Are you ready to introduce CBD into your dog’s life but not sure how? We all know that giving medication to your pet can sometimes be tricky, so how will they respond when you want to shove a dropper of CBD oil into their mouth?

At Honest Paws, we want your dog to love their CBD oil so that their bodies can profit from its health benefits. What we don’t want is for your furry friend to run and hide when you reach for that little bottle of oil.

If you’re wondering how to give CBD oil to dogs, keep reading. We provide you some simple methods to make administering CBD oil to your dog or cat effortless. 

Is CBD Oil Safe for Dogs? 

CBD oil derived from the hemp plant is safe for your dog. 

For the newbies, let’s go back a few steps and explain CBD. Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is one of at least 113 identified cannabinoids in the Cannabis plant. CBD has a variety of potential health benefits.

When CBD is extracted from the hemp strain of the cannabis plant, it comes without the psychoactive properties of THC (short for tetrahydrocannabinol, the plant compound that people associate with “getting high”).

THC is present in high doses in marijuana but only present as 0.3 % or less in hemp. This low percentage (and the inability to experience psychedelic effects) is what makes hemp legal and safe for humans and their furry friends. 

THC is toxic for pets, so make sure that the CBD you buy your dog has come from the hemp plant. If in doubt, ask the company if you can see their Certificate of Analysis, a lab result that can reveal the THC presence. 

Other factors to consider that will affect the quality and safety of the CBD product you buy are:

  • Farming practices - Is the CBD organic, non-GMO, soy-free, 100% natural? 

  • Extraction method - CO2 extraction kills any microbial bacteria, insect mites, mold, or mildew on the plant and produces a cleaner and safer product. 

  • Approved and verified - With so many CBD products on the market, ensure safety by choosing a brand in right-standing with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and has a good rating on Better Business Bureau.

How to Give CBD Oil to Dogs

It’s time. You’ve got the oil. Now what? Why not try one of these methods for giving CBD to your dog:

1. Oral Application

For quick results and for cooperative dogs, you can grab the dropper, fill it with the correct dosage, and put it directly into your dog’s mouth. Squeeze the dropper under their tongue or towards the back of their mouth.

Reward your pup for their compliance by following the dosing with a treat. By making it a positive experience, your furbaby will have a good association with the oil. 

2. Use Dog Treats

Treats are useful tools for pet training, and pet parents can also use them to get their furball to take CBD oil. For this, you want to choose a treat that is dry and porous.

Simply drip their dose onto their puppy biscuit, allow it a few seconds to absorb, and offer it to your animal. You can even do this during playtime, so they’re none-the-wiser about the change in texture or flavor.

3. Make it Part of Mealtime

Giving your dog CBD oil at mealtime is a great way to add it to their routine. Start with a small dose so that the change of texture and taste isn’t too noticeable.

Over time, their clean food bowl will make you happy, knowing that they’ve received the daily CBD dose. You can drip the oil into dry food or water.

4. Mix it With Something Tasty 

Is there something you know your darling dog cannot resist? Maybe it’s peanut butter in their Kong toy, a spoonful of coconut oil, or some delicious homemade bone broth? Perhaps your pet has a weakness for some grated fruit or carrot?

Whatever their favorite food is, mix the CBD product with a tasty bowl of goodness and watch them gobble it all up. 

If you find that giving your dog CBD is tricky, and they haven’t taken to any of the methods above, then you can visit Honest Paw’s online store to see other products.

No pet will refuse a delicious and tasty tidbit; our CBD chews and bites will satisfy the fussiest pet while giving them 5mg of CBD. You can also take advantage of our pet-friendly CBD peanut butter. Find something for cats and dogs with our range of products.

What is a CBD Tincture

A tincture is an extract made by soaking a plant or herb in an alcohol or vinegar solution. It comes from the Lain word tinctura, which refers to the “act of dying or tingeing". The alcohol or vinegar concentrates the active ingredients of the plant that is being used. 

A Quick Note on the Extraction Process

There are different ways of extracting the plant compound to create CBD products when it comes to CBD. The process that is used will bring about different results of varying quality. Some companies make CBD oil by dissolving the cannabis plant in alcohol. It’s cheaper, and it works.

However, with full-spectrum oils, most companies will use CO2 extraction (we do!). This method of extraction uses a gas, specifically carbon dioxide. The result is a cleaner, safer, more aromatic, and less toxic oil.

Since our bodies naturally produce CO2, the FDA considers it safe. While ethanol alcohol is also a safe substance in the eyes of the FDA, its use in cannabis extraction can destroy the terpenes that help the cannabinoids in hemp to influence your dog’s body functions. 

