CBD Oil for Dogs — Things You Should Know

March 30, 2018 in Articles

CBD is a naturally-occurring compound found in the cannabis plant.  It promotes balance and wellness for your pets. Oils that contain concentrations of CBD are known as CBD oils. CBD oil is made from the hemp plant. This oil is non-psychoactive. There is a very slight amount of THC in CBD oil, so that is the reason your dog will not get high.  I would like to explain further.

CBD Oil for Dogs and Cats

The Cannabis plant contains unique compounds.  These compounds are called cannabinoids. Just recently, research has found over 60 different cannabinoids, but THC is the one that is most well known, and it is what causes the “marijuana high.”  Marijuana plants do contain high levels of THC; however, hemp has very small amounts of this psychoactive chemical.  This is what differentiates hemp from marijuana.  Countries like Canada, for example, allow a 0.3% THC content of hemp.  Anything higher than that would be considered marijuana.  To compare the two, medical marijuana has an average of between 5 – 20% THC. 

Hemp Leaf

Both hemp and marijuana contain another important cannabinoid: that would be CBD.  The hemp plants produce more CBD than THC.  Marijuana produces more THC than CBD. And research has found that CBD actually reduces the psychoactive effects of the THC.  So, this is what truly separates hemp from marijuana even further.  

Just like humans, dogs have an endocannabinoid system that interacts with cannabinoids like CBD.  These cannabinoids can assist the body in getting rid of different diseases.  They interact with the dog’s endocannabinoid system through the cannabinoid receptors which are located throughout the central nervous system, peripheral nervous systems, and the immune system.

By interacting with cannabinoid receptors, CBD supports a dog’s endocannabinoid system and helps to maintain balancing functions within their bodies, such as general health, nausea, and more. These balancing properties mainly support healthy joints, promote cardiovascular function, and neurological and behavioral health in your dog.

It also helps in maintaining many bodily functions, some of which include appetite, sleep, immune response, metabolism and many more. CBD hemp oil is measured as an excellent source of vitamins, calcium, phosphorus, and potassium, which are vital in ensuring that the body can function properly and make sure your dog remains safe and secure. Even if dogs are healthy, CBD oil can support health and wellness. The combination of CBD with the dietary content of hemp oil ensures your pet is given what it needs to achieve wellness and optimal performance.


Benefits of Using CBD Oil For Dogs

Research and subjective evidence continue to discover more about the benefits and side effects of providing dogs with daily CBD oil supplements. Recent research shows that the use of CBD is likely to become greater in the future due to its benefits. For better health, many dog owners add CBD to their dog’s meal as a daily supplement. It is highly suggested for pet owners to use CBD oil for their dogs. This oil supplement allows the body to benefit from cannabinoids without any euphoric or adverse side effects. Using CBD as a daily supplement for dogs can help them in treating, protecting, and preventing many kinds of diseases that are incurable by other drugs. The following are the benefits one can derive from using CBD oil:

CBD Oil for Dogs

  • Reduces Anxiety.
  • Fights Cancer.
  • Treat Seizures and Epilepsy.
  • Helps With progressive Bowel Disease.
  • Reduces Chronic Inflammation And Autoimmune Disease.
  • Protects the Nervous System and Helps with Neurodegenerative Diseases.
  • Increases Appetite and Helps with Nausea.
  • It Relives pain.
  • Promotes Cardiovascular Health.


Dogs often suffer anxiety, especially when they are in a new environment, or when there is excessive noise in the home, thunder, or fireworks. This is a condition that causes the dog to bark for prolonged periods of time and showing signs of fear, such as tucking its tail under the body.  CBD has the receptors that help the brain to release the cooling or soothing effect, and this makes anxiety cease.  So if your dog is suffering from anxiety and noise phobias, then CBD can literally help you.

The endocannabinoid system is a system that keeps all mammals, including dogs, in balance. It is crucial that the system functions properly in order to maintain health and well being.

Anxious Dog

The substances that are found in hemp and cannabis have been scientifically researched and found to have an anti-tumor effect in it. It can kill cancer cells by blocking their ability to produce energy. It also can cause cancer cell death (apoptosis), by activating immune systems killer cells.

