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CBD for animals: What are the benefits?

Written by: Arthur Leclerc

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CBD for animals

We are not the only ones show anxiety, stress or pain. Our pets are suffering too. The difference is that they are less able to complain and make themselves understood. Today the popularity of CBD for animals is increasing more and more as some owners consider it to be a natural option to relieve the symptoms of their favorite animals.

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


  • Increased or strange shaking, barking, or meowing
  • An animal that urinates in unusual places, licks itself more often than usual, or hides.

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

The endocannabinoid system

We are not the only ones to have a endocannabinoid system, all mammals have one. Like humans, animal bodies are designed to run on cannabinoids like CBD.

The difference is that it doesn't affect them the same way it does us, because they are smaller and have more delicate organisms. It is therefore very likely that they do not need as large a dose as we do. As with humans, there is no ideal dose. Every 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 must not Never give THC to your pet as it can be very toxic to them.

CBD pour les animaux

How can CBD help your pet?

  • Reduction of chronic pain (inflammation) for osteoarthritis for example
  • Limitation of seizures and their duration in epileptic animals
  • Fight against stress and anxiety
  • Appetite stimulation
  • Improved sleep
  • Increased comfort and limitation of stress at the end of life

Regulation of CBD for Animals

It is worth mentioning that although its popularity is great, we are a bit late in Europe and there is still no regulation. Many people are already seeing the benefits of CBD for their pets. There are already CBD products for pets on the market. We recommend that you speak to your veterinarian before giving anything to your dog or cat.
 

Which CBD Oil should I choose for my dog or cat?

The general rule is that you don't give your pet anything you wouldn't use for yourself. It is not necessary to give your pet a special oil for animals. In general, it is recommended to start with between 0.5 and 5 mg of CBD (1 or 2 drops at 5%) for animals weighing 4.5 kilos, twice a day. As always, the ideal is to start with a small dose and gradually increase the dose every 4 or 7 days, if necessary.

How do I give CBD to my dog or cat?

Depending on your pet, you can put it directly under the tongue. Otherwise, simply 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 mixing it with other foods, CBD takes longer to act than by mixing it with other foods. sublingual.

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


  • Pharmacokinetics, safety and clinical effectiveness of cannabidiol treatment in dogs with osteoarthritis (College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, United States) See the original article in English .
  • 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) View the original in English.

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