If you’re looking for alternative treatment options, CBD pet products like Dad Grass Dog Bones will crop up as they’re trending big-time for dogs. But is CBD a godsend, and can you safely give it to your dog?
Science still doesn't have definitive answers regarding the use of CBD products for dogs, as its clinical use is still relatively rare in veterinary medicine. But some scientific findings highlight its excellent treatment potential.
CBD (both in the form of dog CBD oil and treats) has shown promising effects in helping with anxiety, pain, seizures, and inflammation. 
Also, there are some groundbreaking discoveries indicating that we’ll only keep seeing more of it.
Let’s delve into what we know—how CBD works, its benefits for your doggo, and how to dose your doggo safely.
CBD & Arthritis
CBD oil’s many benefits are currently being explored, including those related to treating arthritis in older dogs. Pain medication and regular exercise have been used as standard treatments to relieve pain and keep dogs mobile and active for as long as possible, but sometimes, that alone won't cut it.
But does it make sense to give CBD to your aging ball of fur for aching joints and other related arthritis symptoms? What does the research say?
A recent preliminary study has found some serious potential benefits of CBD in treating osteoarthritis in dogs. The study used canine brief pain inventory and the Hudson activity scale to measure pain markers in dogs, and those scores significantly improved.
Researchers saw “a significant decrease in pain and increase in activity” in dogs administered with CBD oil. 
This analgesic effect can arguably be attributed to the ability of CBD to regulate immune cells and peripheral nerves. It's via these receptors that the researchers think CBD may be influencing pain sensation and the degree of inflammation in elderly dogs with arthritis.
CBD & Anxiety In Dogs
According to a recent survey, pet owners increasingly endorse CBD to support their pets’ mental well-being. 
So, is CBD an option when your poor little pooch is cowering under the bed after hearing a thunderstorm or acting out when new friends are arriving? Is there any scientific evidence to back up these trends?
While more studies are needed to determine the safety and effectiveness of CBD oil for dogs, preliminary research certainly gets our hopes up.
A 2014 animal study subjected the participating canines to several experimental tests. The results showed promising anti-anxiety and antidepressant effects of CBD in dogs. 
But how does CBD work to relieve adverse reactions to loud noises and other stressors? It has less to do with how dogs perceive reality and more with how they physically experience it.
CBD works by reducing physical stress reactions and calming your dog’s demeanor when exposed to their typical anxiety triggers. So, instead of entering their good ol’ frenetic fight-or-flight mode, you may now have a dog that’s happily clearing their food bowl.
CBD & Seizures
Although research on CBD and seizure in pets is scarce, some new studies are intriguing. A 2018 study assessed the use of CBD in dogs with epilepsy, and the result was a whopping 89% reduction in the frequency of dog seizures. 
Though scientists are still working to understand how CBD benefits manifest in dogs who frequently experience seizures, the new study is anything but insignificant. It also offers some insight into determining appropriate CBD doses.
Here’s what the lead researcher, Dr. Stephanie McGrath, DVM, a neurologist at Colorado State University’s James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital, says on the topic.
“We saw a correlation between how high the levels of CBD were in these dogs with how great the seizure reduction was. It’s really exciting that perhaps we can start looking at CBD in the future as an alternative to existing anticonvulsive drugs.” Source: Science Daily
CBD & Cell Growth in Cancer
While some forms of CBD are approved for treating cancer pain in humans, more research needs to be done on the medicinal use of CBD for dogs. Yet, some studies have shown that CBD has produced similar benefits in rodents, dogs, cats, horses, and rabbits. 
Human studies indicate that different cannabinoids can reduce inflammation and block cell growth in cancer patients.  We also start seeing this in some recent animal studies:
- A Cornell University study that has observed the effect of CBD in the canine cell culture has found strong anti-proliferative properties of CBD. They put this down to CBD’s ability to modify the cells’ signaling events and rapid mitochondrial permeability in canines. 
- CBD can also help treat secondary symptoms of cancer and chemotherapy. Some animal research suggests CBD can have beneficial therapeutic value in treating chemotherapy-induced nausea. 
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I Use CBD for My Dog?
Yes, you should use CBD for your dog. CBD is an active ingredient in the hemp plant and is neither psychoactive nor addictive. THC is a whole different story and should be cautiously approached. The first can be freely administered to pets, while the other can be toxic. Always check the product label for THC before buying CBD for your dog.
Products containing predominantly CBD have been green-lighted by the experts as there’s no risk of overdosing your pet or getting them dependent on it.
Moreover, CBD derived from hemp plants contains safe amounts of THC, the federally legal 0.03% (compared to 30% of THC in the marijuana plant), and won’t get your dog “high.”
Your pup will experience the worst symptoms from hemp-sourced CBD: diarrhea, lethargy, and vomiting. 
That said, hemp CBD offers the therapeutic effect your dog needs without the side effects of THC.
Note to those furry friends who are already taking medication. Always consult your vet before taking CBD, as it can interfere with certain pet prescription drugs.
Is It OK to Give Your Dog CBD Every Day?
Just like play time with Dad Grass Dog Toys, giving your dog CBD daily is perfectly a-OK; just remember to stick to the recommended dosage guidelines. Here at Dad Grass, we recommend starting low and slow—start with a small dose of 1 MG of CBD per 10 lbs of dog’s weight and build your way up from there.
5 MG per 10 lbs is the maximum recommended dosage—aimed for the champs that can take it on the chin.
Also, let your vet in on this whole CBD thing; they may prescribe more precise doses depending on what’s ailing your pooch. And don’t forget to allow an eight to twelve-hour window between your daily dosages.
How to Choose CBD for My Dog?
You won’t let anything but the best CBD oil near your beloved pet, which makes sense. CBD oil for pets is still not regulated, so before closing the deal, ensure the product ticks all the boxes:
- Is the CBD product organic? Your CBD should be sourced from hemp plants that have been organically grown and thus free of toxins.
- How is it processed? The best brands on the market use high-quality CBD oils extracted without using toxic solvents such as propane and butane.
- What’s the THC level? Be mindful of the THC potency in any CBD pet products. If a product is created with the pets’ well-being in mind, it will never exceed the safe 0.3% THC threshold.
Is it certified? Choose CBD products with a certificate of analysis (COA). These products have been tested for pesticides, heavy metals, CBD and THC content, and more.
How Does CBD Oil Make a Dog Feel?
So, will your dog get “wasted” after taking some CBD oil? Nope. Your doggo will be having a field day. They’ll probably feel relaxed and maybe a tad light-headed. Hemp-derived CBD oil is a no-brainer here, as it will give your dog some good vibes without any side effects of THC.
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While there’s no conclusive evidence that CBD is good for dogs, the research so far sounds promising. And as the ongoing clinical studies look at CBD’s treatment potential in even more areas, dog owners have something to look forward to.
That said, if you do decide to give it a go, choose only the highest-quality CBD.
Dad Grass carries hemp-derived CBD products that have been lab tested for purity, potency, and THC content. We’re a bunch of dog lovers, and we think dogs should be treated the way they treat others, treating them to CBD in the form of their all-time favorite food—da BONES!
Dad Grass Dog Bones are made of high-quality CBD oil extracted using safe, organic methods for the best possible pet care.
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These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease. All Dad Grass Dog Bones contain less than the legal limit of 0.3% THC.
There are very few known interactions with CBD and prescription medications. However, if your pet is on medications, it is always best to consult with a holistic vet prior to starting CBD.
And while you totally can get away with munchin' on our top quality Dog Bones, we recommend heading over to dadgrass.com and checking out our human treats like our Dog Grass Dad Hat or our CBD joints, flower and tinctures.