It’s estimated that up to only 5% of dogs suffer from seizures and epilepsy. Most dogs with seizures and epilepsy are put on drugs such as potassium bromide and Phenobarbital. These drugs are extremely harmful to a dog’s liver and other parts of its body. CBD can easily treat cancer and epilepsy. Therefore, it has been described as the first alternative to the diseases and most used by the holistic veterinarians.  It is pretty awesome that when a dog is given CBD for epilepsy, it treats it within five months after it has been first administered to the dog.

If your dog has a decrease in appetite but is not sick,  and even forcing your dog doesn’t work, then CBD could help in increasing the appetite in dogs and make it more healthy and fit. Further, if it is vomiting, this could be because of nausea, another illness which dogs sometimes have, they can also be treated using CBD.

CBD oil also has antibiotic properties which prevent colitis and restore normal gut motility in inflammatory bowel disease. It also decreases the production and release of inflammatory cytokines that can cause allergies, hypersensitivities, and autoimmunity. It can also suppress something called Th17 dominance, which is a major cause of autoimmune diseases.

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By using CBD, it is possible to fight pain in the pets. Therefore, chronic pain can be easily diminished when a dog consumes this supplement. Neuropathy and nerve-related pain have been effectively handled using curative CBD oil.  In dogs with inflammation, it is handled well if CBD is administered to the dogs regularly and properly.  Try different ways to administer it; if the way you tried does not work, try another technique.  


What Are The Side Effects of Using CBD Oil For Dogs? 

CBD has few side effects and is considered a safe substance to take. Unlike pharmaceutical drugs, it has minor side effects on the pets. It contains very small amounts of THC. Except for CBD, drugs prescribed by the vet may very well have an adverse effect on your pet’s liver and other internal parts of its body. Recent scientific research announced some of the possible side effects caused by CBD oil. These are the known side effects:

  • Inhibition of hepatic drug metabolism/decreased activities of p-glycoprotein and other drug transporters.·    
  • Dry mouth.      
  • Increased tremor in some Parkinson’s sufferers.
  • Lowered blood pressure.
  • Lightheadedness.
  • Drowsiness.

Big yawn!

The inhibition of hepatic drug metabolism and decreased activity of p-glycoprotein is considered as a side effect caused by CBD. Another side effect of CBD administration in dogs is an unpleasant dry sensation in the mouth. These receptors alter the salivary production, leading to mouth dryness. Dry mouth will pretty much just make your pet thirsty.

CBD oil, taken in high doses, may worsen tremor and muscle movement in Parkinson’s-disease sufferers. If increasing the dose causes this to occur, then reducing the dose will bring it normal state of being. Parkinson’s disease sufferers should consult the doctor before taking CBD.  Begin any schedule by taking smaller doses and then increasing the amount, little by little.  Taking high doses of CBD oil can cause a small drop in blood pressure, typically within a few minutes.

Ways to Administer It To Your Dog

You must be thinking whether there is an easy way to feed your dog CBD oil? Yes, there are several of them but I will mention a few of them here. One of the easiest methods for giving CBD oil to your dog is to simply drop it straight into their mouths using a dropper. Just fill the dropper with the desired amount and gently squirt it between their gums, towards the back of the mouth. In the event that you get your hands oily from this, all you need to do is wash them with soap and water. When they open their mouth, you can drop it straight in. This works especially well with large dogs that need most of the dropper for a dosage because you can simply squeeze the dropper. 

A Dropper Can be Used


A Spoon Can Be Used

You can also give the CBD oil from a spoon and offer it up to your dog to lick off. If your dog hates the flavor of oil, try placing the CBD oil into their favorite food, or treat. Depending on the size and weight of your dog, squeeze 1-3 drops onto the treat and turn it upside down. Rather than smelling the oil, your dog will focus on the treat and gobble it up before they even know what’s in there. This is an exceptional way to get them used to the taste, as well, so giving CBD in the future will be easier.

Another unique option is to add the CBD supplement into a non-toxic chew toy.  Any hemp products are usually toxic-free as they are naturally made.

The recommended daily CBD serving size should be based on your dog’s size and weight. When giving your dog CBD always begin with a smaller serving and gradually work your way up to more if needed. By starting low and increasing the serving size over time, you’ll be able to monitor your dog and better dial in on the right dosage easily and perfectly.

These are some of the easiest and quickest ways of administrating CBD oil to your dog. You can try any one of the above-mentioned ways to administer this supplement.

