We’ve been blogging about the importance of CBD on humans, and we’ll continue to discuss how CBD can help you reach your lifestyle goals, but what about our Fur Kids? CBD can be used in a variety of ways to create better health days for your pet. We just launched our new CBD Pet Line complete with Dog Treats as well as a CBD Pet Tincture for Cats and Dogs so you can pick what will work for your fur family. We’ve looked at different clinical studies to see what affect CBD has in its different forms and we have compiled some evidence in this blog to help you find the perfect CBD products for your Fur Baby.

As much as we love our pets, it’s difficult for us to watch them struggle or be in pain. Pets can deal with a wide variety of issues including daily issues such as anxiety, arthritis, seizures, and pain management or for select times when your pet may be anxious; Fourth of July fireworks, thunderstorms, moving to a new home, stress from the addition of a new baby or pet into the family, or anxiety over going to the vet. CBD works for your pet because just like us, animals have an endocannabinoid system present in their bodies, as Robert J. Silver, a Chief Medical Officer for RxVitamins, reports;

“From the research presented…. it is clear that the endocannabinoid system is not just present in nearly all animals, but plays an integral role in maintaining homeostasis for a number of organ systems. The endocannabinoid system modulates the nervous and immune systems and other organ systems through a complex system of receptors and chemical signaling molecules to relieve pain and inflammation, modulate metabolism and neurologic function, promote healthy digestive processes, and support reproductive function and embryologic development.

The future looks bright as cannabinoid research, in the post-cannabis prohibition era, is finally able to provide additional discoveries regarding the role the endocannabinoid system plays in the pathogenesis of disease, and the maintenance of health.”(1)

According to an article published this month from Pet Business 38% of cat owners and 85% of dog owners report that their pet sometimes has stress or anxiety issues(2).  In the UK, Veterinarians have been prescribing pets with CBD for anxiety issues and stress related mental health issues, citing, “Every animal has a spine and has an endocannabinoid system: a network of receptors and natural signaling molecules through its body that help to relax, heal and stay balanced. But many animals struggle to maintain healthy levels of endocannabinoids when injured, stressed, sick, or in old age” (3). An article from the medical journal, Frontiers in Veterinary Science, reported that Vets have talked to pet owners about utilizing CBD for pet problems like stress, anxiety, firework and storm phobias, pain, stomach issues, and seizures(4).

A clinical study done by Ellevet LLC with a research grant from Cornell University, researched the effects of using CBD in dogs that have Osteoarthritis (OA). The research found that dogs given 2 mg. of CBD per KG. of the dog’s weight, in a tincture every 12 hours over the course of 4 weeks, saw all  dogs having a decrease in pain and an increase in activity when compared to their pain and activity levels prior to taking CBD daily. No psychoactive changes or side affects were noted. Currently dogs with OA are treated with NSAIDs that have negative side effects on the gastrointestinal tract and glomerular filtration (5).

Some pet owners turn to CBD for their dog’s seizures as one clinical trial from Colorado State University has found. Dr. Stephanie McGrath found that in her study 89% of dogs who took CBD oil had a reduction in the amount of seizures they had. Up to 5.7% of dogs have Idiopathic Epilepsy with no current known cause which is the most common canine neurological condition. Dr. McGrath also found, “a correlation between how high the levels of CBD were in these dogs with how great the seizure reduction was.” Dr. McGrath adjusted the CBD oil dosages in dogs for another study to find out the perfect dosing for dogs with Epilepsy and said, “It’s really exciting that perhaps we can start looking at CBD in the future aas an alternative to existing anticonvulsive drugs.” (6).

Methods:

Pets can consume CBD topically and orally. Currently we have a CBD Tincture that would be taken sublingually just like we talked about in our See CBD Differently blog, or taken orally with a pet treat. We’re working on Pet Topicals, so stay tuned for more goodies as we get ready to take on 2020. Our Pet Tinctures are made to be taken by both Cats and Dogs; proper dosage will be easy to achieve as well since each Tincture includes a dropper just like our human Tinctures. Tinctures are great for daily ingestion of CBD or for the occasional usage and are great to take on trips or for long periods of usage since you can get more doses out of one tincture bottle than bags of Pet Treats. Just like with human consumption, we recommend splitting the daily dosage for your pet into half the dosage in the morning and half of the dosage in the evening if your pet is over the 5 pound weight mark. Sublingually taking CBD is one of the quickest absorption methods of CBD. Pets have a mind of their own; if you’re able to you can simply drop the CBD Tincture under your pet’s tongue, or inside their mouth or even have them lick the CBD, however for the tricker pets, you may need to mix the tincture in with their food or their water. The Tincture will also boost the flavor of their food since it has Alaskan Wild Fish Oil in it. Keep in mind if you’re mixing the tincture in with food or water, the CBD may take a little longer to take affect because they have to digest the tincture. Each bottle of our Pet Tincture comes in a 60 ml. size with a total strength of 1,000 mg. of CBD.

