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Pet CBD Oil: How Your Furry Friends Absorb CBD Differently

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Perhaps you’ve heard of the benefits of CBD for pets or perhaps you take CBD yourself and wonder if your furry friend might benefit too. Before you go ahead and put a few drops of CBD oil on your beloved pet’s food, it’s important to understand a little bit about pet CBD oil and how animals absorb CBD so that you can keep your pet safe and help them to derive maximum benefit from this natural compound.

Pet-Safe CBD: What is it and Why Give it to Pets?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of the most common naturally-occurring compounds in cannabis. It was also the first cannabinoid to be isolated from the plant by the American chemist Roger Adams in 1942. The difference between CBD and THC is that while tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is largely responsible for the psychoactive effects of cannabis, CBD offers more of a calming, relaxing effect and has been shown in studies to possess anti-inflammatory, anti-seizure, anti-tumor, anxiolytic, and analgesic properties.

To enjoy the effects of pet CBD oil, pet-safe CBD can be extracted from marijuana and hemp plants and combined with a carrier oil to be ingested directly or to be used in a topical oil or cream.

How Does CBD Work in Animals?

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Similar to humans, dogs and cats have a system of endocannabinoid receptors in their brains that bind to CBD and allow its effects to be felt throughout the body. Once it was discovered that CBD could help dogs and cats as well as humans, the market for pet CBD oil grew and specialized products started to appear—including pet-safe CBD treats, supplements, and creams.

Why produce dedicated pet-safe CBD products for pets and not simply give them CBD oil made for humans? One reason why it’s essential to choose CBD products made especially for pets is to make its administration as easy and effective as possible. The other reason is that animals are much more sensitive to ingredients that usually pose few problems for humans—such as flavorings and colorings. In these cases, our furry friends need a pet CBD oil formulation that is free of these ingredients so that they don’t become sick.

Types of Pet CBD Oil Formulations and When to Use Them

There are several different formulations of pet-safe CBD on the market today with different strengths, absorption times, and forms of administration. To help your pet gain the maximum benefit, you will need to take their unique needs into account when selecting CBD products.

CBD Treats: Absorbed through the Digestive Tract

Humans love eating tasty treats, and pets are no different. Many kinds of pet-safe CBD treats are available on the market today and offer the advantage of easy administration—your pet will likely snaffle them down in no time at all!

This kind of pet CBD oil—whether baked into the treat or sprayed on top of your pet’s food—goes through the digestive tract where it is metabolized by the liver. This form of administration is best when you are giving CBD to your pet as part of a long-term healthy diet and lifestyle, as it results in less bioavailable CBD and takes longer for the body to absorb.

Sublingual CBD: Absorbed through the Mucosal System

For a faster acting and stronger effect, pet CBD oil or a pet-safe CBD tincture is a more popular option. These concentrated CBD products can be squirted under your pet’s tongue with a dropper or syringe, where the CBD will be absorbed into the bloodstream via the mucosa and sublingual tissues. When you give your pet CBD oil or tincture, it is also easier to measure the amount of mg that your pet receives for accurate dosing.

Topical CBD: Absorbed through the Skin

Pet owners looking for a natural way to help calm their pet’s skin inflammation or muscle pain are starting to turn to topical pet CBD oil products that are brushed into the dog or cat’s hair and absorbed through the skin. This is an easy way to help your pet enjoy the benefits of CBD as it doesn’t involve getting oil down your pet’s throat, and a certain amount of the oil soaks into the dermis from where it is released slowly into the surrounding tissue and muscles.

A bottle of Kratora CBD oil for dogs and cats

Sourcing Pet-Safe CBD

So, how do you choose a pet CBD oil that is safe for animals? As our furry friends are more sensitive to most ingredients, you will need to source CBD products for your pets that are free of additives such as colorings, flavors, and preservatives, and contain zero THC.

According to the U.S. Animal Poison Control Center, 96% of reported marijuana poisonings have occurred in dogs and only 4% in humans. Why is this? Due to biological differences and a greater number of cannabinoid receptors in animals, pets are much more sensitive to the effects of the psychoactive THC compound than humans. When dogs and cats ingest whole marijuana found by accident in their owners’ homes, they can become very sick and can even die as a result.

Read the Label Carefully

To avoid THC, it is essential to familiarize yourself with the range of pet-safe CBD extracts on the market and read the labels of each product carefully. Firstly, you’ll want a CBD oil that was extracted from industrial hemp rather than marijuana—as hemp contains a maximum of 0.3% THC but marijuana can contain up to 37% THC! Secondly, the pet CBD oil needs to be an isolate rather than a full-spectrum extract to ensure that the other cannabinoids and terpenes in the oil have been removed and will not alter or exaggerate the effects of CBD.

The best kind of CBD oil to buy for your pets is a lab-tested, certified THC-free oil with a lipid-based delivery system such as the pet CBD oil in our high-quality collection of CBD products. By choosing a neutral-flavored pet-safe CBD oil that is made for the unique needs of your pet, you can be completely confident that you are giving your pet a product that is safe, effective, and will yield the best results.

What about Veterinarians?

You might be wondering why you wouldn’t be able to consult your local veterinarian about the best type and dosage of pet CBD oil to give your pet. After all, these professionals are trained to diagnose your pet’s health needs and prescribe the safest and most effective treatment—right? Unfortunately, pet-safe CBD is not currently approved by the FDA, and as a result, is not able to be prescribed by medical doctors or veterinarian physicians as a medical treatment.

Holistic veterinarians, naturopaths, and homeopaths often have more freedom to recommend CBD-based supplements and help you find the right dosage, so that could be a good option if you have such a professional in your local area.

Help Your Pet Live a Healthier Life with Pet CBD Oil from Kratora

The pet CBD oil we offer at Kratora is extracted from organic hemp and contains absolutely no THC—so you can give it to your furry friends with confidence and without worrying about toxicity if you accidentally give your pet too much.

Be sure to check out our delicious flavors — like Confetti Cake and Pleasant Peppermint — of CBD for humans and discover the benefits of this wonder oil for yourself as well as buying our pet-safe CBD for your pet! Shop with us today to receive same-day shipping on orders submitted before 3 PM EST Monday through Friday and 1 PM EST on Saturdays (excluding holidays).

Please note that none of the products sold on our website are intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or medical condition.