There is no doubt that we have all heard about the amazing properties of Cannabidiol by now. It is a non-psychoactive compound extracted from the hemp plant, which proved to be highly beneficial for our animals. Thanks to the endocannabinoid system (ECS), our animals respond very well to this compound, which makes CBD oil one of the greatest breakthroughs when it comes to the health of our pets.
Here’s an interesting paper on the ECS which might shed some light on this system: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31527410/
As with any other major breakthrough, a lot of studies have been conducted to prove the effects of this product and its safety for our four-legged friends. Even though we have heard about Cannabidiol and we know a few or more than a few things about it, we can safely say that we don’t know it all. It is no wonder that this compound is still being researched and studied, since there are so many things that we still don’t know about it and, frankly, it will take a long time to figure it all out.
What we do know by now is that it helps treat epilepsy, anxiety and even cancer to some extent. It helps manage pain and reduce inflammation and it can be useful in alleviating anxiety and all types of stress. In addition to that, we know that it is safe, so we don’t need to worry about overdosing our animals or harming them in any way by giving them CBD oil.
Knowing that your pet will be safe and that you are only helping it by giving it this product is rather important, but there is still a big question that every owner has when it comes to CBD. No matter how sure we are that we cannot overdose our cat, our dog, or any other animal, we still need to know how much and how often this product should be administered, so as not to exaggerate.
This can go the other way around as well. You don’t want to end up giving your pet a very small amount that cannot help it in any way, or stop administering CBD oil at the time when continuing is of crucial importance. These two scenarios are the reasons why every animal owner feels that it is their responsibility to get properly informed about how often and how much CBD oil to give to their pets.
How Often Should You Give Your Pet CBD Oil?
If you take the time to read about this product and get to know all of its effects and benefits, you will quickly learn that the question of how often this product should be administered cannot be answered in one simple sentence. You will see that it depends not only on whether you own a cat, a dog, or a different pet, but also on the reason behind deciding to use CBD in the first place.
In other words, the amount and the frequency are closely related to the symptoms you are trying to alleviate. On top of that, you need to take a close look at the specific product you are buying and check the concentration of CBD inside. Even when you do everything right and know exactly what you are trying to treat and which effect you want to achieve, it can still take a bit of time to figure out the correct dosage.
Let us take one scenario as an example. You have a dog that has joint problems. You start giving it CBD once a day. After, say, a week, you notice that there is no improvement whatsoever. What does this tell you? Instead of immediately assuming that the product doesn’t work, you should check whether you have done everything right. In this case, a simple solution would be to start giving CBD oil to your dog twice a day.
Even after you have increased the dosage this way, you may notice that the improvement is very slow. This is probably why every expert recommends administering CBD oil every eight hours. Of course, you need to make sure that you get the dosage right in the first place. When it is your first time administering CBD, however, I would suggest you start it slow.
Starting it slow means following the above scenario I have described, no matter the type of animal and the type of illness. I know you must be eager to see all the benefits of CBD for your dog or a different pet, but you need to be patient. Once you get the dosage and the frequency right, you will definitely be satisfied with the results you will notice.
The whole point is to have a bit of patience and begin by administering the product once a day. Then, watch how your animal reacts and behaves and start gradually increasing the dosage. This process might take some time, but it is very well worth it.