If you know a bit about CBD, you may be wondering how much to give your dog. The answer to this question can vary depending on your specific dog breed, age, and the reason for taking CBD, among other reasons. However, some basic guidelines can help you determine the correct dog CBD dosage for your particular dog.
Weight and Size
The amount of CBD that should be administered to a dog depends largely upon their weight and size. The larger the dog, the more CBD should be given.
For example, if you have a 100-pound German shepherd but are using a one-ounce bottle of tincture containing 250mg of CBD, you would divide one full dropper (or 1mL) of the tincture by 250mg to get the number of milligrams that would be given to your dog. Conversely, if you have a five-pound Yorkie, you can give them one-quarter of a dropper or .25mL.
Determining an Average Dosage
If you have a reasonably good idea of the weight and size of your dog, as well as how much CBD will be in each bottle or jar of product used, you can use this information to determine the general amount to give to your dog.
For example, if you have an average-sized 50-pound retriever and use a 500mg CBD tincture, you would give your dog half of a dropper (or .5mL) twice per day.
Start Low and Go Slow
Just like you, your dog may best respond to specific dosages of CBD. Many factors can influence how much CBD is ideal for your dog, so it’s important to keep trying different dosages until you find the right one. The best way to calculate the right dog CBD dosage is by starting with a small dose, giving it time to work, and observing the effects before increasing the dosage gradually.
Each day, give your dog a dose of CBD that is 10 percent smaller than the previous serving size. For example, if you started with 100 milligrams (mg), reduce that daily amount by 10 mg each day.
If you reach a dose that is too less to be effective, increase the dosage by 10 mg until you find a dose that works.
Working with a Veterinarian
According to a recent statistic, around 53 percent of CBD buyers for pets are millennials.
If you’ve been giving your dog CBD for some time and have noticed no difference in behavior or health, consider switching to a new product sourced from American hemp.
The FDA has recently approved several products that contain hemp-derived CBD, which is less expensive than extractions from European hemp. Working with a veterinarian can help you select the best product for your pet as per their needs.
Monitor and Adjust as Needed
It’s equally essential to remember that CBD may take time to work. You may not see results for a week or more, so it’s essential to be patient and keep track of how your dog responds to CBD over time.
If your dog is struggling with a severe medical condition, you may need to give it more CBD at a higher dose for a more extended period before seeing results as advised by the vet.
Once you find a dosage that seems to be working, it’s essential to continue monitoring your dog’s progress. If the dosage is no longer effective or your dog experiences any side effects, you will need to adjust the dosage.
Finding the proper dosage of CBD oil for dogs may be a little tricky at first, but as long as you keep these general guidelines in mind and give your dog time to respond to the treatment, it will be easy enough to get things just right.
CBD oil can help improve your dog’s quality of life in many ways, so it’s definitely worth giving it a try.