How Much CBD Oil Should I Give My Dog?
Whether you are talking about how much CBD oil, or dog treats that contain CBD oil, to give your pet, the discussion is really about the amount of CBD the product contains. One CBD dog treat from one brand might not contain the same amount of CBD as one treat from another.
The amount of CBD, measured in milligrams (mg), you should give your dog depends on a lot of things like weight, your dog’s personal sensitivity to it, and whether you are giving it for behavioral problems like anxiety or for “illnesses” such as seizures or cancer.
Important: I am not a veterinarian. However, I’ve been studying CBD for dogs for several years, and have interviewed experts involved in the production of pet CBD products, so I consider myself pretty educated. My perspective and advice is no substitute for your vet’s though. It’s always best to consult your vet when you want to start your pet on a new supplement to make sure it’s ok for their particular health and situation.
Is CBD Safe for Your Dog?
Simply put, CBD products for dogs contain virtually no THC – the active ingredient in some strains of cannabis (marijuana) that get people high – so it won’t get your dog high.
I shared in a previous article that it’s generally safe to give your dog CBD , even in higher doses than recommended. Although CBD for dogs is considered safe, there are some possible mild, but negative, reactions.
Common CBD Dog Side Effects
If more than the suggested amount is consumed, there is a possibility of a few side effects, most commonly including:
- Lethargy and/or lack of coordination until it metabolizes in their system
- Diarrhea (usually caused by giving too much of the carrier oil, not CBD itself)
The bottom line is, there are no known long term effects (remember, we’re talking CBD extract made for dogs here with virtually no THC) so it’s considered generally safe, even in high doses.
Please contact your veterinarian if you think your pet might be having an adverse reaction of any kind.
How Much CBD is in the Oil or Treat?
The number on the front of the package of any CBD product can be a bit misleading. It usually lists the amount of total CBD in the whole package (like the whole bag or bottle) in milligrams (mg).
This can make one one product seem better than the other because it has a bigger number on the front of the package when, in fact, each treat may contain the same amount of CBD, or less.
To determine how much CBD is in each drop of oil or treat, look on the back of the package. That will list how much is in each drop, treat, or teaspoon (in the case of a solid like hemp infused coconut oil from HempMy Pet ).
In the case of oil, it’s often important to know how many drops are in a dropper because some products will just tell you how much CBD, in mg, is in a full dropper. What you really want to know though is how much is in each drop so you might need to do some math.
For example, the 1000 mg hemp seed oil from HempMy Pet says it contains 32 mg of CBD per full dropper (1 ml dropper in their case).
I filled the dropper to the 1 ml mark and dispensed the oil several times to confirm there were an average of 28 drops in each one. Dividing 32 mg by 28 drops tells me that there is approximately 1.1 mg of CBD in each drop.
What is the Proper Dosage of CBD for My Dog?
In order to determine the proper dosage, you’ll need to know these things below.
The Recommended Dosage
The recommended dosage of CBD for a dog is based on weight. Each product you purchase should have a recommended dosage on the back label ( don’t buy it if it doesn’t – it’s not trustworthy).
A good chart won’t just say “X treats” or “X drops” but, instead, will tell you the actual milligrams of CBD your pet needs. Here is an example chart from HempMy Pet for their 1000 mg (bottle) of CBD hemp seed oil for dogs:
The important columns to pay attention to here are columns 1 and 2.
For a 15 lb dog, HempMy Pet recommends 4-5 mg of CBD a day (I took the liberty of cutting the lowest dosage recommendation in half since 15 lbs is half of their minimum weight listed).
Given my previous calculation – 1.1 mg of CBD in every drop of 1000 mg (remember, that’s total in the bottle) hemp seed oil from HempMy Pet – a 15 lb dog would need 4 drops of oil a day for general health.
This recommended dosage is a starting point. You can always adjust that amount up for down based on desired effect (ie. more is usually needed for anxiety) if you need to.
Quality Matters Too, Not Just Quantity
It’s also very important to pay attention to the makeup and quality of the product. Different sources, and different processing, can result in different potency.
For example, 1 mg of CBD from one company might not work as well for your dog as 1 mg of CBD from another company.
I learned this the hard way.
I’ve been giving Gretel CBD for almost two years. We’ve tried at least 10 different brands, including some claiming to be the best. To see a noticeable effect in her anxiety levels, I’ve found I have to give her 3-4 times the recommended dosage.
When we were sent hemp CBD dog treats from HempMy Pet to try, I started out with 3 times what it said she needed on the package. Once it kicked in, I was like “Whoa! Too much. Too much.” Ha, ha.
It didn’t harm her in any way but it made her a little sleepier than I wanted her to be (one of the side effects of too much CBD). Lesson learned. Now I start with only a double dose if I’m using CBD products from HempMy Pet.
Things that can affect the quality of CBD products are:
- The strain of hemp used to produce the CBD extract (influences the effect it can have on your pet)
- Whether that extract is an isolate or is full spectrum (hint: full spectrum is the one you want)
- Whether the company uses the same strain of hemp each time (using the same strain ensures that you’re getting a consistently effective product)
- The carrier oil or dog treat ingredients (freshness and synergistic benefits help)
- In the case of dog treats, the temperature they’re baked at (higher heat can break down the CBD and cause that 1 mg of CBD put in the treat to not be as beneficial as 1 mg of fresh CBD extract)
What Are You Trying to “Treat” by Giving Your Dog CBD?
Based on my own experience, I had a theory about CBD dosage for dogs. I ran this by Marc from HempMy Pet during a phone interview and he confirmed my understanding.
CBD can benefit dogs in many ways . The amount of CBD you give them, depends on the outcome you want. The outcome you want also influences how often you should give your dog CBD.
For general wellness, a lower dose over time is good. CBD has a compounding effect so giving it consistently over time allows it to build up in your dog’s system and work its best.
