Many pet owners have used or are considering giving their pets CBD. CBD is a chemical compound extracted from the cannabis plant. As governments change their stance on the cannabis plant, CBD is increasing in popularity.

The fame that CBD is garnering is not without merit. There have been numerous studies which prove that CBD has a lot of medicinal benefits for humans. However, it is not only humans that can benefit from CBD, but animals too. This is possible because of how CBD works with the body. When CBD is ingested it interacts with the endocannabinoid system which is responsible for a wide range of critical bodily functions. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for essential functions such as appetite, memory, mood, and pain-sensation among others. Studies have shown that not just humans have an endocannabinoid system, animals such as birds, cats, dogs, and horses also possess this system. As a result of this, CBD can also work for these animals as it does with the human body.

A lot of pet owners have reportedly been giving CBD to their pets even though most governments have not approved its use for pets. Many pet owners are in search of alternative medications to treat their pets because most over-the-counter medicines have dangerous side effects. Some of these effects are kidney failures and other serious side effects. Despite this, health officials have expressed worry that most pet owners do not consult their vets before giving their pets CBD.

One of the main concern is that many CBD products are not high-quality. Another cause of worry is that most pet owners are not knowledgeable about the right product and the proper dosage.

Stephen Cital, the executive director of the Academy of Laboratory Veterinary Technicians and Nurses, has cautioned that many cannabis-based products on the market are not suitable for pets. The number of emergency calls about pets getting intoxicated has increased drastically in recent years. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said there had been a 765 percent increase in the number of emergency call concerning pets getting high.

Vets say THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol, the chemical compound that is responsible for the psychoactive effects in cannabis, can be detrimental to pets. One impact that THC has on pets is that it speeds the heart rate. If animals consume too much THC, it can ultimately cause death. It is essential for owners to be sure that the cannabis products that they purchase for their pets do not contain THC.

“Cats and dogs have different endocannabinoid system receptors than humans, so they react to it differently. So human ratios aren’t necessarily appropriate for small animals,” Cital said.

Choosing high-quality products for your pets is a must. It is also essential to talk to a vet before making a move. Your pets life depends on it.