While we generally think of CBD products for humans - you know, tinctures, smokables, and creams - it’s also becoming increasingly popular for animals. We’re talking dog treats, digestive chews, and even pet-friendly lip balms. But is CBD *really* safe for pets? And can it actually help them with anxiety, seizures, and joint pain?
We’ve pulled some studies, stats, and stories to help you make the best decision for you and your pets! 🐶🐱(Psst, the research is exciting!)
As you probably already know, CBD does not have THC. Meaning, CBD doesn’t have psychoactive properties and will not get you (or your pets) “high.” Rather, CBD is known for its calming effects and feelings of general “well being.”
According to a 2017 World Health Organization report, naturally occurring CBD was shown to be safe and well tolerated in humans and animals, and was not associated with any negative public health effects.
That said, research is still limited and more evidence needs to be collected before any firm conclusions can be made. And like always, it’s a good idea to check in with your vet before putting anything new in your pet’s system.
Note: the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) claims that pets can overdose on CBD products and experience negative symptoms such as vomiting and lethargy. Like any supplement, medication, or special additive, we recommend putting CBD in a safe place out of reach!
Anecdotal evidence along with a few studies (both old and new) show there is excellent promise when it comes to the health benefits of CBD for pets. Not only is CBD associated with mitigated anxiety and pain reduction, but studies also show it may even help reduce dog seizures.
Again, more research is needed before conclusions can be confidently drawn. But this information is extremely exciting to see and we look forward to reading more studies (hopefully) in the near future.
Interested in CBD products for your pets? Here are some do’s and don’ts to keep in mind and remember: you and your veterinarian know your dog best!
Our pet tinctures were developed with Dr. Robert Prošek, a double-boarded Veterinary Cardiologist from the South Miami area. We are so excited to offer CBD products for pets that are made with the highest quality ingredients. We don’t use anything that we wouldn’t proudly give our own pets! Everything is manufactured locally and we hold multiple certifications so you can feel good about what you’re giving your beloved pets (read more, here).