What is CBD For Pets?
Posted by Rhonda Jewel on Jan 07, 2021
CBD is short for Cannabidiol. Cannabidiol is one of 113 active cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Often it is referred to as hemp oil, CBD oil is the separated oil of the plant that contains concentrated quantities of this cannabinoid known as ‘Cannabidiol’.
It is just the same for pets as it is for people just given in smaller doses.
Cannabidiol (CBD) does not contain psychoactive properties like THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) contains. THC is the component of what we know as marijuana.
This means that your pets will not get at all “high” by consuming CBD.
CBD oil is considered to be safe for both dogs & cats. Although the FDA has not official stated this, there is absolutely no indication that CBD is in any way unsafe for cats or dogs.
All dogs & cats, including all mammals have an endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS assists to regulate many vital tasks of the animal’s body and help to support the immune system, helping to maintain a natural and healthy, HighVibe balance.
This healthy balance is also known as ‘homeostasis’. In order for our pets to sustain their homeostasis, they have to regulate internal bodily functions. One of the primary ways to do this is to reduce inflammation.
The benefits of CBD are many. Reducing inflammation is one of these benefits. CBD is not only also useful for its anti-inflammatory properties- here are other uses for CBD for pets:
- Anti-anxiety and sleep
- Cardiac Health
- Anti- Nausea
- Moderate to severe pain
- Chronic inflammation
- Arthritis & joint pain
- Epileptic seizures
- Digestion problems
- Stimulate appetite
- Symptoms from cancer
The fact is that CBD has the ability to directly affect the endocannabinoid system—which is the part of the body that regulates numerous physiological properties in the pet’s body—the possibility for CBD to greatly benefit our pets, is vast and something we are still learning about.
With CBD presently being studied for its properties on effecting pet’s emotion and mood, decreasing inflammation, and lessening overall anxiety, the probable benefits of CBD are promising for our fur kids.
There is much ongoing research about CBD and how it affects the endocannabinoid system in our dogs and cats.
CBD pet care products come in many forms. You will see edibles such as treats, oils, capsules that can be added to food or placed under the tongue and topicals that are applied directly on the fur or skin. Like CBD products you see for humans, CBD pet products types can have differing effects on the pets bodies -- in dogs and cats in particular. So there is some type of trying it out to see for your personal dog or cats
What Size Pet Tincture Does My Pet Need?
While our pet CBD oil comes in three different strengths—250mg, 500mg, and 750mg—each is designed for animals of different sizes from small breed dogs and cats, to medium dogs, and finally large dogs.
Although there are many ways to first give CBD drops to your pet, one of the easiest ways is to just let them take it from the dropper directly. They typically like it! (but...drop it into their mouth, but not letting them touch it with their mouth) However, if you want to to give it to them in food or on a treat that is fine too.
How Much CBD Should I Give My Pets?
We are now carrying CBD Drops for Pets for those of our customers that have been asking about using CBD for their pets. Although there are many CBD products available on the market, we thought we'd offer this local Oregon brand, Social CBD For Pets.
The amount of CBD you give your dog or cat is based on their size and weight. For a small breed dog or cat that is less than 20lbs, you’ll want to use the 250 and give 0.6 ml dose or more depending on condition etc.
If your pet is medium sized (20-60lbs), we have a 500 mg size for them. The dose of that size would be about 1 ml or so.
For large breed dogs (60+ lbs), would be better to take the 750 mg size and would take about 1.5 ml per dose.
When treating your pet with CBD oil, you’ll also want to watch their response to the amount you have dosed them with. If you give them a few drops and aren’t seeing any change in their symptoms, it may be necessary to increase the quantity of CBD you are giving your dog or cat.
On the other hand, if you see them being a bit sleepy or lethargic after being given CBD pet oil, you may want to decrease the total amounts they are taking on a daily basis.
With any herbal medicines you give to your pets, you need to consider their size. ( it is not like homeopathy which works more on the energetic level) A 10-pound toy dog will act differently taking our 750 mg CBD drops, compared to a 65-pound german shepherd taking the 250mg CBD drops.
If you have any questions regarding dosing for specific pets, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.