CBD for Dogs with Anxiety

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This post will delve into the benefits of CBD for dogs with anxiety but before we begin, lets clear some confusion:

Weed. Marijuana. Pot. Cannabis. Hemp. 420. What’s the difference?

CBD oil for dogs with anxiety

The answer is they are all the same!

Cannabis has been outlawed for so long that its been called under many different names but they all refer to the Cannabis plant. In medical terms, it’s called Cannabis, CBD, and Hemp. In social terms, it’s called everything else.  

Industrial Hemp, however, is a strain of Cannabis Sativa that is naturally low on THC. After extracting the medicinal oil, this fibrous plant can be used to make paper, food, fiber, rope, bio-fuels, plastic, and many other products. 

As for the plant itself, the stalk, stems, and seeds are commonly referred to as hemp while the leaves and flowers are typically referred to as cannabis.

What Is CBD?

CBD stands for Cannabidiol. It is one of 113 compounds called Cannabinoids in the Cannabis plant. 

Each Cannabinoid has its own health benefits.

CBD stands out from the other Cannabinoids because it offers many health benefits even when isolated by itself and is non-psychoactive, non-addictive, and non-toxic. Neither you nor your dog can get “high” or “stoned” on CBD even if you wanted to. 

CBD Isolate, Full-spectrum CBD, Broad Spectrum CBD – what’s the difference?

  • CBD Isolate is when CBD(Cannabidiol) is isolated from the Cannabis plant and only contains trace amounts of other Cannabinoids
  • When all the Cannabinoids are included, it’s called Full-Spectrum CBD. This includes THC. 
  • If all the cannabinoids are included minus the THC, its called Broad Spectrum CBD.

CBD oil is the end product once it’s extracted from the Cannabis plant. 

The most heavily studied Cannabinoids are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). 

THC is What Gives Cannabis A Bad Name

Though it has its health benefits on humans, it is psychoactive meaning it is responsible for giving the high and hallucinatory effects. It is also toxic to dogs in concentrations of more than 0.3%. This is one of the important things to look for when choosing a CBD product. 

The Cannabis plant falls under 3 species which are Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Ruderalis. More attention is given towards Cannabis Sativa because it naturally contains more CBD and less THC while Cannabis Indica is the opposite. There are also hybrids which are combinations of the three. 

If Your Pet Shows Signs Of Anxiety, CBD Oil Can Definitely Help

  • Tail between legs
  • Dilated pupils
  • Frequent Yawning
  • Hunched body posture
  • Accidents in the house even if potty trained
  • Ears pushed back
  • Apathy
  • Chewing/destructive behavior
  • Fearful behavior
  • Hiding/escaping
  • Aggression/growling/showing teeth
  • Excessive barking
  • Pooping/Peeing in stressful situations
  • Vocalizing
CBD for dogs with anxiety

Humans, dogs, fish, birds, reptiles, and most mammals have a highly complex Endogenous Cannabinoid System (ECS) and its job is to keep us in a state of balance or Homeostasis. 

It may surprise you to know that our bodies produce its own Cannabininoids called Endocannabinoid, “endo” meaning originating from itself. 

You’ve been using Cannabinoids without knowing it!

Endocannabinoids function like signaling chemicals similar to Dopamine and Serotonin. They then attach themselves to Cannabinoid receptors found all over the body, mostly in the nervous system and are associated with the following:

  • Appetite
  • Pleasure
  • Coordination
  • Mental Health
  • Memory
  • Digestion
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Eye and Skin Health

Humans and dogs that go through emotional stress, poor diet, and illness can disrupt the normal function and balance of the ECS. 

In Dogs, CBD oil can help restore this balance as well as proper species-appropriate diet and exercise. 

In Humans, apart from CBD, there are other things you can do to further restore the normal levels of ECS:

  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Social interaction 
  • Fish oil
  • Sunlight and vitamin D
  • Fasting
  • Massage
  • Adopting a healthy lifestyle.
  • Avoiding alcohol

CBD oil can help your dog in many other ways

But first, do not confuse hemp seed oil with CBD oil.

