CBD For Your Pets
You may notice the new trend of CBD treats for your pet. We’re here to tell you that this isn’t a trend, and it’s here to stay. Whether your friends and family are giving their fur babies CBD to help with pain, anxiety, or improvement of overall health, they may be onto something. There is an incredible amount of information floating around the internet, so what exactly can we believe about this new trend?
Is CBD Safe for Pets?
First things first. Is CBD even safe for pets? Is it going to make them trip out, or even die? Luckily, pets have an endocannabinoid system just like we do. Wait, what the heck is an endocannabinoid system? Good thing you asked! The endocannabinoid system, or ECS, is a vast and vital receptor system within human and animal bodies that is responsible for maintaining healthy balance, or homeostasis. This system is also known as the “Master Switchboard”, which makes it sound very important, right?
This “Master Switchboard” is important to helping our bodies stay balanced, so it only makes sense that we support it as much as we can. Things like regular exercise, probiotics, stress reduction and even eating organic can help support the ECS. Another very important and lesser known way to support your ECS is to incorporate cannabinoids, or hemp products, into your daily routine. Imagine that the receptors in the ECS are the locks, and cannabinoids are the keys.
CBD can only have maximum THC content of 0.3%, which is way too low of a percentage for you or your pet to “get high.” One of the many great things about CBD is that it is non-psychoactive, and you can get the fantastic benefits of this plant without feeling like you’re on another planet. Getting your pets to use CBD can lead to so many health benefits as you are helping to support their ECS. Let’s talk about the benefits next.
Why are people giving CBD to their pets?
There are many different reasons why people are giving CBD to their pets. Pet owners have said that CBD can help with the following for their fur babies:
- Reduce pain, including neuropathic pain
- Decrease anxiety (that goes for separation anxiety, thunderstorms, fireworks, new people, PTSD, etc.)
- Help control seizures
- Can help with nausea
- Has anti-inflammatory properties
- Can help stimulate appetite
How can I give my fur baby CBD?
With trendsetters and CBD companies on the rise, there are many different ways to give CBD to your pet between tinctures and treats. Though CBD tinctures are the more cost effective way to go, treats and chews may be an easier method of delivery to get your pets started. You can give your pet CBD from your personal tincture, or ones made for humans, but there are plenty of products specially formulated for pets. Take a look at all the different products we offer:
Pet Chews and Treats
Topicals, for nose, skin or paw irritation
What dose should I give my fur baby?
Knowing what dose of CBD to give to your pets can be difficult when you’re first starting out. Check out this vet-approved dosing guideline for all animals from Holistapet:
BASIC DOSING RULES FOR ALL PETS:
Vets generally recommend between 0.25 mg (Regular Dose) to 0.5 mg (Strong Dose) of CBD per every 1 lb of bodyweight.
Example 1: I want to give my 40 lb dog a Regular Dose, I would multiply his weight by 0.25 to get 10mg of CBD (40 X 0.25 = 10).
Example 2: I want to give my 10 lb cat a Strong Dose, I would multiply his weight by 0.5 to get 5mg of CBD (10 lbs X 0.5 = 5mg).
REGULAR Dose: Daily health and wellness, boost immune function, old age, allergies, minor skin conditions, stimulate appetite, minor stress & anxiety, digestive issues & nausea, moderate arthritis & joint inflammation, minor aches, and pains.
STRONG Dose: Chronic pain, severe arthritis & joint inflammation, mobility issues, epileptic seizures, cancer-related symptoms, tumors, severe anxiety, extreme nausea, and vomiting.
Dosing Frequency: To control pain and inflammation, give every 8 hours or as needed. To control anxiety, give 30 minutes before the event (thunderstorm, fireworks, leaving the home, separation, traveling with your pet). For all other uses give once to twice a day.
If you would like to learn more about science and cannabis for pets, check out our informative book available in stores or online:
What do I look for in CBD products for my pet?
Just like humans, we should be concerned about the quality of ingredients we are giving to our pets. Finding CBD with high quality ingredients is very important to ensure the health of your pet. All of our products are made with both high quality CBD as well as carrier oils. A carrier oil is what manufacturers use to carry the CBD in tinctures. Our products always use a high quality carrier oil like MCT, safflower, or hemp oil. Be sure to look at the ingredients, and purchase from a reputable source by doing your research. You always want to make sure that the product is third party tested. Another important thing to look for is where the hemp is grown and which farming practices are used. Don’t forget to do your research, and always give your pet the best CBD products!
Have you given CBD to your pet? Please comment below to tell us how it helped!
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