Pets are a part of the family. 

It only makes sense then that pet parents actively seek out all natural options when it comes to their furbaby’s wellness. 

That's where CBD oil (or cannabidiol oil) comes into play. 

But the world of CBD is filled with information, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed when trying to find the best CBD oil for your dog or cat. What are the different types of CBD products out there? What’s the difference between CBD isolate and full spectrum CBD? What’s the best way to administer CBD to a pet? 

In this article, we’re going to give you all the information you need to help you find the best CBD oil for your furry friend. 

CBD For Dogs and Cats

Every day, more and more people are using CBD (short for “cannabidiol”). 

CBD oil is changing the ways in which individuals can support normal healthy functions in their bodies. 

Naturally, it was only a matter of time before pet owners who are CBD oil users themselves began to consider whether a CBD product could also serve their four-legged friend.

If you haven't already heard, we are thrilled to be the ones to share the news: CBD oil can be safe for dogs and cats

In fact, experts have been researching CBD’s effects and potency on animals for well over three decades, yet only in the past five years has CBD oil become readily available for purchasing. 

But, First... A Warning

With the enormous hype surrounding CBD oil and the CBD conversation growing every day, there are a few important facts that pet owners must be aware of. 

First, the good news: because CBD has gained so much attention, it’s available for purchase with the mere click of a button. You can now find CBD edibles, CBD oil drops, CBD topicals, CBD cream, and various other CBD products online. 

Unfortunately, that also presents certain problems. 

You see, as a result of CBD’s growing popularity, companies are producing products with one thing in mind: money. Many companies are developing CBD oils and other CBD products that are far from what we consider to be the necessary standards. This is concerning for a number of reasons. 

For starters, purchasing a CBD product that isn't of the highest quality is a waste of money. Plain and simple. 

However, and perhaps more troubling, is the fact that a low-quality CBD product can be unsafe for your dog or cat. In some cases, there have been instances when a CBD product contained no CBD at all! As a result, the CBD is useless for its intended purpose (whether it’s meant to ease stiffness associated with normal aging in dogs or promoting calmness for dogs responding t0 environmentally-induced stress or another purpose altogether). 

Luckily, there are a few ways to ensure that you are purchasing the best CBD oil possible for your beloved, four-legged friend!

Hemp Derived

First and foremost, the CBD oil that you purchase for your dogs and cats must be derived from the hemp plant, a species of the cannabis plant.  

CBD derived from the other species of the cannabis plant (marijuana) will contain trace amounts of the cannabinoid, THC (short for tetrahydrocannabinol, the cannabinoid that people associate with “getting high”). While THC can certainly have potential health benefits for people, this cannabinoid isn't safe for canines or felines.

CBD derived from the hemp plant, however, only contains 0.3% THC. When used appropriately, it will have virtually no effects on your dog, although owners do observe slight lethargy when they’re first starting their pets on CBD. 

So, when purchasing a CBD tincture or other CBD product online or from your local dispensary, make sure that you only buy a hemp-derived CBD oil tincture. The same applies to other CBD products that you may purchase. Always make sure it’s derived from the hemp plant! 

100% All Natural

Next, it is imperative that the CBD hemp oil that you purchase is all natural, all the time. 

This means that the hemp product was not treated with any pesticides, fungicides, or solvents. 

Think about it: if you’re using CBD to promote healthy function in your dog, but the hemp that CBD comes from was treated with dangerous chemicals, then you’re essentially negating the purpose of the CBD to begin with. 

The safest method for the extraction of CBD hemp oil is CO2 extraction or carbon dioxide extraction. Again, all natural is the way to go! 

Lab Tested

Additionally, in order to ensure you are purchasing the very best CBD oil, ask to see the company's Certificate Of Analysis (COA). 

Any reputable CBD brand in the CBD industry should be able to easily provide it. The Certificate of Analysis shows an in-depth lab report of exactly how much CBD their product contains. It will also show you the THC levels in the CBD product so that you can ensure they’re low enough to not affect your furry friend. 

Some companies are marketing their product as being pure CBD oil (also known as CBD isolate), yet the product only contains trace amounts of CBD. Doesn't make much sense, does it? 

Ensuring the CBD levels are up to the necessary standards is an essential way to make sure your pet benefits from the hemp plant. 

CBD Isolate vs Full Spectrum CBD

It’s important for pet parents to understand the main differences between CBD isolate and full spectrum CBD.

