6 Things you should know about CBD oil for Pets!

Given that we’ve all been staying home lately, it seemed like a good time to tell you about our four-legged friends and CBD oil. In fact, if we think about it the first time we seriously thought about CBD for pets was 2 years ago. Since then CBD is so widely spread, that it is soon to be a normal household item. The benefits are many and side effects are rarely seen. A natural product made with simple 100% natural ingredients, that you can feel good about giving to your beloved animals. Pet CBD oil is a natural way to help your furry friends, enjoy the same lifestyle benefits from CBD that you experience! Below are 6 things you should know about CBD oil for pets.

It is safe to use CBD oil for your pets!

The effects of CBD come from its ability to stimulate the endocannabinoid system, which is involved in the regulation of several bodily functions. This organic system is found in every mammal on earth, meaning that many animals also have it. The ECS is something that we share with our pets, and differences are minute enough, that the effects of CBD on a human and the effects on an animal are extremely similar.

The general fear for pet safety when being given CBD, is associated with the fact that many people, do not understand the key differences between CBD and THC. It is very easy to mix up the two, as they come from the same group of plants and are structurally very similar. At first glance, it would appear as though CBD could have psychoactive effects on your pet, similar to THC.

However, this is not the case in reality. The main difference between CBD and THC is that CBD does not have any intoxicating attributes. The feeling that THC gives us that we call a “high”,  is our body reacting to the psychoactive properties of the compound; and when ingested by pets, these effects can be dangerous or anxiety-inducing. We cannot stress enough: CBD lacks these psychoactive properties, and our pet tinctures are lab tested to ensure less than 0.2% THC is included in the final product.

Perfectly safe to use CBD oil for your pet!

Not all CBDs oil are equal!

One thing you really need to be aware of when buying CBD for pets, is to realize that there is a huge discrepancy between manufacturer. Given that CBD is so new to the market, many companies out there are taking advantage of the loose regulations, surrounding the nature of the industry.

In other words, they are effectively marketing “hemp treats” or “CBD for dogs” that contains virtually no active cannabidiol whatsoever (cannabidiol is the scientific name for CBD).

They are getting away with this, by using hemp seed extract, rather than actual CBD extract. CBD extrace is taken from the leaves and flowers of industrial hemp plants. While hemp seeds contain beneficial plant protein and are highly nutritious in their own right, they don’t actually contain any of the CBD compound that is believed to interact with the Endocannabinoid System.

Read more about the differance between Hemp seed oil and CBD oil here

Make sure you get your CBD oil from a trusted supplier which has a third party lab test to show.

No CBD oil exclusive to species!

The fact that all mammals have an ECS confirms that the CBD oil you use for your pet, does not have to be specifically made for dogs, cats or horses. It is mearly the dosage and the individual pet that counts. You can even use human CBD oil if you don’t have anything else available. Some companies doesn’t filter their CBD oil for pets as much as for humans and that can be the only differance. If you purchase a “homemade” CBD oil we do not recommend to give it to your pet. The rason for this is the THC contents is not controlled properly. Homemade CBD oil which are not CO2 extractet can contain higher amounts of THC than the legal 0.2% and THC in larger amounts can be toxic for pets.

The only thing you have to be aware of when buying CBD oil for your pet – is the THC contents.

Dosage for you pet!

There is no clear-cut single number that will tell you how much CBD you should be giving your pets.  Individual products will provide you with recommended serving sizes and instructions on how to administer their respective oils and treats. A general rule is:

Typical suggested starting dose: 1 mg – 5 mg CBD per 5kg (10 lbs) of bodyweight.

Start with a dose on the low end of the range. Changes can occur within 30 min. If there is no change after a day, increase the dosage. Occasionally improvements will take more than one treatment. To control pain, give approximately every 8 hours. For other uses, or to break unwanted behaviour patterns give once or twice a day.

Remember that  there is no toxicity associated with CBD oil for pets.

Correct CBD oil administration for your pet!

There are several ways to give your pet CBD oil.

  • Rub oil on their gums
  • Drops on their paws and they will lick them off
  • Drops on one of their favorite treats
  • Sprinkle CBD powder onto their food
  • Some pets like the CBD and comes running when you get the bottle out
  • Rub some oil on their ears

Choose the best way for YOUR pet – don’t give up, it is for their own benefit!

CBD oil for Pets overdose!

So what happens when you administer pets too many drops or they get hold of the whole bottle/pack?

It’s important to differentiate CBD oil from cannabis oil, since cannabis oil contains high levels of THC and can cause serious clinical signs. Most CBD treats are labeled to contain a specific amount of CBD (often 2.5 or 5 mg/treat) and may claim to contain none or very minimal THC. However, if CBD is present in the treats, there is likely to be some THC in the products.

Most Commonly Reported Signs:

  • Lethargy
  • Ataxia (loss of bodily movement)
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Vomiting
  • Hyperesthesia (excessive sensitivity)

Treatment in affected pets is largely symptomatic and supportive. Mild cases may be managed at home; more significantly affected pets may benefit from IV fluids and good nursing care.

If you see any of the above mentioned symptoms – take Fido to the vet!