The use of CBD for animals is on the rise, and we could not be happier about it. Simultaneously, the CBD industry emerges lots of new CBD products, and the veterinary scientific circles are supporting the use of CBD for pets more and more.

The increase of the CBD’s popularity in the veterinary area is most accented in dogs. There are different CBD dog products available, and they can be differently but easily implemented. 

This article will explain the difference between CBD hemp oil for dogs and CBD treats for dogs. It will also review the best ways of adding CBD supplements to your dog’s menu. Last but not least, it will provide general guidelines on how to choose the best CBD product for your dog and how to recognize a reputable CBD brand.

Is CBD Safe for Dogs? 

Yes, when used adequately and following the manufacturer’s guidelines CBD is perfectly safe for dogs. In fact, not only is it safe but CBD for dogs has many potential health benefits. 

As with any other supplement, some dogs may undergo mild side effects. The good news is that the side effects can significantly subside through careful dose modification. 

How does CBD for Dogs Work?

Just like us, many animals, including dogs have an endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is a vital and rather complex system responsible for keeping the body in a state of health and balance. The cannabidiol (CBD) exerts its health effects by interacting with the ECS.

Cannabidiol and the Potential Benefits

The use of CBD for dogs is associated with lots of health benefits:

  • Supports and promotes long-term health

  • Helps maintain a normal inflammatory response in the body

  • Eases joint pain and stiffness due to normal daily exercise and activity

  • Promotes the body's innate resistance to pathogens 

  • Fights free radicals

  • Has a calming effect on nerves

  • Helps dogs exhibiting nervousness, hyperactivity, or environmentally-induced stress (separation anxiety, traveling anxiety and hospitalization anxiety )

  • Helps maintain normal nervous system function, nerve conduction and memory recall

  • Helps maintain healthy skin and soothes skin-related issues associated with seasonal allergies.

What’s the Difference Between CBD Oil and CBD Dog Treats

CBD oil 

Cannabidiol oil, hemp Cannabidiol oil, or just CBD is a naturally derived product made of the hemp plant. CBD products are manufactured using a CO2 extraction technique. 

Once the healthy natural compounds (phytocannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, essential fatty acids) are extracted, they are dissolved into a neutral carrier (coconut oil or hemp seed oil).  

CBD Dog Treats 

CBD dog treats are specifically formulated dog treats infused with CBD oil. The CBD oil used for the dog treats is manufactured as explained above. 

Like regular CBD oil, the oil infused in  CBD pet treats is rich in phytocannabinoids (primarily cannabidiol) and other healthy compounds. 

The best CBD dog treats come in the form of soft chews enriched with natural and dog-friendly flavoring ingredients.  

CBD Oil Vs. CBD Dog Treats

Although different, CBD oil and CBD dog treats have the same purpose – to help your dog with specific ailments. Which of these products you will choose depends on your and your dog’s preferences. Before deciding whether to choose CBD oil or pet treats, consider the following differences.

CBD oil for dogs is more fast-acting, has higher bioavailability, and you can accurately measure it. On the other hand, CBD dog treats are not as fast-acting as CBD oil, but once their effects kick in, they last for much longer.

What is more, CBD dog treats come with a fixed dose, leaving no room for human errors when it comes to dosing. Finally, CBD dog treats are easier to use as they are better tasting than CBD oils, and you do not need to mix them with foods as you need with oil products.

The bottom line, there is no ideal CBD product. Each option has its pros and cons. The good news is you can combine both products based on what you and your pup prefer. Your trusted veterinarian will happily help your search for the best CBD oil for your dog.   

How Can You Give Your Dog CBD?

There are several different methods of adding CBD on your dog’s menu. 

Mix CBD in Their Food

In its natural state CBD oil has a pungent smell and taste. Unlike humans, dogs are not very picky regarding their eating habits. However, the cannabidiol’s scent can be too much. For that purpose, most CBD oils for dogs are flavored.

Nonetheless, regardless of the flavoring some dogs may still feel the CBD’s natural scent. In such cases, a good way of implementing the CBD oil is mixing it with pet foods. 

CBD oils for dogs can be mixed with all sorts of dog food, including kibble, canned foods and homemade meals. That way the food’s scent will mask the CBD’s presence. 

Orally

This is a perfect way of giving CBD oil to a dog that does not mind being manipulated and has its mouth opened. After a few tries, you will perfect the technique and have the CBD oil applied directly in your dog’s mouth in a matter of seconds. Just draw the oil, open your dog’s mouth and slowly squeeze the oil from the dropper.

If your dog is not cooperating, do not try to forcefully open its mouth and poke the dropper inside as this can cause anxiety, fear, or even aggressiveness. Fortunately, there are other methods of giving CBD oil to your dog. 

CBD Treats

Studies show that cannabidiol dog treats are the trying to incorporate a healthy hemp product to their dog’s daily routine.

CBD dog treats are extremely easy to administer and can be used on the go. Plus, when using the Honest Paws CBD dog treats neither you nor your dog feel the anxiety associated with taking a supplement. CBD dog treats are enriched with enticing natural flavors and are easy to chew.

The pre-fixed amount of CBD in the dog treats ensures there will be no human mistakes when it comes to dosing. Although the treats need more time to achieve effect, their effects are long-lasting.  

