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How Much CBD Oil Do I Give My Dog?

Posted by Jim Higdon on Dec 17th 2019

How Much CBD Oil Do I Give My Dog?

Giving CBD oil to your dog doesn't have to be confusing or scary.

Dogs have a well-deserved reputation for being intelligent, playful, charming, and exceedingly loyal. Most people who take on the responsibility of caring for a canine companion are rewarded with endearing displays of friendship, gratitude, and unconditional love. How much CBD oil do I give my dog?

In many ways, our four-legged friends are just like us: they need an appropriate diet, regular exercise, and companionship to thrive. They can also develop many of the same physical and emotional concerns.

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.

Both Pets and Humans Have an ECS1

If you’ve been investigating the therapeutic potential of CBD, you’ve likely noticed that this non-intoxicating cannabinoid has significant health 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 beneficial for such a diverse list of symptoms is explained by the way it interacts with the receptors of the endocannabinoid system (ECS), the largest regulatory system in your body, and your dog’s body.2

CBD ( cannabidiol) 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 CBD Oil to Your Pet:

Although CBD infused snacks and dog and cat treats are easy to find, it’s important to know that many companies use low-quality hemp extracts to create pet CBD oil products. 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, step 1 of looking for CBD dog treats should be researching the quality of any oil products.

Safety First!

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.

CBD Oil or CBD Treats?

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

But many pet owners do not know the right dose their furry friend should have. Should they get a full 8 mg dropperful or less than 5 mg of CBD? We have easy dosage guidelines for how much mg of CBD you can safely give your pet.

How Much CBD to Give Your Pet

how much cbd oil should I give my dog

The best way to determine CBD oil dosage is to find out the weight of your pet. Standard dosage charts call for 2 mg of CBD for every 10 pounds in body weight. 5 That breaks down to about five drops of a 250 mg tincture for each ten-pound increment. This amount 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 lbs, he will get a 10 mg CBD dose. The CBD dosage for a 150 lb great dane would be 30 mg per day. (Cornbread Hemp’s 25 mg CBD capsule are great for large breed dogs!) So long as you know your dog’s weight you can give him the right dosage of CBD.

How Much CBD Can I Give My Cat?

The 2 mg per 10 lbs dosing guidelines are the same for cats too! 6 A 25 lb Maine Coon would need about 5 mg of CBD. Small dogs and cats will not need as many drops to get the small amount of oil the CBD dosage chart recommends.

Pet owners should know that they don’t need a dosing chart to administer the correct amount of CBD hemp oil. The CBD dosage instructions for both dogs and cats is mostly based around their weight. But you will want to keep in mind that you may need to make adjustments for their individual needs.

How Do I Give CBD to My Pet?

The dropper in CBD bottles makes it easy to measure how many mg of CBD you give your pet. A full dropper is usually great for a 40 lb animal, taking the guesswork out of estimating how much to give them.

Since CBD tinctures are quite versatile, there are numerous ways to administer them. Consider the value of the following suggestions:

  • Adding CBD to Food tinctures can be added to dry or moist dog food. You can also use pet tinctures to create your own hemp CBD infused dog treats.7 Many dogs also enjoy having their CBD mixed with a dab of peanut butter.
  • 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.
  • CBD in 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 for Dogs

Cannabinoids are the messengers of the endocannabinoid system. They relay urgent messages to their corresponding receptors to keep internal processes functioning harmoniously. Although the messengers of this essential regulatory system are created in the body as needed, illness, injury, stress, and a significant number of other factors can create a demand for ECS messengers that exceeds the supply.10

That’s where CBD fits into the picture. CBD mimics the functions of internally produced cannabinoids ( endocannabinoids) to help keep essential communication processes working efficiently.11 This is important. Many researchers currently believe ECS deficiencies 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 oils for your dog could include:

  • The Potential to Minimize Everyday Stress – A dog that is feeling anxious may bark excessively, display destructive behaviors, and may urinate or defecate indoors. Aggressiveness can also be an anxiety symptom.13 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 per day, this safe and natural product could support numerous functions crucial to overall health and well-being. If you read a few user testimonials, you will likely find numerous references from pet owners using CBD to promote healthy well-being.

Research on CBD for Dogs:

Most evidence supporting the 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 CBD 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, 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 Oil 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 Cause Diarrhea?

Yes, CBD for dogs can cause diarrhea 17 if you give them too much. CBD tends to relax the body, and this includes the intestinal areas. 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 Pet CBD Be Used With Other Medications?

Most of the time, yes. However, there are certain situations where CBD could potentially have a synergistic effect. That intensifies the other medications’ effects. If you are giving your dog any other medications, you should check with your veterinarian 18 to make sure there will be no negative interactions or side effects.

Can Humans Take CBD 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 bottle size is the same too, the only difference is that our oil for pets is one-third the strength at 250mg of CBD per bottle. Plus, we add our signature corn dog flavoring that cats and dogs love! If you want to try our pet CBD before you give it to your dog, you have nothing to worry about.

If you’re looking to get the therapeutic effects of CBD for yourself, you could always just buy our product for humans!

Is CBD for Dogs Legal?

Yes! The 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp-derived CBD products. 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 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!

Although CBD is considered a safe, natural product, CBD may not be advisable for all pets. Please consult your veterinarian before purchasing a cannabis product, particularly if your pet is currently taking medication. CBD can interact with several medications. 20

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