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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The Benefits Of CBD Oil For Dogs
The good news is that it can help with many of your dog’s health issues from allergies to cancer. The bad news is that the CBD industry for pets is still unregulated. That means the majority of pet owners might be getting ripped off.
So today I want to talk about all the good things CBD oil can do for your dogs. Then I’ll show you how to find the best product for your dog and talk about how to give it.
What Does CBD Oil Do For Dogs?
There’s a messenger system in your dog’s body called the endocannabinoid system. It helps regulate sleep, appetite, pain, the immune system and more. CBD impacts the activity of the messengers in this system and stimulates the nervous, digestive and immune systems, as well as the brain. And it can do this because the endocannabinoids in CBD are very similar to the ones found in your dog’s body.
That’s why the benefits of CBD can be deep and significant. And why CBD oil is the fastest-growing healthy plant in the world!
6 Ways CBD Oil Can Help Your Dog
Let’s take a look at common conditions where CBD can help dogs. And after I’ll talk about which CBD oil you should buy and general dosing information.
1. Dogs With Joint Problems
If your dog has joint pain, your vet might prescribe NSAIDs or other pain meds like Gabapentin. But NSAIDs can cause deterioration in joints and soft tissues … and they can damage your dog’s liver. Gabapentin can also cause kidney damage. Plus, it’s not all that effective.
CBD is a natural anti-inflammatory that doesn’t carry the same risk of side effects as drugs. It works by binding to CB1 receptors in the brain. These receptors stimulate the immune system to reduce inflammation. CB1 receptors also change the way the brain responds to pain.
CBD also binds to CB2 receptors found in the nervous and immune systems. When this happens, the body may produce more cannabinoids naturally. This helps reduce inflammation even more and reduce the pain associated with it.
In fact, researchers at Cornell University found that dogs taking CBD for arthritis were more active and showed a decrease in pain.
Some of the common people buy CBD Oil for dogs as an anti-inflammatory for joint problems include:
- Hip and elbow dysplasia
- Sprains and strains
- Torn ligaments (CCL)
2. Dogs With Cancer
Sadly, 50% of adult dogs will get cancer. Cancer is a massive health challenge for dogs, especially if they undergo chemotherapy or radiation.
Cancer researchers are always looking for new ways to treat cancer and release the pain and nausea that can go with it. And CBD has been extensively researched as a cancer-fighting substance.
A study in mice showed that CBD slowed the growth of mammary cancer cells. And in 2018, researchers found that CBD increased survival time in mice with pancreatic cancer. Other animal studies show CBD oil has cancer-fighting abilities and can slow the growth of tumors.
In another study, cancer cells became more sensitive to treatment with CBD. That means CBD can increase the effectiveness of conventional cancer treatments.
CBD also kills cancer cells by blocking their ability to produce energy. And it can stimulate the immune system to produce killer cells that cause death in cancer cells.
Researchers also found that CBD blocks a cannabinoid receptor called GPR55. This is important because GPR55 increased the growth rate of cancer cells in mice.
CBD oil can also help with nausea associated with many cancer treatments. And studies have shown CBD can significantly reduce cancer-related pain.
3. Dogs With Seizures And Epilepsy
It’s estimated that about 5% of dogs suffer from seizures. They can be terrifying for both dogs and their humans … and they can cause anxiety.
Most vets treat epilepsy and seizures with antiepileptic drugs. Common options are phenobarbital or potassium bromide. But these drugs are extremely harmful to your dog’s liver and other organs. And even if the drugs don’t cause unmanageable side effects, they don’t always work …
So researchers at Colorado State University got excited when they studied CBD as a treatment for epilspsy in dogs. A whopping 89% of dogs that received the CBD had a reduction in seizures.
In human trials, CBD even worked in patients with drug-resistant epilepsy. In one study, 7 out of 8 patients saw a marked improvement within 4 to 5 months.
CBD reduces the frequency and severity of seizures because of how it interacts with the endocannabinoid system. It’s believed that abnormal electric charges of the neurons in the nervous system cause seizures. But CBD can bind to receptors in the brain … researchers speculate this can improve the functioning of the nervous system.
4. Dogs With Anxiety
Anxiety is a common reason dog owners turn to CBD. Anxiety can appear in different forms, including:
- Noise phobia
- Separation anxiety
Of course, there are anti-anxiety drugs available … but CBD is being studied for anxiety because it doesn’t carry dangerous side effects.
