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CBD for Pets UK - Can Pets Have CBD Oil?

Is CBD safe for pets?

There has been no evidence to say that CBD is toxic to pets, but there is currently a lack of knowledge surrounding the correct dose and how CBD interacts with other medications.

VMD website states "As there are currently no CBD products authorised in the UK for veterinary use, a veterinary surgeon may prescribe a legally obtained human CBD product under the provisions of the prescribing cascade. Administration of an unauthorised product containing CBD without a veterinary prescription is an offence under Regulation 8 of the VMR. Companies supplying CBD products for human use in line with the requirements of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency must not indicate or recommend their products for use on animals." read the full article from VMD.

There has been no indication that CBD is toxic to dogs or cats, but there is currently a shortage of information surrounding the right dose and how CBD mixes with additional medications.

In America (US), there are many pet CBD brands aimed explicitly at dogs and cats, in the US You can give your pet CBD oil which is marketed for humans.

According to Dr Kramer from the American kennel club, CBD is also used because of its anti-inflammatory properties, cardiac benefits, anti-nausea effects, appetite stimulation, anti-anxiety impact, and for possible anti-cancer benefits. However, there's no conclusive data on this use.

How could CBD help your pet?

Like humans, cats and dogs have an endocannabinoid system that benefits CBD products like humans. A daily intake of CBD could relieve symptoms, ranging from anxiety and stress to chronic inflammation and joint pain.

Buying CBD for Pets UK

If you and your veterinarian decide that you should try CBD as a treatment for your dog, there are a few things to keep in mind when purchasing CBD oil. Not all oils are the same; you'll want high-quality CBD oil to have a better chance of it working.

Don’t only shop based on price. Higher quality and purity are usually associated with a higher cost. A cheaper option could contain toxic substances such as pesticides, herbicides, or heavy metals.

Make sure your CBD oil is free of additives. Get the lab analysis. The manufacturer should provide a certificate that certifies the amount of CBD that is in the product. Many CBD products contain only small amounts of CBD. You'll also want to make sure there is little or no THC in the product.

Buy CBD as a liquid. You can buy dog treats containing CBD, but the best form to administer is an oil or tincture. This way, you can adjust your dog's dose drop by drop.

Flavoured CBD oil like our CBD salmon drops is perfect for adding your dogs/cats' favourite treat. It contains zero THC, so it is optimal for animals.

What is CBD? 

CBD is an abbreviation for Cannabidiol which is a phytocannabinoid discovered in 1940. One of 113 identified cannabinoids found in cannabis plants accounts for up to 40% of the entire plant's extract. CBD is an ingredient naturally sourced from hemp plants that are cultivated for nutritional purposes.

CBD is obtained from hemp paste, made from the stalks, leaves and flowers of the hemp plant, with hemp seeds as a secondary source. CBD is a non-psychoactive compound, which means that people do not feel 'high' after using it.

Head over to our "what is CBD page for more info."

With the positive health effects of CBD oil around the UK, more people are looking into pets possible benefits. But, is CBD safe for pets?

Currently, no CBD products have been authorised or approved by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate in the UK. Although, vets have known to prescribe human CBD products to animals. We also understand customers do give their animals CBD to try and help them with all kinds of problems and we often get asked about providing pets CBD. We are not and do not pretend to be vets, and we are not qualified to offer advice on giving animals CBD.

If you are seriously considering trying CBD oil with your pet, you will need to talk to a vet first. Legally, only your vet can prescribe a legal human CBD product for your pet.
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