The trend of consuming CBD products continues to grow yearly, especially when it comes to soothing aches and pains, combating inflammation and improving sleep.

So it’s not surprising that the trend has now crossed over to pet owners. Today more and more pets owners are increasingly using CBD related products as a viable alternative to address anxiety, aches and pains, affecting their four-legged friends.

In this article, we’re going to look at the role CBD might play in helping keep pets healthy, and from there, you can use your judgment to decide if CBD products would be suitable for your pet.

Table of Contents

Why CBD for pets?

Is CBD safe for cats and dogs?

What is the right CBD serving size for your pet?

Finding the right CBD product for your pet

Learn more

Why CBD for pets?

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a natural non-intoxicating ingredient extracted from the hemp plant. It helps balance our body’s endocannabinoid system, which is linked to stress, pain and inflammation. All mammals, including cats and dogs, also have an endocannabinoid system in which CBD can work for several similar benefits. 

As the endocannabinoid system is responsible for regulating a range of functions, CBD can support your pet’s in a variety of ways: 

  • Mobility (reduces inflammation and soothes pain) 
  • Stress (promote overall calmness) 
  • Wellness (Skin conditions)  

Is CBD safe for cats and dogs?

Although plenty of preliminary work and anecdotal stories from pet owners suggest positive benefits of CBD oil for dogs and cats, more high-quality research still needs to be done.

Generally, most CBD pet products are free of THC. THC is the primary psychotropic compound that is found in cannabis and is not well tolerated in pets. As CBD is non-intoxicating, it will not make your pet have any feelings of being “high” and is generally reported to have little adverse reactions in animals. Some CBD pet products in places like the United States may have very small concentrations of THC due to more relaxed regulation, however in Hong Kong regulation ensures that there can be no THC. 

But, as with any new supplement, it is wise to speak with your vet before use and monitor your pet carefully. 

What is the right CBD serving size for your pet?

Direct and fast-acting CBD oils are one of the most popular formats for pet owners, and here at Found, we have formulated three strengths of CBD oil so that no matter the size of your pet, there’s a strength for you.

But as is the case with people, CBD is not a one size fits all solution when it comes to pets. Therefore as a general guide, we recommend that pet owners start with 0.5mg of CBD per kilogram of their pet’s body weight. So if your furry friend weighs 20kg, a good starting serving of CBD would be 10mg.

Below we’ve outlined what Paws by Found CBD oil is right for your pet based on their weight.

Pet Weight RangeRecommended Paws by Found Oil Total CBD ContentCBD per ml
0-10kgSmall Dog & Cat 150mg5mg
10 – 20kg Medium Dog300mg10mg
20kg + Large Dog600mg20mg

With this said, it should be remembered that CBD serving is not a perfect science, and as such, we recommend that you use this calculation only as a starting point more than anything. As a pet owner, you know your pet best. After starting your pet with CBD, you should observe them and gradually increase the serving size until you find what works for them. 

Another thing to consider is the frequency in which you give your pet CBD, which also requires some experimentation. Some pet owners have found it more beneficial to give their pets smaller servings throughout the day, whereas some only use CBD when needed. For example, to calm their pets during a typhoon.  

Either way, using this calculation as a starting point and adjusting as you need to is the way to go.

Finding the right CBD product for your pet

When it comes to finding the right CBD product for your pet, there are currently many handy pet-related CBD products available on the market, including chews, gel capsules, sprays, and oils, which have been specially developed for pets. 

Each of these products has been created to help pets find calm, comfort and peace of mind. While at the same time offering a balanced approach to supporting various concerns such as anxiety, immobility and inflammation.

Along with the various oral products available for cats and dogs, you can also use pet-friendly topical balms. 

These can be an excellent option for pets as they work directly on areas of soreness such as joints or aching muscles. CBD, in this instance, is absorbed transdermally – which means it is absorbed through the skin and works to provide localised relief. Although it has to be noted that if your pet is particularly furry, this may be harder to apply and thus less effective. 

To administer CBD to your cat or dog, it’s probably easiest to simply mix it directly into their food or by placing the drops directly on their tongue.

Learn more

If you would like to learn more about CBD and the growing trend in pet-related CBD products, please talk to our team of knowledgeable staff via email or in-store at the Found Cafe in leafy Sheung Wan. They can answer any of your questions and help you shop our range of CBD products to match your individual pet’s needs and preferences.