CBD OIL FOR ANIMALS
How can the cannabis plant help my animal?
There is almost nothing worse than when your pet is unwell. The limited communication we have with our animal can leave us feeling helpless. However, we have good news for you! CBD oil is not just for humans: It is for all mammals, be it your dog, cat, horse, cow, or rabbit!
Animals can benefit from the non-psychoactive properties of the cannabis ingredient CBD just as people can. The quality of life for mammals, fish, and molluscs can be improved since they also have an endocannabinoid system (ECS) similar to humans. This is great for your pet! Read more about the endocannabinoid system in animals below.
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The misconceptions of the cannabis plant
We hear time and time again from customers that they never realised the cannabis plant has other uses asides from being used as a recreational drug. They are scared that it is an illegal substance and that it will make their animals high. This is absolutely not the case. While cannabis is a drug, CBD oil is not the same thing. Some strains of cannabis are used to make hemp for industrial and therapeutic purposes.
This is not to say the cannabis plant with psychoactive properties does not have potential health benefits. But, it is illegal in most countries in the world. You absolutely should not give your pet drugs containing THC even if it is legal in your country. It is very dangerous for animals and can make them very ill. You should only give your furry friend CBD oil derived from the hemp plant. Unlike cannabis oil containing THC, CBD oil is totally safe for animals and can help improve many conditions and illnesses, improving their quality of life massively.
How does CBD Oil work for animals
CBD oil works similarly for animals as for humans. The endocannabinoid system, or more specifically the CB1 and CB2 receptors found throughout the animal’s body (in the brain, nervous system, organs, glands, digestive tract, skin, and tissues), are addressed by cannabinoids (they bind with the receptors). This, in turn, activates the animal’s body’s own cannabinoid system which is constantly working to regulate and balance the body. In medical terminology, the regulation of balance in the body is called ‘homeostasis’. When an animal’s body is balanced they are generally happier, more relaxed, and healthier just as humans are. CBD oil for animals can therefore help pets who are stressed, anxious, or in pain.
Although animal’s bodies also produce endogenous cannabinoids, CBD oil can help the ECS to work normally if their own system is functioning incorrectly. This can lead to an improvement in many areas of their bodies and well-being as it helps them achieve balance. Worldwide clinical trials have tested the efficacy of CBD on dogs, cats, and horses. Although research is quite new, many trials have shown positive results when using CBD oil in conjunction with normal veterinary care.
What is a cannabinoid?
A cannabinoid is simply a chemical compound that affects the cannabinoid receptors found within cells in the body. Endocannabinoids are produced naturally by the body, whereas phytocannabinoids are produced by plants (such as cannabis). CBD oil contains cannabinoids from the cannabis plant which stimulate the cannabinoids in your pet’s body. It is thought that cannabinoids have huge potential to help alleviate and possibly even cure many symptoms and illnesses.
What are the effects and side effects of CBD oil for animals?
How does CBD oil effect pets?
First of all, it’s important to mention that all animals could benefit from using CBD oil for animals, even if they don’t have a physical or mental illness. CBD oil can be used as a supplement to improve many areas of an animal’s wellbeing. Here is an overview of what CBD oil can do for your animals and pets:
- Relaxes and calms
- Reduces anxiety and stress levels
- Helps to relieve chronic pain
- Improves neurological functions
- Improves mobility
- Encourages healthy digestion
- Supports the immune system
- Improves comfort in their last hours of life
Unfortunately, there has been little research on the possible negative side-effects of CBD oil for animals. So far, research has mostly been conducted on lab rats. However, there is some evidence proving that CBD oil has no serious side-effects for humans. The most usual side-effects are nausea, diarrhoea, changes to appetite, and tiredness. These side-effects often pass after a couple of weeks.
Keep an eye on your pet to see if you notice any changes after you start giving him or her the cannabis oil. Although it’s unlikely you will notice any negative changes, there is a slim chance that they could react slightly. We recommend speaking with your animal’s vet before giving them CBD oil.
We also want to reiterate here that you should only give your pets CBD oil containing only trace amounts of THC. Products containing high levels of THC are not only illegal, but can also make your animal incredibly sick. We only supply legal products on our website that are totally safe for both humans and animals.
How could CBD oil help dogs, cats, and horses?
Is there anything worse than seeing your dog, cat or horse suffering? Very little. CBD oil for dogs, cats, horses, and other animals could greatly help your pet with many diseases and mental disorders. Among other things, customers use it for the pets for:
Anxiety (for example when a dog is afraid to stay at home)
It’s a horrible feeling knowing your pet is anxious and worried. Unfortunately, it is fairly common for our animals to feel anxiety at times when they are left alone or hear loud noises such as fireworks, for example. How do you know if your animal is anxious? Destructive behaviour such as urinating and chewing objects are common signs that your animal is distressed. CBD oil is a calming stimulant that relaxes your pet and reduces their anxiety. Many humans are already using CBD oil to help them manage their anxiety. It is an all-natural product that doesn’t have the adverse reactions linked to the vast majority of mood-altering drugs.
