We love cats. We have cats, and we think all cats would benefit from a regular dose of CBD. But getting a cat to stay still for the dropper can sometimes Learn the best ways to give your pet cbd. Either by gums, ears, or in their food. Read this post to learn the tactics and benefits of giving your dog cbd.
How do I give CBD to my cat?
We have cats, and we think all cats would benefit from a regular dose of CBD. But getting a cat to stay still for the dropper can sometimes be a bit challenging.
Here’s one solution: stick it in their ear.
We always encourage an under-the-tongue application as the most efficient way to absorb bioavailable CBD, but sometimes your cat just doesn’t want to play that game. (Or any game for that matter.)
However, if you put a few drops of Modern Medicinals Pets on your finger, you can rub that on the inside of a cat’s ear and get the same fast-acting capillary access without wrestling the dropper into an unwilling mouth. You don’t have to stick it all the way in the ear – just far enough to rub the CBD oil on the skin. Then stand back and revel in the side-eye you get from a non-plussed feline.
That’s our pro-tip for the day for all you cat owners – please let us know how it works for you!
How to Administer CBD to Ears, Gums, and Food
It’s time we address the elephant in the room: while we love the effect that CBD has on our pets, sometimes getting it into their mouths and onto their gums is akin to wrestling an alligator. We are asked all the time if you can just put the CBD oil directly on a treat, or if there is an easier way to administer CBD.
Before you can figure out the easiest way to get CBD into your pet’s system, there are a few things to understand.
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What is bioavailability?
Administering and dosing CBD is all a matter of bioavailability. In layman’s terms, bioavailability refers to the amount of time, and at what rate, something is absorbed into your bloodstream and how much is excreted without effect. This is important because bioavailability effects how much to give in one dose, and how quickly your pet can feel the effects.
Aren’t all ways of administering CBD the same?
Administering CBD to dogs and cats can happen in a few different ways, each with a different level of bioavailability. Some companies sell capsules, while some stick with tinctures and topicals, and while it may seem that it is all the same, the difference lies in how quickly the body can access the medicine (i.e. the bioavailability). Depending on how you apply your pet’s tincture, it’s possible that up to 80% of the medicine could go to waste!
Absorption rates of CBD vs. traditional prescriptions
Unlike many traditional oral medications, research has proven that CBD is effectively and quickly absorbed into the bloodstream. A study conducted by the Department of Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel concluded that: “CBD was observed to have a large volume of distribution [in dogs studied].”
In a study conducted by the Department of Veterinary Medical Sciences, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy, dogs were found to have a substantial amount of receptors in their endocannabinoid system, specifically in the spine, which allows dogs to more effectively use CBD. That means that when administered into the gums, ear, or with food, it is absorbed in the system effectively. This is far better than many medications, which have to be broken down by several of the body’s systems in order to take effect.
So, what are the best ways to give your pet CBD?
1. ON THE GUMS
The best way to administer CBD is directly on to the gums. This method works best because the medicine is absorbed through the mucous membrane (transmucosal) in the mouth and the full spectrum hemp extract (CBD) then goes directly into the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive tract altogether. This also minimizes the number of active compounds, or cannabinoids, that are lost or killed off in the digestive tract.
2. On the food or treats
Treats and other food products will take longer to show effect and are generally less effective. This is because they must go all the way through the digestive tract and filtration processes like the first pass of the liver. This results in less of the medicine reaching the parts of the body where your pet needs it most. There is definitely reason to believe that treats are an effective way to administer CBD, seeing as the stomach and GI system is full of cannabinoid receptors. Tinctures, however, can be absorbed directly into the bloodstream by a variety of methods with greater efficiency and speed.
3. Rub into the ears
If you are unable to get your pet to take a tincture orally, or on their food, try applying your tincture to the soft skin of your dog or cat’s inner ear! This is the least bioavailable option and will also take the longest to reach the bloodstream. We recommend you apply the oil to your finger and rub it into the area where the fur stops growing.
Don’t forget to micro-dose
By breaking up your dog or cat’s dose though the day or, ‘micro-dosing’ the CBD will stay at a higher concentration in your pet’s body for longer. In fact, the half-life of CBD taken orally by a dog is about 4-6 hours, according to a recent study. They demonstrated that an oral tincture reached peak concentration in the blood around two hours after administration. By around 6-8 hours, the medicine was nearly back to base levels.
This is especially helpful for dealing with anxiety, aches, pains, and seizures. You can read more about micro-dosing, and dosing in general in our post here.
Remember: whether you dose once a day or multiple times, make sure to fully wipe off your dropper before putting it back into the bottle. While we love puppy kisses, doggy drool can actually cause a full spectrum hemp extract (CBD) tincture to become less effective as the bacteria in the saliva can break down the formula.
Did you know that similar to humans, the largest organ in a dog’s body is their skin?
Not only is cannabis medicine effective to use internally for system wide, internal treatment; another effective way to give our pets CBD is by applying it topically to their skin! That’s right, dogs and cats have the same receptors on the surface and throughout their skin that interact with CBD and the other compounds found in the cannabis plant.
On our animal rescue, we see a lot of different animals, each with their own set of challenges and issues. One of the main things we end up treating for are diseases and infections that specifically effect the skin. On a daily basis, I am treating for bug bites, scratches, and dry paws; even tumors, cysts and other gag-worthy growths and gashes.
Research has shown that dogs have three distinct layers of skin. Each layer of skin is full of the same CB1 and CB2 receptors that are found in the internal organs and thought the central nervous system. This makes it possible for the skin to absorb the compounds and use them in higher concentrations in the exact place where they are hurting. All those awesome anti-inflammatory and regulatory benefits are something a lot of pets could benefit from in helping with issues effecting the skin.
It’s a great way for us to be able to target our pets ailments both systemically and right at the source of the problem. Take for instance, one of our most dramatic turnarounds. Daisey’s mast-cell tumor was treated internally with our Heal tincture and externally with the Remedy salve. By targeting her cancer in more than one way, we were able to heal the main sites of the disease and support the immune system at the same time.
Some tips for administering a salve or other topical cream:
Try to get it as close to the surface of the skin as possible
- It’s important that when you’re applying a topical, it gets to the surface of the skin where it will be absorbed and put to work. Your pet’s hair follicles do have the ability to wick the CBD downward, but it’s good to get as close a possible to source of the problem. If you’re looking to get at a place with a lot of fur on it, part their fur and apply it to the base of the hair follicles and get as much on the actual skin as possible. Don’t worry about the salve getting in their coat. Think of it as a moisturizing hair mask, with amazing medicinal benefits!
Choose a topical that is non-toxic if ingested
- All of CBD Dog Health’s salves are made completely from natural ingredients that if ingested will only benefit your pet more. Our formulas and the essential oils we use are designed for the surface of the skin, but completely safe if your pet licks it off. Just make sure, you let it soak in for at least 10 minutes before they make a treat out of their skin remedy.
All the same things that you look for to make sure a tincture is good go for topicals!