CBD is slowly working its way into the average consumer’s everyday life. An increasing amount of the products we use every day to feed ourselves and keep our bodies well are made from hemp or hemp-derived CBD. CBD retail products are ubiquitous and have developed loyal followings.
Recently, CBD-infused products have been popping up at pet stores. If you use CBD for yourself and you enjoy its benefits, it’s only natural to want to provide your pet with the same support.
Here are some CBD retail products you should try for your pets.
Is CBD Safe for Pets?
CBD is generally recognized as safe for pets. It’s important to choose a CBD brand that voluntarily has their products tested by a third-party lab. Third-party lab test results will verify the contents of a CBD product and rule out the presence of contaminants — they can also help confirm the formulation, potency, and THC content, whether it’s full-spectrum (up to 0.3% THC), broad-spectrum (non-detectable THC), or CBD isolate (THC-free). Any brand that submits to this testing is going the extra mile to assure their products are safe and above board.
What Are the Benefits of CBD for Pets?
CBD works similarly in pets and humans. CBD can help to provide holistic support to your pet’s mind and body.
- Promoting a calm mood in times of temporary distress
- Supporting regular gastrointestinal health
- Supporting regular brain health
- Promoting joint mobility
Some benefits will begin to take effect within an hour. Other benefits increase with prolonged use of CBD.
How Often Should You Give Your Pets CBD?
The benefits of CBD are more pronounced with regular use. To promote joint mobility in senior dogs, you should provide CBD every 8 to 12 hours. In times of temporary environmental distress, like thunderstorms, your pet will only need one dose of CBD to get through a whole evening storm or crowded dinner party.
Does CBD Work for Both Dogs and Cats?
CBD works for both dogs and cats. CBD is also used for equine animals like horses and donkeys. It even works for iguanas, turtles, and parrots.
We just don’t have a wealth of research or documentation about proper dosages or long term effects of CBD use for birds, amphibians, and reptiles. Until we know more about that, it’s best to avoid using CBD for these types of animals without veterinary supervision.
How Does CBD Work?
CBD works with the endocannabinoid system, a series of cannabinoid receptors that exist throughout the brains and bodies of people and animals. There are cannabinoid receptors involved in supporting many important systems throughout the body. The body can make some of its own cannabinoids to support this system, but it’s also receptive to cannabinoids from other sources.
CBD, or cannabidiol, works to stimulate and support the processes linked to the endocannabinoid system. When you or your pet ingests CBD, it interacts with the receptors and helps those receptors do their jobs throughout the body. It doesn’t change or override the way the body works. It simply encourages it to do the best possible job of fulfilling its natural duties.
Is CBD Legal To Give Your Pets?
Hemp-derived CBD is legal on a federal level in almost all states, although each state handles CBD in a different way.
The 2018 Farm Bill made it legal for American farmers to cultivate hemp plants. Hemp plants are cannabis plants specifically bred to be higher in CBD and much lower in THC. This makes hemp legal to cultivate for things like textiles and wellness products.
In a few states, CBD products are only legal if all trace amounts of THC have been completely removed from the final product. Always check your state’s local laws before purchasing or using CBD products in your home.
Does CBD Get Your Pet High?
The psychoactive effects of cannabis plants come from THC, not CBD. Hemp derived CBD products contain less than 0.3% THC by dry weight. This isn’t enough THC to get your pet high. Your pet may feel more calm or relaxed when you give them CBD products, but they won’t be impaired.
Should I Use CBD for My Pet?
It’s always a good idea to consult with your veterinarian before making changes to your pet’s diet or wellness plan. This is especially true if a veterinarian is working to manage an underlying health condition that affects your pet, and if your pet is on any medications.
Speak with your veterinarian about any wellness concerns you have regarding your pet. If your veterinarian agrees that CBD is worth trying, choose a form of CBD that will best suit your pet’s needs.
CBD Retail Products Your Pets Will Love
There are several ways you can use CBD products to enhance the overall wellbeing of your pet. There are several ways to provide your pet with CBD, and each method has specific use cases and benefits.
CBD Pet Treats
CBD pet treats are among the easiest ways to supply your pets with CBD. You don’t need to measure anything, and your pet is likely to readily accept them in the same way they’d accept other treats.
CBD pet treats are only suitable for pets who can easily accommodate treats in their diet. Treats add calories to your pet’s diet, and no more than 10% of your pet’s overall caloric intake should come from treats. This means that you shouldn’t give your pet other treats in addition to CBD treats.
If your pet is on a special diet, speak to your vet before incorporating CBD treats into your pet’s diet. Your vet may advise you to use another form of CBD if your pet has specific dietary needs.
Pet CBD Tinctures
Pet CBD tinctures are the easiest and most versatile way to give your pet CBD. CBD tinctures allow you to provide a custom dose of CBD to your pet. Some pets may willingly take CBD tincture directly from a plastic syringe. Other pets will be more receptive to CBD tincture if it’s been mixed with their favorite wet food.
When giving your pet CBD tincture mixed with food, it’s important to feed the pets in your house separately. You need to be sure that the intended pet is receiving the full dose of CBD. If you have a dog that gets very excited around mealtime, you don’t want that dog to gobble up your other dog’s CBD-infused wet food.
Pet CBD Topical Balms
Topical CBD products work differently from ingestible CBD products. CBD balms can be used to support minor skin irritations, to help soothe during a therapeutic massage to achy joints, and to promote overall skin health. They’re intended to be applied to a specific area.
Topical CBD balms provide support from the outside while tinctures and treats provide support from the inside. Use them both together for synergistic holistic wellness support.
Where To Find VETCBD Hemp Products
VETCBD Hemp’s CBD retail products for pets, like tinctures and CBD topicals, can be located at several stores across the country. We’re always expanding the list of local retailers. You can also order our pet CBD products online.
We ship our products to every state except for Idaho, Nebraska, and South Dakota where state regulations prohibit us from doing so.