Of all of the ways in which the hemp market has evolved in recent years, perhaps none is more exciting than the evolution of CBD for pets. We are proud to offer carefully formulated hemp-infused oils for your precious furry companions. Of all of the different types of CBD products that pets can take, CBD oil is the most popular for its versatility, but also for its user-friendliness and ability to provide our cats and dogs with the perfect dose of quality hemp compounds to get them through their days.
Anyone out there who has been interested in starting their pet on a CBD oil routine, we understand if you’re feeling a bit intimidated by all of the information available – including the specific factors that you should be aware of to ensure that their regimen is both safe and effective.
What is CBD Pet Oil?
CBD pet oil is a CBD oil formulated just for pets. It comes from the discovery that all mammals possess an endocannabinoid system, which means that the cannabinoids and other compounds in hemp can be just as effective when administered to cats and dogs as they are for us.
To summarize: The endocannabinoid system is a bodily system that maintains homeostasis, and it does this by sending cannabinoids like cannabidiol (CBD) to cannabinoid receptors throughout the body as needed, with each receptor having the role of regulating a specific function of the body, such as sleep pattern, mood, inflammatory response, or digestive function.
In fact, studies have found that CBD could be useful for osteoarthritic dogs. Researchers and veterinarians are constantly exploring the potential benefits of hemp extracts for cats and dogs.
CBD pet oil comes in a dropper bottle for easy dosing and administration. The dropper pipette allows you to measure out each drop of oil to ensure consistency in your routine.
What Ingredients Are In a CBD Pet Oil Product?
A CBD pet oil will contain a hemp extract, derived directly from raw hemp material, which is diluted in a carrier oil that is safe for your pet to ingest, like hempseed oil. Since some pets have coconut allergies, we generally tend to avoid MCT oils for pet products. It may contain flavoring ingredients to make the product more appealing to your pet, as well.
Most CBD pet oil products you find on the market are going to have only plant-based ingredients, which is ideal, since synthetic preservatives, flavoring, and other additives do not actually enhance the product in any way. They are not the kinds of ingredients pet owners want to give to their cats and dogs. Fortunately, you can easily inspect the ingredients, as the law stipulates that companies list the ingredients on the back of a label.
What Makes CBD Pet Oil Different from the CBD Oil That We Take?
While you may be tempted to simply give your cat or dog the CBD oil that you take daily, that could be a bad idea. CBD products made for pets are formulated in a manner that is safe and effective for cats and dogs. They don’t included any flavorings or additives that could be safe for humans but unsafe for pets. Therefore, you should never give your pet a CBD oil or any other type of hemp product that is not intended specifically for them.
Here are some more ways in which CBD pet products are unique when compared to human products.
CBD pet oil products come with clear dosing guidelines based on a pet’s weight. This ensures that each dose we provide to our furry friend has just the right amount of CBD for their bodies. The dosing guideline explains how much CBD oil to give your pet daily, with a weight guide that makes it easy to understand the information.
Biologically Appropriate Potency Levels
Companies that make CBD oil for pets ensure that the milligram strength of the product is ideal for cats and dogs, who have different biological needs from humans, and whose endocannabinoid systems are smaller. Our pets do not need to have the high number of milligrams we do per day due to their smaller bodies, but they still require a specific threshold of cannabinoids to ensure that they are actually getting an active dose of hemp.
You may be surprised by just how many ingredients that are safe for us are toxic to our pets. For instance, many CBD oils for humans contain flavoring agents and essential oils that can cause harmful or even deadly effects to cats and dogs. Companies that make CBD for pets exhaustively research the ingredients they plan to use to ensure that they’re actually beneficial to your pet.
How to Give a Pet CBD Pet Oil
CBD pet oil can be administered in a number of ways, as it’s the most versatile type of product that’s out there. Here are the most common ways to administer this product to your pet.
#1: As a Tincture
Tinctures absorb through mucosal tissue, and you can administer the tincture by mouth so that it absorbs into the body in this manner. Tinctures can promote up to 4 or 5 hours of effects, kicking in around 15 to 30 minutes after administration.
