CBD for Pets: Cats Vs. Dogs
We know it’s good for us, how good for us is whats in questions, but is CBD for pets?
If you have read our beginners guide to CBD and the human endocannabinoid system then you are already aware of how cannabinoids work with the CB receptors of the endocannabinoid. If not here is a quick review.
A brief overview of the endocannabinoid system
Many of us have heard of most, if not all, of the 11 most common systems of the human body. Systems like the muscle, vascular and respiratory systems are relatively familiar to us.
Now what if I told you that there was another system, barely talked about, that is basically the “center” of our other systems. Its sole purpose is to create Homostasious internally regardless of external influences. Basically, it helps provide our body’s balance by attaching cannabinoids like CBD to the CB1 and CB2 receptors that make up the endocannabinoid system.
When it comes to CBD for pets, pet’s are no different. At least not as far as having an endocannabinoid (ECS) system but they ARE different when it comes to how CBD (Cannabidiol) and other cannabinoids work with their ECS system.
CBD for Pets
First the BIG question: Can CBD get my pet high?
Answer: Not if they are derived from Hemp products. CBD derived from hemp has less than .3% THC which is completely different than products derived from the marijuana plant. Both plants are in the cannabis family but they are very different in chemical makeup. In most cases, CBD derived from hemp has untraceable amounts of THC.
THC is the part of a Marijuana cannabis plant that is responsible for the psychoactive component often referred to as getting high. CBD does not produce the same psychoactive triggering components sp the lack of THC means that NO, your pets will not get high from CBD.
Cats vs Dogs
CBD and cannabinoids like CBD work well with your pets ECS systems. However, what type of pet you have can be very important when choosing which product you should use for your beloved fur baby.
CBD For Dogs
Much like the human endocannabinoid system a canines ECS is made up of CB1 and CB2 receptors. Cannabinoids such as Cannabidiol (CBD) fit perfectly with these receptors to trigger different responses.
For instance, if your dog is an excessive barker, there’s a receptor in the endocannabinoid system that sparked this reaction. The same can be said for when a furry baby tinkles on the floor on a regular basis or when an older dog experiences joint and muscle pain. This is why CBD for pets makes sense.
When you give CBD to your doges the cannabinoids enter the bloodstream and find the receptors that are sending out a distress signal. Once the CBD has found the receptor in question it will either stimulate or sedate the receptor based on its needs.
Possible health benefits of CBD for pets.
- Anxiety: Anxiety can cause barking, itching and other common canine issues. CBD is a possible option for helping our cuddle buddies when just cuddles are not enough.
- Appetite: Wheather it’s overeating or lack of appetite CBD for dogs can help your fur babies endocannabinoid system balance them out.
- Pain: CBD may help in two ways when it comes to pain. First, to reduce inflammation. Second, it soothes the receptors and keeps them from sending out pain messages.
- Seizures: Cannabinoids like CBD are thought to help neutralize receptors that are causing impulses related to epilepsy. While there have not been any studies on dogs specifically the FDA recently approved a medication for human seizure suffered and the results are promising for our canine friends too.
CDB for Pets: Options
There are a couple of CBD products available on the market specifically made for dogs.
- Tinctures: Mix in food or drink. (You can also try to get them to hold it under their tongue…if you do please send video. That would be hilarious to watch.)
Suggestion Graph: (Based on a 200mg Bottle)
- ≤25 lbs dogs: 10 drops
- 26-50 lbs: 20 drops
- >50lbs: 30 drops
- Treats: Exactly what you would expect. Small treats infused with CBD. Many of the products on the market use your dog’s size as a serving size factor. This is probably the easiest way to get CBD into your tail wagging buddy.
Size graph for dogs:
- Small – ≤ 20 lbs
- Medium – 21 – 59 lbs
- Large – 60+ lbs
Regardless of what brand or type you use it is important to consult your veterinarian before starting your dog on any new products. If you do decide CBD is right then there is a simple way to see if you are giving your pet the CBD serving that is best for it.
How to know how much is too much…
If you notice your pet start to be lethargic in any way cut back on the amount of CBD you are administering. When their energy comes back you will know you found their ideal dose. Be careful not to administer too much CBD.
CBD for Cats
Some people are dog people, some people are cat people. regardless of which category you fall into I think we can all agree that cats and dogs are not the same. That goes for CBD too. Not only are the CB1 and CB2 receptors located in slightly different locations (as seen in the image above) their metabolisms are different too.
The feline endocannabinoid system is responsible for cats:
- Blood temperature and sugar levels
- Protein breakdown and consumption
- Brain function, which includes anxiety
- Digestion and gastrointestinal health
- Energy consumption and metabolism
- The sensation of pain
- Inflammatory response
- Production of immune cells
- Appetite, which includes hunger and satiation
Basically keeping your felines endocannabinoid system healthy is a great goal for any kitty owner.
The Feline gastrointestinal tract
Even though cats have an ECS like all other mammals there is one difference that means a lot when it comes to CBD. Cats have a very sensitive gastrointestinal tract. This means that while the cannabidiol (CBD) products may help your pet in a lot of ways, it may also upset their tummy.
2 CBD options for cats.
As with anything you may give your pets be sure to consult a veterinarian before using CBD products
- Oil: The same oil you or I take will work for your cat but it can run the risk of creating some discomfort for your cuddle buddy. If you do choose to go this way start with a very small amount and work up. If you start to notice Felix is lethargic or uninterested in moving scale back the serving size until your cutie is up and active again.
- Cat Specific Oil: These CBD oils are purified specifically to take all the gastrointestinal tract irritants out. The upside is that you don’t run the risk of your kitty having an upset tummy. The downside is that it can cost significantly more than the regular CBD oils over time.
Why use CBD for my cat?
Today, cat parents are turning to CBD because it has shown the potential to help symptoms like:
- Anxiety due to separation and other factors
- Aggressive behavior
- Constant meowing/ pawing
- Skin irritation
- Coping with new environments or long car trips
- Irregular bowel movements or litter box phobias
Ultimately only you know if CBD for pets is a good idea for your furry family members.
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