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The ABCs of CBD for Dogs

I’m that dog mom that often looks at the consistency of my dog’s poop to evaluate their health and bowel movement. Can anyone relate? Just me?

Like most dog parents, we would do anything for our pups to make sure that they are happy and healthy. Thriving even. So when something goes wrong we would do almost anything to help them. The trouble is sometimes knowing how to help them best and knowing what out there will work. If you are wanting to help your dog feel their best, CBD for dogs can help.

All of our dogs are so unique and have their own personalities and traits. Some dogs experience different levels of anxiety, sleep, pain, skin and allergy issues than others. But who wants to have a full pantry stocked with a myriad of different products to address each of these separate issues to help your dog feel his or her best? You deserve a supplement that can help with a number of these problems for your one-of-a-kind furry friend.

CBD oil can help you to properly address all of these issues (and a number of other ones) your dog may experience to make sure you and your dog are happy and healthy.

What is CBD Oil?

CBD oil or Cannabidiol is found in Hemp or Cannabis plants. It is made by extracting the oil from a cannabis plant and then diluting it with a carrier oil (like MCT oil). Unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive and will not cause the sensation of “getting high”. Instead, it will help to calm your pooch and provide pain relieving sensations… among other benefits.

How Does it Do That?

CBD works by targeting receptors found throughout your dog’s body, like his or her brain, organs, immune cells, and the central nervous system.

One of those receptors that CBD oil can stimulate, includes a serotonin receptor which is considered to have the strongest role in anxiety disorders. It will also help to stimulate your pups ECS.

Your dog’s endocannabinoid system or ECS regulates appetite, mood, energy, immunity, sleep, and pain. External cannabinoids (like CBD oil) can help stimulate neurons to help regulate these important functions. Fun fact: humans, dogs, cats, as well as other mammals, reptiles, and birds share this system.

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CBD Oil Benefits

I’m sure you have heard all the buzz around CBD oil recently, especially for humans. It is because it has been attached to a number of different benefits that can make everyone’s life a little easier.

A lot of the same benefits that apply to humans can also apply to your dogs. And let’s be real, you are probably happier when your dog is happy (kinda like if momma ain’t happy nobody happy, but also completely different).

Some of the benefits of CBD oil include 🔽

CBD Oil for Reducing Dog Anxiety

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There are many signs of anxiety in pets. These can include:

  • Urinating or defecating in your home
  • Excessive barking
  • Destructive behavior – like chewing up couches or other household furniture
  • Restlessness
  • Aggression
  • Shaking or panting
  • Seeking comfort (they’re NEEDY)
  • Hiding
  • Excessive energy

Some causes of anxiety can include:

  1. Separation
  2. Suffering from an illness or injury
  3. Fear or trauma
  4. Lack of socialization – either with other animals or people


While addressing and treating these signs will take time and consistency to master, and we highly recommend trying out dog training for your new pup or dog (you can teach an old dog new tricks!), CBD oil can also help along the way.

Anxiety and depression are often related to hormone imbalance. CBD oil can work with the ECS to help to regulate these hormones.

In this study, CBD oil was used to assess the probability that CBD could help to combat anxiety in a public speaking scenario.

Here are the results:

CBD was able to improve performance anxiety both for people with anxiety disorders and without.

Likewise, in another study, rats given CBD oil, then placed in a cage with a boa constrictor were more likely to choose a strategic strategy to get to safety instead of panicking.

CBD Oil to Help Increase Dog’s Appetite

I’m always worried when my dog loses his appetite. Because honestly, food is his love language. When this does happen, it’s often due to nausea, vomiting or an upset stomach. CBD oil can actually help alleviate digestive issues and provide pain relief, which in turn will give them their appetite back. Which brings me to my next point.

CBD Oil to Help with Pain Relief in Dogs

Whether your dog experiences chronic pain, back pain or inflammation, CBD oil will help to block pain and swelling signals throughout the body to help reduce inflammation and pain.

