Remember These 5 Things Before Letting Your Pets Take Marijuana
Medical marijuana is already legal in 32 states and is already widely used for patients who suffer from Crohn's disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s, just to name a few. Just like humans, our pets are also susceptible to illnesses that would make them feel chronic pain.
The industry of CBD (Cannabidiol) pet products has been thriving since a lot of pet owners claim that these help their ailing pets tremendously when it comes to dealing with pain, anxiety, and loss of appetite.
CBD is a component that’s present in cannabis that has the significant medicinal effect that won’t get its users high. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the psychoactive component in cannabis. It’s what makes the users high and it is not safe to use on your pets.
Marijuana itself has high levels of THC that’s why humans who use this get high. For your pets,direct ingestion of marijuana leaves may be dangerous, so always make sure that you keep these leaves far from your pets if you have any at home. Remember that your pets can’t huff and puff, so smelling or inhaling marijuana smoke can also be very toxic for them.
If you’ve recently decided to use CBD products on your pets, here are 5 things you should know and remember to make sure that the treatment will be safe and that you’re on the right path in helping your pets rather than hurting them.
1. The reason why you choose to give your pet CBD products
There are different reasons why pet owners choose to give their pets CBD products, so you have to keep your reason in mind when choosing the right product. This will help you decide on the dosage and what type of product you will use on your pets.
CBD products can only help if your pets experience chronic pains, severe anxiety, nausea, and if they have health problems like cancer, arthritis, and heart diseases.
2. Veterinarians may not have a solid opinion about its usage
Even though the use of marijuana is already legal in some states, there is still no law that allows vets to prescribe marijuana to their patients. In fact, directing the pet owners to its use may even cost them their licenses so don’t expect that you can give them a visit and get affirmation that CBD products could help your pets.
Even if vets don’t prescribe marijuana, it doesn’t really mean that they are against it. Most of them believe that this requires further studies to ensure that it is indeed safe for pets.
Lisa Moses, VMD of the IVAPM (International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management) believes that medical marijuana could be beneficial to pets if it will be delivered as a well-developed product.
3. CBD products made for humans are different from CBD pet products
There are vets who believe that CBD used for humans can also be administered to pets, as long as it’s hemp-based and has less than 0.3% THC. After all, animals also have an ECS (Endocannabinoid System) which is the system that allows them to process CB products.
CBD oil for humans can be given to pets as long as you carefully use it.
Although you may use CBD oil for humans on your pets, there are already a lot of manufacturers that cater to the CBD for the pet industry. So if you’re planning on giving CBD products to your pets, might as well use the ones specifically made for them.
4. The CBD product dosage mainly depends on the animals’ weight
The best and safest way to make sure you’re giving them the dosage based on their weight and the initial reaction they get. Always make sure to read the product’s label so that you have an accurate guide. Aside from the dosage guide, you can use the percentage of CBD that the oil product has.
It really depends on you as well if you want to give them low or high dosage. You may use this as your basis to check whether you’re giving your pets low or high dosage:
● Low: 0.05mg of CBD
● Mid: 0.125mg of CBD
● High: 0.25mg of CBD
5. Aside from CBD oil, there are other CBD products for pets that you may use
CBD oil is what’s common when it comes to CBD treatments for pets. But manufacturers are now more innovative when it comes to CBD products. There are those that come in capsules. These are said to be the next popular CBD product next to oils.
Aside from oil and capsules, CBD treats are now also available for your pets. There are different varieties you can choose from.
Some of these are based on what your pet is suffering from. They’ve included other components that could help your pets in specific symptoms like nausea, arthritis, anxiety, and dizziness.
Although itis still illegal under federal laws, the use of marijuana products may need more extensive research to prove that this is safe for your pets. Research is important when it comes to choosing the right CBD product for your pet. When choosing, it’s best to get organic products.
There are different varieties of CBD products out there, but if you are just starting out and are unsure of what dosage would work best with your pet, start with CBD oils as this is easier to
measure and control.
A lot of pet owners choose to give their pets CBD products, especially if their disease is terminal because they would rather have their pets suffer less before anything happens. If in case you encounter any complications when these CBD products were given to your pets, then you should immediately stop.
Blog post 11/28/2018
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