Cannabidiol is a compound found in Cannabis Sativa plants. It is commonly called CBD and in recent times, it has gained great popularity due to its very useful properties.
While CBD has been known to be very beneficial to humans, its benefits to dogs and other animals are now well known. The reason cannabidiol can work for dogs the same way it does for humans is that canines also have the endocannabinoid system humans have.
It is this system that makes it possible for the body to interact with CBD. Since CBD for dogs is now very popular, it is no wonder that you wish to use it for your pet. But, how do you administer this product?
Well, luckily for you, that is what this article is all about. Here, we will discuss the various ways you can administer cannabidiol oil to your precious fur baby. Without wasting any time, let us get right into it.
1. Mix it With Tasty Food
Mixing CBD with your dog’s food is one way to administer the product to it. Dogs love foods, and may not notice anything has been added to their favorite food if it blends well with the CBD and mask its taste.
Now, this may appear to be a very effective method, however, this is not always the case. The reason is that food often has several molecules, and cannabidiol may not mix properly with these molecules. This is especially true for wet foods. When the food doesn’t mix well with cannabidiol, your dog may notice the difference in taste and appearance of the food.
However, there are some foods that you can mix cannabidiol with and still get a great result. An example of such food is peanut butter. Peanut butter has oil in it; therefore, mixing cannabidiol oil in it will be easy.
But, when you do this, ensure the peanut butter matches the CBD recommended dosage. Dry foods can also be quite effective.
When you start doing this method, do not give a high dosage. Rather, start small and work your way up. Also, add the product to the food and leave it for some minutes to allow the product to thoroughly soak into the food
Finally, this method may be effective but it may not be as efficient as when a tincture is used. Since the foods can decrease the potency of the product.
2. Put it Directly in Your Pet’s Mouth
This is perhaps the most common and easiest way of administering cannabidiol to your pet. One reason this method is considered ideal is that the recommended dosage is given. The dosage given is often due to several factors like the dog’s size, weight, as well as how severe the dog’s condition is.
To do this, you would use a dropper to draw out the oil from the bottle, open the dog’s mouth and drop the oil in it. Ensure your aim is good also be careful so that your dog doesn’t gag, this may make it get aggressive.
Also, studies have shown that this method is very effective to ensure the oil is properly absorbed and the best effects are gotten. Visit https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6826847/ to learn more about this.
To be sure the product has been swallowed; give your baby a treat afterward.
3. Homemade Treats
Do you make your dog’s treats by yourself? Then, you have even one more method at your disposal. You can add this product to any recipe or can even replace an ingredient in the recipe.
However, ensure you only do this with homemade treats that are fried. If you add cannabidiol to treats you bake, then the compound may evaporate during baking. This will deprive your pet of the benefits of the product.
4. Add it to Its Treats
We already mentioned that you can mix the product in your dog’s food so our guess is you already figured you can add it to your pet’s treats.
Pet parents often use treats to reward their babies when they are of good behavior. Therefore, you can make your pet think positive thoughts when it thinks CBD. Since treats are mostly in the forms of biscuits and cookies, the treats will surely absorb the product well.
Simply add the recommended drops on the surface of the treat, allow it to soak for a couple of minutes, and then serve it.
5. Mix it With Water
Some dogs may find the use of tinctures quite challenging. If your pet happens to fall under this category, then you can make things easier for it by trying out this method.
If you are using a quality product, then you can be sure that it would be odorless and tasteless. Therefore, you can easily dilute it in your dog’s water and be sure that it won’t notice. However, ensure that you use the right dose.
If your dog isn’t big on staying hydrated (we hope this isn’t the case since water is very important to pets, you can read this to learn more about water and dog’s health), then this might not be the method for it. You won’t be sure of whether your furry friend is getting the right dosage with this method.
Also, if you opt to do this, then you have to be careful with how you do it. You would need to replace the water instead of simply putting more water and oil when the need arises. If you do the latter, then the dose would be significantly affected.
However, if your dog drinks a lot of water and would happily consume the water you serve at once, then this would work just fine.
In this article, we have discussed several methods of administering cannabidiol oil to dogs. We believe this article will be beneficial to both you and your pet.