Best CBD Oil For Dogs

Best CBD Oil For Dogs

  • 24 min read
  • Last Updated: 09/06/2020
  • Author: Celia Miller

We’ve completed over 20 hours of research on CBD oil, its touted benefits, why you might want to give it to your dog, and most importantly, what research exists on CBD and dogs.

Not all CBD products are created equal. Here are some CBD brands that meet our criteria for transparency (recent COA reports), suitability for canine use, and value.

 

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Best Overall

Honest Paws CBD Oil for Dogs Wellness Formula

9/10

3 sizes

30-day guarantee

Current COA

Grown and made in the USA

GMO/Soy-free

USDA certified organic

Dosage info slightly vague

Form of CBD
Oil tincture
Flavors
3
CBD / bottle
125 mg
250mg
500mg
Type of CBD
Full spectrum

King Kanine Calm CBD Oil

7/10

Derived from organic, non-GMO hemp

Pesticide/solvent free

Made in the US

30-Day Guarantee

High price point

Only one dosage size for treats

Krill oil may be unappealing for some dogs

COA not posted on website (provided on request)

Form of CBD
Oil tincture
Flavors
1
CBD / bottle
75mg
150mg
300mg
600mg
Type of CBD
Broad spectrum

Charlotte's Web

7/10

Made in the US

Grain-free

MCT carrier oil

Not organic-certified

Only one potency available

COA not readily available

Form of CBD
Oil tincture
Flavors
2
CBD / bottle
510mg/30 ml bottle
1700mg/100ml bottle
Type of CBD
Full spectrum
Best Value

Lazarus Naturals Pet CBD Oil

8/10

Affordable but high quality

MCT Oil

Graduated dropper

Recent COAs available

Ethanol extraction process

Form of CBD
Oil tincture
Flavors
3
CBD / bottle
300 mg
600 mg
1200 mg
Type of CBD
Full spectrum
Best for Mobility

Austin And Kat Bakko's Hip & Joint CBD Oil

9/10

Powerful additional ingredients

Made in the US

30-day Guarantee

COA readily available by batch number

Not all dogs may like fish flavor

High price point

Form of CBD
Oil tincture
Flavors
1
CBD / bottle
885 mg
Type of CBD
Broad spectrum

Green Roads for Pets CBD Oil

8/10

COA results readily available

Organic, non-GMO hemp

Made in the US

30-day Guarantee only applies to unopened products

Form of CBD
Oil tincture
Flavors
1
CBD / bottle
60mg
210mg
600mg
Type of CBD
Broad spectrum

Spruce Dog CBD Oil 750mg

9/10

COA on file

Made in US

Organic

High price point

Form of CBD
Oil tincture
Flavors
1
CBD / bottle
750mg
Type of CBD
Full spectrum
Best High Potency

cndMD Canine CBD Oil

8/10

Made in the US

COA Results

Multiple strengths available

60-day guarantee

Palm kernel carrier oil

Form of CBD
Oil tincture
Flavors
2
CBD / bottle
150mg
300mg
750mg
1500mg
3000mg
Type of CBD
Broad spectrum

Holistapet CBD Oil For Dogs & Cats

7/10

Made in the US

Organic

Non-GMO, gluten and dairy free

CO2 Extraction

30-day Guarantee

Higher price point

Form of CBD
Oil tincture
capsule
Flavors
1
CBD / bottle
150mg
300mg
600mg
1200mg
3000mg
Type of CBD
Full spectrum

MedTerra CBD Tincture Pets

6/10

Made in the US

CO2 Extraction

3 flavors

30-day guarantee

Older COA sheets on file

Form of CBD
Oil tincture
Flavors
3
CBD / bottle
150mg
300mg
750mg
Type of CBD
Full spectrume

Canna-Pet CBD For Dogs

5/10

Broad range of products

30-day guarantee

Organic

High price point

No readily available COA sheets

Form of CBD
Oil Tincture
capsules
Flavors
1
CBD / bottle
680mg
Type of CBD
Full spectrum

How to Choose:

Make sure you are getting actual CBD oil tincture 

You may see terms like “hemp seed oil,” “cannabis sativa seed oil,” and “cannabis seed oil.” These almost always refer to hemp oil. Products including terms like “cannabidiol” or specifying “CBD” are CBD oils.  You can read more about the difference between the two here.

Tinctures are made by submerging plants (leaves, stalks, seeds, etc.) in alcohol to extract the active ingredients from the plants into liquid form. The finished “CBD oil” product is the cannabidiol and other compounds suspended in a carrier oil, which is usually coconut oil (MCT) or hemp oil. Some manufacturers may use other carrier oils such as krill.

