As pet guardians, we want nothing but the best for our furry companions. When they are in pain or have health issues, we turn to veterinarians for advice and treatment. With the growing popularity of CBD products for pets, it's not surprising that many people are considering this alternative therapy for their pets wellness. However, before starting your pet on CBD, it's important to talk to your veterinarian to ensure the best possible outcome. Depending on the legal landscape of the state you live in, this topic may be either well received or may be a bit more difficult for your veterinarian to discuss. Regardless, having a veterinary professional involved in the conversation of using a cannabis product for your pet is imperative. So, where do you start? Here are some tips on how to approach the conversation:
1. Do some research
Before talking to your veterinarian about CBD, it would be advantageous to do some research on the topic. Understanding the cannabis plant and its components will be helpful to differentiate between products when doing your market research. There are many different products, dosages, and levels of quality available, so having a good foundation of terms and definitions will help you navigate these waters confidently.
2. Be honest and transparent
When talking to your veterinarian about CBD, it's important to be honest and transparent about why you think you would like to integrate it into their routine. This will also give you a chance to review your pet's health issues and any other treatments they may possibly need. Discussing this information will help your veterinarian determine if CBD is a safe and appropriate treatment option for your pet. Open discussion is always important.
3. Ask for their opinion
While you may have done your research, it's important to remember that your veterinarian is the expert when it comes to your pet's health. Ask them if they can review the current research data that is available with you, or if they can give you any feedback on their experience on the topic. If they aren't sure or prefer not to discuss it due to certain legality concerns, the VetCS veterinary team is always available to help guide you and your veterinarian in learning more about the safe and effective use of CBD in veterinary medicine.
4. Consider quality and source of CBD products
When using CBD products for your pet, it's important to consider the quality and source of the products. Look for products that are specifically formulated for pets and made from high-quality ingredients. Be sure the company is run by veterinary professionals and offers independent lab testing (COAs) on all of their products. Transparency is key. Working with a company you and your veterinarian can trust is extremely important.
Talking to your veterinarian about CBD use in pets requires open communication and a willingness to listen to their professional opinion. By doing your research, being honest and transparent, and working with a company you can trust, can help you can make an informed decision about whether CBD is an appropriate option for your furry friend. Happy Hemping!