What’s all the rage with CBD for dogs and cats all about? Here are the six things that you should know before you start giving CBD to your dog or cat.
Hello and welcome back to my blog. If you’re new, welcome, here is what you need to know about CBD for dogs and cats. CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is the largest component of the hemp plant and it’s the non psycho active component. Before you start giving this to your pooch or your kitty cat there’s a number of things you should be aware of.
1. The Source
Do you know the source, do you really know where those plants have come from? Is it a company that had grown their own plants or are they just outsourcing it, getting it from the cheapest available seller? They may say it’s organic but how do you really know?
2. Third Party Testing
What you want to look for is verified third-party testing and that they’re using a thing called green extraction methods. You want to make sure that they are using Co2 to break down their green plant leafy material, then extract that essential oil.
3. Whole Plant Extract
If you’re going to be giving CBD oil to your dog your or cat, you want to make sure that’s a whole plant extract. Think about it like taking vitamin C and is it more nutritious to take a vitamin C tablet or to eat an orange. Clearly, it is eating the orange.
This is based on a principle called the entourage effect you’ve got over a hundred and different separate ingredients within the canvas plant and those can all interact with each other in a very positive way. going so much further in terms of promoting health and wellness that in your dog or cat versus the Dyke just singly isolating a single part, a single compound. So, if you’re not clear just think orange better versus tablet not so good.
4. Accurate Dosing
Accurate dosing and this is one of my pet peeves I’ve actually treated a number of animals with cannabidiol also with THC but anytime I’m using one of these liquid tinctures it has been so difficult to get an accurate dose so you want to look for companies which are using like a medical grade tincture bottle where one drop can be carefully measured and is accurate so as you can see here with this link to your bottle. My CBD Unwind bottle, one drop is one drop and you can clearly give the exact amount
5. Carrier Oil
What is the carrier oil, so what that means is CBD comes in very concentrated from the hemp plant and a thing called the carrier oil is then added in to help with dilution also help to preserve it and make it easier for you to dose it adequately to your dog or cat. Those people who are using that much oil, there’s a couple of problems with that. First, many animals as with many people, can get stomach upset from CBD oil. Last thing you want to have is be dosing your dog or they’re having vomiting and/or diarrhea. Secondly, you’re also asking the body to then metabolize a completely different oil from a completely different plant. So, if you’re going to have the best benefit from using CBD cannabidiol, you want it to also come from the hemp plant. In my opinion, the ideal carrier oil is hemp seed oil. Cannabidiol is metabolized in the liver by an enzyme called cytochrome p450 and many of the veterinary drugs that your dog or cat may be on are also metabolized by that same enzyme but fortunately most dogs and cats that are on CBD, they’re on a low enough dose that there should not be any significant interactions. So, you’re dosing your dog or cat this suggests the dose of about one milligram per 10 pounds of body weight. Likely, there won’t be any significant interactions, but there can be, so always talk to your veterinarian before you’re going to start on CBD.
6. Best edible for your pet
The best way to be giving CBD cannabidiol to your dogs or cats is edible CBD Oil. You can just squirt it into the mouth or put a bitter in their food to encourage them to eat it. CBD in an oil form is best absorbed just underneath the tongue that way it can get into his/her bloodstream quicker. Give your dog or cat one drop twice a day. One drop is equivalent to 2.4 milligrams. There’s some research showing that CBD to be beneficial for animals with diabetes.