No one wants to see their beloved four-legged, furry family member suffer from ailments like cancer or arthritis. Pets often struggle with many of the same illnesses that humans do, and there are veterinarian-prescribed medicines that can help. But, just like humans, medication can often create unwanted side-effects and reduce a pet’s quality of life. Luckily, pets have more in common with humans than a love of snuggling. Consequently, pet owners are looking to CBD based products for their animals.
Is the Pet CBD Market Growing?
The American Pet Products Association (APPA) keeps track of pet industry size and ownership statistics. Actual sales in 2019, Americans spent $95.7 billion on their pets. With the totals for supplies (other than food and treats) over-the-counter medicines at $19.2 billion. They did not seem to mind spending if it kept their pets happy and in good health.
How much of that amount goes to pet CBD products is hard to quantify, but what’s easy to figure out is that the pet CBD market grows by leaps and bounds every year. The Hemp Business Journal recently estimated that the hemp CBD market would be worth $450 million by 2021, up from $90 million in 2015.
Can CBD Get My Pet High?
CBD alone is a non-psychoactive substance, so the short answer is no. However, many CBD products contain trace amounts of the psychoactive cannabinoid, THC. The allowable THC threshold for hemp CBD products is 0.3 percent – a minimal amount and not nearly enough to make your pet high.
If you were to use CBD that has more than 0.3 percent THC, say a cannabis-derived CBD product, your pet may begin to feel psychoactive effects. That’s why it’s always best to stick with reputable pet CBD providers who use hemp-extracted CBD with minimal THC content.
You would never get your human children high, and the same goes for your furry children. If your pet does get into your marijuana stash, consider taking them to the vet immediately. Signs of a stoned pet are lethargy, drooling, vomiting, being off-kilter, twitching, and dilated pupils. If the dose were high enough, they’d need proper medical care until the effects wear off.
Dosing and Consistency
Be careful to adminster the correct CBD dose and remain consistent. While every pet’s dosing will be different, deciding how much to give your pet should always be based on weight and observing their reaction as you administer Canis Synergy to your animal.
For a pet weighing around three pounds, 0.25 to 0.5 milligrams twice a day would be a good starting point, whereas an animal over 100 pounds would get 15 to 30 milligrams twice a day.
Once you’ve given your pet a dose of CBD, keep a close eye on them to observe their behavior, appetite and sleep habits. Give it a couple of weeks, then adjust the dosing upward or downward accordingly.