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How Much CBD Oil Do I Give My Dog?

Posted by Jim Higdon on Oct 17th 2020

How Much CBD Oil Do I Give My Dog?

If you're wondering, "How much CBD oil should I give my dog?" -- you're not alone. Our dogs are our best friends, and we don't want to give them too much of something, even if it's good for them. But giving your dog CBD doesn't have to be confusing or scary.

In many ways, our four-legged friends are just like us: they need an appropriate diet, regular exercise, and companionship to stay healthy. They can also develop many of the same physical and emotional concerns as humans. For some dogs, CBD might be a great option.

Many of the medications used to alleviate canine health concerns are not universally effective and can cause serious side effects. This leads many dog lovers on a quest for alternative treatment options. Those looking for a safe, natural way to alleviate symptoms often turn to the many potential health benefits found exclusively in the hemp plant.

The Endocannabinoid System in Dogs

If you’ve been investigating the therapeutic possibilities of CBD, you’ve likely noticed that this non-intoxicating cannabinoid has significant health benefits and wellness potential. You may have also noticed that cannabis oil is being used for a considerable number of seemingly unrelated health concerns. The reason CBD is believed to be beneficial for such a diverse list of symptoms can be explained by the way it interacts with the receptors of the endocannabinoid system, or ECS,1 the largest regulatory system in your body, and your dog’s body, too.2

All of the different cannabinoids working together produces an "entourage effect." This term refers to the combined effects of all the cannabinoids like CBD and THC working together for maximum benefits. This is why you'll find that high quality CBD products that work are full spectrum CBD oils. This means they contain all the different compounds needed to produce an entourage effect.

Cannabidiol, or CBD, from the cannabis plant has the same health and wellness potential for your dog as it could have for you, cats, guinea pigs, rabbits, horses, and more.3

Giving Your Dog CBD

Although CBD-infused snacks and treats for dogs and cats are easy to find, it’s important to know that many companies use low-quality hemp extracts to create their CBD products for pets. Many of these questionable pet products contain too little CBD to be of any significant value. CBD treats can also be quite expensive. So if you want to give the best to your pet when it comes to CBD dog treats, you need to research the quality of the CBD first.

Safety First for Pet CBD Oil

You want to be sure everything in the CBD bottle will be safe for your pet, including the hemp seed oil or coconut oil that is used as a carrier oil for the CBD.

Looking for the word “organic” in the labeling, and checking third party lab tests will help you find a safe pet oil for your companion. Organic products have been created without any harmful pesticides or toxic chemicals. It's important to look for the official USDA organic certification to be sure that the product is guaranteed to be free of toxins.

CBD Oil for Dogs or CBD Treats for Dogs?

Many pet owners consider CBD tinctures the easier than CBD capsules when it comes to giving them to pets. Tinctures can be added to foods and treats or applied topically to soothe skin itch and irritation.4

So what is the amount of CBD that you should give your dog? Should he get a full dropperful, or just a few drops? We have an easy dosage guide for the amount of CBD per day that is appropriate to give dogs. Please keep in mind that these are general dosage recommendations, you may need to adjust based on your pet's individual needs.

how much cbd oil should I give my dog

How Much CBD Oil Do I Give My Dog?

The best way to determine CBD oil dosage is to find out your pet's body weight. Standard dosage charts call for 2 mg CBD per every 10 pounds in body weight.5 This is a great starting point, and is usually the perfect dosage recommendation that your pet needs.

For example, if your Golden Retriever dog weighs 50 pounds, his CBD dosing would start out at 10 mg per day. The CBD dosage for a 150 lb Great Dane would be 30 mg CBD per day. So long as you know your dog’s body weight, you can know how many milligrams of CBD to give him.

Once you have an idea of what CBD dose your pet requires to see benefits, you can split that dose up and give them a half-dose twice a day. If they have severe issues, you may want to administer CBD in the morning and at night for maximum CBD comfort.  

How Much CBD Oil Do I Give My Cat?

The 2 mg CBD per 10 lbs dosing guideline for dogs is the same for cats too!6 A 25-pound Maine Coon would need about 5 mg CBD. As you can tell, small dogs and cats will not need as many drops to get the small amount of CBD oil the dosage chart recommends.

When it comes to determining how many milligrams of CBD hemp oil to give your pet, know that you don’t really need to rely on dosing instructions. The CBD dosing guidelines for dogs and cats is mostly based around their body weight. However, you will want to keep in mind that you may need to make adjustments for their individual needs.

How Do I Give My Dog CBD Oil?

The measured dropper in CBD bottles makes it easy to get the right CBD dosage for your pet based on their weight. Since CBD oils are quite versatile, there are numerous ways to administer them. Consider the value of the following suggestions:

  • Adding CBD to Food: CBD oil can be added to dry or moist dog food, or even a dab of peanut butter. You can also use it to create your own hemp CBD-infused dog treats.7 
  • CBD by Mouth: You can use the dropper included with your CBD tincture to dispense the oil directly into your dog’s mouth.8 If your dog enjoys the flavor, direct administration may be the best way to ensure consistent dosing.
  • Adding CBD to Water: Adding a regular dose of CBD to drinking water is an easy way to give a dose of CBD to a dog reluctant to eat.9 The trick is not to use too much water to ensure your buddy is ingesting a full dose.

