18 Dec Knowing When to Increase your Pet’s Dose of CBD
Since a veterinarian cannot prescribe CBD for pets, it might be difficult to know if your pet needs more. In California, vets will soon be able to discuss CBD use with pet owners, but won’t be able to prescribe or endorse any online headshop companies. In this guide we’ll give you a few tips to help you determine if you need to increase your pet’s dose of CBD.
Observe Small Doses for 1 Week
It is suggested that your pet starts with the low-dose first, which is 0.05 mg/lb. For a 5-pound pet, this would be 0.25 mg. This dose should be administered twice daily.
Things to look for to know if this dosage is working:
- Improved movement
- Increased activity
- Better digestion (better urination/defecation habits)
- Improved mood
- Decreased agitation
- Reduction in seizures
It will depend on what condition you are administering the CBD oil to your pet for in regards to what symptoms to look for improvements in.
If your pet has separation anxiety or another type of anxiety disorder, it may be a good idea to setup a “pet cam” in your home to see if behaviors while they are alone are improving. The pet may be feeling more comfortable, but may still be displaying some anxious behaviors that you may not be able to detect happen due to them being non-destructive actions.
Moving up to a Stronger Dosage
As we explained in our previous article, CBD Dosage Guide for Pets, a moderate dose of CBD is 0.125 mg/lb. For a 5-pound pet, this would increase the dose to 0.625 mg twice a day. Your pet should again be monitored for a week to see if their symptoms improve with the increased dose.
Try to make the changes to doses on the weekend or your off-days so that you can be home to see how your pet reacts. It is easier to see if symptoms are improving if you are home to witness how your pet moves, behaves and responds to the CBD.
The Maximum Dose
If after two weeks your pet is still not showing improvement from taking CBD, it may be time to step up to the maximum dose. The maximum dose for pets is 0.25 mg/lb. For a 5-pound pet, this is 1.25 mg and should be administered twice daily.
Again, observe your pet’s behavior for one week.
Increasing Dosage Frequency
If you have given your pet the maximum dose of CBD twice a day for a week but changes in symptom severity aren’t noticed, it may be a good idea to schedule a visit with the vet. Your vet may suggest a lower dose but an increase in frequency to 3 or 4 times a day.
Some pets may need smaller doses more frequently to have good control over their symptoms.
It is important to discuss the addition of CBD to your pet’s treatment plan with your vet first. Your vet can help you decide if CBD is a good option for your pet. CBD may not be an option for every pet.