CBD for Pets and the Role of Veterinarians

How do these pet professionals fit in with CBD for pets?

No one knows our pets better than us, but a veterinarian probably comes in second place. With extensive knowledge of our pets’ medical conditions, medications, and behaviors, vets help our pets feel their best. But as CBD for pets becomes increasingly popular, confusion around how to discuss this product with our doggy doctors is becoming more and more common. Never fear, pet lovers! Read below to learn how to bring up CBD for pets with your veterinarian and how to find the best CBD for your dog or cat. 

Why Is CBD for Pets Popular?

Anecdotal reports from pet owners list the benefits of CBD for dogs and cats, although more thorough research is necessary to know if any of these benefits can be replicated in all pets. From reducing osteoarthritis pain to improving anxiety in dogs and cats, CBD for pets can help your furry friend feel their best. However, the lack of research may make some pet owners hesitant to dive into the CBD craze before confirming the safety of CBD with their vet.

Does My Pet Need a Prescription for CBD from the Vet?

CBD for pets is not considered medication and, therefore, does not require a prescription from a veterinarian. Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD derived from hemp is not considered a controlled substance and is legal in most U.S. states, meaning it can be purchased in retail stores and online without a prescription. 

Although CBD is legal for human consumption, there is still some concern about how doctors and veterinarians can discuss CBD with their patients. Currently, vets cannot start a conversation around CBD for dogs or cats or recommend that it be used for any condition without risking their license. Experts say that while vets cannot initiate these conversations, pet parents can bring up their concerns and discuss any possible risks of CBD due to current medications or any preexisting conditions for their pet. 

So Can I Tell My Vet About My Pet’s CBD?

Yes! Do not keep secrets from your veterinarian! If CBD is legal for human consumption in your state, it is legal for you to responsibly administer CBD to your pet. Your vet may not be able to tell you if CBD is right for your pet or the right amount to give them, but carefully monitoring your pet’s CBD intake and reactions will help you find the dosage that is best for your pet. It is essential to keep your vet in the loop, however, just in case your pet has a negative reaction or experiences unusual side effects, although negative side effects are uncommon. You may know the best spots to give your pet belly scratches, but your vet can help keep your pet safe and healthy.

Be Careful as You Shop

CBD for dogs and cats may be legal and increasingly popular, but owners must be smart shoppers as they search for the CBD that is best for their pet. High amounts of THC are not good for dogs and cats, so be sure to buy CBD products that ensure THC below the legal limit of 0.3% and come with a Certificate of Analysis so you can verify the ingredients yourself. The terminology used around CBD products for pets and humans can be confusing, so do your research and find the best CBD for your pet.

Trying something new can be intimidating, especially when it comes to the health of your pet. But checking in with your veterinarian and monitoring your pet closely throughout your time trying CBD for pets can help your four-legged family member feel their best.

At Redeem Therapeutics, we know that pets are part of the family. We develop our CBD for pets with high-quality, organic hemp and essential cannabinoids, so even old dogs can learn new tricks. With Certificates of Analysis for every product and delicious CBD oil flavors like bacon and chicken, pet owners can feel confident that they are giving their dog or cat tasty and effective CBD in every drop.