Hemp oil isn’t just for humans. CBD works for pets, too!
There’s honestly nothing worse than watching a pet struggle with pain. Whether they’re sick, injured or simply hurting, it can feel so helpless to watch your pet suffer. Fortunately, CBD may be able to help you manage their pain.
Are You Telling Me to Give Marijuana to My Dog?
Well, kind of. CBD oil has a number of pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties that can help to make your little friend feel a bit better. If they’re going through any type of physical pain or psychological stress, this stuff will definitely ease their symptoms a bit.
We’re NOT saying that you should get your dog high. Hemp-derived CBD does not contain any tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) at all. As you may know, THC is the stuff in marijuana that causes you to feel high when you use it.
There are CBD oils out there that do contain THC but we don’t sell them and we can’t recommend that you give them to your pet. Our products, however, are perfectly safe for you and your pets to take.
CBD oil has been shown to treat a variety of different conditions in cats and dogs, including:
Will the Vet Give Me Some for My Pet?
Honestly, you’re probably not going to be able to walk into the vet’s office for a CBD prescription. A lot of people are still getting used to the idea of hemp as a medicinal tool. There may be a few open-minded veterinarians out there who will give you a tincture for your dog or cat but we wouldn’t count on it.
Luckily, you don’t need a prescription to get CBD for your pets. Under the 2014 Farm Act, hemp oil is actually legal in all 50 states. This means that you can purchase CBD oil online and have it shipped right to your home!
How Much CBD Should I Give My Pet?
It’s tough to know exactly how much CBD to give your dog or cat because all pets are different sizes. Here’s a rough guideline based on their weight:
Starting dosage (twice daily): 0.05 mg/lb
Second-tier dosage (twice daily): 0.125 mg/lb
Third-tier dosage (twice daily): 0.25 mg/lb
If your dog weighs 10 pounds, therefore, you’d want to start them on a twice-daily dosage of .5 mg and gradually move up to 2.5 mg per dose. Don’t progress to the next tier until there are visible signs that the CBD is having positive benefits.
Tips for Pet Owners
Once you do start giving your furry friend hemp oil, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. Following these tips will help you to make sure that their CBD treats are as beneficial as possible:
Store it safely: As we’ve pointed out, CBD is non-psychoactive and isn’t going to give your pet a bad trip. It’s important, however, that you make sure the bottle is out of their reach. We don’t want them to get their paws on it and end up taking too much (they’ll probably get pretty sick).
Mix it with food: Not too many pets are excited about having an eyedropper placed under their tongue. In order to get your pet to take their dose, you’ll want to mix it in with some tasty food. This works particularly well for pets who are experiencing appetite issues.
Check in with your vet: Remember, CBD isn’t a cure-all potion. It works great for pain management but your pet’s issues could always be more than just pain. If they’re still showing symptoms of illness after a few weeks of taking hemp oil, make sure to take them to a vet so they can figure out what’s wrong.