Pet owners who start looking into CBD for their cats or dogs are often left with many questions. Is it really safe to give my pet CBD? What kind of products will they like? Which products will give them the relief they need? We’ve put this article together to answer your most common questions on giving CBD to pets so you can feel more confident when supporting your pet’s health with CBD for Pets FAQ.
Is CBD good for pets?
Yes, CBD is just as good for pets as it is for humans. And the reason is simple: mammals, like cats and dogs, have the same endocannabinoid system as humans. This means that CBD will have roughly the same effect on them as it does on you. For example, CBD can relieve pain, inflammation, and anxiety in your pet.
However, you need to be mindful of a couple of things when giving CBD to your pets. First, while THC is generally considered safe for adult humans to take, it can have many undesirable side effects on cats and dogs. So it’s important to make sure that the CBD products you give your pets are guaranteed THC-free. It’s also important to choose the right dose of CBD for your pets; they are a lot smaller than humans, so you need to adjust the dose accordingly.
What are the benefits of CBD for pets?
There are a lot of reasons to give CBD to pets. It’s a molecule that can relieve pain, lower inflammation, calm down anxiety, and stop nausea and vomiting. It’s a useful molecule for pets who suffer from:
- Chronic pain
- Skin rashes
- Generalized anxiety or trauma
- Stress because of noise, fireworks, or before going to the vet, for example
- Digestive conditions
Can I give my dog CBD oil for humans?
There are certain types of human CBD oil that are safe for dogs to take. To determine whether you can give a certain type of CBD oil to your pet, you need to read the ingredient list. As long as the only ingredients are THC-free CBD extract and a carrier oil (like olive oil, coconut oil, or hemp seed oil), it’s safe to give it to your dog or cat. If it contains additional ingredients, you need to make sure those are pet-safe. And if the CBD extract in the oil isn’t guaranteed THC-free, don’t risk giving it to your animal.
Finally, it’s good to keep in mind that CBD oil for humans is much more highly dosed than CBD oil for pets. After all, we’re quite a lot bigger than our pets! So if you choose to give your CBD oil to your dog, make sure to only give them a fraction of the dose you would take for yourself.
How can I select good CBD oil for pets?
The best way to select good CBD oil for your pets is to buy from a brand with a good reputation. This means finding a brand that has all the necessary certificates (organic, third-party tested) and good customer ratings. You want to find CBD oil that is:
- Third-party tested
- Packaged in a dark glass container (preferably with a marked dropper)
If possible, try to find a type of CBD oil that is made especially for cats or dogs. These products are more likely to have a potency that is suitable for your pets. They’re also sure to only contain pet-friendly ingredients, which can give you extra peace of mind.
Which CBD products can pets take?
When people think about giving CBD to their cats and dogs, they usually think about CBD oil. But there are actually quite a few different CBD products that pets can take. These include:
- CBD oil
- CBD dog or cat treats
- Pet-specific CBD edibles (CBD-infused peanut butter, for example)
- CBD cream
- CBD shampoo
Many of these products are easy to give to pets (for example, they may be flavored with chicken or salmon). They also have the right potency for smaller breeds of cats and dogs. Finally, pet-specific topical products like creams or shampoos are worth considering if your pet suffers from a pain condition or any kind of rash.
How much CBD oil should I give my dog?
There’s no hard and fast answer when it comes to dosing CBD for your pets. A dog with mild anxiety won’t need to take the same amount of CBD as a dog with severe arthritis. Equally, a chihuahua shouldn’t take the same dose of CBD as a golden retriever!
The main thing to consider when selecting a CBD oil dose for your pet is their weight. As a general rule, you can give pets between 0.1 and 0.3 mg of CBD per pound of body weight. So if your dog weighs 60 pounds, you may want to start with 6 mg of CBD a day. If you find that it isn’t enough to relieve their symptoms (pain, anxiety, inflammation), try to give them a little more the next day. As with humans, finding the perfect dose of CBD is all about trial and error. Start low and slow and increase the dose progressively until you find something that works.
How much CBD oil should I give my dog for anxiety?
If you’re giving your dog CBD oil for anxiety, make sure to start with a relatively low dose. Although CBD oil doesn’t have dangerous side -effects for pets, it can be disconcerting for them to take too much the first time they try it. Start on the low side (0.1 mg per pound of body weight) and give them CBD on a daily basis. If your pet still seems to experience too much anxiety after a week, you can increase the dose. Keep experimenting until you find a daily dose that works well for your dog, and don’t forget to give them CBD regularly so it builds up in their system and they can get used to it. It may take a few weeks to get the dosage just right, but it’s the best way to find out what potency of CBD works for them.