Benefits of CBD Oil for Dogs

Cannabinoids are the messengers to the ECS. Their job is to help the ECS keep internal processes functioning harmoniously. Our body can create cannabinoids as needed. But illness, injury, stress, and a significant number of other factors can create a demand for cannabinoids that exceeds the body's supply.10

That’s where CBD-derived from hemp comes in. CBD mimics the functions of internally produced cannabinoids, or endocannabinoids, to help keep essential communication processes working efficiently.11 This is important. Many researchers currently believe ECS deficiencies can cause disease.12

That’s why so many people are investing in the therapeutic potential of CBD for themselves and their pets. Just a few of the many potential benefits of CBD oil for your dog could include:

  • The Potential to Minimize Everyday Stress: A dog that is feeling anxious may bark excessively, display destructive behaviors, and have "accidents" indoors. Aggressiveness can also be an anxiety symptom.13 Animal study research suggests the anxiolytic properties of CBD could potentially calm anxiety symptoms in a manner similar to anti-anxiety medications, without the high risk of side effects.14
  • The Potential to Promote Overall Health and Well being: Your dog does not need to have separation anxiety or mobility issues to benefit from the therapeutic potential of hemp derived CBD. When you give your dog a regular dose of CBD per day, this safe and natural product could support numerous functions crucial to overall health and well being. If you read a few product reviews, you will likely find numerous references from pet owners using CBD who see an increase in activity levels and mobility.

Research on CBD for Dogs:

Most evidence supporting the effects of CBD is based on lab testing, animal studies, and user testimonials. Anecdotal evidence has prompted several investigations and clinical trials. To determine if using CBD oil could be an option for your four-legged friend, consider the following observations:

  • During a trial investigating the effects of CBD for canine pain management and activity level, test subjects were given either CBD or a placebo every 12 hours. Conclusions were based on veterinarian observation and owner assessment.15
  • A survey investigating veterinarian’s views and experiences with CBD asked doctors which conditions clients most often inquired about treating with cannabidiol.16

Finding the Best CBD for Dogs

When selecting a CBD pet oil for your dog, you will want to use the same criteria you would use for any other member of your family. It’s important for pet parents to select high-quality products that have been tested by an independent lab for purity and potency.

Unlike many products saturating the market, Cornbread Hemp Full Spectrum CBD Pet Oil is made with the same premium distilled hemp oil as the products we formulate for you, with one crucial addition, a corndog flavor your pet is sure to enjoy.

FAQ’s About CBD for Dogs

Can CBD oil for dogs cause diarrhea?

Yes, CBD for dogs can cause diarrhea17 if you give them too much. CBD tends to relax the body, and this includes organs in the digestive system. However, this is a very rare occurrence, as the amount of CBD needed to produce this effect is very high. So if you follow the directions we outline in this article, you shouldn’t have that problem.

Can dogs take CBD oil with medications?

There are certain situations where CBD could potentially have a synergistic effect with medications. Meaning that CBD can intensify the effects of the medication. If your dog takes any prescription drugs, you should check with your veterinarian beforehand18 to make sure there will be no negative interactions or side effects.

Can humans take CBD oil for dogs?

Absolutely! Cornbread Hemp’s Pet oil for dogs is made with the same premium distilled full spectrum hemp extract that we use in our CBD products for humans. The only real difference is that we add our signature corn dog flavoring that cats and dogs love! If you want to try our CBD for pets before you give it to your dog, you have nothing to worry about.

Do you want to get the therapeutic effects of CBD for yourself? Check out our CBD products for humans!

Is CBD oil for dogs legal?

Yes! The 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp derived CBD oil. So as long as the product has 0.3% THC or less,19 it’s completely legal and you aren’t endangering your pet in any way. This means you don’t have to worry about the law – and you don’t have to go through some shady business!

Can I give CBD oil to my cat?

Yes, of course! As long as he or she loves the taste of corndogs (who doesn’t), they will love our CBD oil for pets, including cats. We’ve distilled out all of the harsh plant matter that most cats don’t enjoy, but then we add our proprietary corndog flavoring. It’s pretty much the most delicious form of wellness that your critter could enjoy. If you are looking for the best CBD product for your cat, choose Cornbread Hemp!

Bottom Line: CBD Dosage for Dogs and Cats

You don't need a dosing chart to find out the CBD dosage guidelines for dogs or cats. The best CBD dosage to start with for your four legged friend is 2 mg CBD per 10 pounds body weight. Your pets can enjoy the same benefits of CBD that we do. You may notice an increase of activity level in older pets as they start to feel better, or maybe your little furry ball of stress will finally be able to relax! Keep a journal of when you give your pet CBD, how much mg you give them, and monitor how they respond to it over time.

Although CBD is considered a safe, natural product for pets and humans, it may not be advisable for some. As we've mentioned before, CBD has the potential to interact with medications,20 so please consult your veterinarian before purchasing a cannabis product for your pet.

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