I first learned about Cannabis Oil, also known as CBD or Hemp oil, from my (amazing, wonderful, and life-changing) acupuncturist. I'm obsessed with her because she helped me in so many ways, but that's a whole different story for another time. She started giving CBD oil to her elderly dog when he was first diagnosed with prostate cancer and supposedly only had a couple months left to live... This was several years ago and he's still alive and doing very well! How great is that?
I'm sharing both of my pups' experience with hemp oil to give you an idea of its benefits and what a game changer it has been for us. I've also included info about finding the best brand and type to use, along with the correct dosage for dogs.
I started researching all of the incredible benefits and decided to use it on Ruger, my two year old Labrador Retriever/Border Collie mix. I believe his breed type and him being a rescue, contribute to his anxious personality. He's incredibly sensitive to noise and his ears are would always be pinned back (see the photo of him above for example). This can be a sign of being scared or uncomfortable in dogs. He would usually be hiding in a closet and was very timid, I took him to the vet a couple times because I was so worried about him. The vet suggested a doggie version of Zanax but that was not an option in my book. Within a week of starting him on CBD oil we began to see the changes. He has become more confident and outgoing, and I can tell he feels more comfortable in general. His ears are in a more relaxed position which make him look much happier, which makes me happier. We've had him on it for over a year and I'm sure we will keep him on it for the rest of his life.
About 6-7 months after we got Boomer we started giving him hemp oil as well. We used it as a wellness supplement to (hopefully) prevent cancer and any other chronic diseases because of his age. The biggest benefit we've seen with him is a major positive change in his limping. He has severe arthritis in one elbow, we think it came from an injury (before we had him) that was never properly treated. In my opinion, CBD oil works in the sense that is brings you to a normal baseline with whatever issue you are treating. For example, if you use it for depression - you won't all of a sudden feel extremely happy and never have any worries again... Instead, one day you will notice you don't feel sad anymore, there will simply be an absence of the depression. Boomer used to limp every day and it was heart breaking to watch. He would be worse after laying down for a long time or from playing fetch and we would give him Rimadyl for the pain. I felt uncomfortable giving him that medication every single day when it's known to have other negative side effects. After starting him on the CBD's we noticed Boomer hadn't been limping anymore. And the more we thought about it, the more we realized we actually hadn't seen him limp in several months! (We did give him Dasuquin with ASU for several months before trying CBD oil and we barely noticed a difference).
Use CBD oil for these symptoms:
- Reducing inflammation/pain
- Reducing stress/anxiety
- Increasing cognitive function
- Reducing or helping to control seizures
- Inhibiting cancer cell growth
And if your dog suffers from anything else not on this list, do some research and see if it might help because the benefits include a long list that goes on forever. Another bonus - you can also look into how it can help you, too!
Where to buy:
I use Bluebird Botanicals, they are one of the top companies in the industry and have amazing stuff. My acupuncturist got me hooked on this brand and advised me to use the Classic formula, which has no unnecessary fillers. So, this is not an ad in any way, I just genuinely love them! Whatever brand you choose to buy, make sure you do your research. You definitely get what you pay for, and quality really matters.
For dosing, I give about 1 drop per 10 pounds. So, Ruger gets 5-6 drops and Boomer gets 8-9. If one of them is particularly anxious from a stressful vet trip or from being bathed (because we all know how traumatic that is), I give them a few extra drops for a bit of a bigger dose.