Can You Give CBD Oil To Dogs?

Can you give CBD Oil to Dogs?

Here is a subject I have wanted to write about for quite a while. I know people who swear by CBD Oil, especially around Christmas and New Year, when there are fireworks everywhere and their dogs are shaking in fear. CBD has taken off in a massive way, and it can be purchased just about everywhere, so I have done my research and have put pen to paper so to speak. So without further ado, can you give CBD oil to dogs?

Can you give CBD Oil to Dogs?

 

What is CBD Oil?

When one hears of cannabidoil, cannabis oil, or simply CBD oil, it is easy to automatically think of marijuana. CBD is actually a compound found in cannabis and hemp. In most cases, CBD does not contain the compound delta-9-tetrahydrocannabimol (THC) that gives marijuana its psychoactive properties. The majority of CBD products are actually derived from hemp, not marijuana.

The key to using CBD oil safely for dogs is to ensure the right dosage that balances little-to-no THC in the mix. This depends on the nature of the product, if it contains little or no THC, then the dog is not going to get high.

How Does CBD Effect Dogs?

Up to now there have been no long term studies completed on the effect CBD has on dogs. Scientists have discovered that the cannabinoids react with the endocannabinoid receptors located in the central nervous system. These help maintain balance in the body and keep it in a normal healthy state.

Which Health Issues Can CBD Treat?

As there is no specific scientific data available, it is hard to say. There is certainly plenty of evidence from dog owners that suggests it treats pain and it can control seizures. Dog specialists have reported that CBD has excellent anti-inflammatory properties, anti-nausea effects, cardiac benefits, appetite stimulation, anti-anxiety impact, and for possible anti-cancer benefits.

Most older dogs experience anxiety and pain, especially those who are suffering with arthritis and other conditions brought on by old age. There are many common medications for this, but they eventually tend to lose effectiveness, which impacts dogs’ quality of life. This is where some pet owners start to swear by the effects of CBD oil.

CBD oil reduces anxiety in many pets, including separation anxiety and thunder phobia. That is where people have found it useful when their pets are around fireworks. It can also act as an agent against inflammation, making it a good soothing element for dogs suffering from arthritis.

Can you give CBD Oil to Dogs?

Possible Side Effects of CBD

As there is insufficient evidence for dogs, these side effects are based on how it affects humans.

  • Dry Mouth: Researchers have found that CBD decreases the production of saliva. Therefore, you would see your dog with an increased thirst.
  • Drowsiness: CBD is often used to treat anxiety in dogs. The calming effect can cause slight drowsiness, especially when using higher doses.
  • Low Blood Pressure: High doses have been known to cause a temporary drop in blood pressure. Even though a drop is small it may create a feeling of light headiness.

One of the most important factors you need to think about is the dosage. The dosage will depend upon which CBD Oil you have purchased, the weight and age of your dog, what you are hoping to treat and various other factors. There are plenty of online calculators available and most are linked to different products.

Buying Your CBD Products

If you decide that you should try CBD as a treatment for your loved one, there a few things you should bear in mind when purchasing CBD oil.

  • Organic: You should try to buy organic CBD. If it’s not possible make sure it doesn’t contain and pesticides or fungicides.
  • Buy CBD as a liquid: You can buy plenty of treats containing CBD, but the best way to administer is as an oil or tincture.
  • Analysis: The manufacturer should provide a certificate telling you how much CBND is in the product. You will also need to check the data to ensure there is little or no THC in the product.
  • Price: Unfortunately it’s the age-old saying that quality comes at a higher price. The higher the purity and quality the more you will pay. If you do choose a cheaper product, you MUST ensure it does not have toxic substances like pestices and herbicides, and that it is free from additives.

    Conclusion

    The idea of your dog CBD may seem scary, but only if you don’t know the difference between CBD oil and other cannabis products.

    Dog owners need to overcome the big misconception about CBD oil. Most people believe that manufacturers create CBD oil products equally. Unfortunately farming and production processes differ given the lack of regulation. Therefore, you must read the label before buying and check the reviews from people have purchased the product in the past.

    CBD oils for dogs comes mostly from hemp. The final product should have very little or no trace of THC. CBD oil is safe for most dogs in the right doses and with the right products. However, it is advisable to speak to your vet before you give your dog any CBD. Your vet can advise you about your individual dog and give you more information about administering it safely.

    You can buy CBD oil as over-the-counter items since they are not considered controlled substances.

    Please see below the four best selling products available on amazon.co.uk.

 

Are you considering using CBD oil for your dogs? Have you or a friend used CBD in the past and how did your dog react? I would be most interested to hear from you.

All the best for now,

David

 

Nessa, Possibly The Worst Trained Miniature Schnauzer In The World

Nessa, possibly the worst trained miniature schnauzer in the world

As we are going into another weekend of lockdown I though it only appropriate to provide some light entertainment. Please see and share my video of our Nessa who was possibly THE worst trained dog in the world. To be honest, we may have gone a bit over the top in spoiling her !!!!!

Enjoy

All the best and stay safe

David

How to Train Your Dog to Listen to You

How to get your dog to listen to you

Here we are, all stuck in lockdown due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. We have plenty of time on our hands, and even though we are only a week or so into it, I know many people are struggling to find ways to keep themselves occupied. So, what better time to show your furry friend how much you love them, by training them to be the faithful companion you have always hoped for.

How to get your dog to listen to you

How do you train your dog?