#2: As a Food Additive
A popular way to administer CBD oil is to simply mix it into your pet’s food. This allows them to ingest the product, offering 8 to 10 hours of effects that are felt more subtly. It can take from an hour to 90 minutes to notice results.
#3: As an Ingredient in Homemade Treats
If you’re excited to provide your pet with CBD oil that can be ingested, but want to get more creative, you can make a homemade treat using CBD oil as the active ingredient. There are lots of pet treat recipes across the net that incorporate CBD oil.
#4: As a Topical
In a pinch, you can use CBD oil as a topical, applying it directly to a problematic area of your pet’s body.
What to Know Before Giving Your Pet CBD Oil
Before you start your furry friend on a regimen using a CBD oil, there are some important things that you should know.
Tip #1: Talk to Your Veterinarian
This goes without saying because they know your pet’s medical needs, medications, and history. Not to mention, they can offer advice that is specific to your pet.
Tip #2: Be Mindful of the Dosage
Follow the dosing guidelines carefully to ensure that you are giving your pet the proper amount of CBD daily. If your veterinarian has a specific dosage recommendation, follow it carefully.
Tip #3: Monitor Your Pet Carefully
After giving your pet a dose of hemp, it is important to monitor them to ensure that they are responding well to their dosage. If they start experiencing any side effects or potential abnormalities after taking CBD, consult with your veterinarian immediately.
Tip #4: Every Pet is Unique
CBD can affect two pets in different ways. Ideally, cannabidiol can be an effective solution, but the results can vary depending on your pet’s individual body.
What to Look for in a Pet CBD Oil
With a wide array of CBD pet oils on today’s market, how do you know that you’re getting the best one for your furry friend’s needs? That is, only the finest formula available to ensure that they are taking something safe and effective. Here are some key considerations when it comes time to administer CBD to your beloved companion.
Consideration #1: Lab-Testing
You should only buy a CBD pet oil from a company that provides lab reports from a third-party, which indicate that the company has their hemp rigorously tested for safety, quality, and purity. Third-party testing is a standard practice throughout the CBD market, in which a number of factors are evaluated by an unbiased party, including the presence of microbes, impurities and levels of THC that are too high to be safe for pets.
Consideration #2: Pet-Friendly Ingredients
Read the ingredients to make sure that each one agrees with your pet’s body and is known to be nontoxic to animals. Of course, if your pet has a specific allergy, you will want to also make sure that this allergen is not in the formula. The ingredients list should be clearly visible on the packaging as well as on the company’s website.
Consideration #3: Clear Dosing Instructions
It is important that there are clear dosing instructions that come with a CBD pet oil, so you know that you’re giving them the perfect amount for their body weight. Again, this information should be available on the packaging of the product, with a clear breakdown that leaves you feeling certain that you are giving them the appropriate amount.
Consideration #4: Full Spectrum Formula
Consider going with a full spectrum CBD oil for your pet, as this can be more effective due to the presence of additional terpenes and cannabinoids. Each of these compounds can offer something useful to your pet, and they work together synergistically to aid in the overall absorption of the product to enhance bioavailability.
Consideration #5: The Perfect Milligram Strength
On the bottle, you’ll see how many milligrams of pure hemp extract your pet will be consuming with each dose. If you are unsure as to how potent your pet’s CBD doses should be, ask a veterinarian for further guidance.
CBD Pet Oil from Beyond Botanicals
Beyond Botanicals carries CBD pet oil crafted with all of our pets’ needs in mind. This full spectrum formula offers the family of active compounds in the hemp plant for maximum results, with lab testing by a third-party to ensure exceptional quality. In this formula, the hemp extract mixes into hempseed oil, which is gentle on your pet’s digestive system. We offer a 600mg strength- perfect for small to medium animals. Larger animals can double up on the dose under the guidance of a veterinarian to increase the potency level.