CBD oil is known for its anti-inflammatory properties which help ease infections. Moreover, it can boost the immune system of your pet so that their body is better equipped to fight infection.
No one likes to see their pet suffer and in pain. Researchers believe that CBD oil interacts with the pain receptors in our brain therefore helping with pain management. Many people already use it for this purpose. It can also help reduce arthritic pain, which is especially promising for dogs such as Labradors. A study in 2016 showed CBD oil greatly reduces pain among rats with arthritis, suggesting that it has great potential to help other animals suffering from arthritic pain, and pain in general.
The antiseptic, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory properties of CBD oil also promote healing in the body. The ECS system in animals is involved in the healing process. CBD oil can, therefore, quicken wound healing by encouraging an animal’s body to produce more cannabinoids.
Reduction of age-related symptoms
CBD oil can reduce many age-related symptoms such as glaucoma, insomnia, lack of appetite, and dementia. Combined with its soothing and pain relieving properties, CBD can help your animal enter old age gracefully and comfortably.
Indigestion and vomiting
Studies have shown the cannabinoids can reduce inflammation of the digestive tract. Its anti-inflammatory properties can, therefore, help to reduce indigestion and vomiting in your pets.
We’ve already discussed how CBD oil can help animals suffering from dementia. It can also help to regulate your animal’s mood and stress-levels ensuring they are happy and healthy in body and soul.
Hearing that your loved one has cancer is always devastating. You can help your furry pet through this difficult time by giving them CBD oil. Although it by no means promises to cure cancer, it can help reduce many symptoms associated with cancer treatment. Studies have also shown that it can slow cancer cell mutation. CBD oil will help your pet fight cancer more comfortably.
CBD oil for fur and skin
CBD oil is rich in essential omega fatty acids and naturals oils that can improve the condition of your animal’s fur and skin. The oils strengthen follicles to reduce shedding. It is a great natural alternative to many animal shampoos found on the market.
CBD for general well-being
CBD oil is not just good for treating and curing illnesses and conditions, it can also be used for prevention. By giving your animal a CBD supplement, you can greatly improve their overall well-being. This is because CBD affects the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in your pet’s body. The ECS is linked to balance in the body which is essential for a happy and healthy life.
Epileptic seizures and CBD oil
Epilepsy is a difficult condition both for you and your pet. Seeing your animal suffer a seizure can be very distressing. The good news? CBD oil can greatly help to reduce seizures in animals and humans.
How do I know if my pet suffers from epilepsy?
Epilepsy is a common neurological disorder in animals. Seizures are the most worry and common symptom for cats and dogs who suffer from epilepsy. Seizures happen when neurons in the brain are misfired. :
- Suddenly collapsing
- Becoming stiff
- Temporarily losing consciousness
- Excessively drooling or foaming at the mouth
- laying on the floor and moving legs as though swimming
- Barking and/or whining
- Losing control of their bowel or bladder
Can CBD oil reduce seizures
There is very strong evidence suggesting CBD oil can greatly reduce seizures caused by epilepsy and other conditions among humans. Many parents speak how CBD oil has transformed the lives of their children, helping them to control regular and severe seizures. For example, the life of Charlotte Figi, who suffers from a rare form of epilepsy, was transformed after her parents began administering CBD oil. According to this study, CBD oil helped to reduce the frequency and severity of seizures, sometimes by as much as 45%.
The evidence that CBD oil reduces seizures in humans is clear. Can it help your animal too? More and more pet owners are also reporting similar positive results for furry sufferers of epilepsy. Epilepsy in animals is caused by the same failures of neurotransmitters in the brain as human sufferers. Therefore there is no reason why CBD shouldn’t help animals in the same way it has transformed the lives of children and adults. A study is currently being undertaken by a professor at the University of Colorado into the effects of CBD oil on epileptic dogs. She is confident it will show the ability of CBD oil to hugely reduce seizures among dogs.
More about CBD oil for animals
CBD oil and livestock animals
Livestock, such as horses, pigs, goats, and cows can also benefit from the all-natural properties of CBD oil. Livestock sometimes require stronger amounts depending on their size. For example, a horse may need a higher dosage than a sheep. It is easy to administer CBD oil to livestock animals. Add it to their feed, or pour it on a treat.
CBD oil and small animals
CBD oil can help treat your small animal such as rabbits, hamsters, chickens, or guinea pigs just as it can help larger animals. Simply ensure you are administering the correct dosage depending on the size of your animal. It’s recommended to mix CBD oil with their food rather as this disguises the taste better than mixing it with their water.
