- American Grown
- Lab Tested
- CO2 Extracted
- 0.0% THC
- Low-temperature refined to retain terpenes and flavinoids (Liquid Chromatography)
- Made from Coconut
- Human Quality
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is CBD oil?
- What can CBD do for my dog?
- Is CBD safe for dogs?
- How much CBD oil should I give my dog?
- Possible Side Effects of CBD in Dogs
- Can humans take dog CBD oil?
- Is it legal to give my dog CBD oil?
- Will CBD oil fix seizures in dogs?
- Is CBD oil good for old dogs?
- Does CBD oil work for dogs with arthritis?
- Does CBD oil work for dogs with Cancer?
- Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, and Isolate, which CBD oil is best for dogs?
What is CBD Oil?
CBD (cannabidiol) is one of the many natural cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. The hemp plant is a variety of the Cannabis Sativa plant species. Industrial hemp has lower concentrations of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and higher levels of cannabidiol (CBD), which decreases or eliminates its psychoactive effects. We make our CBD oil products from the industrial hemp plant* (which contains less than 0.3% THC).
Scientists know that cannabinoids interact with the endocannabinoid receptors located in the central and peripheral nervous systems of people and animals, which help maintain balance in the body and keep it in a normal healthy state.
CBD is not psychoactive, unlike THC, which is. It can impact an individual’s psyche in positive ways. CBD is a powerful mood-altering compound with potentially significant therapeutic properties. In short, your dog won’t get “high” from CBD oil, but he might feel relaxed without being intoxicated.
Limited pre-clinical research indicates that CBD may have potent anti-tumoral, antioxidant, antispasmodic, antipsychotic, anti-convulsive, and neuroprotective properties. CBD activates serotonin receptors, potentially causing an anti-anxiety effect, as well.
Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill clinical research/trials about CBD’s uses and efficacy will likely increase over the next few years.
What is the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)?
Animals, similar to humans, have an endocannabinoid system (ECS) that monitors a wide range of bodily functions. When these functions become unbalanced, the ECS triggers a chemical response to return them to normal.
Naturally occurring, non-toxic CBD is similar in molecular structure to your animal's endocannabinoids and can stimulate your pet's ECS encouraging it to keep bodily functions in balance.
The ECS regulates many of your pets bodily functions, some of which include:
Immune Response, Appetite, Metabolism, Sleep, Memory, Pleasure, Movement, and Coordination.
Read our other article about the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
WHAT CAN CBD DO FOR MY DOG?
CBD may compensate for deficiencies in your dog’s health by supplementing the endocannabinoid system (ECS) to optimize a healthy mind and body. Dogs and CBD oil are a match made in heaven.
Many people who have used it say that they have found it to be particularly beneficial without any adverse side effects. Our Relievet CBD oil for pets is also non-psychoactive as it doesn’t contain any THC (the psychoactive compound in marijuana). We'll discuss the questions of how much CBD oil should I give my dog and what are the side effects of hemp oil for dogs later on in the article.
CBD oil has the potential to benefit those who suffer from:
- Pain (from arthritis, joint/mobility issues)
- Inflammation/skin problems
- Anxiety /stress
- Sleep problems
- Digestive issues
CBD may be able to help to relieve certain medical conditions and improve the health and quality of life for many. We recommend you try our Relievet CBD products for dogs.
You want to find organic CBD (hemp) oil in the products with no dangerous additives. We believe the best CBD oil for dogs are independently lab tested to ensure quality, purity, and consistency.
IS CBD SAFE FOR DOGS?
CBD can be safe for dogs, but some products are more reliable than others. Many CBD products for pets also contain THC, which at high doses, causes toxicity in dogs. (Research)
CBD has been used for many years as a natural alternative to pharmaceuticals and can take the ’edge off’ when your pet is feeling pain, anxiety, or fear.
Monica tested CBD oil on herself first and then tried it on her dogs. The older dog, who has joint pain following a broken bone that happened when still a pup, appeared more at ease and could run around fine. The younger dog (only two years old) gets upset and scared when he hears loud noises like fire engine sirens, so she tried adding CBD to his daily regime, and that worked well - he was more relaxed when he heard loud noises.
Is it legal to give my dog CBD oil?
Yes, it is legal to give CBD oil to dogs, now that the Farm Bill passed in December 2018. See note above*. There are many potential benefits of CBD oil, including natural pain relief for dogs.
USE BROAD SPECTRUM CBD OIL FOR DOGS
The CBD oil for dogs we created uses a broad spectrum CBD oil, which contains no THC, but does have many other potentially beneficial cannabinoids.
There are a lot of inferior CBD products being sold, some are derived from marijuana (instead of legal industrial hemp), and some contain no CBD at all. Independently lab-tested products will show precisely what compounds they possess.