Hemp seed oil is extracted from the seeds of the Cannabis sativa plant through a process called cold-pressing. It contains small amounts of THC and does not exhibit the same medicinal properties of CBD. 

Hemp seed oil is considered by many as a superfood and used mainly as a nutritional supplement. 

CBD oil is extracted from the leaves, flowers, and stems of mature Cannabis plants. 

cbd for dogs with anxiety

Full Spectrum CBD oil that contains all the beneficial Cannabinoids. Be sure to look for C02 Extracted Cannabidiol on the label to prevent your pet from ingesting toxic residues.

Health benefits of CBD oil in dogs are varied, and can help with the following conditions:

  • Anxiety
  • Autoimmune Disease
  • Generalized Pain
  • Glaucoma
  • Aggression
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Seizures
  • Dysplasia
  • Insomnia
  • Psoriasis
  • Motion Sickness
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Joint/mobility issues
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Certain Cancers
  • Disorders of the nervous system

 There are studies that Full-Spectrum CBD produces what’s called the “Entourage Effect” whereby all Cannabinoids working together produce more health benefits as opposed to only having CBD by itself which is why more veterinarians recommend Full-Spectrum CBD

However, Cannabinoids in Full-Spectrum CBD vary between manufacturers. You can only know for sure when you read the certificate of analysis which is another important thing to look for when buying quality CBD oil.  

What To Look For In CBD Oil

It seems CBD oil producers are sprouting everywhere and some of them might be cutting corners to save a few bucks. 

One of the most important things to look for is the extraction method. 

  • The most efficient and least expensive yet most dangerous method involves the use of solvents like alcohol, propane, butane, and ethanol. Studies have shown CBD oil having traces of toxic petroleum residue when solvents were used. 
  • Another common yet safe method involves heating olive oil and raw Cannabis to extract Cannabinoids. The downside of this is that olive oil is highly perishable which is bad for business and end-users. Unlike solvents, olive oil doesn’t evaporate so the extract isn’t as concentrated so the consumer has to increase the dosage. 
  • The safest yet most expensive method is called C02 Extraction which uses gasses and does not leave behind any toxic residue. This method is expensive because the modern machinery involved is pricey. 

So when it comes to CBD oil products, a low price can be a reason to be wary.

  • Check the label to confirm if the THC level is no more than 0.3%. Nobody wants a stoned dog.
  • Look for Organic so your dog doesn’t ingest any pesticides. 

A Certificate of Analysis done by Third-party testing is very important because CBD products are not heavily regulated. Third-party testing is done by organizations that have no affiliate with the Cannabis company and therefore have no incentive to alter the results. There are Cannabis companies that mislead consumers by not stating the correct amount of CBD or THC in the label. Some contain too much THC or not enough CBD or none at all. Look for the Certificate of Analysis to find this information as well as to check for any heavy metals, pesticides or toxic residues.

Not having a Certificate of Analysis done by a Third party is a deal-breaker

Click here to learn how to interpret a Certificate of Analysis

How Much CBD Oil Should I Give My Dog?

Getting a proper dose can be confusing because there are many factors to consider like the size and weight of your dog, the ailment you’re trying to treat plus ailments that your dog already has. Adding to the confusion are the different concentrations made by different manufacturers. But first and foremost, the most important step should be to consult your veterinarian (Ideally a holistic vet).

Generally, the more serious the ailment, the higher the dose. If it’s for a less serious ailment like anxiety or phobias, the lower the dose. To be sure, read the manufacturer’s recommendations. It should be readily available on the packaging. Always start slow to allow your dog’s body to adapt.

Is CBD Oil Safe?

CBD oil is a totally natural product. It has been extensively researched and tested.  There is no evidence to prove that it can cause harm to dogs and humans. Dogs already produce their own cannabinoids through their Endocannabinoid System. There are, however, risks that come with buying products that contain toxic residues resulting from poor extraction practices and products that contain higher levels of THC than what is listed on the label.  It may also interact with other medications. Speak to your vet prior to giving CBD oil to your dog.

Ingesting the Cannabis plant and cookies laced with Marijuana is another story, though. It could poison dogs with untold levels of THC. Keep them away from reach and never smoke Marijuana with your dog around. 

