Cannabidiol (CBD) is known to be safe and does not have any severe side effects. Nonetheless, it is essential to determine the proper dosage of CBD to give your dog. Dogs are sensitive, and they may experience some side effects like nausea if you give them very high levels of CBD – especially in the early stages.
There are some things to consider when determining the proper dosage of CBD to give your dog. This includes your dog’s size, the type of CBD product, and the health condition of your dog.
Dog Size: larger dogs (like Great Danes and Neapolitan Mastiffs) would require a higher CBD dosage than smaller dogs (such as a Chihuahua or Boston Terrier).
Dog’s Physical Condition: If your dog is not in good health, it may need a higher dose of CBD. However, you must be cautious because some serious ailments make the metabolism of your dog weak and this makes them more susceptible to the side effects of this compound.
Type of CBD Product: CBD products have different absorption rates. Administering CBD tincture sublingually to your dog results in faster bioavailability than giving your dog CBD-infused treats. This is because when CBD tincture is taken sublingually, the compound travels into the bloodstream through the blood vessels under the tongue. However, with CBD treats, it has to be broken down in the digestive system before the body absorbs it.
Generally, a low CBD dosage ranges from about 0.22mg/lb for a 25lb dog. A high dosage for a dog with the same size could be about 0.136mg/lb. For a bigger dog with 70lb, a low dose could be about 0.22mg/lb while a high dosage could be about 0.136mg/lb.
Most CBD products come with a dosage guide on the label or the package of the product. The guide often takes the weight of your dog into consideration. If you are very particular about the dosage of CBD that you are giving to your dog, I suggest you go for CBD tincture or capsules. With CBD tincture, you can quickly determine the amount of CBD in each drop. With CBD capsules, on the other hand, the amount of CBD in each tablet is clearly stated, so you know what you are dealing with.
You could also go online and use a CBD dosage calculator to determine the amount of CBD to give your dog. There are many guides and tools online to help you figure out just how much CBD to give your dog.
Always follow the dosage guide on the CBD product of your choice. Another thing you can do to get the right CBD dosage for your dog is to consult a veterinarian. This is a good idea if your dog is currently on medication or is suffering from a severe ailment. Most veterinarians are open to the idea of giving CBD to dogs so you can be sure that you’re getting the best advice.
CBD is generally safe. It is non-toxic and non-psychoactive. However, as indicated above, it has some minor side effects. This includes dry mouth, nausea, diarrhea, dizziness, anxiety, loss of appetite and more. As a rule, start at a low dosage and observe how your dog reacts to the compound. You can choose to increase the CBD dosage you’re giving your dog if you are not satisfied with the effects.