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Buying CBD For Dogs: Common Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
Posted by Jay O'Keefe on
Did you know that the market size of the cannabidiol market in 2021 was $12.8 billion? Additionally, its size is expected to grow with an estimated compounded annual growth rate of 21.7% between the years 2022 and 2028.
Considering the success of this industry, it's no surprise now that people are buying CBD for dogs. If you're considering doing this, you might be feeling stressed if you haven't given CBD to your dog yet.
After all, how do you know that you're giving your dog the right amount with the right effects? Fortunately, in this article, we'll review the most common mistakes people make when buying CBD for dogs and how you can avoid them.
Finally, if you give your dog the better quality CBD products, they will respond, due to the improved quality of that better CBD product.
1.Rushing When Buying CBD for Dogs?
One of the biggest mistakes people make when buying CBD online for their dogs is to rush the process. If you don’t take your time to properly evaluate a product, your dog could end up suffering the consequences. This could mean that this CBD product is inferior, and doesn't work at all, or even that it could cause problems for your dog.
To avoid this mistake, take the time to research every product you're thinking of buying for your dog before you make the purchase. This way, when you've bought it, you know you're getting the best CBD product for your pet, and you won’t be wracked by buyer’s remorse.
2. Making Your Decision Based Solely on Price
When people are comparing CBD products to buy for their dog, one of the biggest mistakes they make is to make their decision based solely on price. If they immediately choose the cheaper product, they could end up with a low-quality product.
Worse, the product could end up either not working or making more problems for their dog. For this reason, a low price can be a red flag that a product is dangerous.
Fortunately, you can avoid this mistake by making your decision based partially on price. Think about what your budget is for CBD products for your dog.
If you aren't sure how to get started, take a look at a few different CBD store websites. This will help you get a general idea of how much different products cost.
Then, once you know this information, you can figure out which product types you can afford. However, keep in mind that paying a little more can be worth it if the product is high-quality.
Additionally, be aware that a product being very cheap is a red flag. For this reason, you should avoid very cheap products.
3. Not Asking for Advice
Another mistake people often make is not asking for advice when choosing CBD dog treats or another type of CBD dog product. However, if you're new to buying these products, you shouldn't let your pride get in the way. This is especially the case given that your dog's health is at stake.
To avoid this mistake, ask your vet, if they are knowledgeable, or if you know anyone who has experience with CBD dog products, speak with them. Product reviews can be helpful, but realize that not all reviews tell the truth, and some may be rather biased. Some are sponsored, so be wary about following reviews 100%.
As many pet parents as have used CBD in their dogs and cats, its likely you know several dog or cat people who have some experience with this new and exciting supplement, and you should get some good information by asking these folks.
4. Not Thinking About the Administration Method
When you buy a dog product from a CBD store website, don't make the common mistake of not thinking about the administration method. Many people don't realize that this will have an impact on how your dog feels the effects of the CBD product.
To avoid making this mistake, think about the different ways you can give your dog their CBD product.
The best absorption of the CBD liquid, which makes for the best blood levels, which are what makes CBD work for your pet, is when you put it in a small amount of food. Fatty food is the best. (Think canned cat food, for instance). Soft chews are tasty and contain the food with the CBD, so no need to give them with food, but they will also provide substantial blood levels of CBD for better effect.
The topical application of CBD products as an oil or creme works well locally, for instance when applied to a joint that is uncomfortable. Due to your pet’s hair though, topicals can also grease up the hair coat, so be aware of that. Look for salves that are water soluble so they can be more easily washed off when appropriate.
5. Buying From a Company That Isn't Reputable
Another mistake people make when buying CBD for dogs is that they buy from companies that aren't reputable. This may be because these people simply don't have experience buying from companies or because they decide to buy from one that isn't reputable but has cheaper products.
However, when it comes to buying a product that you're putting on or into your dog's body, you need to buy it from a reputable company. This way, you can be sure that you are helping your dog and not harming them.
To avoid buying from a company that isn't reputable, there are several steps you can take. These include researching the companies and comparing the products before making your final choice. For a quick reference of reputability, Bailey's is rated as one of the best companies on the market in this well cited CBD dog treats purchase guide posted by 10buds.com.
6. Not Looking at The Lab Results
When people are buying CBD products for their dogs, another mistake they make is to not look at the lab results. However, it's incredibly important that they do this, as reviewing third-party test results is the best way to ensure that CBD products have the right ingredients and are high-quality.
To avoid this problem, when you're visiting a website that sells CBD products, find the page where they publish their third-party lab results. If the website doesn't have these results, this is a red flag.
This demonstrates that their products could be of bad quality or not even have the right ingredients.
However, if the website has information on third-party lab results, you can be assured that the products are of good quality. Look out for a certificate of analysis, or COA.
A COA demonstrates several things. First of all, it demonstrates that the CBD product is free of contaminants. Second, it demonstrates that it has the THC and CBD amounts the seller claims it has.
7. Not Researching Product Types
Another mistake people often make when buying products for their dogs is not researching the product types that are out there. There are many different options available, and depending on your dog's needs, some will be more effective than others.