Tinctures are the most effective way to dose CBD. CBD treats are often processed, heated and it may be difficult to judge potency over time by administering CBD only in chews or treats. While these can be a good way to give your dog CBD as part of a wellness routine, if you are concerned about potency and dosage, use an oil tincture.

Ensure the CBD you are giving your dog is derived from hemp, not marijuana.

While you can extract CBD from either hemp or marijuana plants, marijuana poses significant health risks to your dog and is not safe for animals to consume. Additionally, it is illegal in most states to use CBD oil derived from marijuana.

The Certificate of Analysis, or COA:

Choose a CBD manufacturer who can provide a current (within the past year) Certificate of Analysis (COA) that shows they have commissioned independent third-party testing. A COA will show information such as the percentage of CBD and THC, along with any contaminants. Avoid a company that does not prominently display this information. Some oils have far more THC in them than listed on the label.

This is a certificate indicating that a laboratory independent of the manufacturer tested the CBD oil to make sure the percentages are correct and it’s free from foreign and toxic byproducts. If the product you are looking at does not have a current (within the last year) COA readily available, move on. If you are buying a bottle of CBD in a store, many of them have a code you can scan on the bottle that will link you to the certificate online if you scan with your phone.

Ensure the party who carried out the analysis is an accredited laboratory, not another manufacturer or cannabis company. Many of the third-party testing “companies” are part of the cannabis industry and you have no way of knowing if there is a conflict of interest.

The certificate should have:

  • A certificate ID
  • Indication showing date of the test, who completed it, and the party that requested it.
  • Cannabinoids with the total mg per unit showing how much THC and CBD
  • Terpenes
  • Microbials, Foreign Matter, Heavy metals, Pesticides

CBD for dogs should not contain levels of THC above 0.3%, otherwise, it is considered marijuana, possibly illegal, and definitely unsafe for your dog. Check the date of the test against your product’s packaging to be sure the test was recently completed. Reputable manufacturers will issue a COA for every batch of CBD oil they sell.

 


 What to Avoid:

Don’t get sold a bill of goods. You may meet some very friendly people selling CBD oil in pet shops, natural food stores, or dispensaries (or even online) but keep in mind that most of them are not veterinarians:

  • They do not know what other medications/supplements your dog may be on and the potential drug interaction that could occur with CBD oil usage.
  • They have not examined your dog to know what the state of his health looks like.

CBD oil is presently banned on Amazon. However, if you search for it, you will see all kinds of products designed to resemble CBD with stunningly high milligram counts. Many of these products are made from US-sourced hemp oil, but far more of them are industrially-processed hemp oil from who knows where loaded with questionable supplements.

Some companies find a way to sell their CBD oil on Amazon with and you may be familiar with their brands, but Amazon’s rules don’t allow them to disclose accurately on their label what’s in it, and of course, you cannot see a COA for what’s on Amazon. In the future, Amazon may allow for CBD products to be sold on its marketplace but for now, avoid it.

Additionally:

  • Do not ever give your dog CBD oil or “edibles” intended for humans. There may be other ingredients that could be toxic or fatal to a dog, including theobromine,  xylitol sweetener or carrier oils like grapeseed.
  • Avoid products that contain THC. Marijuana poisoning for dogs is a very real thing and he could become very sick.
  • Avoid any CBD oil made with extraction technique using any other substance than CO2 or alcohol
  • Avoid any tincture suspended in an alcohol base (choose high quality oil bases only for your dog)
  • Avoid any products with coloring, preservatives, or other additives, such as sweeteners.

A Breakdown of Product Attributes In Our Reviews:

Form of CBD

The most common forms CBD is sold in for dogs are oil tinctures, capsules, chews or treats, and topical treatments. Some manufacturers also sell CBD peanut butter for dogs.

  • Research has proven that oil tinctures provide the highest levels of bioavailability to your dog. 
  • Chews and treats are useful if your dog does not like the taste of CBD oil but do not offer the precision of giving a dose that an oil tincture does.
  • Capsules can provide help you choose a precise amount for your dog and are convenient.  

Flavors

Some CBD products for dogs are enhanced with tasty flavors like bacon, peanut butter, blueberry, apples, etc.

