Our pets are always there for us, waking us up in the morning to go for a long walk, or greeting us at the door at the end of a long, hard day. In return for their love and loyalty, pet owners want the best for their pets, and that is where CBD comes in.
As the benefits of CBD become more apparent to pet owners, many have decided to add high quality CBD oil to their dog’s or cat’s diet. Here is everything you need to know about CBD for your pet.
Just like humans, animals have an endocannabinoid system of receptors that bind with natural chemicals that the body produces to maintain balance (called homeostasis).
Why CBD for Pets?
Just like humans, animals have an endocannabinoid system of receptors that bind with natural chemicals that the body produces to maintain balance (called homeostasis). These receptors are present in the brain and spinal cords of humans and animals. When the body can’t produce enough of these chemicals, there are imbalances.
Like animals, plants also produce their own chemicals called phytocannabinoids that protect the plant from insects and other invaders. Scientists only recently discovered the human and animal endocannabinoid systems; it is a relatively new discovery from the mid 1990s. Amazingly, they found that the chemicals that plants produce fit human and animal receptors. So plants produce CBD, and CBD fits the human and animal receptor to restore balance. It is an incredible discovery.
What Can CBD Do for Pets?
Everything is controlled by the endocannabinoid system. CBD is a powerful product that can help your pet maintain a wonderful lifestyle at any age. CBD can boost your pet’s daily life and help with their wellness routine naturally.
Just like humans, dogs and cats also have endocannabinoid receptors in the body. These endocannabinoids help maintain the body’s balance, called homeostasis. Natural hemp compounds like CBD have the amazing ability to have an effect on your dog’s endocannabinoid system.
Is CBD Derived from Hemp?
CBD oil is a term used to describe oil that contains a high concentration of cannabidiol (CBD). Both the hemp plant and the cannabis plant naturally contain CBD, and CBD oil can be derived from either plant. Many companies including Diamond CBD extract CBD oil from hemp because the hemp plants have been cultivated specifically to have a high CBD concentration and only trace amounts of THC, the hallucinogenic compound marijuana is known for; THC creates the “high”. CBD does not provide this effect and is much more therapeutic in nature.
CBD is extracted from hemp using a process called solvent extraction to separate the cannabinoids like CBD.
Can My Pet Take Human CBD Oil?
Pet CBD products are specially formulated for pets. Never give your pet human CBD oil. The formulations are different; pet products have been specifically formulated for your pet’s size and unique needs.
A dog has so many more endocannabinoid receptors than a human, and each receptor is doggie-sized rather than human-sized, so make sure you use a product specially formulated for pets.
Just as dosing is important when humans take CBD, it is also important that your pet has the right CBD dose. Pet CBD oil and pet CBD products are designed specifically for animal and animal-sized endocannabinoid systems. Negative side effects with pet CBD oil are rare, but if your pet is given too much CBD, the most common symptom is drowsiness.
Dosing is done by weight. It is not recommended to give animals CBD more than twice a day until owners understand how their pet reacts to CBD. Each pet is different and will react differently to CBD according to how the pet’s individual endocannabinoid system uptakes the CBD. In short, some pets need more and others need less, so talk to your veterinarian about dosing.
It is important to use the proper dose of CBD for your pet, and that’s why Diamond has formulated mixtures for small, medium and large dogs, and cats. In general, veterinarians recommend about 5 mg of CBD per 50 pounds of pet weight, but it’s always a good idea to consult with your vet.
Is CBD Safe?
This is definitely a question that the majority of pet owners ask when considering CBD for a pet. CBD is derived from natural hemp. It is non-toxic and it does not contain any THC. It is a common misconception that CBD will make a pet high. Some CBD products on the market are cannabis-based, but Diamond CBD products are derived from hemp.
CBD does take about a week or so to begin acting as the body gets used to it. You will start to see your pet go back to his or her normal self as the CBD benefits kick in.
How Do I Give CBD To My Pet?
Pet CBD comes in several formulations—treats, sprays and drops—so you’re sure to find one that suits your pet. If your pet will let you, and not greet you with clenched teeth, you can spray or do drops right into the mouth. Many customers add the oil to the pet’s food, and treats of course are pretty easy. Just know that treats do take longer to absorb than oils, but treats generally provide longer relief.
Choosing A Good CBD Oil
Not all CBD oils are the same … you’ll want a high quality CBD oil that works, so here are a few things to look for:
- Make sure the product is organic: If it isn’t organic, your CBD oil probably contains pesticides, fungicides or solvents.
- Cost: The higher the quality, the higher the cost, but your pet is worth it.
- Lab analysis: Make sure your product is tested by an independent third-party lab.
- Start your pet off slowly and work with your vet to ramp up dosage if needed.
Talking To Your Vet
Just like you would do with any human supplement, it is always a good idea to discuss ingredients for any pet supplement with your vet. At Diamond, what you see on the label is what you get in the product--consistently--every time. Our oil is derived from organic non-GMO hemp grown right here in Colorado and Kentucky by our incredible team of farmers.
When purchasing any pet CBD product, be sure to purchase one that has been tested by an independent third-party lab. This is an industry standard to ensure safety and quality. If we say our product has no THC and contains a specific amount of CBD, our lab tests verify that, and they’re right on our website for all to see. Talk to your vet about any questions and concerns you have so that you can make an informed decision.