Just like determining the best CBD dosage for humans, CBD dosing for dogs depends on a number of factors. Because CBD works by interacting with the body’s natural receptors, everyone, and every pet, reacts differently to it.
Some are more sensitive than others and need smaller doses for the same effect. For that reason, starting with a minimum dose and working your way up until you achieve your wanted effects is recommended.
That being said, you need to know why you are giving your dog CBD. Is it for anxiety, digestive issues, nausea, heart problems and seizures? There are a range of conditions that can benefit from using CBD, but you’ll need to compare your dog’s baseline symptoms to how he or she is feeling after using CBD to determine the best dosage.
And finally, your dog’s weight matters, at least to come extent. Two 50-pound dogs may react differently to the same dose of CBD, but your dog’s weight will give you a good idea of about how much CBD he will need to feel the positive effects.
How long does it take for CBD oil to work for dogs?
Like humans, it takes dogs about 3–7 days to feel the noticeable effects of CBD. So if you don’t feel like it’s working right away — stick with it for at least a week before giving up. If you started at a minimum dose and don’t notice any changes within this time, try increasing the dose about every three days until your dog’s symptoms begin to subside.
So what’s the right CBD dosage for your dog?
Most pet care companies recommend 0.5- to 5 milligrams of CBD for every 10 pounds of body weight.
Here’s a rundown of the recommended starting dose for your dog according to his or her weight:
5 pounds: 0.25 milligrams
10 pounds: 0.5 milligrams
20 pounds: 1 milligram
40 pounds: 2 milligrams
60 pounds: 3 milligrams
80 pounds: 4 milligrams
100 pounds: 5 milligrams
120 pounds: 6 milligrams
Begin with these starting doses and increase the dosage by 0.5 milligrams after 3 days if symptoms haven’t improved. You may have to increase the dosage a few times before you find the “sweet spot” for your dog, so give it some time and patience if you don’t notice positive results right away. And an interesting tidbit — consuming more CBD than your body needs may be less effective than consuming just the right amount. So it’s worth taking the time to find the right dosage for your pooch.