Most human users of CBD take it for pain, anxiety and depression. Over a third of these users report that CBD worked “very well by itself.” CBD has even helped manage anxiety and insomnia in children with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). And animal studies show its antidepressant effects aren’t just for people.
CBD can work quickly given directly by mouth when your dog gets stressed. It usually only takes 5 to 20 minutes to work. But CBD appears to be most beneficial for anxiety when given over a period of time. So if your dog is prone to stress, a daily dose might work best.
A 2012 study looked at stress in rats exposed to cats. The rats given repeated doses of CBD had less anxiety than those given a single dose.
Researchers aren’t certain how CBD relieves stress and anxiety, but it’s thought that it can help regulate serotonin. Serotonin is a hormone that regulates mood, social behavior, digestion, sleep and appetite.=
5. Dogs In Pain
Probably the most promising research on CBD is that done on pain. From nerve pain to arthritis, it works well … without the harmful side effects of pain medications.
CBD binds to both CB1 and CB2 receptors in the brain and nervous system and this helps change the way your dog’s brain perceives pain. Plus, CBD can help manage the other symptoms that accompany pain, such as sleeplessness and nausea.
CBD can also help manage acute pain from injuries.
6. Dogs With Allergies
Allergies are on the rise in dogs. And they’re difficult to treat … so, sadly, allergies are a common reason dogs are euthanized. Skin conditions in general are one of the most frequent reasons for vet visits.
The endocannabinoid system is also found in the skin … and that’s good news for dogs with allergies. It means CBD can help relieve dry and itchy skin. And it can promote the growth of new healthy skin cells.
You can give CBD internally for allergies, or use it externally for hot spots or interdigital cysts.
Now that you know a bit more about WHY you would give your dog CBD oil to your dog, let’s about HOW to choose a good quality product.
How To Choose The Best CBD Oil For Your Dog
CBD (Cannabidiol) is a naturally found substance in cannabis and hemp. Both deliver amazing health benefits … but there are differences.
Cannabis (marijuana) contains a relatively large amount of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is what causes the psychoactive activities of cannabis. It’s why marijuana can give a “high” or “buzz.”
CBD oil made from hemp contains much lower amounts of THC. To sell hemp legally, it must contain less than 0.3% THC. So while your dog can still enjoy the calmness and reduction in anxiety that CBD provides, he won’t get high. And that’s important … because you might enjoy the high, but your dog definitely doesn’t!
Your dog will also get the same pain-relieving and immune-supporting benefits from hemp CBD.
But not all hemp CBD products are the same …
1. Look For A Full Or Broad Spectrum Hemp
Check the label of your CBD product to make sure it’s full spectrum or broad spectrum.
This means your dog’s CBD oil contains not just CBD, but other important cannabinoids that occur naturally in full-spectrum hemp. This includes CBC (Cannabichromene) and CBG (Cannabigerol).
Researchers have looked at CBC for its …
- Cancer-fighting activities
- Ability to block pain and inflammation
- Positive effect on brain cells
CBG is also studied for its medicinal use. It can decrease inflammation in the digestive tract and it can protect nerve cells and the eyes. It also supports healthy bladder function and fights cancer cells.
A full-spectrum CBD oil will also contain terpenes such as limonene, alpha-pinene, and beta-pinene. These are also naturally occurring medicinal substances found in all hemp.
Together, cannabinoids and terpenes create the entourage effect. This happens when compounds in hemp oil work synergistically to boost the medicinal properties of hemp oil.
CBD extracted with CO2 (I’ll talk about this in a moment) pulverizes the terpenes. This will make them hard to detect in testing and they won’t show up on the Certificate Of Analysis …
… but they’ll still be there and will contribute to the CBD oil’s medicinal effects.
CBD extracted with solvents will better preserve the terpenes. So you will find them noted on the Certificate Of Analysis.
But I don’t recommend solvent extracted products, which leads me to my next point …
2. Make Sure Your Dog’s CBD Uses CO2 Extraction
There are two common ways to extract the CBD oil from the hemp plant:
As you’ve probably guessed, CO2 extraction uses carbon dioxide to extract oil from the plant. Using a high-pressure chamber, CO2 puts pressure on the hemp. This breaks down the hemp and releases the oil.