In this case, giving your dog the recommended dose at the same time every day is probably best. You can also choose to split the recommended dose in two and give ½ in the morning and ½ in the evening.
For behavioral issues, since they are more “in the moment”, and there is a visible change in behavior you are trying to achieve, you’ll want to give the CBD in close proximity to when the effect is needed and you’ll likely have to give a higher dose than is recommended on the back of the package.
For example, if I know Gretel will be in a situation that can make her anxious, like flying in the cabin of an airplane , I’ll give her a double or triple dose (depending on the product) about an hour before we are going to board the plane. Then I will give her a regular dose every couple hours as “maintenance”.
If you are giving your dog CBD for an “illness” such as cancer or seizures, you may want to consult with your vet regarding the effective dose. However, in most cases, it will be higher than what is recommended on the back of the package for general health.
Also, you’ll need to adjust it based on trial and error. Each dog has a different sensitivity to CBD so what works for one dog may be too much or too little for another.
With something visible like seizures, if your dog is still having them at a particular dose, you may want to consider increasing it.
What CBD Product Do I Recommend? HempMy Pet
As I said in the beginning, I’ve tried at least 10 different brands of CBD products with Gretel. Some were very disappointing, a couple were ok, and one surprised me… in a very good way.
With HempMy Pet, I saw a difference in Gretel’s anxiety after a lower dose than the others. I was able to scale back to a double dose, vs. at least triple with the others, to get the calming results she needed.
That told me right away that it was a high-quality and potent product.
One of the most unique things (and what I like best) about HempMy Pet is that they use the same strain of hemp. All strains of cannabis are good for different things and naturally contain a specific mix of cannabinoids (CBD), terpenes, and flavonoids.
By always using the same strain, I’m confident that HempMy Pet products always contain the same full-spectrum CBD profile. This consistency ensures that HempMy Pet will continue to work for Gretel.
Other important things to know about HempMy Pet are:
- Their CBD extract is from hemp grown organically, using sustainable farming practices, right in Colorado (where they are located) so they have control of the entire process from start to finish
- They ensure their carrier oils – hemp seed oil and virgin coconut oil – are the freshest of the batch so they taste good and retain all of the nutritional benefits
- Their hemp seed carrier oil is sourced from Canada and, most importantly, they make sure that it’s produced entirely in Canada, not from leaves or seeds grown in China like some are
- Their full-spectrum hemp oil contains not just CBD but also CBG, CBC, CBV and other beneficial cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids
- Their products are 3rd-party lab tested not just for potency but also for safety and purity (the lab results will be available on their website shortly).
We’re currently using:
mg (Gretel – daily for general health) mg (me – for daily general health) (Gretel – as needed for stress).
The Bottom Line
- Use a high-quality, full-spectrum CBD, not a product made with CBD isolate
- Choose the highest quality you can (really do your homework on this because, of course, everyone will say theirs is the best.)
- Start with the recommended dose for your dog listed on the back of the package
- Adjust the amount up or down, and/or the frequency, based on your own dog’s needs
- CBD is generally not harmful but check with your vet if you have any concerns
What other questions do you have about giving CBD products to your dog? Comment below.
Disclosure: I was compensated by HempMy Pet in exchange for my time spent sharing information about CBD for dogs and about their products. I don’t accept stuff “in exchange for a review” unless I am sure I already like it because I won’t try to make something seem better than it is out of obligation. Thanks for trusting me on that.
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About Jessica Rhae
Jessica, aka. The Dachshund Lady, lives and breathes everything Dachshund, hiking and camping with dogs, and blogging. Given her cumulative 25 years of owning Dachshunds, studying the breed, and organizing an 800-member Dachshund club, she’s considered a breed expert by many. Jessica’s dogs have been her best hiking and camping buddies for the last 16 years. She started this blog in 2010 to share what she knows. She’s since won several industry awards and become one of the premier blogging experts in the pet industry.
Thank you for this article! I’ve wanted to try CBD oil with my dachshund but have been nervous because of his size. This information was super helpful.
I live in the England and found your article interesting. Can I get a delivery here if so how much for posting?
Jessica Rhae says
Hi Carole. I’m not positive because I don’t sell the product. Please check with the manufacturers website.
Great article, thank you! The place I bought my dog’s CBD suggested I start with approx 6mg of CBD tincture for my dog’s separation anxiety (she is 17.5lbs), a bit before I’m going out. I find the effectiveness hit or miss though, and I’m concerned about giving her more! I worry that I may have started her at too high a dose after reading many more articles since I purchased the CBD. I guess my question is, can I (or should I) give her more? Or can I somehow start again with a smaller dose and go up from there? I fear if I’ve given her too much from the start that she has built up a resistance to it. Any advice will be appreciated! Many thanks, Victoria from Victoria
Jessica Rhae says
Hi Victoria. As my article says, “For a 15 lb dog, HempMy Pet recommends 4-5 mg of CBD a day (I took the liberty of cutting the lowest dosage recommendation in half since 15 lbs is half of their minimum weight listed).” Therefore, a 6 mg recommendation for a 17 lb dog seems completely reasonable. That’s just the starting dose though. You may need to increase the dose if you’re not seeing results. Studies have shown that CBD is safe, even in high doses. If you are concerned though, I would check with a veterinarian (I am not one). For example, when Gretel has bad anxiety, I often have to give her 10-12 mg to see a difference. You might also want to try a different brand. Different brands use different strains and, just like with people, different strains affect people/dogs differently. Since you are using the CBD for medical purposes, I would also ensure that you use a brand that uses the same strain all of the time. That way the results will be more consistent. HempMy Pet is one such brand but there may be others. Good luck. I’ve heard nothing but good things about CBD for controlling seizures.
Michael Lee says
I like that you said that you CBD oil for dogs is great for treating cancer or seizures. My dog has been having seizures for some time and I’ve been looking for something to help prevent those seizures. I’ll have to look into getting CBD oil to help my dog be more healthy.