Fact: Pot comes from the Spanish word “POTIGUAYA” meaning Cannabis Leaves

**All information in this post is for educational purposes only and is not meant to replace your vet’s advice*** This site may have affiliate links, which means I may receive commissions if you choose to purchase through links I provide (at no extra cost to you). Thank you for supporting the work I put into this site!

 

References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemp

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannabidiol

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4789136/ (endocannabinoid system)

https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-medication/cannabis/about.html

https://www.veterinarypracticenews.com/faq-what-you-need-to-know-about-hemp-and-dogs/

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67 thoughts on “CBD for Dogs with Anxiety”

  1. I have a great experience with CBD and our pal Tobby; He used to be very nervous when traveling long distances in the car. There were not training strategy that would make him stay quiet during a long trip. 

    CBD oil made a great difference. It came to make our lives much easier. We started using it for this particular problem, by his vet recommendation with no clear understanding of how it works. Thanks for connecting the dots for us on this very complete post!

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  2. Thanks a lot for such an amazing review about CBD for Dogs with Anxiety and the explanation is given.

    I knew CBD oil is beneficial to humans, but not to dogs. Unfortunately THC is not legal to me in the country, but I hope to legalize it because it has many benefits. A very good article that you should read more people.

    Thanks again for this post. If you don’t mind, I will share this article on my social media account. Good luck!

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  3. Thanks for this article. I’d never considered CBD for dogs. I knew about the benefits to humans, but hadn’t considered that it might benefit dogs too. The list of health benefits is beyond what I’d expect too, but I think anxiety is the biggest issue for my pooch. Great article, thanks so much for writing and sharing it with us!

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  4. I knew that hemp oil was a realand natural cure to a lot of ailments but I did not know where all of the receptors for cbd are. It seems there are a lot of things we still do not know about cbd but overall it can help improve your dog’s behavior overall. How has cbd improved your dog’s behavior?

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    • The effects of both CBD and homeopathic remedies on my dog, Watson is similar. Both are very calming, especially before going to a vet and when we have visitors in the house. They work in completely different ways, though. 

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  5. This is the type of readings that  people should read to get out of ignorance. THC is what makes it a drug and I have seen people say they do weed instead of buying the CBD oil. Just as I have heard doctors mention the oil itself is week. It goes both ways. I barely leaned this last year and I thought the same. 

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  6. Hello Sonny, I must say that this article is very helpful and informative. I know that CBD oil is great for human but honestly, I did not know it can greatly help in dog health. My friend who told me, I could not believe it so I decided to do a little research. I am glad I stumbled upon your article because I need to cure my dog who suffers from anxiety.

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  7. Thank you for a detailed article on using CBD for anxious dogs. I’ve not heard a lot about using CBD products to treat animal health issues, so this was a very informative read.

    With any medicine I am always concerned about its efficacy, particularly with our beloved pets. There is very little research that has been done on the effects of CBD on humans and even far less about the effects on animals.  Although a manufacturer can demonstrate a CBD product is safe (the COA you mentioned is one method), there appears to be nothing available currently to show that CBD products are effective, other than largely anecdotal evidence.  

    How can we be sure that CBD truly works on dogs to mitigate anxiety, how long does it last in the animal’s system and how does CBD interact with other medicines, especially prescription medication? As a dog owner, I would want conclusive answers to these and other such questions before administering CBD to my dog, otherwise all we are doing is experimenting on our animals.

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  8. Hi sonny, I think you have really lightened up the general trend concerning the CBD oil and the benefits.
    I think I am one of those people who doesn’t believe in the usefulness of cannabis but have been well educated now through your detailed explanations.
    I think I can now use the CBD oil for my dog provided I maintain the right concentration which will avoid intoxication.

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    • Hello Carol,

      I’m glad to hear that you learned the many benefits of CBD oil and have cleared any confusion you may have had. Please consult your vet prior to giving it to your dog to get a proper dosage

      Sunny

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  9. Hi, Sonny,

    I must confess I’m not used to cannabis in humans or animals. I know it has many properties but didn’t know there were many species of it. I have never tried it, but it’s always good to know.

