CBD oil for dogs does have an expiration date, but how long a product’s shelf life is depends on the kind of product.
How long before CBD oil for dogs expire?
CBD oil, on its own, is generally good for one to two years. So when buying CBD oil for your dog, always check the expiry date. How fast your pet will use up his CBD oil will depend on the specific ailment you’re targeting, but if the product you bought is relatively close to the manufacture date, then you won’t have to worry much about using it past it’s expiry date as he will have already finished it way before then.
The expiry date mostly determines when the cannabidiol (CBD) will start to break down and become less potent. Technically, it’s still safe to give your dog a recently expired CBD oil; it will just be less effective. Expired CBD oil usually does not spoil, become rancid, or cause any adverse reactions, but you should still closely monitor your dog for any symptoms of a bad reaction.
CBD products for dogs come in many forms other than oil, however. So the product’s expiry date will also depend on the other ingredients used. CBD dog treats, for example, may have a shorter shelf life than plain CBD oil. Additionally, the presence of other ingredients may cause the CBD product to go bad past the expiry date. So if the product has expired and has an odd smell, take the safe route and just throw it out.
Is CBD safe for your dog?
With the increasing demand for CBD products for dogs and other animals, mostly due to the abundance of anecdotal evidence that supports the health benefits of CBD, a number of studies that are looking into the potential of CBD as an alternative remedy are already underway.
Initial findings have found that CBD can be an effective option to assist with anxiety, pain, and even seizures. And there has been no evidence, so far, that CBD is harmful to dogs.
You can easily get overwhelmed by the multitude of choices when you go shopping for a CBD product. One thing you should keep in mind is to only give Fido a product formulated for pets. Check out the manufacturer’s website and find out if the hemp source was locally sourced and organically grown. Look for the product’s certificate of analysis to verify the amount of CBD and that it contains zero or less than 0.3% THC. You must absolutely avoid CBD derived from marijuana, as the THC content in such a product is toxic to pets.
When it comes to dosage, it’s always best to consult your veterinarian. The proper dosage will depend on your dog’s weight/size and the condition you want to address. If he is taking other medications, your vet will also be able to advise you if giving him CBD is okay.
CBD products also have dosage recommendations printed on the label. You can opt to simply follow these recommendations, but to be on the safe side, start your dog with the lowest dosage recommended for the first few weeks. Monitor how he responds to it, and then gradually increase his dosage until you see the results you want.
More often than not, your dog will have used his CBD oil before it expires. In case you still have some product left when its expiration date comes around, it should still be safe to use as CBD oil does not go bad, but it will be less potent.
For CBD products that contain other ingredients, such as CBD dog treats, the expiration date will most likely affect not just effectiveness, but also safety. The other ingredients present may go bad past the expiration date and may cause problems if you continue giving the product to your dog.
You should be able to tell by the smell of the product if it’s still okay or if you should just throw it out if it’s past the expiration date. If you do accidentally give your pet an expired CBD product and he exhibits unusual symptoms, take him to the vet as soon as possible.