Many people enjoy CBD snacks, tinctures, or gummies when they need a little more calm in their lives. CBD can help to ease tension and promote a better mood. It’s a great pre-yoga calming ritual or post-workout recovery tool.
Although your pets aren’t perfecting their yoga poses or looking to lift heavier at the gym, they still have their own exercise-related tension and sources of emotional distress. Pets may feel a bit unsettled when your friends or family come over for game night, preferring to hide in a quiet corner. They may experience issues with joint mobility as they age, inhibiting them from running and playing the way they used to.
Most pets eagerly accept CBD snacks and enjoy their effects. Here’s what you need to know about CBD snacks and your pets.
What Does CBD Do For Pets?
CBD is still being studied for its potential benefits and medical applications. Currently, CBD is recognized as a supplement that can be used to promote health and homeostasis in both humans and animals by:
- Easing tension
- Promoting a calm mood
- Supporting healthy brain function
- Supporting gastrointestinal health
- Supporting joint mobility
While the benefits of CBD have the potential to be meaningful for your pets, it’s important to remember that they aren’t a substitute for regular veterinary care. If you’re worried that your pet may be in pain or is developing a health condition, talk to your vet first. If you’re interested in using CBD as a part of your pet’s wellness plan, consider what your vet has to say about CBD and your pet’s specific health before you decide to proceed.
Is CBD Safe for Pets?
When given in appropriate amounts, CBD is generally regarded as very safe for most pets. As long as your pet isn’t taking any medications or isn’t on a highly controlled diet recommended by their veterinarian, you’ll likely be okay to introduce CBD into your pet’s wellness routine.
Many pet owners with safety concerns are worried that CBD may get their pets high. In some cases, pets may appear to be a little too relaxed. This is completely normal. CBD can’t get animals high, but it can help to relax them. Many pet owners use CBD to keep pets calm through thunderstorms or celebrations involving fireworks. Your pet isn’t high, they’re simply less tense in situations that would otherwise be stressful.
Any CBD you use for people or pets should be tested by an independent third-party lab to ensure that the product is accurately represented and free from contaminants. Many companies do not use third-party labs to test their products. VETCBD Hemp’s pet CBD products, on the other hand, are triple lab tested for maximum safety and accuracy.
Can You Give Pets CBD Snacks Made for People?
You should never give pets CBD snacks made for people. Pets cannot safely consume many ingredients used to make snacks for humans. Most CBD edibles contain sugar and artificial flavorings. Some contain chocolate, which is toxic to most animals.
CBD snacks for pets are often made with ingredients like whole grain oats, pet-safe fruits and vegetables, and whole protein sources. Artificial ingredients don’t have any place in your pet’s food or treats.
Be sure to read the label and check lab test results on CBD snacks before you feed them to your pets.
Why Use CBD Snacks?
Most CBD products come in a glass bottle with a glass dropper. Our CBD comes with a plastic syringe that’s safer for pets. Pets often perceive both delivery methods as medicine if they’ve ever had to take medicine before, as medication for animals often comes in a similar form. If your pet has had a negative experience with medicine, they’re unlikely to understand that CBD is different.
If your giant dog is attempting to hide behind your small couch or your cat begins climbing the curtains at the sight of the syringe, it’s going to become clear that giving your pet CBD directly from the dropper isn’t a wise idea. CBD is intended to calm them down, not stress them out.
The first option is to evenly disperse the CBD over their food. You need to be sure that your pet eats all of their food in one sitting, otherwise they may not get the full dose. Pets that love to eat may swoop in and finish their companion’s food — households with multiple pets may need monitoring during feeding time. If you don’t have other pets, the CBD will simply sit partially uneaten until your pet chooses to finish it.
Giving your pet their full suggested dose in a few bites of their favorite wet food will ensure that they ingest all of it at once.
If it’s too tricky to navigate this situation, CBD snacks are the perfect solution. Handing your pet a tasty treat that contains the recommended amount of CBD is much easier. These treats are also portable, making them the most convenient tool for pets on the go.
Premade CBD Snacks
Most CBD-infused snacks for pets come in familiar forms. Many CBD-infused dog treats look and taste like traditional dog biscuits, down to the same tan hue and bone shape. Your dog wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between a CBD treat and any other dog treat based on the way they look, taste, or smell.
Softer nugget-style CBD snacks are great for dogs who don’t like crunchy treats, or dogs that have a difficult time chewing hard treats. Nuggets, also known as chews, often have a softer texture, and they’re also often infused with beneficial ingredients like oils containing healthy omega fats to bolster CBD’s benefits of promoting brain and skin health.
Most CBD snacks for cats come in the familiar form of crunchy little nuggets. They’re often formulated with ingredients that make them smell especially enticing to cats, like salmon or chicken. These treats are often much smaller than dog treats, meaning that cats will likely need to chew several to get the recommended amount of CBD for their body weight. Be sure to check the label to understand how much CBD is in each treat, i.e. how many treats you should be giving to your cat at any time.
DIY CBD Snacks for Pets
If you’d prefer to be in control of the ingredients used to make your pet’s treats, you can make your own CBD pet snacks at home. This doesn’t necessarily need to be a complicated undertaking. CBD pet snacks don’t require a wealth of ingredients, and some don’t even require cooking.
If you intend to cook with CBD to make snacks for your pets, keep in mind that CBD begins to lose potency when exposed to temperatures of 320 degrees or higher. It may be wise to use fresh raw ingredients and refrigerate larger batches of CBD-infused pet treats.
Oat, Peanut, Apple, and Carrot CBD Pet Snacks
These easy no-bake nutritious treats are safe for both dogs and cats. It’s easy to make a big batch at one time and refrigerate them for later.
- 1 cup uncooked rolled oats
- ½ cup all-natural unsweetened unsalted peanut butter
- ¼ cup unsweetened natural applesauce or apple puree
- ¼ cup finely diced carrots (boil until soft if your pet has difficulty chewing)
- VETCBD Hemp CBD Tincture
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Roll and press into 12 large balls or 24 small balls, depending on the size of your dog. Cats do better with smaller treats. Inject a single dose of CBD into each treat. Refrigerate the leftovers for up to two weeks in an airtight container.
VETCBD Hemp’s tincture is the perfect CBD for CBD pet snacks. Our triple lab-tested CBD tincture is made by veterinarians who believe in holistic approaches to vet wellness. Just a few drops turn a treat into something a little more special!