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CBD Oil For Pets

Saturday, March 20, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

My partner works at one of the hotels here in Rehoboth Beach and the other day a guest gave him a sample of CBD Oil. She has started a business and sells these products. He told her about our cat Atlantis who has some medical issues one of which is arthritis. When he brought it home, I was a bit skeptical but after seeing Atlantis shaking is hind leg while he walks, I decided to give him a very tiny amount. I gave him one drop and within a few hours, the shaking was gone and he was walking normally and has been ever since. I will give him a drop every now and then because I’m convinced it works and it’s worth it if it relieves his pain. I was worried about whether or not it’s safe. The key is do not overdose. Administer a very small amount, one or two drops the most.

Bestpet.com had published an article on CBD Oil and it should ease your mind if you’re skeptical.

Pet owners use CBD to treat pets for many reasons including anxiety, arthritis, nausea, stress, seizures and pain relief from cancer and other diseases. There are various ways to treat pets including cannabis oil, capsules or edible treats. While CBD oil can be administered topically, it is more commonly administered orally and is often infused with coconut oil. CBD oil can also be mixed with your pet’s food.

Shopping for CBD pet products can be confusing due to the lack of regulation which means the labeling is not always consistent. Also, only veterinarians in California may legally initiate a conversation about CBD treatment for pets, but veterinarians in other states are allowed to answer questions when asked; so definitely start a conversation before using CBD for your pet. Look for products that follow Good Manufacturing Practices or have been approved by the National Animal Supplement Council (NASC) to ensure high quality ingredients.

Giving Your Pet CBD

When giving CBD to your pets, start with a low dose and watch for side effects including nausea, upset tummy, vomiting, incontinence or lethargy. According to veterinarian Casara Andre, the founder of Veterinary Cannabis Education & Counseling, the limited research suggests that CBD does not pose significant risks to pets, and few risks have been identified.6 Significantly, while the lack of studies is a concern, overdosing is the most common ill effect of CBD use in pets. According to the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, there has been an increase of calls regarding dogs eating more than recommended dosages of CBD treats. While mild cases can be treated at home, more serious cases will require medical treatment and can result in symptoms similar to an THC overdose.7 Because THC is toxic to pets, a large dose of THC can be very dangerous and can result in serious medical complications.

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