We have some controlled research to help guide us in dosing hemp and CBD products for dogs. 1-2 milligrams per kilogram CBD is a good starting point for most dogs. The general rule of thumb for a starting dosage for dogs is 1mg of CBD per 10 pounds of animal weight, twice a day. This is considered a medium dosage starting point. The chart at the bottom shows how many drops are needed to give this starting dosage based on Max & Neo CBD oil bottles which come in 30ml bottles. A
What dose of CBD oil do I use for my dog?
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)
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Remember that dosing is dependent on condition as well. Dogs with anxiety typically respond to much lower doses of CBD (0.25-0.5mg/kg) than dogs continuing to have seizures despite numerous pharmaceuticals. In these instances, talking to your veterinarian is best with pets that are already on medications. Alternatively, our team at VetCS can help you determine dosing, just contact us by phone, email, or chat!
CBD Oil Dosage Chart for Dogs and Cats
The general rule of thumb for a starting dosage for dogs is 1mg of CBD per 10 pounds of animal weight, twice a day.
This is considered a medium dosage starting point. The chart at the bottom shows how many drops are needed to give this starting dosage based on Max & Neo CBD oil bottles which come in 30ml bottles.
A full dropper is 1ml and contains about 20 drops. You can increase your dog’s dosage up to 2-3 times the amount if you are not seeing any results.
How many mg are in each drop of my CBD oil bottle?
An easy way to figure this out with any bottle is that you can assume that a 30ml (1oz) bottle, which is the size most brands sell, contains about 900-950 drops. For simplicity, we round this up to 1000 drops and we would still be 90-95% accurate.
So if there are 1000 drops in a bottle, and the bottle is a 1000mg bottle.
The math is: 1000mg divided by 1000drops = 1mg/drop
If you have a 250mg bottle, then there is 0.25mg per drop, and so on.
How many drops are in my dropper?
If you are tired of counting out 40 drops, then realize that most droppers will contain 20 drops when you give the bulb a regular squeeze.
A full dropper doesn’t mean that the liquid goes all the way to the top. If you notice the dropper on the right, 1ml is only about 60% of the way up the dropper.
If your dropper doesn’t have the ml marks, just know that 1ml is about 60% up the stem.
Did you know that for every bottle you purchase Max&Neo Donates a Bottle to the dog rescue of your choice?
Just select the rescue from the dropdown menu when you are purchasing a bottle and we will send them a matching bottle!
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