Since the Farm Bill legalized hemp in 2018, things have progressed quickly, and buying CBD products for your cat or dog is trending. With its popularity, people are wondering what dosage of CBD is good enough for their furry friend.

CBD dosing is a big question amongst pet parents who want to start adding CBD supplements to their pet's menu. After all, the correct dosage can make a difference (or none at all) in your pet's reaction to the natural product. 

We help answer your questions about CBD potency and give you a basic formula for correct CBD dosing depending on your pet's body weight.

Benefits of CBD Oil for Pets

When it comes to caring for one's pet, we want to see a process of "diagnose, treat, cure." But it's not always that simple. Sometimes the treatment phase doesn't end, or we need to shift our focus to preventative care to avoid severe health conditions.

Using CBD oil has gained a lot of attention for the number of benefits that have been presented in humans. Dogs have the same endocannabinoid system and respond to a healthy CBD dosage to bring balance to various functions in the body. 

Here are a few ways that CBD can naturally give your pet a health pick-me-up:

  • Immune function: CBD may help the body's immune response and assists normal cardiovascular, immune, and neurological functions.

  • May help discomfort: CBD may soothe occasional stiffness, soreness and encourage a normal inflammatory response. 

  • Mobility support: CBD may help maintain strong bone and joint function. It can promote healthy joints and connective tissue.

  • Antioxidant support: CBD may fight free radicals, support cellular support, and protect body cells and tissues. 

  • Eases stress responses and hyperactivity: CBD may calm your dog in environmentally stressful situations. It may help maintain contentment during separation, travel, motion sickness, or tension caused by changes in your pet's routine.

  • Skin health: Topical or ingested use of CBD oil may assist with seasonal or occasional allergies and skin reactions. CBD may help maintain the typical moisture content of sensitive or dry skin.

How Much CBD Oil Should I Give My Dog?

There are a few variables to determining the right CBD dosage for dogs. First, you need to know your pet's weight. Small pets will receive less than a large dog. Once you know this vital piece of information, you can follow the manufacturer's dosing guidelines on their packaging. 

Other influencing factors for dosing your dog are age and ailment. 

The life stage of your pet plays a role in the amount of CBD that they need. Puppies will be less sensitive to CBD. They'll therefore tolerate and require a higher dodge than an old furry friend. Monitor sensitivity, starting with a low dose, and increase using your judgment. 

What health condition is your pet struggling with? Uncomfortable skin conditions? Discomfort due to aging? Stress when you leave home?

If you're giving CBD to your dog for more than just immune support, then you may want to try a higher dose to achieve the desired result. For something like stiffness and discomfort, increased dosing frequency may be necessary.

In comparison, a pet who needs help calming down for a trip to the veterinarian could do with the occasional dose to ease their fear.

Can You Give Your Dog Too Much CBD Oil?

Yes, you can give your dog too much CBD oil. With hemp-derived CBD, there is no concern that your pet will get high. Without the presence of THC, your dog will experience no hallucinogenic effects. Hemp CBD is completely safe. 

However, too much of a good thing can still upset our systems, hence our encouragement to follow dosage guidelines for your pet's weight. 

A dog who ingests too much CBD can show side effects such as lethargy, excessive thirst, diarrhea, and lowered blood pressure. Help your pet by giving them fresh water, letting them sleep it off, and giving them a smaller amount of CBD next time. 

Following a few weeks of a stable CBD dosage, you can increase it if need be and see if the side effects return or if their tolerance has improved. Since pets cannot vocalize their discomfort, make sure you know the correct CBD dosage for your dog. 

CBD Oil for Dogs Dose Calculator

"How much CBD oil should I give my pet?" We're glad you've asked. A CBD dosage calculator like this one can help you to determine how much CBD your doggo can take. General dosage guidelines fall within the range of 1-5mg of CBD per 10lbs of body weight. 

  • A dog of 20 lbs (like a Dachshund) could receive anywhere from 2-10mg of CBD a day. 

  • A bulldog around 40 lbs can tolerate around 4-20mg of CBD per dose.

  • Your average-sized Basset Hound, with a weight of 60 lbs, can tolerate 6-30 mg of CBD.

  • A hefty Irish wolfhound with a weight of 120 lbs can have around 12 - 60 mg of CBD.

Of course, if you're buying CBD oil, you might be wondering how many milligrams of CBD is in a full dropper of oil so that you can calculate an appropriate dosage amount. We all get distracted, and counting out drops can be a pain. Here is a breakdown of the amount of CBD in each of our oils here at Honest Paws:

  • Our 125 mg strength CBD oil contains 4 mg of CBD in a full dropper (1mL). Ideal for small dogs under 25 lbs.

  • The 250 mg strength CBD oil contains 8 mg of CBD in a full 1mL dropper. Ideal for medium dogs between 25-50 lbs. 

  • The 500 mg strength CBD oil contains 16 mg of CBD in a full 1 mL dropper dose. Great for large dogs over 50 lbs. 

  • Our extra strength 1000 mg CBD oil contains 33 mg of CBD in one full dropper of 1 mL.  

How to Give CBD Oil to Your Dog 

You can dose your pet daily or every eight hours, depending on your pet's specific need. But how? The fastest way to see results would be to administer it sublingually, under your dog's tongue. Offering an oil at mealtime can also be great, as you'll be reminded to give them their daily dose with their dog food.

