CBD for Pets
Can CBD help your pets too? Absolutely. From anxiety to skin health to pain, CBD research has revealed some interesting findings in animals.
Can CBD Help my Pets?
All mammals have similar systems managing their bodies, so it should be no surprise that studies show similar results in our fuzzy friends.
A group of researchers believed that CBD may be able to help aging dogs with joint pain(1). To test this hypothesis, they gave CBD to their own arthritis-laden pets in a lab setting. They observed that the dogs who received CBD were more active and appeared to be in less pain. They also noted no significant side effects.
Studies have shown that CBD may also reduce anxiety and improve sleep in both animals and people. Other studies have shown that it may reduce inflammation in the body when applied topically and when taken internally(2).
Where Should I Start?
Finding the easiest way to administer is essential for pets, because unlike people, they don't understand that what you're giving them may help them. So you may look for CBD-infused pet shampoos and CBD massage oils for topical application. You'll also find CBD pet chews for both dogs and cats. If you have a tincture, add drops of a CBD oil tincture onto food or into the water bowl. And finally, some dogs, but probably not cats, may respond well to dripping drops directly onto the tongue. But please do not use the same dropper for yourself
How Much CBD Should I Give My Pet?
Your pet is probably much smaller than you are so keep this in mind. A human dose may cause diarrhea and fatigue in a pet. Generally, 0.25mg to 0.5mg per pound of body weight is a good place to start for an oral product.
Is CBD Safe for My Pet?
Studies show that CBD in pet-appropriate doses is generally safe for pets. In fact, in labs, researchers have given animals doses much higher than you would in your home with only occasional and mild side effects like fatigue, diarrhea, and loss of appetite. You should speak with your vet before giving them CBD. A sizeable veterinary survey found that nearly 40% of vets say they know a lot about CBD for pets.