the near future).
Studies in America by Dr Gary Richter found that the recommended amount of CBD safe to give Pets varied from 2-8mg/kg but most erred on a lower limit of 1-2mg/kg. **As with all CBD, less is often found to be more effective.
Is CBD Safe to Give a Dog?
CBD is completely safe to give a Dog providing you follow these few rules:
Always get permission from your local Vet.
Always use a Trusted CBD Supplier.
Always use a THC Free CBD Oil.
Do not give your Dog too much CBD. Start small and slowly work up until you see a difference in your Dog.
Alternative & Complementary ways to help your Dog with Anxiety etc
CBD has been proven to help humans and animals to relax, but there are also other methods you may want to try. Here are some recognized methods that may help your Dog to relax:
Exercise Your Dog
If your dog has separation anxiety, the obvious way to ease their mind is to never leave them alone. That is not a reality for most pet owners, so using exercise as both a bonding time and to tire out your pet is often an easy fix!
Because anxiety can cause an excess of energy, taking your dog out to play ball or on a long walk before you leave can be helpful. Providing plenty of physical contact and talking to them during this time is also beneficial. And, like their human counterparts, exercise can help relieve stress by producing beneficial endorphins.
Mental Stimulation will leave your dog tired and this too can really help your dog to relax.
There is probably nothing more soothing to an anxious dog than its owner’s touch. Try to identify the signs of anxiety in your dog and nip them in the bud as early as possible by picking them up, cuddling on the couch, or giving them a good long petting session.
As you probably know, a massage will relax and calm even the most anxious human — did you know it also works wonders with dogs as well?! Anxiety often causes tensing of the muscles and massage therapy is one way to alleviate tension. Start at the neck and work downward with long strokes. Try to keep one hand on the dog, while the other works to massage. Over time you may even be able to identify where your dog holds its stress and just work on that one particular area.
Crazy as it may sound, music therapy has been proven to be beneficial for our canine and feline friends. The power of music can be calming and relaxing while you’re home, in the car, or away from your pet. Music can also alleviate noise sensitivity by blocking the street or scary noises that bother some dogs and create anxiety.
Research has shown that many dogs prefer classical music. Harp music, often used in hospice situations, can be a natural sedative.
While anxiety isn’t a bad behavior per se, it can help to give your dog some time out when they’re acting out. Isolating your pet in a safe and quiet space can help calm their frayed nerves. Maybe that space has some very quiet music playing, low lights, and/or some aromatherapy available (see below “Alternative Therapies”).
You might also try a "ZenCrate" for time-outs and as a general escape pod for your furry friend. The ZenCrate was designed to help dogs with a variety of anxiety factors. It’s similar to a standard crate but it provides vibration isolation, noise cancellation (through sound insulation), reduced light, as well as comfort and security. A motion-activated sensor turns on a gentle fan when your dog enters, which helps block noise and provides a steady stream of fresh air. You can pre-program the crate with music. It comes with a removable door, so your dog can self-comfort and enter at any time.
Calming coats and t-shirts apply mild, constant pressure to a dog’s torso, surrounding a dog much like a swaddling cloth on a baby. It’s recommended for dogs with any type of anxiety induced by travel, separation, noise, or stranger anxiety. These are available from most pet supply stores.
**Please note: CBD UK does not recommend purchasing any CBD products unless recommended or prescribed by a qualified VMD Approved Veterinary Surgeon. We understand customers do give their animals CBD to try and help them with all kinds of problems and we often get asked about giving pets CBD. We are not and do not pretend to be Vets and we are not qualified to offer advice on giving animals CBD.