Is your pup skeptical of the CBD tincture? Why not try some of Honest Paw's other CBD pet products:

  • CBD Peanut Butter is tasty and easy to give to pets. Put it in their toy Kong, or give it to them as a treat. One tablespoon of Honest Paws CBD Peanut Butter contains 5 mg of CBD.

  • CBD Chews and Bites - All Honest Paws chews and bites contain 5 mg of CBD per piece. 

Potency Level: Which is Right 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 tincture bottles contain the same amount of oil. However, the potency varies. A more potent dose means that you can give your pet fewer mg of CBD if they're on a higher strength than if you bought the lowest potency.

We recommend choosing a potency level based on your dog's weight and then giving your dog 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) can tolerate 25 mg – 35 mg per dose, then you will get more bang for your buck in the extra strong 1000 mg bottle, which gives 33 mg in a full dropper.

If you were to buy the 125mg strength CBD, your dog would need about seven droppers worth of oil per dose, which would mean your dog would use up the oil within 4 or 5 days! With a more potent amount, the tincture will last longer. 

Can I Try a Higher Potency Level for My Dog?

Pet owners may decide to add the extra strength dose of CBD oil to their shopping cart. Here is why that may be a good idea:

It's More Cost-Effective

For example, the 125mg potency level of Calm CBD Oil for Dogs is $39.95. Essentially, you'll pay $39.95 for a 30-day supply of CBD, with your small dog receiving 4mg of CBD per day. However, the 500mg potency level of the same CBD oil is only $79.95.

This means you'll pay $79.95 for a four-month supply of CBD since each full dropper from this bottle (1mL) contains 16mg of CBD—four times the amount! Essentially, for double the price, you're getting an extra three months of use out of the CBD! (When administrating the CBD, you would give your small dog a quarter a dropper, 0.25 mL, instead of the full dropper, to meet their 4mg daily dose). 

This is also beneficial if you are dosing a few dogs of different weights. Just be sure to know each dog's weight and dosage needs. 

It also provides a more robust potency of CBD, which can be great for particular ailments.

Another reason pet parents want to give their dog a higher potency level is to provide their pet with an 'extra-strength' dose of CBD. Suppose your dog is dealing with chronic discomfort due to aging difficulties, or they're undergoing harsh medical treatment that may be damaging their cells. In that case, a healthy dose of CBD can support their cellular health. 

Choosing the Right CBD Oil: Why Honest Paws is Top Dog 

Pet owners are easily caught out by CBD brands that make insubstantial claims on their products and then price them competitively. Be careful when buying CBD products. 

As with most things, good oils will support your pet's health and wellness. And there are weak products that are impure and contain pesticides, fungicides, or solvents. Or worse, the CBD was extracted from marijuana and contains THC that is toxic for your dog.

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. Farming practices will influence the final product, and hemp sprayed with harsh chemicals, negate using CBD for wellness. 

  • What's the general opinion on the brand? Reputation speaks volumes, but don't just check the google reviews. The Better Business Bureau credits businesses for their ethical practices, so look for companies that they endorse. A company should also be in good standing with the Food and Drug Administration. 

  • Have you seen their lab results? Ok, this may seem nit-picky, but since cannabis is still such a controversial area, a lab result is essential. A Certificate of Analysis (COA) can show you how much THC and other cannabinoids their products contain. Remember, hemp has 0.3% or less THC in it. 

  • Is the price right? Keep in mind that the extraction process will affect the cost of your product. A CBD oil extracted with CO2 Extraction to provide full-spectrum oil may be pricey, but it's the best that hemp has to offer! Can a cheaply priced oil tick all the boxes above? It's unlikely.

Here at Honest Paws, we tick all those boxes. We're completely transparent about the contents and process to achieve high-quality products. We use 100% pure full-spectrum CBD hemp oil from hemp plants cultivated in Colorado.

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! 

If your pet needs care for his mobility, stress levels, discomfort, or general wellness and immune system, we've added other natural ingredients to our products to add to the incredible health benefits for your furbaby.

CBD Oil Dosage – Achieving Balance

Remember, CBD is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure your pet. It's important to take them to the veterinarian still if they have health concerns.

Natural products like CBD can interact with medications, so speak to your vet about your consideration to add CBD for their well-being care. Your vet may be neutral on the topic, but it's good for them to be aware of anything your pet is ingesting. 

Now that you know some dosing rules, we invite you to explore our CBD products collection here. We target the conditions that parents seek for their pet. Keep in mind that you want to achieve a balance between wellness support and your pet's tolerance for CBD. Refer to the dosage calculator when your pet is struggling.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I calculate how much CBD oil my dog needs?

General dosage guidelines fall within the range of 1-5mg of CBD per 10lbs of body weight. Start with less and gradually increase it. 

How do I give My Dog CBD Oil?

The fastest way to see results would be to administer it sublingually, under your dog's tongue. Offering an oil at mealtime can also be great, as you'll be reminded to give them their daily dose with their dog food. 

Is CBD Oil Safe for Dogs?

Hemp CBD oil is entirely safe. You can give your dog too much CBD oil, resulting in diarrhea, low blood pressure, and lethargy. However, with hemp-derived CBD, which contains 0.3% or less THC, there is no concern that your pet may get high.