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Wonder Ways to Consume CBD: Pet Products

Posted by Kerry Hinkle on

A happy cat and dog lying down together in the green grass.

Is CBD Just For Humans, or Is It Pets Too?

No. If you are a pet owner, then I can say with 100% confidence that you have heard about CBD for your furry friends - your scaly acquaintance or your feathery fellow.

OK so CBD is not yet available for birds, snakes, or geckos, it just feels rude to leave them out of the term ‘pet’. In the future you might be able to feed Polly a CBD-Cracker, but for now let us turn our focus on the present: Dogs and Cats. 

So what are CBD-based pet products? Are they regulated like the ones being sold for people? What is the best available product out there?

These are just a few questions I am sure you have thought of when at your local PetCo or Petsmart. Well, I am back to once again give you the basics! In this short blog I will answer these questions and more

 

A sad looking white pit bull red red lipstick marks all over his face.

How Do CBD Products Help My Pets?

CBD and other hemp-based products benefit your pets much like they benefit us. Humans are not alone in having an endocannabinoid system. 

Cats and dogs have an ECS as well, and it too functions in the same way as ours; helping maintain our homeostasis, which is the balance of: hunger, sleep, and appetite. 

This is possible because cannabinoids affect the receptors located in the central and peripheral nervous systems. The ECS is basically a network of receptors in the brain, organs, and nervous system.  

The 4th of July is the most popular time to buy CBD for your pets. We all know the traditions of this holiday span a mandatory one month before and after celebration.

Nothing can stress your pooch out more than an endless barrage of fireworks throughout the night, every night. CBD-based products can provide that calming, soothing sensation that your dog will need to get through the summer.

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More importantly, CBD can help older dogs stay on their paws longer by easing joint pain with its anti-inflammatory properties. It help settle down rowdy young dogs who just need to chill out for a second - seriously, settle down Slam...

Wow, this is all very dog specific... and you are right, sorry.

My language may tend towards dogs because jumping on you when you come home and barking at ever little noise are not idiosyncrasies know to cats. However, tearing up furniture is common to both.

I didn't forget about our little four-legged emperors. What CBD does for canines, it does for felines too. The real truth is, I don't have a cat constantly staring at me while writing this blog.

Our pets, along with ourselves, hate it when we are forced to leave the house. The stress of us being gone often get dealt on the poor unsuspecting furniture, don;t invest in nice pillows. 

Adding CBD to the diet of your pet will not prevent them from destroying the place like a couple of teenagers throwing a house party, but it will mellow them out enough to finally being able to buy nice things. 

 

A stripped kitten looks guilty while sitting down like a small child.

What Kind of Hemp-Based Products Are Available For My Pet?

The answer to that question is easy. Everything that is available to us is available to your pets, with the exception of vapes. You and your pet cannot vape together, no matter how cool it might make them look.

So, that means you can find hemp-based products like: Oils, capsules, topicals, and edibles - in the form of dog-treats. And the great thing with that is, the products work in all the same ways too! 

Hemp-based products for your pets are sorted out in three main categories: Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, and Isolates.

Full Spectrumthe product has all of the naturally occurring cannabinoids found in the Cannabis Sativa plant, this includes: THC, CBG, CBN, and others. A full spectrum product will only contain .3% or less THC.

Broad Spectrum: the product will have all of the naturally occurring cannabinoids, minus THC.

CBD Isolate: Is exactly how it sounds: just CBD. This product is directed towards people who want to avoid THC and are looking for high doses of CBD. CBD isolate is considered to be a more refined product.

 

A cartoon image of a dizzy cat on too much catnip.

How Much CBD Should I Give My Pet?

Probably the most important question. You don't want to jump straight in to the deep end. It is highly recommended that you start your pet off with small doses and gauge how they react. 

Some experts even suggest to not only increase the dosage, but decrease it at times too. By fluctuating the amount of CBD you give your pet, you can gain a better understanding of how it effects them.

The amount you want to give is based on body weight. A bigger dog can handle more, and a smaller cat will only need so much.  

For CBD tinctures with your furry friend, we offer a Small PetMedium Pet, and Large Pet tincture option. 

These sizes are good starters, but there’s plenty of small cats that may need the large pet strength, or a big dog that can get away with using the Small Pet tincture. 

The strength will depend on how severe the condition is, and whether it’s an everyday issue, or infrequent.  

A human giving a golden retriever with a red leash a treat.

Which CBD Product Suits My Pet The Best? 

Giving your pet a CBD capsule is the easiest way to introduce them to the world of hemp. If you have gotten this far in the blog, then I am sure you know how to give your pet a pill. If you are the pet reading this, then let me say there is nothing inside that balled up piece of cheese besides more cheese...

Moving on. The only downside to using capsules is trying to give the right dosage. Hemp-based pills come in predetermined amounts, so it can be difficult to measure out the exact milligrams you want to give to your pet.

Despite this, it is still viewed as the most convenient way to give your pet hemp-derived products. 

Using hemp-based oils found in tinctures can mend that small problem. With the guide from the built in dropper, you will have an easier time easier time managing your pet's medication.

Experts say using oils is the best way to accumulate your dog or cat to cannabinoids. Veterinarians recommend starting off with very small doses, then working your way up. 

Once again, doses are based off the size of your pet. For smaller dogs, you will have to administer drops twice a day. Most CBD oils for dogs come in: 75mg, 150mg, 300mg, or 600mg.

Personally, I would recommend adding drops of oil to their food. Gradually adding more with each meal. This is how I introduced Slam to CBD; yes, the dog I mentioned earlier is real.

And yes, there is a slight draw back to using oils. They can be known to upset the stomach of your pet. Nothing major, or nothing dangerous, will come as a result. However, what you fed them might not stay down.

 

A large red warning flag waving in the breeze.

What Are The Potential Risks For Giving My Pet CBD?

To be honest, there is not a lot of data surrounding hemp-based products and its effect on cats or dogs. This is means a few things.

For one, research has not been going on long enough to prove any definitive results, there have been no formal studies yet.

What we know for sure is how cannabinoids affect OUR bodies. We are taking this knowledge and are using it on our pets. People metabolize CBD inside our livers, the same can be said for cats and dogs.

Based off of this knowledge, we are assuming that what we know to be true for us, will also hold true for our pets. It is because of this reasoning as to why there are not many detailed studies on how CBD-based products effect animals. 

We are using the notion of: what is good for us, is also good for them.

One very important thing to keep in mind is, there are no known side-effects of CBD. We may not know what all it can do for the human and animal body, but we do know it causes zero harm.  

For most of us, our dogs and our cats are part of the family. We would never do or give them something that would cause lasting damages. To best serve this promise, we only sell products that have been approved by the U.S Hemp Authority. They set the standard for all hemp-derived products. 

 

The content on this site is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. While research has shown that CBD has the potential to help provide beneficial outcomes for several complaints, it is advisable to seek the advice of a physician or other qualified healthcare provider when you have questions regarding any medical condition and when starting, augmenting or discontinuing any existing health routine. 

FDA Disclaimer: Any statements made within this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. No products produced, manufactured, marketed, or distributed are intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult your physician before beginning any supplements or botanical extracts. If pregnant or breast feeding, consult with your physician before use. For use by adults 18+. Keep out of reach of children.

 

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