CBD Guide: Pets

We love our pets, which means we always want what's best for them. However, cancer, arthritis, hip dysplasia, separation or firework anxiety, and other conditions can cause problems for your special friend. CBD can help, and we want to give you the best information possible about your options.

What kind of CBD do I give my pet?
The same kind you give yourself! All animals have an endocannabinoid system just like humans do, and this is the system that absorbs and is affected by CBD. The only true difference in a CBD product for a pet versus one for a human is concentration and taste: Because our pets are smaller than us, they use less CBD to gain the same benefits, and they typically prefer flavors like chicken and beef instead of blue raspberry.

Are there different products for different conditions?
There are not different types of CBD, but rather, CBD is one product that can help with a list of issues. Pain and anxiety are the two most common for pets, and for both, an edible treat or oil is going to be the most effective way to go.

How much do I give my pet?
The product you receive will typically have a guideline on the packaging, such as "one treat per 10 pounds", with 5mg being the standard for a 40-50lb dog. However, depending on the severity of the condition, you may want to use more. Some pets will use three or more times the recommended dosage. Just like in humans, there is little to no risk associated with taking too much.

Can this help with allergies and/or skin conditions?
Because CBD is an anti-inflammatory, it is definitely possible to see benefits for these ailments. However, it is still likely to be most effective as an edible of some sort, as opposed to a body oil application. It is important to note that CBD is not a cure for anything, and if there is relief associated with its use, the ailment will likely return if the CBD is discontinued.

Do I have to keep my pets on CBD continuously, or can I use it on an as-needed basis?
Either way! For pain and inflammation, CBD tends to work best continuously, whereas anxiety can usually be treated as needed. However, it should be noted that some relief should still be felt within one or two days of when you first start. If a few days have gone by with no relief, this is likely a sign that you need to increase your pet's dose.

As always, for further questions, please call our store at (785) 424-7015 or stop by at 843 Mass between 10am-7pm any day of the week.

Thank you for reading,

Sincerely, the CBD of Lawrence staff.