... is a question we hear all the time from health-conscious pet parents looking for a natural way to support their dogs. CBD is still pretty new to many people, including many of our four-legged friends. The good news is that we've been doing this for a while so if you're looking for an easy beginner's guide to CBD for dogs, you're in the right place!
Start with 2mg of CBD for every 10 lbs of dog weight. For cats, start with 3mg of CBD for every 10 lbs of weight.
If you've never given your dog CBD before, this is the perfect place to start. We use a high-quality broad-spectrum hemp extract in both our CBD oils and CBD treats, so your pet is definitely getting the good stuff no matter which form of CBD you choose.
Tip! If your pet won't go for oil on it's own, you can offer CBD oil to them mixed with a little bit of their favorite treat. Might we suggest a spoonful of peanut butter?
Be consistent while you evaluate results.
Some dogs take CBD oil as part of their daily regimen, others only use it as an occasional supplement to deal with situational issues (like fireworks, trips to the vet, and being left alone). Whichever way you plan to use CBD with your dog, be consistent until you understand what works best for them.
We recommend giving your dog CBD 2x a day, 4-8 hours between servings, for at least 3 days to get a good baseline.
Don’t be afraid to experiment.
There is no one-size-fits-all CBD solution - factors such as your dog’s size, metabolism, and condition will all impact how CBD works for them. Finding a CBD oil dosage for anxiety may be different than finding one for joint mobility. Adjust by ½ serving as needed and go from there! (And don’t worry, CBD oil is safe and natural. Your dog will not overdose on CBD!)
In many cases, your pet will tell you if it’s time for more. And you can come to the rescue with a dropper or a chew. They’ll be grateful when you do!
CBD for Dogs Dosage Cheat Sheet
Not in the mood to break out the calculator? Here's a handy cheat sheet of popular dog breeds and their general weights. If you'd like specific advice about building a healthy routine for your pet - please don't be shy about reaching out to our friendly customer service team! This cbd dosage chart should be a good start:
Which CBD product should I give my pet?
Selecting a CBD product depends on many factors, including your pet's diet, tastes, and how often you plan to use it.
Start by figuring out how much CBD you want to give your pet and how often, then look for products that offer an appropriate amount of CBD. Most products will tell you how much CBD is in a serving as well as the total package.
For example, a 50lb dog that you plan to give CBD to twice per day would start with 10mg of CBD per dose for a total of 20mg CBD each day.
In this example, a bottle of100mg CBD oilwould cover 5 days of CBD - which is not very efficient for a dog of this size. Instead, a bottle of our600mg CBD oil gives you a 30 day supply.
CBD Oil or CBD "Treats"?
There are pros and cons to using CBD oils or CBD chews for your pet. Ultimately, it's up to you to decide what will work best with your pet's wellness routine. There are definitely better options for some compared to others, and there are many silly options out there that all pets should avoid (ever heard of CBD gummies for dogs?). A chew is easy for quickly and conveniently supporting your dog's health, especially on the go. CBD oil offers a high level of control - you can give your pet the exact CBD dosage they need thanks to our graduated droppers. It's much easier than trying to break a CBD chew into 2/3rds for your dog.
How Long Does it Take CBD to Start Working?
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.
How Long Does CBD Last For My Dog?
Each dose—whether from oil or chews—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.
Can I give CBD to my cat? Yes! Cat and Canine CBD receptors are very similar. Start with 3mg of CBD per 10 lbs of weight for cats. Although they can be pickier eaters, all of the tips in this article also apply to cats.
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.
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!