    Regarding our dogs, it may be a silly question, but do we need a prescription from the vet? Or can I just buy it at a specialty store?

    Thank you for writing up this thorough article. I will bookmark it for future reference.

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    • Hello Enrique,

      It’s actually a good question! No, you do not need a prescription but it is always a good idea to consult your vet before trying something new. 

      You can easily find it online. 

      Thank you for your comment.

      Sunny

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  10. Seems like there are a lot of different benefits of CBD oil for dogs. There’s many dogs that suffer with anxiety and they are skittish, so maybe CBD oil would help them out quickly. I actually didn’t know that the oil was good for dogs with aggression too! But I think more studies about CBD oil and its effects on dogs should be done.

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  11. Have heard a lot of uses of CBD oil but never thought it would actually help reduce anxiety on dogs and glad a friend of mine tipped me off about this. Roxy, my best girls can’t get settle especially when I go out and leave her in the flat alone she may tend to chew clothes, cushions and anything on site, well at least she doesnt relieve herself on the floor.I was quite worried about the oil having side effects later and I’m glad that has been clarrified here. Will get back to you on how helpful was after I give it some time. Thanks for this real eye opener.

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  12. I am glad to see your article. I have been searching for something that will support our dog. I have a dog who sometimes exhibits signs of anxiety. I will definitely look into CBD for dogs and give them. I think it would be good for my dog. Thank you so much for sharing a beautiful and helpful article.

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  13. Hi Sonny,

    To be very honest with you, I’m in a kind of information overload with the in-depth research you have come up with here. However, I have to congratulate you on this “Great Article”.

    You know very well the internet is full of ads, post and reviews on CBD products. Indeed, it’s a booming billion dollar industry. I have read many testimonies on the goodness of CBD in humans but I am unaware that there is CBD available for dogs. Thanks for sharing!

    I got in-depth and detailed information on CBD and THC.

    When I read “we are using Cannabinoids without knowing it” I am amazed and information on Endocannabinoids is an eye-opener for me. The advice you provided on restoring the normal levels of ECS is very helpful.

    I believe to grasp all the valuable information you shared one read is not enough.

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  14. I am aware of most health benefits of using CBD. I was carrying out a research on dogs and discovered that even pets sometimes experience anxiety. Felt strange at the time I must say.

    So I decided to check for any known remedies for my dog’s ailment. I was in for a surprise when I found that yet again, CBD can serve in this regard. It is just amazing how important CBD is quickly becoming established as the go-to for so many ailments.

    Great post 

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  15. Hello Sunny. Thank you for sharing this post on CBD for dogs with anxiety. It has really been educative and helpful regarding helping our dogs manage their anxiety and even for us humans. I have learnt so much about dogs behaviour too which will really help figure if my dog has anxiety and how to help.

    Regards!

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    • Hi sonny, I think you have really lightened up the general trend concerning the CBD oil and the benefits.
      I think I am one of those people who doesn’t believe in the usefulness of cannabis but have been well educated now through your detailed explanations.
      I think I can now use the CBD oil for my dog provided I maintain the right concentration which will avoid intoxication.

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  16. Hello, I really want to first appreciate your effort in putting this great website together and writing this article. I never knew that there was cdb for dogs. This is first time I’m coming across it. I am glad to know that it is safe for dogs. Though I don’t think I have noticed anxiety with any of my dogs. Maybe I should observe carefully now 

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  17. Thank you so much for clarifying what Cannabidiol is. I was a bit skeptical of CBD-containing products because I didn’t have a pleasant experience with some people in my family who used marijuana. Now I realize that there is a difference between THC and CBD and that CBD really has good properties that can help both people and their pets.

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  18. Thank you very much for this information.  It sounds perfect for my dog who suffers from separation anxiety.  Even in a cage she eats, scratches and chews anything that she can get to when she is alone.  If she is out of the cage, it is even worse.  I would love to see if this would help her with this issue.  I never knew of the different extraction processes.  This post was very educational and greatly appreciated.  Thanks again for the information.  

