On your mission to help your furry friend live a long and healthy life, you’ve probably become an expert in sourcing the best food, treats, and toys. And now that CBD is common in pet stores and online, you may be realizing you have some homework to do on these new products.
Once you learn what separates the best CBD for pets from the rest, you’ll be ready to add to cart online or IRL without worry. This guide will help you do just that!
First of all, you might be wondering whether CBD is right for your pet. So let’s start with what CBD is and why you might consider it.
CBD is short for cannabidiol, a naturally-occurring cannabis compound. Unlike another well-known cannabinoid called THC, CBD is not intoxicating.
And CBD isn’t toxic to pets, while THC can be lethal to dogs and cats.
So, if you’re looking for a natural way to reduce your pet’s separation anxiety, improve its comfort, and support its wellbeing, you might want to fetch some CBD.
For deeper digs into how CBD may help your pet, readGiving Your Cat CBD: A Guide for Humans orCBD For Dogs: A Guide For Humans after this.
Before you invest in a CBD product for your pet, you can chew down your selection by answering some basic questions. Getting clear on these answers will help you save time and money in the long run.
Your pet will appreciate getting right down to the best options, too!
In 2018, the US Federal Government legalized CBD made from industrial hemp. That doesn’t automatically mean all CBD products are legal, though.
CBD dog treats, cat treats, and animal food isn’t legal under FDA guidelines.(3)
You might spot CBD-infused pet food at local or online pet stores. But there are no universal guidelines for the production of CBD treats for dogs and cats. That means ingredients and quality can vary from product to product.
So, what is legal (and regulated)?
Simple: Hemp-derived CBD products that aren’t in the form of pet food. That means CBD oil for pets is in the clear! These products are held to the same standards as CBD for humans.
With CBD pet treats and food off the table, the best option is likely CBD oil drops, aka CBD tinctures.
With CBD drops, you can measure out the amount your pet needs based on weight and add it to its food or water. Water-soluble CBD oil is ideal because it fully dissolves.
You can also use the drops to make CBD treats for your pet at home.
Mixing CBD with certain medications can cause adverse effects. And CBD’s not recommended for pets with some health conditions.
Talk to your veterinarian to learn about any potential risks before giving your pet CBD if it’s been diagnosed with any conditions or if it’s taking medication.
If your pet is sensitive or allergic to any ingredients, be sure to check out the label on any CBD products you’re using.
Pet CBD products shouldn’t contain THC or any other ingredients that could be harmful to pets — such as xylitol or chocolate. But while you’re scoping out the label anyway, it doesn’t hurt to double-check.
Like everything else you give your pet, what’s inside CBD products and how they’re made matters. We recommend sourcing pet CBD that’s:
We hold all of our products to these standards at Pure Craft, including our Nano Water Soluble CBD for Pets.
Choosing the perfect CBD for your pet might take some time on your part, but the right products can improve your pet’s quality of life.
Take your pet’s health care plan and any allergies into consideration when choosing a CBD product.
We recommend steering clear of CBD pet food and treats because they aren’t regulated. But with versatile CBD oil drops, you can easily incorporate CBD into your pet’s food and water.
Use the quality checklist above to make sure you’re giving your pet only the best CBD oil. And, always buy a CBD product formulated specifically for pets.
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