How to Give CBD to Your Dog in 3 Easy Ways
Date 7th Jun 2021
It's 2021 and the current research on the humble hemp plant has opened up a world of wellness benefits for pets and humans. Cannabidiol (CBD)—the main active ingredient in hemp plants—has been shown to support the healthy function of the endocannabinoid system, which is tasked with maintaining the body's homeostasis (balance).
Our dogs also have an endocannabinoid system and can benefit from high-quality CBD products too.
The benefits of CBD are best observed with consistent use. The tricky thing is getting your picky eaters to take CBD oil. Full spectrum CBD oil tends to have a naturally bitter flavor that not all pets will enjoy, which can make giving your dog their daily dose of CBD a difficult chore.
If you struggle to get your dog to eat CBD, this article is for you. We'll share some techniques and CBD products that make administering CBD much easier—and your pet will thank you for it too.
Learn 3-easy steps right here along with bonus tips for a stress-free experience with your dog.
Why Give Your Dog CBD
Hemp-derived CBD has quickly been embraced by mainstream wellness trends because of its gentle and effective effects towards optimizing our health.
Many people use CBD for relaxation, to support a healthy immune response, provide comfort, and more—as pet owners, we'll always do what's best for our pets.
It turns out that our most loyal companions can receive the benefits of full spectrum CBD too. Like humans, dogs and cats have an endocannabinoid system (ECS) that acts as a regulator for our vital systems. Supporting the ECS with plant-based cannabinoids provides holistic benefits to your pet's health.
Here are some of the reasons many pet owners give their dogs CBD treats:
- Help relax your dog in stressful situations
- Support age-related discomfort
- Assist with mild skin irritations
- Support healthy immune function
CBD Oil For Dogs Vs. Humans — Is There A Difference?
We often get asked, "can I give my dog human CBD oil?"
The answer is yes, but you have to pay careful attention to the potency of the product. Most CBD oils made for humans contain a higher amount of CBD, which is based on the weight of humans versus pets—we'll get more into the dosing with a chart below.
The other factor in CBD oil for dogs versus humans is the flavorings. Most CBD manufacturers will create dog-friendly options such as Bacon-flavored oils or treats that will appeal to your pet's palette.
Of course, we all want what's best for our dogs, which is why Neurogan takes as much care formulating our CBD oil for dogs as we do for human-marketed CBD oil.
In fact, all our pet products are human-grade. They're made in the same GMP-certified facility, undergo rigorous testing, and made with simple, quality vegan ingredients—not scrap food, which is often observed in the pet food industry. Often these off-feed ingredients made into pet food lack the same amount of nutrients, and because our pets are part of the family too, we believe they deserve the best.
3 Easy Methods For Giving Your Dogs CBD
1. Use CBD Treats Formulated For Dogs
Using CBD oil with your dog can be tricky, especially if they won't sit still and turn their nose up at the smell of the product. You could waste a lot of expensive CBD product and stress your dogs out by trying to force the CBD oil in their mouth.
And dogs, we hear you—even some humans dislike the naturally bitter taste of hemp, which is why we've formulated CBD hemp chews that are already infused with a pre-measured amount of CBD and all-natural ingredients.
The Neurogan hemp chews are made with 8 simple human-grade ingredients and are vegan-friendly.
They're a treat you can feel good about giving, and you'll dog will love them. We hand-make all our CBD dog treats at a GMP-certified facility to maintain high-quality standards because we're animal lovers too.
Whenever you're shopping for CBD for dogs, we recommend you check the ingredients list and make sure there aren't any nasty ingredients in there like rendered fats, food coloring, or butylated hydroxyanisole that can cause stomach upsets.
How To Give Your Dog CBD Dog Treats:
Most dogs are trained with treats, which makes giving them a dose of CBD disguised as a tasty cookie even more convenient.
- First, look to see how much CBD is contained in each dog treat. For example, if the pet treat contains 20MG of CBD and you have an 8 lbs mini poodle, you may way to consider halving or quartering the treat, to make sure you're not overdoing the dose—we've got a CBD oil for dogs dosing guideline below.
- Next, you can command your pet to perform tricks for you and reward them with the CBD treat. If they turn their nose up at it again, you can try giving them their regular treat first, ask them to repeat the trick, and then try swapping their regular treat with the CBD chew.
Another way to get your pet to eat the CBD dog treat is to crush it up into small pieces and mix it into their meals.
