Is CBD Good for Pets?

Is CBD Good for Pets?

CBD boasts a range of positive effects on human health. From pain relief to insomnia

treatment, the benefits are well observed and documented by a number of modern studies. But

what about CBD for pets? Can our furry friends also benefit from the popular cannabinoid, and

most importantly, is it safe? The short answer is yes: when properly dosed and handled, CBD is

considered safe and may prove highly beneficial to your pet’s health needs.

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Safety and Efficacy

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a non-psychoactive compound derived from the hemp plant. As

an analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant, among other functions, it carries a wide range

of uses. Research shows that animals may find significant relief from CBD. For example, a 2018

study from Cornell University concluded that CBD treatment decreased pain and increased

activity in dogs suffering from osteoarthritis. Another study funded by Ellevet Sciences found

that dogs with atopic dermatitis saw a significant reduction or complete cessation of itching

symptoms with CBD use. More studies are needed to definitively confirm benefits in cats and

other pets, but new research is on the horizon. It is worthwhile to note that, like humans, pets

such as dogs and cats each possess an endocannabinoid system, the biological system that

processes and derives benefits from ingested cannabinoids. This suggests that animals process

CBD and other cannabinoids in ways similar to human beings, meaning that confirmed benefits

in humans are likely also seen in animals.

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What Ailments Does CBD Treat?

As an analgesic, or pain reliever, and anti-inflammatory, CBD helps treat pets suffering

with ailments such as chronic pain, arthritis, and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It also aids

in the treatment of:

• Aggression

• Anorexia

• Cancer

• Epilepsy and seizures

• General anxiety and separation anxiety

• Kidney disease

• Nausea


How Do I Know a Product is Safe?

To determine is a product is safe for you to give to your pet, look for a Certificate of

Analysis (COA). This can usually be found on the manufacturer’s website. You can also call the

manufacturer directly and request that the document be sent to you. A COA provides information

that confirms the legitimacy of the manufacturer and their products, such as the name of the

third-party lab that conducted testing, cannabinoid potency, and heavy metal and pesticide

analysis. If the document does not explicitly review one or more of these legitimizing factors, the

product in question may not be safe for your pet to consume.


How Do I Give My Pet CBD?

One easy way to treat your pet with CBD is by way of a tincture. This one is formulated

specifically for pets using non-toxic ingredients! Tinctures can be used in a variety of ways and

are especially helpful for treating pets that may be particular about how they ingest different

foods, treatments, and medications. Using a dropper or pipette, the tincture might be dropped

directly into the pet’s mouth or under the tongue (provided they’ll stay still!), or deposited into a

water or food dish for treatment. For topical use, you can rub the tincture directly into their skin

or onto their paws.

Whatever your and your pet’s preferred method of consumption, always be mindful of

proper dosage and refer to your product’s label to ensure safe use. Dosage information should be

clearly listed on the label or on the manufacturer’s website. Discontinue use and seek medical

attention if you observe any symptoms of an allergic reaction, such as itching, swelling, or


Sometimes pets experience side effects, including gastrointestinal upset, fatigue, and

appetite changes. These typically resolve themselves; however, consider decreasing dosage and

then increase the pet’s dose gradually until the desired effect is reached. If side effects become

more severe or do not resolve with time, contact your veterinarian.


Will My Pet Get High?

Whether or not your pet experiences a high depends on the type of product ingested.

While hemp products containing less than 0.3% THC do not induce a euphoric, psychoactive

effect in humans, they may produce an unwanted high in some pets. This is because many pets

are significantly smaller in size when compared to human beings, and what may be a tiny

percentage of THC to us is a much more significant amount to our little companions. To avoid

this issue altogether, look for a product labelled “broad spectrum” – these products contain no

THC whatsoever. Hemp and CBD products that contain less than 0.3% THC are labelled “full

spectrum.” If you do choose to treat your pet with full spectrum products, be extra cautious that

they receive the proper dosage.


time Mar 9, 2023

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