CBD for animals

CBD and animals

Last updated: 07.07.2021

Helping out our four legged friends...

CBD is a very hot topic because of its anti-inflammatory, calming and anxiety-reducing effects. There is a lot fo info out there, and on this website, on CBD products and how they can benefit us. But CBD products, such as CBD oil, CBD creams and many more, are not just for humans. Many animals have the same internal system (called the endocannabinoid system) as humans that interacts with CBD.

Therefore, animals can also benefit from CBD for minor complaints, as well as diseases. You can find out everything about CBD and its usefulness for pets and animals here.

CBD for animals

CBD and animals... in a nutshell

  • Most animals have an endocannabinoid system that CBD interacts with.
  • It is believed that CBD could be used for anxiety, stress and pain relief, but also for serious illnesses such as epilepsy or cancer.
  • CBD shows only slight and relatively harmless side effects (e.g. lethargy, itching)

What is CBD anyway?

CBD, the shorthand for cannabidiol, is one of the many active ingredients in the cannabis plant. Unlike the better-known substance THC, CBD is not psychoactive, does not lead to physical dependence and produces no intoxicating effects, i.e. it does not get you ‘high’ and will not lead to addiction.

CBD can actually be used for a wide variety of complaints, ailments and diseases. What's more, CBD is legal in the UK, but you have to be sure of the contents of the specific CBD product you purchase.

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CBD products could be useful in the treatment of animals - but don't give them marijuana!

Is CBD also suitable for animals?

Yes, CBD can also have an effect on animals! At least on those animals that have an endocannabinoid system (ECS).

This complex system plays an important role in the regulation of key bodily processes. The ECS exists in humans and all vertebrates. Which means most pets or animals (e.g. dogs, cats, horses) you have at home or work can likely feel the effects of CBD.

CBD can thus counteract an imbalance of cannabinoids or a deficiency in the endocannabinoid system in animals. Your pet can also benefit from the versatile properties of the phytocannabinoid cannabidiol .

Some scientific research indicates even molluscs, fish and amphibians have an endocannabinoid system.

What can CBD do for animals such as dogs, cats or horses?

Basically, CBD can do exactly the same in animals as it does in humans. This is because our animal friends also have an endocannabinoid system and CBD interacts with it in much the same way to help regulate their body's processes and keep them in a healthy balance.

For example, fear, anxiety and the associated stress could be alleviated in your dog or cat, similar to the way it has been shown (and continues to be researched) for humans. Likewise, CBD can also be used for pain relief or to stimulate appetite if your animal isn't eating properly (i.e. due to injuries or wounds).

In addition, it is also suspected that cannabinoids such as CBD could also be helpful in more serious diseases such as cancer.

CBD is not limited to these examples, it can potentially help alleviate the symptoms a number of ailments for animals. For example, there is growing interest in how CBD can be used to treat arthritis.

How can CBD help my pet?

  • Reduce anxiety and stress
  • Pain relief
  • Can help with epileptic seizures
  • Can help with infections
  • Supports the immune system
  • Can improve neurological functions
  • Supports good digestion
  • Can increase general well-being
  • Support the healing process
  • Can help with skin / coat problems

The use of CBD oil for dog owners in particular is interesting. Since taking CBD oil can relieve stress or anxiety, CBD could potentially help your dog in the event of separation anxiety, thunderstorms or fireworks. All common problems for dogs.

CBD has also helped with epileptic seizures in the form of severe tremor in the limbs, by alleviating and reducing symptoms. In fact, it is this affect that cannabis and its cannabinoids have in relation to epilepsy that led the UK government to legalise cannabis for medical purposes. So as you can see, the area of ​​application of CBD is quite large and flexible.

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CBD could be useful in the treatment of anxiety for animals.

Do I have to worry about side effects with CBD?

Basically, there is little need to fear strong side effects when taking CBD. This applies to both animals and humans. According to a report by the WHO (World Health Organization), CBD is considered safe and does not lead to physical addiction.

In the animal world there are still relatively little known side effects. Side effects that have been reported include lethargy and drowsiness. And In rare cases, vomiting and itching also occurred.

Your dog or cat will not get "high" from using CBD. From a legal aspect, however, you should ensure that the product does not contain THC or other controlled substances.

With so many studies examining the medical benefits of CBD, it's fair to assume that CBD is as safe a substance for your animal as it is for you.

What CBD products are there?

Of course, there are various products on the market that contain CBD - including for animals. The best known and most commonly used is CBD oil.

Not all CBD oils are the same, however so be sure to read our guide. When buying a CBD oil, you should therefore pay particular attention to the quality and the ingredients.

