We want to give the best for the ones closest to our hearts. You might have seen the latest CBD products on your vet’s shelf, and you’re tempted to give it a try for your pet.

Before saying yes or no, you have to do some research about the product and whether or not you would like to believe in the anecdotal evidences. Hre are a few questions worth asking before spending cash on CBD for your pets.

Is This Approved by the FDA?

CBD products, in general, are still on its premature phase and still need more solid scientific backup to prove its efficacy. According to FDA Spokesperson Lindsay Haake, the agency has ‘no restrictions on extra-label use’ of the drug on animals. However, veterinarians must follow the principles discussed in the Animal Medicinal Drug Use Clarification Act (AMDUCA), as well as any state and federal regulations for the handling of the drug.

Other sources also recommend buying CBD pet products tested in a third party lab. These tests can give assurance that the drug was not exposed to pesticides, microbial, or solvents.

How Much CBD is Safe for my Pet?

Despite not being approved by the FDA yet, no toxic stories or negative reviews have been found against CBD. Still, this should not be the reason to experiment on dosage.

A statement from Dr. Cornelia Wagner, owner of Hawthorne Veterinary Clinic in Portland may, however, become a guide on the ideal dosage for these substances. According to Dr. Wagner, there are no clear medical guidelines in the use of CBD, but she strongly recommends to start administering in the lowest possible amount, say 1 mg/ml a day.

“The upper dose limit for CBD products recommended is around 1 mg/kg/day orally, but one should start with a much smaller fraction of this dose such as 0.05 mg/kg/day,” states Dr. Wagner on the Hawthorne Clinic’s website. “For THC products, start with an oral dose of 0.1-0.25 mg/kg THC once or twice dail.”

Wagner further elaborated that if there are no side effects, then the pet owner may increase the dosage gradually every 5 days in amounts no larger than .05ml/mg per week. This is especially true among THC products as dogs’ endocannabinoid system is much more complex and have more receptors than that of human’s.

What Kind of Illnesses in Dogs can be Treated With CBD?

In a survey conducted by the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA), some 600 pet owners claimed that CBD has the following benefits: pain relief, sleep aid, anxiety relief (including those caused by thunderstorm and firework phobia), nervous system support, reduced inflammation, reduced seizures, preventing vomiting and nausea, mitigating muscle spasms, helping with digesting tract issues, skin condition treatments and cancer prevention.

Can CBD React With Other Medicine?

Medications that are FDA-approved should still be your first priority. Before considering using any CBD products on your pets, try to consult first with your vet. Taking CBD with another existing medicine may alter the medicine’s efficacy.

“…if an animal is on other medications, especially ones with narrow therapeutic ranges, a pet owner should discuss the concurrent use of CBD with their veterinarian prior to starting.” Dr. Tim Shu, CEO and founder of VETCBD advised.

Also, it is strictly not advisable to administer CBD products intended for humans to your pets as these may include ingredients not healthy for dogs and cats.

Which CBD Product Should I Buy?

There is a wide range of CBD products to choose from. They may exist in different forms like oils, tinctures, sprays (oral and topical), dog treats, and other topical treatments. Do some research on these products or read the product guidelines and labels. Also, go for hemp and CBD products that are low in TH. The sugar content of the product is also important.