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cbd oil for dogs arthritis dosage

Importantly, you must know how many milligrams per milliliter (or bottle) is in your pet’s CBD product. Reputable companies should have mg/ml or total bottle mg count and volume right on the label. At VetCS, we make easy dosing instructions available on every bottle. Week 1 dose is 2mg/kg and Week 2+ dose is 1mg/kg.

Example: 45 pound border collie with joint pain. Divide 45lb by 2.2 and you get 20.45kg. 20-40milligrams of CBD would be appropriate.

How often should you dose CBD? Research has shown that the half-life range in dogs given CBD oil is 3-4.2 hours. (3,4) That means dosing twice daily is best for your pup. However, when using CBD to relieve anxiety (car trips, thunderstorms, etc), simply dosing 30 minutes before an anticipated stressful event is all you need to give. For other conditions such as mobility issues, seizures, and decreased appetite, twice daily dosing is recommended to best help your dog.

To avoid conversion, you can use 0.45-0.9 milligrams per pound CBD. Multiply by the dogs weight (in this case, 45lb) and you will also get 20-40 milligrams of CBD per dose.

If you are wondering when and how to use CBD oil for your dog, you’re not alone! Luckily we have some controlled research to help guide us in our decision for dosing hemp and CBD products for dogs. (1, 2)

Going back to the border collie, if you bought a 1200mg bottle of CBD oil and it’s total volume is 30ml, then that formula is 40mg/ml. We wanted 20-40mg CBD per dose, so you would give 0.5-1ml twice daily to help the joint pain. We often recommend the higher dosing amount (1ml in this case) for moderate to severe pain.

Based on the latest research about CBD use in dogs, we know that 1-2 milligrams per kilogram CBD is a good starting point for most dogs. Now, use the dog’s weight to determine how that might look:

The Cornell study based its CBD dose on how much each of the dogs weighed. This makes sense; humans are often prescribed medications in doses that will be most effective based on their weight, too. Whether a dog owner should exceed the twice daily 2mg/ kilogram CBD dose should be considered in consultation with their veterinarian. He or she might have relevant information about the individual dog’s overall health and the condition for which the treatment is sought.

Research into the most effective pet-specific CBD dosage is becoming more common in the scientific community, with universities and the American Kennel Association working hard to obtain more information. At this time, though, no generally agreed upon standards have been developed. However, a 2018 clinical study from Cornell University used the CBD oil dosages of 2mg/ kilogram and 8mg / kilogram, twice per day for four weeks, for each dog during its research into the treatment of osteo-arthritis pain. They found that the lower dose was effective to increase the comfort and activity of the dogs, with no reported adverse side effects.

Fortunately, one of the most attractive features of CBD – for both humans and their animal companions – is that “CBD” and “overdose” are two words rarely used together.

Can Dogs Overdose on CBD?

When considering the most beneficial CBD dosing, a dog owner may wonder whether it is possible for their dog to overdose on CBD. Fortunately, one of the most attractive features of CBD – for both humans and their animal companions – is that “CBD” and “overdose” are two words rarely used together. It is a generally recognized fact that CBD taken in large quantities will not cause an “overdose” for which any sort of medical treatment would be required because any excess CBD in the system is simply excreted. However, pet owners must take into consideration the fact that it is possible for CBD to contain THC. Of course, any amount of THC is not recommended for dogs, given its intoxicating and psychoactive effects. So, the question of overdosing – on THC – becomes one of product choice.

CBD has been steadily gaining a reputation among people interested in improving their health and wellness because of its reported effectiveness in the treatment of a wide variety of medical conditions, from pain and inflammation to seizures, anxiety and sleep challenges. If these medical conditions in humans can be effectively treated with CBD, could they also be treated in dogs?

Given the newness of CBD products for pets, it is understandable that pet owners might have questions about the most appropriate or effective CBD dosage.

The short answer is yes, with many studies backing this up (more on those below the dosage chart). While CBD oil for dogs is not down to a science, we’ve provided a general consensus in the chart below. We recommend starting on the lower to mid dosage (twice per day) and increasing the dosage to the “High” level after 2-4 weeks if your dog is still showing symptoms.

Each dose—whether from oil or biscuits—lasts from 4-8 hours. That’s a big spread, we know, but the duration can vary a lot depending on your pet’s size, activity level, breed, and the severity of their symptoms. But as a good rule of thumb: older pups tend to take longer than younger ones to digest food.

If you’re using our CBD Oils , remember that they come in different concentrations. The amount listed on the label is the total amount of CBD in the whole bottle and not a per-dose amount. So, for example, one 30ml bottle of 600mg CBD Hemp Oil contains 600 total milligrams of CBD, with each 0.25ml dose delivering 5mg of CBD, or enough for a 50 lbs. pup. If this seems confusing, don’t worry! Our bottles have dosage charts right there on the label and every dropper is clearly marked. Between the two, it’ll be super easy for you to figure out how much oil to use.

Use our handy CBD Dosage Chart to find the perfect amount for your pup!

How Long Does CBD Last For?

CBD takes 30-45 minutes to start working. As a rule, oils tend to kick in a little faster than biscuits or treat just because there are fewer ingredients for furry bellies to break down first. But there’s no difference in effectiveness between the two.

Our Peanut Butter + Apple CBD Infused Wellness Dog Biscuits come in a few different per-biscuit dosages. These yummy treats can be hard to break into smaller servings, so we recommend buying the per-biscuit dose that’s best for your own pupper and feeding them a whole one each time.

Every dog and cat is different. They come in all shapes and sizes. That’s what we love about them! But it does mean that when it comes to CBD, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. It might take some experimenting to find the right amount to give your own fuzzballs. That’s okay—CBD is safe and natural, so no worries if your pet gets a little more or less than needed while you figure things out.

In many cases, your pet will tell you if it’s time for more. You’ll notice they’re having symptoms again, and you can come to the rescue with a dropper or a biscuit. They’ll be grateful when you do!