Every pet owner understands how our furry, feathery, or scaly friends love treats. That’s why we often use treats to reinforce good behavior when training our pets.
Another exciting thing about pet treats is that they come in all manner of shapes, sizes, and ingredients. Over the past few years, the pet industry has witnessed a sustained increase in the number of CBD-infused pet treats. But if you’ve never offered CBD-based pet treats to your four-legged friend, you could be wondering just what this ingredient is.
Well, CBD, which is the short form for cannabidiol, refers to a bioactive compound present in the cannabis plant, which is marketed for its powerful healing properties. According to medical experts, CBD can help with conditions whose primary symptoms include pain, anxiety, insomnia, nausea, inflammation, and seizures.
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It sounds like just the right ingredient you’d want in your pet treats. However, there are various things to know before offering CBD-infused treats to your pet.
Read on as we unpack the five tips to give CBD treats to your pet.
1. Use CBD For The Right Medical Condition
There’s a long list of other medical conditions that you can relieve in pets using cannabidiol, including;
- Nociceptive and neuropathic pain
- Stress and anxiety
- Sleep disorders like insomnia
- Inflammatory diseases like arthritis and cancer
- Digestive complications like nausea and vomiting
- Metabolic disorders like diabetes
- Neurological issues like epileptic seizures
But while CBD can relieve numerous diseases in pets, there are equally many illnesses that the substance cannot treat.
So, the first tip when giving CBD-infused treats to your pet is to establish that the pet is suffering from a disease that cannabidiol generally treats. You can always consult your vet for more insights on that.
2. Avoid THC-containing CBD Products
Tetrahydrocannabinol, commonly abbreviated as THC, is the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis. Due to its psychoactive properties, THC is most common among recreational marijuana users.
However, the substance also contains powerful healing properties.
Medical experts often recommend consuming CBD products containing significant THC levels for compounded benefits. When consumed alongside CBD, THC gummies or other THC products offer even faster relief from various medical conditions.
However, you’re better off not giving THC-containing CBD products to your pet, and for the obvious reasons. If consumed, THC can trigger a host of psychedelic effects, including hallucinations and intoxication. While these feelings generally make humans happy, we cannot say the same about our pets.
3. Select The Right Delivery Method
Pet treats come in all shapes and sizes. Generally, these products are formulated depending on how you intend to feed them to your pet.
Most CBD-infused pet treats come in the form of edible products like chews or oral tincture oils. It’s essential to choose a product that your adorable pet will love.
To make an informed choice, you’d need to study your pet carefully. For instance, if you own a skittish cat, it would be challenging to hold it down to administer CBD oral tinctures to her. Your only option here would be edible treats like chews.
Besides their relative ease of administration, CBD edible pet treats also offer long-lasting benefits. That’s for the simple reason that not all the treats are absorbed from your pet’s digestive tract at once. Instead, some of it remains there and is absorbed alongside the animal’s subsequent meals.
4. Go Slow On The Doses
Since pets love treats so much, they’ll rarely tell you when they’ve had enough. So, as a caring and responsible pet parent, the is on you to determine the right quantity of CBD pet treats to feed your furry friend.
The good news is that CBD has no ideal dose.
Generally, the amount of CBD-infused treats you offer to your pets depends on various factors, such as;
- Your pet’s age and body weight
- Your pet’s sensitivity or tolerance to cannabidiol
- The strength of CBD in the product
- The severity of the disease you’re trying to relieve
All in all, it’s recommended to give CBD treats to pets in small portions. The goal is to establish how the animal’s body reacts to the substance before working out its ideal dose.
5. Be Patient With CBD
It’s important to note that CBD may not work for your pet at times, or at least not immediately. However, that’s not a reason to give up on the substance or increase the doses drastically.
Note that for CBD treats to achieve their intended purpose in pets, there are usually various factors at play. We’ve already highlighted the importance of prescribing the treats for the right medical condition and choosing the suitable delivery methods and doses.
Still, other factors, such as your pet’s metabolic rate and CBD tolerance levels, may make it difficult for CBD pet treats to work. Also, CBD might not work if your pet is currently under certain medications.
Whichever the case may be, just be patient and give CBD some time. If nothing still works, take the matter up with your vet.
The Bottom Note
There go our top tips on how to give CBD treats to pets. Although we’ve already mentioned it, it warrants repeating that you should only offer CBD to your pets in moderation. Note that animals have more endocannabinoid receptors in their brains than humans. It means that a CBD overdose could be catastrophic to them, especially in CBD treats formulated with significant THC levels.
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