So you can see how the lines are a little blurry when it comes to calling an oil a “tincture” or an “extract.” Often these terms are used interchangeably, although when it comes to the nitty-gritty, a tincture has used alcohol extraction. 

How to Use a CBD Tincture or Extract

The great benefit of having a small oil extract or tincture is that pet owners control CBD dosage. Dosing is simpler using a dropper that, when full, contains 1mL of CBD oil. When you know how much CBD your dog can take for their body weight, then the dropper makes it easy to measure and administer sublingually or at mealtime. 

With CBD oil, dog owners can easily adjust their pet’s dose based on their unique needs by merely adding more or less into the dropper.

Best Time of Day to Give CBD Hemp Oil to Dogs

A common question among pet owners is when the best time of day is to give CBD to their dog. The best times are when it works for you and your pet.

So if you’re able to be more attentive to your dog in the evening, then give them CBD with their dinnertime or after you’ve brushed their teeth. If you are giving your puppy CBD to calm them before you leave the house for work, then a morning dose to ease their separation anxiety makes sense. 

However, some dogs may need two doses of CBD oil in the day to help with certain health conditions. In that case, make it a habit to administer their oil with both breakfast and dinner. 

What is essential is to remain consistent with CBD administering. This way, your dog will benefit from increased effectiveness. 

Should CBD Oil be Taken With Food

Studies on humans have shown that dosing at mealtime increases the efficiency of CBD. Compared with giving CBD oil on an empty stomach, scientists found that CBD was more effective when administered with a fatty meal. When administered with a meal, absorption and bioavailability are improved. 

For the best outcome, give CBD hemp oils to your dog at mealtime or following their meal. 

How Quickly Does CBD Oil Work

Each pet will respond differently. The way that you administer CBD makes a difference. People have found that when they give the oil sublingually under the tongue, then the results are quicker, usually within 20-60 minutes.

This is because pets, like us, have receptors in their mouth which are sensitive and work quickly to deliver the CBD to the bloodstream. 

When CBD extracts and tinctures are given with dog treats or food, it takes a little longer to enter their system. Absorption through the stomach leads to a delay in response, and pet parents usually see the effects within 45-90 minutes. 

Keep these lead times in mind if you give your fur child CBD to keep them calm for stressful situations, such as hospitalization or a trip to the vet.

How Much CBD Oil Should I Give My Dog

Generally, the dosage guideline will fall within the range of 1-5mg of CBD per 10lbs of body weight. Of course, how much your pup weighs is a determining factor, so too is their life stage, unique needs, and tolerance.

A dog or cat cannot overdose on CBD oil. However, follow the dosing chart on the back of your dog’s CBD oil bottle to avoid side effects, such a lethargy, excessive thirst, diarrhea, and low blood pressure.

When adding a new holistic option or supplement to your pet’s life, it’s always best to start with a low dose and slowly increase it. That way, you can notice any side effects, help your animal deal with them and adjust the amount you give your pet.

Honest Paws would recommend starting your doggo on half their required dosage and slowly increasing it to build up a tolerance to their new product in their life. Some pet parents may opt for a more potent dose based on their dog’s unique situation.

For convenience, have a look at the dosage calculator by Honest Paws. 

Give Your Pet Some CBD Oil Today! 

CBD hemp oil works wonders in supporting your pet’s endocannabinoid system. It can help maintain physical and mental well-being for cats, dogs, and even horses and rabbits.

Should you choose to buy a CBD oil, you can be confident that you’re providing what can be a safe and holistic sidekick to healthy inflammatory responses, emotional balance, joint health, brain function, heart health, and immune system. 

Anything that can do that is worth buying for your companion animals. And what’s better is that you can share the experience with them, as CBD oils can help humans too. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Should you give dogs CBD oil before or after they eat?

For the best outcome, give CBD hemp oils to your dog at mealtime or following their meal. 

What is the best way to give your dog CBD oil?

For quick results, administer CBD oil directly into your dog’s mouth with the dropper. You can also offer it at mealtime, mix it with something tasty, or allow the oil to absorb into their favorite treat. 

Generally, the dosage guideline will fall within the range of 1-5mg of CBD per 10lbs of body weight.

What is a CBD tincture?

A tincture is an extract made by soaking a plant or herb in an alcohol or vinegar solution. When it comes to CBD, there are different ways of extracting the plant compounds for use; using alcohol is one of those methods.