Cannabidiol (CBD) and its by-products, for instance, additives and supplement treats or ‘bones’ for pets have gained momentum over the past decade and growing. If you ever search online for pet products, 9 out of 10 times you will find a product or an advertisement for it, containing this hemp-extraction in it. Nevertheless, the insufficiency of an investigation into how CBD affects cats and dogs is not on par with the demand on the market. There seems to be more of a demand for it, then there is conclusive evidence on all types of animals.
Various researchers and scientists have investigated Hemp-Oil and products infused with it and especially in the food that we give our dogs and cats because our pets can’t tell us how they feel, but at least we have scientists and medical experts who can try and speak for them. Keith J. Myers has done research on the effects of CBD oil and the appropriate pet dosage you can follow.
When we think about it, have we ever wondered how and if CBD intake affects both our dogs and cats in the same way? Unfortunately, not everyone has.
No Scientific Conclusions Yet
In this area, various experiments have been done, one of which was by a research company whose finds were published online. In this study, it was noted that the experiment results looked safe for healthy adult dogs, but not entirely in healthy adult cats. These results are being studied further to see the finer details of the differences. You can view this source here https://www.mdpi.com/2076-2615/9/10/832
Many sources have advised that the logical thing to do is to start with small doses such as an initial 0.5mg/kg once a day for at least 2-3 weeks then increase it slightly to twice a day working up incrementally to perhaps 1mg/kg twice a day. However, this may or may not be the professional advice of an expert. The best person to ask is your veterinarian.
Not Sure What to Do
If you are however keen on putting your pet on CBD Oil but are indecisive about the dosage or how to go about doing it, you can choose an alternative option instead, by giving it treats with CBD in them. At least this way you can give it once a day and see how it affects him or her. It is important to go for products from a well-established and reputable brand as there are so many on the market that it can get confusing. Here you can view holistapets site, where there is a range of products to choose from that do not have all the harmful chemicals and additives that most pet foods are made from, but rather only natural and organic ingredients that are good for your four-legged companion.
Even though research is undergoing regarding the different effects of giving your pet CBD, it is safe to say that as pet owners it should be our duty to make sure we don’t overdo it. The thing to remember is that this is a treatment drug after all, just like any other and especially the fact that we do not know much about it, besides where it comes from and how it is made, a lot of manufacturers have sworn by it and seen positive effects in animals from various other studies that have been done, more on dogs than on cats though.
In the End, We Are All Different
Seeing as the jury is still out in this one, let us assume that CBD and its by-products affect dogs and cats differently. Afterall if we think about it, with humans it is the same. If person A can take a prescribed medication such as Valium to treat anxiety and it works by relaxing them, it is not to say that the person B will have the same relief from it, or that it will help them in the same way, even though we would assume that the human body functions in much in the same way as our counterparts, this is not the case with our canine and feline companions.
More reason to take heed of this advice, especially seeing as cats and dogs have different immunological systems and react to things differently both physically, mentally, and internally. Take for example something as simple as eating – we have found that cats tend to eat more frequently than dogs and in smaller amounts, so they can digest their food easily, whereas dogs eat perhaps twice a day and larger meals. Physical traits are pretty obvious and so are their bathroom habits as well, for instance, cats don’t need to be trained as much as dogs do when it comes to using a litter box, whereas dogs need to be taken out and are pretty picky about the pole or rock they pee on.
The obvious difference between the two is that dogs are pack animals, they tend to want their owners more than cats do, whereas cats are far more independent and don’t need an owner to feel complete; they go out and about themselves wandering around the neighborhood as and when they please, finding themselves in the neighbors garden four blocks down the road or sleeping on a fence on the other side of town. Read about this interesting characteristic here.
In the end, it is good to keep in mind that any two animals can be different in more ways than one even cats and dogs. So, if you are willing to give it a go and buy some of that organic product for your pet; if in doubt, ask for professional advice first before introducing anything alien to your pet’s diet, you will thank yourself for it.