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Using CBD for Relief in Pets: What You Need to Know

by AtoZ Botanicals Staff |

“He now runs outside again,” shares a relieved dog mom whose senior dog had been struggling with pain. “This has allowed him to be happy again.”

Her 100-pound, 10-year-old dog battled joint issues and a recurring tumor, with traditional treatments yielding little relief. Then, she discovered a surprising source of comfort: CBD oil. "CBD oil for him has changed our lives... he now comes over to me, sits in front of me to make eye contact, then looks over to where the CBD oil is kept," she adds. 

This is just one of many stories of transformation with A to Z Botanicals’ high-quality, broad-spectrum CBD products designed specifically for pets. In this post, we aim to educate and inform pet owners just like you about the critical factors surrounding the safe and effective use of CBD for your pet's wellness.

Discover how natural wellness can help ensure your furry friend’s golden years are filled with joy, not pain.

Why Choose Natural Wellness for Your Pet?

More people are choosing natural health options for themselves and their pets, seeking safer and effective treatments due to concerns over the side effects of standard medicines. This approach focuses on holistic health and keeping pets in overall good condition. 

Broad-spectrum CBD is a popular choice because it has the benefits of the cannabis plant without THC, the part that causes a high, making it safe for pets to use without the risk of psychoactive effects.

Here are few other noteworthy advantages of CBD for pet wellness:

Enhanced Safety Profile: By nixing the THC, broad-spectrum CBD provides a safe option for pets, so they receive the health benefits of cannabinoids without any potential for your poor pup to get a “high”.

• Entourage Effect: Broad-spectrum CBD combines many compounds from the cannabis plant, which may work better together than CBD alone. This teamwork, called the entourage effect, could make CBD more effective at easing pain, making it a good option for pets in discomfort.

• Versatile and Effective: Broad-spectrum CBD works well for treating different pet problems, like anxiety, stress, inflammation, and pain. It helps these issues more gently than some standard drugs, so many pet owners prefer CBD for a softer treatment method. 

• Quality and Purity: High-quality broad-spectrum CBD products undergo rigorous testing to ensure they're free from harmful contaminants and meet purity standards. This commitment to quality means pet owners can trust they're giving their pets the best possible care.

Cat and owner cuddling

Using natural options like broad-spectrum CBD, pet owners can prevent health issues and ensure gentle care for their pets. A to Z Botanicals provides top-quality CBD products for this purpose. Next, we'll look into how CBD can help with specific types of pain in pets,

“Animals are sentient, intelligent, perceptive, funny and entertaining. We owe them a duty of care as we do to children.”

- Michael Morpurgo

Types of Conditions in Pets That May Be Alleviated with CBD

Chronic Pain

Pets, much like humans, can suffer from chronic pain, commonly arthritis and joint pain- affecting their mobility and quality of life. Broad-spectrum CBD can help by reducing inflammation and pain, making pets more comfortable and able to enjoy their daily activities.

Inflammatory Pain

Dermatitis and bowel inflammation can seriously affect pets' health and happiness. Broad-spectrum CBD is effective for these issues as it reduces inflammation, easing pain and discomfort. This helps improve the quality of life for pets suffering from these conditions.

Neuropathic Pain

Neuropathic pain, caused by nerve damage, is tough to manage and can lead to weakness or paralysis in pets. CBD helps by stabilizing nerve function and reducing pain, providing relief for nerve-related conditions that other medications might not fully treat.

Post-Surgery Recovery

Recovery from surgery can be painful for pets, with lasting discomfort and swelling. Adding broad-spectrum CBD to their recovery can reduce pain and swelling, speeding up and smoothing out the process. CBD helps pets rest better, which is important for healing and getting stronger.


Pets can experience various forms of stress factors that can negatively affect their psychological and physical well-being. When given CBD, your pets can achieve an overall more relaxed emotional state. In fact, in a recent Cornell study, dogs were given CBD prior to a stressful event and 83% showed a decrease in stress or anxiety-related behaviors.


Seizures can arise from a variety of health conditions in cats and dogs. When a seizure occurs, the normally balanced electrical pattern in the brain is disrupted by sudden and synchronized bursts of electrical energy. This can briefly affect consciousness, movements or even sensations and can at times have lasting physical and mental effects. CBD can help support unbalanced electrical rhythmic activity in your pet's brain, ultimately helping to minimize the severity and frequency of seizures. CBD can help your pet achieve the quality of life they deserve.

In each of these cases, broad-spectrum CBD is a compassionate, natural way to help manage pain, giving pet owners more options to support their pets' health and comfort.

Choosing the Right CBD Product for Your Pet

With all the CBD pet options available, you might be wondering, 

How do I choose the best CBD oil for my dog? Or what type of CBD is best for cats?

Here's a guide to help you decide wisely:

Understanding Product Labels

Product labels are your first source of information about CBD products. Here’s what to look for:

• CBD Concentration: Look for the total amount of CBD in the product, usually listed in milligrams. This information is critical for determining the correct dosage.

 Third-Party Testing: Reputable products will mention third-party lab testing to verify purity and potency. A to Z Botanicals provides access to these test results with each product on our website in a Certificate of Analysis (COA).

• Ingredients: Check the ingredients list for any potential allergens or harmful additives. Opt for products with natural, pet-safe ingredients.

Understanding Dosages

Determining the right dosage is essential for the safety and well-being of your pet. Here are some tips:

• Start with Low Doses: Begin with the lowest recommended dosage based on your pet’s weight. Watch their response and gradually increase if you do not see any improvement within a few days.

• Follow Manufacturer Guidelines: Pay close attention to the dosage guidelines provided by the manufacturer. Brands like A to Z Botanicals offer detailed instructions to help pet owners administer the right amount.

