Start a CBD Wellness Routine for Your Pet in 5 Easy Steps

Wednesday April 21, 2021

Start a CBD Wellness Routine for Your Pet in 5 Easy Steps

by Cami Cacciatore, Paw CBD


From traveling with your pets to getting out and about with them, we've shared how CBD can benefit your pet and support their daily wellness, mobility, and sense of calm. Maybe you're even ready to try CBD with your own canine companion or feline friend, but you're not sure where to start.

What if we told you that adding CBD to your pet's daily care is actually pretty easy? In fact, you're just five simple steps away from finding the best wellness routine for your best friend. Check out our handy infographic, then learn about each step below!

1. Talk to Your Veterinarian

Your vet knows your pets best, so this is always the first stop when adding anything new to their routine, especially if they are currently on any medication or you have any health or behavioral concerns. Talk to your veterinarian about your pet's specific history and condition and ask their advice on what CBD amount, strength, or delivery method might work best based on your furry friend's size, breed, and needs.

2. Find the Right Serving Size

It's important to choose a CBD product based on species and size. Look for CBD made just for dogs and just for cats, and don't use them interchangeably. A good CBD product will come in various strengths and suggested serving amounts based on your pet's weight so you can choose the right one for your small, medium, or large dog or cat. And because every pet is different, some might need more (or even less) CBD than the recommended serving size to see optimal benefits.

3. Choose the Best Delivery Method(s)

Different products offer various benefits, like soft chews for small pets or those with aging or sensitive teeth. Crunchy treats are a portable, convenient, on-the-go option, while CBD oil tinctures are perfect for precise measurements or multiple-pet households. There's even CBD peanut butter for an extra-special treat! You can also mix it up with a few different products, as long as you don't exceed your pet's total daily recommended serving of CBD. If you're not sure what your pet might like best, try a CBD pet bundle to add variety. With so many options and flavors, you're sure to find one that your picky pooch or finicky feline will love!

4. Be Consistent for 30 Days

Because CBD builds up in the system over time, it might take a full 30 days before you notice a difference. Just like us, pets need time to adjust to their new wellness routine. Make sure you're giving them their CBD at the same time every day, like with a meal or when they would usually get a treat. Consistency is also important if you're using a specialty formula, like calming chews or oil when you have to leave your dog alone, hip and joint chews before your dog's daily exercise, or kidney support chews with kitty's breakfast. And because every pet is different, it might take longer for CBD to work with their system — which is why the final step is so important!

5. Adjust as Needed

Since our pets can't tell us how they're feeling, it's our job to assess how their new CBD wellness routine affects them. While you might not see immediate benefits, watch over time for signs that they're feeling or acting differently. You might notice they're less worried when you leave the house, or it's getting easier for them to jump up on the couch for some snuggle time. If, after 30 days, you haven't seen a difference, you can gradually increase serving size or try a stronger strength or different delivery method, and then monitor their response. Alternatively, if your pet seems groggy or lethargic, you might need to scale back the amount of CBD, switch strength or delivery method.

Adapt Your CBD Routine as Needed

After your first 30 days, you should have a better idea of how CBD supports your pet's wellness routine. Maybe your pup needs a little more or less each day, or you find they prefer a chew or treat to tincture. Or your kitty really loves the natural-flavor oil drizzled over her breakfast but prefers the chicken and catnip-flavored soft chew as a nighttime snack. Paw CBD offers so many options; keeping your furry family members happy and healthy is as easy as CBD!

Paw CBD is the pet division of cbdMD, the industry leader you know and trust to provide the highest standards for CBD sourcing, manufacturing, and production to create CBD products for everyday wellness. Paw CBD tinctures, treats, and topicals offer the same benefits of CBD for the dogs and cats in your life in a variety of strengths, flavors, and formulas to unleash their potential!

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