Is It Safe To Give CBD Oil To Dogs?

You may be wondering whether CBD oil is safe for your dog or not. The answer is, “Yes,” it is safe because these oil products are made from hemp. CBD is safe for dogs as it doesn’t cause any major side effects. Due to also having an endocannabinoid system, just like humans, dogs also respond to CBD and cannabis products. Through the interaction with the endocannabinoid system hemp’s benefits affects the body naturally.  

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The endocannabinoid system is mainly responsible for maintaining homeostasis within the body. It also includes regulating the body’s immune response, communication between cells, appetite, metabolism and much more. However, there is one important warning: there is a greater concentration of cannabinoid receptors in the brain of a dog than there are in other animals or humans. 

Many people believe that CBD is safe as their dogs do well, day by day. This oil is natural so it doesn’t contain any kind of toxic chemicals. Research on this gift from nature is ongoing to see if CBD oil will cause any risk in the future.

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CBD oil is the best-researched oil that can help dogs get rid of several diseases. The benefits of using CBD oil are numerous:  it helps in relieving pain, reduces anxiety, can fight cancer, treats seizures and Epilepsy, helping with Inflammation and autoimmune diseases, protects the nervous system and helps with neurodegenerative diseases and many more. More and more people are turning to natural remedies because they are so much safer than pharmaceutical drugs.

It is safe to use, and there are several ways of administrating it to your dog. If you want your dog to be healthy and free from diseases, then CBD oil can help. Many people nowadays recognize the benefits of CBD oil, and that is why they have chosen to give it to their dog/s. 

It is available in the USA and other 40 countries worldwide because of its natural benefits. Many illnesses have been treated using this natural, toxic-free oil.  Research is ongoing.  You can use hemp oil even when your dog is not suffering from any diseases.

So, next time, if your dog is suffering from any illness, then you may want to seriously consider CBD oil as an option. Make an informed decision about this wonderful gift from nature!  CBD Oil can be safely used for cats and horses as well.  It is always best to consult with your veterinarian before starting any new supplement, herb, or product from nature.  Although, your best bet would be to consult with a holistic vet as opposed to a mainstream one.

Happy Dog!

CBD Oil for Dogs — Things You Should Know


    1. Soraya says:

      Thank you so much for this information. It’s amazing, I had no idea that CBD oil could be given to dogs. Or that it could be used to promote general health as opposed to a specific problem. Do you happen to know if it would be safe to use on horses? I think I will get some for my dogs for sure and maybe also for my mare who does get colic quite often.

      • Cathy says:

        Hi Soraya,

        Thank you so much for the comments.  The CBD oil has been a blessing for my dogs, one with anxiety issues from when we adopted him, and the other had stomach issues.  

        Sorry to hear about your mare being colic often.  I did research and learned that it is, in fact, safe for horses to consume the CBD oil. It is known to improve colon and digestive health for the horse.  Cannabinoids aide in reducing inflammation in the digestive tract and when they are not readily produced, issues can occur. It made me sad to learn that many horses suffer from colitis, ulcers, gas and heartburn, unfortunately.  So, when the horse takes the CBD oil, you’re helping the horse maintain a healthy level of cannabinoids in his or her body. This allows the digestive system and colon to work at their optimal level. 

        If you decide to order, please let me know and I will help to guide you on the amount and times per day.  I always start out slow and then add gradually.  Thanks, again!




    2. Steven Cook says:

      Thanks for your great post and thoroughly enjoyed reading about CBD Oil. It sounds like hemp and marijuana plants have beneficial use when made to natural oils, and are used for pain relief and making sure the body functions correctly.

      There’s a lot of great information in your post and it’s layed out very well.


      • Cathy says:

        Hi Steven,

        Thank you for the compliment about the CBD article for dogs!  Yes, it is very good for them.  And, in fact, I take it most days (I buy the human grade), for lower back pain.  It has truly helped!  It can keep the dogs in good health — so it surely can be used as a preventative.

        I appreciate your comment.

        Cathy  : )

    3. Kai says:

      Hi, great article! I knew hemp is a great natural herb that provides soothing and calming effect, but I didn’t know it provides so many other health benefits, such as fighting cancer. Thanks for sharing!
      I tried to recommend hemp to my friend and his dog, but he asked me if hemp will make them becoming addicted. Do you think that will happen? I guess a lot of people still associate hemp with marijuana, after all, they are from the same plant.


