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CBD Oil for Dogs: Common Side Effects

We know you take being a dog parent seriously.  As such, you are meticulous when it comes to your dog’s diet, health, and wellness.  The more we know about what’s in our dog’s food and in the medications and supplements we give to them, the more we know we can potentially do better than we’ve been doing, to provide healthier, higher quality options that deliver better results.  

Since the Farm Bill of 2018 was passed, the production and manufacturing of commercial hemp has been legalized federally, and the availability of hemp products for our pets has increased exponentially.  While this is definitely a giant step in the direction of focusing more on traditional, holistic remedies for our dogs’ ailments, it may leave you with questions as to what these options are and whether or not they are actually safe.  

We understand.  We’re dog parents, too, and as such, we’re committed to creating the safest products with the highest quality ingredients for our dogs.  This is why we created a specially formulated CBD tincture designed specifically for your pet.  Our tinctures are filled with CBD oil that is hemp-derived and American grown.  We subject our tinctures to the highest standards of third party laboratory testing to ensure they not only contain the quality and concentration of CBD we say they do, but they also don’t contain anything they shouldn’t, like harmful pesticides or chemicals.  

If you have questions about CBD oil for your dog, we’re here to help answer your questions so you can make an informed decision if CBD oil is a good option for your dog’s health and wellness routine.

What Exactly is CBD Oil?

There’s a lot of confusion surrounding what CBD oil and what it is not. CBD is the abbreviation for “cannabidiol.”  Cannabidiol is one of over one hundred compounds found in the hemp variety of the Cannabis sativa plant.  These compounds, called cannabinoids, have impactful health benefits for your pet that are best realized when they are extracted from the cannabis plant together.  When all cannabinoids from the plant work together concurrently, your pet receives the maximum benefit the plant has to offer, and that benefit is referred to as the entourage effect.  

If you’re wondering if CBD oil can get your dog “high,” rest assured it cannot.  This common misconception about CBD oil, that it can somehow make your animal high, is born from confusion between CBD and another popular cannabinoid, tetrahydrocannabinol, or “THC.”  This is the cannabinoid responsible for producing the euphoric “high” a user feels when they use marijuana.  It’s worth noting that commercially grown hemp (the kind that produces CBD oil) produces a very low amount of THC.  

By federal law, commercially manufactured CBD products, including those for your pet, must be made from hemp plants that contain less than 0.3% THC, which is not enough to produce a “high.”  It’s important that a CBD product contain this trace amount of THC, however, as there is evidence to support the presence of THC as a necessity to deliver the entourage effect.  Full spectrum CBD oil is the only kind of CBD oil that contains this trace THC, so it’s important to use this type of CBD oil when seeking optimal results.  A CBD isolate oil cannot produce the entourage effect, and may not be as beneficial for your pet.  

How Does it Affect My Dog?

CBD has an instantaneous effect on some dogs, while it may take several doses or even weeks to notice changes in other dogs. 

Once you’ve given your dog a dosage of CBD oil, you may be able to see results within minutes.  Every animal is different, and some dogs are more immediately receptive to the effects of CBD oil treatment than others.  Your dog’s response to CBD oil will depend on the concentration and amount of CBD oil you give as well as the dog’s individual physiology. 

A typical dose of CBD oil will last for approximately eight to twelve hours.   Every dog is different and how your dog responds to CBD oil may not be exactly the same as another dog’s response.  

Why Should I Give My Dog CBD?</h3> 

CBD has a wide range of potential benefits when given to your dog.  Here are some of the main reasons people administer CBD to their pets.  

  • CBD oil has natural soothing properties.  Many dog owners have opted to alleviate their pet’s occasional aches and pains with CBD oil, as CBD is an all-natural, plant-based soothing compound.  In fact, in clinical trials, CBD was found effective in treating joint discomfort in animals. CBD oil may be able to not only relieve your dog’s pain, but also help support their mobility. 
  • CBD can support normal GI function.  Every pup suffers from gastrointestinal issues from time to time.  A dog sick with mild vomiting and/or diarrhea may be able to get relief from CBD oil treatment.  Evidence indicates that full spectrum CBD oil may have an antiemetic effect on both animals and humans.   
  • CBD can promote calmness.  If your dog suffers from occasional stress or anxiety, related to separation, noise, or any other factor, you may be able to give them temporary relief by treating them with CBD oil.  The cannabinoids in CBD oil are thought to interact with receptors in your dog’s own endocannabinoid system, which plays a role in your dog’s stress response.

What are Common Side Effects? 

Before starting any new treatment with your pet, you should always consult a veterinary professional.  The team at VETCBD is knowledgeable and experienced, but your specific veterinarian knows your animal personally, and should be made aware of any changes in their overall routine.  

CBD oil is generally very well tolerated by canines, with very few side effects.  When given in low doses, you will likely not notice any adverse side effects with CBD treatment.  However, if your dog experiences a side effect from CBD oil treatment, it will likely be among the following:

  • Drowsiness.  In a small portion of animals, CBD can cause them to be sleepy.
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea.  This is a rare side effect and may indicate another issue altogether.  However, if you suspect your CBD oil treatment is adversely affecting your dog’s GI tract, stop treatment and contact your veterinary professional.  

What To Look For in CBD Products for My Dog?

If you’re ready to try CBD oil as a holistic remedy for your dog, there are some things you should know before making a purchase.  Not all CBD oils are created equally, and it’s important to know what you’re buying.  

Your dog’s CBD oil should always be full spectrum, so they are able to obtain maximum CBD oil benefit.  VETCBD’s tinctures are full spectrum, and our CBD oil is extracted from responsibly grown American hemp.  

We also always submit our final product batches to an independent laboratory for third party testing.  Third party testing ensures that the CBD products you use for your dog include the exact type and amount of ingredients the manufacturer says they do.  In addition to our third party testing for quality and quantity, we also require our lab to test for safety. This added layer of testing gives you peace of mind in knowing that our CBD oil tinctures don’t contain any unwanted chemicals, pesticides, or other ingredients that could cause harm to your pets.

Being generally well-tolerated and safe for most dogs, it’s worth giving CBD oil a try to help support your dog’s overall wellness and health. Explore VETCBD Hemp today and see all your options to help your dog thrive.   


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