The ambiguity surrounding CBD and dogs frustrates many people. It makes pet owners go with their gut when thinking about medication. They believe that an existing medication is not working or there are better medications that are more natural than the existing medication. This also frustrates vets who cannot say anything about this.
Having said that, here are things you need to consider whenever you give a supplement to your dog.
Do Your Research
It is important to do your research especially if you are buying anything on the internet. Doing so will help you avoid falling victim to marketing hype and unsubstantiated claims. Check out impartial customer reviews to know what others have to say about what you want to buy. It is better to start with negative reviews.
Conduct a Little Background Research on The Company
Has the company been sued before? And if it has, has the FDA penalized it for making false claims about their product? Does the company have a veterinarian on staff or does it work with a veterinary school?
As we said earlier, Ellevet Sciences and Applied Basic Sciences Corporation’s products have undergone double-blinded, placebo-controlled, university scientific study to prove their safety and efficacy. These two companies are a good place to start when it comes to CBD for pets research.
Do Not Assume That Natural is Always Better
No marijuana or Glow CBD product you may give your dog is natural. Apart from raw, unprocessed marijuana that should not be given to dogs, anything else you may give your dog is usually processed or altered in a certain way. Second, natural things are sometimes dangerous. For instance, xylitol, a “natural” sugar-free sweetener, sourced from birch bark can be very poisonous to dogs.
The reason why a vet prescribes medications (natural or synthetic) is that the medications have been well-documented, regulated, vetted, and studied. Your vet can also answer any questions about dosages, side effects, and the time to go off a certain medication or consider another medication.
If an online CBD dog product sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The CBD available online is sourced from industrial or “agricultural” hemp that may have originated in your home state or originated overseas or another processing facility that extracts CBD using less-than-ideal processes. There are many ways to extract CBD from hemp.
However, extracting CBD from hemp using solvents like butane and hexane is among the cheapest and quickest ways to extract CBD from hemp. However, this can leave a toxic residue if it isn’t handled in a proper manner. This is not to say that all the online CBD dog products are untrustworthy. It is important to do your research on the company, their claims, how they make their product, and what impartial reviews have to say about the product.
If you decide to use a Glow CBD product, keep a journal of your dog before and many days after using the product. This will help you determine whether or not the product has a positive effect. It may even be better to record a video of your dog to document their progress or lack of it. This will help you avoid the flaws of human memory. You can also ask your family members or friends whether they have noticed any difference in your dog without telling them that you are using a CBD product to get a blinded study.
Know the Warning Signs
Just like anything you give your dog including chew toys and prescribed medications, it is very important to know when something is not quite right. If you notice any symptoms in your dog, it may be good to tell your vet about it. People who have taken CBD have reported the following side effects. As such, try as much as you can to translate these side effects to your dogs.
Your dog cannot be able to tell you if they have dry mouth but it is safe to say that they may increase their water intake. Increased thirst could be an indicator of other serious problems like rodenticide poisoning or antifreeze or conditions such as diabetes.
People with Parkison’s disease have reported tremors when they took high doses of CBD. Any kind of tremors in a dog should be cause for concern.
Low Blood Pressure
If your vet notices that the blood pressure of your dog is low during your next wellness visit, tell him or her that your dog is using CBD. Before this visit, check whether your dog seems lethargic or overly tired.
Your dog will not tell you if they are feeling lightheaded. However, they might seem dizzy or disoriented.
Pay close attention to the sleeping patterns of your dog and see whether there are any changes to the pattern.