How Much CBD Should I Give My Dog? |

How Much CBD Should I Give My Dog?

What’s the proper CBD dosage for my dog is one of many questions we get related to CBD and pets. Research has shown that CBD is not only beneficial for humans, but dogs realize the same benefits. This is because all mammals have a similar relationship and reaction between cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system.


CBD is both an effective solution for humans and dogs. If you scour the internet for testimonials, you’ll find dog owners praising the positive effects CBD has on their dogs. These dogs are seeing relief from seizures, pain, skin allergies, and more. Interestingly, one of the biggest pet CBD sales of the year is right before the 4th of July. This is because the compound has anxiolytic and nerve calming effects which comes to huge relief for dogs when fireworks are going off.


So yeah, it’s been more than confirmed that CBD has major benefits for dogs (like the one that CBD prevents seizures), so many dog owners next question is how much CBD oil should I give my dog? Or what’s the best way to give my dog CBD?


When purchasing Pet CBD from reputable companies like Diamond CBD, you’ll get dosage instructions on whatever product they send you. We recommend starting with a slightly lower dosage than recommended and gradually increasing from there as your dog may feel relief or be more sensitive than recommended dosages. Same can be said for humans.


It can be difficult to tell what the right dosage is since you’re dog can’t talk to you but you will get a sense of calmness and tranquility once they take the CBD. Once you get there you can gradually increase dosages. Below is a tiered dosage guide to help with that.


What’s the best way to give my dog CBD?

The most common ways to give dogs (and cats) CBD is through oils, capsules, and treats. If you want to learn more about where to buy treats we recommend these guys.


Most all brands that carry pet products will sell the extract in oil form and the ingredients are the same as the CBD oil taken by humans. They mostly just market it as a pet product. The problem with using CBD oil for your pets is that like humans, they need to hold the oil under their tongue for several seconds before swallowing it which can be challenging. It’s also not known as the best tasting so dogs may resist taking it. It is however effective in getting into the blood stream quickly for relief.


Another option would be capsules. Brands that sell in capsule form will give you dosage instructions which you can test for a week and make adjustments based on your dog or cat’s reaction. You can give them the capsule in a piece of food to help disguise. Another popular option is to break the capsule and mix it in with the food. Typically it’s easier to get your pet to consume capsules than oils but it’s tougher to adjust dosage since the next dosage up would literally be twice as much. With oils, you can literally increase by one drop. Be sure your dog eats the entire dosage intended.


Dogs Under 20 Pounds – 1 capsule with food twice per day

Dogs Over 20 Pounds – 2 small capsules or 1 larger capsule twice per day with food


One of the best ways to get your dog or cat to take CBD is through CBD infused treats. These are safe and designed to taste good. They usually come in different flavors to choose from depending on the brand you’re buying from. They don’t get your dog high and most pets respond best to taking them. When adjusting dosages you can break the treats apart depending on size. Again, we recommend starting with a lower dosage and go from there.  


Can my dog take too much CBD?

Remember, CBD is not THC and will not get you or your dog high. There are several studies showing that humans and pets can tolerate very high dosages of CBD (more than what comes in the bottle or package you purchase). There still is not a known toxic level of CBD so it’s considered incapable of causing an overdose. That said, don’t go crazy giving your pets tons of CBD thinking they’ll get more and more relief. Follow what’s recommended.


Keep in mind we’re giving you basic guidelines. We always recommend consulting with a physician or in your pet’s case a vet before using the compound medicinally.

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