Understanding What Is (And Isn’t) In Your Bottle of Pet CBD
Not all cannabis products are created equal. Canna Companion is committed to helping you understand what’s in your bottle of whole plant hemp oil or CBD capsules. You can be confident your pet is receiving a quality product to promote overall health and wellness.
Hemp Oil Product Label
The first step in inspiring product confidence is choosing quality ingredients, all of which are found on the product label. Just like people, pets can also have sensitivities to a variety of compounds. As a company founded on veterinary medicine, we understand how important it is to know what your pet’s consuming.
We provide clear administration instructions by weight, so you never wonder if you’re giving too much or too little. Because endocannabinoid systems are different for individual animals, there may be some variances. Our recommendations for administering CBD for pets are based on studies and personal experience.
Exceeding Industry Standards
Hemp supplements are largely unregulated, though companies adhering to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) must comply with certain standards. Canna Companion exceeds those standards by providing transparent information about the details of what’s in each CBD product. This is done through thorough third-party testing of every product batch.
Certificate of Analysis (COA)
A Certificate of Analysis is a document that proves the CBD product was tested in a professional laboratory and meets specific safety and quality standards.
Canna Companion COAs are from third-party laboratories. Some important highlights of our COAs include the amount of cannabinoids and terpenes in each product, and testing for harmful compounds like pesticides and heavy metals. As a consumer, you have the ability to access the COA at any time.
Third-Party Testing Protocol
Samples of Canna Companion pet CBD products are sent to local, third-party testing laboratories during multiple stages in the production process. These laboratories are state-certified and test for a number of compounds to ensure accuracy.
When and Why We Test Our Pet CBD Products
We have three stages of testing our products to ensure our quality and transparency are unparalleled.
- Primary Ingredients – These materials are in a form that can be used as received or require additional processing. Upon receipt, they’re quarantined until testing is confirmed.
- Pro Ingredients – These ingredients are manufactured in-house using primary ingredients. They’re tested before final production to ensure no contamination has occurred.
- Final Product – Once the finished product is prepared, we conduct an additional round of testing before allowing it to be sold.
Testing multiple times throughout the process allows us to catch inconsistencies early and address them. The final product testing is what we present on our Certificates of Analysis.
What Compounds We Test For
The focus of our testing protocol is to identify any unwanted substances and ensure accuracy of administration. Because of their size, even small inconsistencies can cause unintended responses for pets. These are the compounds we test for:
- Residual solvents – Byproducts of the cannabinoid extraction process.
- Mycotoxin – Substances produced by fungi or mold.
- Pesticides – Chemicals used to deter pests during plant growth.
- Heavy metals – Metals tested for include lead, arsenic, mercury, and cadmium.
- Microbes – Bacteria such as E. coli and Salmonella.
- Potency & Terpenes – Verifying the quantity and types of cannabinoids and terpenes present.
Pet Sensitivity to Toxins
Just like humans, cats and dogs have a natural endocannabinoid system (ECS) that interacts with cannabinoids and other plant compounds to restore and maintain homeostasis. It’s important to give your pet the correct amount of these compounds for their size and specific needs.
There are variances in cat and dog bodily systems when it comes to substance toxicities. Foods like chocolate, raisins, and onions are normal for humans, but aren’t well-tolerated in cats and dogs.
Similarly, different compounds may produce unwanted side effects in pets. This is why it’s important to use only pet-specific cannabis products and to understand exactly what’s in the bottle or package. Symptoms of toxicity may include:
- Neurologic response
- Pain or discomfort
If your pet is experiencing any of these symptoms of toxicity, contact your veterinarian immediately.
Why Testing is Important
Providing third-party testing to the public is not a FDA cGMP regulatory requirement. This means manufacturers don’t have to prove that their products contain what they say they do unless required by another regulatory body.
At Canna Companion, however, we provide testing results for transparency and to help you understand what’s in our pet CBD products.
Though not regulated by the FDA, the production and sale of hemp-derived cannabis products is legal under the 2018 Farm Bill. This includes CBD and other non-psychoactive cannabinoids. THC is legal within these products up to 0.3%.
Commitment to Quality
Canna Companion is committed to providing high-quality hemp oil and CBD products for pets. Our company is founded and operated by veterinarians who understand the importance of high standards for pet care.
Looking for CBD Testing Information?
Each Canna Companion product has a batch code on the packaging. Visit our COA page and type in the number to see the third-party testing results that are specific to the product in your hand.