16 Jan What Not to do When Giving your Pets CBD
There are several ways to go about giving your pets CBD. The approach to take involves having a conversation with your vet first. Then you need to find the right CBD product to offer to your pet. The product that you choose should also come with dosing instructions or the manufacturer, like Pet Health CBD, should have a dosing guide available.
Don’t Give Your Pets Whole CBD Treats
Unless you are making your own CBD pet treats and are controlling the dose yourself, it’s best to avoid CBD pet treats. This is mainly because the dose may not be appropriate for your specific pet. As we always stress, pets need an exact dose. It can be nearly impossible to determine the right dose from a pre-made CBD pet treat.
For example, if you have a 10 pound pet and the treat has 5 mg of CBD in it – this is too much. There are 3 tiers of doses for pets, small, median and maximum. The small dose is 0.05 mg per pound, so for your pet, that would be 0.5 mg twice a day. The median dose is 0.125 mg per pound, so this would be 1.25 mg twice a day. The maximum dose is 0.25 mg per pound, equating to 2.5 mg twice daily.
If your pet is taking the maximum dose of CBD, half of that pet treat would be the right amount to give them.
It is always best to start your pet out on the small dose and monitor them for a week or two before increasing the dose. When giving your pets CBD, it’s important to determine if it’s right for them first.
Don’t Guestimate your Pet’s Weight
As we mentioned before, pets need an exact dose based upon their weight. It is important to have your pet weighed before you start them on any pet CBD product. It is also important to purchase pet CBD products that do not provide one dose for a range of pounds. This can lead to improper dosing.
Pets can have a negative reaction if the dose of CBD is more than they need.
If your pet hasn’t been weighed in a while, pet stores that also have veterinary services within them will often allow you to just weigh your pet. Your vet’s office may also allow you to come in to weigh your pet without needing an appointment. It’s best to give them a call and find out.
Don’t Increase Dose Frequency Without Vet Approval
For some pets, microdosing is a better option. It can be difficult to break up even smaller doses than a starter dose. This requires dedication on your part and purchasing the proper dropper that has those smaller measurements on it. Always discuss decreasing dose size but increasing dose frequency with your vet first. Not all vets are comfortable discussing CBD, some don’t have the knowledge and some just aren’t permitted to.
We hope that this guide will help you go about giving your pets CBD the right way. When giving your pets CBD, it’s important to follow these guidelines. You want your pet to have the best experience with CBD possible, and that requires a little work on your end too.