If you thought dosing CBD oil for humans was tricky, try figuring out the right dose for your dog! While CBD isn’t a “dangerous” supplement for pets, too much CBD could provoke unwanted side effects. On the other hand, if you don’t give enough CBD oil to your dog, you probably won’t see the results you’re looking for. 

Unfortunately, there’s no precise science for figuring out the perfect dose for your four-legged friend. Every dog has a unique biology that will react to CBD differently. However, if you follow the general guidelines below, you should have a successful time experimenting with CBD for your pup.

Before Dosing, Be Sure You’ve Got Pet-Approved CBD! 

Right out of the gate, you must use pet-approved CBD oils for dogs. While this may sound obvious, there are plenty of people who feed human-grade CBD products to their pets. 

It’s not “bad” to use high-quality standard CBD oils for dogs, but it’s not optimal. Please remember that every traditional CBD oil isn’t made with a dog’s physiology in mind. Only pet-grade CBD oils have been tested to ensure there are no potentially harmful substances for dogs. Also, these CBD extracts should have canine-certified dosing instructions. 

Follow The Tried-And-True “Low & Slow” Model 

Once you’ve got your dog-approved CBD oil, you should read the official label for accurate dosing instructions. Always stick with the minimum dose, and slowly increase by a few milligrams each day. You should also keep track of each time you’re using CBD oil on your dog and record any symptoms you notice. 

Often, people who’ve never given hemp CBD to their dog start with a dose of 2 mg of CBD for every 10 pounds they weigh. So, if you have a golden retriever that weighs about 60 pounds, you could start with 12 mg of CBD. Up this dosage each day by about 2 mg, and be sure to monitor your dog’s effects. 

Be Wary Of “Drowsy Doggie” CBD Side Effects! 

As you’re slowly upping the dosage of dog-approved CBD oil, please be on the lookout for any allergic reactions or side effects. CBD is generally well-tolerated by healthy dogs, but it could provoke adverse reactions such as diarrhea, nausea, or tiredness.  

You can reduce the risk of adverse CBD side effects by slowly and subtly adding CBD to your dog’s lifestyle. However, every dog reacts to this cannabinoid differently, so be prepared to reduce your dosage if you notice these symptoms.

Also, please never feed CBD oil to your dogs if they’re already on medications. CBD can interact with certain prescription pills and mess up their effectiveness.   

Please Ask Your Vet For Professional Pooch-Related CBD Guidance 

CBD has great promise for many common issues senior dogs (and senior humans!) experience. However, you should talk with a professional veterinarian before adding CBD to your dog’s diet.

Thankfully, now that CBD is so prevalent in the pet care industry, vets are more informed about safely feeding CBD to your pets. Please never hesitate to ask your vet how CBD could benefit your dog’s health. You can also always check RealTestedCBD.com to see which CBD pet products rank at the top of our lists!

Dr. Igor Bussel, M.D., M.S., M.H.A
Dr. Igor Bussel, M.D., M.S., M.H.A is a clinician-scientist and ophthalmic surgeon. Before attending Chicago Medical School, he worked as a Research Scientist in a Healthspan Pharmacology Laboratory at University of California, Irvine focused on investigating the impact of botanical extracts and dietary supplements that can slow the aging process and add healthy years to human life.

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