Cannabidiol (CBD), a chemical compound found in marijuana and hemp that’s purported to help with anxiety and pain, is gaining popularity as an ingredient in nutritional supplements for pets and other animals.
Animal health products containing CBD are currently available in a variety of formulations, from tinctures and oils to capsules and soft chews. Tinctures or oils can be useful for administering precise dosages to small animals, but in most cases CBD soft chews for pets are the best option.
Not only are soft chews easy to administer, but also the vast majority of dogs—90% according to one study—and cats love them. In addition, CBD soft chews for pets can be made in a variety of shapes, sizes, and flavors that have been thoroughly tested and proven to perform.
Let Certifications Be Your Guide
However, because cannabis-related products—especially for pets—are largely unregulated, it can be difficult to know which CBD products have been formulated responsibly, are free from contaminants, and actually contain the ingredients specified on product labels.
To ensure product purity, it’s critical to partner with a contract manufacturing facility that follows certified good manufacturing practices (cGMP) and is regulated by both the FDA and EPA. Another credential to look for is certification by the National Animal Supplement Council (NASC), the industry’s self-regulating trade organization.
Products manufactured in certified facilities are more likely to be made with safe ingredients in a clean, high-quality environment. What’s more, certified manufacturers with in-house laboratories can test for contaminants, validate your ingredients, and give you your own certification: A Certificate of Analysis (COA) provides proof that your product label reflects what is in the container.
Stay One Step Ahead of the Competition
The Global Veterinary CBD Market value is expected to increase to USD $125 million by 2022, at a phenomenal compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 57 percent.
In order to gain access to quality ingredients and differentiate your products from others, look for manufacturers who are ahead of the curve in sourcing and logistics. The CBD supply chain is complex and global: managing risk and taking advantage of opportunities can be critical to your success.
Choose the Right Partner and You Won’t Need CBD to Relax
When searching for pet CBD soft chew manufacturers — or makers of any other animal health product — remember to ask these six questions:
- What are your certifications?
- What type of testing and/or laboratory do you have in-house?
- What formulation options are available, and have they been palatability tested?
- What is your approach to supply chain management?
- Do you have in-house packaging services?
- What is your experience producing CBD soft chews for pets?
For answers from Precision Science, call us at 623-492-9190 or contact us. Be sure to ask us about our private-label CBD soft chews for dogs.