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What CBD can do for your dog or cat

What can CBD do for pets? Cannabidiol (CBD), one of the active constituents of the cannabis plant, can exert profound healing and balancing effects on all mammals. By stimulating the endocannabinoid system, CBD can help the body rebalance to homeostasis.

Pet owners use CBD for a broad range of behavioral and medical issues, including cancer pain, anxieties, obsessions, arthritis, seizures, neurological and digestive disorders, past traumas, social withdrawal, irritable moods, and getting along with other dogs and cats better.

While recovering from illness or surgery, CBD can stimulate appetite and speed healing. At the end of life, CBD can minimize the pain and anxiety your pet may be experiencing.

What is the endocannabinoid system and how does it work?

The endocannabinoid system is a network of receptors located throughout the body and it’s named after the plant that led to its discovery. Natural endocannabinoid substances are synthesized by the body to maintain a stable internal environment, which is known as homeostasis. If the body’s endocannabinoid production lags behind what it needs, CBD supplements can help. CBD supplements can also stimulate the body to build more receptors, which makes natural cannabinoids work more effectively.

CBD interacts with the body’s system of receptors. To date, two types of receptors have been identified: CB1 receptors, which are mainly present in the brain, nervous system, glands, and organs; and CB2 receptors, which exist predominantly in the regulatory cells of the immune system.

One of the main roles of the endocannabinoid system is to control inflammation by regulating the immune response. An overactive immune response can trigger allergies and auto-immune problems; an underactive response can make the body vulnerable to infections or make it a more favorable host for the growth of cancer cells.

Is CBD safe for dogs and cats?

Hemp and marijuana are both classified as cannabis, but they are very different varieties. Marijuana is high in THC (which is responsible for the feeling of being high). Conversely, hemp plants contain almost no THC but are rich in the beneficial CBD compound. CBD extracted from hemp is will not make your pet high and it has no negative side effects. Because of this, hemp crops are not a controlled substance, and hemp products containing less than 0.3% THC are legal in all 50 states.

What is the best kind of CBD for my dog or cat?

CBD for dogs and cats comes in many convenient forms. The most common types are extracts, also known as CBD oil, which can be given from a dropper bottle directly into the mouth, added to food or a treat, rubbed into bare skin inside the ears, or dropped on an animal’s paw to be licked off. You may also want to give your dog or cat CBD biscuits, CBD capsules, and topical CBD balms that absorb quickly into the skin. Read How to Give Your Dog CBD to learn more.

How much CBD should I give my dog or cat?

The right CBD dose will vary from animal to animal and depends on the situation, so it may be necessary to experiment to find the right amount and frequency of dosing.

The typical suggested CBD dose for dogs and cats is 1 mg – 5 mg of CBD per 10 pounds of body weight. Make sure you’re looking at the actual amount of CBD in a dose, because potencies vary quite a bit, so the actual amount of liquid oil or biscuits you give may vary.

Typical suggested starting dose: 1 mg – 5 mg per 10 lbs. of bodyweight

Cats: 1 – 5mg

Dogs: 10 lbs 20 lbs 30 lbs 40 lbs 50 lbs 60 lbs 70 lbs 80 lbs
1 – 5mg 2 – 10mg 3 – 15mg 4 – 20mg 5 – 25mg 6 – 30mg 7 – 35mg 8 – 40mg

It’s often best to start with a dose in the middle of the range. Visible results usually occur within 30 minutes. If there is no change after an hour, offer a bit more CBD to get to the high end of the recommended range. For severe pain or anxiety, offer CBD approximately every 8 hours. For other uses, dose your pet with CBD once or twice a day.

Which is the best CBD for my dog or cat – isolate, broad spectrum, or full spectrum?

When choosing the best CBD for your pet, keep in mind that each type of CBD has its benefits. If you want maximum effectiveness and your pet isn’t picky, consider full-spectrum CBD products. They are the least refined and contain the greatest amount terpenes and cannabinoids – beneficial plant compounds that can work together with the CBD to create an entourage effect to increase effectiveness. Keep in mind that it does have a grassy flavor that may be off-putting to some pets.

On the opposite end of the scale, CBD isolate for dogs and cats is pure CBD, making it the most refined option. Because it contains no plant matter, it has no flavor. Even the pickiest pets will take it.

The middle ground is broad-spectrum CBD. This option retains enough plant material and terpenes to support the entourage effect, but it has a very mild taste.

CBD Oil vs. Soft Chews for Pets: What’s the Difference?

In 2018, sales of tinctures, treats, and other pet products containing cannabidiol totaled $32 million in sales, quadrupling over the previous year, according to the Brightfield Group. The cannabis-focused research firm estimates that the market could top $1 billion by 2022.

Pet owners are purchasing CBD products to help their dogs and cats overcome issues ranging from anxiety and arthritis pain to seizures and cancer.

Thanks to their widespread popularity, the number of CBD pet products on the market has exploded—and that can make it hard for pet owners to decide which ones to choose for their four-legged companions.

CBD Oil and CBD Soft Chews: How Are These Products Different?

Both CBD oil tinctures and CBD soft chews contain cannabidiol, a natural medicinal ingredient found in the cannabis plant. The hemp-derived ingredient is converted to an odorless oil known as a tincture or extracted as an isolate.

