You’ve probably heard a lot about CBD and its therapeutic effects for humans, and if you’re a pet owner, you might’ve asked the question, Can CBD for pets help my dog, my cat, or even – my horse? (I’d like to see the size of that dropper!) If you’re close to your pet, you probably notice when something’s not quite right, and who wouldn’t want to help? If you’re traveling with your pet this holiday season, you’ll definitely want to keep reading!
So, here’s the skinny on the benefits of CBD for your pet and how to safely dose hemp oil for your pooch or kitty.
Does CBD Work for Animals?
CBD has been studied more extensively in humans but use of CBD to treat animals is gaining interest. Cornell University published a reputable study in July 2018 indicating good results and no real side effects when treating canine osteoarthritis with CBD. They’re also studying CBD oil for the treatment of anxiety and seizures in dogs. Cat lovers shouldn’t feel left out, because scientists are also studying how it helps cats with osteoarthritis. Most experts expect similar results.
Animals have the same endocannabinoid system as humans, and therefore CBD oil has similar therapeutic effects on pets . The difference is in how they’re dosed. Most animals weigh much less than their human counterparts, which is why reputable companies marketing CBD for pets include the pet dosage on the bottle.
What Are the Most Common Reasons for Giving Your Pet CBD?
Anxiety is a very common problem that pet owners address with an optimal CBD dosage. If your dog stresses over travel, has separation anxiety, or is on edge around loud noises like bad thunderstorms or fireworks, you might want to give CBD for pets a try to see if you can offer relief. CBD for anxiety in humans has been proven to be very effective.
Pain and inflammation are other major reasons for giving CBD to your pet. At some point, most animals experience osteoarthritis and joint problems. In same cases, it can seriously hinder their mobility. You’ll typically notice symptoms when your dog or cat is around ten years old. Check out our article Is CBD for Pain Relief Effective? for more information.
Seizures are not uncommon in dogs, and some studies are underway to determine how effective CBD oil is for dogs with seizures resistant to traditional medications. In 2018, the FDA approved Epidiolex, a hemp isolate, for treating seizures in children. Experts expect it to be similarly effective in canines at the right dose.
Many pet owners also use CBD to regulate mood and help with diabetes.
CBD for Pet Travel
How to Give CBD to Your Pet
Keep in mind that the main issue with CBD for pets is getting the right dosage. Our CBD shop at Pure Botanical Wellness offers some CBD products specifically dosed for your pet. It helps when you have a properly sized dropper and pet-specific dosing instructions to give you guidance on how much to administer based on your pet’s size.
Here’s a simple guide for giving CBD to your pet:
- Always start with a lower dose and work up to a higher dose over a few weeks or until you pet gets relief from symptoms.
- Full-spectrum CBD like our VitalReLeaf Pet Tincture or Forest Remedies Pet Soother is generally considered more effective. It contains CBD along with other hemp components and a small but legal amount of THC. If you’re interested in THC-free hemp oil for pets, try our Sana Botanicals Paws tincture.
- For pets, experts recommend .2 mg of CBD per pound. So, if you have a 25 lb dog, you would give 5 mg twice daily. You’ll have to know how many milligrams are in the dropper to determine how much to give. If you use our CBD for pets, you can simply follow the instructions on the bottle. Most experts agree that twice daily typically works best for animals and humans.
- If you want your pet to feel the effects more quickly, use the dropper to place the CBD under the tongue. Since this doesn’t work for everyone, you can also put the dose in food or in a treat. It will take about 30 minutes before your pet feels the benefits.
If you have an animal larger than a cat or dog, like a horse with anxiety or pain, you’ll need to work with a veterinarian and supplier to get the right CBD for their size. We’re not kidding – it’s a real thing!
As always, it’s a good idea to consult with your vet before giving CBD to your pet.
How Do I Know If I Gave My Pet Too Much CBD?
If the worst happens and you accidentally give your pet too much CBD for their size, you don’t have to worry about anything serious. The most common sign is fatigue and lethargy, which will subside as the dose wears off. Overdose can cause diarrhea, but that is a rare effect.
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