Austin And Kat CBD Hemp Oil For Pets Review

CBD Reviews Nov 15, 2020
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Austin And Kat CBD Hemp Oil For Pets Review

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The immense growth of the pet CBD industry (up 946% in 2019 alone, according to market research company Brightfield Group) has thrown us pet parents into a marketplace saturated with seemingly endless hemp-based products.

Smaller, artisanal companies compete alongside big-name businesses with their oils and treats tailored to suit your fluffy best friends. One such company even still makes its products by-hand: Austin and Kat.

If you’re considering trying Austin and Kat, this review provides my honest and unbiased opinion on the brand. My dog, two cats, and I personally tested three of their popular CBD products for one week.

We hope that our experience will help you decide if Austin and Kat is a good choice for your own four-legged pal.

Quick Summary

I recommend Austin and Kat’s CBD products – particularly their original formula 100mg CBD Hemp Oil for Cats & Dogs – primarily because of their standout level of effectiveness and visible benefits to my pets. The brand makes use of healthy ingredients that my fur babies still found tasty.

 

They also test their small, handmade batches with a comforting level of transparency. I found room for improvement in areas relating to some of the brand’s technical standards, especially in comparison to similar brands.

Austin and Kat CBD Hemp Oil
Brand
Overall Score
Pros
  • Their CBD oil worked so uniquely well on our animals that my husband – in a CBD-product first – suggested we specifically continue to use it.
  • I believe that their added wild Alaskan salmon oil may be responsible for clearing up my cat’s dandruff problem. I think it may also have given him his shiniest, silkiest coat to-date.
  • In granting easy, online access to their product batches’ 3rd party lab test results, the brand grants pet parents peace-of-mind.
  • Austin and Kat uses naturally healthy and human-grade ingredients in their products.
Cons
  • The products’ listed dosages can be somewhat messy and imprecise. The dosing charts on the products themselves could be made more user-friendly, like those pictured on their website.
  • The brand could possibly benefit from adopting certain, stricter technical standards to which similar pet CBD companies adhere. This might include things like an immediate veterinary consultation disclaimer, switching to a childproof cap, obtaining certain certifications for claims they are already making about their products (e.g., gluten-free.), adding a guaranteed analysis to their labels, etc.
Pros
  • Their CBD oil worked so uniquely well on our animals that my husband – in a CBD-product first – suggested we specifically continue to use it.
  • I believe that their added wild Alaskan salmon oil may be responsible for clearing up my cat’s dandruff problem. I think it may also have given him his shiniest, silkiest coat to-date.
  • In granting easy, online access to their product batches’ 3rd party lab test results, the brand grants pet parents peace-of-mind.
  • Austin and Kat uses naturally healthy and human-grade ingredients in their products.
Cons
  • The products’ listed dosages can be somewhat messy and imprecise. The dosing charts on the products themselves could be made more user-friendly, like those pictured on their website.
  • The brand could possibly benefit from adopting certain, stricter technical standards to which similar pet CBD companies adhere. This might include things like an immediate veterinary consultation disclaimer, switching to a childproof cap, obtaining certain certifications for claims they are already making about their products (e.g., gluten-free.), adding a guaranteed analysis to their labels, etc.
Ingredient Quality
Price (in $ per mg of CBD)
Efficacy
Ease of Use
Technical Brand Standards
We tested a variety of Austin & Kat products, including their CBD hemp oil and CBD treats for dogs.

How We Tested

My two rescue cats, Aaron Purr (4) and Petunia (5), and my rescue dog, Moses (11), usually eat one wet meal per day, into which I usually mix-in their respective amounts of CBD oil or tincture. For this week of product testing, I simply subbed-in Austin and Kat’s original formula 100 mg CBD Hemp Oil for Cats & Dogs.

The two different types of CBD bites that we tried out this week – Bakko’s Hip & Joint Formula CBD Bites and Brady’s Senior Blend CBD Bites – were significantly too potent (at 10mg of CBD per biscuit) for either of my cats. In fact, a whole bite was technically too potent for 15-pound Moses, too. Due to circumstances surrounding Moses’ age, health, and anxiety, however, I decided – with prior blessing from a veterinarian – to feed him one whole bite per day during the test week.

Overview Of Austin And Kat

In 2014, the founder of Austin and Kat decided she was going to put her pup first – figuratively and literally. Austin is actually a black Labrador, while Kat is his human. Kat wanted to create a “healthier, happier, and calmer life” for Austin and her older dog, Brady. So, she set off to find a CBD-rich hemp extract and the right recipe for hemp-infused dog biscuits.