This method of extraction creates oils with a higher concentration of CBD. That means your dog will get more from his supplement. Of course, that also makes the product more expensive … but it’s better than the alternative.
The cheapest way to extract oil from the hemp plant is with solvents, such as …
- Petroleum products
But residue from these solvents will be in the product and they can be toxic to your dog.
Some CBD extraction uses natural solvents, such as ethanol or olive oil. This is much safer for your dog but these oils can destroy the hemp plant’s waxes and the resulting oil isn’t as beneficial.
3. Look For A Certificate Of Analysis
If your dog’s CBD oil doesn’t have a certificate of analysis (COA), run away!
A certificate of analysis is a document that shows the amount and type of cannabinoids in the CBD product. And it usually comes from a third-party laboratory,
COAs protect your dog from poor quality products and the manufacturer should have one for each batch of hemp. If there isn’t a COA on the company’s website, you’ll want to ask for one before you buy any CBD oil.
When looking at the COA, there are 5 important things to look for.
CBD Is The Same As Advertised
This is more common than you would think … in fact, we were once tricked by this!
What you might see is something like “500 mg CBD” on the product label. But don’t take the label at face value! Make sure the COA says the same amount as the label does.
Some lab tests express the CBD content in mg/g. So to calculate the amount of CBD, you need to know how many grams are in the bottle of CBD.
For example, let’s say the COA shows 16.9 mg/g CBD. To calculate how much CBD is in the product, multiply the number of mg/g by the number of grams the bottle weighs. (A typical 1-ounce dropper bottle of CBD will weigh 30 grams.) This will give you the total mg of CBD in the bottle. In this example, it’s 507 mg (16.9 mg/g x 30 gram bottle).
CBD Is Really Full Spectrum
Again, never take the label at face value! Some CBD is from isolate, which means it won’t have other important cannabinoids and terpenes.
Remember the entourage effect? You won’t get this extra boost with CBD isolate. So how do you find out if your dog’s CBD is from isolate? The COA will show that the product only contains CBD and no other cannabinoids. Stay away from these products.
There’s Not Too Much (Or Too Little) THC
If your dog’s CBD contains more than 0.03% THC, it’s probably marijuana and not hemp. It’s not legal and your dog won’t enjoy the psychoactive effects.
You also want to avoid products with zero THC. If there’s none, then your dog’s CBD is from isolate … and the health benefits will be fewer.
A Third-Party Did The Tests
Once again, never take the manufacturer’s word that the product is high quality. Make sure the product was properly tested by a third party lab. Unfortunately, the CBD industry isn’t regulated, which leaves you vulnerable to poor products.
There’s No Contaminants
You need to know where and how the hemp that’s used to make the CBD oil is grown. This plays a huge role in those test results you see in the COA.
Always look for an organic product to reduce any environmental toxin risks. You want to know that the soil and water it’s grown in is as clean as possible. That’s because hemp plants are really good sponges and can absorb contaminants as they grow. And it’s why heavy metal toxicity can be a concern when looking at CBD oils.
So be sure that you check the COA for any contaminants such as pesticides, heavy metals and solvent residues.
Cost Shouldn’t Be A Priority
It can be hard to compare products and some people give up and look at costs only …
… but this is not the best approach!
You want a high-quality and safe product for your dog. Extracting CBD from hemp requires a lot of plant material as well as careful monitoring.
If the product you’re considering has a price that’s significantly lower than the competition, there’s probably a reason for that …
But the most expensive doesn’t mean it’s the best CBD oil for dogs …
Instead, consider what we’ve reviewed …
- How was the CBD oil extracted? (CO2 is best.)
- Is the CBD concentration different than advertised? (CBD on COA should match the bottle.)
- Is it full-spectrum? (The product should have other cannabinoids, not just CBD.)
- Is the THC content worrisome? (THC should be less than 0.3% but higher than 0%.)
- Is it organic? (Hemp is a sponge for contaminants.)
- Was it third party tested? (If you can’t find a COA online, ask the manufacturer for one.)
These variables are what you need to look for when determining the quality of a product. The cost is never a sure sign of a product’s quality.
Side Effects Of CBD Oil For Dogs
The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association surveyed dog owners. They wanted to see what, if any, side effects they noticed. And the great news is that there weren’t any major effects reported.