  1. Natural product: Make sure that the CBD oil you selected is natural and does not have pesticides or the like.
  2. Don't take the cheapest: Thje idiom "you get what you pay for" also applies here. So be prepared to spend a little more on CBD oil. After all, your animal is worth it. Nevertheless, there are of course inexpensive oils that are of high quality.
  3. Pay attention to the THC value: This is not only important for your animal, but also for the fact that you are not buying a product that is illegal and therefore not marketable. In order to comply with UK law there should be no THC in products. In practice, this means that the THC content should have been tested in a laboratory that can measure up to 0.01% THC. Reputable providers provide an analysis or a certificate from a laboratory.

In addition to oils, there are other products for animals that contain CBD. For example, you can also purchase CBD creams to apply topically to skin, fur and claws. There are also CBD capsules.

It is not advisable to give your dog chocolate so CBD chocolate is out of the question here. This may well apply to pets generally.

CBD use with animals

There are various ways to actually give animals CBD. The easiest way is orally, especially with CBD oils. These oils come with pipettes that mean the drops can be placed directly into the pet's mouth using a pipette.

If your pet is too lively (I know my dog wouldn't sit still for me to apply what is quite a bitter taste under his tongue!), then you can add the CBD oil to their food. The advantage here is that the CBD is measured drop by drop, but it's not good to combine CBD oil with poultry products as the balance of fatty acids can be disrupted.

There is an option to use CBD crystals or isolates but these are generally more expensive and you must be very precise in your measurements to ensure a reasonable dose.

If you are looking to apply a cream topically, i.e. as a balm, then definitely take a look at our CBD cream page.

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CBD treats could be an excellent option if your pet is not keen on being given medication!

CBD Oil for animals - how to dose?

As with us humans, there is of course no one-size-fits-all dosage for animals. The basic rule is that you should start with a lower concentrate and a lower dosage. After all, you can increase both if necessary.

Therefore, you could start with a 2-5% CBD concentrate which is at the lower end of the scale. In the case of more serious conditions, it is still possible to switch to a high concentration afterwards (for example 10%) as soon as the animal has got used to the substance.

As a rule of thumb for dosing in animals: 1-2 drops per 5 kg of body weight. Initially, an animal should only have the drops once a day. If necessary, this can be increased over any time. The dosage should also be done in consultation with a veterinarian.

You should be aware that CBD and other substances can actually affect or impede other medications so definitely consult your vet if your pet or animal is taking other medicines or drugs.

If you suspect that your animal is not reacting to the CBD oil, that there are more serious side effects, or if you think your animal has been overdosed, stop the treatment immediately. A subsequent conversation with a veterinarian cannot hurt.

What do vets say about CBD?

It is of course helpful to discuss your plans with CBD with a trusted veterinarian beforehand. However, you shouldn't be surprised if the vet is critical or skeptical about taking CBD as it is still considered to be a relatively new and untried remedy. After all, pets cannot give their own experiences and success stories the same way humans can!

Although there are already many studies that reveal the positive properties of cannabinoids and show their promising possible uses, there are just as many veterinarians who are not yet convinced of this, have not yet read the topic or are simply more traditional. Remember, though, that CBD has been found to have very few side effects and is also considered a safe substance.

Whilst we do not feel a negative response from a veterinarian should deter you from using CBD to help your pets. The advice of a veterinarian should still be taken seriously. You can also exchange information and experience with other pet owners (ideally, those who have already tried CBD!).

Advantages of using CBD

CBD is a very promising cannabinoid with a wide variety of (positive) properties. As is we've covered on this page and elsewhere on our site, the list of what CBD could help with is long.

One of the biggest advantages, however, is that it is considered safe and has few and harmless side effects. For example, CBD could replace common medications, some of which have a number of strong side effects, in various treatments.

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Using a pipette to administer CBD to your pets is a popular method.

Success Stories with animals and CBD

Our success stories come from social media, other CBD websites or through people we know personally. Some people are comfortable sharing their names and products, others prefer to remain anonymous. We feel hearing other people's positive experiences are a vital part of learning about how CBD can help, although it is important to remember that not all CBD products work the same for everyone. Don't be disheartened if one product/dosage doesn't work for you... keep trying!

We'd love to hear your success stories! If you would like to share yours, please get in touch at greenandsimple@mail.com

My dog, Alfie, is 17. He is blind, deaf and was poisoned about 5 years ago by rat poison. The vet saved his life but left him with some liver damage. He cried with pain in his joints and I seriously thought it was time for him to leave me. But Euphoria CBD make drops for pets so I bought some, 20mls for £40, he has 2 drops twice a day and he's like a new dog! No more pain or yelping when he moves, he runs around again now where he just slept on the sofa all day. He even play fights with my 2 year old dog now. He eats more too, as he used to eat a few mouthfuls and want to go back to sleep but now he finishes his food. He is so much happier now.
- Lisa

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