Looking for something to ease anxiety, pain, and/or seizures for your dog? Why not try an organic solution that has been around as long as human civilization? CBD tincture has been proven to ease anxiety, help reduce seizures, and soothe pain in humans and animals alike. All vertebrates have an Endocannabinoid System (ECS). But what is that? Learn more about the Endocannabinoid System in humans and animals, how it works, a dosing guide for giving CBD to dogs, how to transform any treat into an edible with CBD for dogs; as well as recipes for treats they are sure to love.
CBD for Dogs, and How it Works
The ECS was discovered in the last 15 years. Plus science has proven all vertebrates—humans and animals—have an endocannabinoid system. The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) works toward bringing your body into balance or homeostasis. All bodily functions from organ and motor, to memory, and emotions are sorted, stored, and managed from different areas inside your brain. The ECS manages these functions using chemicals and electrical impulse with the help of your nervous system.
When the nervous system brings back a message, the ECS receives the message and either reprograms it or sends the naturally occurring compounds to solve the problem. Cannabis compounds match ECS receptors like puzzle pieces. That’s why this bodily system was named the Endocannabinoid System. For more information on the ECS click here.
CBD for Dogs, How It Can Help
Cannabis can be helpful for all vertebrates, including but not limited to birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals. So, any of your pets or livestock—you name it—may find relief and help from CBD. However, research on animals is in the early stages. There’s no definitive scientific data on using CBD to treat pets. But there is a ton of anecdotal evidence from dog owners who took the leap and tried it. The bottom line is, CBD can help anyone with an Endocannabinoid System. To help you rest easy, RVDCBD Tinctures have ZERO THC.
How to Adapt CBD for Dog Snacks
Not everyone has the time to make homemade pet treats. Like eating junk food, it’s okay to have store-bought treats sometimes. Thus, adding a bit of CBD to a store-bought treat is okay. But how do you add CBD to an already prepared goodie? When adding CBD to treats, titrating is key. In other words, start with a very small dose and slowly work up to find the most effective amount of CBD for your animal friend. For more info on titrating, click here. To determine the correct dosage for your pet, the rule of thumb is 0.2mg of CBD Tincture per pound. For example, if you’re going to feed your furry friend a milk bone try adding the CBD Tincture to a table spoon of peanut butter and spreading the milk bone with the peanut butter.
Making Edibles with CBD for Dogs
Making edibles for your special k-9 friend lets you rest at ease knowing everything in the treat. But prepping and making edibles from scratch can be time-consuming, as is any baking. However, remember even though adding CBD store-bought treats may be more convenient, not everything ready-made is healthy. More often than not store-bought is packed with preservatives. And Preservatives and added sugars are bad for your dog. So, choose homemade treats the RVDCBD way—as easy as possible.
When adding CBD to treats, whether homemade or store-bought, titrating is key. In other words, start with a very small dose and slowly work up to find the most effective dose. To determine the correct dosage for your pet, we recommend doing a bit of calculating. The general rule of thumb is 0.2mg of CBD per pound your pet weighs. For more info on CBD and pet dosing, click here.
K-9 Peanut Butter Bombs
Peanut butter is well known to be a dog favorite when it comes to human food. But did you know peanut butter is an excellent source of protein? Peanuts contain heart-healthy fats, vitamin E, vitamin B, and niacin. B vitamins help regulate metabolism and enzyme functions as well as boost nerve tissue. At the same time, vitamin Es protects your dog’s eyes and muscle health. And niacin boosts metabolism and gives your dog a healthy shine to their fur. So, K-9 Peanut Butter Bombs are a win-win from all angles.
Before you get started you will need the following tools: measuring spoons, measuring cups, a quart-size microwavable bowl, a strainer, a microwave, a gallon-size Ziplock bag, and a food processor.