Sandra Taylor says
I’m still confused. My dog weighs 37 lbs. I have a bottle of CBD oil that says it’s 1000 mg. I still don’t know how much I’m supposed to give him.
Jessica Rhae says
Hi Sandra. The process, if the oil doesn’t say how much on the label, can be a bit confusing. 4-5 mg of CBD a day is recommended for a 15 lb dog. Since your dog is roughly twice that size, 8-10 mg a day would be an appropriate place to start (you may have to adjust up or down to achieve the desired effect). The tricky part is figuring out how many mg of CBD are in each drop of the oil you have. The bottle you have contains 1,000 mg CBD TOTAL. If your bottle is 30 ml (1 ounce) then 1,000/30 is approximately 33 mg per 1 ml. In my one ounce bottle, my dropper, full to the top part you can still see, is 1 ml. Therefore, a full dropper contains 33 mg of CBD. Since your dog only needs 8-10 mg, you can 1) estimate, 1/3 of the dropper would be approximately 10 mg of CBD. 2) be more accurate by filling the dropper, releasing the oil back into the bottle one drop at a time, and counting them. In my case, there are 28 drops in a 1 ml dropper. 33 mg of CBD (in a full ml dropper) divided by 28 = 1.15 ml of CBD per drop. Given that, your dog would need 7-9 drops of the CBD oil.
I hope that helps. If your bottle is not 1 oz/30 ml, then you will need to so the same math exercise for the size of your bottle. The oil from HempMy Pet I mention in this article has clear dosing instructions on the back and markings on the dropper so you know how much oil to dispense per dose. That’s part of why I recommend them. Good luck.
If you do the calculations…give your dog about 10 drops per day unless anxiety or seizures is the issue – then double the dose size.
Cassie Bryan says
I have a 85lb dog how much oil can be given to her for her hips and tumors for pain.the meds the vet ginve her Dont work…
Jessica Rhae says
Hi Cassie. I’m not a vet so I can’t advise you on medical conditions. Besides, using CBD is about trying it (and varying amounts) to see if it works with your dog. Each dog reacts differently to it. With that being said, the product I use recommends about 4-5 mg of CBD for a 15-lb dog per day. Since your dog is roughly 5.5 times that weight, it would make sense that you would start with around 25 mg of CBD a day. I suggest talking to your vet though. CBD is known to help with pain but not always with conditions so severe. It might but I’m suspecting you would hate to try it for the week or so to see if it works and find out that it hasn’t been. If one pain medication isn’t working, perhaps your vet can prescribe another that will.
Hi Cassie, I noticed your message. I also have an 80 pound dog, she is a 10yr old German Shepherd suffering with hip dysplasia pain. I am having excellent results with CBD oil for her. I have been dosing her with high quality full spectrum CBD oil twice a day -morning and afternoon for about two years. We are now dosing at the maximum therapeutic level with excellent results. I have tried to be conservative with meds since I expected her disability and pain to increase over the years, and as such so will her meds. This year her pain progressed and we have to give meds also. Every night she gets a pain pill which usually helps her have a good sleep. We tried Tramadol and Gabapentin. Between these two, I believe she has much better nights on Gabapentin, as I felt Tramadol was not helping her enough. I give her a Tramadol occasionally if she is having a bad day, or if she is in a pain cycle that I have to break. My experience is that it is far better to keep her pain under control, then to have to get her out of a pain cycle. I learned that you have to try different pain meds and strengths to see what works. I’ve learned that Pain meds (Gabapentin or Tramadol) together with Carprofen (like Rimadyl or Quellin) work well together. So she may get her Quellin every 2 or 3 days, when I notice her level of pain increased or she is in a pain cycle that I have to break. Its like an ibuprofen for me, I take when my arthritis pain flares up, but not needed everyday. We are having good results with this meds schedule this year. As time goes on, she may need increasing strengths or dosages. Nevertheless, we see the BEST results when we dose her consistently twice a day with her CBD oil. My advise is to get her high quality full spectrum CBD oil, be consistent with her daily dosing, watch her closely to gauge her improvements and tolerance. We noticed a positive difference in both our dogs within days. Talk to your vet about pain meds and Carprofen. Feel free to email me to chat more. [email protected] – Best of luck to you and your girl.
Marian Scovil says
I also emailed you if that’s ok.
I have recently purchased CBD oil from Purekana. I havent been giving my dog the proper dose as he is a 126lb Rottweiller who has been having seizures for about 2 months now. he also has degenerative disc disease which he has been taking steroids for, for almost a year. he has alot of weight gain and the seizures are absolutely terrifying to watch. Ive read so many articles on which oil is the purest, the clearest ( called liquid gold) no fillers, less ingredients, etc. how do we know which one to buy and that the article isnt steering us towards purcgasing “their”product? I just want to help my dog!! Money isnt the issue.. I just dont want to waste time on oil that isnt effective….please help!! thank you …
Jessica Rhae says
Hi DeeDee. Sorry for my delay in approving your comment and replying.
There are certainly a lot of CBD products out there for pets and some are better than others. One way to tell the “truth” from just “advertising” is to read comments and articles from regular pet owners like myself. I’ve been extensively researching CBD for dogs for years and have really high standards. One product that clearly stands out to me is HempMy Pet. It’s the one mentioned in this article. You can read more about it here: https://youdidwhatwithyourweiner.com/hemp-my-pet-review/
While it’s true that they sent me some to try, I was very interested in trying their product (based on my research) before they sent any. Don’t just take my word for it though. I am sure you can find some really good recommendations/testimonials online too.
my message isnt showing up in the feed so im not sure if you recieved it
Jessica Rhae says
Hi DeeDee. All comments from new people need to be approved by me. I am only able to check them every week or so. Sorry about that.
Thanks for this great guide! Its very nerve wracking giving a dog CBD, especially when it’s not a pet formulation (read human strength). I wrote down your formula and stuck it on the fridge for quick reference!
