CBD for Pets
As a pet parent, you’re always looking for ways to help your pet live life to the fullest and enjoy abundant health. Trips to the vet, regular supplements, cleaning, trimming, and even keeping your pet safe from their instinctive judgment are just some of the responsibilities of ensuring your lovable ball of fur is safe and healthy.
If you’re into wellness, you’ve probably heard about CBD and even wondered whether you could give it to your pet for the same effects and benefits. Well, you can! Many other pet parents have been asking the same questions. And today there are an array of CBD treats and products for pets to choose from.
At Koi CBD, we have our own delicious, high-quality line of CBD products for pets we believe your cat or dog will love – both for their taste and the way they make them feel. These are not just great treats, but products that you can add to your pet’s routine for additional support and wellness benefits.
CBD can be derived into different forms for your pet including sprays, capsules, treats, and creams so you never have to worry about getting your fur baby the relief they need.
What is CBD?
CBD, or cannabidiol in full, is a naturally-occurring compound in the Cannabis Sativa plant. The plant has over 100 chemical compounds called cannabinoids. CBD is one of them. Our body has a system specifically designed to utilize cannabinoids like CBD, which allows it to have wellness value. CBD is highly sought-after because it delivers some exciting balancing benefits without causing any psychoactive effects like some other cannabinoids found in the same plants, like THC. Read more about the benefits of CBD on our blog.
Under the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp-derived compounds like CBD and CBD products are federally legal in the United States. They do need to meet several requirements. For instance, CBD products should be hemp-derived and contain less than 0.3% Delta 9 THC by dry weight. By adhering to these regulations, Koi CBD has also formulated CBD products for pets that are legal and safe.
Is CBD Safe for Pets?
CBD is well tolerated by most pets, provided the CBD product in use is high-quality. Most pet parents that have tried CBD for their furry friends have not reported any problems or side effects for their pets. Most have reported positive results, suggesting that CBD products help their pets in many ways, including helping to provide a sense of calm. CBD products for pets can be a safe way to support their health.
However, pet owners should be wary about the quality of the CBD products they give to their pets. While the CBD itself is safe for the pet when given in appropriate serving sizes, other ingredients like fillers and additives added to the product might not be. It’s vital that you only give your pet CBD products from reputable brands that only use high-quality ingredients and, most importantly, only give pets CBD products designed for pets.
When purchasing CBD products for pets, high amounts of THC can be a concern. Therefore, only administer CBD products to pets if they fall below the 0.3% THC by dry weight threshold.
How Does CBD Work in Pets?
All mammals produce cannabinoids naturally in their bodies, called endocannabinoids. These cannabinoids are used by a major regulatory network called the Endocannabinoid system, or the ECS. Phytocannabinoids like CBD are derived from plants and used to support the performance of the ECS.
The purpose of the ECS in all mammals is to restore balance and maintain homeostasis. It achieves this through the cannabinoids interacting with receptors to influence the release of chemical transmitters to restore balance. The ECS comprises of two types of receptors - CB1 and CB2 – which are spread throughout the pet's body. The receptors are sites where the CBD attaches itself after entering the pet's body, helping the endocannabinoid system restore balance in the body to support various systems in the pet’s body.
How CBD works in humans is very similar to how it works in pets. The systems are the same, and the roles of the same. What differs is the amount of CBD you should give to your pet because of their significantly lower body weight.
Benefits of CBD for Pets
CBD presents your pets with a long list of benefits. Although the exact benefits and effects of CBD may vary with each pet, there are some common benefits that pet parents that have tried CBD for their cats and dogs have reported like:
Muscle and joint support
Pets are like us in very many ways. They might be bubbly, but as they age, you might notice they move less, and going up the stairs becomes a real challenge. These new challenges could drastically impact the pet's quality of life and change them from a happy, bouncy love ball to a pet hesitant to move around.
Adding CBD to the pet’s routine can support the wellness of their muscles and joints, potentially helping them to maintain optimal mobility for longer.
Pets get easily spooked and feel uneasy, and a slight change in their routine or environment could put them on edge, which leads to a change in character and behavior.
