CBD – It’s been all the rage lately. I’ve seen it pop up all over the internet and even in shops near me in Texas.
The promises seem too good to be true. A cashier at a CBD store literally told me that it can “cure everything”. If it can cure everything, for sure SIGN ME UP!
While I have attempted to try CBD, this post isn’t about me. The benefits for humans sound great, but what about dogs? Will it work for my boxer, Roxy?
Luckily, when I was in the midst of considering this, Charlotte’s Web actually reached out to me to consider trying their products. Perfect timing
They sent me 3 different products and I’ve taken a little over a month to check them out before I wrote this review. I personally hate when someone just says “I used it once and here’s my thoughts”. Like, that’s an initial impressions post, not a review.
Anyways, as a complete novice to CBD, I asked them what I should try for Roxy. I explained that she’s 9 and gave them a few of her symptoms. They came back with some recommendations tailored for her which was really helpful.
The products we tried:
Calming Chews For Dogs
These were our favorite product from the bunch, and here’s why.
Roxy gets scared of loud noises. Especially when it’s a thunderstorm. When the thunder rolls, Roxy freaks out.
She pants heavily. She’s restless. She hides in the bathroom. I’ve spent many nights just sitting there with her to help calm her down.
Shortly after we received the chews, there was a storm. To be honest, I completely forgot about them for the first hour or so of the storm, and Roxy was not having a good night.
Then I remembered about the calming chews and grabbed them from the pantry. At first, she didn’t want them. They smell good, so I assumed it’s because she was too freaked out to try to eat.
Poor girl was shivering and here I am forcing a chew into her mouth. After she atet, she swallowed the second one out of my hand. Must have tasted pretty good!
I’m not sure how long until it kicked in, but I noticed that she was in the living room with me and not panting heavily. She also wasn’t shivering. It was really nice to see her not so anxious.
We haven’t had another storm since then, so I was worried that I couldn’t really say it worked after just once.
However, the other day, the winds were howling at my apartment. Our building is in a little corridor and when it’s windy, the sound is pretty loud – Roxy hates it.
She was pushed up against me shivering very hard. So I went and grabbed her chews.
The same thing as the first time. She didn’t want anything to do with them and I had to force her to eat the first chew. Then she happily took the second one from my hand.
Just like the first time, Roxy’s demeanor changed. She wasn’t freaking out. It was great.
The chews say that you should take them daily. I just don’t think she needs them daily for the calming effect. However, I really like them for when she needs it and I’ve been telling my friends about the chews.
Dog CBD Oil
Being new to CBD, I wasn’t really sure what to do here. The directions seemed to make sense but I still don’t think I did it correctly.
Like with the chews, the CBD oil had directions on the side based on weight. From what I could tell, she needed 4 pumps of the oil.
So once a day, I would pump 4 times into her food and mix it all up. She didn’t seem to mind eating it with her food.
Roxy is 9 and a large dog. Her back legs seem to be giving up on her. Going up the stairs is a chore, jumping on the bed is nearly out of the question, and I have to help pick her up to get into the car.
Full disclosure: before we did the CBD oil, we were using some joint chews for this. They seemed to be doing really well. She would jump into the bed. I could even take her outside and she’d run a little.
To test the oil, I took her off the chews. Sadly, she was back to having trouble going up the stairs and jumping onto the bed.
While it could have definitely been my fault in doing it incorrectly, I am going back to the other joint chews for Roxy.
I saw on their site that the have hip and joint chews. Since the other chews worked, I plan to grab some of those after my current chews run out.
Canine Hemp Skin Balm
Years ago, Roxy started to lose some of her hair on the side. It’s kind of in the shape of a heart and it’s little cute, but also sad that she lost her hair. Recently, she started to lose some on the other side as well.
Therefore when I saw the balm for hair and skin, I immediately thought maybe this might help. Why? I’m not sure. Naively hopeful I guess?
I mean, I’ve heard of topical CBD that can help with pain and other stuff. So maybe it could be save the bald spot.
My boyfriend has a beard and uses beard balm. So we applied this balm like we would with his. Scrape a little with the thumb and then rub it into the desired area.
After some time, I was hoping to see a noticeable change – again, naive me. When I didn’t, I messaged Charlotte’s Web and they said it wasn’t for hair loss. They did suggest I use it for her paws instead.
So I spent some time rubbing them on her paws and they seem to be not as rough as usual. I’m going to keep applying and check in on them from time to time.
I didn’t really know what to expect when it came to this review. I haven’t really had much experience with CDB. But I love my Roxy and wanted to try it out.
I definitely recommend the chews as those have been very helpful. I plan to try them on our next road trip too, to see if that helps her with the drive.
Can’t really say the same for the oil, but honestly I really don’t know if I did that correctly. I’m sticking with joint specific chews because I know that has worked for her. If I try the joint chews from Charlotte’s Web, I’ll update my post.
As for the balm, her feet do seem less rough and that’s nice. Not sure if there’s really much more benefit there? Their site mentions it’s for sensitive skin and I don’t really know what that is when it comes to do. I assume my vet would have mentioned something by now if she had sensitive skin. If you have a good suggestion for the balm, can you let me know in the comments?
Disclosure: I was provided these products in return for my honest review. I will also receive a small commission if you purchase after clicking my link. I’m not a vet or anything, just a loving dog mom trying to help others. If you’re not sure if CBD is right for your dog, I would recommend having a conversation with your vet. Get their opinion before you try something new