Is CBD right for your pet? Do you know what CBD actually is? Everyone wants what is best for their pets, 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 is not the same. CBD is non-psychoactive and has been known to be safe to use on pets as there is no known toxicity level and virtually no way to overdose. CBD Interacts with the body the same way in pets that it does in humans, via ECS (Endocannabinoid System). CBD does not give your pet a groggy feeling and, unlike many medications, it cannot damage organs such as the kidneys, GI tract, and the liver.
While many first time users have worries about CBD safety, side effects involved in using CBD are very rare. 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, it's always safe to consult your veterinarian first. One thing to remember is that CBD use is unique to every individual and will be different for every pet. Common reasons pet lovers enjoy giving CBD to their pet is that it can help with anxiety and stress (think lightning storms and the 4th of July fireworks!), depression, pain, arthritic joints, and inflammation.
Full Spectrum CBD does contain trace amounts of THC (less than 0.3% THC) which, due to the low amount of THC it can be legally sold as it does not contain enough THC to produce a high. Dr. Dave’s Pet Blend Drops come in both an isolate (No THC) and a Full Spectrum formula. Not sure if you should get Isolate or Full Spectrum for your pet? Check out our blog on the difference between Isolate and Full Spectrum CBD here!
Will CBD be beneficial to your pet?
- Many pet owners claim that they've noticed a reduction in the signs of pain in their pet after giving their pet CBD.
- CBD has been known to be a natural anticonvulsant in seizure-prone animals.
- 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.
- When used as a regular daily supplement CBD can be used to promote an overall sense of health and well being.
Are there any possible side effects?
Although it is not 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 Pets using CBD Oil?
Since the FDA has not approved an “official” dosage chart, it is best to reach out to your local veterinarian, as well as the product manufacture to get a recommended dose based on the size of your dog, cat, or other pet. 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 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.
- A Certificate Of Analysis (COA) is the outline of the results from third-party laboratory testing results that breaks down the ingredients and compounds of each product. COA's for each product should either be readily available on the company's website or available by request.
- 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 labeled "Full Spectrum" there should be < 0.3% THC.
- Although pet CBD products come in various administration methods, CBD in liquid oil form is the easiest 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 does best when absorbed transmucosal - through the tissues of the mouth.
- Most pets are accepting of CBD 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 treat, let the CBD oil absorb into the treat, then give it 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 into 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!