CBD & Your Furry Family Member

Is CBD right for your pet? Do you know what CBD actually is? Everyone wants what is best for their furry friends, and CBD Oil might be worth looking into.

CBD is a part of the Cannabinoid family, and is found naturally in the cannabis plant. While CBD is usually associated with Marijuana, it will not actually get you or your pet “high”.  CBD is completely non-psychoactive and has been known to be safe to use on pets as there is no known toxicity level, so no need to worry about an overdose. CBD Interacts with the body the same way in pets that it does in humans, via ECS (Endocannabinoid System).  CBD Oil, unlike many medications, does not do any damage to the body such as the kidneys, GI Tract, liver, and it will not give your pet that “drugged” feeling.  

While many first time users have worries about CBD safety, side effects involved in using CBD Oil for pets are very rare, with more pets being harmed by coffee, or chocolate.  Always consult with your vet before administering anything new to your pet, even though there are very few ingredients in a pets normal diet that may interact with CBD. One thing to keep in mind is CBD Oil is never going to be a “miracle” for any pet, though studies have suggested it can help with anxiety, depression, pain and inflammation, and even stress in animals and humans alike. 

If the oil does contain THC (like Dr. Dave’s Pet Blend Drops, which are Full Spectrum < 0.3% THC), it will contain less than 0.3%, which is the only type that can be legally sold as it does not contain enough THC to produce a high.  Always make sure you are purchasing any type of CBD Oil from a reputable source. If you do, there should be no issues for concern about the ingredients in the oil. 

Will CBD be beneficial to your pet?

  • CBD has been shown to be a powerful pain reliever. Studies have actually shown CBD can help manage pain in many different ways.
  • CBD has been shown to be a natural anticonvulsant.
  • CBD has been used in treating a wide range of anti-inflammatory conditions, to help reduce joint pain, and joint swelling. 
  • CBD has been used in the past to reduce stress, anxiety and depression. Phobias, and a wide variety of mental conditions. Pets just like humans can suffer from many of the same problems. 
  • CBD is known  to help control nausea, control vomiting and may even help increase appetite in pets.
  • Although there are not many studies completed, CBD has shown to possibly reduce tumor growth and slow down the rate of malignant tumors spreading to other parts of the body.
  • Can is often used to promote an overall healthy wellbeing, when used as a regular supplement.

Are there any possible side effects?

Although it may not be common, CBD affects everyone, even pets, differently. Some possible side effects to look out for are:

  • Lowered Blood Pressure - CBD Can cause a slight drop in blood pressure, even though temporary it may cause light-headedness.
  • Dry Mouth - CBD can slow down the production of saliva, which in return for dogs/cats will increase their thirst level.
  • Drowsiness: The calming effect that CBD produces may cause drowsiness, especially if used in a higher dosage.

Are there any Risks For using CBD Oil?

Since the FDA has not approved an “official” dosage chart, it is best to reach out to your local vet, as well as the product manufacture to see how much oil should be given to your size dog or cat. As always when starting something new, start in small doses before working your way up, and always monitor for side effects such the ones listed above. Always stay with your pet at least 2-3 hours after the first couple doses, this is to monitor any side effects that may occur.

Evaluating CBD Products on the Market

  • Don’t price shop; even if a price seems cheaper from another company it may be the “too good to be true” statement that everyone tells you about. It’s best not to take the chance.
  • The company should always post the ingredients, there should be nothing to hide.
  • The amount of CBD in the bottle should be disclosed.
  • If the product is labeled "Isolate" there should be NO THC. If the product is labled "Full Spectrum" there should be < 0.3% THC.
  • Although pet CBD products come in various administration methods, CBD in liquid oil form is the best way to gauge exactly how much CBD you are giving to your pet.
  • Make sure there are no pesticides, or fungicides. If it's not listed on the site, you should be able to reach out to a staff member who should have no problems answering this question.
  • There should be no additives! Your pets CBD Should have no unnecessary additions to the liquid. 

How Can I get my pet to take the drops?

CBD Oil does best when absorbed transmucosal - which is through the tissues of the mouth. 

  • Most pets are accepting of the oil, the best and most effective way is to draw the amount needed into your dropper, insert into your pets mouth as far back as possible without gagging them and squeeze the oil into their mouth. 
  • Mix it with their food - Add the regular dosage to their food before feeding,  allowing it to sit a few minutes to soak before feeding. 
  • Place it on a treat - Squeeze the oil onto a soft treat, as hard treats tend to cause the oil to slide right off, and feed the treat to your pet. 
  • Make your own treats - Create your own pet treats and add the correct number of drops to each treat. This works best if you add the drops individually and not in bulk, so you can assure your pet is not getting too much or too little of their dosage. 
  • Mix it in peanut butter - This goes for those picky dogs, just mix your dosage in a spoonful of peanut butter and allow your pup to lick it off! Almost guaranteed acceptance! 

As with anything, our pets are a very important part of our lives, and we want the very best for them. Please always consult with your veterinarian before giving anything to your pet! 

Wag on friends!