5 Facts You Need To Know Before Giving Your Dog CBD

It’s no secret that the tide on hemp-related products is turning. CBD, one of the most popular hemp derivatives, has been praised by many as a miracle product. 

You’ve probably seen or heard something in recent years about how CBD can help manage a number of common health problems – ranging from joint pain and anxiety to sleep and appetite issues. If you’re reading this post, you might be wondering: 

Can CBD work its magic on my dog? 

The short answer is yes. However, there are several things you need to know before you give CBD to your dog. 

If you’re like us, you see your dog as an irreplaceable member of your family. Giving them CBD can potentially work wonders; but you need to be 100% sure you know what you’re doing

Here are 5 crucial things you need to know about CBD before giving it to your dog:

How does CBD work for dogs?

CBD is extremely versatile and influences nearly all parts of your dog’s body.

What exactly is CBD?

Short for Cannabidiol, CBD is a natural component found in the hemp plant. More specifically, in the resin of the buds and flowers. 

CBD works in conjunction with your dog’s natural endocannabinoid system (or the ECS) to maintain homeostasis and help manage external stressors. 

Unlike THC, CBD is a non-psychoactive compound of the hemp plant and won’t get your dog high. 

What is the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)?

The ECS plays a number of important roles in the body’s functionality – both in dogs and humans. It is made up of three key components.

  1. Endocannabinoids. 
  2. Cannabinoid receptors (CB1 & CBD2).
  3. Enzymes that work to break down cannabinoids and endocannabinoids. 

The ECS influences a wide variety of cognitive, physiological, and physical processes that take place throughout your dog’s body. 

Within the ECS, there are two different cannabinoid receptors. 

  1. CB1 Receptors: Mostly concentrated in the central nervous system. Primarily influences cognitive functions like appetite regulation and emotional processing. 
  2. CB2 Receptors: Mostly concentrated in the peripheral nervous system. Primarily influences symptoms like inflammation and pain.  
CB1 and CB2 Receptors

How CBD Influences the ECS

CBD works to support the body’s functionality through indirect communication with the ECS. 

As CBD interacts with the CB1 and CB2 receptors, it works to balance out the ECS and support the body’s ability to bind with cannabinoids. If your dog is suffering from health issues, CBD can help their ECS restore equilibrium to naturally manage the symptoms.

Benefits of CBD for dogs

As CBD works to balance your dog’s ECS, it can provide a wide range of benefits regarding:


Anxiety in dogs can be largely classified into two distinct categories: Behavioral and Situational.  

Behavioral: Deep-rooted anxiety typically related to traumatic events or unhealthy formative years. This usually includes aggression, separation anxiety, hyper-activity, restlessness, etc. 

Situational: Situational anxiety occurs when a dog experiences something they aren’t normally accustomed to. This commonly includes anxiety when traveling, during fireworks, thunderstorms, sirens, when you have unfamiliar guests over, and so on. 

Studies indicate that using CBD to balance your dogs ECS can help to regulate your pup’s anxiety, as well as help with sleep and appetite issues. When the ECS interacts with the central nervous system, the receptors secrete serotonin, a natural calming hormone produced by the body. 

As these receptors communicate with each other, they will gradually work to calm the body down and promote normal levels of anxiety. 

Inflammation and Joint Pain

There are few things more heart-breaking than seeing your dog struggle with basic movement. If joint pain and inflammation is left unremedied, the ripple effect can be very extensive. 

Studies have found that in a balanced ECS, cells in the body are receiving natural signals from different stimuli to help respond to pain-related symptoms. 

When CBD interacts with the ECS, CB2 receptors can support your dog’s natural ability to calm the pain response during joint movement and potentially reduce swelling, as well as improve limb posture. 

Skin Allergies

Just like with humans, skin allergies in dogs are largely due to over-activity in the immune system. It’s estimated that there are 150-200 different skin conditions that can be traced to allergies in dogs – including reactions to pollen, mold, bugs, certain ingredients in food, etc.  

A fine-tuned ECS can trigger many different reactions in skin cells, of which encourage your dog’s immune system to work more effectively in combating infections that result in excessive scratching or sneezing. 

Additionally, a well-balanced ECS can help to stimulate new cell growth to combat allergic reactions in the skin. 

CBD serving size for dogs

CBD is a powerful product and it doesn’t take much to support the ECS. The perfect CBD serving size for your dog depends on a couple key factors: 

  1. Your dog’s weight.
  2. The mg of CBD in the product. 

CBD is generally a safe compound, but you need to take extra caution to check your specific product for the exact instructions for serving sizes.

CBD usage for dogs

How do I give my dog CBD Oil?

Most commonly, owners elect to drop CBD onto their dog’s food. CBD products that are made specifically for dogs often include artificial or natural flavors that ensure your dog will find the CBD product to be delicious. If you prefer not to give your dog products containing artificial flavors, choosing a product with a naturally delicious carrier oil, like Omega-3 rich fish oil, is a good choice.

CBD legality and safety

Is CBD legal?

The legal standing of hemp-related products has been an issue of debate in the United States for decades. Currently, CBD derived from hemp is legal in all 50 states. 

While it’s tough to say what the future has in store for CBD, the reception in the consumer and scientific worlds has generally been favorable. In other words, the future is bright!

How do I Choose a Reliable CBD Brand?

There are many CBD brands on the market. Many are reliable, and many are not. 

Before you go out and choose a product for your dog, there are several key criteria to look for:

  1. It should be made specifically for dogs
  2. Choose an American made product
  3. It should contain full-spectrum hemp
  4. Make sure it’s third-party tested
CBD carrier oil for dogs

What is CBD Carrier Oil?

One of the most important aspects of any CBD product is the carrier oil. 

This is what the CBD is infused with to create the final product. The biggest concern here is the bioavailability, which is the proportion of CBD your dog’s body can process compared to what it ingests. This is largely determined by the fat molecules in the carrier oil. 

What is the best Carrier Oil for dogs?

In our HAPPI CANINE CBD formula we proudly use sustainably caught Wild Alaskan fish oil as our carrier. Fish oil, part of a natural diet and rich in Omega-3 LTCs (long chain triglycerides), increases the bioavailability of CBD while promoting a healthy Omega-3/Omega-6 balance. 

With fish oil as the carrier, the CBD works more effectively in your dog’s system, as well as provides a wide range of extra health benefits!


As passionate dog-lovers, our primary promise above anything else is to create the safest, healthiest, and most effective CBD products possible, to naturally improve the lives of our best friends!

All of our products are veterinarian formulated specifically for dogs, 100% American-made, 3rd-party lab tested for quality assurance, and contain only the highest quality ingredients. Our proprietary formula includes premium full-spectrum hemp extract and sustainably caught Wild Alaskan fish oil, which is highly effective for the health and well-being of every canine. The majority of dogs find the natural fish oil taste delicious, and most even beg for it! Try a bottle today, your dog will thank you.