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The fireworks every summer are every dog’s (and cat’s) worst nightmare. Our poor furry friends go through intense waves of anxiety thanks to the foreign, startling noises, hiding for hours in bathtubs, closets, underneath tables, you name it.

Some dogs and cats are just anxiety-ridden in general. For example, I have a cat that runs to the closet when I open cardboard boxes. I used to have a roommate whose mutt was scared of ceiling fans. 

And then, we have the issue of pain and the intense efforts by our pets to mask it. Dogs and cats cannot talk to us, so pet owners and animal lovers alike often find themselves flying blind concerning their pet’s ailments.

Now that CBD has made a name for itself in people, it appears as though the other domesticated mammals that live happily in our households stand to partake quite a bit from CBD oil. 

Dosing recommendations in dogs or cats are 1-5 mg per 10 lb of body weight. This generalized rule is structured so that you and your veterinarian can consider body weight and metabolism. 

Read on for more details on what CBD can do for your furry friends. 

How Much To Give Your Pets – And Why

The most important thing to keep in mind when dealing with pets and wellness supplements is that there will be some trial and error.

After careful observation, it is best to start low and graduate to higher dosages. CBD is not a one-size-fits-all dosing solution, even for us humans, and being mindful of your pets’ needs will take some experimenting. 

First, what is the goal? If it is for pain management due to osteoarthritis, stick to the 1-5 mg per 10 lbs of body weight recommendation, beginning on the low end and slowly increasing.

Cats will need to start at a higher dose due to their higher metabolism than dogs. 

For conditions like anxiety, you will want to give your pet two doses a day.

If you anticipate a triggering event (like the perpetually fearsome 4th of July fireworks), provide your pet with an amount of CBD about 2 hours before the worst of it shows up.

So how can you plausibly know CBD will work for your pet? Well, to have a pet is to know your pet. Pay attention to their body language and moods, and take stock of any marked improvement. Then, adjust dosing as you see fit. 

All this said, our four-legged friends benefit from more than just anxiety and pain relief when consuming CBD. 

What CBD Can Do For Dogs and Cats

Dogs and cats have an endocannabinoid system just like humans.

This system contains two different receptors, some of which are located in the spine, the rest in the gut, particularly in the regions that handle most of the heavy lifting of your pet’s immune system.

CB1 receptors, located primarily in the brain and spinal cord, handle memory, moods, hunger signals, and appetite.

CB2 receptors, primarily in the gut and nervous system, are tasked with processing CBD oil when ingested.

CB2 receptors go a pretty long way in assisting with calming your pet down and giving them a sense of serenity.

We may not fully understand or know why our pets freak out the way they do, but coming up with a CBD regimen for them can go a long way in terms of keeping your pet’s mental and emotional well-being in order and keeping you from being at the mercy of their mood swings.

Also, remember that CBD is not psychoactive. Full-spectrum CBD will have trace amounts of THC, which will not be enough to get your doggy or kitty high; the most it will make them want to take a nice, long nap. 

It could also help a pet who seems to eschew their kibble and instead lurk for human food; CBD has been known to improve appetite in picky pets noticeably.

Finally, with its antioxidant properties and effects, CBD could keep your dog or cat’s coat glossy and healthy, less prone to matting, and fewer issues with dry skin. 

What Do Vets Think of CBD? 

While studies are still in their infancy for CBD and pet health, a few are out there with promising results.

For example, one pain study demonstrated decreased joint pain among canines with minimal side effects. Another showed some significant relief among seizure-prone dogs. 

While still weighing the pros and cons, veterinarians around the country seem cautiously optimistic.

A survey of 822 vets showed that 87% believed that CBD was at least “somewhat” helpful for pain management in dogs, with 22% finding CBD to be “very helpful.”

Within this same study, 61% of vets surveyed believed that CBD was at least “somewhat” helpful in assisting nervous dogs with their phobias, whether it be firecrackers, plastic bags, or some other mysterious, fearsome event! 

Best Practices

Remember that CBD for pets is a different ball game than CBD for humans. Make sure to watch out for a Certificate of Analysis for more peace of mind.

Animals being animals, who can’t tell you when a product is a bunk, bottom-feeder brands will usually try to get away with a feeble product dressed up in trendy, appealing packaging and savory flavors that any dog or cat would eat. So be sure to do your research!

PureKana’s bacon-flavored CBD oil for dogs/cats is a high potency, sourced with high-quality organic ingredients from USA-grown hemp. 

Your dog or cat won’t be dealing with any side effects from CBD, but try to stick to broad-spectrum or isolated CBD pet products, as these are free of psychoactive THC, which could potentially elevate heart rate in more sensitive breeds of dogs or cats.

Some pet owners have reported mild digestive issues, but this does not seem to be common.

Keep in mind that while CBD is hard to overdose with, you want to strictly stay on the dosing recommendations as provided by the product manufacturer. 

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