To avoid making this mistake, you should familiarize yourself with the different product types available on the market. At Bailey's, for example, we offer CBD oil for dogs.
There are three different sizes available, including 15 ml, 30 ml, and 60 ml.
We also sell CBD dog chews. There is a great variety of these that have different uses, including Bailey's Calming CBD Yummies, Bailey's Hip & Joint CBD Soft Chews, and Bailey's Omega Hemp CBD Soft Chews.
In addition to having these available in bags, we also have pantry kits available. (This should be explained what they are)
Additionally, we sell CBD pet topicals. These include Paw & Nose Balm w/ Naturally Occurring CBD, CBDPet Shampoo w/ Colloidal Oatmeal Extract + Avocado Oil, and the CBD Pet Spa Bundle that includes both of these.
Finally, for dogs, we have Extra Strength 2:1 CBD & CBG Oil For Dogs. You can buy a 900 or 1800 MG bottle, and you'll get discounts the more bottles you buy.By making yourself aware of what products are out there, you can make the best CBD product choice for your furry friend.
8. Not Thinking About the CBD Source
When people buy CBD for their dogs, it's a common mistake to not think about the specific CBD source of the product that they're buying. However, if you want the highest-quality CBD product, you need to be aware of where the CBD in the product you're buying comes from.
To avoid this problem, you should check on the CBD website what the CBD source is for their products.
Then, when looking at the source, consider different things. For example, where was the cannabis-hemp plant the CBD comes from, grown? Is the source organic?
By asking these questions, you can be sure that the CBD source of your products is the best one for your dog.
Ultimately it is the Certificate of Analysis from a third party lab, that will tell you if the product meets its label claims and is free from contaminants.
9. Not Thinking About the Extraction Process
Another mistake people make when buying CBD for their dogs is that they don't think about the extraction process. This is a huge mistake because the extraction process affects the efficacy of the CBD oil.
To avoid making this mistake, you need to inform yourself about the different extraction processes. One of these, the best way, is C02 extraction.
This is an expensive, advanced, and complex way of extracting CBD from cannabis or hemp. This makes it possible to keep the maximum amount of the plant in its original form.
If you buy a CBD product that was extracted correctly using this process, it will be free from contaminants, extremely safe, and concentrated. It's important to note that there are different ways to carry out this extraction process.
However, the most common is with the use of a closed-loop extractor.
The downside of this process is its priciness. For this reason, you'll likely pay more for CBD products that are extracted this way.
10. Solvent Extraction Processes
Another extraction process, among the most common of them, is the use of certain liquid solvents that will extract these highly fat soluble molecules in cannabis like CBD or CBG. There are a number of different solvents one can use in this process. These include isopropyl alcohol, hydrocarbons like butane or propane, and ethanol.
To start this process, the person extracting the CBD will soak plant trimmings and hemp flowers in the solvent. Then, they'll evaporate the solvent. As this occurs, the CBD will be left behind.
Once the liquid dissolves these fatty molecules from the cannabis plant, the liquid is squeezed out of the plant material and evaporated, leaving only the active plant molecules like CBD. When the extraction process proceeds normally, the removal of the solvent residues is complete and will be reflected by the results of the third party analysis.
11. Steam Distillation
Another extraction process is steam distillation. With this type of extraction process, someone will place hemp flowers into a glass flask. This flask will have both an outlet and an inlet, making it possible for steam to travel into the main flask.
Then, within the glass flask, the vapors will collect. Then, they go into the condenser tube. Then they'll cool and start to condense.
When this condensation process occurs, the result is a water and CBD oil mixture. This is a safer process than the solvent extraction process. However, it is less efficient as compared to other extraction processes.
Steam distillation requires a larger amount of starting plant material, and the temperature and time exposed to the heat needs to be well controlled for a successful extraction.
12. Not giving The Right Amount
Using an effective amount of the CBD for your pet is the most important part of the CBD working after you have identified a company and product that meets your requirements for purity, concentration and price.
Price always needs to be evaluated in terms of number of milligrams of CBD per milliliter of tincture. I call this the bang for your buck, pennies per milligrams. You should be careful to read the label to be sure the company isn’t trying to deceive you by selling hemp seed oil, not hemp oil, or hemp flower oil which are the same thing, Hemp seed oil does not have any CBD in it. Some companies will make it seem like it has a lot of CBD in it but they are falsifying the label data to deceive the customer into thinking that the bottle is a good deal.
The best way to find an effective amount of CBD to give is to weigh your dog or cat, and start with about ¼ of a milligram of CBD for each pound of body weight your pet weighs, given twice daily with some food to improve absorption and blood levels. Give this for 2 weeks and observe your pet for positive changes.
If you don’t see any change in what you were hoping the CBD would do, then you can safely double that initial dose, and then observe again for 2 weeks before increasing it again. CBD is quite safe for most animals, especially if introduced slowly over a period of time.
13. Interations of CBD With Drugs
CBD is metabolized (broken down) by the liver, and will compete with certain drugs your pet may be on for the liver to break them down. This may mean that a drug lasts longer or shorter in your pets blood stream than it was intended to. Although this is a concern, in practice there have not been any observations or measurements in studies in dogs or cats or horses that indicates this interaction is actually a problem.