Dose Liquid CBD Without a Glass Dropper
Some products marketed for pets contain glass droppers and recommend that the CBD drops be placed directly in the pet's mouth. Putting glass in your pet's mouth could be a hazard; we chose to use a graduated plastic dropper, which is designed explicitly for dosing liquids safely.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF CBD IN DOGS
Pending research on the side effects of CBD usage for dogs, here are potential side effects based on how CBD affects some humans.
- Dry mouth: Research shows that CBD can decrease the production of saliva. For dogs, this would manifest as increased thirst.
- Lowered blood pressure: High doses of CBD are known to cause a temporary small drop in blood pressure, which might cause a light-headed feeling.
- Drowsiness: The calming effect of CBD may also cause slight drowsiness, especially when using higher doses.
The side effects of CBD oil for dogs are still being researched, but nothing has been shown to cause any serious harm to pets.
Note: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved CBD and has not issued a dosing chart. Therefore, we do not know what size dosage would be toxic. Any medication or supplement carries the risk of a reaction. It is always advisable when giving your dog something new, to start with small amounts, and then closely monitor the effects. Always check with your veterinarian first.
Can humans take dog CBD oil?
No - it is not appropriate for products designed for dogs to be taken by people for various reasons, such as dosage, and the directions/warnings on the product label should always be followed. CBD is safe for dogs and humans, but there are separate products and different CBD oil dosage for dogs.
While it may not be harmful, people should use CBD products that are developed for humans. You should always consult your doctor.
HOW MUCH CBD OIL SHOULD I GIVE MY DOG?
Use our CBD for Dogs and Cats dosage calculator to find out how much CBD oil to give your Dog or Cat based on their weight.
The right amount of CBD oil for dogs varies with the size and condition of the dog. The dose of CBD oil suitable for anxiety in dogs might be less than the quantity required to treat chronic pain. So when you ask, how much CBD oil should I give my dog? The answer can vary widely based on dog size and symptoms.
Oil is the Most Effective Delivery Method
Oil is the most effective delivery method when dropped directly under the tongue. It is far better than dosing with CBD dog treats, which may seem easier to manage.
Full Spectrum CBD oil can taste bitter, Relievet CBD oil for pets uses broad-spectrum CBD oil in an MCT carrier oil derived from coconuts to make it more palatable and enabling us to create a range of oils suitable for dogs of various weights. We recommend you dose directly under the tongue every time.
Can I give too much CBD oil to dogs?
No, it is unlikely. Follow our dosage guidelines, and you will find the range of options depending on your dog's weight.
We recommend you start your dog off slowly and observe the effects before decreasing or increasing the dosage slightly. If your dog does accidentally consume too much CBD, consult your vet as you would for any excessive consumption issue.
How long does it take for CBD oil to work on dogs?
Typically, it will take 20 - 30 minutes for CBD oil to start to calm your dog for anxiety problems. For pain, it may take longer to begin to work. Chronic and more severe issues tend to take longer (up to a couple of days) for the body to reset and then be kept in a normal healthy state.
What’s the best way to give CBD to animals?
For our CBD oil, a few drops can be administered directly in the mouth (either under the tongue or in the cheeks) using the plastic dropper we provide. This is the way we would recommend as you are sure of the amount taken, and there is no glass near your pet’s mouth.
Alternately, you can add to water or a food bowl. This is less effective as the dog may not drink/eat all of the contents, so the amount may not be enough to take effect.
There are some CBD dog treats, too, but be careful that you know the percentage of CBD in them.
Will CBD oil fix seizures in dogs?
It is too early to say for sure, but research is currently being conducted for the use of CBD to treat seizures in dogs. A CBD drug was recently approved by the FDA to treat seizures in humans. Hemp oil for dogs seizures studies must conclude before the medical community confirms it.
The American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation (CHF) is currently sponsoring a study through the Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, to evaluate the use of CBD in treatment-resistant epileptic dogs. CHF hopes that this will be the first study to gain scientific data on the use of CBD in dogs with this condition.
Is CBD oil good for dogs with old age?
Yes, as it can provide pain relief and may act as an anti-inflammatory.
Using CBD oil for diarrhea can be worth trying for older dogs with digestive issues. In Monica’s mobile dog grooming business, she experiences older dogs regularly. One customer with two older dogs has been using Relievet CBD oil for pets for a month, told us about her dog's increase in energy and comfort in mobility.
Does CBD oil work for dogs with arthritis?
CBD oil for dogs with arthritis can work well.
It can ease inflammation and pain associated with arthritis enabling them to move around more easily. CBD oil can also be helpful for other joint and mobility issues for pets. This pharmacokinetic and clinical study suggests that 2 mg/kg of CBD twice daily can help increase comfort and activity in dogs with Osteoarthritis. (Research)
Does CBD oil work for dogs with Cancer?
