Our dogs do so much for us. They can be our closest companions for years, asking for nothing in return, accompanying us through moves to new cities, new partners, joy and grief. Archaeologists have found paintings and carvings in ancient campsites and tombs that suggest dogs have been kept as pets since Paleolithic times. These days, it’s more common than ever to walk down the street and see all kinds of dogs strutting on their leash. Now with CBD oil widely adopted as a natural supplement, is CBD oil for dogs catching on?
Using CBD Oil for Dogs
So can we nourish and love our pups in return? By now, we all know that CBD oil has numerous benefits for humans, including relief from anxiety and PTSD, pain-relief, improved sleep, and improved overall sense of well-being. Our dogs and other furry friends deserve similar relief. CBD for dogs can serve as an alternative form of medication for anxiety, seizures, and many other ailments. According to Dr. Gary Richter, a holistic veterinarian practicing out of Oakland, California,“[CBD] can help with everything from pain and soreness to stress and anxiety, upset stomach…and seizures.”
CBD and pet hemp oil can be especially useful for treating your dog’s anxiety. In humans, stress might cause us to bite our nails, pace around, shake, or talk incessantly. In dogs, anxiety can cause similar repetitive behavior, such as persistent barking, chewing (furniture, shoes, rubbish, etc), urinating and defecating (usually inside the house or crate), aggression, and tremors.
Recently, The Alchemist’s Kitchen partnered with Pet Releaf to craft CBD dog treats for your furry friends. Besides easing pain and anxiety, these treats are an excellent supplement for cardiovascular health, cholesterol control, liver health, and lustrous hair. Plus, they are packaged with the iconic art of New York artist Keith Haring.
How Much CBD Oil to Give Your Pet
A common question veterinarians receive is how much CBD oil should I give my pet? CBD dosage for dogs can vary depending on the size and weight, and often requires a bit of trial and error. It’s best to start with a low dose, and see how your dog reacts. CBD can be administered in either a treat or an oil, depending on your dog’s needs. Make sure to never give your pup raw, unprocessed cannabis, which is highly toxic, and keep CBD treats locked away to be sure your pet receives proper dosage (a dog that finds a stash of CBD treats will probably eat more than they should).
Let’s celebrate all that our furry friends do for us by nourishing them in every way we know how. Besides fresh food, long walks, and extra cuddles, CBD treats for pets can be a wonderful way to show our pets how much we care.