For most of us, October is best known for costumes, pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating, and haunted houses. In the world of pet-lovers it is also recognized as National Pet CBD Month. That’s right! A whole month is dedicated to celebrating your pets and the benefits CBD has to offer them. As of August 8, 2018, October was officially declared National Pet CBD Month, which was founded by cbdMD/paw cbd ( link “here”).

Fortunately, for pets, once the Farm Bill passed in 2018 ( link “here” ) the cannabis game changed. Hemp derived products created specifically for the well being and health of your animals began flooding the online market. Pet stores and retail chains started stacking shelves. There are several options of CBD products for you to choose from. They include treats, chews, tinctures or oils, shampoos, and balms. Unfortunately, not all products are created equal, some can actually be harmful to your pet.

It is important you choose a product that is safe for your pet. All products should be third-party tested ( link “here” ) and be THC free. THC is the compound in cannabis that gets humans high and makes animals sick. Age and weight of pet, diagnosis, and quality of life are taken into consideration when deciding concentration and dosing. Results will vary among animals. Regardless of the products you choose, always consult your veterinarian before beginning any new health regimen with your pets.

So, how do you choose the right product? The number one rule is, it must be third-party tested. If you request a lab report or Certificate of Analysis and it is not available, do not buy it. You should look at all the ingredients. Most tinctures will contain hemp seed oil as a carrier oil, where others use coconut or MCT oil. My favorite blend consists of wild salmon oil, avocado oil, and vit E. Treats, chews, and tinctures come in various milligram options. Do your research, choose natural products with limited ingredients, and avoid those that may trigger allergies. Shampoos and balms should also be from trusted sources only. Always try these products on a small area of your pet before a full shampoo or treating any area of the skin.

Ultimately, it seems that one of the best ways to find great things is to ask people. Reach out to friends and family if you are looking for something specific. Ask for recommendations in social media posts. Personal referrals are the best. Everyone knows effective products are time consuming to research and hard to choose. Great products are key to your pets living a happy and healthy life. What are you waiting for? Get your pet CBD now!

It’s all about the love…Mama T