There are many reasons to want to give CBD to your pets. Since CBD is all about promoting balance within the body, it can help cats and dogs experiencing a variety of health issues in a number of ways. Over the years, many veterinarians have recommended that pet owners offer their pets CBD-infused treats to help soothe aching joints and other areas of chronic pain and inflammation, reduce anxiety, reduce seizures and spasms, improve mobility, prevent cancers from spreading, and treat irritable bowel disease. Here’s everything you need to know about giving CBD to your pet.
What dose of CBD should I give my pet?
To get an accurate dose for your pet, you need to take their weight and health conditions into consideration. A safe rule of thumb is 1-5mgs for every 10lbs of body weight. For small animals, you can use 0.2mgs per pound of body weight. However, you can offer more or less based on the symptoms you’re trying to manage. So if your cat weighs 10 pounds, you can safely offer between 1-5mgs. If your dog weighs 50lbs, you can safely offer between 5 and 25mgs.
Since all companies make products with varying degrees of potency, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for dosing CBD in pets.
How should I give my pet CBD?
There are several ways to administer CBD to your pets. You can find a huge variety of CBD-infused treats and capsules to offer your pets, though you’ll usually see better results when you use a CBD oil tincture since the cannabinoids are better absorbed through the mouth than the stomach. While there are still benefits of CBD consumption through infused treats or food, you can get CBD into your pet’s nervous system more quickly by administering it orally under the tongue. With that in mind, here are a few ways to introduce CBD to your pets:
- Squirt the oil into your pet’s mouth: This is the easiest way to administer CBD to a pet. Aim for the salivary glands below the tongue and release the oil without sticking the dropper into your pet’s mouth. Sit on the floor with your pet and talk to them as you administer the oil under their tongue. If they don’t like it, try a different method.
- Put the drops in your hand and let them lick it off: If the dropper method freaks your pet out, you can always put the drops in your hand and have them lick it off. They’ll still get the oil into their bloodstream via the tongue. Once they taste it this way, many pets usually warm up to the idea of taking the oil from the dropper directly.
- Put the drops into their bowl: If they don’t want it out of your hands, you can try putting it in a bowl with no food in it. If they don’t take it from the bowl, add a bit of gravy, broth, or tuna juice to entice them to try it. You can always add the drops directly to their food. CBD just works better when taken orally and absorbed, not swallowed.
- Add the oil to a treat or meal: If they won’t take it normally (and many won’t) you can always add it to a treat or to their breakfast to encourage them to eat it. If you go this route, they won’t know it’s even in there, but the effects of the CBD will be slightly less effective.
Will CBD make my pet high?
No, CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis. It won’t make your pet feel high, but it will help your pet’s body to regulate itself.
Before you start
Keep in mind that while there are many over-the-counter CBD products available for pets, research on CBD in pets is sparse. While there are lots of success stories and anecdotal evidence to support that CBD works well in pets, we still need more clinical studies to finalize the findings. Always be sure to talk to your pet’s vet before starting them on a supplement regimen with CBD.