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So, you’ve learned that CBD can help your four-legged friend. As more people recognize the myriad benefits of CBD, many are discovering its potential to help our beloved pets feel better as well. With so many products on the market, though, it can be confusing to get started with CBD. Let’s take a look at how to develop the proper regimen for your pet.

What Exactly is CBD?

CBD is short for cannabidiol, which is derived from the cannabis plant. Unlike THC, though, CBD does not produce a high. It naturally interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system to reduce inflammation; regulate sleep, anxiety, and pain; and promote the body’s own restorative qualities. That makes it an excellent candidate to address a wide range of conditions, from skin irritation to chronic pain, for your 4-legged friend and you.

Does CBD Help Dogs?

While scientific studies, due to FDA regulation, have been limited in the US about CBD’s effects on dogs, there is strong evidence in its favor. It appears to not only have minimal side effects for dogs, but potentially extraordinary and multiple health benefits. Some owners have reported that CBD minimizes their dog’s seizures or reduces chronic pain, especially in the case of arthritis. Other people report that CBD has helped their pet with anxiety, appetite stimulation, reaction to fireworks/thunder, and nausea relief.

Why Choose CBD Over Regular Painkillers?

If your pup experiences chronic pain due to arthritis or other long-term age-related conditions, you want to relieve their symptoms, not cause more problems. Standard painkillers such as NSAIDs can cause nausea, diarrhea, poor appetite, and lethargy. Not only does CBD not have these side effects, but it also can reduce those symptoms in your pet.

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How Much CBD Should I Give My Dog?

As with anything you give to your dog, the amount matters. To maximize the benefits and minimize potential side effects, be sure to calculate the correct dosage for your pet. Some research has found that 2 mg of CBD twice a day is a good dosage; of course, it varies depending on your pet’s size and what you’re trying to treat.

It also depends on the type of CBD you give them. Different companies have different concentrations of CBD in their products, affecting the dosage. That’s why we recommend using pure CBD oil or isolate — or better yet, a product specially designed for dogs. (Always check that the CBD product is sourced from 100% organically grown hemp with no more than 0.3% THC.)

In general, though, experts recommend 0.2 mg per pound of body weight. That means that a 15-pound pup gets 3mg. If your CBD oil isn’t 100% CBD (many aren’t), calculate the number of milligrams in each milliliter of oil, based on the strength of the solution. In general:

  • A 75mg formula has 2.5mg of CBD per ml of oil
  • A 150mg formula has 5mg of CBD per ml of oil
  • A 300mg formula has 10mg of CBD per ml of oil
  • A 600mg formula has 20mg of CBD per ml of oil

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If you don’t care to do the math, choose something that’s pre-dosed, such as Terra Vida’s Premium CBD Pet Chew Treats, or Oral Drops. Each serving contains 5mg CBD, so you know exactly what you’re giving your pet. However, if you need to adjust the dosage, you’ll probably want quality oil or tincture. For pet owners who would like to add CBD to their dog’s food or to them directly, convenient oral drops offer convenient dosing in a pet-safe solution.

No matter which dosage you choose, start small. For general health, you can probably give your pup the minimum dose and maintain it. For chronic pain or anxiety relief, start with about 1 mg CBD per 10 pounds of body weight, then move up in dosage or give the dose 1-3 times per day. If you accidentally give more than you mean to, don’t worry: there is minimal risk of CBD overdose among dogs.

Wrapping Up

As with any supplement you give your pet, be sure to chat with your veterinarian and ensure that you source the CBD from reputable sources. Once you’ve determined the starting dosage for your pup, monitor their behavior and condition. Then, assess when you need to increase the dosage amount or frequency. In time, you’ll know exactly what your beloved pet needs to feel better.




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