What to Know Before Using CBD For Your Pets
The fact that you can give CBD to pets still comes as a surprise to a lot of people. After all, as pet owners, we’re constantly told that we shouldn’t give our animals people food (not that we always listen). So, the idea of giving a pet a people supplement is likely to raise a lot of questions. Fortunately, we have answers to a few of those questions. This is what to know before using CBD for your pets.
Why Do People Use CBD for Their Pets?
It’s easy to think that pets have got it all as they lay there napping in a sunny spot on the rug while we race off to work. But pets have issues too. While CBD is not FDA regulated and cannot be proven to treat any specific ailment in humans, let alone dogs and cats, CBD is often used by pet owners to manage some of the common pet issues.
We go over some of these reasons in more detail in another blog, but we’ll give a few of those reasons here. The calming effects of CBD have made it a popular choice to help pets that struggle with separation anxiety or to calm them down during stressful situations. It can also potentially offer relief from various sources of pain such as arthritis, injury, or post-surgery pain. CBD may also be used to help manage symptoms of other illnesses, such as irritable bowel disease, seizures, and cancer. Whatever you’re thinking of using CBD for, you should always consult a veterinarian before using CBD for your pet.
Is It Legal?
Most people who are interested in CBD know that CBD made with a THC amount of less than .3% is legal across the entire United States. But what about feeding it to pets? CBD laws do extend to CBD pet products. Giving CBD to pets does not violate any animal cruelty laws either, which mostly focus on not doing anything that will knowingly harm an animal and making sure that pets are given enough “wholesome” food. So, you can give pets CBD without worrying about any legal repercussions.
What Are the Risks?
Unfortunately, research is still being done regarding risks associated with CBD and pets, so there is still a lot that we are unaware of. THC is definitely toxic to animals, so giving pets marijuana should be avoided at all costs, especially when it comes to edibles with higher THC concentrations. However, CBD has little to no THC content and is considered safe for pets. Some potential risks are the same ones associated with CBD in human use, such as dry mouth, high blood pressure, and drowsiness. However, these side effects typically only occur if a pet is given an excessive amount of CBD.
How Do I Decide What Product to Give My Pet?
Like we said, THC is what’s toxic to animals, and CBD in general is made with little to no THC. That means that oftentimes, you can give your pets the same CBD oil that you use. It’s important to note that whereas this is often true, it is not always the case. Sometimes the flavoring in human CBD oil is not pet-friendly. Our unflavored broad-spectrum CBD oil, for instance, can be given to pets, while our flavored varieties cannot be. Concentration is another stipulation. Sometimes human CBD is more concentrated than pet CBD, which just means that you may want to use a little less for smaller animals (we will discuss that in more detail when we talk about dosage). For that reason, going with a CBD product made for pets is often the simplest and safest option.
What Do We Know about Dosage?
Because the research is still ongoing, there is not an official FDA-approved chart regarding dosage for animals. However, there are certain rules of thumb you can consider when it comes to pet CBD dosage. It is possible to use the same natural unflavored human tincture that you use for yourself on your pet. That being said, it’s important to remember that unless you own a Saint Bernard or an actual Bengal tiger, your pet is probably a good deal lighter than you. If you are using human tinctures, make sure you are using less than the dosage that’s recommended for you.
As far as pet tinctures go, we have another great blog that examines current research surrounding the specifics as far as current research goes. Even following this guide, it’s important to remember that every pet is different and will respond to CBD differently. Be sure to monitor and record your pet’s response to different amounts of CBD in order to adjust your daily dosing decisions.
How Do You Administer CBD to Pets?
The quickest way to administer CBD oil to pets is to drip the oil directly on their gums. This method also provides the quickest absorption for pets, especially when you accompany this with massaging the sides of their mouth. Of course, if you’ve ever been charged with making a pet take or eat something they didn’t want to take or eat, you know this is often easier said than done. And if you’re wanting to use CBD to calm your pet down, having your pet associate the oil with you force-feeding them something may be counterproductive.
As with anything involving pets, when in doubt, bribe them with food. CBD oil can be combined with your pet’s wet or dry food to mask the taste completely, or diluted in their water bowl. If you are wanting to administer CBD oil to your pet outside of prescribed mealtimes, you can also consider combining CBD with their favorite treats. Chances are, the CBD oil will not absorb as quickly if administered this way, but it will be just as effective.
As a conscientious pet parent, it’s natural to want to get all the answers before giving your fur baby anything, so it’s good to know the facts before using CBD for your pets. We want to put your fears to rest at Cannariver. Our broad-spectrum pet tinctures are made with your pets in mind, regardless of their size. Also, our CBD tinctures also come in bacon and chicken flavors for your picky pooches and fussy felines.