CBD for pets is useful in helping their pets remain calm and relaxed. It's an effective way to support a stressed-out pet. Most pet parents looking into CBD are usually looking for a natural way to help their uneasy pet feel comforted. Whether it's an upcoming road trip or introducing a new pet into the home, adding CBD into your pet's routine could help them cope with the new conditions much better.
The endocannabinoid system directly influences sleep patterns. As with people, CBD’s positive influence on the endocannabinoid system can help pets get more restful sleep. You can support your pet with a CBD treat a few hours before bedtime to encourage them to sleep better and rest more easily.
Types of CBD Products for Pets
At Koi CBD, we've worked with leading veterinarians to produce CBD products for pets designed to target the most common challenges that pets and pet owners face. Each product is designed to work with the pet's internal systems to deliver the most effective benefits in the safest way possible. Our range of CBD pet products includes:
Calming Support Dog Treats
These calming CBD dog treats are a special blend to help soothe your stressed-out or hyperactive dog. They feature a veterinarian formula specifically for dogs and feature hemp extract and natural chamomile, which is a powerful, natural relaxation extract that has been used for many years for stress support.
Because we want your pet to love the treats, we’ve made them in their favorite green apple and peanut butter flavors. The treats are gluten-free and don't contain any dairy or GMOs, so you can rest assured they have the best ingredients that will enhance your dog's wellness routine and make them easier to handle.
Formulated to be all organic and vegan so that you can feel comfortable in knowing what you’re giving your best friend!
Immune Support Dog Treats
We also have special treats designed to naturally support their immunity. The CBD immune support treats for dogs contain a natural blend of hemp-derived extract and other natural ingredients like blueberries, sweet potatoes, and flaxseed. These are ingredients with powerful antioxidant and immune properties that work together to help your dog live a healthier life. The treats also contain omega-6 and omega-3 and are rich in antioxidants to optimize immune function and circulation.
The formula for the treats is veterinarian formulated, so dog lovers can rest assured the treats are designed specifically for their pets and they taste great.
Joint Support Dog Treats
These CBD dog treats are perfect for aging dogs or pets who could benefit from joint support to help them move easily. The CBD joint support treats for dogs contain powerful natural ingredients like turmeric root, cinnamon, and pumpkin that have been used for thousands of years for their beneficial properties.
The treats come in a dog-friendly pumpkin spice and cinnamon flavor that your dog will love. Also, the treats are gluten- and dairy-free and contain no GMOs. You can rest assured you're giving your dog the very best.
Known for their anti-inflammatory properties, we blend them with our full spectrum hemp extract to give your furry friend the extra support they’ve been looking for!
CBD Cat Treats
Your feline friend will be tripping over herself running for these salmon-flavored CBD cat treats. They are made with full-spectrum hemp-derived CBD, salmon, chicken, and other natural ingredients that delight your fuzzball.
The treats not only taste great, but they also provide support and many benefits to your cat. We make the treats using veterinarian-proven formulas. They don't contain gluten, dairy, artificial colors or flavors, and preservatives. They are cat-friendly and packed with pawsomeness.
CBD Pet Spray
For pet parents that want something more versatile for their pets, our broad-spectrum CBD pet spray is a must-have. The pet spray contains 500 mg of natural CBD and coconut oil to deliver restorative benefits for your pet.
The spray is designed specifically for pets. It has a light flavor that will impress even the pickiest eaters. You can spray it on food or right into your pet's mouth for faster effects and benefits.
The spray is gluten- and dairy-free, like the rest of our CBD pet products range. We've also had it rigorously tested for pet safety and quality.
Our diverse range of CBD pet products makes it easy for every pet parent to find a product designed for the specific needs of their pet. Each product has specially selected ingredients that deliver targeted benefits that you and your pet will notice.
Why Koi CBD Products for Pets are the Best
When it comes to CBD products for pets, you need to practice extra caution. Pets might not agree with all the ingredients that you might find in CBD products for humans. That’s why at Koi CBD, we came up with a separate line dedicated to pets to ensure they live life to the fullest.
Koi CBD Pet Products introduce the balancing properties of CBD to your four-legged friend’s daily routine. Whether it’s to induce calm, reinforce immunity, or support aging joints, Koi CBD for Pets are the delicious way to give your dog or cat the balanced lifestyle they deserve. All our pet CBD products are 100% gluten, dairy, and GMO-free – and made only with ingredients that are excellent for animals. And with options available for both dogs and cats, no furry family member will be left behind! Visit our pet owner's guide to CBD for dogs and cats to learn more.
