CBD for pets.
Not only humans, but also pets can benefit from the potential positive effects of CBD use. Particularly in dogs, cats and horses, CBD is used for a variety of complaints and symptoms to relieve or improve them. However, not every CBD product or CBD oil is right for every pet. We clarify and disclose below which types of CBD products, oils and extracts are used in which animals and for what reasons. We also provide some tips and information on specific intake / application and dosage.
How does CBD work in animals?
Like humans, all vertebrates (and fish) have an endocannabinoid system (an abbreviation for “endogenous cannabinoid system”). The endocannabinoid system, or ECS for short, is still under investigation. What we already know: The associated CB1 and CB2 receptors are found throughout the body – in the brain and central nervous system, in the digestive tract, on the skin and many other organs. CB1 receptors are mainly found in nerve cells, both directly in the brain and in the peripheral nervous system, such as the intestines. On the other hand, CB2 receptors are especially present in cells of the immune system and are associated, for example, with bone structure. This may seem abstract and theoretical, but in the end it means, first of all, one thing: The organism of humans and animals inherently has a special system that, apparently, has a regulating, balancing effect on the processes in the body, and it can be affect or influence cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are also produced by the body itself. However, in the case of physical complaints or mental illness, the body will not provide enough cannabinoids. In this case, CBD oil can be used as support and promote a positive course or relieve symptoms. However, in the case of physical complaints or mental illness, the body will not provide enough cannabinoids. In this case, CBD oil can be used as support and promote a positive course or relieve symptoms. However, in the case of physical complaints or mental illness, the body will not provide enough cannabinoids. In this case, CBD oil can be used as support and promote a positive course or relieve symptoms.
What does CBD oil do for dogs?
The applications for CBD oil in dogs, cats or horses cover most of the common diseases and ailments that veterinary medicine faces on a daily basis. In principle, CBD oil can also promote animal health through preventive use. By acting on the endocannabinoid system, CBD can promote good digestion, a stable mental state, a strong immune system, and a healthy musculoskeletal system in dogs, cats and horses. However, CBD is usually used for a specific reason. If your dog has symptoms and your cat is suffering from an illness, you should carefully consider the following options for using CBD oil in animals.
Mainly positive experiences of pet owners:
- Fear and (often associated) anxiety.
- Pain, both chronic and trauma-related.
- Indigestion, vomiting.
- Overcoming fat nodules.
- Wound treatment.
In the meantime, the fact that CBD can have anti-inflammatory, sedative and anticonvulsant effects has been confirmed in numerous studies, both in veterinary medicine and in humans.
CBD oil must contain less than 0.2% THC to be considered THC free. “High” is out of the question since this effect comes exclusively from THC.
How CBD Oil is Used for Pets?
Sublingual absorption of CBD oil, which drips under the tongue and acts on the mucous membrane there, can hardly be guaranteed in animals. Instead, CBD oil can be given, for example, with food. A few drops of CBD oil on dog biscuits or directly in a bowl of cat food has proven to be an effective form of ingestion. It can also be administered “as a joke” directly through the mouth using a special pipette. However, to do this, CBD oil must be mixed with water, thus increasing the amount of liquid. After all, you yourself know best which path is best for your pet.
CBD in pets: what is the dosage?
Basically, the dosage depends on the animal and its size. The type of complaint can also matter. How bad is the application? Ultimately, the criteria are not very human-like. Experience has shown that the possible beneficial effects of CBD in pets also show up after only one or more days of use. We recommend starting with the lowest dosage and gradually increasing it. During this time, the animal must be closely monitored, otherwise it will be difficult to find the right dosage.
Possible side effects.
Possible side effects are manageable. When they do occur, overdose is usually the trigger. Possible side effects include:
- Dry mouth.
- Low blood pressure (usually short-term).
CBD oil for cats – be careful!
Not all CBD oils are suitable for cats. Some ingredients are toxic to cats. Most CBD oils contain terpenes. They give the plant or oil flavor and aroma and should enhance the positive effects – they speak of the entourage effect.
Cats cannot metabolize terpenes or metabolize them very slowly, so poisoning can happen quickly.
Terpene poisoning can present with disorientation, vomiting, weight loss, movement disorders, and agitation. If you suspect, you should immediately contact your veterinarian. Therefore, CBD oil for cats should be free of any flavor. This is why there are special CBD oils for cats.
CBD oil is not a substitute for veterinary treatments.
If your dog, cat or horse has serious complaints, or has a serious suspicion of illness, you should consult your veterinarian. CBD oil can complement treatment, but a doctor needs to be diagnosed first.
CBD oil is then commonly used for several weeks to positively support the relief of symptoms or disease progression.
In the EU, cannabidiol (CBD) is not yet approved as a feed additive according to the relevant regulation (EC) No 1831/2003. This means it cannot be sold as animal feed. Even so, CBD oil is still allowed to be sold if it contains less than 0.2% THC.