The research is increasing in the veterinary field for dosing your pets with CBD. Whilst they are still unsure of the mechanism in mammals such as dogs and cats that makes CBD effective, research has shown that regular doses of CBD can reduce anxiety, increase comfort and even reduce seizures in epileptic pets.
But with so many products available to you, how do you know which one is best for your pet?
These are an excellent option if your pet isn’t fussy and can’t smell medication or any other change to their food a mile off.
Research has shown that oils are most effective as they stay in the system longer than any other CBD derivative. They also provide your animal with a stable dose over a 12-hour period. You can either drop the oil straight onto their tongue if your pet allows you to do this, or if they aren’t that fussy, put some on their food.
CBD Infused Creams
Topical creams are a great option for you if your pet has skin allergies and requires regular topical treatment. CBD cream when applied directly to the skin has been shown to reduce psoriasis in humans along with other conditions such as acne.
Skin conditions are common in pets, so why don’t you add a CBD infused cream into the mix? There is no stress of attempting to hide it in food, you can apply directly to their skin and let it sink in. Creams aren’t as effective as using oils, but they provide a stable level of CBD into the blood stream that will remain at a certain level with consistent use.
These are the middle ground between creams and oils. They are an excellent way to trick your pet into ingesting CBD without them realising they have done so. There are a variety of products on the market that include Salmon infused treats for cats, who can be notoriously difficult to medicate, and beef flavoured treats for dogs.
The medicinal benefit is not as strong as oil but it is stronger than using a topical cream. If your pet cottons on to the fact that you are medicating them, it is easy to switch treat as there are now an array of different flavours and styles on the market.
Full Spectrum or Isolate?
A lot of the research conducted has focused on isolate use of CBD on our pets with only recent developments into full spectrum treatments. Isolate products are those that are only CBD, usually isolated from hemp. Full spectrum will give your pet the full range of compounds that are found in cannabis, THC included, so make sure that you are aware of what type of oil, edible or cream you are purchasing. By rights, pet products are a lot lower in THC than their human counterpart, but this is something worth checking before you make the purchase.
The range of pet CBD products now available to you on the open market is staggering. Whilst the research is yet to reach its conclusion into the full array of benefits of dosing your dog or cat with CBD, the early results are yielding evidence that is similar to that of the impact on humans.
Before you make the purchase, consider how easy it is going to be to treat your pet with the preferred product, as some may find it very difficult to dose a dog or cat with oil. Also consider the chemical composition of the product you are purchasing, all oils, creams and edibles come as full spectrum or isolate, so make sure you pick the product that’s right for you.