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The Essential CBD Guide for Pets

What is CBD?

Before you become an expert after reading our CBD Guide for Pets, it’s best to understand the benefits of CBD and how it’s created. CBD is short for Cannabidiol, which is an active ingredient in hemp plants. CBD is derived directly from the hemp plant, which is the cousin to the marijuana plant.

Even though hemp and marijuana plants are close genetically, CBD doesn’t contain any THC.THC is the psychoactive component of marijuana that creates a ‘high’. Both THC and CBD have proven to have therapeutic effects, CBD will not leave you feeling intoxicated or under the influence. That is because CBD and THC interact with the brain differently. 

CBD has been a buzz word around the natural wellness product community for a while now but was actually discovered in 1940. Cannabis has been used for thousands of years to aid in pain relief, better sleep, and more. 

It is also important to note in this CBD Guide for Pets that there are different types of CBD:

  • Full-spectrum: Is CBD that utilizes the whole hemp plant to create products. This kind of CBD contains everything from the plant, including fibers, THC, terpenes, and more.
  • Broad-spectrum: Is CBD that utilizes the whole plant but removes any THC. Some brands, like Applied Botanics, “rebuilds” the plant with terpene blends to provide more all-natural benefits.
  • Isolate: Last, CBD isolate is pure CBD. Everything is taken out of the hemp plant except the CBD. It’s commonly broken down into a fine, white powder.

Potential Benefits of CBD for Pets

CBD has been beneficial to humans in many ways. From relieving pain and inflammation to helping with anxiety and depression many people lean on CBD to aid in daily struggles. So, if something works so well for us, should we give it to our four-legged friends? 

Truth is, we can and we do! At Applied Botanics we offer our Super Paws CBD which combines our patent-pending blend of terpenes with bacon flavoring to make our CBD irresistible to your pets. 

In this CBD Guide for Pets, here are the top 5 ways CBD may help your pet: 

Pain

We never want to see our pets in pain. Unfortunately, they can’t talk to us and let us know what is bothering them. What we do know is that inflammation is a big cause of pain and soreness. CBD has natural anti-inflammatory properties that may help relieve swelling, soreness, and pain. Fewer studies have been done with dogs, but a 2018 study showed CBD did help with pain and mobility in dogs that were given CBD. The study used different breeds of dogs as well as different sizes and weights. Results showed improvement with pain and mobility in 80% of the dogs in the study. If your pet is struggling with pain management, CBD drops may help. 

Anxiety 

Does this happen to you:

  • Does your pet whine when you get ready to leave the house?
  • Does your pet always try and sneak out the door with you?
  • When you return home is your house a mess from your pet digging in the trash or ripping up paper?

Well, your pet may be dealing with separation anxiety. According to VCA Animal Hospital, “Separation anxiety describes dogs that are usually overly attached or dependent on family members. They become extremely anxious and show distressing behaviors such as vocalization, destruction or house soiling when separated from the owners.” This is a behavior we are seeing even more in this year with many of us returning to work.

Our pets are suffering but we may have something that will help them and make leaving the house better for you and your pet. Our bacon-flavored CBD drops may calm and relax your pet while you are away. CBD helps with anxiety by changing the brain’s receptor response to serotonin. 

CUSTOMER STORY: Meet Hedy: Our Office Dog’s Journey with CBD and managing anxiety.
CUSTOMER STORY: Meet Maui: How CBD helped this young Alaskan Malamute stay calm while home alone.

Aggression 

We all know some dogs are more aggressive towards other dogs or people. This often depends on a number of things such as:

  • Prior history or living circumstances
  • Breed
  • Age
  • Personaliy

Unfortunately, this can make it hard to bring your pet anywhere. Even routine visits to the vet or to a park might be a nightmare for you and your pet.

CBD may help aggression and overall behavior. A study done on mice tested whether CBD helped decrease aggression. They found, “All tested CBD doses induced anti-aggressive effects, indicated by a decrease in the number of attacks. CBD, at intermediary doses, also increased latency to attack the intruder and decreased the duration of aggressive encounters.” Their findings confirmed that, “CBD may be therapeutically useful to treat aggressive behaviors that are usually associated with psychiatric disorders.”

CUSTOMER STORY: Our CBD drops helped Kali with her aggression and it may work for your pet too. 

Stress 

All pets have stress. Whether it is from fireworks, thunderstorms, or the mail carrier. Pets get stressed just like we do and CBD may help them just as much as it helps us. People with pets who are afraid of fireworks are often prescribed drugs or tranquilizers to help them get through the night. Imagine a holiday where that wasn’t the case! It may be possible with our Super Paws CBD drops. Fireworks often scare pets because of their loud, irregular noise (similar to thunderstorms).  This causes their bodies to create more of a stress hormone that puts them in a fight or flight response. CBD helps manage the production of stress hormones and helps pets relax. 

CUSTOMER STORY: How CBD helped London, a German Shepherd, with managing car rides.

Overstimulation/Hyperactivity

All pets are different. Some pets are more hyperactive based on age, sex, personality, and breed. Some pets are often overstimulated due to a lack of exercise or play. CBD may be able to help calm and relax your pet during the day while you are working or away from the house. Some symptoms of hyperactive pets include:

  • High energy
  • Easily Distracted
  • Hyperactive (lots of fidgeting and movement)
  • Unable to pay attention
  • Impulsiveness 

Sleep

Let’s face it, sometimes your pets are like children, they don’t sleep through the night or have accidents in the middle of the night. Puppies or young dogs might need to be let out 3-4 times a night. CBD promotes healthy sleep and may help your pet sleep through the night. Try Super Paws CBD Drops and hopefully you and your pet will have a better night’s sleep. 