Shelley Dixson says
I have a bottle of Lidtke CBD Gold that 2500 mg. plain non-gmo oil. Can I give this to my dog? he gets mini seizures and the dr gave him phenobarbitol. I don’t give it to him because it doesn;r help. He also has a staff infection pseudomonas aerinagosa (sorry about the spelling) that he will have the rest of his llife. The treatments almost killed him. For the most part, his quality of life is very good as long as I am there for him. He is a happy little guy. He takes myrtazapine for his appetite. I would love to wean him off of that and give him the oil if it works. His problem in his sinuses. They gave him temeril-p but I dont want him to have prednisone every day albeit a small dose. His liver is still good. If he was suffering things would be different. He hasnt had one of these attacks as I call them for a long time. When I adopted him he was very sick and we brought him back from the dead. I would love to try the oil. I am confused about how many drop to give him of my oil or should I buy a smaller bottle. 2500mg which is 2 oz. is confusing for me to figure it out. Please help if you can Thank you so much
Jessica Rhae says
Hi Shelly. I’m not familiar with Lidtke oils but I took a quick look. Since the product is made for humans, I suspected it would contain significant THC in addition to CBD and it does. From what I know, that would not be appropriate to give to a pet. CBD oil for dogs should show 0 or a very, very small trace only, of THC. I will say there are some cases (like cancer) where a small amount of THC is acceptable but you definitely need to talk to your vet about the THC in this product if you want to give it to your dog. Really though, I suggest you get a product made for pets, like HempMy Pet or similar, and start with that.
Just for your own personal reference, Lidtke makes it easy to find out how much CBD is in one drop of oil. If you look at the back label, it says 12 drops of oil has 16.65 mg of CBD. So, you divide that number by 12. There is 1.38 mg of CBD in each drop. I don’t know the weight of your pet so look at the chart in this article to see how many MG are recommended for him per day. Say, 8 mg is recommended. Approximately 6 drops of this oil would be 8 mg (8/1.38). But again, don’t give this oil to your dog. At least not without talking to your vet first. I’m just using it as an example for the calculations.
I am traveling on an airplane with my 47 lb Belgian Malinois/Shepherd (6 mo) and I just purchased the “Pet.releaf”’ hemp oil 700 health – full spectrum cannabinoids.
Since you mentioned you have tried at least 10 different types of hemp oil, have you tried this brand and if, what is your opinion of the strength and quality.
Jessica Rhae says
Yes, I have tried it. It’s the other one I highly recommend on this blog. Just type the name in the search bar on the home page to read what I’e written about it.
Renee Herbert says
If I’m only using cbd oil for anxiety should I give to my dog daily to see result. I’ve been giving the recommended dosage 30 minutes before I leave him or a vet visit. Doesn’t seem to work.
Jessica Rhae says
Hi Renee. I primarily give my CBD to my dogs for situational anxiety (ie. Gretel’s anxiety is not much at home but she can get really anxious in certain situations). I’m not a vet but, in my experience, the most effective way to give Gretel CBD to help anxiety is to give it to her 30-60 minutes before the stressful event (about 40 minutes is the sweet spot for us) and I have to give her 2-3 times the recommended dosage. You can read more about my experience with CBD and anxiety for dogs here: https://youdidwhatwithyourweiner.com/can-cbd-oil-help-calm-my-anxious-dog/
Maryna Conway says
How long (many hours) after giving prednisone can I give my dog CBD
Jessica Rhae says
I don’t know. You would need to ask your vet. If there are no medication conflicts with predisone and CBD, you may be able to give them at the same time.
Maryna Conway says
How many hours after prednisone can I give my dog CBD?
My 12 yr old Goldendoodle was diagnosed with End stage osteoarthritis and has suffered from hip dysplasia for several years. We started her on gabapentin 3 months ago and 2 months ago I started her on CBD oil. After a month the 1st oil didn’t seem to be helping. I came across HempMy Pet after doing a lot of research. It was quite a bit pricier that the previous one, but I am a believer in you get what you pay for. After a month she was jumping up on the couch again and is able to run without her front legs giving out. Thank you for the article, I hope it helps sway people to giving a higher quality CBD oil to their furbaby!
Jessica Rhae says
I’m so glad HempMy Pet worked for you. Different brands use different strains (and some use a different strains within the same product) so results can vary from product to product. I’m goad you didn’t give up finding one because it really can do a lot of good
Diana Iglesias says
I have 2 retired greyhounds that I had on 300 mg CBD oil from King Kanine just to help with arthritis aches and pain from being big dogs. They were also two broken leg dogs is how they ended their racing career. The oldest one ran 90 races and the other one 80 races. Now king kanine is having issues with their processor who does not want to take them anymore because they carry CBD products and in Florida it’s a struggle. I was giving them .50ml twice a day each. Now I had to find another supplier by the name of CBDMD but the bottle is 750mg 30ml bottle. Am I correct to start them with .25ml twice a day and have u heard of CBDMD? I read they came in second as good pet product for CBD oil for pets.
Jessica Rhae says
Hi Diana. I have not heard of that brand. King Canine should have put the dose of CBD on the package as well as the volume (.50 ml?) that contains that amount. I’m not saying they did, but they should have. The new one you found should also list how much CBD is in each ml. Again, SHOULD but they may not have. Because I’m not familiar with using either product, or what is listed on their packaging, I can’t give specific advice. However, if the CBDMD is 30 ml, and contains 750 mg of CBD in the bottle, then 1 ml should contain 25 mg of CBD. If I’m understanding you correctly, you were giving 1 ml a day total of King Kanine. Without knowing how many ml were in the 300 mg bottle, I can’t do the same calculation in order to give you and “exact” equivalent. However, per the chart in my article, a 60-100 lb dog would use 16-24 mg a day. Since that is approximately 1 ml of the CBDMD (for the max dosage), if it were me, I would continue giving them the 0.5 ml a day. You can always adjust up or down if you need. Hope that helps.
