CBD for Dogs – Do Dogs Need CBD?

May 7, 2021

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Will you do anything to keep your dog healthy and happy?

Do you delight in buying your furry friend toys and treats that bring them joy?

Do you view your dog as one of your kids…or maybe your only kid?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, we have something in common. Our team Medterra feels the very same way!  And we think that CBD could benefit your pet in all the same ways it benefits you.

In this article we’ll take a look at why CBD could become your best friend’s other best friend. 

  • Can pets take CBD?
  • Your pet’s endocannabinoid system
  • All about hemp oil
  • Why oils and chews are best
  • How to give your dog CBD

Can pets take CBD?

The short answer is yes: pets of all shapes and sizes can take CBD. 

That includes horses, ponies, gerbils, cats, and dogs. 

All of these creatures have an endocannabinoid system, which means that CBD is likely to have some sort of impact on their health — usually a favorable one! [1]

Dog owners the world over are turning to CBD as a way to keep their furry friends happy, healthy, and calm. Here’s how CBD for dogs works.

Your pet’s endocannabinoid system

As we mentioned above, dogs are among the many animals that have a full-body-balancing endocannabinoid system. 

In simple terms, CBD seems to have the same beneficial effects in dogs that it has in humans. “Every animal with a spinal column also has an endocannabinoid system, so it stands to reason that cannabis can help many species,” confirms retired veterinarian Liz Hughston. [6]

All about hemp oil

CBD’s rising popularity means that many pet owners are wondering about the difference between hemp oil and CBD oil. 

While both oils come from the hemp plant, hemp oil and CBD oil couldn’t be much farther apart. 

The difference lies in their sources. Hemp oil contains beneficial fatty acids derived from hemp seeds, while CBD oil contains cannabinoids extracted from hemp’s resinous flowers. Hemp oil may help your pet feel better in indirect ways, but only CBD oil directly activates your dog’s endocannabinoid system and provides quick benefits.

The quality of the CBD oil you choose matters, too. Don’t give your dog oils that use grapeseed oil as their carrier oil. This oil can be very bad for dogs (and it’s not good for humans, either). [7]

Why oils and chews are best

For obvious reasons, some CBD delivery methods are better for dogs than others. 

Dog Chewable CBD

Giving your dog CBD capsules, for example, would probably be messy and impractical — if it were possible at all. 

CBD drops and CBD chews are both much better choices. As always, the best CBD product is the one that makes it easy for you (and your pet!) to take it consistently.

How to give your dog CBD

Giving your dog CBD is actually pretty simple: just find a premium CBD product that’s made specifically for them! 

These types of products will contain the ideal dosage and ideal ingredients for your furry friend. Some specialized products even provide joint health support, like our CBD Joint Support Chews. These special chews contain a targeted blend of CBD, glucosamine, MSM, and chondroitin. 

Another reason to stick to dedicated pet products? “Some human products have other things in them, such as xylitol or grapeseed oil, that could be toxic to the animals.” vet tech Stephen Cital explains to the Washington Post. [8]

Summing things up

Like all Medterra products, the ingredients in the CBD for Pets line meet or exceed our rigorous standards for quality and purity.

Grown and extracted in the USA, our quality CBD is fully compliant under the Kentucky Department of Agricultural Industrial Hemp Pilot Program and we are certified by the U.S. Hemp Authority. Medterra’s CBD products are third-party tested, completely legal, contain 0% THC and we are able to ship them to all 50 states as well as internationally.

✝Representations regarding the efficacy and safety of Medterra have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, prevent, treat, or cure any disease.

Lisa Lippman

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Lisa Lippman
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