Welcome to our CBD for Pets page, where you will find CBD products specifically designed to help alleviate discomfort and pain that your favorite furry pets are experiencing. Our hemp CBD extract in the form of a 500 mg tincture is perfect for treating anything from inflammation and pain to fearfulness and loss of appetite. Its special formula also includes grapeseed oil that helps keep your dog’s (or cat’s) coat shiny and promotes healthy skin!
CBD Oil for Pets – Everything You Need to Know About Giving CBD to Your Dog or Cat
CBD oil is all the rage right now, and for a good reason. You will be hard-pressed to find a natural remedy that can treat more pains and aches, from chronic conditions such as arthritis to psychological issues such as anxiety and depression. That said, CBD does seem to appear in everything these days, from soaps to cooking butter, and this omnipresence is making people wonder whether, in fact, it’s just a marketing ploy to get them to pay more for run-of-the-mill, everyday products. And, when people hear things like using CBD for pets and their health conditions, they naturally assume that there’s something off with that.
But, giving CBD oil to your dog or cat actually makes a lot of sense.
It’s not something that you should be doing on a regular basis – CBD oil is not a supplement that pets will benefit from if there’s no indication that they need it. However, if they do suffer from certain underlying conditions, it might help you better manage their symptoms.
So Why Does CBD for Pets Work?
The explanation is simple. Like humans, dogs and cats (and, actually, all mammals, birds, reptiles, and fish) also have an endocannabinoid system that affects every other system in their bodies. When phytocannabinoids (plant-synthesized cannabinoids) are introduced into that system, they interact with CB receptors (such as CB1 and CB2), which then interact with other cells and systems to produce a myriad of beneficial effects.
Here are just a few of those CBD interactions that provenly help pets with health issues:
- CBD activates the 5-ht1A receptor – this receptor helps regulate appetite, sleep, anxiety, pain perception, and nausea.
- CBD antagonizes GPR55 receptors – GPR55 receptors help regulate bone density and blood pressure, which is why CBD is a good treatment for individuals (and pets) with high blood pressure and osteoporosis.
- CBD activates TRPV1 receptors – these receptors are involved in regulating body temperature, pain, and inflammation. When targeted with CBD, they activate and help reduce these symptoms.
As you can see, CBD treatments are not bogus, and they are founded in solid scientific research. It’s important to note that long-term studies involving CBD and pets have not been conducted as of yet (one is currently underway) but the American Kennel Club is optimistic (based on anecdotal evidence) when it comes to future dog treatments involving CBD.
According to Dr. Klein from the AKC: ““We are likely to see continued interest in CBD and an increase in research about its uses and efficacy in the coming years.”
If you’re considering CBD for a dog or other pet, you might be wondering where to start. Here’s one thing that you should definitely not be doing.
Wait… Should My Dog Start Smoking Weed?
The answer to this question is a resounding NO – you should not attempt to get your dog (or any of your pets) high!
We’ve all heard stories of people blowing marijuana smoke in their pet’s faces in an effort to get them all loopy so they can have a laugh at their expense.
This is highly inappropriate, immature, and dangerous – THC contained in the marijuana plant can be toxic to pets, and cause unwanted reactions that may put their life at risk.
Marijuana is not the plant you should be turning to if you’re looking for CBD that can be used for dogs and cats. This CBD will be derived from the hemp plant, and it will contain less than 0.3% of THC, which is considered a safe (and a legal) limit that does not result in an altered state of mind and is safe for pets.
CBD for pets usually comes in the form of edibles or tinctures. That way, the treatment can be easily concealed in their food and they are more likely to take it without making a fuss. At the Kind Hemp, we’ve created a 500 mg CBD tincture for pets that can be used for treating chronic pain, inflammation, anxiety-induced fear, as well as mood changes. Our formulation also contains grapeseed oil that’s healthy for your furry friend’s coat and skin!
Benefits of Using CBD of Pets
As we already noted, various pet authorities have not yet taken a clear stance on CBD for pets. As is the case with human use, there is simply not sufficient replicable research out there for people to flat out endorse it.
However, many veterinarians are advocating the use, often citing anecdotal evidence or their own personal experience with CBD remedies for dogs and cats.
Here are just a few of the examples from pet-centric websites and reddit threads:
“That night, she gave Tinkerbell a dose of CBD oil before bed and the next morning she was walking, using the bathroom on her own again, and had no seizures! We are still not sure how it all works, but CBD has kept our little girl alive for a year-plus longer than we expected!”
“I’ve seen definite improvement and no one acts ‘drugged’ or listless. It’s very gentle, unlike synthetic pharmaceuticals and all the dogs who have had bloodwork recently are doing well… their numbers look better than they ever have.”
“…a Jack Russell terrier had a severe heart murmur and painful arthritis and, after a month, he wanted to go for long walks and his murmur was much improved.”