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  19. At home in the ranch we have a faithful German Shepherd. She has been suffering from anxiety during all last year but these few days of this new year things have been getting worse. I’m concerned and it’s heart breaking to see her this way. This could be a solution. We’ll try it with Molly and tell you if it helped. Thanks. 

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    • Hello Henry,

      I’m sorry to hear that. CBD is a natural anti-depressant and has anti-anxiety effects. German shepherds also need lots of exercise. 

      Please let me know how it turns out.

      Blessings,

      Sunny

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  20. Thank you so much for your article. You are working hard to give us something good, which is understandable when you visit your website. That’s why you certainly deserve praise. I used CBD oil and cream and my family and I use it .I have found many benefits in using this oil for my waist pain. I used this oil because I didn’t want to take painkillers and later I didn’t have to. These websites and information are very important. I will definitely contact you again if I take some more later.

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  21. Hi, What I like about this post is the depth of information it provides. Thank you; great job. I must admit that I do have some reservations with medications although I don’t put CBD into that list because I don’t know enough about it as far as potential side-effects are concerned. We have a rescue dog that displays some of those symptoms you list but, if any; what are the side effects of using CBD on dogs? Many thanks. Steve

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    • Hi Steve,

      The potential side effects are dry mouth, drowsiness and a drop in blood pressure when given in large doses.

      Thanks for bringing this up. I have to post this information

      Sunny

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  22. Hi there! This is a very interesting post! I never knew that CBD even existed for dogs or that they could have anxiety, so thanks for opening my eyes to this issue! Thank you also for clarifying the differences between all of the terms used for CBD! Great post and I’ll be sure to read more of your site!

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  23. Great article! My Chihuahua and Amstaff both show signs of anxiety. And I want to thank you for being thorough with this post. I had no idea that there were so many health benefits of CBD oil in dogs. I heard that it was used to treat certain types of cancer but that was it.

    My Molly has separation anxiety bad!  And I may need to see if this stuff will help her. I’ll be in touch if I decide to get some for her.

    Thank you,

    Billy

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  24. This is such amazing information!  I have a 7 month old puppy who sometimes exhibits signs of anxiety, overall he’s pretty healthy, but it’s something that I’m definitely keeping my eyes on as he gets older.  I’ve been interested in CBD for humans, aka myself, so it’s really interesting to also see the great side effects CBD has for dogs.  I will definitely look into CBD for dogs and give it a try.  Thank you so much for sharing and providing such helpful information.

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  25. Wow. There are a lot of benefits for dogs with CBD Oil. Thank you for being so thorough in your article. I learned a lot. There are some medications for dogs that the vet can give for anxiety, but I’d rather use anything that’s natural and safe. Your diagrams were also very helpful. Thanks for this article. 

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  26. A lot of people don’t know that dogs can suffer from anxiety. Due to this oblivious state that most people are in, they tend to behave negatively towards their dogs and they label them negatively. Some pet owners are so ignorant that they don’t even look for a cure, let alone a reason as to why their pet is behaving a certain way. I have seen some really bad dog owners do just that. I have also seen people take their pets to get massages, to therapy, and to yoga. And to my surprise those methods work well. Using CBD to help with anxiety never crossed my mind until now. It should have because they feel just like we do. Great article. 

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  27. I love, love, love this article!  You did a great job of explaining the differences in all the products.  Much of what you have to say applies to humans, too.  I used to use CBD oil for my anxiety and it worked.  I’m going to have to go back to it.  One question I have, though, is how to administer it to your dog?  Could you just put the required number of drops on a piece of kibble and feed it to him?  Thank you!

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  28. Hi Sonny

    I’m glad I found this post to help me to know more if is safe to give my dog CBD.

    Thanks for sharing a useful and informative post, as you share valuable information, I didn’t know I can give it to my dog, is it safe to give it to a small Chihuahua dog, or should I talk with the vet first, as my dog is really small and it’s all the time barking and running from here to there?

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  29. I have been using CBD oils and creams that my son and daughter-in-law make, They are huge into the Hemp Industry and they are also both users of Marijuana. I did not know what exactly went into the products she gives me, but from your website, I feel a lot more educated now. The cream and oils that I use are huge for my foot, I have debilitating bones in my right foot after numerous surgeries and nothing else really touches the pain beside pain pills and I do not want to take them. Thanks for this website and very informative.

