Nos Amis les Animaux et le CBD

Our Animal Friends and CBD

Arthur Leclerc

We are not the only ones experiencing anxiety, stress or pain; our pets suffer too. The difference is that they are less apt to complain and make themselves understood.

Today in the canine and feline world, the popularity of CBD is growing more and more as some owners see it as a natural option for relieving the symptoms of their pets.

First of all, it is important to recognize the signs that show that they are not doing well:

  • Increased or strange shaking, barking or meowing;
  • An animal that urinates or defecates in unusual places, licks itself more often than usual, or goes into hiding for a long time.

If this all sounds familiar, read on to see how our pets can benefit from the benefits of CBD, too.

The endocannabinoid system

We are not the only ones with an endocannabinoid system, all mammals have one, including our pets. Like humans, their bodies are designed to work with cannabinoids like CBD.

The difference is that it doesn't affect them the same way it does to us, as they are smaller and have more delicate organisms, so chances are they won't need such a large dose than ours. As in humans, there is no ideal dose, each animal is different and it takes time to find the right dose.

Of course, don't confuse CBD with THC, the high part of cannabis. You should never give THC to your pet as it can be very toxic to them.

How can CBD help your pet?

  • Alleviation of chronic pain (inflammation) for osteoarthritis for example
  • Limitation of seizures and their duration in epileptic animals
  • Fight against stress and anxiety
  • Appetite stimulation
  • Sleep improvement
  • Increase in comfort and limitation of stress at the end of life

What does the regulation say?

It should be mentioned that, although its popularity is significant, we are a bit behind in Europe and there are still no regulations for oral use. Many people are already seeing the benefits of CBD for their pets, and there are already CBD products for pets on the market. Before first use, we recommend that you speak to your veterinarian before giving anything to your dog or cat.

Which oil to choose? How and how much should I give?

The general rule is that you don't give your pet anything you wouldn't use for yourself. There is no need to give your pet special pet oil.

In general, it is recommended to start with between 0.5 and 5 mg of CBD (=1 or 2 drops at 5%) per 4.5 kilos, twice a day.

And, as always, it's ideal to start with a small dose and gradually increase the dose every 4 or 7 days, if necessary.

How to give them?

Depending on your animal, you can put it directly under the tongue. Otherwise, just place a few drops in his food, in water or milk for example, or simply on a treat that he likes.

Note, however, that when mixed with other foods, CBD takes longer to act than when taken sublingually.

If you want to know more, here are some interesting studies on animals and CBD:

  • Pharmacokinetics, safety and clinical efficacy of cannabidiol treatment in dogs with osteoarthritis (College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, United States) See the original English article.
  • Pharmacokinetics of cannabidiol administered by 3 modes of administration in 2 different doses to healthy dogs (Department of Clinical Sciences, Colorado State University) See original in English .
  • Single-Dose Pharmacokinetics and Preliminary Safety Evaluation Using a CBD-Rich Hemp Nutraceutical in Healthy Dogs and Cats (University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine, Colorado State University) See original in English.

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