3 Tips to Know When Buying CBD for Dogs (Oil, Treats, or Biscuits)

Helping dogs with seizures, pain, anxiety and more

If Killer from Half Baked is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of dogs and pot, we totally forgive you. Not only is the adorable little rottweiler pup one of the best parts of the film, he’s also probably a better and more memorable actor than both Jim Breuer and Harland Williams combined.

As it turns out though, it’s unfortunately not a great idea to get your pup high. While detailed scientific research on the matter is understandably lacking, a recent 5-year study out of Colorado showed an overall increase in ‘canine toxicosis’ due to THC ingestion. In other words, unlike in humans, THC can be potentially toxic – even fatal – to our furry little sidekicks. So better to just keep it out of their reach altogether.

But that’s THC — what about CBD?

While cannabis in any form is not an FDA-approved drug for animals, there are plenty of veterinarians out there who don’t hesitate to recommend CBD treats for dogs that suffer from a range of various diseases and chronic ailments.

But be careful — more than a handful of ‘reputable’ companies have recently been busted by the FDA for bogus claims of having CBD in their products, when in fact they’ve tested for virtually none.

In this article, we’ll discuss several of the purest and most effective products currently on the market; CBD has already proven to be a ‘miracle drug’ of sorts for a range of various human ailments, so it’s no surprise to see that it’s working wonders in the pet world as well.

How Does CBD for Dogs Work?

For the uninitiated, CBD (cannabidiol) is the non-psychoactive ingredient in cannabis – unlike THC, it doesn’t produce the “euphoric or intoxicating” effects consistent with stereotypical marijuana use.

Nevertheless, it still plays an incredibly active role in the body, as it influences a huge array of physiological and neurological processes by binding to endogenous cannabinoid receptors in the mammalian central nervous system. (Yes, dogs are mammals too).

Numerous studies have shown that by manipulating receptors in the CNS, cannabidiol can play a key role in reducing inflammation, alleviating chronic pain, reducing the viability of tumor cells, minimizing symptoms of anxiety/depression, and reducing the severity of seizures, among other things.

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What Medical Conditions CBD for Dogs Help With

While its most common use is treating pain associated with arthritis, cancer, and other chronic ailments, CBD oil for dogs can be used for a host of other conditions as well, though it must be said that a large portion of the veterinary community remains skeptical over its effectiveness, due unfortunately to a lack in published research studies.

In a statement to Buzzfeed News, Darlene Arden, a certified animal behavior consultant and proponent for medicinal marijuana use in pets, says that the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) will not approve the use of cannabis in pets until an acceptable amount of research and data is put forth on the subject. And while she understands the need for medication and drug functioning to be quantitatively backed up by science, she also bemoans the fact that animals are suffering unnecessarily through pain, nausea, stress, and anxiety when there is such a viable treatment method available.

Fortunately, there is a large component of veterinarians and researchers out there who won’t hesitate to recommend CBD’s far-reaching therapeutic qualities.

Dr. Tim Shu, founder and CEO of VETCBD, says that the interaction of cannabidiol with the endocannabinoid system in dogs can provide relief from a wide variety of physiological and neurological conditions, by ‘modulating the chemical components’ responsible for nausea, stress, anxiety, pain, and even gastrointestinal conditions brought on by infection.

Additionally, he goes on to say that unlike other traditional prescription medications that veterinary clinics might suggest, CBD has no significant or life-threatening side effects if administered in the proper dose.

It also, he claims, does not do any damage to internal organs, nor does it get the dog high — unlike sedative medications which alleviate symptoms by simply ‘masking’ the underlying condition, cannabidiol is a physiological component that actively works to reverse “non-normal” functioning.

In addition to alleviating pain and nausea, CBD oil for dogs is also increasingly being used to mollify overly-aggressive dogs, or easily frightened/skittish dogs that are sent into panic mode by things like loud noises, mailmen, or their owner’s roommates.

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And lastly, another hugely popular product that’s popping up more and more in both pot and pet shops alike is CBD oil for dog seizures. There’s absolutely nothing more heartbreaking than having to watch your beloved canine suffer through a seizure, but products like Plus CBD+ Oil seem to be able to provide virtually immediate relief.

Ways to Give your Dog CBD

Alas, understanding the benefits and health advantages of CBD oil for dogs is one thing, but getting them to actually take it or ingest it can be another thing altogether.

