More and more owners are discovering that CBD not only benefits themselves, but that their animals also benefit from CBD. Still, there are many questions among pet owners about CBD in animals. What are the benefits of CBD oil for animals, for example? Can I just give all CBD oils to my pet? And how do you go about administering CBD oil to an animal? Discover all the answers to the most important questions in the field of CBD and animals here.
What exactly is CBD oil?
CBD oil is an oil containing cannabidiol (CBD). Cannabidiol is a non-psychoactive component of cannabis. Not to be confused with THC, a substance from the cannabis plant that does cause a high. What is special about CBD is that it is almost identical to a substance that occurs naturally in mammals, and therefore has a similar effect on the endocannabinoid system. This endocannabinoid system plays an important role in many bodily processes, such as digestion, memory, breathing and the wake-sleep rhythm. People who have experience with taking CBD indicate that it helps with a large number of complaints and that it gives a significant boost to overall well-being.
What does CBD oil help with in animals?
Since CBD helps with a large number of complaints in humans, it is logical to assume that this is also the case in other animals with an endocannabinoid system: mammals, fish, snakes and other vertebrates. Although research on CBD and animals is still in its early stages, several encouraging scientific insights have already been discovered.
However, the main reason for many owners to give their pet CBD is not so much physical, but more mental. In particular, dogs that experience a lot of anxiety and stress and, for example, are very afraid of loud noises or show aggressive behavior, can benefit greatly from taking CBD.
Is CBD safe for pets and animals?
CBD is natural, non-toxic and 100% safe for dogs, cats and horses, among others. Please note that the CBD oil you use does not contain traces of THC, because animals are very sensitive to this. It is also better not to give animals CBD when they are pregnant or lactating. Also keep in mind that CBD can interact with medications. Does your animal use other medicines? To be sure, consult your vet first.
Which animals can take CBD oil?
In principle, CBD oil is suitable for all animals. Many owners give it to their dog, cat or horse. Less commonly it is administered to other animals, but this is certainly possible. Every vertebrate has an endocannabinoid system. So, for example, do you have a hamster, rabbit, fish, bird, turtle, tame rat, guinea pig, snake, goat, chicken or pig with complaints? Then CBD oil could offer a solution. In small animals, only make sure that you adjust the dosage according to body weight.
Is every CBD oil suitable for animals?
CBD oil for humans often contains a (very) small percentage of THC. Since animals are very sensitive to this, it is better not to give this to your four-legged friend. In addition, terpenes, substances that also occur naturally in cannabis, are also not very suitable because of the strong smell. We therefore recommend giving CBD oil based on CBD isolate to your pet. This oil does not contain any other active substance besides CBD.
Do you want to give CBD to your dog? Then choose special CBD oil for the dog. We have a special one for cats cats CBD oil in our catalogue. These oils are 100% free of THC and terpenes and are made on the basis of salmon oil: a real treat for your animal!
How much CBD should I give my animal?
The ideal dose differs from animal to animal. Important factors here are the weight, the complaints and how an animal reacts to CBD. So this is really a matter of trying and seeing how your pet reacts to the CBD oil. As a rule of thumb, you can use about 2 to 5 mg of CBD per 5 kg of body weight per day to start with. With an oil with a percentage of 2% CBD, this amounts to 3 to 7 drops per day. For an oil with 4% CBD, you should logically halve the number of drops. So, for example, do you have a 10 kg dog? Then start with two drops of CBD 2% twice a day and increase after a week if the complaints persist.
How can I administer CBD to my dog, cat or other pet?
The CBD for animals at Dutch Vitals comes with a special pipette bottle with a rubber pipette. This allows you to easily drip the oil into your pet's mouth. Is your four-legged friend not such a fan of this? Then drip the CBD oil over the food or over a treat. Because of the delicious taste, dogs and cats certainly won't say no to this!