More and more people are turning to natural remedies to help themselves and their furry friends, and CBD is one of the hottest among them.
You might have some questions before setting off on a CBD regimen for your pet.
- Is it safe?
- Will it even do anything?
- Are there any risks?
- How much should I give to my pet?
It’s important to be careful when it comes to your pets – what works for us might not always work for them, and vice versa.
So, it’s good that you’re asking questions. It pays to be extra-careful and through. Lucky for you, we’ve already compiled the research. So, as always – you’ve got CBD questions, and we’ve got answers.
Let’s go through them, one by one:
Is it safe to give my pet CBD?
Short answer: yes.
Long answer: yes, because pets like dogs and cats (even birds and lizards!) have endocannabinoid systems just like we do, and they metabolize CBD in the same way.
That means that the effects of CBD are more or less the same in animals as they are in humans.
But chances are your pet is smaller than you are, so you should adjust their serving accordingly.
For example: if you weigh 150lbs and usually take 15mg of CBD, that’s 0.1mg of CBD per pound of body weight. With that same formula, your 35lb dog needs only 3.5mg of CBD to produce the same effect. Your 9lb cat needs even less.
As with anything you plan to give your pet, it’s always best to consult with your vet first.
Will it even do anything?
While research is still being conducted, there are already some extremely promising results when it comes to CBD for animals.
According to a Cornell University study, dogs that were treated with CBD “showed a significant decrease in pain and increase in activity” after taking CBD oil. This study was specific to dogs with osteoarthritis but shows promise for any animals experiencing pain or inflammation (or both!).
Cornell is also working on a new study specific to felines. Stay tuned for more details.
Similar findings were reported by the European Journal of Pain, who found that CBD relieved pain and inflammation in mice.
Further research needs to be done. However, signs point to CBD being extremely helpful for animals experiencing pain or inflammation.
There are promising indications that CBD can also help pets with anxiety. According to our friends at Pet Releaf, CBD has potential to help pets calm down and relieve anxiety by allowing endocannabinoid receptors to interact with one another.
Are there any risks?
While CBD is completely, 100% safe for pets, animals can be sensitive to THC. That means you want to avoid giving your pet a THC edible or topical of any kind.
But does that rule out full-spectrum CBD, which contains traces of THC and other cannabinoids?
Every product we produce contains less than 0.3% THC. That makes it both legal at the federal level, and safe for anyone – even pets.
But if you’d like to be 100% safe, we also offer a selection of CBD Isolate Pet Products.
Just like people, every pet is different. That means what works for Fido might not work for Spot. The only way to know for sure what CBD can do for your pets is to try it for yourself.
How much should I give to my pet?
The biggest factors to consider when determining serving size are your pet’s weight, and the intended intensity based off your pet’s symptoms/needs. A Chihuahua for example will obviously need a much smaller serving of CBD oil than a St. Bernard. A German Shepard with severe arthritis will likely need a larger serving size than a German Shepard with dry skin.
Generally, it is highly recommended to start with dispensing a small amount of CBD and gradually increasing it as needed. You should notice a change in your pet’s overall energy levels, mood, and temperament if the CBD is working. If they are generally anxious, they’ll likely become calmer, but not lethargic. If they’re living with pain, they’ll probably have an easier time moving around. This is a good indicator that you gave them the right amount.
When it comes to adopted family members as most of us consider our pets to be, there is no limit when it comes to giving them the best quality of life possible. They count on us to provide this, and we owe it to them after a lifetime of companionship and service. We cherish every moment and adventure we share.
As always, we recommend consulting with your vet before trying anything new with your animals.