CBD Peanut Butter 

CBD peanut butter is the ultimate hit when it comes to CBD supplements for dogs. Since peanut butter is a human food dogs adore, delivering its daily dose of CBD in a tasty spoonful of peanut butter is an amazing experience. 

Plus, unlike the peanut butter formulated for us, the Honest Paws CBD peanut butter for dogs is xylitol free. This is extremely important as xylitol is toxic to dogs and even if present in trace amounts can cause severe issues.  

Is CBD Infused Dog Food on the Horizon? 

As the number of scientific papers showing CBD's benefits grow, more and more veterinarians are proponents of CBD use. What is more, anecdotal reports also support the claim that CBD is linked with many health benefits.

On the other hand, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) does not approve CBD as a drug. Consequently, the lack of FDA approval eliminates the possibility of incorporating CBD into animal feed. According to the FDA, any CBD infused pet foods would be considered an adulterated product.

To make things even more complicated, the AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) states that hemp-based ingredients are not defined as ingredients for pet foods. Therefore any pet food containing hemp-based ingredients is objectionable in terms of feed control officials.

All in all, it is safe to assume that the emergence of CBD infused pet food is not on the horizon just yet. While CBD pet treats' popularity is constantly on the rise, CBD infused foods for animals will have to wait.

What to Look for in Quality CBD for Dogs

With so many brands offering CBD pet products, making the right choice can be tricky. To make things more straightforward, it is advisable to search for the following features.            

Type

When choosing CBD for dogs, the first thing you need to pay attention to is the type – is it full-spectrum CBD, broad-spectrum CBD, or CBD isolate. Why is this important? 

Well, full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD products for dogs, in addition to the main CBDs, contain other compounds (terpenes, flavonoids) that have an entourage effect on the CBDs. This means they make the CBDs’ benefits more potent.  

Compared to broad-spectrum CBD, full-spectrum CBD contains a wider array of those additional compounds. On the flip side, CBD isolate contains only CBD extract in its pure form. 

The best CBD dog products are made using full-spectrum CBD.   

Source 

By source, we mean that the CBD must be derived from a hemp and not from a cannabis plant. This is because hemp is richer in CBDs and contains only trace amounts of THC ( THC is the psychoactive substance that gives the “high” feeling). In fact, the THC trace amounts in CBD derived from hemp are so low, the CBD products made of hemp are classified as THC free. 

In addition to being THC free, it is also important that the used hemp is organic, non-GMO and free of potentially harmful pesticides and chemicals. Finally, a high-quality CBD for dogs should be made of hemp cultivated in the USA. 

Flavor 

There are two essential considerations when it comes to flavor: is the CBD for dogs flavored, and if it is, what ingredients are used for flavoring. 

Although most dogs are not picky eaters, implementing CBD products with canine-friendly flavors is always easier. Popular dog-friendly flavors include chicken, beef, bacon, and peanut butter. 

Ideally, the best CBD dog products should be flavored using natural ingredients as artificial flavorings are not the healthiest option.  

Transparency 

As for transparency, it is advisable to check whether a third-lab party analyzed the products. The results of the third lab party should be listed on the official website. 

You also need to check about the extraction process used to produce the CBD for dogs. The best CBD for dogs needs to be extracted using CO2 extraction methods as this method results in higher quality. 

Customer experience 

Before making the final choice, check the customer reviews of the CBD you are considering for your dog. The customer reviews are usually displayed on the website. 

Last but not least, check the manufacturer’s offers and policies – free-shipping, discounts on multiple purchases, subscription programs, money-back guarantee, and customer support. 

Our Final Thoughts

Every day new hemp products pop up on the market. The health care scene is enriched, and the hemp industry thrives. Luckily the hemp industry growth occurs in proportion with the growing body of veterinary scientific studies supporting the use of CBD products for our furry friends. 

The spike in demand for CBD products and the hemp industry’s fast response resulted in an array of different CBD supplements. Namely, the number of CBD pet products has never been so substantial.

Although there are different CBD products for dogs, CBD oil and CBD pet treats remain the most popular choices. While implementing these products, we are anxiously waiting and hoping for news and developments in the field of CBD oil-infused pet food. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I put CBD in my dog’s food?

Yes, CBD oils are ideally administered via your dog’s pet food – kibble, canned or homemade. Alternatively, you can put CBD oil on your dog’s treats or use specifically formulated CBD dog treats. 

Can CBD kill my dog?

No, CBD pet products formulated for dogs are not associated with life-threatening hazards, mainly when used adequately, following the manufacturer’s guidelines. Anyway, it is worth mentioning that some dogs may develop mild and self-limiting side effects. 

What is the best CBD product for dogs?

In general, the best CBD product for dogs is CBD oil, as it offers fast efficacy and precise dosing. CBD dog treats are also a great CBD product for dogs and are easier to use but have slower effect onset and are available in fixed doses. If unsure which product will suit you best do not hesitate to consult with your trusted veterinarian or salesperson at the pet store.  

Can I make my own CBD dog treats?

Theoretically, yes, you can put your apron on and bake your pup some tasty CBD cookies. However, in practice, the process of preparing homemade CBD dog treats is not straightforward – the CBDs can be easily destroyed with heating, and the amount of CBD per treat cannot be precisely calculated.

How many CBD treats can I give my dog?

Always search for the manufacturer’s dosage guidelines as different brands have different CBD amounts infused in their CBD dog treats. However, the general rule of thumb is that dogs need between one and five milligrams of CBD per 10 pounds of body weight.