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  30. A very nice post and instructive about cannabis for what purposes it can still be used. Dogs are my most loyal animals and good human friends. Treatment instructions for an animal doctor. Not every animal doctor can know how to use cannabis for treatment purposes. It may depend on how heavy and large the animal is if it is larger, it may need a higher dose of cannabis for treatment. I do not know if cannabis treatment leaves side effects in animals .

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  31. thank you very much for this informative article,

    i found this article very useful and informative, actually, i didn’t know that this is all that useful to humans and other animals. Even i didn’t actually know these ingredients found in cannabis and was asking my self what makes this plant so dangerous and addictive. today you answered my question. thank for the hard work.

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  32. Finally, I found a vendor of CBD for dogs that I can trust. You’re right, there are so many vendors out there all saying theirs is of high quality and safe. Although we have not tried buying from them, it’s really hard to trust them because of their websites which only contain lead capture pages and testimonials on the sides which all look fake. With your review here, I am confident we’re dealing with a serious online seller.

    By the way, how do we administer CBD oil to our pet dogs? Is there a medicine dropper like those we see in tinctures? Or, should we add the mix to their food?

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    • Hi Gomer,
      Thank you for your kind comment. You are right. We have to do our due diligence.
      You can put it directly into your pet’s food or directly into the mouth with a dropper.
      Regards,
      Sunny

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  33. This is a great article of CBD for dogs with anxiety, and you’ve really written in details to show that CBD oil can definitely help pets that shows any signs.

    I’m kind of aware of this and that it’s totally a natural product. We have a German Shepherd but not experiencing any form of anxiety. But CBD oil probably may come handy when we start experiencing the above signs you mentioned.

    Thank you so much for this.

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  34. Although I was well aware of the difference between marijuana and hemp, it was never known to me that, dogs can intake CBD!

    In that sense, this article is very informative to me, especially for my dog. You included a list here, that CBD is used for several dog diseases!

    You mention a very important phrase, “Check the label to confirm if the THC level is no more than 0.3%”. Yes, nobody wants a stoned dog. Mine is very excited always. and I like it.

    However, I learned something really new from this article. Thank you for the information.

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  35. I’ve come to understand that CBD oil can be used for various and several purposes in both humans and also animals. I’ve been able to use a couple of the product  and I’ve been able to conclude on how good it is, I’m yet to use it on my dog or pets but I’ll look more into it and see how it can go. Thanks

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  36. Hi! Thank you for such useful information for me. The time is amazing because my wife is looking for the CBD for her dogs recently. Then she asks me to find it for her. Importantly, I know nothing about CBD so I don’t know where I can find it. It wastes me a ton of time to search about that.

    Fortunately, I landed your post. You introduce it in detail and in a good organization so I can understand it faster. I don’t need to spend more time to search for it. I believe my wife will love your post because she loves dogs so much. I like the part that tells me the signs of anxiety in the list form.

    I definitely will buy the Full-Spectrum CBD for her because it can solve her many problems from the dogs in the long term. I will bookmark your site and read it regularly in case I forgot anything related to the dogs. I hope you can keep sharing with us.

    I have one question. If the dogs have no anxiety, can I use CBD as a supplement for them?

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  37. This is a post that I found to be very helpful and interesting to see here. The reason being that I own a dog and maybe because we just moved to a new environment, he has been exhibiting some very bad habits now. Always showing traits of anxiety so, I was deliberating on using the cbd for him but was not so sure. Thank you for sharing this with me here and I can say this has been helpful. Thanks

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  38. Very interesting product, Sonny! I just found out that there are products to reduce anxiety in dogs. During this time, when my dog feels it, I try to take my dog for a walk, but unfortunately when my dog meets another dog, he can turn into very aggressive. At home, he can damage some items such as sandals and shoes.
    Therefore, thank you for your solution. I will try it. However, how do I use this product for my dog? And does the dose should be calculated with the dog’s body weight?

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