The most consistent side effects noticed were:
- Sedation 19%
- Overactive appetite 5%
- Lack of energy 4%
- Panic reactions 2.7%
- Dry mouth/excessive drinking 2.3%
- Nausea 1.7%
- Vomiting 1.7%
- Increased seizures 0.69%
- Impaired mental functioning 0.68%
This means the most likely side effect you may see is that your dog gets sleepy. And that isn’t a bad thing. Especially if your dog suffers from seizures, anxiety, or has any pain, and you’d like to give CBD oil a try …
… but some CBD oils will have other additives and may not be safe.
Caution With CBD Oil Additives
You want to be sure there are no chemical additives or preservatives in the product you buy. These will cancel out the health benefits, even if the hemp is grown organically.
Also be aware of companies who have added essential oils (EOs) to their CBD oil. Even though they’re “natural,” EOs can affect animals profoundly.
If your holistic vet has recommended using a CBD oil with an EO, then follow her dosing recommendations. She’ll know what’s best for your dog’s unique health needs.
Some will recommend using CBD with frankincense as it’s good for tumor reduction in cancer patients. But always check with your holistic vet or herbalist first.
Dogs Taking Other Medications Or Supplements
If your dog is taking any other medications or supplements you will want to check with your holistic vet as well. CBD oil has many health benefits but it can change how your dog metabolizes some medications or supplements.
Researchers have looked at how CBD oil changes metabolism in humans. It can be similar to grapefruit, which causes significant reactions. So if your dog is taking any of the following medications you’ll need to ask your vet about dose changes:
- Allergy medications
- Liver or kidney medications
- Heart medications
- Anxiety medications
Hopefully, your holistic vet has helped you find alternatives to the medications above. But even then … CBD can affect herbs and natural supplements.
This doesn’t mean you can’t give your CBD oil if he uses other supplements or medications. You may just need to make adjustments. CBD changes the metabolism of other things but sometimes for the better! Meaning you can use less of another product or skip on the medications altogether.
And less is often more.
CBD Oil Dosage For Dogs
Each bottle of CBD has a specific concentration expressed in milligrams (mg). Most dogs are okay with the taste, so you can just put it on your dog’s food.
Dr Robert Silver recommends giving your dog 0.05 to 0.25 mg/pound of body weight, twice daily. He also suggests starting with a lower dose and working your way up. If 0.05 mg/pound is enough, stay at that dose. There’s no need to increase unless the lower dose stops working. If that happens, increase the dose to 0.125 mg/pound, twice daily and only continue to increase if your dog needs it.
For anxiety or health prevention, you’ll usually find that the lower doses work well. But if your dog is dealing with pain or immune issues, you’ll probably need a larger amount.
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CBD Oil for Dogs
CBD for dogs can support and promote long-term health in your canine. CBD oil is a holistic option for pet owners. As scientific research supporting pet CBD use rises, so does the number of pet owners adding CBD supplements to their dog’s daily routine.
However, so do the number of questions – how does CBD work? Is it safe, or are there any side effects? How can I add CBD to my dog’s routine? And what do I need to consider when choosing the right CBD product for my dog?
Keep reading if you want to find out the answers and learn everything you need to know about supplementing your dog with CBD oil.
What is CBD Oil for Dogs?
CBD or cannabidiol is a naturally occurring compound found in the flowers, leaves, and stalks of the cannabis plant.
The cannabis plant (specifically the Cannabis Sativa L. species) comes in two varieties: marijuana and hemp. Both plants are rich in cannabinoids but have a different cannabinoid profiles.
Marijuana is rich in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and low in cannabidiol (CBD), while hemp is rich in cannabidiol (CBD) and low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Why is this important? Well, CBD is known for its medicinal properties, while THC is the compound responsible for the “high” feeling in people. Plus, THC is extremely toxic to pets.
Therefore, CBD oil products formulated for dogs are derived from hemp, which is loaded with cannabidiol and contains less than 0.3% THC (an amount that is too low to cause issues).
How does CBD Affect Dogs?
Pet CBD affects dogs by interacting with the endocannabinoid system. CBD binds with the endocannabinoid receptors and promotes overall balance and optimal function.
What Is The Endocannabinoid System?
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a regulatory system of the body that plays a crucial role in managing vital physiological processes (hormones, immune responses, pain and inflammation responses, sleep patterns, appetite, emotional balance), thus promoting homeostasis.
The ECS consists of endocannabinoids, endocannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2), and enzymes. The endocannabinoids bind with the receptors to manage the above-mentioned functions, and enzymes break them down.