With reduced inflammation, you could also notice your pup experiencing less pain which can often be hard to notice but is often prevalent in dogs, as a result of arthritis, hip dysplasia, overworked joints, or a number of other causes. We love CBD to help with dog’s joint pain.

CBD Oil to Promote Better Sleep

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While we could talk about the benefits associated with a good night’s sleep… I’m sure you are aware of the difference it makes in your productivity and energy levels the next day. And when your dog is running around the house, moving around in their kennel or stir crazy- it affects everyone. By improving your dog’s anxiety, providing pain relief, and relief from allergy issues, as well as by promoting calmness in your dog, your dog will sleep more soundly at night.

CBD Oil for Dog Skin and Allergy Issues

CBD oil can help with this itchiness that dogs can experience as a result of:

  • Allergies
  • Parasites
  • Insect bites
  • Contact Dermatitis

CBD oil will help reduce allergic reactions throughout the body and will reduce obsessive behaviors to get them back to their usual self.

Finding the Right CBD Oil For You and Your Dog

Considering all of the benefits of CBD for dogs, you can see how it would be beneficial to include in your dog’s regimen along with proper exercise, nutrition, and training. CBD oil can help calm your pup, provide support, pain relief and improve skin and allergy issues.

There are a few things you will want to do when deciding on the right CBD Oil for you and your pup:

1. Check the Label

You will want to make sure that the product you are looking at actually has the appropriate levels of cannabidiol present to initiate these changes. Look for Full Spectrum CBD.

But What Does Full Spectrum CBD Oil Mean?

Full spectrum CBD is full of cannabinoids present in cannabis. It also contains essential vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and terpenes. In a study, researchers found that test subjects administered with Full Spectrum CBD oil were provided with higher levels of relief compared to the subjects administered with CBD isolate. Full Spectrum CBD will offer the full benefits of the plant, so your pup can reap all these amazing benefits!

2. Source of CBD

Look where the CBD is coming from. Is it organic? is it extracted from America, out of the country? Are there pesticides? Check. Look for organic and naturally grown CBD in America.

3. Check the Dosage

Make sure you check the packaging or website to see proper dosage instructions. The size of your dog will determine how much CBD oil to administer to them.

For example, dogs who weigh under 10 pounds should only have 2.1 mg of CBD, whereas a larger dog from 51-75 pounds can have 6.8-8.3 mg of CBD.

How to Give Your Dog CBD?

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CBD oil can be put directly into your dog’s mouth or added to food. Some dogs may not enjoy the taste or texture of CBD oil, so you can add it to your dog’s food or a treat and administer it that way. There are also certain CBD oils (hint: Pupford) that also include oils or ingredients that will make it so your pup really will enjoy their CBD oil all on its own.

4. Consult Your Vet

If you have questions specific to your dog, their medications, or any others you may have, always check with your veterinarian.

Recap of CBD for Dogs

Pupford’s Full Spectrum CBD Oil is naturally grown in Colorado and is sourced exclusively from 100% organic farms. Plus, our CBD is blended with wild caught salmon oil to improve the taste. We believe that less is more when it comes to your CBD oil, and that is why our CBD is made with only three ingredients. CBD oil, MCT oil, and salmon oil – all sourced naturally.

Pupford’s CBD Oil:

  • Is lab tested
  • Provides the complete benefits of CBD
  • Doesn’t contain any fillers
  • Is all natural
  • Tastes great
  • Has a long shelf life
  • Is perfect for dogs of all ages

Many pup parents have seen great results with CBD oil to get their pup feeling their best.

Just check out this review:

We have a GSP with LOTS of energy. This CBD oil has helped to not only reduce his separation anxiety and stress, but has made him more responsive to training. Highly recommend!” -Ty

If you are looking to improve your pups overall wellbeing, Pupford CBD oil is the answer.

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Written by caitpetey

Caitlin’s the kind of person who goes to a party... and makes friends with the dog. She loves all furry friends, traveling, hiking, eating, and online shopping (but not actually buying anything). Marketing coordinator by day and content writer by night - she loves to execute campaigns and strategies and write about all things dogs.

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