Ready to introduce CBD oil to your dog’s healthcare regimes but not sure how much CBD oil to give your dog?
In this article, we will give you the basic formula for CBD dosage for dogs and help you determine how many health-boosting milligrams of CBD oil your dog needs daily.
How to Calculate the Right CBD Dosage for Your Dog
Generally speaking, dogs should receive 1-5mg of CBD per 10 lbs of body weight.
As a rule of thumb, you should always introduce CBD (and any other supplement for that matter) gradually to allow your dog ample time to adjust to the new addition to his healthcare regimen.
Simply put, start with a CBD oil dosage from the lower end of the specter, and over a period of a week or two, you can slowly work your way up to a stronger dose that meets your dog’s needs.
Low CBD Dosage for Dogs
A low CBD dosage is recommended when introducing CBD to your dog’s health regimen. It is also used to promote daily health and wellness and deal with issues like:
- Minor aches and pains
- Minor skin conditions
- Digestive problems and nausea
- Joint inflammation
- Mild stress and anxiety
- Old age
Medium CBD Dosage for Dogs
Your dog will benefit from a medium CBD dosage in the following situations:
- Heightened stress and Anxiety
- Mild skin conditions
- Moderate arthritis and joint inflammation
High CBD Dosage for Dogs
The high doses of CBD are reserved for dogs with serious issues like:
- Chronic pain
- Severe anxiety
- Epileptic seizures
- Severe arthritis and mobility issues
- Tumors and related symptoms
Using the CBD Oil Dosage Chart for Dogs
Your pet’s weight is a determining factor for how many drops of CBD oil your pet needs. However, how many milligrams of CBD oil your dog needs also depends on other factors, including overall health, age, activity level, and the reason for using the CBD.
Finding the right dose of CBD is critical to avoid potential side effects like dry mouth, drowsiness, diarrhea, low blood pressure.
Before starting to make CBD oil calculations, there is one more consideration – you need to talk to your trusted veterinarian before supplementing your dog with CBD. This is because CBD can interact with certain over-the-counter and prescription medications.
CBD Dosage for Small Dogs : Less Than 25 Pounds
Our CBD Oil for small dogs (under 25 lbs) contains 125 mg of CBD. Each full dropper from this bottle (1 mL) will contain 4 mg of CBD. Ideal for small dogs under 25 lbs.
Example CBD Oil Calculations for Small Dogs
Following the basic CBD dosage guidelines, a 20 lbs Dachshund could receive 2-10mg of CBD a day. As we can see from the explanation above, that is one full dropper twice per day.
CBD Dosage for Medium Dogs: 25-50 Pounds
Our CBD oil for medium dogs (25-50 lbs) contains 250 mg of CBD. Each full dropper from this bottle (1 mL) will contain 8 mg of CBD. Ideal for medium dogs between 25-50 lbs.
Example CBD Oil Calculations for Medium Dogs
The average 40 lbs Bulldog can tolerate around 4-20mg of CBD per dose, meaning you can safely use one full dropper per administration.
CBD Dosage for Large Dogs : Over 50 Pounds
Our CBD oil for large dogs (over 50 lbs) contains 500 mg of CBD. Each full dropper from this bottle (1 mL) will contain 16 mg of CBD. Great for large dogs over 50 lbs.
Example CBD Oil Calculations for Large Dogs
If you have a Basset Hound with around 60 lbs, you can give 6-30mg of CBD or once again one full dropper from our CBD oil for large dogs.
Finding the Right CBD Potency Level for Your Dog
Most CBD brands sell CBD oil tinctures in various strengths: 125mg, 250mg, 500mg, 750mg, 1000 mg, and sometimes higher. Once you’ve calculated how much CBD oil your dog needs per day, you can decide which product strength is best to buy.
All CBD tincture bottles contain the same amount of oil. However, the potency varies. A more potent dose means that you can give your pet fewer ml of oil if they are of a higher strength than if you bought a formula with lower potency.
We recommend choosing a potency level based on your dog’s weight and then using one full dropper (1mL) per day. Following these guidelines, your CBD oil will be enough for a 30-day supply.
For example, if your large Great Dane (around 60 lbs) needs 25 mg – 35 mg per dose, you will get more CBD oil in the extra strong 1000 mg bottle, which gives 33 mg in a full dropper. On the flip side, if using the 125mg strength CBD, your dog would need about seven droppers worth of oil per regular dose, meaning you will use up the oil within 4 or 5 days.
Finding The Right CBD Product For Your Dog
Be careful when buying CBD products to ensure you are buying the best CBD oil for dogs. Here are a few questions you to ask yourself when it comes to selecting a CBD brand:
- Is their CBD organic? Make sure the CBD you buy is organic, non-GMO, soy-free, 100% natural, full-spectrum, and human-grade.
- What’s the general opinion on the brand? Reputation speaks volumes, but do not just check the Google reviews. The Better Business Bureau credits businesses for their ethical practices, so look for companies that they endorse.
- Have you seen their lab results? A Certificate of Analysis (provided by a third-party lab) can show you how much THC (formulas for pets must have less than 0.3%) and other cannabinoids the CBD product contains.
- Is the price right? A CBD oil extracted with CO2 extraction to provide pure, full-spectrum oil may be pricey, but it is the best that hemp has to offer.
Here at Honest Paws, we check all these quality boxes. We use 100% pure full-spectrum CBD hemp oil from hemp plants cultivated in Colorado. Our transparency about the contents and manufacturing process of our high-quality CBD products is objective proof.
Our CBD for pets is made in the USA and thoroughly lab tested. Additionally, they’re non-GMO, soy-free, dairy-free, corn-free, and gluten-free as well!
The fastest way to see results would be to administer CBD oil sublingually, under your dog’s tongue. Offering CBD oil or CBD capsules at mealtime can also be great, as you will be reminded to give them their dose of daily health with the dog food.
Is your pup skeptical of the CBD tincture? Luckily, Honest Paws offers different types of CBD products:
- CBD Peanut Butter – Put the butter in your dog’s toy Kong, or give it as a treat. One tablespoon of Honest Paws CBD Peanut Butter contains 5 mg of CBD.
- CBD Dog Treats – All Honest Paws chews and bites contain 5 mg of CBD per piece.
Our Final Thoughts: CBD Oil for Dogs Dose Calculator
We are well aware that finding the perfect CBD dosage can be tricky and requires some experimentation.
You need to balance wellness support and your pet’s tolerance for CBD. If you have trouble finding that balance, refer to our dog CBD oil dosage calculator.