How to Estimate the Correct CBD Dosage for Your Dog/Cat
Is your dog behaving lethargic and depressed?
Does your aged cat suffer from arthritis and sore joints?
Are your birds losing their appetite?
Are you not satisfied with conventional drugs with their myriad of side effects?
What if there was this one substance that could treat almost all your pet related problems with barely any side effects?
Cannabidiol (CBD), one of 113 cannabinoids present in cannabis plants, is that one miracle agent that can help them cope with all of it. Although we have only begun to scratch the surface when it comes to the numerous health benefits offered by this substance- to both humans and our pets- it is already the next big thing in the health industry.
Why do pet owners give their pet CBD products?
As our domestic animal friends become older or get down with sickness, they face some of the same problems that we humans do such as anxiety, listlessness, pain and inflammation.
When it comes to pets, CBD can potentially help:
- Separation anxiety
- Excessive barking, to calm your dog and stop the barking
- As a potent painkiller, by easing pain and signs of pain
- Improve appetite
- Anti-inflammatory to support muscle recovery and joint issues
What pets can consume CBD?
Dogs, cats, birds, horses – you name it. Almost all animals depend upon the natural endocannabinoid system for their health and well-being.
Now nature has provided you with a way of boosting their energy and relieving their pain and stress without relying on harsh drugs and chemicals.
Is CBD safe for pets?
It has no addictive potential.
It will not get your pet ‘high’.
It is not known to be toxic and is well-tolerated at even slightly elevated levels.
It is also uncommon for animals to develop tolerance to CBD, although pet owners should monitor the concentration of CBD products they give their pets.
You just need to make sure that you are choosing the right product and the right dosage; then sit back and let this miraculous chemical do its magic.
How should I Administer CBD to my pet?
CBD oil, extracted from hemp, is the standard vehicle of delivery to animals. Available in various formulations, you can buy one suitable to your pet’s unique requirements.
Some pets will take more time to adjust to CBD oil as a supplement or capsules than others. So try the following various methods until you find one that suits you best.
CBD oil can be directly delivered via a dropper into the pet’s mouth. This mode is the easiest because it enables easy calculation of the dosage required.
You cannot currently purchase pet treats in the UK, you can only get CBD for pets from the vets. However, this is no different to normal human CBD, your pet would just require a smaller dosage than what humans take. Once the UK opens up the use of CBD for pets you will be able to buy this on the market. For the time being, you can simply just give your pet the same CBD that you would take yourself, in a smaller dosage.
Mix with Pet food
An excellent alternative if your pets are picky so as not to arouse their suspicions. You can mix human capsules by turning them into powder and mixing with dog food or simply putting CBD oil into the pet’s water.
Putting CBD Oil on Paws/feet
You can put CBD Oil on to your pet’s paws/feet as a last desperate resort, should your pet be particularly stubborn.
How much CBD should I give to my pet?
The CBD products market is huge thereby emphasizing the need to administer CBD doses according to:
1.The weight and size of the animal:
Your pet birds will need a daily amount of no more than a few milligrams per dose. On the other hand, for cats and dogs, due to being larger in size, they will require larger doses.
2.The potency of CBD in the formula you are using:
Most brands provide dosage charts that are extremely convenient to use. Please find one here.
3. The condition to be treated.
An anxious dog will need a smaller dose than one suffering from autoimmune disease. Always keep in touch with your pet’s veterinarian.
Pointers to Keep in Mind:
Always consult your pet’s veterinarian before starting any treatment.
Choose your brand wisely!
Whether you are using CBD oil, capsules or treats for your pets, always follow the instructions given on the label.
You can also space out the dosage throughout the day rather than at one or two specified times.
Can my pet overdose on CBD? What happens if my pet overdoses on CBD?
There have been very few cases of people overdosing on CBD and to do this you would need to take a very high dose of CBD and CBD is also not a toxic compound. It is for this reason that the chances of an overdose are pretty slim.
However, occasionally, your pet might respond unfavorably and develop gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, lethargy and anorexia. Mild cases can be treated at home with rest, fluids and digestive medication. This is usually avoided by gradual dosing and starting your pet on a low dosage before working upwards.
Secondly, you need to ensure that the CBD product that you are using comes from a certified source and contains less than 0.03% THC.
Most of the reported cases of CBD toxicity eventually turn out to be due to high THC content in impure formulations.
CBD also interacts with hepatic enzymes. So if your pet is prescribed drugs that are metabolized in the liver, you will need to alter their dosage as per your vet’s prescription. This is particularly important for pets that are concurrently on CBD and anti-epileptic medicines.
I don’t see results with using CBD for my pet, what could be wrong?
You have been regularly giving your non-human companions CBD in one of its several forms; with nothing but their best interest at heart. But it does not seem to be working.
What could possibly be wrong?
Your product is not effective
You might need to change to a brand that is certified by a third party lab.
Your dose is not enough
Every animal’s endocannabinoid system is different. And sometimes you need to increase and decrease the dose until you reach a point where both you and your pet are satisfied.
You Can’t Teach An Old Dog New Tricks!
Several owners who use CBD for anxiety reduction in pets complain of it not working as intended. Remember that behavioral patterns often need time for animals to change and readjust.
Eliminate the Cause
A cat with allergies will need to be in an environment free of allergens for CBD to kick in. Always eliminate the cause before starting any definitive treatment.
Give it time
Every pet is different. And they all respond differently. What works for your neighbor’s cat might not work for your dog. You need to give your pet time to adjust to this new dietary addition.
The CBD industry is projected to grow to about $5.3 billion by 2025. The consumer demand is at an all-time high; people are now beginning to use CBD products for the health and wellness of their kids and pets alike for an overall better quality of life.
Physicians and Veterinarians are starting to discuss it with patients and clients. And CBD products reviews are mostly favourable. With further funding in research, who knows what new miraculous avenues will open up in the pet health industry alone with this wonder chemical.
Trust us, if your pets could talk, they would want more of this stuff.