If you are considering CBD for your pet, you probably have questions. Well, we have answers! Read on to find out if CBD is right for your pet, and what you should know about CBD for your favorite furry family members.
What is Pet CBD?
CBD (aka cannabidiol) is made from cannabis. The first thing you should know is that CBD oil is extracted from hemp and not from marijuana. So, if you’re asking yourself, “Is CBD oil legal for pets?” The answer is yes, just like CBD oil products for humans, which are legal in the United States and many parts of the world.
While the psychoactive chemical in marijuana, THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), also can occur in hemp in very small doses, CBD oil does not contain THC.
Is CBD Safe for My Dog?
When CBD oil is sourced and processed safely: yes, CBD oil is safe for pets.
However, problems with the source or processing can lead to unsafe residues that can be harmful to you or your pets. Common problems include:
- Poor sourcing – Hemp and marijuana may look identical, and hemp can cross pollinate and essentially become marijuana. Reputable growers test their hemp products for safety and high levels of CBD only.
- Pesticide use – Toxic pesticides used by some growers can create residues which make their way into CBD products.
- Poor processing – In addition to pesticides, solvents used for CBD oil extraction can leave unhealthy residues in CBD for pets.
- Impurities in the CBD mixture – Cheap fillers and additives used by disreputable companies may be dangerous for pets.
Using a reliable, 100% organic CBD product company, which verifies their products from source, through processing, and to their final products, means you get safe CBD products for your furry friend.
Can my Dog Get High from CBD Oil?
If you use a safe CBD oil product as described above, your dog or cat cannot get high from CBD oil. Cannabis products can legally contain up to 0.3% THC, which is not considered enough to get high when administered at the correct dosage.
However, like any medicine, CBD oil can have side effects, which may include:
- Lowered blood pressure
- Dry mouth
- Nausea or diarrhea
If your pet experiences any concerning side effects from a CBD product, you should discontinue use and consult a veterinarian.
Can I Use Regular/Human CBD Oil for my Pet?
Your CBD oil product should be specially formulated for your pet.
CBD oil products are subject to all of the same concerns as pet CBD oils, as described in the section about safety, above.
An added concern is that CBD oil for humans may contain unsafe ingredients for pets. For example: regular CBD oil may be sweetened with xylitol, which in dog oil, dogs could have a toxic (even fatal) reaction.
You should not use human CBD oil products for your pet.
Do Vets Recommend CBD Oil for Pets?
Many veterinarians recommend CBD products for pets. Your pet CBD product should be in the form of an oil or tincture, which can be given orally or, in some formulations, applied topically to your furry family member.
CBD products have been recommended for such conditions as:
- Inflammation, even chronic inflammation
- Joint problems or joint pain
- Pain relief
- Allergies or skin conditions
- Digestive problems
- Car sickness or sea sickness
- Nervousness or anxiety
- Symptoms of cancer
Many of these conditions have been successfully treated with CBD products in humans, which lead to educated guesses about what might work for our animal companions. Limited CBD studies have been conducted, so many pet owners take a “try it and see” approach to treating their pets with CBD oil.
Will CBD Oil Help My Pet’s Anxiety?
For many pet lovers anxiety is a serious concern. Pets can suffer from serious separation anxiety, nervous wetting, nervous “bad behavior” issues (like barking, snarling, biting or lashing out), or other symptoms of anxiety.
Many of the “solutions” for pet anxiety, like pet anxiety medications, also come with serious or scary-sounding side effects.
CBD oil is a safe, natural, and effective solution for pet anxiety for many animal loved ones.
CBD oil is also relatively inexpensive and can be administered at home on an ongoing, or as-needed basis, making it a great solution for animal anxiety.
How Do I Choose the Right CBD Oil for My Pet?
The right CBD oil for your pet is the one that works.
At Bad Dog CBD we sell only the best CBD products for your pet. Our safe, effective CBD products are 100% organic and made in the USA from start to finish, ensuring quality at every step from hemp growth to your pet’s use.
A happy pet makes a happy home!