Best CBD Oils For Dogs
Honest Paws offers condition-specific CBD products, allowing you to choose a hemp oil blend that’s unique to your dog’s situation. We use 100% pure full spectrum CBD hemp oil and all ingredients used in our CBD products are organic and of premium quality.
CBD Oil for Calming– The Calm collection offers a wide range of CBD products, including CBD oil, CBD calm bites, soft chews, and CBD peanut butter. The Calm CBD oil features chamomile oil for extra calming effects and is available in four different strengths. The CBD treats have dog-friendly tastes like poultry and peanut butter. And the CBD-infused peanut butter is straightforward to use and available in a large jar and single pouches.
CBD Oil for Mobility – The Mobility collection includes CBD oils and soft chews. The Mobility CBD oil is enriched with turmeric – a spice known for its medicinal properties (anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving). The soft chews are poultry-flavored with added joint-friendly ingredients like chondroitin sulfate, glucosamine, hyaluronic acid, and Boswellia serrata.
CBD Oil for Relief – The Relief collection includes three strengths of CBD oil, soft bites, and two CBD topicals – Relief Pet Balm and Relief Paw Balm. The Relief CBD oil features added ginger, and the soft bites are turmeric-flavored.
CBD Oil for General Wellness – The Wellness collection includes CBD oils, soft bites, and some non-CBD pet care products. The Wellness CBD oil is available in four different potencies, and the soft bites contain barley, oats, peanut butter, and coconut shavings.
Our Top Rated Products
Calming CBD Oil for Dogs
Promotes relaxation in your pet. This premium product contains organic, full-spectrum hemp oil with naturally occurring CBD and chamomile.
Mobility CBD Oil for Dogs
Supports healthy bones and joints in your pet. This world-class oil contains organic, full-spectrum hemp oil with naturally occurring CBD and turmeric oil.
Well CBD Oil for Dogs
Wonderful for boosting overall wellness in your pet. If you want to support your pet’s immune system and cognitive function, this is the oil for you.
How Much CBD Oil Should I Give My Dog?
The right amount of CBD oil for your dog depends on several factors, including your dog’s age, weight, overall health, the reasons for using CBD, and the potency of the CBD product.
Although there are dosage variations, the general rule of thumb is that you can give your dog between 1 and 5 milligrams of CBD oil per 10 pounds of body weight. You can use our CBD oil for dogs dose calculator as a starting point.
Usually, it will take some experimentation until you find the perfect CBD dosage for your dog. It is recommended to start with a smaller dose and then adjust it accordingly.
For example, if your dog shows side effects (which are rare), you can decrease the dose even more. On the other hand, if it seems like the initial dose is not working (keep in mind it takes 15-40 minutes for the effects to start working), you can safely increase it within the recommended dosage guidelines.
Sublingual application of CBD oil – CBD oil can be administered sublingually (under the tongue) by drawing the oil into the dropper and squirting it directly into the dog’s mouth, near the back. This is the best method for quick results. However, some dogs dislike having their mouths handled.
CBD oil during mealtime – alternatively, you can squirt the oil from the dropper into the food bowl and mix it with the regular food. Start with a smaller dose so your dog will not be able to sense the meal’s change in flavor, smell, and texture.
CBD oil dropped on a dog treat – you can drop the oil onto a porous dog treat and then give it to your dog. Your dog will love treat time and will not mind the CBD oil addition.
CBD infused edibles – there are commercially available CBD edibles for pets like chews, bites, and peanut butter. These have a set CBD dosage amount and are very practical, especially when you are on the go.
Homemade CBD infused treats – it is possible to bake your dog homemade treats infused with CBD oil. You just need to remember that high temperatures can deactivate the CBD ingredients, and calculating the exact amount of CBD per treat can be tricky.
Topical CBD oil products – usually come in the form of balms or creams. They are efficient and practical – just make sure your pup does not lick them off (they are not harmful but need to be absorbed into the skin to achieve health effects).
What Dog Health Problems can CBD Oil Help?
Since the endocannabinoid receptors are vastly distributed within the body and their various functions, pet CBD has a remarkable ability to support the body in many different ways.
Possible Side Effects of CBD in Dogs
The World Health Organization report on cannabidiol states that “CBD is generally well-tolerated, with a good safety profile.” A veterinary study confirms the same and says that “CBD-rich, hemp-based nutraceuticals appear to be relatively safe in healthy dogs.”
