Not all CBD oils are the same. "The CBD oil should not contain THC- tetrahydrocannabinol," says Elisa Katz, DVM, veterinarian and owner of the Holistic Veterinary Center in Bourbonnais, IL. "THC is the compound that gives marijuana its psychoactive properties. So, CBD oils made from hemp and not THC will not cause your dog or cat to get high. The CBD oil can help the pet relax."
In looking for top-quality CBD oil products, seek products that are:
- Organic- You don't want products that contain fungicides, solvents or pesticides.
- Not a bargain price. That could be a signal that the oil contains additives or a low percentage of quality CBD oil.
- Display a certificate of lab analysis.
- Sold as a tincture. Yes there are CBD treats available, but the best form is in a tincture. This option enables you to adjust the pet's dose drop by drop.
- Approved and recommended by your veterinarian.
CBD oils can be safe for use on dogs or cats when given the proper dosage. Here is a rundown of some situations in which CBD oil can be given to a pet:
- To help reduce separation anxiety or noise phobia reactions. Human studies have shown CBD oils to help reduce stress and anxiety.
- To help fight cancers. CBD oils have been shown to have an anti-tumor effect and slow down cancer cell growth in some instances.
- To help control seizures and epilepsy. Most dogs with seizures are given prescriptions to help control their episodes, but CBD oil may be added.
- To ease chronic or acute pain for pets.
- To assist with symptoms associated with inflammatory bowel disease.
- To reduce chronic inflammation and autoimmune diseases.
- To boost appetite and help with nausea.
- To promote cardiovascular health.
Bottom line: CBD oil not containing THC is legal and safe to give to dogs and cats.
By Sarah Zumhofe