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CBD Oil for Pets: A Long Overdue Solution for Your Furbaby

Meaghan Lehrer

Posted on January 04 2018

This past holiday season, I did the unthinkable and flew across the entire country with my cat. Darla’s usual catsitter was unavailable, and, well, excuse me for not wanting to drop $280 on someone she's never met who offered to pop in for five minutes once a day for an entire week to check on her.

Darla is rather similar to her mother. She has quite a few issues with anxiety, and I’ve long wished I could naturally medicate her just like I do myself during unusually stressful times. Just hearing a few voices out in the hallway of my apartment building can cause her to run under the bed fearing for her life, an issue I’ve never been able to fix without the help of prescription kitty drugs.

Flying during the busiest week for air travel— out of the infamous LAX airport— was not ideal for either of us. I had some CBD chews, but I believed my only option for Darla was to force-feed her some Xanax the vet prescribed her. Unsurprisingly, Darla vomited within just minutes of me shoving the pill down her tiny kitty throat. There I was, on the floor of LAX, trying to drug up my cat and wishing there were better ways to calm her down.

So, you can imagine how pleased I was to discover CBD pet products do existand they actually work.

A company named Innovet Pet Products launched a line of 100% hemp-based Phytocannabinoid oil, formulated for dogs, cats, and horses. Their products have all been tested for quality, safety, and efficacy— and my favorite part: they contain zero chemical or pesticide residues.

The oils do not contain any THC, so no, your pet will not get all stoney baloney with you. But even though your pet will not have any sort of psychoactive experiences, they will feel relief from:

  • Pain (ex. arthritis, bone pain)
  • Anxiety (ex. separation, loud noise, fireworks, travel, crowds)
  • Inflammation
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Seizures, convulsions and muscle spasms

No more trying to shove a really gross pill down Fido’s throat so he doesn’t ruin your chances of ever getting a security deposit back by furiously tearing up the carpet to cope with massive separation anxiety. Following their dose guides properly (125mg and 750mg), you can treat your pet in the following ways:

  • apply the drops directly to the middle of the tongue or back of the cheek or gumline.
  • apply the drops to a treat or meal 
  • apply the drops using a hand feeding syringe with silicone feeding tip. 
  • apply the drops to the water bowl (but it may be your best bet to limit how much water is in the bowl at the time to lessen the probability that the CBD water will splash everywhere and go to waste)

Innovet Pet Products advises that it may take up to 24-48 hours to see results, so it’s not really something you can just give to your pet an hour before a flight or before an activity that would typically be an issue for your fur baby. The reviews from people I know who have given their pet these oils have all been positive, with one claiming her hyperactive dog is finally able to go out in public and not embarrass the hell out of her.

So for those of you who are at their wit's end trying to manage their pet’s separation anxiety, general anxiety, arthritis, etc, I’d say this is worth giving a try. There are, of course, other brands on the market. We just happened to love what Innovet's line. 

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