Everything You Need to Know about CBD for Pets

Daniella Cressman
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CBD oil has been very popular in wellness circles because it is excellent for decreasing anxiety, decreasing joint pain, and minimizing the effects of depression. Since many of us are using it, you might wonder whether it will help your pets. Indeed, it is an excellent way to assist your furry companions with various ailments. However, it’s very important to only use CBD products that are specifically formulated for your pets and you will want to practice caution when it comes to the dosage.


CBD refers to cannabidiol, which can be derived from either hemp or marijuana. It is a phytocannabinoid. While cannabis contains quite a bit of THC, hemp is primarily comprised of CBD.


CBD is used for a wide variety of conditions, ranging from anxiety to joint pain to depression. It can even alleviate the symptoms of cancer.


CBD is not psychoactive, so you don’t have to worry about getting your dog or cat high. Instead, it simply eases anxiety and helps with joint pain. It’s an extremely effective and natural way to relieve stress that has very few side effects.


THC is actually psychoactive, so you want to make sure you avoid this completely. Some people say that it’s best to only purchase products that contain 0.3% of it, and that rings true for humans, but pets can be more sensitive, so it’s probably better to be safe than sorry.


Hemp and marijuana are two different plants. It’s important to note that, while hemp is legal in all fifty states, marijuana is not. Around ten states allow the use of recreational marijuana, and around forty-seven condone the use of medical cannabis only. The laws around hemp are far less stringent than those around marijuana.


The entourage effect is a theory. Cannabis is a complex plant with over four hundred chemical entities. So far, people have identified over one hundred cannabinoids, more than two hundred terpenes, and twenty varieties of flavonoids.

There has been a trend of isolating certain compounds. Many people sell CBD isolate products, and they might tell you that these are best for your pets. However, CBD along with other compounds from the plant are often more beneficial. It’s important to avoid THC, especially for pets, but CBD isolate is probably not going to be as effective as broad spectrum CBD oil.


Broad Spectrum

This is the one you will want to look for. It’s the safest form of CBD for your pets and it has absolutely no THC. Hemp-derived CBD products are far more accessible because they are legal in every state. However, this does not always ring true for products with CBD that has been derived from marijuana. You will want to study the laws in your specific state.


A strong body of research has indicated that CBD stimulates both the B1 and B2 receptors in dogs and cats by triggering the release of cannabinoids.


Pain & Inflammation

It’s so hard when you see your furry companion limping around because their joints hurt. You have probably been wondering if there is a way to ease your pet’s pain, and CBD just might be the answer. Chances are that it will help your furry companion feel a lot better.

Anxiety & Stress

Perhaps your dog has experienced a lot of traumas during their lifetime. They might hate thunderstorms or feel an immense amount of anxiety when you leave the house. Of course, this is difficult to watch because you never want your friend to be uncomfortable. However, it’s important to know that there is a way to relieve your dog’s tension. CBD is great for reducing in anxiety in pets as well as humans.

Arthritis & Mobility

Arthritis is a painful condition that can be difficult to know how to treat. CBD has proven helpful in many circumstances for quite a few pet owners.

Palliative Therapy

Unfortunately, CBD is not a cure for cancer. However, it is very important to know that this substance can significantly decrease the symptoms of the illness. Usually, dogs become more vulnerable to this condition when they reach the age of ten, so it’s probably a good idea to incorporate CBD into their diet sooner than later. This way, it’s more likely to be preventative care, which will be much less painful for both you and your dog. No one ever wants to watch someone they love suffer.


You might be wondering if it’s even necessary to incorporate CBD into your dog’s diet if they don’t have any horrible conditions. Although it’s not essential, it might help to promote their overall health.



You can purchase CBD oil for your pet and simply sprinkle it on their food or in their water. It will help with a whole host of conditions.

CBD Treats

You can give your dog or cat CBD treats to help whatever condition they’re struggling with, or you can simply reward them in order to maintain their overall health. Either way, this is a great idea to motivate your pets while also helping them relax and keeping them healthy.

CBD Topicals

These CBD creams are wonderful if your pet is struggling with joint pain. Simply apply them to a hairless area or to the tip of your pet’s ear and rub it in gently.


Less is more is the rule you should abide by when it comes to giving your dogs or cats CBD products. The general rule of thumb is to start with one to two milligrams per ten pounds of their body weight, so you’ll give a big Labrador a lot more than you’d give a small terrier or a tiny Chihuahua. This is also a good guideline to follow when it comes to incorporating CBD oil into your cat’s diet. If you’re not sure about what you should do, most people recommend starting on the lower end. If you think your furry companion might need more, then you can increase it accordingly, but it’s certainly safest not to go above the recommended dosage so that your pet doesn’t experience side effects.


Unfortunately, not everything that’s natural is 100% free of side effects. That being said, CBD is pretty safe, although there is still more research to be done. The worst side effects that have been documented are diarrhea, vomiting, dry mouth, and fatigue. More often than not, the only result of consuming too much CBD is sleepiness. Nonetheless, it’s very important to practice caution with the dosage when you are giving it to your pet.



It’s very important to do your own research so that you understand exactly what your pet needs. Broad spectrum, hemp-derived CBD is legal in every state and is truly the best option for your pet because it contains absolutely no THC. If you’re considering purchasing CBD derived from cannabis, you will want to look into the laws in your state: These can range from quite general to incredibly specific.


While you might be tempted to give your pet some of your CBD oil, this is not a good idea. CBD oil that’s formulated for humans often contains ingredients that are toxic for dogs and cats. You’ll want to get something that is specifically formulated for dogs or cats so that it doesn’t contain anything that could be detrimental to their system.


If you have some hesitation about using CBD products for your pet, you might want to ask your local veterinarian for helpful information. Of course, views about CBD do vary a lot within the field since there is still more research to be done, but they’re likely to give you solid advice about the potential side effects of CBD. Unfortunately, most vets can’t actually prescribe CBD to pets, but they still usually know quite a bit about the substance and can help you understand more about it if you’d like to understand exactly what it is, how to use it, and what you’ll be able to expect when giving it to your pet.


While CBD products are excellent to incorporate into your pet’s diet, it’s important to note that they will probably not cure every single condition and might work differently depending on the pet, so don’t be afraid to try other options if you must. It’s essential to understand that CBD is a way to help your pet relax and it helps with many other conditions, but it isn’t the only option.

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