Our products also have to go through vigorous third-party testing for consistency and compliance. From farm to finished product, you can view the CBD lab results from every Koi product.
We have one of the most impressive CBD product ranges for pets because:
Our products are veterinarian formulated
We care about the health of the pets that take our CBD products. That’s why we have worked with veterinarians to develop pet-safe CBD products that will deliver the best experience to every pet that takes our products. Each product is carefully blended to maximize the benefits. We also add other natural ingredients to maximize the effects of the products. Our pet CBD range is made with pets in mind. We make products that are fun and safe for pets.
We subjected our pet CBD line to the same rigorous testing as our other CBD products. We work with ISO-certified labs that test our CBD products for pets for quality, potency, and purity before they hit the shelf. We hold the products to the same quality standards as those made for humans and provide CoAs for pet parents to scrutinize when purchasing the products for their pets.
We don’t compromise the quality of the hemp we use for our CBD pet products. We work with partners that understand our quality standards and source the best USA-grown hemp. The hemp is grown in perfect conditions and soil. We only use hemp that meets the highest agricultural standards after testing and with the perfect cannabinoid profile.
Our greatest stamp of approval is the thousands of reviews we've received from dog and cat owners that have tried our products with plenty of success. Our mission has always been to help pets and their parents live the best and most productive lives regardless of their age, and the reviews we receive show that we are slowly but surely achieving that goal.
Methods of Giving CBD to Your Pet
Most of our CBD treats are easy to administer because your pet will love them. But when you’re trying to find new ways to keep things adventurous, there are other ways you can give CBD to your pet.
- Direct administration – Direct administration is the best way to ensure your pet gets its entire serving of CBD. With treats, you can give them right to your pet to chew and swallow. With the spray, you can squirt it as far back as possible into your dog's and cat’s mouth. Try to hold their mouth shut for a few seconds because if they flick their tongue, some of the CBD could be lost.
- Spray the CBD into a porous treat – Find your pet's favorite treat, spray it with the CBD spray, and then feed it to your dog. This method is easy, but you may lose some of the CBD that doesn’t reach the treat.
- Add CBD to their meal – When it's mealtime, you can add CBD treats or CBD spray to their food. This method has some serving inconsistencies because the pet might not finish all their food, so you need to factor that in when calculating the food servings.
How to Buy the Best CBD Products for Your Pet
Every responsible pet parent wants to make the best choices for their pets. Even when it comes to buying something like CBD for pets. If it’s your first time and you don’t know what you should be looking for, here are a few tips to help you pick the best CBD products for your pet.
Reviews and Reputation
The first thing you want to look at when looking at a new CBD product for your pet is what other pet parents think about it. Whether it is word of mouth, online reviews, or business ratings, there are many ways to determine if the brand or CBD products you're considering for your pet are legit and have good results.
CBD is safe for pets, but THC isn’t. You should only buy hemp-derived CBD products for pets. Additionally, the source of the hemp should be reputable, preferably in the USA, with high-quality standards and extensive testing. Also, be cautious not to purchase hemp seed oil products which are often marketed simply as hemp products. These might do wonders for your pet's coat, but they don't contain any CBD.
CBD products for pets made from high-quality ingredients will cost more. But it is a small price to pay for the safety and well-being of your pet. So go for brands that create human-grade oil, use non-GMO ingredients, and check that the products don't contain common allergens and contaminants.
Finally, all your CBD supplements for pets should be third-party lab tested, and a certificate of analysis made available for you to look at before making the purchase.
Three Main Factors That Determine CBD Servings for Pets
Getting the CBD dose for your pet right is more challenging because you aren’t the one experiencing the effects, and CBD might interact differently with your pet.
Just as with people, it's important to emphasize that CBD effects and servings differ for every animal. That sentiment is true, especially when it comes to dosing. The perfect CBD dose for one dog may not be suitable for another. When choosing the right serving for your pet, there are various factors to consider, but three are the main ones:
There are different CBD product forms for pets;
- Koi CBD Dog Biscuits - These are an excellent CBD-packed treat you can give your dog. The CBD biscuits are vegetarian formulated and come in different blends for benefits like joint and immune support.