If you’ve ever tried to give your pup their heartworm or tick/flea medication without administering some kind of sly meat-related trickery, you know exactly what we’re talking about.

And needless to say, CBD oil in its natural state won’t exactly get your canine slobbering at the mouth like a platter of bacon or a slab of cooked chicken breast will.

Fortunately, there are some simple enough methods and techniques you can use to get your old hound to down his medication like the good boy that he is.

Tinctures that come in a dropper bottle allow for virtually immediate relief from symptoms (check out this adorable little guy whose seizure went away about 30 seconds after his owner gave him two drops), and are great for measuring out exact doses. When placed under the tongue, they’re absorbed directly into the bloodstream, allowing them to work quicker than topicals or edibles.

For dogs suffering from rashes, skin allergies, arthritis, or other general forms of muscle aches/joint pains (due to old age or otherwise), CBD topicals (salves and creams) are a popular and convenient way to go — they’re reliable, convenient, efficient for acute pain, and for the most part, are super easy to administer (have you ever know a dog that doesn’t love a good rub-down?).

Of course, though, nothing is likely easier or more convenient than good old-fashioned doggy biscuits, which are currently available from several different companies in a wide arrangement of sizes, flavors, and CBD dosages.

Benefits of CBD Dog Treats

Obviously, the #1 benefit of CBD treats for dogs is that your dog will love them – products like RxCBD’s Chicken-Flavored Treats or Austin and Kat Hemp-Infused CBD Biscuits for Dogs are every bit as slobber-inducing as a normal doggy bone.

Another good thing about CBD biscuits for dogs is that they come in a huge range of sizes and doses — most will be labeled directly on the package what weight/size dog they’re appropriate for, which is great for eliminating the uncertainty that often comes along with trying to determine a proper tincture dose.

The only thing you might hear some people say is that they’re a little wary of how effective some of the treats and doggy edibles really are — like we mentioned earlier there’s been more than a few cases of the FDA busting companies with bogus products, so it’s important to choose wisely when selecting the right option for your pup.

Key Things to Watch Out for When Purchasing CBD for your Pet

  1. Of course, the #1 thing you’ll want to look out for when selecting CBD products for your pets is that the product actually contains CBD. It’s easy enough to label something as “hemp-infused” or “hemp-based”, but it’s another thing altogether to actually have the appropriate levels of cannabidiol present in order to initiate any sort of chemical/physiological change. Short of going into a whole thing about which brands and products are ‘legit’ and which are not, take a quick look at this list of FDA warning letters, which exposes a handful of companies for advertising their products as “CBD-containing”, when in fact they are not.
  2. Another super key thing that you need to consider is dose. While CBD is less dangerous to dogs than THC is, improper dosing will commonly result in lethargy/drowsiness, and in more severe cases, intense nausea and/or vomiting can ensue. The general rule of thumb when using tincture is to start out with one drop per 10 lbs of your dog’s weight (i.e. 4 drops of oil if your dog weighs 40 lbs), and administer the oil directly under the tongue once a day. Monitor the dog’s health and behavior closely for about a week or so, and if there isn’t any clear improvement in condition, try upping the dosage to twice per day. The goal is to start low and work your way up until you reach a point when you notice an obvious improvement.
  3. And of course, if you have the means to work with a veterinarian – particularly one who has experience in CBD products for pets – by all means make sure to do so. (The only thing you might run into is a vet who’ll reprimand you for wanting to give your dog cannabis, and tell you you need to be using prescription meds instead).

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3 Tips to Know When Buying CBD for Dogs (Oil, Treats, or Biscuits)
September 11, 2017
  1. Barb

    I give my dog Acepromazine for the July 4th celebrations as she goes absolutely crazy with the noise.
    Can I also give her CBD treats if I find the pills are doing the trick? I don’t like to give her more than 1 pill per day even tho she is over 70 lbs.
    And, if I can give her the treats, how many would be recommended?

  2. Maureen Cotton

    My pup is my life, I give him cbd for better health

  3. Kristine Connelly

    My dog is unpredictable, sweet one second then will snap at you the next second without warning. He was attacked twice so vet thinks he may have ptsd. Medical work up showed nothing abnormal. I wonder if the cbd oil would decrease his aggression.

