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Is CBD Good For My Pet?

Cannabidiol (CBD) may benefit pets that suffer from illnesses like anxiety, chronic pain, and seizures, according to a preliminary study.

If your vet advises CBD for your pet, make sure to avoid products with questionable chemicals (such as artificial sweeteners) and adhere to their dosage guidelines.

Because there haven’t been many studies on the use of CBD in animals, it’s critical to consult with a veterinarian who has used CBD to determine whether it’s a good option for your pet.

Cannabidiol (CBD) products are becoming increasingly popular among both humans and animals. Canine owners and veterinarians alike are increasingly wondering if CBD could be a substitute option for a variety of pet health concerns as its use has grown. Early research is promising, but if you want to try CBD products for your pet, you should consult with a veterinarian who is familiar with them.

Here, we’ll discuss the most recent CBD research, whether it’s safe to use on pets, and whether it’s the best CBD supplement for your pet.

 

What is CBD?

 

The two primary active compounds in marijuana are delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). People who consume marijuana feel a “high” because of the chemical THC. CBD, on the other hand, does not produce a “high,” and research suggests it may have a variety of health benefits.

While purchasing CBD products varies by state, many people in the United States can easily purchase these items both in stores and online.

However, the FDA has not yet determined whether CBD is safe as a food additive, dietary supplement, or treatment for pets. Although there is one FDA-approved human medication containing CBD, no animal products have been approved.

What kinds of studies have been conducted on the effects of CBD on pets?

Unfortunately, there isn’t much research on the use of CBD in pets. Currently, recommendations are based on the professional experiences of veterinarians or very small studies.

As the interest in and use of CBD in pets grows, so will the number and size of these studies, providing veterinarians and pet parents with more guidance on how to best use these products.

 

Is CBD safe for animals?

 

It’s important to remember that no prescription or over-the-counter CBD products have been approved by the FDA for use in animals. This means that products on the market may not have been tested for safety or efficacy before the sale.

Furthermore, some companies may promote unsupported medical claims about their products that have not been reviewed or approved. There are also concerns about the quality of CBD products. For example, the product may contain less CBD than stated on the label, or it may contain contaminants such as THC or pesticides.

So, if you decide to try CBD for your pet, you may need to do some additional research to learn exactly how the product you’re considering is made.

If you have any questions, visit the brand’s website or contact the company and request their Certificate of Analysis (COA). This open document confirms that the ingredients listed on the label are present in the product. It is not a good idea to buy a product from a company that cannot provide you with the most recent COA.

 

What are the risks of giving CBD to my pet?

 

CBD’s side effects in animals are very similar to those experienced by humans. Changes in appetite, fatigue, and diarrhea are the most common symptoms. The higher the CBD dose you give your pet, the more likely they will experience side effects.

 

In most cases, treating these reactions is unnecessary because they are generally mild or improve with time. If these side effects do not improve or worsen, you should contact your pet’s veterinarian and keep a close eye on them to ensure they do not harm themselves.

 

Is it possible that CBD will get my pet high?

 

As previously stated, CBD does not produce a “high” or euphoric feeling. Some people, however, claim that when their pets consume CBD, they become agitated. If your pet appears to be “high” after taking their medication, there is a reason for this.

 

Before purchasing any CBD product, carefully read the label to learn more about its ingredients. If a product is labeled “full spectrum,” it means it contains up to 0.3% THC, which is the legal limit under the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. This seemingly insignificant amount may be enough to cause this side effect in your pet, especially if they are extra sensitive to it.

 

What CBD products are available for pets?

 

If your veterinarian suggests CBD for your pet, a variety of CBD pet products are available, including oils, treats, topical products (lotions, gels, creams), and more. It is frequently administered orally or sublingually. When first starting to give CBD to your pet, bottled oils with droppers may be preferable because it is easier to gradually increase the dose rather than being limited.

Are human CBD products safe for pets, or do I need pet-specific CBD products?

 

CBD is present in products intended for humans as well as products intended for pets. So, while human CBD may be safe to give to your pet, you should follow any recommendations from your veterinarian. If the product is not made specifically for pets, it is critical to read the label to double-check for potentially toxic ingredients such as chocolate, essential oils, and artificial sweeteners.

