CBD for dogs: Buying Guide and Treatment Tips
Are you considering CBD for your pooch – here are some tips on what to look out for and how it can help?
What CBD Products Are Available?
You should be able to find something that works for both you and your dog because CBD products can be found in various forms.
You will find a lot of CBD products advertised for dogs in a treat form. This is perhaps the easiest method for any dog owner because they come in a variety of different options. You can find some in your dog’s favorite flavor, you can find them in different doses, and you can find them in different sizes. Buying them in pre-made CBD treats can really take a lot of the guesswork out of having to measure out doses for your dog because they are going to be labeled by serving.
Another way you can give CBD to your dog is by providing them in topical form. There are all kinds of different products including topical creams which can work well for your dog if they suffer from some kind of skin condition or if they suffer from muscle aches or inflammation. These topicals can be applied directly to your dog’s skin and they are capable of providing fast relief to your dogs after application.
You will also be able to find CBD oil for dogs available in capsule form. This is another good way to give CBD to your dogs because you are likely familiar with how it works and it can be easily hidden in your dog’s favorite treat or food.
Another good option could be giving them CBD in tincture form. Tinctures contain the oil extract and a dropper bottle that you can use to give the right dosage. This is easily considered the purest form of CBD because it is extracted. The way you give your dog CBD with tinctures is by placing the proper dosage in the dropper underneath your dog’s tongue. By doing this, you are not only going to be able to easily figure out the right dosage, but it will be delivered much more efficiently because it will bypass the liver and has to be digested. Thus, it can go right to their bloodstream for quicker relief or results.
What Dosage Do They Need?
Figuring out what the right dosage requirement is can be tricky. However, there are guidelines that you can use to identify them.
Your Dog’s Size
This is one of the main things that you should be considering. Your dog’s dosage requirements will be predicated on his/her size and weight. A lot of the products you will find available will include a weight chart that can indicate the right dosage. As a rule of thumb, the larger your dog is, the higher of a dose he or she will require. However, you want to check the dosage suggestions by the manufacturer to ensure you are adhering to it.
Another thing that is going to dictate the dosing requirements would be the product itself. For instance, you may find a single CBD capsule contains the exact same concentration of CBD as 5 drops of a tincture or even of 3 treats. Therefore, you will have to check based on the product to ensure that you are giving the right dosage. A lot of the products you will find will simplify the dosing instructions by listing the specific weight ranges in order to avoid having to calculate anything. You will also find some brands selling similar products with varying concentrations. Therefore, you should always double-check.
Therapeutic vs Medicinal
You will also find there being differences in dosing based on what you are giving it for. Depending on the ailment you are treating, it may have different requirements. You will generally find a lot of the therapeutic usage requiring lower dosages including pain management, anxiety, and even inflammation. For medicinal usage for serious illnesses including epilepsy, you will find higher dosage requirements. Thus, a lot of the products available will have two different dosage recommendations based on therapeutic and medicinal use-cases.
How To Administer It
While you may know all about the benefits of CBD for your dog, you may not know exactly how to get them to take it. How you administer the CBD oil can play a role in determining how effective it is. The way you should be administering it will vary based on the type of product you are using.
For treats, you will simply want to give your dog whatever their recommended dosage is. This is perhaps the easiest and most convenient.
For topicals, read the directions. Apply however much is recommended directly to your dog’s skin.
As with some of the other options, you can try to hide it in peanut butter or your dog’s favorite treat.
With the dropper bottle, you will want to apply the correct dosage underneath your dog’s tongue. This will be the most effective due to the quick rate of absorption, but it will also likely be one of the most difficult to have success with. Be sure to have treats on hand to reward your dog for obeying.
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