CBD (full name Cannabidiol) gives us hope in helping dogs, cats and other pets that have to go through various diseases. However, finding the right dose of CBD can be difficult. In this article, we will share some basic tips on dosing CBD for your furry friends and everything you need to know about CBD oils and capsules.
What to consider when treating your pet with CBD
Before looking at the specifics of dosing CBD for dogs, it is important to look at some of the basic things. Remember that a number of factors can affect the exact dose of CBD your animal needs. One of the main factors influencing the dosage of CBD products is the type of product you are using. CBD products are usually available in two forms: oils and capsules.
Another important factor affecting the dosage is the size of your pet. Larger dogs require more CBD and smaller dogs require less CBD. In addition to high-quality products, companies supply their own manuals where the doses are directly specified. They will have a specific formula for their products based on your dog’s weight.
Basics of CBD dosing
When it comes to CBD oils, they are always administered in drops. The exact amount of drops required for a dose may vary from product to product, but unusually they consist of 2-4 drops taken 2-4 times a day. You can also adjust the dose depending on the size of your pet and its condition.
CBD capsules, on the other hand, usually contain between 5-20 mg of CBD each. Again, the exact number of capsules required for a dose varies from product to product but is usually about 1 tablet taken 1-2 times a day. Whenever you use any type of CBD, we recommend that you follow the dosing instructions that come with the product and adjust your dose as your dog reacts.
Dosing CBD oil for dogs
The regular daily dose is 0.5 mg per 1 kg of body weight. Do not be frightened by these formulas. These instructions may initially look a bit complicated, but they are not.
If you have a small dog under 10 kilograms, you need less CBD and a larger dog requires more CBD. For example, if you have an animal that weighs 5 kilos, here’s the formula:
- 5 kg x 0.5 mg = 2.5 mg CBD
- 7 kg x 0.5 mg = 3.5 mg CBD
How to give your dog CBD oil
Ideally, CBD oil should be administered directly into your pet’s mouth, preferably under its tongue. As you know, dogs aren’t very willing to take medication, so it can be a little tricky. Be patient, however, and remember that your pet may even get used to CBD oil. However, if you still have problems, try rewarding your dogs with their favorite treat after ingestion. If it still doesn’t work, you may want to consider switching to a CBD capsule.
Dosage of CBD capsules
The same formula applies to capsules: The regular dose is 0.5 mg per 1 kg of body weight, so if your dog weighs 20 kilograms, a regular dose would be:
- 20 kg x 0.5 mg = 10 mg CBD
- 25 kg x 0.5 mg = 12.5 mg CBD
How to give your dog CBD capsules
Capsules are easier to administer than CBD oil. You can either open the capsule and mix the contents with your pet’s regular meal or wrap the whole capsule in some snacks, into a piece of meat or sausage. In any case, make sure your pet receives the entire contents of the capsule to ensure the correct dose.
In this article, we focused on the basics of how to dose CBD to your dog. Remember, these are basic guidelines and may vary depending on the size of your furry friend, its condition and the type of product you are using. In addition, remember that CBD is a non-toxic compound that is not psychoactive and cannot cause an overdose. However, if your dog is experiencing any health problems, always contact an animal expert near you.