Pet-specific oral CBD products are typically flavored with your furry friends in mind, such as chicken and fish chews, in addition to being free of these potentially harmful ingredients. Be aware that some CBD products have a grassy taste that may make giving them to your pet more difficult.

If your dog or cat doesn’t like the product you’ve chosen, try hiding it in a spoonful of peanut butter or your pet’s favorite treat.

 

How much CBD should be given to pets?

 

Because there are no FDA-approved products for use in animals, and there haven’t been many studies on safety and efficacy, more research is needed to determine more precise doses. If your veterinarian recommends CBD, make sure to follow their recommendations because dosing may differ depending on the reason you’re using the product.

 

One study looked at the effectiveness of CBD oil in treating osteoarthritis symptoms in dogs. Researchers discovered that taking 2 mg per kilogram of body weight twice a day reduced pain without causing any side effects in the owners.

However, blood test results indicated that there may have been some liver damage. This is why your veterinarian must be involved in ensuring that your pet is properly monitored.

As with humans who have never used CBD before, it is critical to start your pet on a low dose and gradually increase it.

Start with one-quarter or one-half of the recommended dose to see how your pet reacts to a small amount of CBD. If your pet does not experience symptom relief, your veterinarian may instruct you to administer another dose of the same amount in 30 to 60 minutes and monitor their response.

We don’t know the safest maximum dose because there hasn’t been much research on CBD in animals. It is best to consult with a veterinarian who has experience using CBD to help your pet’s condition to determine what dose is safe.

What pet health issues could CBD help with?

 

CBD has been shown to help animals with a variety of conditions, including but not limited to inflammatory issues, seizures, pain relief, and anxiety. CBD therapy for pet health issues is based on the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS’s goal is to achieve and maintain balance in all bodily processes. This is thought to be why CBD has so many potential benefits.

Keep in mind that each pet’s ECS works differently, so CBD may work better for some than others.

 

Pain

 

CBD, once absorbed by an animal’s body, may help to reduce inflammation and pain. While experts are still learning how CBD may relieve pain, it is thought to affect the ECS and other nerves involved in pain sensation. Reduced joint inflammation, in particular, has been shown in studies to alleviate osteoarthritis aches and pains in pets.

Anxiety

 

Many pets, like humans, experience anxiety, which leads to a variety of problematic behaviors such as inappropriate urination. CBD is thought to reduce anxiety and provide feelings of calm. Experts believe this is due to CBD activating some of the same brain areas as serotonin — the hormone that makes us feel happy and relaxed.

Seizures

 

When combined with traditional antiseizure medications, CBD has been shown to help with epilepsy in dogs by lowering the frequency of seizures. Although experts do not fully understand how CBD treats seizures, it is thought to prevent nerves in the brain from overfiring and reduce the number of electrolytes thought to play a role in seizure conditions.

In 2018, the FDA approved Epidiolex, a prescription CBD medication, for two severe seizure conditions known as Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, and Dravet syndrome in humans. It is also approved to treat seizures caused by tuberculosis sclerosis complex. However, no studies on its use in animals have been conducted, so it is not recommended for use in pets.

 

How can I tell if CBD is good for my pet?

 

Because our pets cannot tell us if they are feeling better, the most reliable way to determine whether CBD is working is to observe them and their behaviors. After administering CBD, keep a close eye on your pet to see if their symptoms improve or worsen.

Depending on your pet’s condition, symptom relief could take as little as 30 minutes or as long as a few weeks of consistent use.

 

As previously stated, CBD has a different effect on each animal. If your veterinarian advises you to try it, you may need to experiment with different brands, doses, or forms to find what works best for your four-legged friend. But, while finding the right product takes time, it is well worth it to see your pet at theirs best and happiest.

 

Final Words:

 

CBD may help with a variety of pet health conditions, including anxiety, chronic pain, and seizures, according to new research. Although more research is needed to confirm its benefits, many pet parents are already using CBD with positive results.

Because these products have not been reviewed or approved by the FDA, you should consult with a veterinarian who has experience treating pets with CBD before beginning any new regimen. You’ll work together to devise a strategy for safely assisting your furry friend in feeling their best.