How to give CBD oil to dogs
There are two main ways to give CBD oil to dogs. The first is to get them to open their mouth and place a few drops of CBD oil directly under their tongue. If you have a docile dog that doesn’t usually mind taking medicine, this is a fast and easy way to give them CBD. It’s also a method that can give you very fast results, as CBD absorbs faster through the sublingual gland.
If your dog doesn’t like taking CBD directly (many dislike the strong taste of CBD), your best bet is to mix it with food. CBD oil can be mixed with wet dog food, or, even better, with peanut butter for a special treat.
Can cats have CBD oil?
Yes, cats can have CBD oil as long as it’s only made with CBD extract and natural oils. However, be aware that most potencies of CBD oil are too strong for cats. So make sure to go for a pet-specific CBD oil or a very light one.
Can humans take CBD oil for pets?
Yes, CBD oil for pets typically contains the same ingredients as CBD oil for humans, so it’s perfectly safe to take. But do bear in mind that most CBD oil for pets has a lower concentration of CBD. So while you can still take it, you might need to take a lot more to get the results you want. And if this is the case, it might actually be easier and more affordable to get yourself regular CBD oil instead.
1. Joy Organics CBD dog treats
These tasty treats by Joy Organics are one of our favorite products for all types of dogs. One of the reasons why we love CBD dog treats is the fact that they make it so easy to see how much CBD you are using. Pets can be very sensitive to CBD, and it’s not a good idea to give them large doses right away. Unfortunately, when using CBD oil or CBD cream, it can be hard to see just how many milligrams you’re giving your dog. With 2mg of CBD per serving, it’s hard to overdose with these gummies. 2mg is an appropriate dose even for most small dogs, and you can always give more treats to larger dogs.
In terms of ingredients, these are natural gummies made with brewer’s yeast, flaxseed oil, sweet potato powder, beef liver powder, and natural bacon flavor. These are all ingredients that dogs love and will have them coming back for more! And thanks to the flavorings, these dog treats also really hide the taste of CBD, so you can give them to dogs who can’t stand taking CBD oil.
Finally, these treats are made with organic, broad-spectrum CBD extract. They’re guaranteed THC-free and, of course, completely pet-safe. We highly recommend them to anyone who wants to give their dog CBD in a way they’re sure to enjoy.
- Tasty and attractive to dogs
- Broad-spectrum CBD extract
- Guaranteed THC-free
- Comes in a dark glass container
- Potency may be too low for larger dogs
- No international shipping
2. CBDfx CBD Oil for Dogs and Cats
CBDfx have created a CBD oil tincture that’s made especially for pets. Made with natural bacon flavor, it’ll help cats and dogs who don’t like the taste of hemp tolerate CBD oil. But that’s not all! This tincture also contains anti-inflammatory curcumin, a great supplement to give to cats and dogs. This makes it a particularly good product to give to pets with inflammatory conditions.
The CBD extract in this tincture is broad-spectrum and guaranteed THC-free. Like all CBD used in CBDfx products, it’s also been third-party tested to guarantee purity. And when it comes to potency, this tincture is made with pets in mind as well. A whole bottle contains 150mg of CBD, meaning there is less than a milligram per drop. This makes it possible to give this tincture to small dogs, puppies, and cats.
Considering the potency, this tincture is rather more expensive than human-grade CBD oil. But considering the added ingredients (curcumin, bacon flavor…) and the fact that it’s guaranteed pet-safe, we think it remains a worthwhile investment.
- Perfect potency for cats and puppies
- Broad-spectrum CBD extract
- Enriched with anti-inflammatory curcumin
- Attractive bacon flavor
- Only one flavor available
3. Charlotte’s Web Full Spectrum Hemp Extract for Adult Dogs
Most other products on our list are made with small pets in mind. But if you have a larger dog, this Charlotte’s Web tincture is the one for you. It contains a total of 510mg of CBD in a bottle or about 17mg per serving. And because it comes with a marked dropper, it’s very easy to check how much you’re giving your pet.
Made with full-spectrum CBD extract, this tincture is very rich in cannabinoids and terpenes. These are hemp molecules that can strengthen and complement the effects of CBD. They’re also known to boost its absorption, so it’s a great thing to have in a product. We recommend this tincture for pets who suffer from pain conditions, inflammatory conditions, or strong anxiety.
Finally, the oil comes either unflavored or chicken-flavored. If your pet tends to be a fussy eater, then the chicken-flavored one is a must!
- Full-spectrum CBD extract
- Rich in terpenes
- Available in chicken flavor
- Gradated dropper bottle
- May be too strong for cats and smaller dogs
- High price per milligram of CBD