After seeing the positive effects of the CBD on her dogs’ health, Kat turned her handmade recipe into a business in 2016. She appointed Austin to the position of CPT – Chief Product Tester – and continued to hand-make her CBD products in small batches, from her own bakery in Seattle. The company strives to utilize the highest quality hemp and thus recently partnered with Treehouse Hemp, the first NASC-approved hemp supplier.

Our Austin And Kat CBD Hemp Oil Review

Austin & Kat Dog and Cat CBD Bottle
Austin and Kat CBD hemp oil comes in an attractive matte black bottle.

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How To Use

The original formula 100mg CBD Hemp Oil for Cats & Dogs bottle reads as follows: “SERVING SUGGESTION: Give with a small amount of food, on a treat or in the side of the mouth.” It then displays the serving chart, under which it reads, “Repeat serving every 4-8 hours as needed. 1-2mg CBD per 10 lbs  |  1ml = 3mg CBD”.

I appreciated the simple inclusion of “Repeat serving every 4-8 hours as needed,” as I’ve run into this problem before with CBD for my pets: it wears off.

As with most CBD oils and tinctures, the most recommended method of administration is directly into the mouth. The Austin and Kat website mentions this. I’ve been of the mindset, however, that shooting liquid into my pets’ mouths isn’t conducive to a calm and relaxing experience.

Personally, I prefer to mix it into their food. I recognize, however, that this method may indeed slow down cannabinoid absorption.

Ingredients

The active ingredients are listed on the bottle as follows (in descending order, beginning with the most plentiful): “100mg of CBD from hemp per bottle.”

The inactive ingredients are listed in alphabetical order as, “Hemp Seed Oil and Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil.”

Notably missing from this bottle was a guaranteed analysis. The brand’s website offers the explanation that a guaranteed analysis “doesn’t apply” because they are classified as a “dosage form product” by the FDA, rather than a food. However, many of the pet CBD oils and tinctures that I’ve used – which would presumably be classified similarly to this one – have included a guaranteed analysis on their labels.

Dosing and Safety

When beginning any new CBD regime, you’ll want to start – always – by speaking with your veterinarian. Someone with a veterinary license will be uniquely qualified to speak directly with you on the subject.

They can also take into consideration your pet’s unique health needs, their medications, supplements, any ailments they may have, etc. This disclaimer was noticeably missing from the directions printed on the bottle, although it did appear in some less-direct formats throughout the company’s website. As is required by their current certification through the National Animal Supplement Council (NASC), however, Austin and Kat’s new labeling is already slated to show this immediate vet disclaimer.

The next step will be to follow the product’s provided weight/dosing chart.

On one safety-related note, I was a little surprised not to be dealing with at least some type of childproof cap, which I often see on bottles of CBD. This bottle’s cap was a very simple twist-off.

Experience Summary

The first thing I noticed when I opened up my box from Austin and Kat was the products’ extremely attractive, high-quality packaging. If I were to pick a pet CBD oil the way that many people pick a wine – off its label – I imagine I’d probably go straight for this modern, matte-black bottle with its super-clean logo and clear printing.

Austin and Kat dosage chart
The 100mg CBD Hemp Oil’s Serving Suggestion chart and directions.

I scanned for the customary dosage weight chart. The one I found on the bottle only included measurements, not weight ranges, like usual. The text below the chart suggested giving 1-2mg of CBD per 10lbs of body weight.

Did this mean that I had to calculate their dosages myself, instead of just glancing at a chart, like I was used to? This inconvenience slightly irked me.

As I did the (very basic) math in my head, I immediately noticed that the numbers on the chart didn’t actually add-up. If .5ml of oil contained 1.5mg of CBD, and 1 ml of oil contained 3mg of CBD, it would stand to reason that 1.5 ml of oil would contain 4.5mg of CBD. However, the chart stated that 1.5ml of oil contained 5mg of CBD. I wasn’t sure what to do with this. Would .25ml = .75mg? The first two rows on the chart would support this conversion, but the third would not. These dosages seemed messy and imprecise compared to other brands I’ve used.

Much later, I found what I believe is a much more helpful and customary weight chart on the Austin and Kat website. This chart also corrects the 4.5mg/5mg contradiction that appears on the bottle. I only wish that it had been on the bottle itself, and that I had seen it before driving myself crazy with inaccurate calculations. Luckily, the company’s new packaging promises to display clearer dosing instructions. Each of their updated functional oil packages comes with its own dosing card now, as well.