DANIEL LARIOS says
My “Mac”, a 50 lb bulldog (used to be 78) he was recently diagnosed with a cancerous large mass in his abdomen affecting his liver. He is losing weight rapidly, I have read all over the internet of amazing stories on how cbd oil extended the life of their pet even when their pet was given a prognosis of 8 weeks to live and 4 years later the pet is still alive and still in remission. Im not asking for medical advise as I know you are not a vet however, I did purchase a 30ml bottle of 1000 mg cbd full spectrum with 33.33 mg per ml. It is human grade, therefore I am not sure how to dose him at maximum tier to help with his condition. Can you please help, so many sites online are confusing me. Would it be safe to say that I can give him .50ml (.25 in the morning and the rest in the evening) or should I cut down to a third of the ml dropper? I gave him tonight as his first dose .25 and he was not drowsy nor did it seem to affect him. Please advise.
Jessica Rhae says
Hi Daniel. I’m sorry to hear about Mac. Unfortunately. I have no idea what a therapeutic dose of CBD would be for something as serious as cancer. I’m sure it is more than the minimum suggested dose. On my bottle of CBD for dogs, it says a 50 lb dog should get 8-16 mg a day (minimum). So, to your question, “Would it be safe to say that I can give him .50ml (.25 in the morning and the rest in the evening)?” the answer would be yes since .50 ml would be close to 16.5 mg. I’m guessing a therapeutic dose for cancer would be higher than that. Studies have shown that CBD is safe for most dogs even up to 3x the minimum dose but I can’t say how high you would need to go to have significant impact on cancer cells. Sorry I can’t be of more help. If it were me. I would double the dose for my dogs in your situation (as long as they didn’t get severely drowsy) but I am definitely not recommending that is what you should do… as, like you said you acknowledged, I am not a vet. Good luck.
Our shih-tzus have pretty delicate stomachs, so we want to give them as little oil as possible, so as to avoid their getting The Dreaded Poops.
What is your opinion of our giving them an oil that is double the recommended CBD concentration, so that they will receive only 1/2 as much carrier oil?
Jessica Rhae says
That’s fine. The point of my article is the right about of milligrams of CBD to give a dog and an example of how to figure out how many drops that is based on the concentration of a particular oil. The actual amount of oil given is insignificant as long as the appropriate milligrams of CBD are given. Good luck!
I have a 5 lb Chilhuahuas. How much a dose do i give them
Jessica Rhae says
Please refer to the back of the package of CBD. I don’t know what kind you have so I can’t say. However, the dose is generally 2 mg of CBD for a 5 lb dog for general health. You’ll need to do what I explain in this article to determine how much CBD is in a drop of the oil or whatever you have.
Hi, I purchased a 30ml bottle of Full Spectrum CBD oil from a local brick and mortar store close to where I live in Texas. The bottle sys there is 12 mg per 1ml of oil. I have a 20lb Cocker mix who was recently diagnosed with oral melanoma and I’m a little confused about dosage. The bottle suggests 4 drops daily but that sounds like a lot to me? I’m hoping you can give me some guidance here. The entire bottle is 30 ml, or 350mg. Thank you!
Jessica Rhae says
Hi Tami. You’ll need to dispense 1 ml, drop by drop, and count it, Then you divide 12 mg by the number of drops to get the amount of CBD per drop. In my example, the HempMy Pet CBD oil we use contains approximately 1.1 mg of CBD per drop. The recommended starting dose for a 20 lb dog is around 5 mg. If we assumed that your CBD was the same concentration as mine, you would need to give 4-5 drops to get that dosage (so your instructions are accurate). As I noted in the article, depending on what you are giving it for, and especially for anxiety, you may need to double the dose to get the desired effect. CBD has been shown to be safe in high doses (the most it does to my dogs is make them really sleepy if I give them too much) so don’t stress about being 100% accurate with your dosage.
Awesome article! Thank you for the instructions on how to use it. It was truly amazing how the hemp oil that I purchased from the local online retailer (I’m in Australia) works on my dog who’s 10 years old with joint issues. Now, he’s a happy dog who loves to walk again
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Dogs and cats have an endocannabinoid system, too – just like humans.
That being said, CBD, a powerful compound found in the cannabis plant, shows great potential as an alternative form of treatment for dogs, cats, and other pets that are struggling with a range of health conditions.
Finding the right dose of CBD can be tricky, as there are plenty of factors that can determine the effects it will have on your dog or cat.
We’ll cover all you need to know about dosing CBD for pets and walk you through the best dosage guidelines for different forms of CBD consumption.
Things to Consider Before Giving CBD to Your Dog
Figuring out the right CBD oil dosage for your dog can be a hard nut to crack, especially for pet owners who are just getting started with CBD for pets.
We’ll use dogs as an example because that’s where we have the most experience; however, the same guidelines apply to cats and other (mammalian) pets.
There are three essential factors to take into consideration prior to buying CBD for your pet:
1. Consumption Method
One of the factors that determine how much CBD you will give your dog is the type of product you use, along with the brand you’re using.
CBD products for dogs come in 4 main forms:
- CBD and Hemp oil
- Topical rubs
- Treats (edibles)
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.
However, not every dog will like the distinct taste of CBD oil, so if that’s the case, CBD dog treats would do the trick.
Not only will they taste better – imagine flavors like Chicken & Bacon or Roasted Duck – but they also come with a fixed CBD dose.
This way, you know exactly how much CBD you’re giving your dog.
However, there’s one downside to using CBD dog treats:
They’re much slower.
The cannabinoids in the treats need to pass through your dog’s digestive system to make it into the bloodstream. This means the effects will have a slower onset time than oils and your dog may receive less CBD overall.