Mark Verdino, MD, senior vice president and chief of veterinary staff at North Shore Animal League America, uses CBD for pets in his own household, treating the many ailments his senior dog has with it:
“At night time when the lights are dimmed down, it’s dark out, they don’t see it well in the dark, and he gets a little spooked. And when I give him the CBD, he seems to just go to sleep.”
He does note that the jury is still out on how exactly CBD for dogs works. He says that it’s unclear whether it helps with their pain or anxieties or just makes pets care less about them. What is certain, however, is that pets that use CBD are less reactive to things, including low level pain stimuli, stress, or fear.
Although studies on dogs regarding CBD are still limited, we have more data available when it comes to humans. And, since ailments humans and pets experience can be quite similar, it’s not too much of a stretch to think that CBD treatment can be applied with success to pets, as it has been to humans with the following conditions:
- Bacterial infections
- Epilepsy and seizures
- Fearfulness and anxiety
- Parasitic infections
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Skin conditions
Dr. Klein, the veterinary doctor we already mentioned here, says in an AKC article that CBD is generally used with pets because of its anti-inflammatory properties, as well as cardiac benefits and anti-nausea effects. According to him, it can also help with appetite stimulation in pets that, for one reason or another, refuse to take food.
CBD for Pets – A Word About Dosage
Well, it’s going to take more than a word (or a couple of words) to explain CBD dosages for pets but we’ll do our best to make it clear.
As with human use, CBD dosage for pets is complicated. It’s made more complicated by the fact that CBD is a biphasic drug – this means that it has different effects in low vs. high doses.
You need to remember that a high dose is not always the best course of action. High CBD doses work if your pet is struggling with pain issues or seizures. However, if you’re trying to alleviate their fearfulness or anxiety, low doses will work better in most cases.
First thing is first, though – although CBD is currently not regulated as a drug, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t check with your veterinarian before giving it to your pet. CBD is known to interact with certain medicines, and can actually heighten their effect so it’s best to check if that will be the case with your furry friend.
As a rule of thumb, you want to start low with CBD. Try administering 1 mg per 10 lbs to your pet, and gradually increase the dosage every week until you get the desired effect. After you get that effect, keep the dosage steady and only tweak it as needed.
CBD is a non-toxic compound, which means that there’s no danger that you will harm your pet with it. However, it’s still possible to overdose with it so it’s best not to go overboard.
Known side-effects of a CBD overdose include:
- Dry mouth – research has shown that CBD can decrease the production of saliva. For dogs, this would manifest as an increased thirst.
- Lower blood pressure – high doses of CBD have been known to cause a temporary drop in blood pressure. Even though the drop is small, it might create a brief feeling of light-headedness.
- Drowsiness – dog owners have used CBD to treat anxiety. The calming effect of CBD can also cause slight drowsiness, especially when using higher doses.
Are There Any Risks With CBD?
We already mentioned that the risk of seriously overdosing your pet with CBD is non-existent. There is some risk of minor overdoses such as increased thirst but having a bowl of water ready immediately sorts that out.
With CBD for pets, the two biggest risks are:
- Using contaminated CBD products –some CBD products may contain traces of pesticides and heavy metals. You definitely do not want to be giving these to your pets as they can cause more damage than good.
- The legality of CBD use – in certain states, it’s not legal to buy or use CBD for pets. Before making a purchase, check your local laws and regulations so you don’t end up violating them.
When buying CBD for dogs and cats, it pays to think about the following:
Look for organic – if the CBD oil is not organic, it at least should not contain pesticides, fungicides, or solvents.
Don’t price shop – the higher the quality and purity, the higher the cost. You don’t want to go for a cheaper option that could have toxic substances such as pesticides, herbicides, or heavy metals. Make sure your CBD oil is free of additives.
Get the analysis – the manufacturer should provide a certificate that tells you the amount of CBD that is in the product. Many CBD products contain only small amounts of CBD. You’ll also want to make sure there is little or no THC in the product.
Buy CBD as a liquid – You can buy dog treats containing CBD, but the best form to administer is an oil or tincture. This way, you can adjust your dog’s dose drop by drop.
Are You Ready to Order CBD Treatment for Your Pet?
Well, if you’re looking for a natural remedy – and little else is working for your pet – you should definitely look into CBD treatment options. While it’s definitely not a cure-all, it can potentially help with your pet’s symptoms immensely.
Before you order, think of the following:
- Talk to your vet first – CBD can affect the metabolism of many important medications (for pets and for humans), so it’s crucial to have a chat with your vet to make sure your pet isn’t in harm’s way.
- Once you get the green light, start slowly – there are many tasty CBD pet products that allow you to dose small – 1 mg of CBD per 10 lbs of body weight is the gold standard.
- Stay with your pet for 2-3 hours after giving them CBD – while CBD is incredibly non-toxic, it’s always a good idea to keep an eye on your pet after introducing something new to their diet.
Once you’re ready to pull the trigger, take a look at our 500 mg CBD tincture for pets – it’s easy to use and allows you to microdose and tweak until you get the dosage just right, and it will help with symptoms such as pain, inflammation, arthritis, and many others!