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What about CBD for my pet?

What about CBD for my pet?

January 28, 2021

CBD is getting more and more popular by the day. All around the world, people from various cultures and background are taking CBD in different forms.


Anecdotal evidence from happy cats and dogs owners suggest that CBD may treat neuropathic pain the best, as well as other types of pains, and that CBD may also helps with seizures, as it does in humans.
 
If your animal is on the anxious side


If you have a pet that is prone to being anxious or restless, CBD can benefit them by reducing their overall stress levels. CBD interacts with cannabinoid receptors in the brain as it does in humans, and can keep the stress signals of your animal at bay. If you travel with your pet for example or if you are getting another animal and your kitty seems all stressed out, you may try giving him or her some CBD oil.


While a lot of studies are being carried on on humans, only a few reliable studies have been done so far on the effects of CBD in dogs for example.


One study published in 2018 sought to assess anti-inflammatory properties, and anti-pain properties of CBD oil in dogs with osteoarthritis. Dogs were given doses of 2 or 8 milligrams (mg) per kilogram (kg) of body weight. As much as 80% of the dogs showed reduction of their pain and improvement of their mobility, as measured by two veterinary resources — the canine brief pain inventory and the Hudson activity scale.


Another study published in 2019 showed that dogs which suffered from epilepsy and which were given CBD in addition to seizure medication had a lot less seizures than those which had received seizure medication and a placebo.


Even though more studies would be useful to confirm these results, we safely can say CBD has a lot of potential with animals also.
 
How much to give a cat or a dog


The previously referenced 2018 study on dogs with osteoarthritis showed that the best dosage for the dogs to feel better and to heighten their activity levels was 2 mg per kg of weight. However, we must keep in mind that every dog will respond to a dosage in a different way, that is why it is best to start small, check on your pet, and dose from there.

A basic dosing rule for cats and dogs would be 1 to 5 mg CBD for every 10 pound body weight, and to observe your cat or your dog's behaviour  Always check with your veterinarian if you have the slightest doubt.

The good news is that there are no studies of cats or dogs having overdosed on CBD oil alone as the excess CBD is not absorbed into the bloodstream but is excreted through the cat’s or dog's waste, so it is very unlikely you'll give your pet too much CBD.

If you are curious about trying to give CBD to your pet, check out those products we have for you in store here!




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