CBD oil can help with both chronic and acute diseases found in dogs, such as, arthritis, compromised immune systems, stress responses, aggression, and digestive issues. There are also studies under way into CBD’s effects on Type 1 diabetes, organ diseases and cancer. Veterinarians are also finding cannabinol can be useful in treating ailments like sprains, torn ligaments, bone breaks and to reduce swelling, pain and stiffness after surgeries.
If your dog’s taking conventional drugs for any of these conditions, CBD may make it possible to use lower doses of the drugs to achieve therapeutic effects and because conventional medicines do have side effects, this is a HUGE benefit of CBD, which has little to none. As with any herbal medicine you may not see an immediate effect. You’ll need to be patient. Your dog may feel some pain relief in a few hours but other symptoms like inflammation may take a few days to show improvement and best of all, CBD won’t make your dog high. The most common side effect of CBD is drowsiness.
Start with 1 drop of CBD oil per 10 lbs of your dog’s body weight per day. Give this dose for about a week, then move up to 1 drop per 10 lbs of body weight twice per day. As long as there are no side effects, you can increase the dose every 4 to 5 days until you see the therapeutic benefits. If you note any effects, stop treatment and wait for them to go away, then restart at a lower dose.