11 Dec CBD Dosage Guide for Pets
Using CBD to treat some of your pet’s ailments may be something you’re interested. Since it’s a fairly new topic for veterinarians, many may not know how much you should be giving your pet. A new law in California allows pet owners to discuss CBD use for your pet but they can’t prescribe it. This CBD dosage guide for pets will get you started on the right track.
Knowing your Pet’s Weight
Knowing your pet’s weight is very important. When you take your pet to the vet, make sure to note their weight. This will help you determine the dose of CBD that your pet needs.
If you don’t have an appointment with your vet soon it is a good idea to purchase a digital scale to have at home.
Make sure you have an accurate weight for your pet before administering CBD products.
It is ideal to start your pet out with a small dose. A suggested small dose for pets is 0.05 mg per pound administered twice daily. For example, if your pet is 5 pounds, a starting small dose would be 0.25 mg twice a day.
The twice daily administration is suggested for the management of chronic ailments such as seizure and inflammation disorders.
CBD products in oil form may be difficult to administer but may also help your pet faster. Their bodies can metabolize the liquid faster as well.
Stay on a schedule of small doses for a week and monitor your pet. Their behavior should let you know if this dose is working for them.
If the CBD oil does not come with a measured dose dropper, ask your vet for a measured dose syringe. Make sure it is in milligrams so that you can measure the appropriate dose.
If the smaller dose does not seem to be enough, the dose can be increased to 0.125 mg per pound twice daily. This is considered to be a moderate dose.
A strong dose is 0.25 mg per pound. This is the maximum dose suggested for pets. The same dosing time frame is suggested – twice daily.
Increasing Dosage Frequencies
If the dosages you are giving your pet aren’t lasting long enough, it may be a good idea to talk to your vet about increasing the frequency of the dose. Some pets may require more frequent doses. Your vet may suggest the small or moderate dose more frequently – such as every 3-4 hours.
Administering Capsules and Treats
CBD capsules and treats may be easier to administer to your pet – especially cats since they tend to dislike CBD tinctures due to their flavor. The dosage is the same regardless of the type of product you are giving your pet. Figuring out how to calculate the dosage is a little different with capsules and treats.
For example – if a capsule is 25mg and your pet needs a 1.25 mg dose, you’ll cut the capsule into 5 pieces. Then, you’ll divide that piece into 4 pieces.
With pet treats, if a single treat is 5mg, you’ll divide it into 4 pieces to provide a strong dose for a 5-pound pet.
As we suggested, do your best to get an accurate weight on your pet so that you can calculate an accurate dose of CBD . Start small and increase necessary. If your pet only requires a dose due to a condition such as anxiety, administering an oil about 30 minutes prior to exposure is ideal. Capsules and treats should be administered a little bit longer prior to exposure to allow them to digest. For these, it is suggested to give your pet the dose of a capsule or treat about 45 minutes prior to exposure.