CBD for Dogs and Cats: Everything You Need to Know

CBD is one of the hottest trends in the pet industry right now, thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill. However, many pet parents are still confused about CBD products.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol is a cannabinoid compound found in cannabis. There are over 400 different cannabinoids found in hemp, and all of them interact with the body through the Endocannabinoid System. 

This system consists of neurons that run through the body, and cannabinoids ever the body and bind to receptors to produce different responses. 

Humans, dogs, cats, and horses all have an Endocannabinoid System. One of the most popular researched species is, of course, dogs, who have shown to have a positive reaction to CBD. However, it's important to note that THC can be toxic to dogs, so it's important to choose your CBD carefully. 

The Types of CBD

There are three main types of CBD on the market for pets. 

Full Spectrum

Full spectrum CBD oil for dogs is often touted as the best because of the "entourage effect". Together, active ingredients within the oil can enhance the CBD. However, this misconception can be dangerous to dogs.

There is no such thing as THC-free full spectrum oil, despite what you think you have heard. 

Because the law says that any product containing less than .3% THC is legal, many businesses market their products by saying that they contain 0% THC, while  they in fact do contain less than .3% THC. While this legal limit may seem low, THC in high doses is toxic to dogs. Therefore, if your dog happens to sneak into their CBD treat bag, they could be poisoned. 

Full spectrum oil does have its benefits, but the danger to dogs is too concerning, and pet parents need to be careful they know how to give their pups the proper dose. 

Broad Spectrum

Broad spectrum oil has recently been perfected. It consists all of the benefits of full-spectrum CBD oil for dogs, but takes out the THC. Broad spectrum is still a very new concept to many brands, so it's important that you always look at the lab results posted on their website to confirm that what they say in their marketing materials is correct. 

We can't tell you how many brands are advertising full spectrum oil as broad spectrum and vise-versa. Pet parents need to be diligent when shopping for CBD oils for dogs, cats, and other animals. 


CBD Isolate for dogs is pure CBD with zero additives or extra ingredients. Many pet parents prefer this type of oil because they want to make sure they are getting pure CBD with no other cannabinoids, terpene, or THC. These products are the safest for dogs because they contain absolutely 0% THC, so if a dog happens to sneak some extra CBD snacks while their parent is looking away, they will not be poisoned. 

Types of CBD Products Available

Like CBD for humans, there are many different products available for dogs. 


Tinctures are one of the most popular ways for humans and pets to get their daily dose of CBD. All you have to do is drop the correct amount into your dog's mouth. 

CBD Treats

CBD treats are by far the easiest way to give your dog CBD. 


CBD salve for pets helps reduce inflammation topically and can help heal hotspots, bug bites, and more. 

Is CBD Safe for Pets?

Cannabidiol does not produce euphoric sensations or "highs", which is one of the reasons why it's safe to use. However, CBD that's 100% THC free is the safest option for pets. This way, there are no chances of THC poisoning. Why risk it when there are safer options on the market? 

Should You Try CBD for Your Pet?

CBD may be beneficial for your pet. However, it is not a cure or treatment for disease or illness. CBD may be able to relieve some of your pet's symptoms and make their life a lot more comfortable. 

Discuss CBD with your vet. CBD may affect any medication that your pet is on, so it's important to makes sure that it's safe to use. 
Start Small. 1 mg of CBD per 10 lb is the standard when introducing CBD to your dog. 
Monitor Your Pet. Stay with your pet for at least 2 hours after giving them CBD. While CBD without THC is non-toxic, it's always a good idea to watch them after introducing new supplements to their diet. 


CBD for Pets Takeaways

If you takeaway nothing else from this article, the most important thing we can tell you is to make sure you know what you're buying. Companies out there are being dishonest with their customers and misleading them into making a purchase that's not right for their dogs. Do you due diligence to make sure the CBD products you buy for your pets are the right ones. 
  • CBD is not always THC-free. 
  • Isolate and Broad Spectrum CBD are the safest options for pets. 
  • Always check lab results.