By now, you have probably come across the cannabidiol or CBD trend that is said to cure various dog health conditions. CBD is a substance found in both cannabis or hemp. Consequently, CBD does not contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or the psychoactive properties from marijuana. Thus, your fur baby will not get high using CBD oil.
There are various claims that hemp oil for dogs can be an alternative treatment for seizure, back pain, arthritis, gastrointestinal problems, inflammation, epilepsy, and even symptoms of cancer among dogs. But before deciding to give CBD a try, below are some things you should consider in looking for a hemp oil product:
Make sure you purchase a natural CBD oil; otherwise, they might contain pesticides, fungicides, and other solvents, which is harmful to dogs. Look for organic hemp oil that only contains less than 0.03% TCH or nothing at all.
To make sure the product is organic, ask where and how the hemp was grown and extracted as CBD oil. This way, you will know if the product is organic and has a lower risk of environmental toxins.
Affordable products can be tempting to try, but better go for the competitively priced CBD oils available in the market as they have higher quality and purity compared to cheap ones. Remember, extracting CBD requires high-tech materials and close monitoring, so there is no way a manufacturer is paying less for that. Try comparing the labels, and you will see that costly hemp oil for dogs is organic and free from additives.
Certificate of Analysis
A CBD's certificate of analysis usually comes from a third-party laboratory. It states the amount of CBD in the product. When reviewing the certificate of analysis, make sure that the product does not contain THC. If it says it contains more than 0.03% of THC, then it is no longer safe for dogs as it can give them psychoactive effects that are usually caused by marijuana.
The certificate of analysis also tells you if the hemp oil comes from a certified grower and distributed by reputable companies and sellers. Do not trust analysis from the manufacturer itself; make sure the certificate of analysis comes from a third-party lab.
There are many ways to administer CBD among dogs. There are treats infused with CBD oil, as well as topical sprays and balms for external pain. However, the best form would be a hemp oil or tincture as it allows you to give a drop by drop dosage to your dogs.
But be careful with CBDs with additional essential oil for fragrance, even if the label states that the essential oil is all-natural, some compound can still affect a dog's health.
Every pet parent only wants the best for their fur babies. If CBD is the next big thing that could keep them healthy and have a prolonged life, then why not try it? Just make sure to have a word with your veterinarian first, so he/she can check if your fur babies are in good condition to receive this kind of alternative treatment.