CBD dosages for your canine companion

Last blog I wrote about the benefits of CBD oil for dogs, or anyone else for that matter. Dogs with seizures, arthritis, separation anxiety, IBS, etc benefit from this product. So this blog is about dosages. First, let's get the basics:

1 ml = 1cc

30 ml = 1 oz

Suggested dosages are :

Low- .022mg/lb-.05mg/kg

Medium - .068mg/lb-.15mg/kg

Strong- .136mg/lb - .30 mg/kg

30 ml = 1380 drops = 125 mg CBD

1ml = 46 drops

23 drops = 2.0mg CBD

1 drop = 0.099mg CBD

So if your pet is 25 lbs this how you calculate how much to give him/her.

Concentration 125 mg

25lb X 0.022mg/Lb = 0.55 mg

0.55mg/ 0.09mg/drop = 6 drops

Suggested dosage is 6 drops for a 25 lb pet

Concentration 750 mg

Low - .022mg/lb

Average - .068/lb/.15mg

Strong - .1360 drops = 750 mg

Calculating dosage for a 70 lb pet:

70lb X 0.022mg/lb = 1.54 mg

1.54mg/0.54mg/drop = 3 drops

You may be wondering what the right CBD dosage for pets looks like.

The first step in determining the correct dosage is to check out our handy little calculator. It’s pretty simple: in just three steps you’ll know the minimum, average, and maximum daily dose we recommend for your pet.

  • The first step is to input the size of your bottle in ml.

  • The second step is to enter the total mg of CBD that is in the bottle.

  • Last, but not least, enter your pet’s weight in lbs.

As you can see by the last part, figuring out the CBD dosage for dogs can be trickier if they are a bit on the bigger side. What’s nice about dosing CBD is you have a ballpark that you can work within, so even if your pup has put on some weight since his last visit to the vet, as long as you don’t exceed the maximum daily dose you’ll be good.

To determine the maximum daily dose, we recommend that you do not give more than 1 mg/kg or 1 mg per 2.2 lbs.

Figuring out the correct CBD dosage for pets will largely be up to you, as the owner. You know your pet best. Make sure to keep an eye on him for a few hours after you first administer CBD; pay attention to the effects it has so you know how to adjust the dose to maximize the benefits.

Besides just showing you the minimum, average, and maximum dose, our calculator will tell you roughly how many drops your CBD bottle contains, the concentration of your CBD bottle, and the concentration of the CBD itself.

The CBD dosage calculator is a handy little tool that helps you improve your pet’s health.

In our personal experience and what we hear from our pet parents, we see most pet parents find a base dosage for the good days and then double or triple that dosage for the bad days. To explain, let’s say your dog has a chronic anxiety condition. On a good day, this may mean they are only mildly anxious and just need the edge taken off. The sky is blue with no rain clouds in sight, and fireworks are months away.

A bad day, however, could mean they woke up in a state of extreme anxiety or the sky is about to erupt with thunder. With the latter, you can predict if it will be a bad day or not, and many pet owners will administer a higher dosage in preparation. This is completely fine.

Dosing CBD doesn't have to be confusing!

In fact, some of the best advice we can offer is to monitor how your pet reacts to CBD and make adjustments accordingly. Unlike many drugs, there is little to worry about when increases dosages.

Some pets react well to low doses, while others need a good bit more. We always recommend watching for side effects or abnormalities whenever changing dosages, but if you see your pet reacting well to a higher dose, there is nothing to be concerned about.

Use the following guidelines for finding the average dosages. As well, you can use these same guidelines to find the correct CBD dosage for your cat, dog, horse, etc.

Weight and medical condition will determine how much CBD an animal can take not the species of said animal — CBD appears to affect all of us equally.

The dosage below are typically administered 1-3 times a day, and we recommend starting in the low tier once a day for the first week before moving up.

Hemp CBD Tier Dosage Guidelines:

  • Low Tier — 0.022 mg/lb or 0.05mg/kg

  • Average Tier — 0.068 mg/lb or 0.15 mg/kg

  • Strong Tier — 0.136 mg/lb or 0.30 mg/kg

How Much Hemp CBD For [Insert Medical Condition]?

How much CBD oil should I give my dog for anxiety? How much CBD for epilepsy or cancer? These are some of the most frequently asked questions we get, and we have an easy answer for you.

For preventive health and aging, the low tier of 0.022 mg/lb or 0.05mg/kg is a great place to start. There’s may be days that you want to increase to the medium tier to help with situational issues like stress or allergies. Most people will only administer CBD once and sometimes twice for preventive health. For all chronic medical conditions, a dosage that falls in the medium tier — 0.068 mg/lb or 0.15 mg/kg — is preferred by most pet owners. The one exception is clinical insomnia which is likely to require a dosage that falls into the strong tier. If your pet is not sleeping well due to pain, discomfort, etc. a medium tier dosage may be all that’s needed. Many report better sleep even with low doses of CBD because it helps with other medical issues that may prevent restful sleep.

Hemp CBD is biphasic, and with most dosages, it will have a slight stimulating effect — though it does not appear to be enough to keep your or your pet awake when trying to sleep.

What Happens If You Give Your Pet Too Much CBD?

If you give your pet too much CBD, you may notice that it makes them tired — where a lower dose may have given them a boost in their step. If you notice this side effect, there is little to nothing to worry about.

In fact, some pet owners purposely give their pets high doses of CBD to help with insomnia. Common side effects such as nausea or diarrhea may happen, but they are fairly rare and mild.

CYP45 Enzymes

The one side effect of concern with high doses of CBD is its affinity to temporarily inhibit enzymes that metabolize drugs in the liver — grapefruit does this as well.

As such, if your pet is on a dosage-sensitive prescription drug that’s metabolized in the liver, you’ll likely want to keep CBD dosages mild or low.

Your veterinarian will be able to help you monitor your pet to ensure that CBD’s relationship with the other drug is positive.

In many cases, a specific CBD dosage has led to a decrease in the other drug’s dosage with no increase of side effects.

Our CBD pet calculator will help you find the correct low and mild dosage based on your pet’s weight, and we absolutely recommend talking to your veterinarian first before doing this on your own. Last check out this article that explores the issue in-depth.

What’s Better For Dosage: CBD Oil, Treats, Capsules, etc?

If you’re looking for precise dosages, PurCBD+ oil/tincture is still your best option as capsules and treats will carry a one-size-fits-all dose.

However, this is not much of a concern as even extremely large doses are well tolerated by most pets with no signs of side effects. Another pro of the tincture is it’s fast absorption rate.

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