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Do you struggle with feeding your dog CBD oil? Does your dog act like you are trying to feed it something gross when it’s dosage time? Some dogs can be very picky eaters when it comes to the taste or texture of CBD oil. Not to worry, with a little creativity, finicky dogs can also enjoy all the benefits CBD offers. For convenience, we have gathered all of the best tips and tricks for giving your dog CBD oil. First, let’s go over the most common ways to administer CBD to dogs.
Common Ways to Give CBD to Your Dog
All CBD products should have specific dosing directions. It is always best to follow directional use. However, if your dog is a picky eater they may not appreciate CBD oil the way the manufacturer suggests. In this section, we will elaborate on some common CBD dosing procedures many dog owners use successfully. We suggest when first trying out any of these methods to give your dog a sample and see if they like it. This way you don’t waste a whole dose of CBD oil if your dog denies your offer.
Give Your Dog CBD Oil Directly:
This is one of the simplest and most direct ways to give your dog CBD. Your CBD oil should come with a dropper. If it is glass use caution while dosing. The first thing you will do is measure out your dog’s correct dosage size. Next, gently insert the dropper between your dog’s gums, towards the rear of its mouth. Doing this should cause your dog to open its mouth and when it does, simply squeeze in the CBD oil. Be careful not to squirt it too fast, you don’t want to waste any.
Try out our interactive CBD dosing chart to find the correct dosage size for your pet.
Add CBD Oil to Your Dog’s Food (Wet or Dry):
This is usually one of the first options people resort to when they find out their dog dislikes the taste of CBD oil. Adding CBD oil to your dog’s food is quite easy. Most dogs don’t even know the difference as they scarf down their next meal. Just measure out your dog’s CBD dosage and add it to its food, mix it in and serve your dog.
Add CBD Oil to Your Dog’s Favorite Treat (Dry or Soft Chew):
If your dog refuses CBD oil directly or in its food, maybe you can sneak it in by adding it to a dog treat. Using your dog’s favorite treat is recommended for picky eaters. This way they can truly enjoy their CBD. Measure out your dog’s CBD dose and evenly disperse it on the treat or treats. Dry treats work best as they are more absorbent, if your dog prefers soft treats, they will work too. You can also break the treats up to create more surface area for the CBD oil to adhere to.
Try a CBD Dog Treat:
There are many CBD oil products for dogs available on the market. One of the easiest ways to give your dog CBD oil is to just feed it a CBD infused dog treat. If you can, find your dog a CBD treat that it can’t resist. CBD dog treats come in many flavors, however, you may want to stay away from treats with unhealthy ingredients.
At HolistaPet we offer dogs CBD treats in 3 tasty flavors: blueberry & sweet potato, green apple & peanut butter, and pumpkin spice & cinnamon. To add, we combine our treats with some super healthy ingredients like hemp flour, flaxseed, turmeric, Boswellia, Chamomile, and L-theanine. Our treats are 100% natural, vegan, and organic They contain no artificial ingredients, flavors, or preservatives.
As you can see these common methods are pretty straight forward. Most dogs will be satisfied with at least one of these basic options. If not, there’s no need to fret if your dog retreats from these suggestions. Dogs who are picky eaters may need a little more persuasion. Fortunately, we have more creative ways to give a dog CBD.
CBD Dosing Methods for Dogs Who are Picky Eaters
Peanut Butter Persuasion:
It is a well-known fact that dogs are crazy for peanut butter. If you give them some they will just keep licking away at it until it is gone. You can use your dog’s love of peanut butter to sneak some CBD into its belly. Peanut butter is a great addition to your dog’s CBD, as the fat in it helps to make CBD more effective. To apply this method, simply take a tablespoon or so of creamy peanut butter and mix in your dog’s normal CBD dose. Now serve it to your dog and watch it wolf down the mixture.
Eggs & CBD:
This is a great way to give your dog CBD oil, especially if it’s a picky eater. Eggs also provide various nutrients like protein and biotin which will promote a healthy coat for your dog. Most dogs are completely ecstatic for eggs. For this method scramble and cook an egg as you normally would. As it’s cooing down, add the dose of CBD and mix it in. Once it cools down, you can give it to your dog. It is not advised to give your dog eggs every day as it can lead to bad gas, digestive issues, or even a vitamin B deficiency. You should feed your dog eggs only a couple of times a week, or, at most, every other day.
Apple Sauce & CBD:
Apples are great for canines. They provide a good source of fiber along with vitamins A and C. Although dripping CBD oil on apple slices may work, combining CBD with applesauce is the way to go. The applesauce is a perfect consistency to mix a good dose of CBD oil with. Your fluffy buddy will adore you for this healthy treat.
Blueberries & CBD:
Most dogs go bonkers for blueberries. Aside from masking a CBD dose from your dog, blueberries have tons of nutrients. They can provide vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants. Antioxidants may help boost the immune system, slow neurological degeneration, reduce arthritic pain, and even fight against cancer. For dogs who are picky eaters, this will work best if you mash up the blueberries or puree them. Next, add your doggy’s CBD dose and mix it in to combine. Your dog should happily devour this dish.
Yogurt & CBD:
I’ve haven’t personally tried this one yet but many dog owners swear by its success. Yogurt can make a healthy snack for dogs. It can supply dogs with good bacteria, which acts as a probiotic and promotes a healthy digestive tract. You will want to use plain flavored yogurt as flavorings and sweetness can be a problem for some dogs. Simply take a tablespoon or so of plain yogurt and mix in your dog’s CBD dose.
This little trick works best for smaller or medium dogs taking CBD oil. You should be able to find pill pockets at your local pet store. Depending on your dog’s size, you can use a whole treat or cut it in halves or quarters. Create an indent to drop the CBD in (like a cup). Drop in the CBD and give it to your dog as a treat.
There you have it. If your dog is a picky eater, hopefully one of these crafty methods will help you disguise their CBD oil as a treat. Many of these suggestions have come from customers who have found success in getting their fussy dog to enjoy CBD. Let us know if any work for you, or if you have any other suggestions. We would love to hear them!