- 1 cup dry roasted, unsalted peanuts blended in a food processor
- 1 cup cooked rice (leftover plain white rice is a great shortcut)
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- RVDCBD ZERO THC Tincture 750mg (amount varies)
- Rinse your pre-measured 1 cup of rice in a mesh strainer or bowl and pour out the water. Then put the rice in a microwave-safe bowl and add 2 cups of water. Place in the microwave and cover with a microwave-safe plate or lid. Microwave for 20 minutes and rest for 5 minutes.
- Place the peanuts in a food processor. Turn the food processor on and let it run for 4-5 minutes. As it blends you can visibly see the peanuts change from dry crumbs to a ball, to smooth and creamy peanut butter.
- While your peanuts are blending, continue microwaving rice in 30-second increments until fully cooked. Then set it aside to cool while you figure out your pet’s CBD Dose.
- Once the rice has cooled, in a separate bowl, add peanut butter and cooled rice and stir until fully incorporated, or mixed.
- Add one tablespoon of honey and stir again.
- For adding CBD, you have 2 choices.
- Add the correct dose to each ball, as you serve it; in this case, skip this step and roll the mixture into balls and refrigerate.
- OR multiply the calculated dose (per your dog size 0.2mg of CBD per pound) by 15 and add that quantity of CBD in mg to the mixture and stir again.
- Roll into balls and store in the fridge in an air-tight container for up to two weeks.
- If you opted for CBD option 1, don’t forget to add your dog’s dose (0.2mg of CBD per your pet’s pounds) with each treat.
K-9 Coq Au Vin
Cooked chicken is another great source of protein that crosses over from humans to dogs. And with this recipe you can add vegetables too. While Coq Au Vin may sound super complicated, the K-9 version is not. It’s a one-slow-crockpot show.
Before you get started you will need the following tools: 2 silicone ice cube trays with lids, measuring spoons, measuring cups, a spatula, a food processor, and a 2-quart crockpot.
- 1 cubed sweet potato peeled
- 1 boneless chicken breast
- 1/2 cup baby carrots
- 1/2 cup sliced fresh green beans
- 1 cup of water
- 2 chopped strips of raw bacon
- 1 cup of cooked rice
- RVDCBD ZERO THC Tincture 750mg (amount varies)
- Peel and cube sweet potato and chicken and toss both into the crock pot. Chop baby carrots, green beans, and bacon and add to the crockpot.
- Add one cup of water or enough to cover all the ingredients, cover with a lid and turn on high.
- Let cook for 4-5 hours adding water if necessary.
- When all ingredients are smashable, turn off and remove from heat to cool.
- While the crockpot is cooling, prepare rice.
- Rinse your pre-measured 1 cup of rice in a mesh strainer or bowl and pour out the water. Then put the rice in a microwave-safe bowl and add 2 cups of water. Place in the microwave and cover with a microwave-safe plate or lid. Microwave for 20 minutes and rest for 5 minutes. Continue microwaving rice in 30-second increments until fully cooked.
- Pour off any excess stock from the crockpot and blend in a food processor until slightly chunky or desired consistency. Scrape blended chicken and vegetables into rice and stir by hand.
- Fill ice cube trays with meat, rice, and veggie mixture and let fully cool.
- WARNING! CBD does not react well with high temperatures, so it’s super important to wait until all ingredients have fully cooled before adding CBD. While you’re waiting, calculate your dog’s CBD serving size 0.2mg of CBD per pound.
- Once you’ve determined your dog’s proper CBD serving, add one serving per ice cube filled with mixture and fold into the center.
- Cover ice cube trays and freeze or refrigerate for up to two weeks.
- Serve with dry dog food or frozen depending on what your dog likes.
Summary CBD for Dogs
Because animals like humans have an Endocannabinoid System, CBD can have the same effect on your dog as it does you. However, be sure to weigh your dog often so you dose correctly. For more info on CBD animal dosing, click here. Show your furry baby some love with a homemade CBD treat and be sure to comment below. If you have a favorite homemade furry baby treat, comment below and we’ll add it to our growing CBD recipe list. Also, check back for baking edible articles for cats, feathers friends, reptiles, and all farm animals coming soon.