Why Didn’t CBD Work for My Dog?

Why Didnt CBD Work for My Dog

You are not alone if you have offered your pet CBD items and have found yourself uncertain if it is working, or how long it takes to work. In reality, while many dogs quickly show improvements, some dogs take a little longer to feel the effects of CBD because each dog has specific endocannabinoid receptors. Much like every human being has a different response to various compounds, so do our pets. So, let’s find out, why didn’t CBD work for your dog?

If you don’t see results instantly, you may be tempted to throw out your CBD goods, or you may be wondering why CBD has not worked with your dog. Don’t give up until you’ve tried our tips to get the most out of your CBD products if you fall into these categories.


Animals, much like humans, are all different. Although the dose on the box might work for one dog, for another dog, it may be too little or not enough. A number of factors, including weight, height, or age of the dog, may trigger the differences. In certain situations, cells communicating at different speeds in the endocannabinoid system can be the result of differences. It can take a few days or even weeks of trial and error to determine the correct dose for your individual dog.

You might need to give your pet CBD more than once a day. Some dogs, if they have a quicker metabolism, benefit the most from taking CBD two or three times a day. You can also find that your pet gets optimum benefits by taking CBD oil tinctures during the morning and evening.

Remember, your dog cannot overdose on CBD. If you use too much, the only side effect you may encounter is that your dog could become tired and may experience diarrhea in rare cases.


When your pet is nervous, they can be resistant at first to the relaxed feeling that CBD offers them. For example, when using CBD oil, a dog who hates thunderstorms will feel calm, but the behavior of pacing or barking may be ingrained in them. Your pet might initially be resistant to their changing behaviors. However, with regular use, they will learn to relax and you will see a difference in the effects of CBD.

They may require a few days or even weeks for their body to become accustomed to the CBD and to start enjoying full benefits for dogs with more serious problems, such as regular seizures or joint pain. Like the supplements people take (think of fish oil or iron supplements), as it builds in the system, many of the advantages take place more profoundly. 

Although full-spectrum CBD hemp can be used situationally, you should be consistent and administer CBD every day to see the maximum benefit.

Get to the Root of the Problem

By helping the cells interact to overcome a problem, the endocannabinoid system works effectively. However, if your dog has an allergic reaction, such as a food allergy or an environmental condition like grass, CBD will not fully overcome the allergy.

CBD will relieve the inflammation caused by the allergen, which will resolve the symptoms, but if your dog does not take their daily dose of CBD, the issue can return before you eliminate the allergen itself. This will lead you to believe that the CBD did not work because when they quit taking it, the pet still has the problem.

Food is often the culprit if your dog is having internal allergies. Start by transitioning to a fresh, dehydrated, or freeze-dried food diet for your dog. The Yin & Yang Nutrition for Dogs cookbook is a fantastic guide if you choose to prepare your pet food at home. Keep using CBD to help your dog maintain a sense of calm as you go through this process.

If your dog is allergic to environmental stimuli, such as grass, make sure that when they come in from outside, they wash their paws off in the water. CBD salves can be helpful and can offer immediate relief to combat skin irritation. You may also get full gain by using both a salve and an oral tincture for skin problems.

The main thing to remember is that each pet has a different response and reaction time, and it is okay if your pet does not instantly produce results. That does not mean they’re never going to see results. Keep trying to find the root of the problem and to cure the problems using CBD and you can see a difference.

Final Thoughts: Application

Lift the lip and apply a dose directly to the gums for the quickest and most thorough absorption, as the most direct path into the bloodstream. The medication may not be as successful if applied to food and can take slightly longer (30-45 minutes) to enter the bloodstream as it passes through the gastrointestinal system.

Research has shown, unlike many conventional oral pharmaceuticals, that CBD is absorbed into the bloodstream safely and rapidly. A study performed by the Department of Pharmacy at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel concluded that: “CBD [in dogs studied] has been shown to have a wide amount of distribution.” In another study, dogs were found to have significant receptor levels in their endocannabinoid system, specifically in the spine, allowing dogs to use CBD more effectively.

In other words, full-spectrum hemp extract (CBD) is highly successful when treated correctly.

Read More:

The Endocannabinoid System and its Modulation by Phytocannabinoids

Distribution of the Endocannabinoid System in the Central Nervous System

Cellular Distribution of Canonical and Putative Cannabinoid Receptors in Canine Cervical Dorsal Root Ganglia

Pharmacokinetics of cannabidiol in dogs

Published by Amber Drake

Dr. Drake is an award-winning author and well-known cancer specialist in her field. She is best known for her extensive research on canine cancer prevention and nutrition, her dedication to help dogs live a long, happy life, and for teaching veterinary medicine. As the CEO of Canine Companions Co., the Founder of Drake Dog Cancer Foundation and Academy, and the Co-Founder of Preferable Pups, in addition to being a respected figure in the dog world, she has earned the respect of thousands of dog lovers worldwide.

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