Best CBD for Dogs & Cats
Are you looking for the best CBD for dogs or cats? CBD oil for pets has become increasingly popular. This product of the hemp plant may be able to support stress resilience and ease temporary discomfort.
When looking at CBD pet products, it’s important to understand the differences between isolate, broad spectrum, and full spectrum oils as well as tinctures vs. CBD gummies for dogs and cats. This is because THC can be toxic to some animals, including dogs.
In this blog, we will look at the potential benefits of CBD oil for dogs and other pets, possible side effects, recommended products, and answer questions from our customers.
Benefits of CBD products for pets?
While CBD appears to offer stress resilience and relief from temporary discomfort in dogs, cats, and other animals, research on CBD for pets is still in its early stages.
This experiment was carried out to test CBD for dog anxiety with a model of loud noise and simulated fireworks. Meanwhile, this separate study was done to see if CBD could reduce aggressive behavior in animal shelters. Another study tested CBD for dog’s pain and inflammation.
None of the studies have conclusive results and the FDA frequently warns CBD companies against any statements that could appear to suggest CBD can diagnose, treat, mitigate, or treat any disease. You can see the FDA’s warning letter to CBD American Shaman here. It says that dog CBD gummies and chews are being marketed as “unapproved new animal drugs.”
We suggest that people interested in CBD for pets discuss options with their veterinarian as well as doing online research. As a manufacturer of CBD and cannabinoids, we are committed to making premium products that contain exactly what they say they do. All products, including our Pet CBD, are made in a cGMP-certified facility and we show the results of third-party lab tests for each batch of every product online and via QR codes on the product packaging. This way, you can rest assured that you’re getting what you think you are.
Full spectrum, broad spectrum, and isolate
When people ask “Is CBD good for dogs?” it’s important to understand where your CBD comes from and exactly what it contains. In researching the best CBD for dogs or cats, one of the most important things to look for is THC content. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the psychoactive compound in cannabis that produces the feeling of being “high.” Although CBD is made from hemp and not cannabis, CBD products for pets (as well as those made for humans) can contain up to 0.3% THC in the United States. Although THC is intoxicating to humans, it is not believed to be toxic. However, THC can be toxic to animals, especially dogs. Here is more information from the Pet Poison Hotline. For this reason, we do not recommend full spectrum CBD for dogs.
Other pet CBD products contain isolate CBD. Isolate is a pure form of CBD that does not contain any THC or other cannabinoids or terpenes. This means that it will not put your pet at risk of ingesting THC, however it also does not contain the other healthful compounds. It has been stripped of all of those additional potential benefits.
We believe that broad spectrum CBD is the best CBD for dogs, cats, and other animals. This oil starts as full spectrum liquid and then has all traces of THC removed from it. However, unlike an isolate oil, it still contains trace amounts of other rare cannabinoids, such as CBG (cannabigerol) and CBN (cannabinol) as well as terpenes. This means that your pet gets all the benefits of such a rich oil. Broad spectrum CBD oil for pets also offers the entourage effect whereby the additional cannabinoids and terpenes work together to provide more benefits than CBD alone.
Tinctures vs. CBD gummies for dogs and cats
One of the most common questions we get from people looking for pet CBD is “which CBD products for dogs or cats should I choose?” Our answer really depends on your particular situation and pet’s needs as well as their preferences. For instance, if you have a very small dog or cat, or an animal who is finicky about taking pills or flavored cat and dog CBD gummies, tinctures might be the best option. A flavorless tincture can be mixed into their usual food or treats more easily.
Our Pet CBD Oil contains the same broad spectrum Hawaiian CBD oil as our human tinctures – hence our motto “fit for humans, formulated for pets.” The only other ingredient is certified organic MCT coconut oil. We leave out all flavors and terpenes that could potentially bother a pet. It also comes with a glass dropper (instead of a spray cap) for precision dosing and a weight chart.
We are often asked “can you give dogs human CBD gummies?” This depends on the gummy’s ingredients. As mentioned above, we do not recommend giving dogs any CBD that contains THC. Some brands also include other active ingredients or supplements in their CBD gummies such as melatonin or L-theanine that we would advise against.
However, for a pet large enough to take 15 to 30mg CBD at a time, our human CBD gummies could also double as dog CBD gummies. They contain pure isolate CBD without any THC. Each gummy contains 30mg CBD, so they could be taken whole or in half. They are vegan and flavored with natural strawberry flavoring, so it would depend if your dog would like that or not. We’re pretty sure most cats would not eat it and would be too small for a precision dose of a gummy anyway.
Where to buy the best CBD for dogs
If you’re wondering where to buy CBD for animal, you can find it in many pet stores across the country. You can purchase our CBD oil for pets here and see a map of locations that sell our products. Rare Cannabinoid Company products are sold in more than 375 locations across the United States, Japan, Brazil, and Mariana Islands. However, not all locations stock all products, so please call ahead if you would like to check if they have our Pet CBD in stock before visiting.
How to use CBD oil for dogs
Once you’ve chosen your tincture, chews, or CBD gummies for dogs, you need to check their weight and the milligram amount of CBD in your chosen product.
For example, our Hawaiian Choice Pet CBD contains 425mg CBD in a 30ml bottle. We recommend that you mix it into your pet’s food or treats once or twice a day and adjust as needed or per your veterinarian’s recommendations. Here is our recommended CBD dosage for pets by weight.
5 pounds – 2 drops
10 pounds – 6 drops
20 pounds – 0.25 ml
40 pounds – 0.50 ml
60 pounds – 0.75 ml
80 pounds – 1 ml
More common side effects of CBD oil in dogs and cats can include sleepiness and loose bowels. However, more serious side effects (usually if they have taken too much or a product that contains THC) can include lethargy, nausea, and vomiting. Ingesting a larger amount of THC can put a dog in a coma and even lead to death, however this appears to be from eating cannabis or THC edibles. . Be very careful to start with a low dose of an isolate or broad spectrum CBD and monitor your pet and speak to your veterinarian.
When considering CBD for your pet, it is important to take a few key things into account – the type of product (tincture vs dog CBD gummies etc.), the dosing and any potential side effects. If you are not sure what to do, speak with your veterinarian first or reach out to us directly so that we can help you find the right product for your pet’s needs. We hope this guide has helped give some insight into using CBD oil for dogs and cats!
Good luck on finding relief for your furry friend! 🙂