- Koi CBD Soft Chews - Think about CBD soft chews for pets like CBD gummies. They are chewy, flavor-packed treats that come in flavors like bacon and chicken that your dog will find irresistible. These also come in different blends for different wellness and therapeutic benefits.
- Koi CBD Pet Spray - This more comprehensive CBD pet product allows you to incorporate CBD into your pet’s foods. The Koi CBD Pet Spray is flavorless and easy to add to any food. It comes in an easy-to-use bottle complete with a sprayer and a high CBD concentration, making it ideal for managing more severe conditions in your pet. , like oil tinctures, lotions, and infused treats, and you should consider which might work best for your pet before purchasing. Look for products your dog will find appealing and will readily take. If the CBD product is more like a treat for the pet, you don’t have to force them to take it, which would only make them stressed and anxious.
Finding the right CBD product to match your pet’s preferences and needs is critical. Small pets with supplement needs can do well with treats, while older dogs with more wellness challenges and imbalances could use the CBD pet spray.
After honing in on the right CBD product for your pet, you want to shift your attention to the next important factor in your pet's wellness journey: their situation. Think about your pet's stress level or the anxious situation you're trying to address.
The amount of CBD you administer will depend on how stressful the situation is for your dog. The more stressful the situation, the more CBD may be needed to address it.
For instance, some dogs may need a small CBD dose before going to the park but a larger one before they visit the vet or the groomer. That's because the latter situation is more likely to trigger an upsetting experience for the dog. You should consider giving the upper end of the dosage range for situations making your pet more anxious.
Just like people, every animal is different. This is appreciated even when you try using tools like a CBD calculator for pets. The first question you will get is the dog's weight, which does, in fact, play a huge role in determining the appropriate CBD dosage. Animals come in different weight classes, which may vary depending on the general size of the pet and the type of pet it is.
Take dogs, for example; there are small dogs (5-25lbs), medium-sized dogs (26-50lbs), and large dogs (50+lbs). Going by the dog's weight alone, the smaller dogs don't need as much CBD as the medium or larger dogs. This is true for all other pets as well. The starting dose for each type of dog varies depending on the size of the pet.
However, other factors will affect the amount of CBD that works for the pets, such as their tolerance and metabolic levels, highlighted below.
The ABCs of CBD Servings for Pets
There’s more to getting your pet’s CBD servings right than the CBD products, situation, and their size. When administering CBD products, you must consider these additional factors to ensure your pet's best experience and results.
Each pet is inherently unique – this can’t be overstated. Just because a specific dose works for one pet doesn’t mean it will work for the other. You need to appreciate this fact and take it to heart to customize the CBD intake to meet the needs of each of your pets. Some additional factors you should consider include the following;
Age impacts your pet in multiple ways. It affects their mood, metabolism, digestion, and even overall comfort. The older the pet, the moodier they may become. Their digestion and metabolism also slow down. These impact how the pet processes and responds to CBD. What works at one age of the pet's life will change over time.
Senior pets, for instance, can be more anxious than younger ones. They may become more sensitive to change and have less confidence in their abilities. You may need to increase their dosage with age to help counter these anxieties.
Younger pets might do well with lower CBD servings because they’re healthier and less anxious. However, this can vary based on the breed. Age will also bring up other factors, such as rekindling old injuries, which could increase the dog's discomfort level, making it grumpier. A high CBD intake for older dogs is more likely to manage these underlying discomfort issues.
Considering the breed when giving your pet CBD is vital for multiple reasons. For starters, some breeds of pets are significantly larger than others. Chihuahuas and mastiffs have a substantial size difference, affecting how much CBD you can give either of them.
Also, some breeds are sensitive to certain foods, touch, sounds, sights, scents, and even medication, while others are not. This is another reason why you should always start with a low CBD dosage. It ensures you monitor the pet's response and pick the right serving for them. Some breeds might be more responsive to CBD than others, meaning they need lower dosage despite having a larger size.
