Because we can’t understand what our pets are saying, pet owners most often than not, assume a lot about them. Needless to say, the best person who does know about their pet is a pet-owner who has had their fair share of dogs or cats for a couple of years. Nevertheless, when it comes to pet health, both physically and mentally, what’s good and bad, for them should be left to the experts. 

CBD Oil is a powerful composite that has shown a lot of promise in recent years, although it has been around for decades, the extensive research being done on its medicinal properties has taken off considerably, to the extent that we are not only continually extracting as much information as we can, regarding its health benefits on humans, but also its remarkable benefits on giving it to our pets to aid in treating multiple conditions. 

Benefits in a nut-shell

There are countless amounts of literature on how helpful the act of giving CBD Oil to our pets is. Below is a list of a few of them:

  • Relieves anxiety and stress
  • Relieves or gets rid of moderate to severe pain
  • Acts as an anti-inflammatory
  • Helps elevate arthritis and joint pain
  • Has been seen to lessen epileptic seizures
  • Helps with nausea and diarrhoea
  • Aids digestion and digestive problems

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Is there a difference in quality?

CBD Oil is not yet regulated i.e. it’s not yet legal in majority countries and thus the countries in which it is legal, they import their products or extracts to the rest of the world. Resulting in an influx of different brands, qualities, THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), the principle psychoactive chemical component of cannabis. This then leads to the next point of quality. It can sometimes be difficult to find the product that passes all safety tests. 

On the subject of THC, one must also check its levels or its potency so you can keep your pet safe from the Oils that have high to very high levels of it, because this can be very damaging to pets nervous systems and brain health. According to studies, the ideal levels you should be looking for are 0.3% and less. 

The advice given here is to always go Organic. This will have hemp that is free of toxic chemicals and is organically grown. One should also consider the processing methods used, which include cold press extraction and carbon dioxide. Companies that do it the fast and easy way, most often use cheap methods and toxic solvents in their products. Chemicals like butane and hexane are known to be found in CBD Oil.

If you find a company that independently tests its own products and uploads their findings to the public, with a document called the ‘Certificate of Analysis (COA)’ , read up on their results to get a better idea of whether theirs has the above chemicals or even other ones such as pesticides, heavy metals and more. Make a comparison and ask yourself who has the least amount of chemicals vs none at all. Interested in knowing the difference between CBD and THC? Click here  

What’s the ideal dosage?

You’ve found the right product, its organic, its chemical free and so you have decided to give the CBD a go. Congratulations! Now what?

With no standard guideline or doses as yet it can be a bit of a puzzle trying to figure out what doses to give.  Although most products should have a ‘serving size’, not all do or not all are the correct ones for your pets’ size or weight or even tolerance level. As with all things, dosage can vary from one condition to the next. For example, if you are taking CBD oil for pain relief, you may need to give your pet more of it than if you are treating him or her for something like digestion problems. It’s really all about experimenting to find the right or close to the right amount, and number of repetitions for your pet and its ailment. 

This of course does not mean diving right in and giving them excessive amounts to see if it does the trick. Again, as with all things, start small. You do not want to shock your pet’s system on the first round, you need to be gentle about it, they need to get used to this new ‘experience’. The best thing to do is to start at the lowest possible dosage and wait for about 60 minutes to see any results, if there is no change, then consider increasing the dosage to slightly more…rinse and repeat. This is also the same with pet treats and capsules. Keep in mind the concentration of CBD in different extracts varies.

Labrador Dog

Here’s a guide to calculate a tried and tested, safe way to dose your pet:

One good suggestion is to simply use a dosage calculator or dosage chart in times of need, this can be your best friend…or your pets’ best friend!

Step 1: There is no ‘one size fits all’ in this theory. What is the weight of your dog? The amount of CBD you give your pet is directly related to its weight. Calculate roughly how much CBD to give him based on this number. As a rule of thumb, the average is 0.25mg of CBD per pound (0.45 kgs). So, if your pet weighs 25 pounds, you will give him 5mg of CBD. And of course, your pet may need to be given more than one dosage every couple of hours, depending on its condition. 

Step 2: Once you have established the above, you then need to figure out how much of the oil you should be giving your pet, based on the measurement of CBD that is in each millilitre (ml) of the oil and the size of the dropper and bottle you are using. Of course, the strength of the oil needs to be taken into account as well. 1 drop of oil from a dropper is usually is 0.5mg for a 150mg sized bottle. If you are using a 300 mg size bottle the dropper will give you 1mg of CBD and so on. So, just as important as everything else, the size of the bottle needs to be taken into consideration as well.