  • Avoid products with artificial flavors
  • Avoid products with artificial sweeteners in them, as substances like xylitol are fatal to dogs
  • You may be able to flavor your CBD oil yourself if your dog prefers it- in gravy, in his food, or on treats that he already has

CBD/Bottle

This attribute describes how much CBD is contained in a bottle or the potency of the oil. A higher number means there is more CBD in the bottle. For an owner who wants to give their dog a higher CBD dose, a more potent oil makes it easier.

Type of CBD

CBD is sold in several forms- full-spectrum or broad-spectrum and as an isolate. Full-spectrum means the product has undergone the least processing, and these extracts typically contain much more of the hemp plant, such as cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. CBD isolate is made through an extraction process that removes all other compounds, leaving only cannabidiol (CBD) itself.

What to Look For:

First things first. 

What are the goals with your dog and use of CBD oil? Does he have a specific condition you are hoping to help him overcome or are you seeking to incorporate CBD as an ongoing maintenance supplement for his wellness and general health? These goals should be discussed with your veterinarian.  Yes, good quality CBD products are expensive! Especially high-potency ones! Keep in mind that:

  • Lower potency products are best for regular, maintenance use of CBD for your dog, and you should always start at a very low dose
  • Higher potency products make appropriate dosage for larger dogs easier (more CBD per drop)
  • Lower potency makes it easier for smaller dogs so you aren’t out there with a toothpick trying to measure out a quarter of a drop of super potent oil.
  • Your dog’s weight, age and how active he is are also going to determine how much he should have.
  • If you are considering a CBD product with other ingredients, you want to be sure that not only the CBD but also the other ingredients will not affect how any existing medication is metabolized in his body. Always ask a veterinarian!

Our Recommendations on CBD for Dogs:

Due to the unregulated market, there are a lot of inferior products out there. You want a high-quality product for your dog, and you want to know exactly what’s in it. Here are some guidelines:

  • Choose a specifically made product for dogs because some CBD products have ingredients that are poisonous to canines, such as theobromine, xylitol sweetener, or carrier oils like grapeseed.
  • Make sure you are getting actual CBD oil, not hemp oil, with clever packaging.
  • The most popular and safe form of CBD is in an oil tincture. This has also been proven to be the most effective way for it to absorb, and for pets, the easiest way to ensure a precise dose.
  • CBD for dogs should not contain levels of THC above 0.3%. Otherwise, it is considered marijuana, possibly illegal, and unsafe for your dog.
  • High-quality CBD oil can be pricey. Don’t choose CBD for your dog based on price.
  • The hemp should be grown in conditions where the soil is tested.
  • The manufacturer should have a current Certificate of Analysis (COA) readily available. This should reflect an analysis of their product and its content, conducted by an independent third-party laboratory. Reputable manufacturers will issue a COA for every batch of CBD oil they sell.
  • Avoid a company that does not prominently display a recent COA for their CBD products.
  • Due to how industrial hemp is grown and processed, organic is best.
  • Tinctures are best for therapeutic purposes.

What is a COA or Certificate of Analysis? 

 The COA is a certificate indicating that a laboratory independent of the manufacturer tested the CBD oil to make sure the percentages are correct and free from foreign and toxic byproducts.

If the product you are looking at does not have a current (within the last year) COA readily available, move on! If you are buying a bottle of CBD in a store, many of them have a code you can scan on the bottle that will link you to the certificate online if you scan with your phone.

Choose a CBD manufacturer who can provide a current (within the past year) Certificate of Analysis (COA) that shows they have commissioned independent third-party testing. A COA will show information such as the percentage of CBD and THC, along with any contaminants. Some oils have far more THC in them than listed on the label.

Ensure the party who carried out the analysis is an accredited laboratory, not another manufacturer or cannabis company. Many third-party testing “companies” are part of the cannabis industry, and you have no way of knowing if there is a conflict of interest.

The certificate should include:

  • A certificate ID
  • Indication showing the date of the test, who completed it, and the party that requested it.
  • Cannabinoids with the total mg per unit showing how much THC and CBD
  • Terpenes
  • Microbials, Foreign Matter, Heavy metals, Pesticides

Reputable manufacturers will issue a COA for every batch of CBD oil they sell.

Disclaimer:

The information supplied by Sparky’s Spots about CBD for dogs is meant to serve as a guide only. We encourage our readers to be cognizant of misleading and unproven claims. CBD oil should never replace timely medical care for your dog. The FDA recognizes potential possibilities in the use of CBD, but has not approved it for use in animals. Many claim that CBD oil can cure cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimers. While it is known that CBD oil can help address anxiety, insomnia and pain in humans, and the research for dogs looks promising, the research to understand what the side effects are is still in very early stages. There is even less research for long-term effects on dogs.