An Effective Way to Introduce Hemp Derived Products to Your Pet

December 23, 2018 1 Comment

By H. Hoffacker-Fried, PhD

CBD’s popularity is disrupting the pain relief & supplement industry. People are enjoying a full spectrum of benefits from these hemp-derived oils from reducing pain, inflammation, occurrences of seizures, to helping with anxiety and allergy issues.

The same benefits humans receive can be enjoyed by our furry family as well.

How does CBD work for Dogs?


Dog's endocannibinoid system mirrors humans.

The system plays an important roll in modulating the brain, the immune system, the endocrine system, the gastrointestinal tract, and affects the areas of the central nervous system.

When the endocannabinoid system is stimulated by external cannabinoids it leads to a moderation in the body’s immune response and so reduces inflammation. Hemp derived oils are becoming an increasingly common supplement much in the way that Glucosamine/Chondroiton exploded on to the market for both humans and pets in the mid-1990’s. 

As any responsible pet owner knows, there a lot of “curative” products that companies claim are helpful for a variety of canine ailments. The FPF (Furry Parent Frustration) occurs when owners do not see the benefit of the product for their pet after spending money on another “snake Oil” designed to separate consumers from their dollars. CBD is different.

According to recent studies from Cornell University, CBDs may inhibit a gene that is known to be responsible for certain types of cancer and can bind to the receptor that is responsible for controlling pain and inflammation.  

Related article: Cannabinoids 101- Science Behind CBD - Everything You Need To Know About CBD

CBDs & Dogs: Potential Benefits & Uses


Pet owners are looking to CBDs for a range of ailments. They include:

  • Allergies
  • Inflammation reduction
  • Anxiety & fear
  • Appetite loss & digestive issues
  • Joint & arthritis pain
  • Cancer & tumors
  • Pain relief
  • Seizures, epilepsy, and spasms
  • Skin issues.

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CBD Dog Products


Human CBD items often have ingredients that are unhealthy for dogs. Happily, there is a range of dog formulations that are designed to be easy to dose and safe to consume.

The most common CBD pet products include: Tinctures , capsules and treats.

Capsules and treats are convenient and simple to dose. Often dogs can spit out capsules or they require extra money spent on wrapping it in a pill pocket or a piece of cheese while tinctures can be messy and end up in your dog’s saliva and on the floor.

Hard biscuit treats tend to crumble and may lose some of the product dose but are much more palatable. Caveat: hard biscuit treats are often too difficult to break up to dose for older dogs, small dogs, puppies and dogs with teeth or gum issues.

Make sure of the accuracy of the CBD product's dosage. I think soft chews are the easy for all dogs to eat at every stage in their lives and are extremely palatable unlike some tinctures or capsules. Their medication should be associated with a pleasant treat as opposed to putting pills down the throat, etc.

(“Low & Slow” method) Dosage Guidelines


When starting your dog on a CBD regimen, we recommend starting low and slow. Dogs has more cannabinoid receptors than humans so the dosages will be much lower.

These formulas will help you determine suggested dosages based on the dog's weight:

  • Low Dose: 0.025 mg per lb - 0.055 mg per kg
  • Medium Dose: 0.07 mg per lb - 0.15 mg per kg
  • High Dose: 0.15 mg per lb - 0.33 mg per kg

Often these dosages are given twice per day.

Each dog is different. Just as recommend with humans, when finding an ideal dose of CBD oil go "low and slow. "

Side Effects & Interactions


CBDs like any supplements have potential side effects when dosed incorrectly such as lethargy and dry mouth.

Consuming a broad-spectrum CBD products likely has fewer side effects. As always, a responsible pet owner, if the pet is taking other medications talk to your vet about drug interactions before you start using CBD or any supplement for your pet.

Best CBD Pets Treats Makers


  • Treat-its by Fluffbutts - you won’t only find what your pet needs; you’ll get the best quality. With years of experience in the industry, we have the expertise to thoroughly and efficiently serve our customers to ensure they’re never disappointed. Cornell University Veterinary College of Medicine CBD trial: "The clinical trial was a double-blind placebo trial with dogs with osteoarthritis and multi-joint pain. The results were significant and in many cases, dogs showed dramatic improvement. Over 80% of the dogs show significant improvement in pain levels and quality of life."

  • Honest Paws is a company that puts pet wellness first and foremost. Honest Paws uses 100% pure full spectrum. CBD oil for dogs derived from hemp plants grown in beautiful, sunny Colorado. Check out the Certificate of Analysis for yourself. You'll find that the Honest Paws products are lab tested, all natural, free of soy, non-GMO and full of benefits. The website also offers total reassurance with exactly what you are purchasing.

  • Healthy Hemp Pet Company, established 2014, is a leader in all-natural pet health products and marketplace transparency. Healthy Hemp Pet Company uses USDA Certified Organic full-spectrum PCR-hemp oil grown in Colorado, using the latest in vapor distillation to maintain chemical-free hemp oil. The company uses only the highest quality ingredients and offer a range of hemp infused pet products that help pet owners and clinicians a safe method to treat animals holistically and forgo harsh pharmaceutics.

  • Austin and Kat™ CBD wellness products for pets are created by hand in small batches only, using the very best all natural, gluten free, and locally sourced ingredients. Full-spectrum hemp oil is used to infuse our biscuits and oils with naturally occurring CBD - and without any preservatives or other nasties. The dog biscuits (offered in both 5mg and 2mg sizes) are infused with full spectrum CBD, coconut oil, oats, apples, peanut butter, cinnamon and tumeric. We also have oils; with naturally occurring full spectrum CBD, wild Alaskan salmon oil and hemp seed oil. They're useful supplements for those pets who may have difficulty consuming the biscuits, or for cats.  The oils are offered in 100mg bottles (for dogs and cats) and 300mg bottles.

Related article: Pot for Pets: 8 CBD-Enriched Dog Treats for Your Pupper

The Bottom Line


At the end of the day, you want what's best for your dog. Choosing an alternative, natural way to treat your pup's ailments is a great first step. However, it's not the only one you'll have to take in order to ensure that you're doing all you can. Always do your homework. If something seems too good to be true, chances are... it's too good to be true. With that said, once you do find a great company, the benefits and possibilities for your pup are endless.

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July 25, 2018

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