I have been working for Green Wellness for the past four years and I have had the privilege of getting to know many of you and your stories. I have heard about how CBD has given you a better quality of life, assisted you with pain, or helped many of you with your anxiety and mood. Many of these stories have included how CBD has benefited your pets. I have heard of CBD benefitting pets with everything from CBD for dog arthritis, pet seizures, pet anxiety, to pet issues pets like hot spots, allergies. I love hearing the success stories and I personally have seen first hand how my four dogs and three cats have benefited from the use of daily CBD oil for pets.
What Is CBD?
First let’s talk about what CBD hemp oil for pets is and why it can be helpful to your pets. You see, all mammals share the same Endocannabinoid System (ECS.) That means that all of your family members – including the furry ones – can see benefits from cannabinoids like CBD. So what is CBD? CBD is one of over 100 compounds found in either the hemp or the marijuana plants. These compounds are actually called cannabinoids. In the hemp plant, CBD makes up more than 40 % of the cannabinoids. Because CBD is non psychoactive it makes it a great option for our pets health and well being.
CBD and many of the other cannabinoids that benefit our pets bodies act as a neutralizer or as a stabilizer for the body, assisting a human or pet’s body in returning to a neutral state or a state of homeostasis. This is why many people believe that CBD can be used to benefit a pet with pain and inflammation issues as well as anxiety, stress, seizures, fireworks and more. It is important to note that all CBD is not the same and finding the right CBD for your pets can be tricky. Let’s take a look at the different types of CBD. There are three main ways CBD is processed:
- Full Spectrum CBD for pets which consists of the whole plant and all the plants compounds or cannabinoids are present.
- Broad spectrum CBD for pets which consists of the part of the plants compounds or cannabinoids while other compounds, cannabinoids and terpenes can be removed. Usually the cannabinoid that is mostly removed is THC..
- Isolate CBD for pets which means everything from the plant has been removed and only the cannabinoid or compound CBD are present.
- We have covered the differences at length in our CBD 101 Beginners Guide
In all cases, it’s important to only give your pet lab tested products. You need to know that your CBD is free of contaminants. Additionally, you want confidence in the amount that you’re giving your furry family member and you need to know that what you think is in that bottle is actually there. Rest assured that everything GWL carries is lab tested. If you want to learn more about that, take a look at our recent article on unraveling lab reports.
How do I give my pet CBD oil?
We always recommend starting with a small serving for pets and people. Begin with 1-2mg per 10lbs of pet body weight for the first 5-7 days. If enough benefit is not seen, we recommend doubling that serving for week two. Those gradual increases can continue, giving your pet’s body several days to adjust each time. Our goal is for them to see benefits within 2 to 3 weeks. While we know that our pets can’t talk, we can usually tell how they are feeling by their actions. If you are not seeing that these products are helping them, please reach out by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone toll free at 888-772-7875! We are here to help you and your pets on this journey.
Pet CBD Side Effects
One of the benefits of using CBD verses other pharmaceutical products prescribed by your pets veterinarian is the minimal side effects. CBD can cause some drowsiness or upset stomach if given without food. There is one more important concern that should be mentioned. The American Kennel Club described it as “The main concern with CBD is that it inhibits a chemical in the body called cytochrome P450 that is responsible for metabolizing most drugs. If a drug’s efficacy depends on its metabolized product, CBD could render it less effective. If a drug’s safety depends on it being cleared from the body within a certain time frame, CBD could cause it to build up to toxic levels. Never give your dog CBD without your veterinarian’s knowledge if your dog is taking other drugs.”
What are some of the best CBD oils for dogs and cats?
Part of my job is researching and trying CBD to bring into our store. That also means my family, including my pets try a lot of CBD. Here are a few of our favorites in our household. My fur babies definitely have some they love more than others! I have also included pictures so that you can meet the GWL taste testers.
1. Most Cost-Effective Pet CBD
The most cost effective CBD for pets is usually in a tincture format. Hemplucid Pets CBD Tincture with 300 mg per bottle is (formerly Roxy Pets CBD by Hemplucid) a formulated full-spectrum CBD tinctures that can be used with cats or dogs. Available in two great flavors including fish flavored CBD tincture and chicken CBD pet tincture your cats and dogs are sure to love it. Yum!
This is a delicious, nutritious addition to your cat or dog’s daily diet. It’s also the only fish oil based CBD product that we are aware of on the market today! I give this tincture to my feline babies shown above. I just add a little to Sophie, Bella and Miss Kitties food and we see a difference in joint mobility for our older cat Miss Kitty and calming for our busy cats that are sisters. With 300 mg per 30 ml/1 fl oz each, it is a great option for smaller pets or pets who do not need to take as much. Each dropperful has 10 mg.
