Is CBD Oil Good For Your Pet?
CBD oil is everywhere now, in food, candies, drinks, and by the dropper full. We know people that take it for pain, sleep, or anxiety. However, many people wonder if our pets can benefit from it and if it will help any problems they may have.
The answer is maybe. Both cats and dogs, just like humans, respond to cannabidiol, the ingredient in CBD oil. Recent research has led to the conclusion that animals can benefit from taking CBD too. So, if your pet has osteoarthritis, epilepsy, or anxiety, he may be a candidate for some CBD to see if it helps him with his condition.
Nowadays, there are CBD oils made specifically for pets, and you’re better off using one that isn’t formulated for people. Animals need the CBD they use to be derived from hemp and not marijuana because of THC levels (which is not good for our pets). Choose a product with “no detectable” THC. Most companies that sell CBD have a Certificate of Analysis (COA) on their website, which will tell you the amount of CBD their product contains and if it has any THC in it. You want to look for a product with zero THC.
Don’t use people CBD because it can be formulated with sugar or xylitol, which is toxic to our pets. Don’t choose a product labeled only as “hemp oil” because you need to know the amount of CBD in the product to dose your pet correctly. Please don’t go with a product that is significantly lower in price than the others, as that company may be cutting corners. The best bet is to use a veterinary specific CBD product.
Most people start with a small dose and slowly increase it. It can take 2-3 weeks to start working, so be patient.
Lastly, we recommend talking to your vet first to ensure that CBD is a good idea for your pet’s condition and to see if it may adversely interact with other medications or supplements they are taking. Your vet may also have access to a high-quality CBD oil for your buddy.
For certain conditions, it seems to be very helpful. We hope it will help your pet should they need it!