It seems you can’t go more than 15 minutes without hearing about CBD oil, and this trend isn’t going away anytime soon. If you’ve wondered what all the buzz is about, we have the answers to your questions from “will it get my pet high” to “is CBD an effective pain management solution for my pet?”

1. Is CBD Oil Safe for Pets?

CBD oil is marketed mostly for cats and dogs, but you can find CBD oil for horses and other creatures like pigs. And in most cases, CBD is safe for these animals. Pet parents must keep in mind that CBD oil is still pretty new and the levels of the active ingredient are not clearly regulated. So, we suggest using CBD with caution. 

If you decide that CBD oil might be right for your pet, we can help you navigate which brand to buy and how to read the labels. There are so many products online that all want to convince you to buy them, it can get tricky to see how they differ.

Cats, being the finicky creatures that they are, sometimes react by becoming withdrawn. If you’re using CBD to treat anxiety, see us first. Increased stress and anxiety could be a symptom of a different underlying problem.

What Risks Are Associated with Pets and CBD Oil?

Dosage is key when it comes to CBD. Pets can overdose. They can also suffer from THC toxicity if their CBD oil contains too much THC. Most safe CBD oils will contain less than .3% THC which is not enough to affect a pet.

2. What is CBD Oil?

First, CBD does not contain any ingredients that will get your pet ‘high.’ Which is to say there are no psychoactive effects on your pet. CBD is cannabidiol, which comes from hemp or cannabis. CBD retains the medical properties of the hemp plant without THC, which is the element associated with a ‘high.’

CBD does ignite the area of your pet’s brain associated with balance and pain. Because CBD is still pretty new, we still have a lot to learn about how it works.


3. What Health Conditions Can CBD Oil Treat in Pets?

Many pet parents have seen positive results when their pets use CBD for anxiety, stress, joint pain, inflammation, and seizures. Others have noticed improved skin and coat condition and appetite.

This makes CBD an option for dogs and some cats that experience nausea, pain, panic disorders, and nervousness. Senior pets with cancer or mobility issues can also benefit from CBD. And many handicapped pets thrive on CBD.


4. How Does CBD Oil Work?

Cannabinoids attach to select receptors in your pets’ brain. These receptors connect to, and regulate, your pets’ mood, emotions, pain, coordination, and appetite. There are also cannabinoid receptors in the part of your pets’ brain that regulates her immune system which relates to her pain and inflammation. These receptors exist because your pet’s body naturally produces cannabinoids, taking CBD increases the number of cannabinoids in your pets’ system.  CBD also engages and opens cannabinoid receivers, so your pet can benefit from their natural cannabinoids.


5. How Do Pets Take CBD Oil?

There are oils and treats that contain CBD. Both are administered orally to your pet.  A reputable manufacturer will include instructions and dosage amounts with their products.

 

Thinking About CBD Oil for Your Pet?

The symptoms CBD oil is used to treat are often side effects of other issues, so we may be able to diagnose the source of your pet’s pain, nervousness, or lack of appetite. You don’t have to make this decision without our guidance. If you have questions about whether or not CBD oil is right for your pet, give us a call to make an appointment.

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