CBD For Pets: The Benefits, Risks & Products To Use
Yes, You read right––CBD can be for your pets too. Here's everything you need to know about using it and the products you can buy in Hong Kong
CBD––otherwise known as cannabidiol, is the active ingredient derived from a hemp plant. To some, this may still seem like affiliation to marijuana, hence the stigma surrounding it. But in reality, hemp plants don’t produce enough tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) to have an intoxicating effect. As stated by the World Health Organisation (WHO), CBD is a safe, non-toxic substance meaning, overdosing is virtually impossible. It also is suitable to use in food, beverages and with your pets.
“The best-studied disease process in our patients is osteoarthritis,” says Dr Joshua Steinhaus, medicine specialist at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of Hong Kong. “There are several studies that show improvement in ambulation and pain scores when using CBD oil,” he explains. When it comes to recommending products to pets, Dr Steinhaus stresses the importance for owners to highly consider why the supplement is being used. “I would discuss that we do not know for sure of the long term effects of this and that chocolate is toxic to dogs (some edible forms of CBD come mixed with chocolate). Although rare, there can be side effects seen with these products.”
Individuals tend to consume CBD through oil drops which can be added to lattes for instance. Those who do, aim to better their feelings of anxiousness, pain and restlessness. And with pets, the case is similar as this natural supplement can assist your pups’ or cats’ nervousness, joint pain or sleep problems.
All mammals have an endocannabinoid system in their bodies. This is a complex biological system that impacts and regulates immune responses, appetite, digestion, sleep and mood. Cannabinoids bond with brain receptors to increase the body’s own ability to achieve wellness––striving for the best for your pet’s body, maintaining dynamic balance and keeping cells in the best working condition.
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How Your Pet Can Take CBD:
If it’s a treat––the recommended serving size listed on the product packaging should suffice. And, as oil, you can either insert the oil’s dropper directly into your pet’s mouth and squeeze the dropper. A tip is to feed your pet their favourite treat shortly after to combat any emotions of them being overwhelmed. If the above doesn’t work, you can simply mix the CBD oil into your pets’ food.
How Much CBD Should My Pet Take?
In theory, the dose should revolve around your pet’s weight and the CBD potency of the oil tincture. Because all pets can respond differently, you should monitor your pet’s reaction for a couple of hours after consumption.
How Long Does It Take For CBD To Kick In?
It usually takes 30 to 45 minutes to start working, with a total of four to seven weeks to see noticeable results. Oils tend to kick in a little faster than treats––just because there are fewer ingredients for pets to break down first. With a bundle of options to choose from for your loving pet, there isn’t a difference in the effectiveness between oils and treats.
Here’s our list of where to find the best products in Hong Kong.
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Founded by mother-daughter duo Ravina and Nikita Daswani, Lekker Stuff sells a range of CBD-infused products for owners and pets––stretching from vegan dark Belgian chocolate, skincare to pet oil. The brand uses a CBD isolate, imported from an accredited GMP facility in the United States.
Their pet oil is intended to assist pets with anxiety, pain and inflammation and contains both grape seed and hemp seed oil (sourced from a reputable South African company) with 600mg hemp CBD isolate. Consisting of absolutely no THC, and a 90 percent purity rate, the recommended dosage is 10mg per day, amounting to a maximum of sixteen droplets a day. Either dropping the oil directly into your pet’s mouth or alternatively into their water and food, Lekker Stuff’s sustainable variety of products are available in-store at Feather & Bone, but just online for the pet oil––shipping to Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and New Territories.
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Felix & Co.
Felix & Co’s organic CBD oil for pets looks at relieving anxiety, pain and promoting joint health. With all products organically grown and extracted in the United States, each 60ml bottle includes 600mg of CBD. In order to calculate the serving size for your pet, recommendations are based on the weight of your pet laid out in a chart––for instance, a pet who is less than 5kgs should only take a standard serve of 0.25ml and for a stronger effect, 0.5ml.
Making it even more enjoyable for your furry friend, the oil comes in a natural chicken and bacon flavour, making it easier to mix it into your pet’s food or place it directly on their tongue. Other ingredients include organic fractioned coconut oil and CO2-extracted CBD isolate.
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Also a veterinary centre in Tseung Kwan O, Creature Comforts’ The Wellness Oil is a multi-benefit botanical blend that helps pets find calm and comfort. Using 300mg of CBD isolate in a 30ml bottle, the rotisserie chicken flavoured tincture can be started off by taking one dose of CBD per day preferably in the evening.
It’s best to give products like these in the morning as it can promote a relaxed walk, support mobility and reduce nervousness. And in the evening, it reduces discomfort and helps with sleep. The recommended amount is 0.5ml per 10kg of body weight, given with or right after food. After a week of testing out the products and if the effect is too mild, an increase in the dosage is suggested twice daily.
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Apart from CBD oils, Bare Plus also does a beef-flavoured treat for dogs, with 2mg of CBD per serving. Focusing on calming any pain relief and strengthening the immune system––the label has separate oils for cats, medium and large-sized dogs. For dogs, the oil which includes 450mg to 900mg of CBD looks to better factors such as appetite loss, depression and sleeplessness.
To take, twice daily is advised with varying milligrams of CBD according to the weight of your pet. It’s always suitable to start with a low dosage for a few days to see if there is any difference and if there is none––that is when to alter it. As for cats, including 225mg of CBD in a bottle, components such as organic extra-virgin olive oil and phytocannabinoid-rich hemp extract look to tackle the same issues in dogs.
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Only carrying two products––pet oil and dog treats––Gentle Bro's priority is to support pets emotionally and physically. The main issue to overcome is pets who feel agitated or anxious. Both dog and cat-approved, their pet oil is made in the United States with intriguing ingredients such as sweet potato powder and beef liver. A CBD pet oil dosage calculator is available on their site and informs consumers of the exact dose to feed their pet. By inputting the weight of your pet, the desired strength and total amount of CBD––the recommended dose per CBD serving is calculated alongside the amount of oil (one dropper ful equal one millilitre)
Their CBD dog treats too, is beef flavoured with 2mg of CBD per treat. Though suggested for smaller dogs, this suits bigger dogs too with one to four treats per serving, depending on the adjustments you have chosen to make.
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Some of Paw CBD’s products can be found online in Hong Kong, with just three products to choose from for dogs. Those being, CBD oil and soft chews. One, even for the hip and joints.
With nothing but MCT oil (from palm kernels) combined with CBD oil sourced from America, hemp that is grown using organic farming methods ensure the validity and safety of the oil. And for the soft chews, coming in flavours such as chicken and bacon or only bacon––these are easy on canine teeth and include other beneficial ingredients such as omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil.
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