by Simona Galant
When it comes to giving your pet CBD oil, figuring out the right way to do it may be a little confusing. After all, with all the options out there, how do you decide what works best? Do you just add some to their daily breakfast or introduce CBD chews as a new snack? It’s time to put all the confusion behind you once and for all: In this post, we’ll break down all the differences so you can give your fluffy family members CBD in a way that’s simple and easy. CBD Oil and Your Pet First and foremost, be sure to consult with your veterinarian about whether or CBD is a safe option for your pet. If you decide to introduce CBD to your pet’s lifestyle, there are a few general best practices to keep in mind.
- Remember to plan ahead — but not too much. It should typically take anywhere between five and 30 minutes for your pet to feel the full effects of a CBD product. It’s best to plan accordingly and give your pet CBD with enough time for it to kick in before loading them into the scary car or letting an over-excited toddler loose on them.
- All pets react differently; monitor them closely at first. Just like humans, your pet’s reaction to CBD oil will depend on factors such as their weight and metabolism. Your pet’s activity levels will also be a factor in how they react to CBD. Be sure to watch your pet carefully the first few times you introduce CBD, and always follow your vet’s guidance.
- If you don’t see a noticeable difference right away, don’t worry. Because of its bioaccumulation (how long it takes to become effective), CBD may take some time to build up in your pet’s endocannabinoid system.
CBD Tinctures vs. CBD Chews
There are two main options for you to choose from when looking for the best CBD oil for dogs or cats: CBD oil tinctures and CBD chews.
A CBD tincture combines CBD extract with a carrier oil (like hemp seed oil) along with other natural ingredients (such as pet-friendly flavors like bacon and chicken). Tinctures are most commonly sold in a little glass bottle that includes a dripper that’s helpful to both measure and administer the oil to your pet. Follow the suggested serving instructions on the packaging to be sure you’re giving your pet the right amount.
The biggest benefit of CBD tinctures is that they can easily be added to your pet’s routine without you having to worry about your dog or cat disliking the flavor or consistency. If you have a picky pet, tinctures are usually the better way to go!
If your four-legged friend is naturally calm and responds well to medicine, you can actually put the tincture directly under the tongue for the fastest effect. Otherwise, simply add it to your pet’s usual meal, mix it in and serve. Since you’re mixing it with food, CBD oil can take up to 30 minutes for your pet to digest. If you find your pet in a stressful situation and want a quicker solution, CBD chews could be a better option.
The other choice for giving CBD to your dog or cat is with a CBD chew. Formulated with pet-friendly flavors such as bacon or chicken (like Heelr’s chews are), many dogs and cats will respond to these chews as they would any other food!
Heelr CBD chews are super helpful and convenient to use any time, like before a big day or stressful event such as going to the vet, getting into a car or having a few friends over.
Now that you’re familiar with the different types of pet CBD oil products, you can confidently choose the best CBD oil for your dog or cat to make sure both you and your furriest friend have a great experience.
Simona is a San-Francisco based writer with a passion for helping tech companies and cannabis brands share their stories. She is particularly inspired by her 40-pound French Bulldog named Mose.