Natural Hemp Products For Dogs, Cats, and Horses

ARTICLE SUMMARY: 

  • Learn why pet owners are choosing hemp products
  • The importance of using hemp products made for animals
  • Exploring the risks with hemp for pets
  • How to choose pet products you can feel good about
  • Recommendations on pet products



    Pet Owners Are Going Natural

    Pet products are a popular and growing component of the hemp market. As more people discover how cannabinoids like CBD can help their lives, the interest in hemp for pets is greater than ever. Along with this interest however, comes concern around making sure that these products are safe and effective. Any good pet owner knows that a little research into ingredients is the most important factor when considering any supplement for your pets.


    Changing Minds and Comfort Levels Around Hemp for Cats and Dogs

    Since there haven’t been a lot of studies done on using CBD in animals, it is important to discuss whether it is a good choice for your pet with your veterinarian. According to a consumer survey, 70% of current pet CBD purchasers noted having spoken with their pets’ veterinarians about CBD before making a purchase. This indicates that, for many pet owners, these discussions with pet professionals are helping them feel comfortable with using these herbal products for pets.

    If your veterinarian recommends CBD for your pet, you’ll want to make sure you avoid products with problematic ingredients (like artificial sweeteners) and follow their usage recommendations. 


    How To Find Good Hemp Products On The Pet Market

    Here are a few things to keep in mind when purchasing hemp pet products. Not all hemp oils are the same; you’ll want high-quality CBD oil to have a better chance of it working.

    Look for organic. If the CBD oil is not organic, it at least should not contain pesticides, fungicides, or solvents. Organic choices ensure that your pet oil does not contain questionable ingredients.

    Don’t only shop based on price. Higher quality and purity are usually associated with a higher cost. A cheaper option could contain toxic substances such as pesticides, herbicides, or even heavy metals. Make sure your CBD oil is free of all additives.

    Get the analysis. The manufacturer should provide a certificate that certifies the amount of CBD that is in every batch of their product. Many CBD products contain only small amounts of CBD. 

    Buy CBD as a liquid. The most convenient way to buy CBD is in liquid form, so that you can adjust your dog, cat, or horse’s usage amount easily. This way, you can adjust your dog’s dose drop by drop.


    Our Natural Formulas Are Made By An Herbalist and Pet Owner

    Ingredients matter, and that is why all Sun God Medicinals pet oils are certified organic, and only made with natural GMO-free ingredients. Our pet oils are made with certified organic, full-spectrum whole hemp flowers and are formulated along with organic supporting herbs that may help to assist your dogs or cats with body comfort, worry and fear, and muscle ease. These oils are easily absorbed by their bodies and may also be a good source of antioxidants.

    Our products are unique, because we pair hemp with other medicinal herbs, so that these botanicals work as a team to assist the natural functions of the body. See this blog for more information on herbs working together.



    Keeping Hemp Products Safe For Pets

    All of our pet oil ingredients are certified organic so that only the best goes into making them. Our hemp itself is organic, free from fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, GMOs, or chemicals. The herbs in our pet formulas were chosen by an herbalist and pet owner. Our pet products are also third-party lab tested beyond state requirements - to ensure the highest standards of purity and potency are present. This is why we feel good offering these products for your pets.


    Can I use hemp products for humans on my pet?

    Products meant for human use should be avoided(1). If the product is not made specifically for pets, it is important to read the label to double-check for ingredients that could be toxic to pets like chocolate, certain essential oils, and artificial sweeteners. We would recommend not risking this and instead sticking with formulas specifically for pets, to be safe.

    Besides being made without these harmful ingredients, pet-specific oral CBD products are usually also made with your furry friend in mind as far as how they taste. Pets may not like the flavor of hemp products made for human consumption.


    What are the risks of treating my pet with CBD?

    The side effects of using CBD in animals are very similar to those experienced by humans. The most common issues include changes to appetite, fatigue, and diarrhea.(2) Typically, the higher the CBD dose you give to your pet, the more likely they will have side effects. 

    In most cases, it is not necessary to treat these reactions, as they are generally pretty mild or get better with time. If these side effects don’t get any better or become more severe, you should contact your pet’s veterinarian and keep a close eye on your pet.



    How do I know how much hemp oil to give my pet?

    Because there isn’t much research available on using CBD in animals, it is best to discuss what dose is safe with a veterinarian who has experience using CBD to help your pet’s condition. That being said, our pet oils come with a recommended usage amount based on the body weight of your pet.

    It is always best to start slow, with less than the recommended usage amount and then to work up from that - based upon how your pet does. To make this even easier for consumers, we created pet oils specific to your pet's body size. This makes it easy to select the perfect amount of hemp for your pet.




    How do I know which pet oil is right for my pet?

    Because the needs of dogs and cats vary, we created four special formulas designed to assist your furry friend to live a comfortable life. Each of these formulas combine hemp CBD, with selected medicinal herbs to support your pet.





    Aja Organic Pet Oil - For General Body Comfort, Great For Older Pets

    This certified organic whole hemp flower-infused pet oil is specially formulated with supporting herbs that may help your dog or cat with body relief and support their body's natural inflammatory response.*

    Great for: Older pets with mild body aches and pains associated with aging.*

    Level 1,2, and 3 Herbs: St. John's Wort, Skullcap.

    Level 4 Herbs (for larger dogs and horses): White Willow Bark, Nettle leaf




    Heka Organic Pet Oil - For Worry and Fear

    This certified organic whole hemp flower infused pet oil is specially formulated with supporting herbs that may help dogs and cats with worry, fear, separation, and agitation.* 

    Great for: Pets who worry! Help relieve their fear & agitation due to separation, travel, or thunder.*

    Level 1,2,3, and 4 Herbs: Chamomile, Lemon Balm.




    Hercules Organic Pet Oil - For Active Pets and Muscle Support

    This certified organic whole hemp flower infused pet oil is specially formulated with supporting herbs that may help dogs and cats with muscle discomfort and muscle tension.*


    Athletic & working pets with minor and occasional muscle aches, involuntary muscle contraction, and discomfort.*

    Level 1,2, and 3 Herbs: Passionflower, Valerian Root

    Level 4 Herbs (for larger dogs and horses): Hawthorn berry, and Meadowsweet flowers



    Sources cited

    1. Cannabinoids and Animal Physiology
      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK230721/
    2. Iffland, K., and Grotenhermen, F., 2017. An update on safety and side effects of cannabidiol: A review of clinical data and relevant animal studies. Cannabis Cannabinoid Research, volume 2, number 1, 139-154.
      https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/can.2016.0034?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori%3Arid%3Acrossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub++0pubmed

  • More Reading 

    1. FAQs About CBD Use in Pets https://www.aspcapro.org/resource/faqs-about-cbd-use-pets 

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