You’ve probably heard plenty about the benefits of CBD for humans – pain relief, mental health support, and much more. But did you know that hemp oil can be used for pets too? Humans aren’t the only animals that benefit from hemp oil rich in CBD. It helps our pets too!
When it comes to pets and CBD, there’s not a lot of research. This lack of information leaves pet owners questioning if CBD could help their furry family members.
The FDA doesn’t regulate CBD for animals, so you’ll have to do your homework to find which brand and product is best suited for your pet.
When the Farm Bill of 2018 recognized CBD extracted from industrial hemp as safe for human consumption, there was no such legalization for animals. This confusion over legality left pet parents with misconceptions about the safety of CBD for animals.
With so many unanswered questions, all of us here at Serenity CBD are determined to help you know what’s best for your pet. Here’s everything you need to know to start using hemp oil for pets.
Animals of Many Species Can Benefit by Supporting Their ECS With CBD
If you’ve experienced the healing power of CBD firsthand, you know that hemp can effectively support your endocannabinoid system (ECS.)
Mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish all have endocannabinoid systems. They function similarly to how our human ECS works — by maintaining overall balance within the body.
As the weather gets warmer, you’re gearing up to explore the great outdoors with your pet. But what happens when your ride-or-die companion suddenly struggles to “run with the big dogs” due to anxiety or age-related pain?
Last summer, Maggie lived for her daily visits to the dog park with her dad Justin.
Now that the weather is warmer, Justin is getting ready for his next hike with Maggie.
But now Maggie walks tenderly and winces in pain when she stands — even though she’s still eager to play.
Like any responsible pet owner, off to the veterinarian, Justin goes. After x-rays and a sizable bill, he’s given a bagful of pharmaceuticals to alleviate Maggie’s pain. They’re sure some meds and rest will do the trick.
There’s a time and a place for Western medicine in veterinary practice — but Justin can’t help but wonder if there’s a better option.
While Maggie’s new prescriptions may help her feel better, the list of potential side effects is daunting. Fortunately, there’s another possible solution for pet parents like Maggie’s dad.
There’s Another Solution for Pets
By balancing the endocannabinoid system with hemp oil for pets, a simple CBD tincture for pets could help alleviate your furry companion’s aches and pains — without the potentially nasty side effects of prescription pills. These pharmaceuticals can cause loss of appetite, digestive issues, depression, lethargy and more.
You don’t want to subject your fur baby to any of that! But when it comes to CBD, you may be worried about intoxicating your baby.
Will CBD Intoxicate My Pet?
CBD alone isn’t intoxicating, so it won’t get your pet won’t get high. A full-spectrum CBD product containing the legal amount of THC — less than .3% — is unlikely to give your pet a negative experience, provided the correct dosage is used.
When using any cannabis product, remember every ECS has slightly different needs. It’s best to start with a low dose. You can slowly work up to find the dosage that’s best for your pet.
And, of course, you should always talk to your veterinarian before starting your pet on a new treatment plan.
A special note for dog owners and their unique endocannabinoid systems:
Scientists have learned that dogs have more CB1 receptors in their brains than other animals. While this isn’t necessarily a problem, it’s essential to keep in mind when beginning a CBD regime with your fur baby.
Dogs need to start on the lower end of dosing measurements for hemp and build up over time as needed. If your dog consumes too much THC, it could feel sluggish or tired, and in extreme cases could lose motor skills and end up vomiting. Of course, this would require an extremely large dose, nearing 1.5mL/lb-bodyweight, of the maximum legal potency of full-spectrum CBD oil. That’s half a bottle (15mL) of Big Pet tincture for a 10 lb dog!
The Correct Dose of Hemp Oil for Your Pet Depends on Their Size
Dosing CBD for pets is based on the weight of the animal. Finding the correct dose requires a bit of trial and error based on your pet’s needs, weight, and symptoms. Remember, every living creature has its own unique biochemistry, and as such may feel varying degrees of effects from ingesting cannabinoids.
As a general rule, you should start with 0.25ml for every 10lbs of body weight. Then increase as needed until your pet’s symptoms are relieved.
Remember, dogs are a little more sensitive to the sedative effects of hemp. For example, if you have a 25-pound dog with arthritis pain, consider playing it safe by starting with 0.2 ml per 10 lbs.
You can increase the dose slowly each week until symptoms subside. If this dose is too low or treating a specific medical condition, increase the amount until you find the best dose for your pet.
It’s important to know that various products may have additional dosing guidelines. It’s always best to carefully read the information on the label to determine the best dosage for your pet’s needs.
The safest way to treat your pet with CBD oil is to stick with trusted brands with positive customer reviews. Never give your pet more than the recommended dosage suggested by your veterinarian or manufacturer. Specific dosage information will be labeled on any trustworthy CBD product.
CBD Tinctures From Serenity CBD
At Serenity, we have two tinctures specially formulated for pets. Since pets can struggle with similar ailments as their human parents, it’s essential to give our pets the same endocannabinoid love we show ourselves!
Our CBD tinctures for pets come in two strengths. Our 300mg Pet Lover Tincture is an ideal starting point, especially for little ones, as you determine how much CBD your pet needs. For larger animals, (or for saving $ by purchasing in concentrated form) the 1500mg Whoa! That’s a BIG PET Tincture is the best choice.
These pet formulated CBD tinctures are rich in omega 3, 6, and 8 fatty acids to nourish your four-legged friends’ health. They also have a mild earthy flavor they’ll love — whether you mix it into their dinner or dispense it straight into their mouths.
A Summertime CBD Treat for Your Pups
Do your fur babies need a chill pill? Maybe they just need to beat the heat and soothe their joints after a long walk. Frozen dog treats are fun to help your pup enjoy the rapidly approaching “dog days” of summer.
Our DIY friend Laura is back with an easy frozen dog treat can be prepared in just a few minutes — and it’s sure to satisfy your canine companion.
You can give treats as needed throughout the day, but don’t get carried away. Only give your pet as many as they’re allowed to have based on the dosage that’s best for them.
Get the recipe:
Laura’s Chill Out Pup-sicles Recipe
- ⅓ Cup plain yogurt (NOT SUGAR-FREE)
- ⅓ Cup water
- ⅓ Cup of all-natural peanut butter
- Follow weight guidelines here: For a 20 lb dog, use 20mg / 2 droppers full of 300mg Serenity CBD Pet Lover
- Silicone mold or ice trays
→ Pro Dog Parent Tip: Take that mess outside to treat your pet before bath time!
- Place ingredients into a blender and thoroughly mix.
- Pour into silicone molds or ice trays
- Serve to your most loyal companions
Note: If you add CBD directly to each pup-sicle, the oil separates from the rest of the mixture. Blend well, so the CBD oil gets mixed evenly throughout each treat.
Snap a pic of your pup enjoying their “Serenity Chill Out Pup-sicle” this summer. Then drop us a comment below. We’d love to know if your dog enjoys pup-sicles as much as ours do.