What are the side-effects of CBD oil for animals
According to previous feedback, CBD has no known side effects or negative reactions to other medicines or nutritional supplements. CBD oil for animals does not contain THC. Your dog, cat, or horse will therefore not get ‘high’. Research on the effects of CBD oil on animals is still relatively new. However, research on the effects of CBD oil on humans has shown that there are no known serious negative side effects. There is a small chance that your animal may experience minor side-effects such as nausea, changes in appetite and tiredness. However, these normally disappear within a few weeks, once their body has become used to taking CBD oil.
CBD pet oil isn’t a miracle cure
CBD pet oil isn’t a universal remedy. It should instead be part of a balanced and well-coordinated animal care routine. It can improve and reduce various symptoms and better regulate bodily functions, but it is not a cure for everything. If you use CBD for your pet, you should consult your vet. Never use CBD as a substitute for other medications.
How to give your animal CBD oil
Dosage of CBD oil for animals
When given as a dietary supplement, CBD oil with a low concentration of CBD is sufficient for pets. If the CBD oil is used to help an animal who is seriously ill, we recommend starting with a low concentration, normally between 2-5%. Smaller animals like guinea pigs should start with a concentration of around 1%. An even greater concentration (e.g. 10%) can be used after the animal has become accustomed to CBD oil.
The dosages of CBD oil for animals are slightly different from dosages for humans. They are consistent with the body weight of the animal. As with humans, animals should start with a low dose and gradually increase it until the desired effect has been achieved. Generally, one dose per day is sufficient. For serious conditions, you may need to administer 2-3 doses per day. Simply mix the CBD pet oil with the animal’s food.
Start with just one drop of CBD oil for animals on the first day. On the second day, increase the number of drops to two. On the third day, you may administer three drops, and so on until the desired effect is achieved.
The ideal dose for most dogs is two drops per 5 kg of body weight. We don’t recommend using more than three drops of CBD oil for animals per kg of body weight. Just like with humans, you have you find out the most effective dose yourself. Every animal is different. You cannot go too far wrong even if you give your animal a dose which is too high, as there are no known side-effects. However, keep in mind that a larger dose doesn’t necessarily work faster or better. CBD oil is known to work even at a low dosage. CBD oil for animals should be used for at least three weeks, to allow the digestive system to get used to it. It is recommended to take a break for a few days after using CBD oil continuously for three months.
How to best administer CBD oil for animals
This is an important question as it is often difficult to administer medicines to animals. You can buy CBD oil for animals in different forms to make it as easy as possible. One of the easiest ways to administer CBD oil to animals is orally in the form of either a pill, drop, or gel capsule which can be mixed with their food to disguise the taste. Cannabidiol for pets can also be bought as a treat, however it is generally not recommended to give your pets too many treats in a day as they may gain weight.
CBD oil for animals can also be given via a vaporizer, as a drink, tincture, or drops under their tongue. However, mixing it with their food is often the most convenient and least invasive method. Check with your vet if CBD oil is suitable for your pet, especially if they are already taking other medicines. After confirmation from your vet, you can purchase CBD oil for animals on our website.
What if my pet refuses to eat the CBD oil?
Some pets are notoriously fussy with food, especially when you try and give them medicine. Although CBD oil has a weak taste, animals may still avoid ingesting it. Try these helpful tips if your animal is refusing CBD oil.
Place the CBD product in their bowel
Whether you are mixing CBD oil with their usual food or giving it as a treat, placing in the bowl in which they normally eat their meals may help. They are used to eating from this bowl so the smells will be familiar and linked with eating. Hopefully, they will then lick the oil right up!
Mix it with their favourite foods
Does your cat go crazy for tuna juice? Does your dog drool waterfalls over roast chicken? Mixing CBD oil with your pets absolute favourite foods may just tempt them to eat it. Experiment with different foods that your pets love and see which works for you.
Frequently asked questions about CBD oil for animals and pets
Is there scientific proof that CBD oil can help animals?
In short – yes! Although research has been slow to take off due to the social stigma around cannabis as an illegal drug, many studies are now looking into the exact effects of CBD oil on different animals. Early 2018, a neurologist at Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences was awarded funding for a study to research the effect of CBD oil on epileptic dogs. Don’t forget that many clinical trials into the effect on humans are first carried out on animals like rats and mice. More research still needs to be done before we fully understand all the potential benefits of CBD oil for pets. However, many scientists believe that it has huge potential.
Is CBD Oil for pets legal?