How do you give your pet CBD Oil?

Now, you are probably wondering how you get your pet to ingest the CBD oil since you cannot put it under their tongue like you would if taking CBD yourself. Don’t fear, we have some foolproof ways to get your pet to enjoy CBD and reap all the benefits.

  1. Sprinkle it on top of their food for a flavor boost.
  2. For the pickier pets place a few drops on a piece of bread. The bread will absorb the oil and be a yummy treat for your furry friends. 
  3. Some pets will lick the CBD from the dropper. Slowly release the oil drops on their tongue. Make sure to wash and wipe clean the dropper so bacteria won’t get into the bottle. 
  4. What’s better than bacon to a dog? Bacon flavored whip cream! Simply drop CBD oil into a little whip cream, mix, and your dog won’t even notice. 
  5. Be patient. Some pets don’t like to try new things. Give your pet different options and don’t forget to give lots of praise! 

How much CBD to give your pet?

Adding a new supplement to your pet’s diet comes with many questions. If you are new to CBD, you may be wondering about proper dosing for Super Paws CBD oil. Most importantly, before taking any CBD, we recommend you ask your Vet for their insight, especially if your pet is currently taking any medications.

While recommendations can vary depending on the issues you’re looking to alleviate for your pet, we recommend the following as a general guideline for first-time use.

  1. Withdraw a .50ml (½ dropper) of CBD oil and administer on a recurring, daily schedule.
  2. After determining the correct product and the best way to give CBD to your pet. Release oil from the dropper onto food, treat, bread, etc.
  3. After 30 minutes, evaluate your pet’s physical well-being. If the CBD oil is showing an effect on their current state, remain at a .50ml dose.
  4. If not, increase the next dosage to .75ml or 1ml, and continue to monitor how much CBD oil is necessary to alleviate issues. 

If you consider your pet to be sensitive to supplements or food, you may want to begin with an ultra-low dose of .25ML.

How often should I give my pet CBD oil?

It is recommended with any CBD wellness product to use regularly and consistently in order to maximize the effects. Your pet may not necessarily feel the effects immediately following their first use, it could take some time to find their optimal dose and achieve the desired outcome.

When should I give my pet CBD oil?  

When adding CBD oil to your pet’s regimen, it’s completely up to you and maybe dependent on the target issue. We recommend following a consistent daily schedule to be able to monitor your pet’s health and dosage. CBD oil products should be taken daily to encourage the best results. 

We take pride in our pet products and assure that every bottle of Super Paws meets our high standards. A higher concentration of bio-enhanced non-GMO CBD grown on our controlled farmland is used to provide your pet the best ingredients which in turn assists with a multitude of ailments and helps them ‘Live Healthy + Happy.’

Adding a new supplement to your pet’s diet comes with many questions. If you are new to CBD, you may be wondering about proper dosing for Super Paws CBD oil. Most importantly, before taking any CBD, we recommend you ask your Vet for their insight, especially if your pet is currently taking any medications.

Is CBD Safe for my pet?

It is only natural to wonder about the safety and efficacy of something before you decide to give it to your pet.  We are here to assure you that Applied Botanics can offer you a safe and effective CBD experience. 

It seems that the confusion and conflicting information surrounding cannabis has previously clouded all of the benefits and healing properties that it has to offer your pet. CBD is a naturally occurring and nontoxic substance and when used at the suggested dosage, it can target and alleviate many issues. Our products are all THC-free, so it will not cause a psychoactive effect for your pet. The medicinal properties of the cannabis plant hold a lot of promise and we have amassed some of the most scientific minds to continue to explore the therapeutic properties.

What should I look for in a company that is selling CBD products?

There are a number of credible CBD brands for which to purchase CBD products.  If you’re weighing your options on which brand to purchase from, here are a few topics and questions you should have answers to as you select a CBD company.

  • Operational Transparency
    • Is this CBD company fully vertical, meaning, do they control (and guarantee) all aspects of the manufacturing process from a state-certified facility?
  • Testing, Testing, Testing
    • Does the company share how often they test their product to ensure safety? throughout the manufacturing process?
    • Does the company publicly list their third-party lab analysis (i.e. Certificate of Analysis (COA)) on their website? Have they been recently updated?
  • Product Consistency
    • Does the product need to be shaken before using? 
    • Can the company guarantee the same product dose after dose, product after product?
    • Is the product nano-emulsified to allow for better and faster CBD absorption?
  • Affordability
    • Does the CBD company offer product pricing that is affordable?
  • Digital Presence
    • Is their digital presence “polished”?
    • Do they update their website and social media?
    • Do they offer customer stories or reviews?
    • What search results appear when you perform a Google News search?


Each of the items listed above should be considered and weighted accordingly to your values as you make your CBD purchasing decision for your practice.  

Gettin started with CBD for your pet?

If you’re ready to have your pet living healthy and happy, let’s get started with Applied Botanics Super Paws CBD today. You may notice that we offer three different products based on the weight of your pet, each offering differing concentration levels of CBD to provide maximum benefits. 

Our pet products have the highest level of CBD, at the most affordable price of any pet CBD on the market. This is in line with our company’s mission of offering premium, consistent, and affordable THC Free CBD products for all. 

We hope that you (and your pet) benefited from this guide. We’re here to help you and your pet in your CBD journey, feel free to reach out to us at service@appliedbotanics.com for any questions or feedback. 

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