No, there is little or no evidence to suggest that CBD cures cancer, but it may help with symptoms and pain associated with cancer. We also found, when researching soft tissue sarcoma in dogs (a type of cancer), that cannabinoids may have anti-tumor effects.
We had a family dog who sadly passed away a few years ago at the right old age of 16 years - he had prostate cancer and was in some pain and discomfort in his last few weeks. We gave him the medicines and painkillers as prescribed by our fantastic vet, who we trusted 100% to do the best for our much-loved dog, and I am confident that she did do her very best at that time.
The painkillers did have some unwanted side effects.
When I reflect, I wonder if our product Relievet CBD oil for dogs had been available at that time, would it have helped too? I certainly would have tried the CBD oil for dogs. It may have eased his pain, and perhaps the side effects would have been less severe too.
What is the difference between hemp seed oil and CBD oil for dogs?
Interested in hemp seed oil vs. CBD oil for dogs?:
- Hemp seed oil is made from hemp seeds and contains no CBD.
- CBD hemp oil is extracted from whole industrial hemp plants. The plants used are specially bred to contain high concentrations of naturally occurring cannabidiol (CBD).
The primary difference is the amount of CBD that each contains. Hemp seed oil, although rich in omega acids, has a tiny amount of CBD (typically less than 25 parts per million or none at all), while CBD oil can range anywhere from 2% to 99.9% CBD depending on product, purity, and source.
Be careful to always check for third party lab testing on a CBD product for pets to ensure it contains CBD.
Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, and Isolate, which CBD oil is best for dogs?
CBD products can be produced using different forms of CBD. To be considered legal under the 2018 farm bill, they must be manufactured from industrial hemp and contain less than 0.3% THC. We have outlined the key points for each:
- Broad Spectrum CBD Oil:
- it has 0.0% Psychoactive THC
- It has a broad range of cannabinoids.
- It contains very few residual flavors and aromas.
- Full-spectrum CBD Oil:
- It has less than 0.3% THC and trace amounts of terpenes.
- Has a full spectrum of cannabinoids
- It can have a smell and taste (bitter)
- CBD Isolate:
- Is a powder
- Contains isolated CBD and no other cannabinoids
An Increase in Calls About Cannabinoid Ingestion Related to THC
As CBD tinctures for pets have become more popular, the “The APCC reports an increase in calls about cannabinoid treat and tincture ingestion, largely in dogs. Many of the dogs who have eaten more treats or more of the tincture than was recommended have shown clinical signs post-ingestion, and those signs tend to be very consistent with pets who have had THC overdoses.” Read the full article here.
THC Toxicity for Dogs
We chose to use broad-spectrum CBD Oil in our Relievet CBD oil for pets because it contains no THC, but it does include a broad range of beneficial cannabinoids. We understand the benefits of the entourage effect but also the risks of THC, causing toxicity in dogs. We have found that excellent results can be achieved without the risks associated with THC and pets.
What is the entourage effect?
The entourage effect is a proposed mechanism in which the cannabinoid compounds in cannabis modulate the overall psychoactive effects of the plant (principally THC, the main psychoactive component in cannabis).
Non-psychoactive CBD is believed to be the significant modulatory component, reducing some of the adverse, psychosis-like effects of THC. It is thought to reduce the loss of memory associated with THC. The idea of the entourage effect is widespread among the cannabis community, which is often based on conjecture and anecdotal evidence. Rigorous scientific research is still lacking.
CBD Buying Tips for Dogs
If you and your veterinarian decide to try CBD as a treatment for your dog, note that not all products are created equal; you’ll want high-quality CBD oil designed specifically for pets to have a better chance of it working.
- Quality Ingredients - Not all products are created equal. Look for a company that uses organically cultivated US-grown hemp-derived CBD oil.
- Lab Results - Look for a company that displays lab results for full transparency and shows you precisely what is (or isn't) in their products.
- Safety - Many CBD for pet products re-brand the same product for humans and pets, which include glass droppers. Our Relievet CBD oil for dogs comes with a pet-safe plastic graduated dropper to ensure safety and dosage accuracy for your pet family.
- Range of Product - Look for a product which fits your pet weight, a product designed for a 5lb pet will be ineffective for a 150 lb Mastiff as they would have to consume vast amounts to receive an effective dose.
FINAL SUMMARY OF OUR FINDINGS ON CBD FOR DOGS
Research is still in the early phases but is very encouraging in many cases. There is a lot of misinformation and ineffective products, so it is essential to do your research and buy from a reputable company. Remember to always consult your veterinarian before giving any new product to your pet.
Quality AssuredAs a family-owned business, we care about the quality of our products. If you are not fully satisfied, contact us within 30 days of purchase, and we will reimburse you for the cost of the product.
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