The chances are, you’ve already heard about the many positive effects of cannabis oil for animals and pets. But maybe you’re sceptical about buying a product named after the cannabis plant? We want to put your mind at rest. CBD oil is a non-psychoactive substance and it does not make you or your pet high. Therefore, as long as it contains only trace amounts of THC, it is completely legal to give your pet CBD oil in many countries around the world. The maximum level of THC in a product should be 0.3% (in the states) or 0.2% (in Europe).
However, it is still important to ensure you buy CBD oil for your pet from a reputable company. Here on CBDoilselect.com, we take pride in offering carefully curated products for animals and humans. We take our mission seriously: helping people and animals around the world to buy and take CBD oil safely and effectively.
Is CBD Oil for pets safe?
Absolutely, there are very few known negative side-effects for pet. Some dog and cat owners report their pet is more sleepy that unusual. Very occasionally, it can cause an upset stomach. Cannabis oil goes through the same testing procedures as other pet supplements on the market to ensure it is safe for animals. Your pet should be more than fine taking CBD oil – no stress.
Will my pet get high?
The answer is short and simple – no! The purpose of CBD is not to make your beloved pet ‘high’ or ‘stoned’. CBD is a non-psychoactive compound, meaning it contains only trace levels of THC (the substance that actually gets you high). So far, no serious side-effects of using CBD oil for animals have been discovered. Your animal should begin to feel much more healthy, and definitely not high.
Is CBD approved by vets?
Research into cannabis oil for pets is still relatively new. Its progress was restricted by strict laws and a stigma attached to cannabis as an illegal ‘drug’. However, times are changing and more and more vets are supporting the use of CBD oil for animals and pets. So why the change? Gradually over the last years, the positive effects of CBD oil for humans have been proven by more and more studies. Patients and medical professionals have noted multiple positive ways cannabis oil can help relieve symptoms for various illnesses and conditions. As pets have a similar endocannabinoid system as found in people, vets started to pay attention to the possible treatment of animals with CBD oil. A prominent vet in the USA and author of “The Ultimate Pet Health Guide”, Dr. Gary Richter, said in an interview that CBD oil has much the same effect in people as animals.
Dr. Richter maintains that cannabis oil is absolutely safe for pets and animals. Moreover, he affirms that it is beneficial for their health to have CBD oil. He notes that there are very few known side-effects aside from sleepiness or an occasional upset tummy. As a vet, he has seen how it has helped many of the animals he treats with various conditions – from cancer to anxiety.
Can I give my animal CBD oil for humans?
Although all mammals have an endocannabinoid system and share many similarities, it is not recommended to give your pet CBD oil made for humans. Animals and humans have different diets so some ingredients in CBD oil for animals may vary. In addition, they often contain different amounts of CBD. A mouse, for example, should not have the same concentration as you. You can purchase effective CBD products specially made for animals here. They are completely safe for consumption by animals.
Choosing the right CBD oil for your pet
With so many CBD products on the market, you may feel confused about which CBD oil to buy for your pet. Follow our expert advice to choose the right product for you and your pet. Safety is paramount for us, which is why we offer CBD oils of the highest quality. Whether you have a dog, cat, horse, or other animals, there is a CBD oil available to improve their wellbeing.
Has the product been tested?
Just like with human CBD oil, products should be vigorously tested to ensure they are safe before being administered to your pet. Products should be tested on a variety of animals as no animal is the same. The dosage for a dog normally differs to the dosage needed for a cat for example as they metabolise the products in different ways. Choosing a reputable product that has been tested reduces the chance of negative side-effects for your pet. No one likes to see their pet suffer. That is why only sell products that adhere to our strict safety standards.
Are there dosage instructions?
Although hemp and CBD are natural compounds, you should ensure you are giving your animal the correct dosage. Refer to the dosage instructions on the packaging of your product. Sometimes a smaller amount is more effective than a larger amount. Find the dose that is right for your pet by following the professional advice on the packet.
Has your vet recommended using CBD oil for your pet?
Consult your vet before buying CBD oil. Many vets are becoming more and more positive about CBD oil for animals thanks to the evidence and case studies proving its potential health benefits. It’s best to ask for their advice before giving your pet any kind of medication.
Where to buy CBD oil for pets
After researching CBD oil for your pet, you can buy high-quality CBD oil on our website. We have carefully curated the safest and most effective CBD products for humans and animals. We sell products which are manufactured as naturally as possible to ensure that our oils are packed full of the important active ingredients. We believe in the healing properties in CBD oil and are excited for you to see why. CBD oil is a great option for any animal and pet who is unwell.
When buying CBD oil, choose a product that contains many terpenes, cannabinoids, and krill oil to ensure it is as effective as possible. Moreover, organic hemp with no artificial ingredients is healthier for the body. We make it easier for you to decide by carefully selecting CBD oil products for you to buy here.