Why Pets Should Be Given CBD Instead of OTC Products

Cannabidiol (CBD) products have been enjoying an upward popularity since the relaxation of cannabis prohibition laws, both around the world and in the United States. Manufacturers have begun focusing more on CBD products in the form of tinctures, edibles, and topicals. Consumers are warming to the idea of preferring CBD-based solutions to their ailments and aches. An unexpected market that has been growing is the one on CBD products for pets. Several advantages are surfacing in preferring CBD products over traditional over-the-counter (OTC) remedies for pets.


Some people are cautious at the sound of this, given the risks of giving pets cannabis products to ‘get them high’. It’s important to be clear that CBD products are not psychoactive and, thus, do not run the risk of damaging your animal’s physical or mental health.

Immediate relief from anxiety and phobias

Many over-the-counter mental health remedies for pets overlap with health supplements, which humans take to combat mental health conditions like anxiety and depression without the need for a doctor’s prescription. Most of these need weeks, and sometimes even months, to produce noteworthy results — if any.

CBD has had immediate positive results in combating conditions like canine dementia, aggression disorders, and noise phobias. In fact, some research has shown that CBD can promote the growth of new brain cells in the hippocampus and stimulate serotonin receptors, much like prescription medication, but without the need for a trip to the doctor.

Support networks

Pet owners and cannabis product users have something in common: they establish support networks with each other. Online and offline, people are banding together to exchange notes on using CBD on themselves or on their pets, giving each other tips and advice.

This kind of community support is unavailable to people who prefer OTC remedies, often having to rely on retailers and pharmacists, or the broader pharmaceutical industry. Many people would greet suggestions that come only from vendors with apprehension compared to laypeople that don’t have something to gain from the sale and use of CBD products.

Lack of side effects

For most people, a worrying aspect of over-the-counter medication is that it often comes with underplayed or undermentioned side effects. Pet owners in particular are loath to give their pets medicine, alternative or otherwise, when the packaging comes with a long list of potential adverse consequences. Acetaminophen, for example, is a common over-the-counter pain medication for dogs. Its list of side effects includes the destruction of liver cells and damage to the kidneys.

CBD has concrete research supporting the fact that the side effects from its consumption are minimal to nonexistent. The only noteworthy consequence of using CBD products on pets so far has been slight drowsiness — and even that only in rare cases.


The market of CBD pet products is still in its early stages. Now, consumers and business are both taking notice. Given the plethora of advantages and the almost non-existent side effects, it might be what your animal companion needs for better quality of life.