The same applies to CBD capsules for dogs, but capsules just aren’t as enjoyable for the dogs as the treats.
The benefits of capsules, however, are that they have a higher fixed dose, and are more reliable in the level of effects they’ll produce.
2. Your Pet’s Size
It’s no surprise that the CBD dosage for vary depending on your dog’s size. But how do I determine what dose is correct?
The general rule is that larger dogs need more CBD to experience the effects than smaller puppies. Some brands provide their own dosage charts based on the weight of your dog. This makes dosing easier from the start.
Keep reading to learn specific dosage guidelines depending on the size of your dog.
3. The Severity of Your Dog’s Condition
Finally, keep in mind that your dog’s condition can also affect how much CBD should you give him/her.
The more severe the condition, the higher the dose they’ll likely need to alleviate the discomfort.
If you want to supplement your dog with CBD oil, low doses will usually suffice, but for anxiety or joint pain, you’ll need to increase the dosage and observe the effects until you hit the sweet spot.
General CBD Dosage Guidelines For Dogs
For general supplementation or mild conditions, the exact amount of drops in a CBD oil to meet the estimated dosage will vary between products.
In general, 2-4 drops taken two to four times a day are recommended.
You can also adjust the dosage, based on the size of your pet and his/her condition we’ve just talked about.
A CBD capsule, in turn, will contain between 5-20 mg of CBD each. The dose of encapsulated CBD is around 1 tablet taken once or twice per day.
As for pet treats, they will vary in concentrations of CBD.
Always check if your CBD company provides dosing instructions at the back of the package. If it does, it’s best to follow the instructions.
Actually, regardless of the product you use, we always recommend following the dosage instructions that came with it and based on this, adjust the dose as needed.
We recommend starting at the low end of the dose, and increasing gradually once you know how your dog will respond.
How to Figure Out How Much CBD You Should Give to Your Dog By Size
To make it easy for you, we’ll break down exactly how to choose the right dose for your dog based on their size (measured in weight).
Some people prefer to use a very small dose, no matter what size their dog is and working up from there.
A rough starting dose to do this is 1 mg.
This allows you to gradually work your way up the optimal dose without wasting too much CBD oil in the process.
Even large dogs are about ⅓ the size of average humans, so considering that in humans, the jumping-off point is around 1-3 mg, the above figure makes sense.
To begin with, let’s discuss how much CBD you should give to your dog, based on relative weight.
1. Small (2-15 lbs)
Extra small dogs will need the least amount of CBD, which may sound relieving at first.
But there’s a catch.
Tiny dogs have a super-fast metabolism!
You will need to increase the frequency of CBD administration to 3-4 doses per day, instead of 1 or 2 with larger dogs.
If your dog is suffering from pain, the starting CBD dose of 1 mg may be enough for the beginning.
For behavioral conditions like dogs with anxiety, we recommend measuring out ½ mg worth of oil and adding a couple of drops if you don’t see any improvement for the next 3-5 days of use.
As for a routine, it’s best to start by administering CBD twice daily.
Each time you want to increase the dosage, you can do it in 2 mg increments until your dog finds some relief.
Nevertheless, try not to exceed 15 mg CBD doses in extra small dogs.
Remember that these are all relative figures, and should not be taken as medical advice or as a veterinary recommendation.
2. Medium-Small (15 – 30 lbs)
Having done in-depth research on different CBD dosages for medium dogs, we’ve noticed that many people achieve success with a 2 mg dose, and increasing by 3 mg until they get some results
This data refers to dogs suffering from pain and arthritis.
For psychological conditions and poor appetite, try using half the dose above (1 mg of CBD).
For most medium sized dogs this should do the trick.
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.
The maximum dose of CBD for a dog of this size is about 20 mg per day.
Like we said before, larger dogs require more CBD to experience the desired effects.
What’s an appropriate initial dose of CBD for dogs with general pain?
It’s generally believed that a 1-3 mg dose of CBD is a good starting point, depending on the level of the pain.
If you’re not seeing the results you want to try increasing by 3 mg.
For behavioral conditions (lack of focus), psychological disorders (panic, anxiety), and poor appetite, the recommended initial dose is 1 mg twice a day.
Make sure to keep a watchful eye on your dog’s behavior to notice if the effects of CBD are kicking in.
If not, increase the dose by no more than 2 mg.
The maximum dose for CBD for a dog of this size is about 30 mg per day.
4. Large (60 – 150 lbs)
Owners of large dogs should follow the same general recommendations as for medium-large dogs.
With very large dogs, you can expect to have a much higher dose, however, it’s best to work your way up slowly by 3 mg per dose until you find signs of relief.
Getting The Dose Right With Different CBD Products
So now that you know the mg of CBD you should use on your dog or cat, you may be wondering how this applies to different CBD products.
After all, not all CBD products contain the same concentration of CBD.
Calculating the right dose of Cannabidiol may look like a cutscene from the “Beautiful Mind” movie, so we’ll help you out a bit.
Below, we share specific details about CBD dosing for dogs using common strengths and volumes.
1. CBD or Hemp Oil
CBD oil for dogs typically comes in 150, 300, and 600 mg bottles. Here are the basic dosage tips for this kind of CBD.
Here’s a quick reference to how the different CBD concentrations work out in drops.
What’s the Recommended CBD Dosage for Dogs [Chart]
The optimal CBD dosage for dogs depends on multiple factors, so it’s unique for each pup. That’s why we’ll go into detail and show you how to determine the best amount of CBD for your pet.
In their search for wellness, people put their trust in holistic natural medications. That’s where CBD comes in. It’s a cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. While its effects on the body haven’t been studied well yet, we’re seeing promising results showing its efficacy in decreasing pain, anxiety, and stress both for us and our furry best friends.
To better understand what all of this means, let’s cover the basics:
What Is CBD?
Discovered in 1940, cannabidiol, or simply CBD is a compound found in the cannabis plant. It accounts for up to 40% of the cannabis extract.
