CBD For Pets: Is It Safe?

by | Dec 7, 2020 | CBD For Pets

For many people, their pets are their family. Their dogs, cats, horses, goats, etc. hold a special place in their hearts that no human could ever possibly fill. So when something as powerful and effective as CBD is available on the market for humans, pet owners may begin wondering if they can use CBD for pets, too. The short answer? Yes, CBD is safe for pets. However, owners should be aware of a few requirements before administering human CBD oil to their pets. 

CBD for Pets

All animals, regardless of if they are a “typical” pet or not, have an endocannabinoid system just like humans do. The endocannabinoid system is designed to regulate a number of different systems in the body, including the immune system and metabolism. When anyone, human or animal, consumes CBD, it interacts with the endocannabinoid system in the body, helping to provide effects such as pain and anxiety relief. Because humans and animals both have the same systems and can benefit similarly, it comes as no surprise that pet owners want to share their own personal CBD with their pets. But, as most pet owners know, it is always best to make sure that any supplement or medication you are using on your pets is completely safe. Thankfully, CBD is safe for pets. 

If you have a pet and are wondering if you can share your CBD with them, know that you probably can. You want to be sure, though, that the CBD you give to your pet meets certain requirements in order for it to benefit them. Consider the following:

  • Ensure that your CBD does not contain more than 0.3% THC. While it is unlikely that your pet will be impacted by THC levels less than 1%, pets can suffer the effects of THC just like humans do. However, unlike humans, if an animal is high on THC, they may not eat or drink and can become lethargic. This can lead to dehydration and malnourishment, which often requires veterinary attention. So, sticking to CBD with less than 0.3% THC is ideal. Hemp-derived CBD is the safest option.

     

  • If you are larger than your pet (as is most likely the case), do not give them the same dose you take. Provide them with smaller doses because they do not need as much as you do. If you have larger pets, such as horses or large dog breeds like Great Pyrenees, you may need to provide a bigger dose than what you take. Either way, check with your veterinarian to get a good idea of what your pet’s dose should look like.

  • If your pet has pre-existing health concerns or is taking any type of prescription medication for mental wellness like Prozac or Trazodone, speak with your vet before introducing CBD into your pet’s routine. As in many cases with humans, pets who are already taking prescription medications or who have health problems may counteract the effects of the medications or treatment they are already taking if they start using CBD. Potential side effects of general CBD use in animals are assumed to be drowsiness and dry mouth, much like in people.

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Benefits of CBD For Pets

Giving hemp products to animals is not a modern phenomenon. You certainly won’t be the first to do it if you do give it a try! Farmers have been using hemp products in their animal feed for centuries. Animals are happy to consume it and can benefit just like people do. The benefits of using CBD for people include reduced anxiety, lower inflammation, and improved mood, and there’s no reason to think that our furry friends don’t experience the same effects. All mammals have an endocannabinoid system so the benefits are similar. 

Just as you would do for yourself, make sure all the ingredients, especially the CBD, in the CBD products you give your pets are high quality. Low-quality ingredients can cause negative reactions in both people and animals. Also, consider the type of product you give your pet. While you may use a variety of CBD products including rubs, oils, gummies, or pills, some options are better for animals than others. CBD oil is particularly convenient for giving to animals since it can be easily dropped onto your pet’s food or in their water. 

While more studies are needed on the exact ways that CBD affects different kinds of animals, you can safely start giving your pets some of the same CBD you are using yourself. Don’t keep all the benefits of CBD to yourself, let your beloved animals in on the experience. They will thank you. 

Shop CBD at Neuro XPF

Some CBD products are designed and marketed specifically towards pets, but that doesn’t mean that you need to buy CBD specifically for yourself and then more for your pet. CBD products for pets are virtually identical and yet cost more and are harder to find. You can both use the same type of CBD if your pet is cleared to do so by a professional. Learn more about our products at Neuro XPF and shop today! 

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Kyle Turley

Author

Kyle Turley is a former NFL football offensive tackle. Outspoken with his use of Cannabis and CBD, he credits Cannabis for saving his life and continues to help create policy change around marijuana use in the NFL. He is a member of the Doctors for Cannabis Regulation NFL steering committee and is passionate about helping professional athletes suffering from physical and psychological issues recover with the help of CBD. Learn more about Kyle Turley

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