If you’re reading this, you may have decided to try CBD oil for your dog and are wondering how much you should give him.

CBD is not a regulated veterinary drug, and there are no established dosage amounts for dogs. Research into the use of CBD oil for dogs is still in its infancy, and recommendations on how much to give your dog are based on a very small handful of studies, personal experience by a veterinarian, or manufacturer recommendations.

  • A good starting point for general well-being for your dog is 1-2mg of CBD per 10 lbs. For example, if you have a 30 lb dog, start him out with 3mg per dose.
  • For dogs who are experiencing severe health problems, you may want to give your dog a higher dose, starting with 2-3 mg for every 10 lbs of weight.

Most importantly, understand that while CBD oils may help your dog, they should never replace timely medical care for him. If your dog is suffering, do not prolong seeking the advice of a veterinarian in order to see whether or not the CBD oil is “working” for him.

CBD Dosage for Dogs Tips:

Take it slow. Every dog is different and you are essentially experimenting on him. Therefore, it’s critical for you to watch him closely for any warning signs until you have established the dosage for him that you feel works.  During your trial period, make sure your dog feels safe. Ensure the home environment is soothing and peaceful for him, as a dog who has had too much CBD oil may be nervous and overly sensitive to noises and light.

  • The dosage for your dog will depend on how potent your CBD oil is- be sure to read the label.
  • Always use a syringe or dropper with clearly marked measurements on it.
  • Most pets will begin to respond to CBD oil within an hour, and depending on the potency and type of oil, it should last between 4-8 hours before his body breaks it down. 
  • Give your dog time to respond, and it may take a few days, especially if he is not feeling well.
  • Don’t give your dog CBD oil that is not meant specifically for pets!
  • If your dog is on other medications or supplements, check with your vet to ensure there will not be any negative interactions with CBD oil.


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How to Give Your Dog CBD:

The best way to dose CBD oil is under the tongue. Some pet parents recommend putting the drops in his mouth and gently hold his snout shut for a few seconds. This may or may not work well. Other alternative methods include:

  • Apply the CBD oil to a dried treat or a few bits of his kibble, let it absorb, then feed it to him.
  • Mix the CBD oil with his food. 
  • You can buy a pre-mixed, all natural CBD peanut butter oil from Honest Paws or cbdMD. 

If your dog absolutely hates the taste of it, you may want to try CBD in capsule form.


Ask Your Veterinarian (Maybe)

You may be able to talk to your veterinarian about dosage for your dog but understand that they may not be able to discuss it with you, depending on what state you live in. Many vets may be concerned about the legal repercussions of talking about CBD with owners of dogs under their care. If you are not sure, you can ask your vet, just be prepared if they indicate they are unable to discuss specifics with you.

Veterinarians have a fine line to walk between providing information to clients and patients and compliance with the law. Recommending or selling products not approved by the FDA with unsubstantiated benefits/therapeutic claims poses a significant legal risk.

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Even if your veterinarian is unable to recommend dosages for you, if you choose to use CBD oil for your dog, you should tell them that you would like to give CBD oil to your dog. CBD may affect how your dog’s existing medications are absorbed and metabolized by his liver. He may end up not getting enough medication or too much, depending on how the CBD or other cannabinoid in the oil affects his body.


Warning Signs of an Overdose or Toxicity:

Some dogs may have marijuana toxicity after taking a CBD oil product. There may be THC contamination or worse, synthetic cannabinoids in the oil. Humans may act funny when they are high. You may enjoy the euphoria of THC, but it could be distressing for your dog. Studies have shown adverse effects on dogs given THC.

For a dog, THC/marijuana ingestion can be a terrifying experience, and in some cases, a fatal one.

Here are some of the warning signs:

  • Lethargic or depressed behavior
  • Hyperactivity or erratic movements
  • Loss of balance/walking as if they are drunk
  • Abnormality in breathing or panting
  • Dribbling urine or complete loss of bladder
  • Sensitivity to light and noise
  • Sudden barking, whining, or other unusual vocalization

Even if marijuana or CBD oil usage is illegal where you live, be honest with your veterinarian about what you gave your dog so they can give him appropriate treatment. Your dog may need to have his stomach cleared or be given medication to help him be comfortable and recover.