Even though scientific studies remain inconclusive, CBD gains more and more popularity for its positive effect on stress, anxiety, and pain.
The compound interacts with the mammalian endocannabinoid system (ECG), which manages metabolism, sleep, hormonal regulation, and stress.
When CBD interacts with the ECG receptors, it activates several molecular pathways that may reduce pain, situational anxiety, and depression.
So, can you give dogs CBD oil for the same reasons people take it? The short answer is yes.
Did you know that this compound has the potential to reduce seizures in epileptic dogs? And that’s just one of the many interesting facts about CBD for animals.
CBD dog studies are still in their infancy, so you won’t find any official dosage guidelines yet. But depending on your dog’s weight and the severity of its condition, we’ll show you how to calculate the optimal dosage.
Factors in Determining the CBD Dosage
Each CBD pet product company has its own guidelines. On top of that, dogs have different needs, so there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. That said, two main factors determine the best dosage for CBD for dogs.
The Weight of Your Dog
That’s the main criteria when deciding on the proper CBD dosage — the bigger the dog, the higher the amount.
But weight doesn’t always correspond to your pup’s CBD needs. Some dogs need as little as 0.2mg per pound of body weight. Others, like those with severe conditions, might require a much higher amount.
That’s why it’s essential to start slow and increase the dose only when needed.
The Severity of the Condition
To find out the ideal CBD dosage for dogs, you have to consider your reason for the medication.
If your dog’s healthy, and you’re giving it CBD simply for overall wellness, the amount will be in the lower range. But when your pup suffers from arthritis, a higher CBD dose will alleviate its pain better.
The correct CBD oil dosage for dogs also depends on the energy your pet has.
Depending on how fast your dog can metabolize, the compound will stay in its system for about six to eight hours. Generally, the more active the dog, the faster its metabolism will be. So, more energetic breeds will process the CBD quicker than the less active ones.
As senior dogs have a slower metabolism, they won’t need CBD supplementation often.
Underlying Health Conditions
That’s another factor to consider when determining the correct dosage of CBD for dogs.
For instance, liver or kidney issues might interfere with the CBD metabolism in your dog. The compound can also hinder some medications that are processed in the liver.
So, if your puppy has any underlying health issues, you should talk with your vet before giving it CBD.
How Much CBD Should You Give Your Dog?
Most CBD companies recommend a CBD dosage for dogs in mg per pound. A good beginner’s dose is 0.2mg of CBD per pound of body weight.
That said, some studies on dogs with osteoarthritis suggest a higher dosage of 1mg per pound twice a day. This makes 2mg of CBD per pound a day, which is ten times more than the beginner’s dose.
The condition you’re trying to fight matters most.
How Much CBD Oil Should I Give My Dog After the Beginner’s Dose?
You should proceed entirely based on your dog’s needs.
A low dose of 0.2mg per pound is ideal for overall health. But when your pup’s experiencing moderate pain, anxiety, or stress, you can opt for a medium dosage of 0.3 or 0.4mg CBD per pound. Finally, if your pet suffers severe pain episodes, slowly increase the dose to the high end, which is up to 0.5mg per pound daily or as often as needed.
Depending on your dog’s reaction to CBD, you can always increase or decrease the amount. But make sure to keep an eye on your pet for a few hours after administration to decide whether they need more or less.
How to Calculate the Optimal CBD Oil Dosage for Dogs?
Always start low. Some dogs can’t tolerate high CBD doses and could have an adverse reaction, like nausea or diarrhea. Still, it happens rarely.
So, how can you determine the correct dosage for your dog? It’s pretty straightforward.
Firstly, you should know your dog’s weight. It’s best if you measure it in a place with higher accuracy, like the vet’s office.
Then, if it weighs 20lbs, you’ll need to multiply your pet’s weight by 0.2 mg, which is generally considered a good starting point. The result would be 4mg of CBD per day. The CBD dosage for pain is higher than that, so read on to find out more.
But how do you know the amount of oil that will contain 4mg?
Most CBD oils come in 30ml bottles. Each brand offers different CBD amounts, but the most frequent ones are 250mg, 500mg, and 1000mg.
So, in a 30ml bottle of 250mg CBD, there’s about 8 mg of CBD per ml. And if your dog only needs 4mg a day, you have to give them only 0.5ml of the oil.
CBD Dosage for Dogs by Weight
When shopping for CBD products online, know that most companies will have a CBD dosage chart on their website. It’s best to follow the specific guidelines. But in case you can’t find the chart, here’s one we created for general use.
Fig 1. CBD oil for dogs dosage chart.
What to Look for in a CBD Dog Product?
With an increased CBD demand and the booming alternative medicine market, fake products are everywhere.
That’s why you should consider the following when looking for the ideal CBD supplement for your furry friend.
Is the Provider Reliable?
Check the reviews on Trustpilot or ask your vet if they’ve heard of the company.
Another detail to look for is information about the provider’s manufacturing process. Companies with high ethical standards will make it readily available on their websites.
Was the Product Tested For Quality and Purity by Third-Party Labs?
Good quality CBD products usually undergo lab testing for harmful bacteria, pesticides, or molds. If asked, the providers should supply you with a certificate proving the quality of their CBD products.
How Much CBD Oil Should I Give My Dog?
A trustworthy provider should be able to guide you through the product-specific details.
If they can’t or don’t answer, better not waste your money and time on these products. There are plenty of other options.
What Oil Base for CBD Products Do They Use?
Base oils make CBD easier to digest.
That’s how you can spot poor quality products right away. Take a look at the label. If you see alcohol as the base for CBD, don’t buy it.
Some suitable CBD bases are hemp, coconut, and olive oils.
Types of CBD Products for Dogs
Now that you know how to calculate the optimal CBD oil dosage for dogs, you’re ready to dive into the different CBD dog product options.
