Cannabidiol can be a reliable tool for your pet’s health if you know how to use it. Here are common mistakes to avoid when giving pets CBD.
Approximately 85 million American families own a pet.
If you’re one of them, you know how important your furry friend is. When they’re not feeling well or their wellbeing is at stake, you’d do anything to help care for them.
That’s where giving pets CBD comes in.
Whether your pet is suffering from anxiety or inflammation, CBD can help. But before you start infusing every treat with CBD, you should know how to avoid the common mistakes associated with CBD for dogs and cats.
Below, we go through the 7 most common mistakes of CBD for pets, so you can learn from others.
1. Talk to Your Vet to Figure Out a Dose
Talk to a vet who understands these products and knows your animal. They’ll help you decide what is the best choice for your pet, and they’ll help you figure out dosing, too.
2. Buying a Quality Product
If you’ve never purchased CBD before, then you might not know that quality varies. The most important thing when it comes to quality is making sure the product is a CBD product.
Avoid brands that use gimmicks such as “hemp-infused” or “hemp-based”. You want something that has actual CBD in it, and that should be marked on the label.
3. Check All the Ingredients
Avoid products that have fillers, preservatives, additives, and other chemical ingredients. These can impact the effectiveness of the CBD.
Just like processed food for humans, these can also have adverse effects on your pet’s overall health, up to and including allergic reactions.
4. Know the Differences
Understand the differences between full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and isolate CDB products:
- Full-spectrum: all of the cannabinoids present in the hemp plant, including THC.
- Broad-spectrum: all of the cannabinoids except THC.
- Isolate: only CBD.
Preliminary research comparing all three has found full-spectrum provides the most benefits of CBD.
5. Giving Pets CBD From One Source at a Time
When you’re trying to alleviate a condition or health issue for your pet using CBD, then you should only use one source of CBD at a time.
If you use more than one source at a time, you won’t know if positive or negative side effects are from one source or the other. By isolating the source of CBD, you can effectively assess whether or not the product is working.
6. Be Patient
Of course, you want to alleviate whatever ails your pet immediately but CBD doesn’t work like that. Your pet’s body has to learn how to interact with the CBD and that takes some time.
Adjustment periods range anywhere from 5 to 8 days. Be patient with what you’re giving your pet. In some cases, it can take up to a month before you begin to see the positive effects.
7. Be Consistent
Give your pet the same dose at the same time and on a daily basis. Giving your pet a daily dose is of utmost importance.
You can’t skip days and expect their body to begin adjusting to this new treatment. And that’s especially true when you’re treating chronic issues.
More on CBD for You and Your Pet
Giving pets CBD is more than just a fad. As an increasing amount of research is done, we learn more about the potential benefits to your pet’s health and wellbeing.
Those benefits extend to human bodies as well. Which is why we cover it extensively. Check out our blog for more information about CBD for you and your pets.