You may have heard about CBD or even tried it yourself. But have you considered it for your dog or cat? It can help your pet with the pain from arthritis or injury. And it can ease anxiety and calm your pet down.
Most pets are very good at hiding their pain, particularly when it has a slow progression. But our job is to keep them comfortable. Watch for signs like changes to their sleep patterns, restlessness, panting, reluctance to do something they normally do. Try CBD and see if these behaviours change back to normal.
Separation anxiety, storms, fireworks, etc. can cause a great deal of stress for some pets. Their behaviour can be subtle if they internalize the anxiety or outright destructive. Try CBD to see if you can help relieve your pet’s stress.
Two easy ways to give your pet CBD:
- Treats – Mojo Pet supplements makes 3 different treats to offer your dog or cat. They are made right here in Canada and are Health Canada approved.
- Oil Concentrate – We carry Yappetizers brand CBD that comes in a base of Organic (liquid) Coconut Oil or Wild Salmon Oil. Third-party tested for purity and potency, made in Canada and available in 4 different strengths. Easy to add to your pet’s favourite treat or food.
What is CBD?
CBD is short form for cannabidiol, a compound found in the cannabis plant. Hemp and marijuana are both plants from the cannabis family. Unlike marijuana, Hemp plants contain high levels of CBD and only trace amounts of THC making it the preferred source for extracting CBD for therapeutic uses.
Preliminary clinical research has shown several well-documented outcomes, and studies continue to reveal other benefits. CBD isolate was first to market but now more studies are showing benefit to the inclusion of additional terpenes (natural compounds) also found in the hemp plants. This is where the term ‘Full Spectrum’ or ‘Broad Spectrum’ comes in. It refers to the inclusion of the other terpenes which are showing to aid absorption and effectiveness.
How much does your pet need?
CBD is available in many convenient forms and strengths. Extracts can be given from a dropper bottle directly into the mouth, added to food, dropped on a treat, rubbed into bare skin or inside the ears, or dropped on an animal’s paw so they will lick it off. Dosage can vary quite a bit from one situation to the next. It may be necessary to experiment a little to find the right amount, and how often to give.
As a general guideline, give 0.2mg of CBD per pound of your dogs body weight per day.
SUGGESTED DOSAGE FOR DOGS – Typical suggested starting dose: 1 mg – 5 mg per 10 lbs. of bodyweight 1 drop = 0.3mg of CBD.
SUGGESTED DOSAGE FOR CATS – For cats typically it is suggested to administer 1mg – 5mg (3 to 16 drops). This would be the total amount administered.
Start with a dose on the low end of the range. Changes usually occur within 30 minutes. If there is no change after an hour, increase the dosage. Occasionally improvements will take more than one treatment. To control pain, give approximately every 8 hours. For other uses, or to break unwanted behaviour patterns, give once or twice a day. Remember that you cannot overdose and there is no toxicity associated with CBD.