CBD and Pets
Can pets use CBD products?
CBD, appears to work for most mammals since they also have an endocannabinoid system (“ECS”). This allows both you and your pet, dog or cat, to possibly experience benefits from using CBD products.
Remember, CBD products are different from cannabis. Cannabis products contain high levels of THC, meaning it is illegal in most states and might cause harm to your pets. The information provided here only pertains to the CBD products which is what NaturalCare4U provides.
The Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) has not approved any CBD products for use in animals. Before you give your pet any CBD, you should first consult with your veterinarian.
Studies are slowly being done to research the potential benefits of CBD for pets. These studies are examining the possible benefits for controlling pain, calming pets and potentially helping with Epilepsy in dogs. In 2017, the American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Health Foundation announced clinical trials studying CBD and drug resistant Epilepsy in dogs. It is studies such as these, that will demonstrate the efficacy of CBD. According to a board member and Chairman of the same scientific review committee: “This study has the potential to provide a much-needed new tool for veterinarians to treat dogs with Epilepsy.”
Is CBD safe for pets?
As with any new product, there is always a potential for side effects. Just like with you, start with a small dose and monitor your pet’s reaction. Make sure to read the labels and do your research before purchasing.
CBD is generally safe because it is natural, non-psychotic and non-toxic. Usually, CBD products are easily tolerated by your pet.
Mixing medicines can be an issue, so consult with your veterinarian if your pet is on any other medications or has any adverse reaction.
How to give a pet CBD?
You know your pet and what product might work best for them, so start with what you think will work best. The general rule is the same for all: start small and increase slowly.
Look at your pet’s reaction before increasing the dosage. Look at the product labeling to see what is the suggested dosing method from the manufacturer. Generally, start with a low dose, monitor for reactions and increase doses slowly as needed. If there is an adverse reaction, stop use immediately.
How to select a CBD product?
Just like humans, CBD products for pets are available in several different forms: treats, oils and creams. Select the product you believe your pet will benefit from the most.
Make sure when purchasing a product that it has third-party testing and provides a certificate of analysis (COA). A COA tells you what is in a product, like pesticides and the specific contents. The COA is usually available on the manufacturer’s website or via a QR code on the product label.
Are there any potential side effects?
CBD products have almost no THC; however, check the label to verify the amounts. When giving your pet treats, make sure to remember the more treats you give your pet, the greater the amounts of CBD they receive. Follow the instructions on the packaging and do not exceed the recommended dosage.
Reported issues are usually due to taking more than the recommended dosage. Look for the following issues: 1) vomiting 2) sleepiness, 3) abnormal eye or movement and 4) anything abnormal. If you have any concerns, contact your veterinarian.