CBD oil is quickly becoming a staple item in the bathroom cabinets of millions of people worldwide, thanks to the fact that countries around the world have recognized its therapeutic capacity to help treat a variety of different emotional and physical issues in a natural way with very few (if any) side effects.
With hemp oil being made legal in more places each day, people who have experienced the benefits for themselves are now using it as a supplement to help their dogs. This includes dogs who might be struggling with a condition like separation anxiety, arthritis and more seriously, cancer.
People have used medicinal hemp as an alternative medicine for thousands of years, and now that the media is becoming inundated with success stories of just how beneficial it is when used as a complimentary natural supplement, more studies are being carried out into its precise efficacy and how it works.
Holistic vets and doctors all around the world are now recommending CBD to their patients, as anecdotal evidence points to the fact that it is an extremely effective treatment for an increasingly expanding list of physical and behavioral conditions in dogs. But what is the correct CBD dosage for dogs?
CBD Dosage Guidelines for Your Dog
Due to the fact that CBD has yet to receive official approval from the FDA, it is currently only classified as a natural health supplement rather than a medicine. Specific dosages are yet to be formalized, but the official recommendation from vets who promote the use of CBD is to start low and go slow. This ensures that each dog is given the time and space it needs to adjust to the supplement and respond accordingly.
As we mentioned previously, one of the main reasons CBD is becoming so popular is because there are no harmful side effects, so you will never have to worry about your pup having a dangerous reaction to it.
The guidelines for dosing depend on the severity of the issue and of course, the size and body weight of your dog. It is recommended that 1-5mg of CBD should be administered for every 10 pounds of your dog’s weight for the first week and then if you are not noticing any positive improvements, you can slowly increase the dose until you see a change in your pup’s behavior and temperament.
While side effects of CBD are few and far between. Each dog will respond differently to treatment so be sure to give yourself enough time to monitor any potential negative outcomes (like an upset stomach or drowsiness) before you make any increments to dosage. In the unlikely event your pup does not respond well to CBD you can simply stop giving it to him right away. Natural supplements like CBD do not have any risk of withdrawal.
This chart will provide you with an “at a glance” guide to CBD dosage for your dog:
- 10 lbs.: 1 mg – 5 mg CBD
- 20 lbs.: 2 mg – 10 mg CBD
- 30 lbs.: 3 mg – 15 mg CBD
- 40 lbs.: 4 mg – 20 mg CBD
- 50 lbs.: 5 mg – 25 mg CBD
- 60 lbs.: 6 mg – 30 mg CBD
- 70 lbs.: 7 mg – 35 mg CBD
- 80 lbs.: 8 mg – 40 mg CBD
- 90 lbs.: 9 mg – 45 mg CBD
How Soon Will CBD Start Working?
As a general rule of thumb, you can expect it to take around 30 minutes for CBD to take effect, but as our dogs can’t tell us if they are feeling better or worse, you will have to be vigilant. We recommend that you keep a journal for the first couple of weeks so that you can track your pup’s progress. This will allow you to make any adjustments based on the evidence you have gathered.
A Word on Tolerance
With time, it is only natural that your dog might build up a tolerance to CBD. That means that a dose that worked well previously might need to be increased after a period of time in order to experience the same positive improvements. This is nothing to worry about. It just means that your dog’s body has become over acclimatized to the current dosage and you need to give him a bit more, so start increasing the dose gradually if you notice that the effects are not as prominent.
If in doubt, consult your vet before making any changes or inform yourself further by reading informative and accurate material on CBD products.