August 27, 2020
08.27.20

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CBD for Dogs: What Pet Owners Need to Know

How much CBD can I give my dog? How will I know if it’s working? What kinds of CBD Pet Products are available? Get all your CBD for pets questions answered here!

For people who love cats and dogs, having a pet is about more than just ‘owning’ them. Whether someone is a parent to a cat or a dog, an animal old or young, that animal is a part of their family, and people tend to want the best for their family members.  That means we don’t just want our pets to survive and exist, we want them to thrive and live as colorful and comfortable of a life as we ourselves live. Living to the fullest extent is difficult, though, when suffering from stress, restlessness, or general fatigue - and sadly, many pets in the United States go through their lives with such ailments each and every day, just like many people do.  CBD is something that can assist humans with general wellness, and the good news is that it can do the same for pets. Like humans, animals also have endocannabinoid systems, allowing them to benefit from CBD as well. And because they can benefit from it, pet owners across the nation feel relieved that there’s something they can do for their pets without loading them up with medications which may have unintended side effects. 

Types of CBD Pet Products

When it comes to CBD for pets, there are plenty of products on the market. There’s CBD oil, which can be added to food - the process is as easy as putting a couple droplets into your pet’s dinner every night and waiting for the effects to take hold. There are also CBD chews, which can be ingested directly - much like the name suggests. They’ll never know just how much it’s helping them! 

Soft Chews

Soft Chews are small, easily chewable, and your dog will surely love having them added to his or her everyday routine.  Just like humans, CBD builds up in your dog’s system and its benefits will become more evident once they’ve been having them for a while. The relief that CBD brings can be especially good for senior dogs, dogs with a fear of thunderstorms, and dogs who could benefit from the soothing and restorative effects of CBD. These Soft Chews promote a sense of wellbeing and comfort in dogs - for example, take a rescue dog who is new to her environment. Adding Soft Chews to her diet might be just the solution, because the CBD in them has the potential to ease her mind and make her feel more comfortable in her new surroundings - all of this relief encapsulated in something small that she’ll inevitably get excited about eating.  To make things even more exciting - you can break the Soft Chews in half and your furry friend will think they’re getting two! 

Pet Spray

Cats and dogs tend to grow partial to a specific brand of food. If you have a picky four-legged member of your household, then Pet Spray could be a great option for them. Instead of supplying it by itself, like Soft Chews, Pet Spray can be sprayed onto anything your pet already consumes - and it will offer the same effect. But if that’s not the way you want to administer it, there are other options, too. It can also be sprayed onto your pet’s tongue (the liquid comes out in a straight line, rather than covering a wide area) or used topically on your furry friend’s body - wherever they may specifically need it. 

Gauging the Results

The first thought that comes to mind might be one of concern. Deciding how much CBD for dogs (or cats) to consume can be tricky to navigate, because they don’t have the ability to tell us in words how they’re feeling. Even though your pet can’t talk, they won’t need to for you to be able to see how CBD benefits them. Dogs and cats show their happiness through their body and behavior, and their happiness is largely affected by how good they feel physically. Once the CBD has had time to build up in their system, general improvements will become more easily visible.  When it comes to whether or not CBD is the right choice for your pet, go about it like you would go about trying it yourself. Start small and keep track of how much and how often you give the products to your pet - then, gauge the effects. After that, wait a day and increase the serving (if necessary) until you find the desired results.  Remember, CBD could make your pet sleepy, but that’s not always a bad thing! Keep an eye on them and be sure to note any change in behavior. It’s also a good idea to keep a journal of your pet’s behavior, just in case it slips your mind from day to day. Write down the small idiosyncrasies you notice, or changes in his behavior and the way he moves. It helps to get a new set of eyes, too - ask a friend if they notice any changes in your dog. Sometimes, when it comes to our own perspective, we’re too close to the situation to really see any difference. But if you ask a friend for their opinion without telling them that you’ve begun to give your pet CBD, that’s as close as you can get to a blind study. When they’re not expecting a blatant change, they’ll give you the most accurate answer. 

Quality Matters

As with CBD for humans, quality matters. You want a product that is pure, safe, and of the highest quality for best results - and we want that, too! That’s why Koi is so dedicated to supplying the best possible CBD that will allow people - and pets - to live better. Rest easy knowing that Koi CBD Soft Chews and Pet Spray are expertly formulated by veterinarians. Koi provides the finest and most consistent CBD oil on the market because all of our products are infused with hemp grown and extracted in the USA. And even though we provide top-notch products, we are always looking to get better. We want better practices, better prices, better education, better days, and better lives - for both you and your pets!  When it comes to testing, we test each and every final batch of our CBD in an accredited, independent lab. All of the details of these tests are made available for you here. As you’ll see, we value full transparency when it comes to what’s in our products. 

What CBD Products are Best for Your Pet?

We mean it when we say that we live by the standard of ‘better,’ and are consistently improving. A happy body makes for a healthy mind, and both of those things put together create a happy life - and as much should be said for both yourself and your pet.  We live by these words on our Koi Story page: “We’re a remedy for misunderstanding and misinformation. We’re proponents of quality, safety, and consistency. We’re ambassadors of responsible farming, extraction, and distribution.” We truly care about our customers. Your pets deserve the finest products that promote wellness, balance, and general health, and at Koi we have some great choices for them that will improve their quality of life, and by proxy, yours too.  At Koi, we have two great CBD products meant for pets (dogs and cats specifically) that can help them live their best lives. If you need any help in deciding the best approach to giving your pet CBD, you can always contact our friendly customer support team and we’ll be happy to assist you!
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