Our treats are infused with CBD and have 5 mg. per treat to help you dose your pet. You can serve their daily treat in the morning or the evening or give them the treats on an as needed base in the morning before a big event or when you notice them start to get agitated. Keep in mind that when using a treat, the dog needs time to break the treat down in their digestive system so it can take a while to kick in. We recommend giving them a treat an hour before a big storm, or the trick-or-treaters start ringing the door bell, in order to give them time to get the CBD into their system. Our Dog Treats come in two different flavors; Banana Bacon or Peanut Butter Pumpkin, and are a delicious way for pups to gobble up some CBD!

Dosage:

For our CBD Pet Tincture we recommend the following dosages based on your pet’s weight:

  • Under 5 pounds: 1 drop (1 mg. of CBD)
  • 5- 10 pounds: 3 drops (2.5 mg. of CBD)
  • 10-25 pounds: 6 drops (5 mg. of CBD)
  • 26-50 pounds: 12 drops (10 mg. of CBD)
  • over 50 pounds: 18 drops (15 mg. of CBD)

The total Tincture bottle has approximately 1,200 drops! Meaning that each bottle has the following total servings for your pet:

  • Under 5 pounds: 1,200 servings
  • 5-10 pounds: 400 servings
  • 10-25 pounds: 200 servings
  • 26-50 pounds: 100 servings
  • over 50 pounds: almost 67 servings

Our CBD Dog Treats have 5 mg. of CBD infused per treat and we recommend the following dosages based on your dog’s weight:

  • Under 10 pounds: 1/2 a treat (2.5 mg. of CBD)
  • 10-25 pounds: 1 treat (5 mg. of CBD)
  • 26-50 pounds: 2 treats (10 mg. of CBD)
  • Over 50 pounds: 3 treats (15 mg. of CBD)

Each of our Dog Treat bags come with 20 treats for a total of 100 mg. of CBD per package. Each bag has the following servings for your Dog:

  • Under 10 pounds: 40 servings
  • 10-25 pounds: 20 servings
  • 26-50 pounds: 10 servings
  • over 50 pounds: almost 7 servings

Quality:

We always want the best quality for our pets and we spared no exceptions with our CBD Pet Line. Our CBD is third party tested and we use only the highest quality CBD. Our Pet Tinctures are made with Third Party Tested Hemp extracted CBD, MCT Oil, Wild Alaskan Pollock Oil, Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil, and tocopherols (preservative). Our CBD Pet Tinctures and CBD Pet Treats are both American made too. You can feel assured with the quality of our ingredients in our Pet Treats, they are made with Third Party Tested CBD and organic ingredients, they are human grade, grain free and gluten free for sensitive pets and are made without any GMOs. Each treat bag is made in a small batch to ensure quality and correct CBD infusion. CBD Pharm proudly supports both Don’t Bully My Breed and PAWS Chicago non-profit organizations.

Wither you have come to look at CBD for your puppy’s stress and anxiety or to help ease your cat’s stress over moving or need help with fireworks, storms and the Holiday influx of visitors that can cause anxiety to your pets, we’ve go the CBD Treats and Tinctures to help. Your aging pet will have a daily supplement to help with pain, inflammation and arthritis as well, so you can make sure your pet’s endocannabinoid system is working at its best! Healthy pets equal happy pet owners and CBD Pharm is here to help!

Thanks for stopping by the blog! Fell free to share our blog with other pet parents, or drop us any questions that you might have. As always be well!

-CBD Pharm

 

References:

(1) Silver, Robert J. (2019, Septemeber 16). The Endocannabinoid System of Animals. Published online. Retrieved from  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6770351/

(2) Moreau, Jacinthe. (2019, October 28). What You Should Know About CBD for Pets. Pet Business. Retrieved from http://www.petbusiness.com/November-2019/What-You-Should-Know-About-CBD-for-Pets/ .

(3) Medical Cannabis Network. (2019, October 25). Could CBD Oil For Pets Save Stress This Halloween. Medical Cannabis News. Retrieved from https://www.healtheuropa.eu/cbd-oil-for-pets/94336/ .

(4) Gamble, L.J., Boesch, J.M., Frye, C.W., Schwark, W.S., Mann, S., Wolfe, L., Brown, H., Berthelsen, E.S., Wakshlag, J.J. (2018, July 23). Pharmacokinetics, Safety, and Clinical Efficacy of Cannabidiol Treatment in Osteoarthritic Dogs. Frontiers in Veterinary Science. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6065210/#B40 .

(5) Colorado State University. (2019, May 21). CBD Clinical Trial Results on Seizure Frequency in Dogs ‘Encouraging’. ScienceDaily. Retrieved Novemeber 5, 2019 from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190521101450.htm.

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