      • Cathy says:

        Hello, and thanks for the comments!  You’re very welcome — I’m glad that you now know it can help fight cancer and slow down the progression of tumors as well!

        To answer your question if dogs can become addicted to hemp oil, the answer is “No.”  Since CBD hemp oil contains only trace amounts of THC (and does not cause the dog to become high), it also does not cause the dog to become addicted.  There is a very high amount of THC in marijuana, and this can become addictive because of the release of dopamine, the “pleasure hormone.”  I would not be concerned that the pet would become addicted from the CBD hemp.  I give it to my pups (now 9 months of age) each day with no side effects or problems.  Hope that helped!  : )


    4. joanna says:

      i was really intrigued in this subject, i had if course heard of both CBD and THC in research i have done in regards to my mothers terminal cancer, but hit a wall as i live in the uk and this amazingly helpful product is illegal here. but i had no idea it could be used in dogs. can it also be used in cats??. i would be really interested as im more of a cat person really. i have given this info to my son as his dog has a lot of problems, i think a lot of which is due to his breed ‘Staffordshire bull terrier’

      • Cathy says:

        Hello Joanna,

        Thank you for commenting on this article! I’m sorry to hear that this is not legal in the U.K. Hopefully it will be in the very near future as many people and pets will benefit greatly. : ) And sorry about your mom’s cancer. There are many natural products and foods that can help combat cancer. As far as your question is concerned, yes, cats can also benefit from the CBD oil. The one I had mentioned in this article is actually formulated for both dogs and cats. If you refer back to the post, you will see it. : ) Thanks!

        Warm regards,


    5. Matt's Mom says:

      Wow, I have CBD oil for myself. So this was a surprise to me that I could actually give it to my dogs, and it would benefit them! I have one dog that anxiety (rescue) and so he gets nausea, and then has no appetite. Do you think this will help him?

      • Cathy says:

        Hi Matt’s Mom,

        That is great that you are using the CBD for yourself; I, too, use it for back pain and it has helped a lot! 

        Yes, CBD oil also helps our pets — there are many benefits, as mentioned in the article.  I feel it would not hurt, but most likely help with the issues that your dog has; I believe it will help in improving his appetite and perhaps the nausea, too.  The one that I have on my site is especially formulated for dogs.  I would feel better about giving one made for pets as opposed to the one humans consume.

        Best wishes

    6. joanna sharp says:

      really interesting, i had no idea dogs could benefit from this. i was actually looking into the CBD and THC oil recently as my mum has terminal cancer and though this may be of benefit. However as i live in the UK i hit a bit of a brick wall as it is illegal here. i am so glad this has benefited your dog i will have to let my son know as he has a ‘Staffordshire bull terrier’ who seams to have a lot of problems, and i don’t like the pills and steroids the vet seams very happy to push. Do you know if it will but useful for cats. i have a cat with a bit of a skin condition??

      • Cathy says:

        Hi Joanna,

        Thank you for reading my article and commenting on CBD oil!  And, thanks for letting your son know about this for his dog.  : )  I know how the vets push the drugs.  I’ve been there many times.  My dog almost died from one of the very harsh antibiotics — she was getting very sick from it, and I  read the side effects which she experienced.  So, I stopped it right away.  Once I did this, she was better.  That is one reason I love to use alternative remedies with minor or no side effects.

        Yes, the CBD oil can be used for cats, too!  : )  The one that I offer for sale on my site is formulated for both dogs and cats.  Please refer back to the article to check, if you wish, to read about it!



    7. Andy says:

      Hi Cath I really enjoyed this article I have looked into CBD oil a lot recently.

      I didn’t think about using it on dogs, I have a 3 year old shish-tzu that can be quite anxious and on edge.

      I may consider using this, I have hemp seed oil that I use myself do you think that would be suitable for a dog?

      • Cathy says:

        Hi Andy,

        Thanks for commenting on the article! I know how that is with some dogs. I have one that is quite hyper and I have been giving that product I’ve mentioned on my site since it is specially made for dogs. (I actually give it to both of my pups since it has some good health benefits.) Sorry, but I really cannot say for sure if the one you have would be suitable for your dog.


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