A Groheline Guide to Introducing CBD to Your Pets
You’ve probably heard your friend at the dog park talking about how CBD helped her corgi experience less joint pain. Or you heard Susan from your office talking about how CBD helps alleviate her beloved feline’s anxiety. Regardless of how you heard the term thrown around, the buzz about CBD’s positive effects on pets is alive and well.
With all the incredible things people are saying about CBD, it’s inevitable for you to want to test it out for your own fur babies so they can experience this relief as well. But where do you even start? There are so many CBD brands and ways to give it to your pets that it can be overwhelming at first. However, we’re here to help by providing a short and simple guide on how to incorporate CBD into your pet’s lifestyle.
Step 1: Choosing the right type of CBD product
First off, before you even look for the perfect CBD product, make sure CBD is right for your pet as an alternative medicine. Laws prohibit veterinarians from prescribing CBD products since they have so many prescription drugs to offer, but they’re allowed to talk about CBD if the client broaches the topic. So before you get started on your pet’s CBD journey, make a quick call or visit to your vet.
Once your vet gives you and Fluffy the okay, you need to consider your pet’s attitude and lifestyle. If your dog loves treats, a great option would be getting him or her CBD pet hemp treats. If your pet doesn’t mind taking medicine orally, you can use a hemp oil dropper to the mouth. However, if they’re not a fan of the dropper, you can either mix the hemp oil into their food or bake your own treats out of it!
As far as ingredients go, it is extremely important to ensure that there is ZERO THC in the CBD product. Most companies should have a disclaimer saying that there is no THC in the product and that it is 100% CBD Isolate. If there is no disclaimer regarding THC, you might want to refrain from purchasing any pet product with that company. If you want to be even more sure there is no THC in the pet products, you can ask to see the product’s Certificate of Analysis (COA) from a third party testing facility. This will show you the product’s entire makeup, reassuring you that the CBD product is safe for your furry friend.
Step 2: How to Choose the Right Amount to Give Your Pet
Since CBD is a new form of treatment, research is still being conducted on what the best dosing is to give to animals. However, most veterinarians recommend beginning any pet’s treatment with the lowest amount possible of about 1 mg per day. This ensures that your pet will not experience any negative side effects, and if they do, they will be minimal since it’s such a small amount of CBD. If your pet does not experience any negative side effects from this initial amount of CBD, you can start gradually increasing their dosage. The recommended amount is 1-5 mg of CBD for every 10 pounds of body weight. However, some animals have more CBD receptors in their bodies than others, so it’s best to take the process slow to find their perfect amount of mg.
Step 3: How to Tell if the CBD is Working for Your Pet
So you’ve found the best CBD possible, ordered it, started with low dosing and your pet hasn’t experienced any negative effects. So how do you know when the CBD is working for your pet?
After you’ve introduced the CBD to them in low doses, it’s time to increase their dosing. After this, determining the effectiveness of the product really depends on what you’re using the CBD for with your pet. For instance, if your main goal is pain relief, you should be paying attention to the affected areas and how your pet will act differently. If your dog has a lot of joint pain in the back or legs that affects his or her running abilities, take note of how your dog is walking and running the more you up their dosage.
In addition, if your cat or dog experiences a lot of anxiety, similarly take note of how their behavior is affected the more you increase their dosage. If your cat is still peeing outside of the box or excessively meowing all day, you might want to give them a little more until that stops. Overall, you know your pet best so make sure to pay attention to its habits during each dosage increase. Eventually you’ll find that sweet spot and purchasing CBD from that point on will become routine.
Research About CBD and Pets
Since CBD is relatively new to the world of research, a good portion of the raving reviews are anecdotal. Whereas it’s amazing that people are finding such a great outlet for their pets’ mental and physical health, researchers are working to confirm the scientific facts and statistics regarding these experiences. In 2016, Veterinarian and assistant professor of neurology at Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Dr. Stephanie McGrath, conducted some of the first studies looking into basic questions about how CBD is metabolized by dogs and whether it could pose any immediate health threats.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, Dr. McGrath’s initial investigation involved 30 healthy research animals with results showing that CBD was tolerated and resulted in measurable blood concentrations. She expects the results of the study to be published this year. Data from her other studies are still being analyzed, but preliminary results of the epilepsy investigation were promising enough that in January Dr. McGrath began a three-year crossover study of CBD for epilepsy in dogs with a $350,000 grant from the American Kennel Club.
When asked about her grant from the AKC, Dr. McGrath replied “the timeliness and importance of research into the role of Cannabis in veterinary medicine cannot be emphasized enough.” She continued to state that “with the changing public perception of Cannabis, it is time that we put science behind the stories and claims. We need to know if this drug is safe and if it works. If CBD is effective for treating epilepsy, it has the potential to save the lives of dogs around the world.”
The Bottom Line
In conclusion, there’s a lot of ongoing research on CBD’s benefits for pets. However, from what we do know, CBD can be instrumental in treating your pet’s mental and physical disabilities such as anxiety, osteoarthritis, and epilepsy. You should always make sure you know every single ingredient in your pet CBD and how it will affect them. Reputable and trustworthy CBD companies will state that their pet products have no THC in them and can offer a COA to prove it.
Groheline CBD makes it very clear that our pet products have absolutely no THC in them as we care about the safety and wellbeing of your pets. We have a COA for each product we carry and are more than willing to share!