Pets May 7, 2020

Everything You Should Know About Using CBD For Your Pet

CBD is one of the most talked-about topics in the health and wellness industry these days. A lot of studies and research are being conducted to confirm the wellness benefits of CBD. This includes using CBD for our furry friends.

CBD, or cannabidiol, is derived from the cannabis plant, but it is free from the psychoactive properties that are usually associated with marijuana. That is because of the low content of THC in CBD products. This means that using CBD oil or tinctures will not produce a high. 

Remember that there are no CBD products approved by the FDA for use in pets, either as a drug or as food. However, you can find many CBD products on the market that claim to be beneficial for pets in various ways. There is very little research available on CBD for pets to establish its safety and effectiveness. Therefore, it is advised to consult with your veterinarian before using CBD for your dog or cat.

There is also a chance that your veterinarian will not suggest CBD products to manage the health of your pet because many states forbid and can even penalize them. However, in California, veterinarians are allowed by the state to offer all the guidance needed to understand CBD use for pets.

Studies on CBD for Pets

CBD products available in the market for pets come in many different forms, such as treats, tinctures, and creams. A study conducted by the Colorado State University found that CBD oil, when given orally to pets, could be more effective than using a topical treatment. This study also found that using a tincture was more beneficial for pets than CBD-infused gel capsules. More research is needed to establish these findings, but so far it seems promising.

Another study conducted by the experts at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, showed a significant decrease in pain and an increase in activity with dogs who received doses of CBD oil. The study was conducted to determine basic oral pharmacokinetics as well as understand the safety and analgesic efficacy of CBD oil in dogs with osteoarthritis. The researchers suggested that a 2 mg/kg dose of CBD twice a day might increase comfort and activity in dogs suffering from osteoarthritis. Nonetheless, no other studies have replicated that this is the right dosage recommendation for all dogs.

Different pets will respond differently to CBD use, which is why pet owners are advised to start with a small dose. You can monitor the results in your dog and adjust the dosage accordingly to find better relief. Most of the CBD products come with standard dosing suggestions, but you should always consult with your veterinarian before use. Starting with a low dose will be the ideal way to test and see how your pet responds to CBD and whether or not it is right for your pet.

Choosing a CBD Product for your Pet

There are different products out there for pets in comparison to humans, all of which come with varying concentrations of the CBD. Some of these may be effective for some pets, while others may not. For example, a CBD product that worked for your friend’s furry companion may not be the right one for your own pet’s needs. With that in mind, you should carefully select a product that contains ingredients that benefit the specific ailment of your fuzzy friend. If you’re not sure where to start, check out our other blog with some of Greeny’s recommended CBD pet products for stressed pets.

For starters, look for CBD products that come with a certificate of analysis and other pieces of evidence that prove that it undergoes third-party testing. By knowing that the product undergoes third-party testing, you can ensure that the product contains all the ingredients mentioned on the packaging and see that it meets all quality standards as advertised. The CBD product you choose should also be free of pesticides and heavy metals, which can sometimes leak into unregulated CBD products.

Note that the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals lists THC as a toxic substance for both dogs and cats. While the lethal dose of THC is above 3 g/kg, it can also have adverse effects on your pet at lower levels. With that in mind, you should keep an eye on the THC content in the CBD product and stay away from those that contain the psychoactive compound. You should make sure to do enough research on the CBD product before buying and understand all the possible side effects and toxicities it could cause to your dog before using it.

If you have decided to give CBD to your pet, observe the signs, and watch out for any adverse reactions. For instance, if your dog has achy joints causing mobility issues, you could use a low dose CBD oil for a week and see if your pet has any significant changes in their behavior, positive or negative. 

To read more about our product recommendations, check out our other blog “Here’s Why CBD Could Help Your Dog with Pain Relief.