The most common ones are oils, tinctures, edibles (treats or chews), pills, and topical creams.
You can check their pros and cons, as well as our best recommendations below.
These are arguably the most common CBD dog products. You can easily estimate the CBD biscuits dosage for dogs by following the oils guidelines.
The difference here is that some treats can be difficult to break and measure precisely. That’s why they’re recommended for bigger dogs, requiring higher CBD doses.
But soft CBD chews are also becoming a thing. They’re perfect for puppies, as they can be divided and measured with no trouble.
Our top recommendation for an incredible treat with CBD for dogs is the Hemp dog treats by HempMy PET. They have a large dog formula with pumpkin, which is infused with 5mg of high-quality CBD. If you have a puppy, you can try the 2mg CBD pumpkin harvest biscuits for small dogs.
Plus, HempMy PET makes its CBD treats in small batches, using only the finest ingredients.
If you also have a cat, there are various CBD cat treats for anxiety relief and joint pain, too.
CBD Oils and Tinctures
CBD dosage for dogs is easy to estimate in oils and tinctures. The bottles come with pipettes, making the dosing highly accurate and eliminating the risk of giving your pet too much or too little.
One of the best CBD oils for your dog is the organic hemp seed oil from HempMy PET. It’s a full-spectrum CBD oil that also contains other healthy cannabinoids — CBC and CBG.
These have the CBD and base oil inside a collagen capsule and, due to the higher CBD concentration, they’re an excellent option for bigger doggos.
It’s a bit more challenging to estimate the correct dosage of CBD for dogs using CBD capsules. Picky eaters might also frown upon taking them.
But if you want to try these out, our best recommendation goes to Holistapet and their CBD capsules for dogs. Plus, you can open their capsule and add it to the food for easier ingestion. Additionally, they’re made from 100% natural ingredients and come in five different strengths.
We recommend topical CBD products for skin ailments and injuries.
For instance, if your puppy loves running around, its paws are probably chapped. In that case, you might want to try the LalaHemp topical. It’s a fantastic full-spectrum CBD product helping you heal your puppy’s inflamed skin. Massage the problem area with it for a few days, and you’ll soon forget about the chapped and itchy skin.
How to Give CBD Oil to Dogs
You can administer the oil in the following ways:
- Pour it directly into your pet’s mouth. Be careful not to touch the pipette to the mouth, or you risk contaminating the rest of the oil in the bottle.
- Pour it over your puppy’s food.
- Put a few droplets on your finger and massage them over the dog’s gums. This will stimulate the production of saliva, which will then speed digestion.
CBD Dosage for Dogs With Health Conditions
The CBD dosage depends a lot on the condition you’re treating, so milder health issues would require less.
Let’s check the appropriate amount for the most common health issues.
CBD Dosage for Dogs With Pyoderma
- Hair loss
- Itchy skin
- Yellow papules
- Skin bleeding
The CBD won’t cure the disease, but it can decrease the pyoderma inflammation and itching.
There’s no correct CBD dosage for this skin condition, so it’s best to start slow and increase until you see desirable results.
CBD Dosage for Diabetic Dogs
Diabetes can be awful news for you and your puppy, but recent studies suggest that CBD might help.
In 2006, scientists from the Hadassah University Hospital treated diabetic mice with 2.2 mg of CBD per pound of weight per day. What they showed was that the CBD amount reduced the production of proinflammatory molecules associated with diabetes.
That said, bear in mind that the results of a study with mice aren’t necessarily the same for dogs. Before starting treatment with such a high dose of CBD, go to your vet first.
CBD Oil Dosage For Seizures in Dogs
A recent study on the CBD effects on epileptic seizures in dogs found that 1.1 mg of CBD per pound significantly reduced the seizures.
How Much CBD Oil Should I Give My Dog for Anxiety?
Situational anxiety frequently occurs with dogs. Besides, it can make going to the vet, traveling, or moving to a new home a pretty unpleasant experience for both you and your pooch.
Administrating 0.2 mg per pound 30 minutes before a stressful event can significantly decrease the struggle.
How Much CBD Oil for a Dog With Arthritis?
1 mg of CBD per pound twice a day seems effective in dogs with osteoarthritis.
But you should still talk to your vet first.
How Much CBD Oil for Dogs With Joint Pain?
Depending on the pain intensity, you should give your dog 0.2–0.5 mg of CBD per pound.
Monitor the response and slowly increase the dose if needed.
CBD Oil Dosage for Dogs With Cancer
Research is scarce, but there are some promising results about the effects of CBD on cancerous growth.
That said, you won’t find a recommended CBD dosage for dogs with cancer yet.
- Lowered blood pressure
As gross as it sounds, you should know it can happen if your dog rejects the CBD. It’s mostly due to the bitter oil taste. On the bright side, you might find a bacon-flavored option for your furry baby.
In this case, you should lower the CBD oil dosage for dogs and observe whether it gets better with time. If it doesn’t, give your pet a break from CBD for a while.
CBD can be an excellent holistic addition to your precious pup’s diet. Many owners report great results, even with the lower CBD concentrations and doses.
The cannabis compound can help your doggie with anxiety, stress, pain, and even osteoarthritis. Science is still young in this area, so there’s no official CBD dosage for dogs chart available.
Generally, a dose of 0.2 mg CBD per pound is a good starter amount. Experts recommend higher doses of up to 0.5 mg for more severe conditions, such as intense pain.
You’ll find all types of CBD products for dogs on the market — from CBD oils to treats, pills, and topicals. Just remember to start slow and adjust if needed.
Miglena loves spending time with friends and talking about science over a glass of wine. Born and raised in a small town, she’s always been surrounded by animals. Cats, dogs, chickens, cows, and goats have all been her companions from an early age. Her passion for the animal kingdom became even stronger after she went to study microbiology in Scotland. Miglena’s love for writing, combined with her curiosity, makes her a valuable member of the pawsome advice team.