Household pets are our friends. We form strong bonds with them. They’re important to our mental health and give back so much more than we ask of them. Given the role they play in our lives, we hate to see them in discomfort or pain.
As you might be aware, CBD is getting a lot of attention in the treatment of human ailments. The exciting news is that CBD is also showing very positive signs in the treatment of a wide-range of pet-related conditions including anxiety, epilepsy, and arthritis.
However, as we’ve said in previous articles, there hasn’t been enough clinical testing of medicinal cannabis. This goes for humans and animals. And, as with humans, there are many variables that impact the effectiveness of any product when treating a dog or cat. These include age, weight, the specifics of the condition being treated, etc.
The upside is that that CBD isn’t known to have any significant side effects in animals, so there shouldn’t be any risk in administering more than required. Nevertheless, it’s wise to err on the downside, and start with a small dose. This initial dose can be gradually increased to arrive at the amount that gives optimum benefit. With an animal, this means observing external signs, i.e., behaviour and body language, appetite, etc.
Where to start? Felines and smaller to medium dogs can start with one dose of 5mg in the morning for 3 days, and then increased to 10 mg and so on until the animal starts to show signs of relief. The tincture fluid can be put on food, or on a treat held in the hand until the animal licks up all the ingredients.
We can’t emphasize enough that finding the optimum dose requires trial and error. This can take a fair amount of patience, noting that it may also take time for the CBD to build up in the animal’s system.
Veterinarians are in an awkward position because their professional associations haven’t recognized the medicinal benefits of CBD. Although many veterinarians have heard about the benefits of CBD, they’re not legally able to prescribe it. This will only come when there’s enough clinical science to back up the growing evidence. In the meantime, we’re on own when it comes to dosing CBD for our pets.
In closing, please be aware that THC, the other principal cannabis compound, should not be given to pets as it can produce adverse effects, e.g., paranoia and anxiety. For those who wish to administer CBD to their pets, the cannabis product should be free of THC. Budtanicals Pet Care products are made exclusively with hemp-extracted CBD isolate. They’re THC-free and easy to administer.
We wish you well in nursing your pet back to good health!
Patrick and the Staff at Budtanicals