2. Our favorite CBD for an older dog
Holistapet CBD Dog Treats are a favorite in our house. Lucy pictured above is our 16 year old schnauzer. That is right, 16!!! She takes her CBD daily and she is an incredibly active 16 year old dog (that is 112 years old in dog years!!). She is still playful and happy. She can even jump up on our couch, we truly see the difference when we do not give her Holistapet CBD Joint and Mobility dog treats. These treats are not only for joint mobility, with three different options to choose from they are definitely a fan favorite at our house! I have listed the three different options below and I am not the only one that loves these treats for dogs. They are also a leading brand in the CBD pet market.
- Blueberry & sweet potato (Heart and Immune Care) – Formulated with blueberries, flaxseed and sweet potatoes to boost your pets immunity, strengthen cardiovascular health and promote healthy skin and coat.
- Green apple & peanut butter (Stress Relief) – Enhanced with hemp, chamomile and L-theanine to help your dog maintain a calm energy and relaxed state of mind.
- Pumpkin spice & cinnamon (Joint and Mobility Care) – Formulated with turmeric root and boswellia to increase strength in joints and reduce physical discomfort.
3. Our favorite CBD for larger pets
CBDfx CBD Pet Tincture is a must have in our house with a Great Dane. Due to Molly’s big size, (she is our big princess) weighing in at 140 pounds and measuring 6 foot 2 inches tall, she is not able to use just any CBD. The CBDfx CBD Broad Spectrum Pet Tincture increases the milligrams of the CBD boasting a whopping 1000 mg of CBD per 1 fl oz. The CBDfx Pet Tincture is uniquely formulated to be a great fit for your larger pets while giving you a 0 THC option, made from hemp. The tincture is a yummy bacon flavor that your fur baby is sure to love, just like our big girl Molly. This CBD pet oil is a great option for those larger pets who need a little more CBD. We give Molly 12-15 drops in her food once a day and we notice a difference in her joint pain and every day movement. Only the best for our princess!
4. Our favorite CBD for anxious Dogs
In our house we are a sucker for a hurting animal. Rizzo, our little mutt, came to us from a very abusive and bad situation. We have had him for four years now and he is the most loving, quirky dog I have ever owned. He is also incredibly anxious. We have worked with him in helping him deal with his anxiety and to help him in feeling safe, but without his CBD he is a bundle of nerves. The difference we see in Rizzo when he takes his CBD and when he doesn’t is remarkable. He loves the Martha Stewart CBD dog chews. They smell delightful and are, in true Martha fashion, gourmet!
These CBD Soft Baked Calm Chews are available in a great tasting chicken and cranberry flavor and two different strengths. These treats combine quality CBD from Broad Spectrum hemp extract and chamomile for a calm, balanced pup.
- Small to Medium: 5 to 35 pounds with 9mg CBD and 150 mg Chamomile per chew
- Large: 36 to 110 pounds with 26 mg of CBD and 250 mg of Chamomile per chew
Rizzo gets one Calm chew daily and on some days when we have something going on or he gets real nervous, we also may put some of the Hemplucid CBD pet tincture in his food. This has been an incredible help to us with Rizzo.
5. Our Favorite CBD for Picky Pets
Molly is not only big but she is also our picky pet. Molly will not eat any of the other CBD treats. I cannot get her to even try some of the other treats, but the Koi CBD Soft Chew pet treats are by far Molly’s favorite! She simply inhales these treats! The only downfall to these treats is the cost. For bigger dogs they can get pretty expensive. Molly has to take 3 to 4 treats to get her daily serving size so it is not an option I use daily for Molly, but we do give her a treat every know and then! Each CBD Koi pet treats are 2mg per treat and even my cats love these treats. If you cannot get your pet to take CBD this is a possible option that may help.
incredible help to us with Rizzo.
6. Our Favorite CBD treat for Kitties or small dogs!
Treatibles CBD Cat Soft Chews are delicious, soft, chewable and full of natural phytocannabinoids that is made just for cats. That’s right – no more dog treats for our kitties! We have searched far and wide to find soft treats that your furry feline will beg for and these get two paws up. Treatibles is another one of the leading CBD pet brands on the market and you can be rest assured your kitty is getting a quality treat with the best ingredients in their CBD treat. With 150 mg We think your kitty will love them, but we know that cats can be more finicky than their canine counterparts, so don’t worry you can try them out my miss kitty loves her treats but if your fur baby doesn’t we do have other options and a 30 day money back guarantee.
The GWL Favorites are only a small selection! Give us a call or email us for more info or other available CBD Pet products.
The products shown above are only a small selection. We have a variety of pet products beyond the products listed above and every one of them has been tried by each of our pet testers. If you do not feel any of these products will work for your pet, feel free to give us a call or email us and we will be happy to assist you in finding the right CBD pet product for your furry friends!