However, as with any other supplement, high amounts, especially in overly sensitive dogs, can cause certain side effects. The good news is that these side effects of CBD oil in dogs are rare, usually self-limiting, and can be eliminated through a simple dose modification.
Here is a short list of the possible side effects:
Dry Mouth – a decrease in the production of saliva is a typical response to CBD. Your dog will be thirstier than usual so make sure you provide fresh, clean water daily.
Low Blood Pressure – a high dose of CBD may cause a sudden blood pressure drop, leaving your pup slightly nauseous, lightheaded, and lethargic. Your dog will likely sleep off these effects in a few hours.
Diarrhea – dogs have sensitive digestive systems, and the carrier oil (for example, coconut oil) in your CBD tincture can cause an adverse reaction in your pup. A way to curve this reaction is by starting with a small dose and working your way up to a normal CBD dose.
For pet owners, the main concern about using CBD oil for dogs is the risk of overdosing. Luckily, CBD has extensive safety margins. In layman’s terms – it is impossible for a dog to overdose on CBD oil. Worst-case scenario, your dog will take a long nap and sleep off the CBD’s effects.
However, CBD oil can cause an increase in liver enzymes and slight complete blood count changes. This means it can be risky to use CBD oil in dogs with liver issues and dogs regularly receiving certain prescription medications. Bottom line, it is important to consult with your veterinarian before supplementing your dog with CBD oil.
What to Look for in CBD Oil for Dogs
We encourage pet owners to do their research, ask questions and make sure they buy high-quality CBD oil that has been tested and certified.
Sadly, some companies cut corners to get their product out as quickly as possible. This puts owners in danger of buying substandard CBD products that will be useless (or worse –harmful) to their pets.
Here are some of the key considerations to help you navigate through the CBD industry’s poor regulations and dubious label claims:
Full-spectrum CBD oil. Basically, there are three forms – full-spectrum CBD oil, broad-spectrum CBD oil, and CBD isolate. Full-spectrum hemp is more potent because it contains various cannabinoids and additional compounds (flavonoids, terpenes, omega fatty acids) that act synergistically.
Hemp-derived CBD oil. CBD oil formulated for pets must be extracted from the hemp plant. This is because the other member of the cannabis family, the marijuana, contains THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is extremely toxic to pets. Hemp CBD oil contains less than 0.3% THC and is therefore labeled THC-free.
Hemp oil vs. hemp seed oil. Both options are extracted from the hemp plant but from different parts and have different chemical profiles. Hemp oil is extracted from the whole hemp plant (leaves, flowers, and stalks) and the hemp seed oil from the seeds. Hemp seed oil does not contain cannabinoids.
CO2 extraction. There are different extraction methods but using supercritical carbon dioxide ensures a pure CBD oil product. The CO2 extraction eliminates the questionable chemicals while retaining all health-boosting cannabinoids.
Organic hemp. The best pet CBD product is made from organically grown hemp. Commercially grown plants are heavily treated with pesticides and can draw toxins from the soil. Organic farming practices eliminate these issues. Ideally, even the carrier (usually coconut oil) should be organic.
No GMO, allergen, and filler ingredients. GMO ingredients, dairy, corn, soy, and gluten, are potentially troublesome. Therefore, a high-quality pet CBD oil must be free from these ingredients.
Certificate of Analysis. A Certificate of Analysis (COA) is a document provided by a third-party lab that confirms the accuracy of the product’s label and its chemical makeup. The COA will prove the amount of cannabinoids in the oil and the exclusion (or low percentage) of THC and confirm the oil is free from pesticides, heavy metals, microbes, and other contaminants.
Reputable brand. Choose a CBD oil from a trustworthy brand that has a right-standing with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a good rating on Better Business Bureau, and excellent customer reviews. Also, pay attention to the brand’s policy – for example, a brand confident in its products will offer a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Our Final Thoughts on CBD Oil for Dogs
Wondering whether you can give your dog CBD oil? Luckily, the answer is yes! The health-boosting properties of CBD oil are an excellent addition to the standard pet care regimen. Just make sure you buy high-quality CBD oil from a trusted company.
Here at Honest Paws, we are dedicated to crafting the best CBD products for our dogs and cats to support their physical health and mental wellbeing.
