Below, we share specific details about CBD dosing for dogs using common strengths and volumes.
Like we said before, larger dogs require more CBD to experience the desired effects.
But there’s a catch.
Getting The Dose Right With Different CBD Products
Dog owners who want to help their friends with anxiety are recommended to increase doses by no more than 2 mg, keeping mind that they shouldn’t exceed 2 doses per day.
CBD and hemp oils are by far the best option for dogs as they offer the highest bioavailability. This means that less CBD is needed to produce the effects you want.
Tiny dogs have a super-fast metabolism!
The same applies to CBD capsules for dogs, but capsules just aren’t as enjoyable for the dogs as the treats.
Every dog and cat is different. They come in all shapes and sizes. That’s what we love about them! But it does mean that when it comes to CBD, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. It might take some experimenting to find the right amount to give your own fuzzballs. That’s okay—CBD is safe and natural, so no worries if your pet gets a little more or less than needed while you figure things out.
Each dose—whether from oil or biscuits—lasts from 4-8 hours. That’s a big spread, we know, but the duration can vary a lot depending on your pet’s size, activity level, breed, and the severity of their symptoms. But as a good rule of thumb: older pups tend to take longer than younger ones to digest food.
Use our handy CBD Dosage Chart to find the perfect amount for your pup!
How Long Does CBD Last For?
CBD takes 30-45 minutes to start working. As a rule, oils tend to kick in a little faster than biscuits or treat just because there are fewer ingredients for furry bellies to break down first. But there’s no difference in effectiveness between the two.
If you’re using our CBD Oils , remember that they come in different concentrations. The amount listed on the label is the total amount of CBD in the whole bottle and not a per-dose amount. So, for example, one 30ml bottle of 600mg CBD Hemp Oil contains 600 total milligrams of CBD, with each 0.25ml dose delivering 5mg of CBD, or enough for a 50 lbs. pup. If this seems confusing, don’t worry! Our bottles have dosage charts right there on the label and every dropper is clearly marked. Between the two, it’ll be super easy for you to figure out how much oil to use.
Our Peanut Butter + Apple CBD Infused Wellness Dog Biscuits come in a few different per-biscuit dosages. These yummy treats can be hard to break into smaller servings, so we recommend buying the per-biscuit dose that’s best for your own pupper and feeding them a whole one each time.
In many cases, your pet will tell you if it’s time for more. You’ll notice they’re having symptoms again, and you can come to the rescue with a dropper or a biscuit. They’ll be grateful when you do!
Dosing CBD oil doesn’t have to be confusing. In fact, some of the best advice we can offer is to monitor your pet’s reaction of how much CBD oil is given and to make adjustments accordingly. Unlike many drugs, there is little to worry about when increasing to a strong dose to a strong dose. Some pets react well to low doses of CBD, while others need a good bit more. We always recommend watching for side effects or abnormalities whenever changing dosages for dogs and cats, but if you see your pet reacting well to a stronger dose, there is nothing to be concerned about.
In many cases, a specific CBD dosage has led to a decrease in the other drug’s dosage with no increase of side effects. In effect , pet owners have been known to stop the prescription drugs all together and just give their pet CBD. This is all at the discretion of you , the owner and what you choose to give your dog.
Finding The Right CBD Product For Your Pet
Find your pet’s weight on the left hand side of the chart and follow the grid to the right until you reach the desired strength you have decided on. When you arrive to the correct block it will give you the suggested drops to administer your pet every 6-8 hours (Note that ½ of the dropper is equivalent to 16 drops). If your suggested dosage requires a larger amount of CBD and says to use another level of CBD, then find the respected dosing chart for that mg of CBD and start off with the minimum dosage for your pet’s body weight.
Like all other forms of CBD, capsules typically provide relief of symptoms for 6-8 hours. In that time, you can administer more CBD if needed. Unlike the oil/tincture, capsules have to pass through the digestive system before it’s absorbed into the bloodstream so expect 30-60 minutes before you see CBD effects set in.
Our CBD dosage calculator and dosage chart will help you find the correct low and mild dosage based on your pet’s body weight, and we absolutely recommend talking to your veterinarian first before doing this on your own.