July 18, 2022

How To Use CBD Oil To Relieve Your Pet's Pain [Guide]

You may have heard through the pet parent grapevine that CBD oil is a natural way to relieve your pet’s pain. But with all the info floating around the web, clarity on exactly how to use it for your pup’s or kitten’s discomfort can take some serious digging.

It’s a howling shame there’s so much confusion when there’s so much potential packed inside each drop of CBD oil.

This guide is here to help set you and your pet up for success. Not only are we walking through the best practices of giving your cat or dog CBD for pain, but we’re giving you the rundown on how CBD relieves pain so you can feel confident about getting started.

CBD Oil For Pain In Dogs & Cats: How’s That Work?

Although research on CBD for dogs and cats is in its infancy, there are enough similarities between humans and our furry friends to have a good understanding of its potential to relieve pain caused by:(1,2,3)

  • Arthritis
  • Digestive issues
  • Allergies and autoimmune conditions
  • Injury
  • Muscle tension brought on by anxiety

It all comes down to the endocannabinoid system (ECS), a system that all mammals have in common.

The ECS runs through the entire body, influencing immune response, appetite, memory, sleep, and yes, pain control — just to name a few essential functions. The ECS is also a key player in maintaining homeostasis, which means it’s crucial for optimal functioning for overall health.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabis compound that interacts with the mammalian ECS. It works with the ECS to reduce pain by lowering inflammation, reducing muscle tension, and even making pain feel less bothersome.(1,4)

Regardless of what’s causing your pet’s pain, there are some best practices that you can follow to make sure it’s getting the most relief from its CBD.

Using CBD Oil For Pain Relief In Pets

CBD is safe for most pets to use with many other therapies, but your veterinarian is the best resource to decide if and how CBD oil fits intoyourpet’s care plan. In most states, vets can’t recommend CBD to you, but they can discuss possible upsides and downsides.

After a chat with your vet, you’re ready to get started. Follow these steps for best results.

Find A Quality Pet CBD Product

There are countless brands out there marketing hemp oil for dogs and CBD products for pets. Unfortunately, not all are up to snuff with what you’d want to give your pet — let alone count on to take away its pain.

When you’re on the prowl for CBD for your pet’s pain, you should know:

  • THC is toxic to pets, so check the Certificate of Analysis to make sure any product you choose for your pet is THC-free.
  • Nano CBD is more bioavailable than other types of CBD, improving its effectiveness.
  • A water-soluble nano CBD oil for pets ticks that box and the dropper bottle lets you easily measure a custom dose based on your pet’s weight. Plus, it dissolves into your pet’s food, water, or homemade treats.
  • CBD oil drops tend to have fewer ingredients than other pet CBD products, which is ideal for pets with sensitivities.
  • Hemp absorbs toxins in the soil it’s grown in, and non-organic soil can contain arsenic and other nasties. So CBD made with organically-cultivated hemp is non-negotiable for you and your pet.

At Pure Craft, we only use CBD made from organically-grown hemp in our products, including our water-soluble CBD for pets. It only has two ingredients: nano-optimized broad-spectrum CBD oil and MCT oil. And third-party testing confirms it’s THC-free before we ship it to you.

Start Your Pet’s CBD Pain Relief Regimen

When getting started with CBD oil, it’s important to consider how it will fit into your pet’s daily routine so you can stay consistent.

Consistent usage keeps the properties of CBD in its system, so the cannabidiol can continue to curb inflammation and tackle other causes of pain.

First thing’s first: Decide on when and how you’ll give your pet its daily dose.

Depending on your pet’s pain level and how it responds to CBD, your pet may need more than one dose per day. But you’ll want to start low and slow at first, following the dosage instructions on your chosen product, then gradually increase the dose if needed.

Monitor Your Pet For Progress

Seeing as we humans don’t speak in meows and woofs, we have to pay careful attention to know if our pet’s CBD is working.

If it’s moving easier, sleeping better, or suddenly having a happy-go-lucky demeanor — you could be right on the money with the dose and schedule.

On the flipside, if there aren’t any signs of improvement, some adjustments are probably in order.

There are a lot of variables here. So, we developed a quiz called Is Your Pet’s CBD Working? Use This Quiz to Keep Trackto help you tune in to your fur baby’s progress. While you’re here, paste that into the search bar and bookmark it so you have it handy.

Stay Consistent For Best Results

It may be tempting to switch things up when your pet starts feeling better, but once the CBD is clear from their system, things could take a downturn.

Unless your pet is experiencing side effects — such as itching, rash, or tummy troubles — or your vet recommends otherwise, stay the course and keep tabs on your dog’s or cat’s comfort.

Pain-Relieving Paw-tential With CBD Oil

CBD oil has pain-relieving properties that can help our furry companions with many types of pain — you just have to know how to use it.

Creating a CBD oil routine for your pet ensures you don’t miss doses while keeping the properties of CBD in your cat’s or dog’s system. You’ll want to keep a close eye on your pet’s demeanor and behavior to gauge how it’s feeling, adjusting the regimen as needed.

Of course, the best results come from the best products. The best CBD for pain relief for dogs and cats is THC-free, effective, easy to administer, and has a pure formulation with minimal ingredients. Our nano CBD for pets fits this bill, and check out this result from a customer:

“Recommend! I got this product to try out for my 7-year-old English mastiff who started to experience arthritis. After about a week, his energy has increased and he’s more active and back to his playful self.” — Mandi M.



  1. Vučković, S, et al. (2018) Cannabinoids and Pain: New Insights From Old Molecules. Frontiers in Pharmacology. https://doi.org/10.3389/fphar.2018.01259
  2. Gugliandolo, E, et al. (2021). Effect of Cannabidiol (CBD) on Canine Inflammatory Response: An Ex Vivo Study on LPS Stimulated Whole Blood. Veterinary sciences. https://doi.org/10.3390/vetsci8090185
  3. Coile, C. (2021). Does CBD Work for Dogs? American Kennel Club. https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/does-cbd-work-for-dogs
  4. (2021). Research shows pain relieving effects of CBD. ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210423130221.htm

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