CBD Dog Chews Dosage:
2. Mix CBD Oil For Dogs With Food
If you've got a bonafide bowl cleaner on your hands, adding CBD oil to their meal is a great method because highly food motivated pooches have no problem licking the bowl clean with a few drops of CBD added.
Fortunately, the flavor of the CBD will be masked by the texture and taste of their dog food or treats, hopefully making it a no-fuss transaction.
Just in case the natural flavor of full spectrum CBD oil is still too strong for your pets even when combined with their regular food, you can always opt for CBD oils flavored with bacon to further mask the scent.
How To Give Your Dog CBD Oil:
You can add several drops of CBD oil to your dog's meal or hide it in a treat.
Here's one fool-proof tip from one of our Neurogan team members and her dog.
- Use three pieces of deli meat. Feed your pet the first piece, follow it with a piece that has CBD oil on it, and finish with the last plain piece—This is a sure way to put a smile on your dog's face.
CBD Pet Oil Dosage:
3. Be Direct With CBD Oil
If you have a pooch that notices even the slightest change in flavor in their food and treats and won't eat them if you've added CBD, you're going to have to be direct. This method is typically the most difficult and might make you feel like you're invading your dog's space, but simply hold their mouth open with one hand and administer CBD oil to your dog with the other.
Studies have shown that taking CBD sublingually (under the tongue) allows the compounds within the oil to enter the bloodstream at a faster rate for quick effect. Therefore, if your dog is experiencing an issue that it may need immediate comfort from, direct administration of CBD oil could be the best method. However, this method is sometimes a bit more tricky to administer to picky or hyperactive pooches.
How To Give CBD To Your Pet Directly:
When you're giving CBD oil directly to your pet, it's important that you remain calm or this may come across as forceful and induce anxiety.
- Use a calming voice and comfort your dog with some pats.
- Once you feel them relax in your hands, you can open your dog's mouth with one hand while administering the CBD oil into their mouth with the other hand.
Another tip you can try is to have your dog sit and scratch them under their chin. As they raise their head to give your room to keep scratching, you can carefully add the CBD oil to their mouth.
Make sure you follow this experience with their regular treat and a lot of praise to give them a positive experience or they may not let you do this again.
Introducing Neurogan CBD Pet Products
1. CBD Dog Oil 500-16000MG (2 oz)
We hope your dog loves this oil as much as our team members' dogs do.
Our CBD oil for dogs is made with the same, high-grade outdoor grown, hemp crops we use for all our human products. The hemp undergoes CO2 extraction in California to create a THC-free broad spectrum extract combined with MCT oil.
It's available in 500MG, 1000MG, and 16000MG options for your pooch, which gives you options depending on the size of your pet and how much CBD they require—the 16000MG option is among the highest in the industry for dogs.
You also have the choice of a classic dropper bottle top or a spray nozzle, which may help you deliver the benefits of hemp to your dog. Lastly, you can choose between the natural hemp flavor or bacon flavor.
The CBD Dog Oil is by far our most popular CBD pet product as it has a wide range of uses. You can mix it into their food, spray it directly into their mouths, or massage it into mildly irritated skin.
2. CBD Dog Treats 600-6000MG (30/60/300 ct)
For no-fuss CBD dosage, pre-dosed CBD dog treats are a convenient option.
With the Neurogan hemp chews for dogs, you have two options for extract types: full spectrum and THC-free broad spectrum, each treat contains 20MG of human-grade CBD along with other natural-based ingredients:
- Almond butter
- Apple sauce
- Coconut oil
- Oat flour
- Hemp oil
- Potassium Sorbate
- Sodium Propionate
To maintain consistency in quality and freshness, our team hand-makes these treats with love at a GMP-certified facility.
For smaller pets and for milder doses, we recommend cutting these treats to give your dogs a more appropriate dose for their weight.
The Takeaway: Giving CBD To Your Dogs
With these helpful tips, you've got the tools to deliver CBD to your dog in a way that suits them best.
Don't forget that at the end of the day, you're giving your dog CBD because you love them. There will be times as you introduce CBD to your dog's routine that it might feel like pulling teeth, but on the other side of consistent CBD dosage is a happier and healthier pet—be patient!
Give CBD oil to your dog by purchasing dog treats formulated with high-quality CBD, mix CBD oil with treats and food, or be direct by propping your dog's mouth open with one hand while delivering the CBD with the other.
Our question to you:
We want to know, what have you found is the best way to give CBD to your dog?
Please reach out to us with all of your CBD related questions and we'll be happy to help.