How to Give CBD Oil to Your Pet?
With the recent discovery of CBD’s incredible benefits, using CBD oil as an alternative treatment has become a real trend. People started using it for numerous health conditions, such as pain, stress, anxiety, depression, and insomnia, among others. And while some of them take it as tinctures and capsules, others add it to their food, vape it through a weed pen (or another vape device), or apply it as a cream on their skin.
As a matter of fact, not only people use CBD oil but also pets. Yes, many pet owners started giving CBD oil to their pets, as it has been found that it affects them the way it affects humans. According to their claims, they give it to their pets for the same or similar health conditions as humans. And, if you also think about CBD oil to your dog, here is how to do it safely.
Why Does CBD Oil Work for Pets?
Before we dive into the way CBD oil is administered to pets, we would like to answer the most common question regarding CBD and pets, “Why CBD oil works for pets?” According to scientists, it is believed that CBD impacts the endocannabinoid system in humans. It’s the system that regulates all functions of our body, such as pain, sleep, appetite, and mood, thus maintaining a balance, a.k.a homeostasis.
The CBD, once it enters our body, it connects to the endocannabinoid receptors in our bodies. This is because CBD itself contains cannabinoids, which are the same as those receptors. In that way, CBD supports the work of the endocannabinoid system and helps it improve our overall health.
The thing about CBD and pets is that pets have an endocannabinoid system, too. Not only pets but all mammals, actually, have this system. And, that is exactly why CBD can affect animals the way it affects humans.
What Are the Different CBD Oil Products?
In order to ensure your pet’s safety, you need to choose the right CBD product first. You can do that by choosing a product that comes from a well-known, reliable brand, contains less than 0.3% THC or not at all, doesn’t contain any harmful substances, is extracted using the CO2 extraction method, and comes with a Certificate of Analysis to prove its safety, ingredients, and potency. Once you have found a CBD product for your pet, it’s time to administer it. Here’s how to do that.
Giving CBD Oil to Your Pet
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You’ll need to boil a cut lemon or even two and then drain the liquid before putting it into a spray bottle. Then work the solution into the cat’s fur while avoiding her eyes. You’ll also need to monitor your pet for any signs of irritation such as redness. Repeat the treatment as often as required until you’ve eliminated all fleas.
Determine the Right Dosage
The dosage depends on your pet’s size and weight, the type of CBD product, and the purpose of using. In terms of their size, the high-quality products will come with a dosage chart, so you don’t have to worry about it, just follow the instructions. If there isn’t, you should always start with the lowest dose. According to one study, you should give 2 mg of CBD oil per kilogram of body weight.
In terms of the type of product, different products have different CBD concentrations. For instance, one capsule can contain the same amount of CBD as two treats. So, you should always check the label for CBD concentration, provided in milligrams.
When it comes to the purpose, it depends on whether you use it as a treatment, for pain, inflammation, or anxiety, or as medication, for more serious health conditions. If you use it as a treatment, the dosage is lower. And, if you use it as a medication, the dosage is higher.
How to Administer It?
Tinctures – Using the dropper, you can place CBD oil under your pet’s tongue. In this case, the dosage is measured in drops and the effect is almost immediate because the oil is directly absorbed by the mucous glands.
Capsules – You can hide the capsule in a treat or add its contents into your pet’s food. It takes some time to act because it has to pass through the digestive tract and get metabolized by the liver before it enters the blood.
Treats – It’s the easiest way to give CBD oil to your dog because they think it’s just a regular, tasty treat. They also act slower than tinctures because go through the digestive tract.
Topical creams – apply the recommended dosage of cream to your pet’s skin and rub it until it’s absorbed. They act fast because are directly absorbed by the skin.