CBD for Pets
To start, the American Veterinary Medical Association hasn't taken an official stance on CBD for pets.
The same endocannabinoid system that exists in the human body also exists within all mammals, birds, reptiles, and fish. Considering the similarity of endocannabinoid receptors in humans and animals, it makes sense that CBD could treat these conditions as effectively in dogs, cats, and other animals.
As is the case for CBD oil for humans, there is no lack of anecdotal evidence to support the use of CBD in pets. But does that make it safe? or effective? There has been little research to show it is effective for humans and even less research for pets.
Where issues usually arise is in contaminated products – that is, products that have high levels of contaminants like heavy metals, residual solvents, and other byproducts of hurried or cheap CBD extraction.
The best thing to do is to first, consult with your veterinarian to ensure that CBD won’t interfere with your pet’s current medications or health conditions.
Advice from our Senior Medical Adviser:
First, talk to your vet. CBD can affect the metabolism of many important medications, therefore it is important to have a chat with your vet to make sure you won't harm your pet.
If you are given approval to start, start low and go slow. There are many options, and each is absorbed differently, so I cannot recommend dosing. CBD for pets usually comes in the form of yummy, edible treats in flavors that appeal to animals (but may also simply be in tincture form).
Chose your product wisely. Because CBD is unregulated, it can be difficult to know which CBD products have been formulated responsibly, are free from contaminants, and contain the ingredients that the product labels list. Minimally, look for products that claim to follow Good Manufacturing Practices or that have a seal from the National Animal Supplement Council (NASC) and state they are made for pets. A reputable company will have their Certificate of Analysis (COA) online that shows amounts of CBD, THC and contaminants. They should also have third party, independent testing. And remember, some human products have other things in them, such as xylitol or grape seed oil, that could be toxic to the animals.
Finally, make sure to store your product carefully at room temperature and avoid sunlight.
Stay with your pet after giving them CBD. CBD is considered non-toxic, but it’s always a good idea to keep an eye on your pet after introducing something new to their diet.