Our pets are our best friends and our constant companions. I have a year and a half old Labradoodle puppy and she brings so much joy to my wife and I’s lives! Being able to come home every day to her wagging tail brings a smile to my face just writing about it! We all want the very best for our pets, to keep them happy and healthy. I am sure this is why you asked, What is CBD oil for pets?
A lot of the time we actually treat our pets better than ourselves. When was the last time you had steak or salmon in each one of your meals? If you are like me that doesn’t happen very often! I am sure you have heard all the buzz about CBD oil, it is one of the hottest products right now. But now you want to know what it is and what it can do for your wonderful pets! I have created this easy to follow guide that contains everything you need to know about CBD oil for your pet!
What is CBD oil?
CBD stands for Cannabidiol which is a naturally occurring compound found in the hemp plant and marijuana plant. The hemp plant has higher levels of naturally occurring CBD and lower levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the compound that makes you feel “high”). The marijuana plant has higher levels of naturally occurring THC and lower levels of CBD. CBD oils that is most commonly used and legal in all 50 states is made from the hemp plant with THC levels no greater than .3%. CBD oil is the end product of an extraction process that uses the whole plant to produce high levels of CBD. All high-grade products use a solventless CO2 extraction process to produce the CBD oil. CBD is a natural, safe, non-habit forming alternative to pharmaceutical drugs to help with a large variety of conditions. CBD compounds interact with the endocannabinoid system that we all have in our bodies.
You can read my full article on the benefits of CBD oil here. Now that the basics of CBD oil are out-of-the-way let’s get to why you are really here, it’s all about your pet 🙂
How can CBD oil help my pet?
Pets are quite similar to humans in many ways, we all have fears, anxieties, inflammation, illnesses, depression (yes pet depression exists), pain and disease. We have been using pharmaceuticals to help us with these issues but they come at a price. There are many potential negative side effects, high costs, and addiction just to name a few problems with pharmaceutical drugs. I am here to happily tell you there is an alternative to pharmaceuticals to help your fluffy friends, that is all natural, not addictive, safe and healthy, its called Hemp CBD oil.
Here is a list of the most common things hemp CBD oil can do for your awesome pet:
- Anxiety and stress (car rides, lightning, fireworks, separation anxiety, vet visits, etc)
- Mobility (joint pain and inflammation)
- Seizures and Epilepsy
- Nausea and digestion issues
- Immune system boost (keeps your pet happy and healthy for the long term)
- Allergies and skin problems
- General pain from getting older
- Cancer and Tumors
CBD oil can help with all of these issues your pet might be experiencing. There has been a ton of new research on the amazing effects of CBD oil for pets in the last few years. All of it is very positive in treating all of these afflictions.
CBD oil for dogs and cats
I have an awesome dog named Ember that sometimes gets separation anxiety whenever my wife and I have to leave her at a friends house. It’s a normal thing for lots of dogs to experience and as dog parents its heartbreaking to watch. We started giving Ember a dose of CBD oil 30-45 minutes before we drop her off at our friend’s house. Wow, what a difference that has made in her happiness! Her anxiety about being away from us is greatly reduced, she just goes and plays with her other dog friends like nothing has happened.
It’s hard to watch dogs and cats in pain or struggling with stress or anxiety and not being able to do much about it. We try to give them pills that they don’t like to eat and worry about the side effects of these drugs. There have been no reported side effects CBD so far which is absolutely amazing! Some say it is a miracle compound and I tend to agree with them!
Dogs and cats can have the same CBD oil as humans as long as it is Hemp CBD oil with .3% THC or less. You just have to give them less of it than you would consume yourself. The basic dosing rule of thumb for dogs is 0.25 mg/day to 0.5 mg/day CBD for every 1 lb body weight. As an example, my dog Ember is 51lbs so we give her 12.75mg/day(.25×51=12.75) as a regular dose. If we wanted to give her a strong dose it would be 25.5mg/day. Cats have a slightly higher dosage needed, .5mg/day per lb of body weight is recommended, a normal adult cat weighing 8-10 lbs should get about 4-5mg/day for a normal dose. Dosing can be slightly different for each dog or cat, always start with a smaller dose and adjust as needed.
CBD oil for other pets
You might be saying, hey I don’t have a dog or cat I have a horse or a bunny. Can they enjoy all the health benefits from CBD oil too? Yes, they sure can! All mammals have an endocannabinoid system and can enjoy all the amazing health benefits CBD oil has to offer. Basically, ask yourself or ask Google, “is my pet a mammal?” if the answer is yes then you can give them CBD oil to help with all the same afflictions as listed above. Do you have a horse that gets anxious or is having joint pain? Give them CBD oil for the potential to help them with it. Unfortunately, CBD oil only helps pets that are mammals, if your pet is not a mammal you will have to search for other alternative treatments for whatever ails them.
All you need to know is the weight of your mammalian pet and you are good to go.
For horses the general dosage is 800-1000 lbs 20mg/day,1000-1200lbs 40mg/day, and 1200-1400lbs 60mg/day
For small pets such as bunnies or hamsters use .25mg/day per 1lb as a general dosage
Our pets are like our children, we want the very best for them. We never want to see them in pain or struggling with stress or depression. Now you know that CBD oil is a fantastic treatment option for your furry kids. I really hope you try CBD oil and that it works for your particular pet. CBD oil is such an amazing substance with the potential to help so many people and their pets. I was very skeptical when I first heard about CBD oil and giving it to my dog for her anxiety. After I did my research and tested it out I have been extremely pleased with the results.
CBD oil is a great alternative to pharmaceuticals and can even be used in conjunction with other medications your pets are taking. Please make sure to check with your vet before starting any treatment protocol, especially if your pet is already taking medications. I am not a vet or a doctor, what you have read is what I have come up with in my extensive research and own personal experience. My goal is to take all the research I have done into the complicated world of CBD oil for pets and give you an easy to follow guide. I hope that this article has lived up to that expectation.
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