Over the past few months of quarantine and stay-home orders, we’ve grown closer to those nearest to us, including the pet companions we share our lives with. To celebrate Pet Wellness Month in October, we paid a visit to Harmony Farm Sanctuary to share the many advantages of CBD for pets with them.
With more than 100 animal residents including goats, donkeys, horses, and even an alpaca, the animal sanctuary is a unique place. However, it was a sheep named Lee that inspired us to see how CBD could potentially help farm animals. As he is growing older, Lee suffers from joint pain that is limiting his mobility. Harmony Farm owner, Robine Bots, and her team of volunteers wondered if CBD could help.
Large animals and CBD
Animals that have a spinal column also have an endocannabinoid system similar to the one we have in our bodies. There are receptors throughout the body that are specifically designed to bind with cannabinoids. Since every animal's body is different, it is crucial to take the time to fully assess what would work best for them. CBD tinctures can be added to your pet's water, food, or taken under the tongue. As CBD oil offers many benefits, it is important that you do your own research to find out how you can help improve the quality of life of your furry friend.
A few potential benefits of CBD for pets
Pet tinctures, hemp oil, hemp-infused oil and CBD-infused oil have gained recent popularity because CBD offers a natural alternative that can potentially aid a wide variety of physical and mental challenges experienced by pets. Whether you are thinking of getting CBD oil for dogs, CBD oil for cats or CBD oil for large animals, the following are a few of the potential benefits of CBD for animals.
Supports healthy joints
As they get older, some animals may experience stiff joints that can decrease their mobility. CBD's potential anti-inflammatory properties have been known to be helpful in easing stiffness and pain.
Soothe Skin Irritations
CBD, when ingested or applied topically, may help soothe skin irritations because the cannabinoid receptors in the skin are specifically designed to target heat and itch sensations that can cause discomfort.
Hemp CBD oil has been seen to calm situational stress from things like fireworks or thunder, as well as behavioral anxiety, which can be triggered by past experiences at a shelter or with a previous owner.
How much CBD should I give my pets?
A general dosing guideline is 0.5 - 1.0mg of CBD per pound of your pet's weight. However, as this is just a general rule, there are many other factors that impact the proper dosage of your pet. For example, some dogs are more sensitive to CBD and might need a slightly lower dose, whereas, animals with a higher muscle mass might require a higher dose. It's best to consult your vet with any questions.
Since farm animals tend to weigh a bit more than typical household pets, they might require a larger dose. But as always, we recommend starting low and slow, gradually working your way up as you closely observe the effects on your pet.
In fact, you might begin with a dosage that is less than the dosage guideline and see if any improvement is observed. It is easy enough to slowly increase the CBD dosage over a period of a few days or weeks, rather than over-administering and missing your pets' perfect amount. Our pets are an important part of our families, and providing them with quality, plant-powered wellness options is as important for them as it is for us.
Have you tried CBD for your pets at home or for your farm animals? Let us know in the comments below!
We do not recommend or condone giving CBD oil to livestock animals used for food production, as the FDA has made clear statements that CBD in livestock food or medicine isn't, yet, considered GRAS [Generally Recognized As Safe]. This is why we're so happy to provide our Pet CBD to these rescue animals.
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