A pet parent’s guide to CBD oil 

As you learn more about CBD for pets and its potential benefits, you might find yourself with a bunch of questions too. In this article, we’ll cover some common queries about CBD oil to help you make informed decisions for your furry friend, with support from your vet. 

What is CBD oil?  

CBD is short for cannabidiol, a natural compound derived from the cannabis plant. It’s one of more than 100 cannabinoids found in cannabis. While CBD has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years, it has only recently gained mainstream attention for its potential health benefits for both humans and pets.  

In consultation with their vet, pet parents can give CBD oil to their pet in a variety of ways including from a dropper, in a CBD-infused treat, mixed with their pet’s food or applied to their skin. 

How does CBD work in the body?  

CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which exists in both humans and animals. The ECS plays a crucial role, maintaining balance within the body. CBD works by influencing ECS receptors, helping regulate bodily functions including sleep, appetite, pain sensation and inflammation. 

What’s the difference between CBD oil and hemp seed oil for pets?  

CBD oil is extracted from the flowers, leaves, and stalks of the plant, while hemp seed oil is derived from the seeds and has little to no CBD. Hemp seed oil contains essential fatty acids and is known for its nutritional value but doesn’t have the same therapeutic effects as CBD oil. 

What are the benefits of CBD oil for my pets?  

CBD oil may offer a range of potential benefits for pets. It may help alleviate anxiety and stress, promote joint health, reduce pain and inflammation, support digestion, enhance appetite and improve sleep. It’s important to note that research on CBD’s effects in animals is ongoing, and individual results may vary. 

Is CBD safe for pets?  

CBD oil is generally considered safe for pets when prescribed as part of a treatment plan with proper dosing. It’s crucial to consult your vet before introducing CBD to your pet’s routine. They can provide guidance based on your pet’s specific needs, health conditions, and any medications they may be taking. 

Will my pet feel ‘high’ after taking CBD oil?  

Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD doesn’t have psychoactive properties, meaning it won’t make your pet feel ‘high’ or have any intoxicating effects. 

Is THC safe for pets?  

While CBD is generally considered safe for pets, THC should be avoided as it can be toxic to animals, especially in higher concentrations. It’s crucial to ensure that any CBD oil or other medications you use for your pet have non-detectable levels of THC. 

What are the side effects of CBD for pets?  

CBD is generally well tolerated by pets, and some potential side effects can occur. These side effects tend to be mild and may include drowsiness and dry mouth. It’s important to start with a low dose and increase it gradually, only if instructed to do so by your vet, while closely monitoring your pet and keeping your vet informed of any adverse reactions. 

Can I use any CBD oil for my pet? 

CBD products for humans may not be suitable for pets. Pet-specific CBD products are formulated with ingredients and dosages that are appropriate and safe for animals, so it’s not recommended to give your pet your own CBD prescription. Work with your vet to find the right product and dosage for your pet’s needs. 

Ready to explore plant-based meds for your pet? Speak with a vet for free. 

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