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Is CBD Safe for Pets?

Is CBD safe for petsChances are you know someone who swears by CBD as the solution for any fill-in-the-blank issue one has. Many are skeptical of the effects, but the truth is, more and more people are converting to CBD users (or at least testers). Once introduced into the CBD world, you’ll find that CBD isn’t just formulated for human consumption, but also for pet consumption. The question becomes, is it safe to give to my pet?

There’s a plethora of examples where CBD might help pets. Do you have a hyperactive animal that’s constantly restless? Perhaps the opposite, an older pet that’s sluggish because of their joint aches? Maybe just an anxious pet when traveling, or during loud firework celebrations?

The results on giving pets CBD have been anecdotal so far, but many are making headlines for their miraculous stories. Unfortunately, the popularity of CBD is outpacing the research and regulation so for now CBD remains unregulated. However, despite this lack of official guidance, pet owners are increasingly seeking out CBD for their furry family members because of the results.

In a 2019 survey conducted by the Veterinary Information Network, an online community of veterinarians, nearly two-thirds of survey respondents said they were asked about CBD by their patients at least once a month. Sera Labs always suggests consulting your veterinarian before administering CBD to your pet companion. Sera Pets offers 250mg and 150mg full spectrum CBD oil tinctures with manufacturer recommended dosage instructions clearly printed on the labels.

If you want guidance from a veterinarian about CBD for your pet, you’ll have to start the conversation since vets can only talk about CBD if the client broaches the topic. California is currently the only state that has legally cleared the way for veterinarians to discuss CBD treatment. California Governor, Jerry Brown, passed Assembly Bill 2215 in late September 2018, allowing veterinarians to officially discuss CBD medicine with pet owners—but not actually dispense them. As a result, many of the US’ veterinarians can be lagging behind physicians conducting CBD research among pets.

While testing continues to be done on CBD, pet parents can at least rest assured knowing that studies have found that CBD does not pose a risk of addiction and is thought to have many therapeutic properties for both humans and pets.

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