• Consult Your Vet: Before adjusting dosages or if you’re unsure, ask your veterinarian. They can provide personalized advice based on your pet’s unique situation.

Veterinarian holding dog

Selecting the Right Product Form

CBD products for pets come in various forms, including oils, treats, and topicals. Each has its advantages:

Oils: CBD oils offer flexibility in dosages and are ideal for precise adjustments. They can be dropped directly into the pet’s mouth or added to food.

Treats: CBD-infused treats are convenient and often more appealing to pets. They come in pre-measured doses, making it easier to administer. However, they may not be suitable for pets with dietary restrictions and can often lack the potency and purity that tinctures provide.

Topicals: For localized issues like skin conditions or joint pain, CBD-infused topicals can be applied directly to the affected area.

When picking a product, consider what your pet prefers, how easy it is to use, and the specific problem you are treating. Ultimately, the goal is to choose a product that your pet will accept willingly and that fits seamlessly into their routine.

By knowing how to read labels, choose the right dose, and pick the best type of CBD product, you can find the perfect option for your pet. Next, let's learn how to safely give CBD to your pet. 

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.”

- Josh Billings

How to Safely Administer CBD to Your Pet

Administering CBD to your pet doesn't have to be intimidating. Using the right method and A to Z Botanicals' quality products, giving your pet the full benefits of CBD safely and easily can be simple.

Here's a step-by-step guide:

Step 1: Start with a Small Dose

  • Consult A to Z Botanicals’ Dosage Guidelines: Begin by consulting the dosage guidelines provided by A to Z Botanicals. These guidelines are based on your pet’s weight, ensuring a safe starting point. 
  • Go Slow: Start with the lowest recommended dose. It allows you to monitor your pet's response to CBD and ensures they adjust well.

Step 2: Observe Your Pet

  • Monitor Closely: After administering the initial dose, observe your pet over the next several hours. Look for signs of comfort or relief, as well as any adverse reactions (though rare with broad-spectrum CBD).

  • Keep a Log: Consider keeping a log of dosages and your pet's reactions. This record can be invaluable for tracking what works best for your pet.

Step 3: Adjust the Dosage

  • Increase Gradually: If your pet responds well but could benefit from a slight increase, gradually adjust the dose upwards. A to Z Botanicals recommends waiting a few days between adjustments to accurately assess effects.

  • Consult with a Vet: If you’re unsure about adjustments or your pet’s reaction, consult your veterinarian. They can offer personalized advice tailored to your pet’s health needs.

Step 4: Ensure a Positive Experience

  • Pair with Favorites: Mix the CBD oil with your pet’s favorite food or treat to make the experience more enjoyable. A to Z Botanicals’ products are designed to be palatable for pets.
  • Be Patient and Positive: Use a soothing voice and offer plenty of affection or a favorite activity after administering CBD. Positive association is key to a stress-free experience for your pet.

  • Consistent Routine: Administer CBD at the same times each day to establish a routine. This consistency helps your pet adjust to and anticipate their CBD regimen.

Additional Tips:

  • Choose the Right Form: Whether it’s oils, treats, or topicals, select the form that your pet is most comfortable with. A to Z Botanicals offers a variety of options to suit different preferences and needs.

  • Quality Matters: Always opt for premium, broad-spectrum CBD to ensure your pet is receiving a safe, effective product.

By using these steps and A to Z Botanicals' simple dosage guidelines, you can give CBD to your pet safely, helping them get the natural relief and wellness they need. The most important things are to be patient, watch how they react, and stay committed to their health.

Safety, Side Effects, and When to Consult Your Vet

Broad-spectrum CBD is safe with few side effects, especially compared to regular medicines. But, like any supplement, there's a small chance of negative reactions. 

Some possible side effects in pets might include:

  • Dry Mouth: CBD may decrease saliva production, leading to a dry mouth. Ensure your pet has access to plenty of water.

  • Drowsiness: The calming effect of CBD can sometimes lead to mild drowsiness, particularly with higher doses.

  • Lowered Blood Pressure: High doses of CBD have been known to cause a temporary drop in blood pressure, which might lead to light-headedness.

  • Gastrointestinal Upset: Some pets may experience diarrhea or changes in appetite when first introducing CBD.

Monitoring Your Pet

Close observation is key when starting your pet on CBD. Watch for any changes in behavior, appetite, or activity level, and keep an eye out for any of the side effects mentioned. Monitoring helps ensure that CBD is having the desired effect and allows you to adjust dosages or consult with a vet if necessary.

Consulting with Your Veterinarian

Before introducing CBD or any new supplement into your pet’s regimen, it's crucial to consult with a veterinarian. This is especially important for pets with existing health conditions or those on medication. A vet can provide:

• Personalized Advice: Based on your pet’s health history and current condition.

• Dosage Recommendations: To ensure a safe starting point and adjustments as needed.

• Safety Insights: Including potential interactions with other medications.

Final Thoughts

A to Z Botanicals provides a natural and effective way to help your pet achieve optimal health using hemp, without the worry of THC side effects. We're committed to making high-quality products you can trust to be safe and work well, offering a gentle but strong choice for improving your pet's health. A to Z Botanicals is all about improving pet wellness with our top-notch, carefully made CBD products, helping pets and their owners live happier, healthier lives together.

Give your pet the gift of a pain-free life!

Check out A to Z Botanicals' selection of broad-spectrum CBD products for pets. Explore our offerings to find the right support for your pet's wellness. We love hearing from you! Please share your pet's CBD stories and experiences either in the comments or on social media. Your insights can help other pet owners make informed decisions and foster a community of pet lovers who care deeply about their animals' health and happiness. Join the conversation now!

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