You can browse our complete Honest Paws CBD for Pets collection and read for yourself what our happy customers have to say about us!
CBD Oil for Dogs Frequently Asked Questions
Do vets recommend CBD oil for dogs?
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, “under current federal and state law, veterinarians may not administer, dispense, prescribe or recommend cannabis, or its products for animals.” However, that does not mean you are not allowed to bring up CBD oil with your vet. Your veterinarian may not be able to proscribe it themselves, but they will be able to point you in the right direction and let you know if CBD oil will interfere with any medications your dog is on.
What does CBD oil do for dogs?
CBD oil boosts the endocannabinoid system, thus indirectly managing the functions regulated by the ECS. That includes appetite, metabolism, sleep, pain, inflammation, immunity, memory, mood, etc.
What strength of CBD oil is best for dogs?
CBD oil products are usually available in various strengths or potencies. Which potency is best depends on the dog’s size, the specific condition for using the CBD, and the method of administration. Honest Paws offers a variety of potency levels including 125mg, 250mg, 500mg, and extra strength 1000mg.
What is the best CBD Oil for Dogs?
The best CBD oil for dogs is of human-grade quality and is easy to use. They should also feature a dog-friendly flavor like chicken, beef, peanut butter. Our Honest Paw CBD products are human grade, organic, 100% natural, and completely vegan. Additionally, they’re non-GMO, soy free, dairy free, corn free, and gluten free as well!
What strength CBD oil should I use for my dog?
For easy dosing and administration, it is best to use a CBD oil strength that best suits your dog’s size. For example, here is a breakdown of the amount of CBD in each of our oils here at Honest Paws:
Our CBD Oil for small dogs (under 25lbs) contains 125mg of CBD. Each full dropper from this bottle (1mL) will contain 4mg of CBD.
Our CBD oil for medium dogs (25-50lbs) contains 250mg of CBD. Each full dropper from this bottle (1mL) will contain 8mg of CBD.
Our CBD oil for large dogs (over 50lbs) contains 500mg of CBD. Each full dropper from this bottle (1mL) will contain 16mg of CBD.
Our CBD oil for extra strength needs contains 1000mg of CBD. Each full dropper from this bottle (1mL) will contain 33mg of CBD.
What is the safest CBD oil for dogs?
The safest CBD oil for dogs is formulated exclusively for pets (THC-free) but with human-grade ingredients and manufacturing practices. The CBD oil should be made by a reputable brand that can offer a Certificate of Analysis for the product.
What happens if I give my dog too much CBD oil?
One of the best things about CBD oil is that it cannot overdose dogs. If you gave your dog too much CBD, it will probably show side effects (dry mouth, diarrhea, lowered blood pressure), or take a long nap and sleep off the effects.
Can I give my dog CBD oil to calm him down?
Yes, CBD oil promotes calmness and relaxation. Ideally, for best results, you should give the CBD before your dog starts feeling agitated. If the stress triggers are not identified, we recommend regular CBD oil use.
What percentage of CBD oil is best for dogs?
Same as with CBD strength, the best percentage of CBD oil for your dog depends on its body weight, CBD dosage requirements, and medical issues entailing the use of CBD.
Is CBD oil bad for dogs?
No, CBD oil is not bad for dogs. However, you need to consult with your veterinarian before starting your dog on CBD oil because CBD can interact with certain prescription medications.
How long does it take for CBD oil to start working in dogs?
The effects of CBD oil kick in fastest when applied under the tongue – between 15 and 40 minutes. Adding CBD oil during mealtime or using CBD edibles is equally efficient, but it may take up to an hour before the CBD oil starts working.
Should I give my dog CBD oil every day?
Yes, continuous use is associated with better effects. Find your dog’s ideal CBD dose and then use it daily for maximum physical health and emotional wellbeing.
How does CBD oil make a dog feel?
CBD oil will make a dog feel calmer and more relaxed. When using the right CBD dose, your dog will be able to carry all normal activities while enjoying the health benefits of CBD.
Can a dog overdose on CBD oil?
No, dogs cannot overdose on CBD oil. If you accidentally gave your dog too much CBD oil, they will sleep off the effects and wake up good as new.
Can humans take CBD oil for dogs?
Yes, premium-quality pet CBD oils are perfectly safe for humans. However, pets must never take human CBD oils because they often contain THC and xylitol. Both ingredients have the toxic potential for pets.