Every pet has a unique character or personality. Some are bolder and more outgoing than others, making it easier for them to deal with more outdoor situations than shy and introverted ones. This factor greatly affects the amount of CBD you give to the pet. More outgoing or energetic dogs don’t need as much CBD, while the shy ones might face more anxiety and require a higher intake to deal with the stress of getting outside the house.
At Koi, we have tried eliminating guesswork when determining how much CBD to give to pets by providing dosing recommendations. But these recommendations are just that, recommendations. They should give you a rough idea of the potential dosage that will work for your dog. You must work through the different servings and settle on the precise one you see delivers the best results for your pet.
You will also need to consider other factors, like the history of the pet, particularly with regard to health. Some pets have old injuries that might flare up in old age, causing the dog discomfort. Such information can help you better assess the pet's situation and adjust their CBD intake to serve their needs better.
The metabolic rate of the pet is another consideration. While you technically can't assess the metabolism rate, you can deduce it from the pet's activity level. More active and outgoing pets have a higher metabolism, while passive ones have a slower metabolism.
All these factors will determine the right CBD serving for your pet. For the best results and to ensure you don’t give your pet more CBD than is necessary, you should start with the lowest recommended dose. Perhaps even lower than that. Allow the pet some time to adjust to the new compounds and gradually increase their intake as you observe the effects.
Signs That Your Pet’s CBD Dosage is Enough or Too Much
The next big question any pet parent would have when dosing CBD is, "How do I know I'm giving the right amount of CBD and not too much?" If it were you, it would be easier because you feel the effects and can tell when it gets overwhelming. But it’s different when you can’t feel the effects. This is a common concern among many pet parents, primarily those who are new to CBD.
If you're giving your pet the right amount of CBD, it should display fewer signs of stress but largely remain its old-loving and jumpy companion; if the pet starts showing signs of lethargy or they don’t want to play, walk, or do other fun things it usually does, you should probably dial back on the dosage.
It may take several days before you start seeing a noticeable difference in your dog's behavior after you start using CBD. It’s not always that the benefits of CBD are immediately noticeable when you start giving it to your pet.
You should also know that food can affect the uptake and absorption of CBD. If the pet is full when it takes the CBD, it will slow down the uptake.
Stick with the recommended serving and pay attention to the pet's daily behavior. The length of the calming effects will depend on the pet. If the signs of stress start to resurface, that's the cue that the CBD is wearing off.
If the pet is still not showing the desired results even at a higher dose, you should consider doing additional research or, better yet, consulting with a veterinarian before increasing the dosage again.
Can You Give Too Much CBD Oil to Pets?
We understand what and how to make the best and safest CBD products for pets to help them make the most out of life and be their best self. Our CBD products for pets are free from THC, so you don’t have to worry about your dog consuming anything they might be sensitive to.
CBD is safe for consumption and requires an insanely high amount to trigger intense effects that can be uncomfortable for the pet. CBD has a good safety profile and is unlikely to cause serious side effects even in large doses, giving pet lovers a wider margin of error. When administering CBD to dogs, the products you choose shouldn’t contain THC because dogs are extra sensitive to it. You should also practice safe CBD habits like keeping pet CBD products out of the pet's reach. The products are designed to be something your pet likes. If you keep them within reach, the pet can quickly help themselves and take more than is needed.
What Happens When Your Pet Takes Too Much CBD?
If your pet accidentally takes too much CBD, you will notice certain side effects, such as drowsiness and lethargy.
In most cases, your dog can sleep off the CBD effects and be fine within a few hours. During this period, provide the pet with lots of water and allow it to rest.
Do I Need to Take My Pet to the Vet after a CBD Overdose?
It is unlikely that you will need to take your pet to the vet when they take too much CBD. You might notice effects like salivating and increased lethargy, but these often wear off within a few hours, and the pet goes back to being their old self. If you are unsure, it’s always best to call your vet.
Speak With Your Veterinarian
Although there have been no known side-effects of giving your pets CBD, we recommend you consult with your veterinarian if CBD is right for your pet.
Learn more about what dog owners should know about giving pets CBD. If you have any questions about which Koi CBD product is best for your pet, you can chat us anytime, speak with a Koi representative at 877-774-4779, or email us at CustomerService@koicbd.com.