CBD has attracted much attention in terms of improving a wide range of issues affecting humans but it is also an increasingly common choice for dogs.
Dog owners report positive effects for issues such as seizures, muscle spasms, digestive issues, skin conditions, muscle pain, inflammations and much more.
So how much CBD can you give your dog?
All Dogs are different
No dog owner needs a reminder about this, but in terms of the amount of CBD a dog should be given it is critical to remember that dosage depends on the dog’s current state of health, the condition you are trying to improve, the dog’s weight and any other relevant information you or a vet may have.
Always consult a Veterinarian/Vet
Knowledge of your dog’s full medical history, current complaints and reactions to previous treatments are crucial to making the right decision about how much CBD might be helpful for your dog.
We always recommend you seek professional veterinary advice before using CBD.
What does the research show?
2mg per KG
Research on CBD for dogs and its safety performed by The College of Veterinary Science, Cornell University states that “No side effects were reported by owners” following the use of CBD oils at a rate of 2mg per KG (weight of dog) given every 12 hours.
However the same research did show increased levels of kidney enzymes which can be a supporting marker for kidney issues in dogs.
This illustrates the importance of professional guidance and close monitoring of your dog during any treatment plan.
Tolerance to 5mg per KG?
Researchers from the Department of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences from The University of Saskatchewan, Canada (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33134364/) found that dogs “tolerated” a THC/CBD blend (1:20 ratio) at doses of 2mg/per kilo (weight of do) and 5mg/per kilo (weight of dog) – the 5 mg doses were given in 5 phases, one every 12 hours.
The report goes on to underline that dog owners should be aware that the amount of CBD in different products, its quality and absorption rate can differ and therefore produce different results.
Again, it’s a reminder of the importance of informed decisions about the product you choose and the close monitoring that should be done once your dog is taking the CBD.
To reiterate our position, there is obviously some very encouraging feedback and hard research on the potential benefits of CBD for dogs.
We feel that you should always consult a veterinarian with experience of prescribing CBD so that you can start any treatment with the full knowledge of what to expect and of any signs of adverse effects.