    1. Adam

      You could try

  4. Kendra Pole

    My 62lb pitbull has a mass on her mammary and swollen lymph nodes. Doctor thinks it’s cancer. I want to try CBD oil but with all the fake stuff Idk what to buy. Any advice on brands that are real would be great. Thank you.

    1. Adam

      Kendra, I am extremely sorry to hear that. Cancer is a tough one. You would have to consult with a medical physician as CBD on it’s own is less effective for treating the cancer itself but rather helps with the symptoms.

  5. Melanie M

    My Jack Russell tore a ligament in his leg and had to have surgery. Now he in on crate rest. We have tried Trazadone and Acepromazine and they do not work in getting this super hyper dog to calm down.

    I am seriously considering this but would like to know more. How do you know what product is good and not so good? I think that is the most concerning.

  6. Lorena Martinez

    I have a 2.5 yr old boxer pit mix who I adopted from the shelter with auto immune problems. She suffers from anything like skin rashes to elevated liver to allergies and swelling of her little toes 🙁 What do you recommend? I don’t mind spending the money to help her be comfortable …any advice would help as I have never given her anything like this 🙂

    1. Adam

      CBD is a trial and error medicine. For some dogs it works well, for others it doesn’t. It also depends on the brand. The important thing is to avoid any THC whatsoever as it doesn’t interact well with dogs as with humans.

  7. susie baranski

    My little dog just loves the CBD oil. I give it to her once a day in a tiny bowl mixed with virgin/organic coconut oil and she can’t wait to lick it up.

  8. Jane moohan

    I tried cbd oil on my anxious dog and it made him aggressive! I started with 1 drop twice a day and today gave him 2. I took him out and he barked at everyone!

    1. Adam

      Which brand did you use? The low quality ones can do that

  9. Catherine Sullivan

    This oil has been very effective in treating my dog’s rashes. Really impressed that CBD can be used on pets and that companies are now manufacturing for this purpose.

  10. Naomi Hull

    Mindboggling article. Really want to know the true facts of cbd before giving it to my dog.

  11. Aimee Johnson

    My puppy really likes CBD. It is an incredible strain for minor problems

  12. Ola Ham

    Want something beneficial for my pup. Please suggest whether or not CBD is suitable for itching?

    1. Tabatha

      We have CBD dog treats and CBD Pet oil and they both help with a lot of ailments!

  13. Kathreen Miller

    It was a great article.I have used CBD oil for my dog.Results were very good. These days I am using pet bounce natural pain relief for dogs from joint pain.Pet Bounce is a perfect homeopathic medicine for dogs and cats suffering from arthritis and joint pains.

    1. Kristy Miller

      Do you have a link to the product Pet Bounce natural pain relief?

    2. Anna


      I live in the uk and want to buy CBD oil for my dog. I really don’t know where to buy from as only found 2 online but don’t know if they are any good.
      Please can someone tell me the best one and where to buy

      Many thanks

      1. Donna

        Look at simply CBD 🙂

  14. Pamela Ivory

    I was a little hesitant about buying cbd for my pup. But this article cleared all my confusions. Very useful information.

  15. Jordan Miner

    I’ve been looking for some good cannabis for dogs, and I think that being able to get some information would be good. I’m glad you talked about being able to treat pain with cannabis for dogs, which I would really appreciate. I’m going to have to look for a few good options for dog cannabis, and see what we find!

  16. Joan Stewart

    My pet is my life and I can’t bear it when she is ill. Been using CBD for pets for a while and she seems so much more happy.

  17. Michelle Hess

    I am using these CBD biscuits for my dog, Lets see what will be the results.

  18. Kate Swenson

    My pup has a skin allergy and cbd cream is a magic product. He feels relieved and calm when I rub it down on the skin. Thank you

    1. Jennifer

      Kate Swenson,
      Wjat type of cream do you use? My dog has allergies and would love to try something for him other than pills.

  19. Linda Anderson

    I live alone with my dog and he is like a kid to me. This post inspired me to buy marijuana biscuits and guys, I am really overwhelmed. He feels so energetic which even special dog biscuits did not make him. Many thanks

  20. Billie

    My doggy gets calm when something irritates it. Have the CBD biscuits which are a treat for my lovely dog. Try out once.

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