The benefits of CBD oil have been accepted in naturalistic human medicine for years with tons of new research released almost daily. Thankfully, as we learn more and more, CBD has finally begun making its way to the veterinary space!
As CBD has grown in popularity, it’s popped onto the market in a variety of forms. If you are considering using CBD for your dog or cat, you may be confused about which products will be safest and most effective.
CBD is marketed in the form of oils and tinctures and has also started making an appearance in pet treats. Treats might seem like they would be easier and more convenient, but are they really?
We have the answers to your questions here. If you are wondering why you should choose CBD oil over CBD treats, keep on reading so you can make an informed decision for your pet.
What Is CBD?
Before we dive in, let's talk about what CBD is and why so many people and pets love it. CBD stands for cannabidiol. Cannabidiol is an active phytochemical in the hemp plant, which is a cousin to marijuana that does not have the psychoactive properties (ability to get you “high”).
In the United States, CBD is federally legal in all 50 states since it does not contain THC. Keep in mind that some states have conditional legalities, so check with your own state for the most up-to-date legislation. As the use of CBD continues to grow, research has begun to increase, which has only continued to unlock potential uses for CBD.
Many people and pets have used CBD as a natural support for things like:
- Joint discomfort
- Seizure control
- Appetite stimulation
CBD has very few reported side effects, although since every animal is different, they won’t all respond in the same way. Always let your veterinarian know if you have started your dog on a new supplement to prevent possible negative interactions.
Choosing A CBD Product
When choosing a CBD supplement for your pet, there are some things to look for. Since CBD is marketed as a supplement, it is, unfortunately, not closely regulated. That means that unethical companies can take advantage of the CBD craze. They can use unhealthy or even toxic additives in their treats or tinctures.
Here’s what you want to keep in mind when making your selection:
- You want to find a high quality product from a reputable company. Their product quality testing should be readily available for your to view on their website.
- All of their products should be tested by an independent laboratory. This helps ensure the results you see have not been tampered with.
- The company you purchase from should be easy to contact and willing to answer any questions you may have.
- Look for an organic product or one that contains no pesticides.
- The CBD product you buy should be made specifically for animals. Make sure it specifically indicates that it’s for your dog or cat. And it should also include the dosage amount for your particular animal.
- You should easily be able to find the percentage of CBD in the product.
- Don’t compare based on price. When it comes to CBD products, you absolutely get what you pay for. That bargain product may be getting you more than you paid for… in the form of additives and toxins.
CBD Oil vs. CBD Treats
When it comes to making the big choice between CBD oil or treats, CBD oil wins hands down. CBD has become a little bit of a buzzword, meaning just having CBD printed on the package can increase a company’s sales. So, as consumers, we always want to make sure that what we’re buying is truthfully what it says it is.
This doesn’t mean that CBD treats are bad, but if you have the option, there are numerous reasons to opt for CBD oil instead.
- One of the reasons CBD oil wins over treats is that even soft chews are cooked. The cooking process has a negative effect on the potency of the CBD contained in the treat. Heating CBD makes it more difficult for your pet’s body to absorb, meaning your pet isn’t getting the effects you desire.
- Another issue is that you can’t be sure how much CBD is contained in a treat. Ingredient lists are printed based on the amounts present prior to cooking. CBD levels are not checked after the treat has been cooked.
- Since CBD treats are, well, treats, they’re full of ingredients that your dog may not need. If your dog is on CBD to support aches from stiffness, an important part of their overall wellbeing is maintaining a healthy weight. If your pet is getting their CBD from a treat, they are also getting extra calories and extra processed foods.
- CBD oil may seem more expensive than a bag of treats. The truth is, you are saving money by purchasing CBD oil. You will go through treats fairly quickly. CBD oil will last much longer. You only need to apply a few drops of oil to your pets food, or inside their mouth, meaning that little bottle will outlast that bag of treats.
- Giving CBD oil directly means that you have better control over the dose and know the exact amount your pet is getting. There’s really nothing like peace of mind, right?
- Your pet will be able to get the full effects of the CBD from the oil since it will be more easily absorbed in their body.
- CBD oil is very easy to administer and can be given directly to your pet or dropped and mixed into their food bowl.
If you are looking for a CBD product that checks all of the boxes, give one of our supplements a try! Companion’s Best Day is organic, independently lab-tested, and our graduated dropper makes it super easy to give the correct dose to your pet.
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