If your dog is taking a medication that is very important for its health and quality of life, like phenobarbital for seizures, for instance, or carprofen for arthritis, it’s a good idea to have your dog’s blood tested for the blood levels of these drugs before putting them on the CBD, and then to measure those same drugs 2 weeks after your dog starts the CBD. Talk to your vet about this. We can measure phenobarbital levels, but not carprofen. With carprofen measuring liver enzyme levels before and after going on the CBD is a smart idea.
14. Not Storing the CBD Product Properly
Another mistake people make when buying CBD for their dogs is to not store the product properly. If people store CBD in an environment that's humid or sunny, they could cause the CBD to degrade. This would make the CBD less effective.
To avoid making this mistake, store your dog's CBD product in a dark, cool place. This will preserve the potency of the CBD. Additionally, check the label for any instructions on storage.
Also, if you are giving the drops of CBD directly into your dog’s mouth, please be sure to rinse the dropper off in fresh water and wiping it dry before putting back into the bottle, so it doesn’t foul the tincture.
15. Not Reading the Label
Speaking of the label... an easy mistake people make is that they don't read the label of the CBD product
before buying it. As a result, they might end up buying a product that's low-quality. This could mean they end up buying a product that's less effective—or even damaging to their dog's health.
To avoid this problem, read the label before you buy the product. Ideally, the website will have the label available for you to read. If they don't, this is a red flag and you shouldn't buy the product anyway.
If the website does provide labels online for their products, look for information on the CBD amount in the product. Additionally, review the other ingredients.
If the label doesn't provide information on the ingredients in it, this is a red flag and you should avoid buying the product.
16. Not Speaking With a Veterinarian
When it comes to any health decision you're making regarding your dog, it's important to speak with a veterinarian. However, many people make the mistake of not speaking with a veterinarian when they're thinking of buying a CBD product for their dog.
To avoid this mistake, speak with a veterinarian before you buy any CBD products for your dog. There are different ways in which they can help you.
First of all, they'll be able to help you determine whether CBD is the right choice for your pet. They'll also
help you select the correct product for your dog. Additionally, they'll guide you when it comes to proper dosage.
Unfortunately, some states still prohibit veterinarians from discussing CBD, even though hemp is Federally legal. If your vet is in one of these states, then you should try and reach out to another expert such as vets that give advice online or on social media.
17. Using Several CBD Product at Once
Another mistake people make when buying CBD products for their dogs is using several CBD products at once. Maybe they're doing this because their dog has multiple health issues they're worried about. Or maybe they think using more will be more effective.
However, the problem with doing this is that it will be more difficult for owners to gauge which products are effective and which aren't.
To avoid making this mistake, use CBD products one at a time. This way, you'll be able to get an idea of whether your dog is experiencing the desired effects. You'll also be able to figure out the right dosage (slowly, as we mentioned).
Eventually, you can start using additional CBD products. But make sure you use them one by one so you'll be aware of which ones are right (and which amount) for your dog.
18. Not Thinking of Your Dog's Specific Health Issues
Even though CBD can seem useful for many different issues, many specific CBD products are designed for specific issues. So, it's a mistake when people assume that any product will do when buying CBD products for their dogs.
Fortunately, you can avoid this mistake by thinking about what your dog's health issues are in the first place. Then, you can search for specific products for dealing with these issues.
19. Not Reading Online Customer Reviews
Even though people will read online customer reviews when buying their next phone or computer, they'll often fail to do this when buying CBD products for their dog. However, this is one of the best ways you can determine if a product is a good choice.
Once you've done your research and made all the other considerations we've reviewed in this article, read the customer reviews of the products you're thinking of buying. Start by reading them on the CBD online shop's website.
Then, look at reviews in other places. For example, you could visit a cannabis or CBD blog to find out what they think of the product you're looking to buy.
Note that just a few bad reviews aren't anything to worry about. However, if there's a whole slew of them, then chances are you shouldn't buy the product.
Also, if an online CBD shop doesn't have any reviews—or if they seem fake—these are red flags to watch out for. In this case, don't buy your dog's CBD product or products from that website.
20. Want to Buy CBD Products for Your Dog
Now that you've learned about the most common mistakes people make when buying CBD for dogs, you might finally feel ready to buy CBD products for your dog. In this case, you should look no further than Bailey's. At Bailey's, we sell a variety of CBD products for dogs, as we have covered today.
We also have an integrative veterinarian, Doc Rob Silver, who advises us on products and applications for Bailey’s products.
We also sell products for cats and horses. We offer memberships, too, for CBD oil for pets and CBD chewables. To learn more about our CBD products for dogs, check them out now.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This article is not intended to treat, diagnose, or cure any condition. Please consult a licensed veterinarian before giving your pet supplements or starting new routines.
Jay O'Keefe III
Founder | CEO
For five years, Jay worked at a hemp extraction lab in North San Diego. One day he decided to formulate a hemp oil tincture for pets, and the feedback was overwhelming. In October 2017, Bailey’s was incorporated with the adorable face of Jay’s pug Bailey as the logo.