An increasing number of pet owners worldwide are looking to CBD oil to relieve their pet’s pain and anxiety. After all, it works for people, and there are plenty of anecdotal reports that it works for animals too. These anecdotal reports of the benefits of CBD oil for pets are compelling. Let’s take a look.
Reported CBD Benefits for Pets
While there aren’t any scientific studies just yet on CBD benefits when it comes to your pet, dog and cat owners, as well as horse owners tell us the benefits include:
- Relief of arthritis pain
- Control of seizures
- Relief of anxiety and stress
- Reduced inflammation
- Possible cardiac benefits
- Stimulates appetite
There are currently no approved cannabis products for medicinal use for pets in Canada. Veterinarians cannot legally prescribe or even recommend any cannabis products for your pets. They can, however, answer any questions you might bring up with them. Initial research suggests that CBD oil is safe for dogs and cats and provides many benefits, with a few exceptions:
- THC has toxic effects in dogs and cats. If the CBD oil has any THC at all it could cause distress for your pet.
- CBD oil may interact with other medications or supplements your pet is taking. For example, high doses of CBD oil will inhibit enzymes that metabolize drugs in the liver.
- Dogs and cats metabolize substances differently; what is okay for a dog might not be okay for a cat.
Talk to your veterinarian about CBD effects
While veterinarians cannot yet legally prescribe or recommend CBD oil for your pet’s pain, they are the most qualified to provide advice. They are aware of any scientific studies and they also know your pet’s specific situation: their health concerns, their existing conditions, and current medications. They can discuss CBD effects and how your pet might benefit.
Many vets support the use of CBD oil in pets. In fact, Canadian veterinarians recently lobbied MPs in Ottawa to expand the use of medical cannabis to their pet patients.
Make sure the CBD oil for pets does not contain any THC
THC is the psychoactive component of cannabis and is toxic to dogs and cats. Different pets react more or less strongly, but it is still, at best, distressing for all of them, if not outright dangerous. You can rest assured that Pi CBD oil products do not contain any THC, so our CBD tinctures are safe for your pets. We have tinctures for small breeds, large breeds, and equine.
Look for high-quality, organic CBD Oil for Pets
If the CBD oil is not organic, make sure at least that it does not contain pesticides, fungicides, or solvents which may harm your pet..Pi CBD products are sourced from pesticide-free non-GMO North American Hemp and contain THC. Only premium Canadian made hemp seed oil is used as a carrier.
Make sure the packaging has clear instructions on dosage
Because not all CBD oils are the same, it isn’t advisable to rely on general instructions found on the internet. Your CBD oil should provide very specific instructions on dosage for the size and type of pet.
As a general rule, however, start with the lowest dosage possible, if there is a range of recommended dosages, and monitor effects. CBD oil and tincture allows for more precise dosing (over treats). With an oil or tincture, you can adjust the dose drop by drop if need be.
Be aware of possible negative CBD effects
Although it’s unlikely, your pet may not respond well to CBD oil. Watch for signs of distress, and call your veterinarian if your pet exhibits any of the following:
- Dribbling urine
- Walking as if they’re drunk
- Wobbling while standing still
- Wide, dilated pupils
- Easily startled by sudden sounds
- Stomach upset
- Increased intake of water (signifying a dry mouth)
Now it’s possible these symptoms may not be related to CBD oil at all, but it’s best to be on the safe side.
Order CBD Oil for Pets Easily with Pi CBD
If you’re ready to help your pet with arthritis pain or anxiety, you may want to explore the world of CBD oil for pets. Do your research, and we’re confident you’ll agree that CBD oil treatment is a safe and effective treatment option. Pi CBD offers a number of pure CBD oils for pets large and small. If you have any questions, check out our FAQs page, or submit your question through our contact form. We are always glad to help.