As soon as medical marijuana and CBD-containing products became legal in some states for pain relief and eliminating seizures, many pet owners started wondering if they could help their dogs with these same medical problems with cannabis products. Thankfully, it was discovered that marijuana-derived compounds do in fact relieve medical issues in dogs similarly to how they do so in humans.
If you want to try treating your dog for seizures or pain with cannabis and don't know where to start, then these tips are for you:
Tip: CBD Treats are Much Easier to Administer than Oil Extracts
Just as there are many different types of CBD products on the market for human consumption, there are also many different types now available for dogs. It used to be that pet owners had to use oil extracts to help their pets, and these extracts can be expensive and messy to administer. However, today there are many CBD dog treats and biscuits that make administration and dosage a lot easier for pet owners.
CBD oil has a harsh bitter taste, and this flavor isn't generally appealing to dogs. By hiding the oil in pet treats, you can dose them with ease instead of fighting to get them to choke down pure CBD oil.
Tip: Go Slowly and Properly Medicate Your Dog
Medical marijuana products for pets can have some minor side effects, such as drowsiness, nausea, or excessive thirst. Until you know how your dog's new treatment is affecting them, you should be very careful how much you give them.
Start your pet with half the recommended dosage on the treat package, and slowly work them up to a full dose while carefully monitoring your dog's condition.
Tip: Enlist the Help of a Dispensary Budtender
Finally, as you may know, medical marijuana dispensaries employ professionals known as budtenders to dispense and sell cannabis flower and derivative products. What you may not realize is they are not only experienced in how to treat human problems, but many are also experienced in treating animal ailments as well.
It is very common for pet owners who see positive results with medical marijuana to want to offer their pets the same relief. When this happens, the first person they turn to is their local budtender for advice. So the budtender at your local dispensary is a fantastic place to get additional information about helping your dog with cannabis.