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What Not to Do When Feeding Your Pets Cannabis Products

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What Not to Do When Feeding Your Pets Cannabis Products

A wide variety of cannabis products are now available in various markets. In North America, legalization is reaching new heights for the cannabis industry. The United States has been legalizing the plant for medical and recreational uses in many of its states, while Canada has recently implemented what is known as Cannabis 2.0, making edibles legal in the country.

In light of the legalization of cannabis edibles in Canada, veterinarians are expressing concern about the wellbeing of consumers’ pets. According to a veterinarian, there is a spike in the number of pets brought to their clinic due to marijuana consumption.

While the cannabinoid CBD does offer a range of benefits for your beloved pets, this concern remains valid. If you consume cannabis-infused products on a regular basis, it is Here’s what you should NOT do when you want to give your beloved animal friends some cannabis products:

The Donts When Feeding Pets with Cannabis Products

#1: Feed Your Pets THC

One of the most important things you should refrain from doing is to feed your pets any product that contains THC, the psychoactive compound in the plant. Keep in mind that this cannabinoid is harmful to dogs and cats. Researchers found that it has a moderate degree of toxicity for animals, making it a big no-no to feed THC to your animal companions.

On the other hand, CBD is known to benefit pets. This compound has been found to help dogs and cats remain calm during stressful situations. Moreover, it is able to relieve various pains and aches, especially for ailing animals. Medical conditions that are can help treat includes cancer, seizures, and arthritis among others.

However, it is important to remember that some CBD oil products made for humans may contain minimal (or more) amounts of THC. This is why you should only give your furry friends CBD treats for dogs and cats, as these are produced to contain only minimal amounts appropriate for animals.

#2: Leave Cannabis Products Unattended

If you have been making a conscious effort not to give THC to your animals, then you are a good fur parent. However, if you consume edibles that contain this compound, you need to be careful of another thing: leaving your products unattended.

Remember that your pets are not capable of distinguishing whether an item is suitable for them or not. Most of the time, they will consume any foodstuff that they can have access to. In fact, they sometimes even steal food right under your nose!

So, make sure that you do not leave your edibles lying around, even CBD-infused ones. As mentioned above, CBD products for humans can contain THC. Aside from THC, these products can contain other substances that can harm them such as xylitol (an artificial sweetener) and chocolate.

#3: Wing the Dosage

When humans consume CBD, it is important to note that effects may vary depending on the person, as well as the amount of product they consume. While you can experiment how much you can ingest to get your desired effect, you cannot do the same for your animal companions. Remember, their bodies are relatively smaller compared to humans, thus can respond strongly to a dosage that is considered small for humans.

For your pets’ safety, you can follow a dosing chart. Animals that are around 10 pounds should be given a low dose of 1mg, medium dose of 3mg and a strong dose of 5mg. You can increase the amount as your pets’ size increase. For good measure, why not just go and see a vet?

As much as we love the plant, it is always important to keep a safe and healthy environment for your pets. To make sure that this happens, refrain from doing the things above and you will be a good fur parent.

 

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How Cannabis Oil Can Treat Anxiety in Dogs [VIDEO]

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Cannabis Oil Can Treat Anxiety in Dogs

CBD has become increasingly popular as a treatment for anxiety, insomnia, inflammation, pain and anything else when it comes to humans. Now, this wonder substance has been formulated for man’s best friend. It is especially becoming a good solution for anxiety in dogs.

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How Cannabis Oil Can Treat Anxiety in Dogs [VIDEO]

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Cannabis Oil Can Treat Anxiety in Dogs

How do you use cannabis to treat dog problems, and what kind of problems can it treat? VICE talks to a pet owner on their experience in using cannabis for treating their dogs anxiety.

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What CBD Can Do for Shelter Pets

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What CBD Can Do for Shelter Pets

VETCBD, a full-spectrum hemp and cannabis products producer and seller, and Best Friends Animal Society have recently announced their partnership intended to support animal welfare through the veterinarian- and medical marijuana expert-owned company’s One Fur One program. Named as the latest beneficiary, one of the Best Friend’s goals is to stop the killing of shelter pets by 2025.

To help Best Friends take better care of their rescues, VETCBD will be providing CBD hemp oil to the organization and its partners. Consumers can contribute to this initiative by purchasing tinctures, every single one of which will be matched by the company in donations.

In light of this partnership, pet lovers who are also CBD and cannabis consumers might be wondering how cannabidiol products can help shelter animals. Let’s shed some light on the conditions of shelter animals and how CBD can aid in improving their quality of life.

What are Shelter Animals?

Animal shelters play a huge role in taking care of their welfare. Animals in these shelters are often surrendered to the organization because owners no longer have the ability to take care of them. Pets that are abused are also taken to shelters to provide a better home and life for them. In the event that a homeless pet is caught in the streets, authorities bring them to these homes, as well.

Given these, it is safe to say that shelter animals have led a pretty hard life. That is until they were brought to shelters where members contribute in cash, kind, and action to take care of them. Around 3.2 million of them are adopted every year. However, the sad reality is shelters have limited capacities and with the rising number of animals being brought to them, they have no choice but to euthanize some of them.

What CBD Can Do for Shelter Pets

Research shows that dogs and cats have endocannabinoid systems which means that their bodies are designed to receive cannabinoids like CBD. In fact, just like humans, their bodies produce natural cannabinoids, also called endocannabinoids, that help maintains homeostasis. Because of this, there is no doubt that CBD has essential benefits to dogs and cats, especially those in shelters.

Keep in mind that these animals may have traumatic experiences given that many of them were strays or came from abusive situations. Those who were separated from their owners for any reason may also be experiencing anxiety. CBD oil can help address their trauma, stress, and anxiety it is known to have calming and relaxing effects not only in humans but also in animals.

This substance can also help address health-related matters, especially for sickly and elderly animals. Pets that suffer from chronic pain and seizures may benefit from CBD products. These can also help animals with cancer, especially in dealing with pain, nausea, and lack of appetite.

Before feeding your pets any form of cannabidiol, make sure to consult a veterinarian. Moreover, see to it that any product that would be given to them should be designed for them as dosages for humans and animals are different.

The Bottom Line

VETCBD’s initiative to help Best Friends is a great leap toward better taking care of animal’s welfare. In your own way, you can take part in giving shelter animals a better quality of life by donating CBD items or by purchasing from dispensaries with the same interest.

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