Let’s take a closer look and compare oils and soft chews:

CBD Oil For Pets

CBD oil comes with a dropper that can be used to give a precise dose to pets. While some pets will let their owners put the oil under their tongues or against their cheeks, most pet owners drizzle the oil on their pet’s food.

Giving CBD oil with food is important because it increases the amount of CBD that gets absorbed, ensuring the active ingredients can take effect.

Compared to soft chews, CBD oil has a higher concentration of cannabidiol and contains other minor cannabinoids such as cannabinol (CBN) and cannabichromene (CBC) as well as terpenes and flavonoids—all compounds from the cannabis plant that have healing properties—to increase the health benefits. Thanks to the marked dropper, pet owners can administer precise dosing.

CBD Soft Chews for Pets

Soft chews are made with a CBD isolate, a product that contains CBD oil but no other cannabinoids. The cannabidiol is combined with a proprietary blend of botanicals that have been scientifically proven to offer healing properties such as reduced anxiety and inflammation.

The soft chews can be offered as treats, making it easy for pet owners to give them during a car ride, at the veterinarian’s office, or other places where cats and dogs could use a calming boost. They may also have added natural flavoring to increase palatability for dogs and cats.

Also, each chew contains a fixed amount of CBD, meaning the dosing is not as easily adjusted as it is with oil products.

A Closer Look at Products From The Anxious Pet

At the Anxious Pet, it’s important for us to offer products that work for the lifestyle of you and your pet. We have a variety of formulations and offerings, including organic hemp oils and soft chews. Our soft chews are available with and without CBD.

Read on for more information on how these products differ and how they can be used together as part of your pet’s calming routine.

The Anxious Pet Organic Hemp Oil

Organic hemp is grown without the addition of toxic pesticides and other harmful chemicals, and the CBD oil extracted from the plant material is organic, too. Since the products are absorbed into the bloodstream, an organic product ensures that dogs and cats are not consuming chemicals or additives.

In order for a product to be labeled organic, it must contain at least 95 percent organic material. A certified organic CBD tincture contains organic hemp oil and organic carrier oils such as the fractionated coconut oil (which is used as a carrier oil in Anxious Pet products).

The Anxious Pet Hemp Oil is easy to give directly into a pet’s mouth or can be added to food. Dosing instructions are available on the box, and are recommended based on your pet’s age and weight. Dosing can be easily adjusted up or down with the dropper based on your pet’s needs.

Our hemp oil products contain more CBD than our soft chews, and the tincture form allows for the oil to absorb more quickly into a pet’s bloodstream—which means it works more quickly than CBD treats or chews.

The Anxious Pet Calming Soft Chews

The Anxious Pet Calming Soft Chews are made with a CBD isolate and the cannabidiol is combined with carefully selected botanical ingredients and the right nutritional balance to ensure maximum health benefits. Unlike CBD oil—which can be given in precise doses—each soft chew contains a set amount of CBD. This makes adjusting the dose to precise amounts more difficult.

We also offer a Soft Chew formulated without CBD. The vegan, grain-free formula contains herbs such as gingko biloba, kava kava, passionflower, and lavender that are known for their calming properties.

Both the CBD and CBD-free soft chews are flavored. The peanut butter and bacon flavors make dogs and cats will think of them as delicious treats, not medicine.

A Closer Look at Key Differences

The Anxious Pet Organic Hemp Oil The Anxious Pet Calming Soft Chews
Pure organic hemp oil (containing CBD) that comes in a dropper. Soft chew format is more like a treat. Given individually.
Can be given directly into a pet’s mouth or drizzled over food. Given directly, like a treat.
Higher concentration of CBD. Fixed concentration of CBD, lower than hemp oil.
Can adjust amount for precision dosing Fixed dose of CBD in each chew. Dosing not as easily adjusted.
Contains other minor cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids, naturally derived from the hemp plant. Does NOT contain other cannabinoids. Instead, soft chews offer a blend of botanicals with healing properties.
No added flavoring. May include added natural flavors—like peanut butter and bacon—to help palatability.

Can Both These Products Be Used Together?

Pet owners often purchase both CBD oil and soft chews for their dogs and cats and use them together.

Some pets get a dose of CBD oil added to meals and soft chews as occasional treats (or training tools with added health and wellness benefits). Since CBD oil must be given with food, pet owners might opt to use the oil at home and use the soft chews for an on-the-go dose.

Dosing recommendations for Anxious Pet products ensure that the amount of cannabidiol in the products will never harm a pet—even when both products are used together.

How to Choose Which CBD Product is Right for Your Pet

Both CBD oil and soft chews are safe, effective options for helping with a range of health and wellness concerns in cats and dogs.

CBD oil is often the preferred product for moderate to severe anxiety. The tincture allows for more precise dosing and the oil is more readily absorbed into the bloodstream (making it more effective) but it requires extra effort to administer: The dose must be measured and given with food, and some pets might object to the taste.

With soft chews, the dose of CBD oil is pre-measured and pets love the flavors. Pets get the benefits of CBD in an easy-to-use format.

The good news: There is no need to choose between a tincture and a chew. The CBD products can be used together, allowing pet owners to choose when their dog or cat might need a higher, more precise dose with an oil or a lower-dose CBD chew that helps take the edge off, leading to healthier, more relaxed dogs and cats.