09 Jan Ingredients to Avoid in Pet CBD Products
Pet CBD product manufacturers, like Pet Health CBD, are typically rather careful with the ingredients selected but there are a few things that you should keep in mind. Your pet’s diet and sensitivities should always be taken into account. If you are unsure of an ingredient or if it’s associated to something that your pet may be sensitive or allergic to, it’s best to avoid the product.
Always speak with your vet about a pet CBD product before starting them on it. If you are interested in a specific brand, take a photo of a label or print out the information for your vet to review. Your vet will be able to let you know if any ingredients are unsafe for your pet.
Some pet CBD products are flavored. Pet Health CBD does not offer flavored pet CBD products. When you do come across a product that is flavored, it is ideal to review the source or type of flavoring. Many flavoring extracts like vanilla and peppermint, are extracted with alcohol. Alcohol isn’t the best idea for your pet.
If it does not state how the flavoring is made or how it was made, avoid the product. There are other ways of extracting flavorings—such as distillation and safe oil infusions from a natural source, that are better suited for your pets.
Type of Carrier Oil Used
MCT oil, coconut oil, hemp seed oil and olive oil are common carrier agents for pet CBD products. Grapeseed oil, which is inside grapes, should be avoided. If your pet is allergic to peanuts, avocados or other foods that are used to extract oil, it’s best to avoid pet CBD products that contain those oils.
MCT oil is a medium-chain triglyceride that is most commonly sourced from coconuts. Coconut oil and this type of naturally-sourced oil are safe for your pets. Olive oil is also an acceptable carrier oil as it is considered healthy and safe for your pet.
Hemp seed oil is also another safe carrier oil. It has nutritional value and can also be used in DIY pet CBD topicals that you might be interested in making for your pet. You can also speak with your vet about using hemp seed oil in your pet’s food on a regular basis. For some pets, it may be beneficial.
Most pet CBD products don’t contain any additional ingredients. But, if something is listed that you don’t recognize it’s best to avoid that product. There should not ever be fillers, colors, artificial flavors or preservatives/additives added to your pet’s CBD products. The entire idea of a pet CBD product is to keep it simple and natural.
Pet parents take just as much care choosing what goes into their pets’ bodies as they do their own. It’s important to take a few extra minutes to look up ingredients that are unfamiliar. While something may be okay for one pet, it may not be okay for yours. We’ve said it a couple of times in this article, but it’s a good idea to speak with your vet before giving your pet anything other than what’s prescribed or specifically recommended for them.