This is a question that many friends have asked me. Also, I have been stopped in the street by dog owners who have also asked this question. However, before I attempt to answer your question, let me ask you a couple of questions instead:

  • Does your dog always come or sit on command – anytime and anywhere you want him to?
  • Do you feel as if you are the boss of the household and in control of your dog?

If your answers are no, then it’s time to take some positive steps to train your furry friend.

How to Get Your Dog To Listen To You

Before you begin any training, you must first establish yourself as the “ALPHA dog” of your family. Your dog must know that you’re the leader of the pack and it is YOU who is in charge. (I can hear Nelly laughing as I write this!!)

Here is a list of simple DO’s and DONT’s that you must follow if you want to be the Alpha:

  • Always go out or come in through the door first – remember you are the leader;
  • Always eat first – give your dog something to eat only after you’ve finished your meal;
  • Don’t circle around your dog when he is lying on the floor – make your dog move out of your way instead;
  • Don’t let your dog set the rules – pay attention to him when you think fit, and not whenever he demands;
  • Don’t let your dog sleep with you in your bed – make sure you mark out his sleeping area clearly.

How to get your dog to listen to you

Once you have successfully established yourself as the Alpha, training your dog and making him listen will be a lot easier than you can imagine. Remember, if your dog does not learn to “listen”, all your training efforts will be in vain!

Does your dog know his name? Does your dog look at you whenever you call him by his name? This is the first and the most critical step involved in training your dog. If your dog doesn’t respond to his name, you cannot have his attention for teaching him any other commands.

To make sure that your dog recognizes his name, take a treat in your hand and hold it away from your body. Call your dog’s name. He is most likely to look at the treat in your hand. Continue calling his name until he turns and looks at your eyes. Give him the treat immediately. Repeat this exercise by holding the treat in the other hand. Once you’re sure that your dog has learnt to recognize his name, just call his name and reward him for looking at you with a pat or a hug.

You must understand that dogs respond far better to positive reinforcement than they do to coercion or force.

Conclusion

These are the very basic ways to start training your dog. The pillars to which you can build on if you like. Once you have mastered these you can then go onto further educating your loved ones.

Please find attached some of the best sellers on amazon.co.uk that will help guide you when training your loved one. Please note these are also available on kindle and here is the link to help you set this up if need be.

If you have any comments or feedback please feel free to drop me a line.

David

Dog Collar Sizing Guide

I have certainly been in this situation where I am looking forward to my new best friend coming home and I am out buying everything he or she will need. OK, I have a smart new bed, new food bowls, more toys than they will ever play with and I need a nice lead and collar. Hmmm so what size collar is he ? Is there a dog collar sizing guide? How wide does it need to be ? What does it need to be made of ? Oh dear this is getting complicated.

So here are a few tips to help you make the right choice. There are hundreds to choose from at Amazon.co.uk

Dog Collar Sizing Guide

A Dog Collar Should be a Snug Fit

When choosing the right collar you should ensure that two fingers fit snugly between the dog’s neck and their collar. You can measure by using a flexible soft tape measure or by using a piece of string and then putting it beside a ruler or tape measure.

XX SMALL (Up to 2.5 Kgs)

Common Breeds, Chihuahua and Teacup Yorkshire Terrier

Neck 15 – 20 Cms

Recommended Lead Width 8 mm

X SMALL (2.5 – 5 Kgs)

Neck 20 – 30 Cms

Recommended Lead Width 10 mm

SMALL (5 – 11 Kgs)

Neck 25 – 35 Cms

Recommended Lead Width 16 mm                                                            

MEDIUM (Up to 25 Kgs)

Neck 35 – 50 Cms

Recommended Lead Width 19 mm

LARGE (Up to 35 Kgs)

Neck 40 – 65 Cms

Recommended Lead Width 25mm and 2 ply for extra strength

X-LARGE (35 Kgs +)

Common Breeds, Mastiff, Saint Bernard, Great Dane

Neck 60 – 75 Cms

Recommended Lead Width 38 mm and 2 ply for extra strength

Dog Collar Sizing Guide

Collar Width

Not only should you be choosing the right length collar but also the correct width. There is no point in having a flimsy long thin collar on a large dog. Not only is it likely to break if he pulls but also it would cause a lot of pain and discomfort by cutting into its neck.

Recommended sizes are below.

X SMALL (2.5 – 5 Kgs)

Neck 20 – 30 Cms

Collar Width 20 mm

SMALL (5 – 11 Kgs)

Neck 25 – 35 Cms

Collar Width 20 mm

MEDIUM (Up to 25 Kgs)

Neck 35 – 50 Cms

Collar Width 25 – 40 mm

LARGE (Up to 35 Kgs)

Neck 40 – 65 Cms

Collar Width 25 – 40 mm

 

Measuring for Martingale Collars

If you own a Greyhound or similar breed you will need to measure three diameters to determine the correct size. Make sure you use a soft tape measure or piece of string and measure at points A, B and C.

A – This point needs to be adjustable so that it measures the largest part of the head so that a collar may be placed easily into position (C).

B – This shows the correct position of the Martingale when under pressure to restrain.

C – The neck size where the collar is relaxed.

One of the best places to buy one of these is Amazon.co.uk 

 

 

Conclusion

So as you can see there is more to buying the correct collar and lead than just popping to your local pet store and buying any old thing.

If you have any comments or feedback please feel free to drop me a line.

David