CBD isolate refers to pure CBD when it is separated from its other cannabis compounds. It was once believed that CBD isolate (sometimes called ‘pure CBD’) reigned supreme over full spectrum CBD. Experts thought that CBD isolate was a more concentrated form of CBD and therefore had a higher potency than other cannabis products. 

However, this thought process was proved incorrect in a 2015 study that showed full spectrum CBD can have substantially greater effects on the body, as it contains certain strains that work together to promote healthy function in the body.

That’s why we highly recommend only purchasing full spectrum CBD oil for your pet. Full spectrum CBD oil, as its name suggests, contains all of the beneficial cannabinoids found within cannabis. In addition to CBD, it also contains powerful cannabinoids like Cannabinol (CBN), Cannabicyclol (CBL), and Cannabichromevarinic Acid (CBCVA). All of these cannabinoids work together to provide more substantial results when compared to CBD isolate. 

With the information widely available regarding full spectrum CBD versus CBD isolate, you may want to ask yourself why so many companies are choosing to use the latter. 

The answer is simple. It's cheaper for the CBD company. Therefore, companies can use the cheaper CBD (CBD isolate) in a CBD product and compete with the prices of companies using full spectrum CBD, all while profiting at substantially higher rates. It's one of the unfortunate truths that come with the rise in popularity of a product like CBD. 

Furthermore, companies that are using CBD isolate are not going to be forthcoming with the information. Therefore, it is imperative that pet owners know to ask for the Certificate of Analysis. The lab test will show exactly what form of CBD their product contains. 

CBD Oils & Bites Formulated for Animals

This may go without saying, but it is extremely important to only give your cats and dogs CBD oil products from hemp extract that are specifically formulated for animals.

You can find CBD oil tinctures that are specifically manufactured for pets. Additionally, you can look for your dog’s favorite flavor when it comes to CBD bites and CBD chews.

If you own a CBD vape pen for smoking vape oil, do not blow the smoke into your pet's face or ears. It will not get them high but can ultimately cause irritation and harm. Vaping CBD with a vape pen is fine for people, but certainly not for our animals.

Also, make sure that you hide your CBD snacks like CBD gummies from your furbaby.

Price Points

When it comes to CBD oil, you truly get what you pay for. 

Due to the high demand and even higher amount of competition, you may find price points that vary quite a bit. We encourage our readers to ask themselves why this may be the case. 

Is the cheaper CBD oil using full spectrum CBD? Likely not. Is the company able to provide a Certificate of Analysis? Is the product really something that you want to give to your beloved furry companion?

Of course, it’s important for pet owners to understand that CBD oil can be affordable. CBD oil from Honest Paws, for instance, will only cost pet parents roughly $2 a day. That's less than a trip to Starbucks!

Why Choose CBD Oil for Dogs & Cats: Quality Assurance

We know that your dogs and cats mean the world to you. Here at Honest Paws, we are all animal lovers.

That’s why we’re dedicated to bringing you the best CBD oil for your four-legged friends at home. 

Toward that end, we’re extremely proud to be certified with the National Animal Supplement Council for all our products. The organization came into existence when it was clear that no one was regulating the animal supplement industry. We know your animal companion is a part of your family, though, and should only receive the best quality when it comes to health and wellness. Our NASC certification is part of our dedication to ensuring we only provide you with the safest and highest standard of products. 

We use 100% pure full spectrum CBD hemp oil from hemp plants cultivated in Colorado. Made in the USA and thoroughly lab tested, we guarantee the quality of our products. 

Our CBD products are human grade, organic, 100% natural, and completely vegan. Additionally, they’re non-GMO, soy free, dairy free, corn free, and gluten free as well!  

The Best CBD Oil = The Best Results

At the end of the day, we know that you want the very best for your furry friend and, in our humble opinion, that should mean only the very best CBD oil. 

The bottom line is this. When it comes to choosing the best CBD oil for your dog or cat, the CBD oil should be:

  • hemp-derived

  • 100% all natural

  • lab tested

  • full spectrum

  • formulated specifically for animals

  • the right price point

  • high quality

By following these guidelines, you’re sure to find the best CBD oil for your pet, which they’ll love you even more for! 

FAQ’s

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https://www.honestpaws.com/blogs/pet-care/cbd-oil-for-dogs

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