The 100mg CBD Hemp Oil weight dosage chart on the Austin and Kat website.

This bottle thankfully had its dropper attached to its cap. Keeping track of separate dosing syringes and having to wash a syringe after every single application isn’t fun!

The next thing I noticed on the bottle got me excited: the ingredients included Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil. Aaron Purr had recently been suffering from a bad bout of dandruff, and many of my friends were recommending a daily dose of fish oil. After his very first day taking the oil, I can honestly say that Aaron Purr’s dandruff began to disappear. By the end of the testing week, it was all but gone. His coat grew noticeably shinier, and silkier to the touch.

Aaron Purr’s coat before and after using Austin and Kat CBD for one week.

My girl cat, Petunia’s, coat also became silkier. All three of the animals also seemed to sleep unusually well on this CBD oil.

Austin And Kat Hip & Joint CBD Bites Review

Austin and Kat Bakko Treats
A close-up of one of Bakko’s Hip & Joint Formula CBD bites. These treats are intended to support hip and joint health in dogs.

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How To Use

The Bakko’s Hip & Joint Formula CBD Bites box reads as follows: “RECOMMENDED USE: Each biscuit contains 10mg of CBD and is recommended for dogs weighing 50 pounds or more. For smaller dogs, we recommend approximately 1-2mg of CBD for every 10 pounds of weight. For the support your dog needs to stay active and nimble, use every 4-8 hours.”

Ingredients

The active ingredients are listed on the box as follows (in descending order, beginning with the most plentiful): “Organic CBD from Hemp 10mg, Salmon Oil, Organic Flaxseed, New Zealand Green Mussel, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Chondroitin Sulfate, Ginger, Nutritional Yeast, L-Carnitine 35mg, Vitamin E 0.7IU”.

The inactive ingredients are listed in alphabetical order as, “Alfalfa Meal, Apples, Coconut Oil, Gelatin, Molasses, Oats, Potato, Rosemary Extract, Sea Salt, Sunflower Oil, Sweet Potato, Tocopherols.”

Dosing And Safety

Again, you’ll want to consult your vet before beginning any CBD regime with your pet.

As with the CBD oil, these dosing instructions struck me as a little messy. If each biscuit was 10mg, and a smaller dog was supposed to ingest 1-2mg for every 10lbs of weight, then my 15-lb dog should be taking up to 3mg total. This equated to a bit over one-fourth of a biscuit. Realistically, how would one go about measuring that every day?

The website did feature a dosing chart/graphic that was somewhat clearer. However, it still did not directly address the issue of a dog under 25lbs.

Interestingly, I found nearly all of the safety disclaimers printed on the very bottom of this box of bites. You might miss this altogether if you weren’t actively looking for it. I also noticed missing items on the box of bites, as well as a potentially misleading statement. A gluten-free certification seal was notably absent, despite the fact that the brand directly refers to itself in multiple places online as “gluten-free.” They did clarify in one website FAQ that they did not have the certification, but the question remains as to why not. I also couldn’t help but notice other missing technical certifications that I would have expected based on the brand’s marketing, such as the organic seal, or the non-GMO seal.

The bite serving chart on the Austin and Kat website.

A circle at the top of the box also states that the bites are, “THC FREE”. While CBD is non-psychoactive, it can contain trace amounts of THC (up to .3%). This is particularly true if the CBD product is “full-spectrum,” which these bites are. Conversely, the “broad spectrum” CBD may take the extra step to remove any remaining trace amounts of THC from the final CBD product. Thus, claiming that these bites are “THC FREE” is not a completely accurate statement. I confirmed this when I looked up the latest lab results for the bites. As strict as this may seem, I would point to the fact even trace amounts of THC can – and have! – set off human marijuana drug tests, although this remains very unlikely.

I ran into further safety standard concerns, which I discuss in more detail below in the section “An Important Note on Pets and CBD.”

Experience Summary

As with the CBD oil, I was impressed with the bites’ packaging, which this time was brightly colored, shiny, and playful. Upon opening the box, I appreciated finding the bites stored in a plastic bag, to help preserve freshness.

I immediately knew by the texture of these biscuits that Moses would like them. These bites are hard, but not overly so, and definitely not rough. They actually have a sort of smooth, ever-so-slightly moist surface.

The bites also smelled great to me, a lot like a granola bar. As expected, Moses ate the first one right up, as well as every subsequent one. Although he did seem calmer after eating his daily biscuit, I didn’t necessarily notice too much of a change in his motility. That being said, his motility had already been in a relatively good place lately.

