CBD oil for your cat or dog
Updated: Feb 25
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CBD oil has been beneficial to my own health, so I've been curious about its use with pets. With pet sitting and dog walking, I come across animals with a number of health & behavioral concerns. So I completed the FetchFind Hemp & CBD oil course for pet business owners, and was interviewed on this very subject by CPA & Owner of Health & Taxes, Michelle Burke. HERE is the link to the interview so you can watch or listen.
1) What is CBD oil?
A non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant.
2) What is the difference between hemp seed derived and marijuana derived CBD oil?
Hemp seed derived CBD oil does not contain THC, whereas marijuana derived CBD oil may contain THC, which is toxic to pets.
3) Is it safe to give pets CBD oil?
Yes, absolutely. It is non-addictive, and you cannot overdose. However, less is more when it comes to dosage. It is always recommended to start with a lower amount. Most conditions being treated do not need a high dosage, and good quality oil can be costly, so it will last longer with a lower amount as well. Plus, your pet can develop a tolerance to a specific dose requiring a dose increase, another reason to start low.
4) What are the benefits to my pet?
CBD is a natural painkiller, is anti-inflammatory, can help combat nausea and vomiting, and help stimulate appetite. It also can be used for stress reduction, to treat epilepsy, skin issues, help lessen side effects of cancer treatment, and may even shrink tumors.
5) How much should I give my pet?
Start with 0.25mg per pound for 1 week. Observe the pet for desired effects. Slowly increase the dose a little at a time, like to 0.5mg per pound. And then 0.75mg per pound only if necessary. Ideally give 2x a day every 6-8 hours.
6) How long does it take to affect my dog?
A topical or tincture oil will take effect quickly, but an edible treat, like in a cookie form, will take about an hour.
7) Can I give my pet too much CBD oil?
More will not hurt your pet, but if you do give too much you will be wasting the oil and wasting your money.
8) How do I know what products I can trust or a high quality?
Do not trust products extracted with hexane or butane. CO2 extraction is the best, but ethanol is fine and costs less. Also look for the term full spectrum. It is also good if it is labeled as having independent or third-party testing.
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Exotic Pet Pals does not sell CBD oil and has not researched all that is out there. Be sure to look for the things mentioned above and in the video, and of course it's always good to discuss this with your veterinarian as well.