CBD for Pets: How Much Do You Love Your Pet?

February 21, 2022 4 min read

CBD for Pets: How Much Do You Love Your Pet?

Did you know that there’s a “National Love Your Pet Day”? It’s usually celebrated on the 20th of February, which makes sense…February is considered the month of love! And given that February 14th is Valentine's Day, it seems only fair to dedicate a day to loving your pet a week later.

So, our question to you is… How much do you love your pet? We know, it’s an odd question, but really think about it.

Maybe you’ve answered: A LOT… Without hesitation. After all, you snuggle with them, play with them, feed them, take care of them, and give them yummy treats, right?

But do you love your pet companion enough to give them CBD?

 

 

Pet CBD… What is it?

Cannabidiol, or CBD for short, is a naturally occurring cannabinoid found in the hemp plant. It’s incredibly therapeutic and non-psychoactive for both people and animals. And both can benefit from its medicinal properties.

The main difference between pet CBD and human CBD is that they have different concentrations. Human CBD contains a hefty amount of full spectrum cannabinoids, whereas CBD for pets usually contains a more broad spectrum profile of cannabinoids, or just plain CBD isolate.

There are a few full spectrum pet CBD products out there, but be careful… Some animals are more sensitive to Delta 9 THC than you think, especially cats [¹]. 

So, how can CBD help your pets?

CBD and Its Effects on Pets

Like us humans, our beloved pets have an Endocannabinoid System (ECS). And their ECS is responsible for regulating and maintaining balance throughout their body. Which means consuming cannabinoids, like pet CBD, can be quite natural for them [²].

Amazingly, pet owners around the world have reported many benefits of CBD for their pets. They say it helps maintain normal emotional and behavior balance, while managing normal stress. Some report that it promotes a nice calming effect and relaxation. But the most intriguing report is that it supports contentment, especially during changes that have disrupted their daily routine. 

Now let’s look at a few scientific studies…

Scientific Research and CBD for Pets

Most of the studies regarding CBD have been conducted on animal models like mice. But there aren't many studies involving CBD with dogs and cats.

The studies involving mice showed pretty groundbreaking results, like stress-relieving, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory properties. But more studies are needed to confirm these results [³,].

For now, pet CBD brands are not allowed to make any claims that their pet CBD can treat or address pain or inflammation, no matter what the studies show.

That said, there are two studies that have really caught the eye of scientists and veterinarians.

The first study involved CBD and several dogs with Osteoarthritis. As it turns out, more than 80% of the dogs that were given CBD showed signs of improvement in their pain and quality of life [].

The second study involved CBD and dogs with Idiopathic Epilepsy. Researchers noted that CBD reduced the frequency of seizures and inflammation on the dogs’ brain [].

So, what does this all mean?

Is CBD Safe for Dogs and Cats?

While CBD is safe and well tolerated among its users, some pets may not react to CBD the same as other pets do.

For those reasons, there are a few side effects worth noting []:

  • Drowsiness
  • Lowered blood pressure
  • Dry mouth

Now, it’s important to note that these side effects are rare and do fade quickly once CBD is discontinued.

That said, CBD is non-toxic to pets. In fact, many pet owners swear that CBD is actually healthy for pets—that is, if you buy high quality pet CBD from a reputable brand. 

Which brings us to…

Where can I Buy Pet CBD?

Here at Leaf Remedys, we take loving our pets to a whole new level. That’s why we formulated CBD tinctures and delicious treats specifically for your (and our) pets. You didn’t think we’d offer pet products that we wouldn’t give to our own dogs and cats, did you?

You see, our Pet CBD Oilcontains 500mg of CBD isolate, and they come in three irresistible  flavors: Chicken, Bacon, and Salmon.

Our Pet CBD treats contain all-natural ingredients including glucosamine, MSM, Chondroitin, and pure CBD isolate. Each container contains 30 treats, and they’re flavored with real peanut butter.

Loving your pet means more than just giving them treats, rubbing their tummies, and telling them they’re a good boy or girl. Feeding them a healthy diet, giving them adequate exercise, and providing healthy pet supplements to help support internal balance is the best way you can show them love, and hopefully keep them around for longer, too!

To learn more about what pet owners are saying about Leaf Remedys Pet CBD, click here. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to our Leaf Remedys team. We’re happy to help!

Sources:

  1. NCBI: Marijuana intoxication in a cat
  2. NCBI: The Endocannabinoid System of Animals
  3. NCBI: Antioxidative and Anti-Inflammatory Properties of Cannabidiol
  4. NCBI: An Update on Safety and Side Effects of Cannabidiol: A Review of Clinical Data and Relevant Animal Studies
  5. NCBI: Pharmacokinetics, Safety, and Clinical Efficacy of Cannabidiol Treatment in Osteoarthritic Dogs
  6. AVMA: Randomized blinded controlled clinical trial to assess the effect of oral cannabidiol administration in addition to conventional antiepileptic treatment on seizure frequency in dogs with intractable idiopathic epilepsy
  7. AKC: Possible Side Effects of CBD in Dogs