Austin And Kat Senior Blend CBD Bites Review

Austin & Kat Brady's Senior Blend Treats
Austin and Kat’s Senior Blend CBD treats contain a blend of ingredients intended to support senior dog health.

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How To Use

The Brady’s Senior Blend CBD Bites box reads as follows: “RECOMMENDED USE: Each biscuit contains 10mg of CBD and is recommended for dogs weighing 50 pounds or more. For smaller dogs, we recommend approximately 1-2mg of CBD for every 10 pounds of weight. For the support your dog needs as he ages, use every 4-8 hours.”

Ingredients

The active ingredients are listed on the box as follows (in descending order, beginning with the most plentiful): “Organic CBD from Hemp 10mg, Salmon Oil, New Zealand Green Mussel, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Chondroitin Sulfate, Turmeric, Nutritional Yeast, Vitamin C, L-Carnitine 47mg, Vitamin E 1.8IU”

The inactive ingredients are listed in alphabetical order as, “Amaranth, Carrots, Coconut Oil, Gelatin, Honey, Molasses, Oats, Potato, Quinoa, Rosemary Extract, Sea Salt, Sunflower Oil, Tapioca, Tocopherols”

Dosing And Safety

Again, you’ll want to consult your vet before beginning any CBD regime with your pet.

The same dosing and safety issues seen with the Hip & Joint Formula CBD Bites were seen with these bites.

Experience Summary

These bites boasted the same great texture and healthy, fresh smell as the other bites. Moses seemed to like both equally! Toward the end of the testing week, we would get so excited at the sight of either one of these bites that he couldn’t even sit still. They were definitely a hit.

An Important Note on Pets & CBD

Our unbiased brand reviews depend not only on personal product testing but also on further brand and subject matter research.

The FAQs section of the Austin and Kat website shares a lot of information that pet parents may find helpful. However, some of the answers provided in this section of the website may leave out important, factual information.

One of the questions deals specifically with the possibility of a pet “overdosing” on too many CBD biscuits. The answer first assures the reader that Austin and Kat’s CBD products are “completely safe, non-toxic and non-habit forming.”. While this statement may certainly prove accurate in the future, we cannot really say this for sure, yet. We likewise cannot say for sure yet that “there is no negative consequence to consuming too much CBD,” nor that “nothing serious can occur,” as the answer goes on to claim.

The idea that your fluffy one cannot overdose on CBD tracks with some studies, but relatively little peer-reviewed research has still been conducted on pets and CBD. The vast majority of the claims you’ve heard and read about regarding the benefits of CBD – including those in this review! – are purely anecdotal, and not scientifically factual.

The FDA has not approved any CBD product for animals at this time. While this all might sound a little nit-picky, companies currently selling pet CBD products may not want to tell consumers that their beloved pet cannot overdose on a substance until that fact has been conclusively proven by the appropriate, scientific authorities. This larger idea of treating CBD with a relative sense of caution extends to several of the FAQs on this part of the Austin and Kat website.

Is Austin and Kat a Good Choice?

I believe that Austin and Kat is a good choice if you’re searching for an effective pet CBD product. Ultimately, though, weighing the pros and cons and any additional research will be up to you.

If you’d like to try them with little financial risk, Austin and Kat offers 30-day, no-questions-asked returns.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much do Austin and Kat’s Hemp Oils and CBD Bites cost?

The specific CBD hemp oil that we tested costs $24.95. Each of the specific CBD bites that we tested cost $49.95 per box.

Austin and Kat’s other products’ prices can be found on their website, here: https://www.austinandkat.com/collections/all.

Where can I buy Austin and Kat products?

Austin and Kat products are actually available for purchase in quite a few brick-and-mortar stores around the U.S.! To find one near you, just go to their website’s store locator and type in your zip code.

Of course, you can always order directly from their website. They are currently offering free shipping on all orders over $50.

Where can I find more information on Austin and Kat?

Their website offers a ton of info, as well as a blog. You can also follow them on social media; @austinandkat is their handle on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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Olivia Leyva is a Los Angeles-based Realtor®️ and freelance writer. A graduate of USC, Olivia has written for Tribe Magazine, The Los Angeles Jewish Journal, The Journal of Values-Based Leadership, and more. It was her incredible love for animals, however, that led her to We’re All About Pets. She and her husband live with their rescue dog, Moses, and two rescue cats, Petunia and Aaron Purr.
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