Finding the proper dosage of CBD for your pet is vital as to whether or not a product will yield effective results. As a consumer, it’s hard to know where to start, oftentimes resulting in frustration and misguided distrust in CBD products. The most common misstep I’ve seen is pet owners selecting a dosage so low that there are no perceivable effects. On the other end of the spectrum, I’ve also encountered people who were giving their tiny dogs MASSIVE amounts of CBD, something we certainly don’t recommend.
So, how do we find the right dosage?
Many factors need to be considered when finding the proper dosage of CBD for your furry friend, such as their general health, metabolism, and activity level. The most prominent factor you should consider, however, is your pet’s size. Dosages typically range from 1-2mg (per 10lbs) for improving general well-being or between 2-5mg (per 10lbs) for therapeutic effects. 2mg (per 10lbs) seems to be a reliable dosage and is considered a safe place to start. You can use this information as a quick-reference cheat-sheet to make life a little easier.
While introducing CBD to your pet’s daily routine, keep in mind that, just like people, every dog and cat is unique. Even if two pets are the same size and receive the same dosage, the effects can vary. I’ll share some personal experience as a case study to illustrate this very point.
We are the proud fur-parents of two senior rescue dogs. They’re both the same age (12yo) and weight (60-65lbs) and benefit from very different dosings.
First, we’ll introduce you to Duncan. He’s an Australian Kelpie, which is a working breed. Despite being 12 years old, he is still very active, and we play fetch every night after dinner without fail. He doesn’t have any mobility issues but does struggle with anxiety. Seeing another dog, even on tv, causes him to panic and puts him in severe distress. As a senior dog, this kind of stress is detrimental to his health, which is why we have chosen to incorporate CBD into his daily routine to promote his well-being.
1mg – At a dosage of 1mg (per 10lbs), Duncan seemed slightly more active with no impact on his anxiety. We gradually increased that to twice per day but also didn’t notice much change.
3-mg – We then tried 3mg (per 10lbs), resulting in his activity level remaining the same and a calmer demeanor. Next, we tried 3mg (per 10lbs) twice a day. This certainly calmed him, but he spent the majority of the time sleeping. His activity decreased, and he would go 2-3 days without playing. We decided that 3mg (per 10lbs) once per day would be ideal for his needs. At this dosage, he remains active, which is great for his overall health, and we can address the anxiety if needed.
Dexter is the exact opposite of his rambunctious brother. He has always been a very laid-back dog who prefers to saunter at his own pace, which is basically slow motion. Unfortunately, Dexter suffers from mobility issues that have grown over time. As a young pup, he would end up tweaking his back every now and then, and his vet prescribed a medication that we would only need to give him on rare occasions. Over the years, this became more and more frequent until it reached the point where it was almost every day.
It turns out that Dexter has severe arthritis in his back and a bulging disk at the base of his spine just above his tail. This brought him so much pain that he couldn’t even lift himself off the floor and instead would just cry and tremble. Scared and concerned that we might have to consider putting him down, we decided to give CBD a try.
1mg – We basically tried the same dosages as Duncan. At 1mg (per 10lbs), we saw a slight improvement, but he was still struggling. When increased to twice per day, he started moving around a little better.
3mg – With 3mg (per 10lbs) once per day, Dexter was getting off the floor without struggling and seemed back to normal. So much so that he was back to roughhousing with his brother. Dex loves playing with Dunc but would often overdo it. This would result in him being sore the following day. So, we bumped him up to 3mg (per 10lbs) twice per day, and he now seems to be back to his old self! It’s extremely rare that we ever have to give him his old medication. We’ve kept his dosage at twice a day, and now he’s more active than ever, which is great for his overall health. We went from not being able to even scratch our dog’s back without him crying in pain to now being able to apply gentle traction to his back and stretching him out. He loves it!
6mg – Dexter had a particularly bad day once, so we tried 6mg (per 10lbs). He basically slept all day, and when he did wake up, he seemed very groggy.
It was just too much, and we decided to take it down to 5mg for rare, stressful situations like a challenging vet visit or the 4th of July.
Despite being the same age and weight, Dexter takes twice as much as Duncan. All it took was some time and a little trial and error to find an appropriate dosage for each of them, resulting in two happy and healthy senior dogs. If anything changes in the future, we will adjust accordingly.
Picking the Right Brand
There are many reputable brands of CBD products on the market; however, these products will not do your pet any good if you are administering the wrong amount. Pay attention to the product’s ingredients and dosage amount rather than buzzwords on the packaging. It’s very common to see “calming” in the description. Now, some brands actually include other herbs that might promote calming, but some are just regular dog treats with 2mg of CBD. If you are trying to calm your 50lbs dog with 2mg treats, this can end up being a costly endeavor.
Our intentions are not to disparage other brands, but to shed awareness on the subject of using CBD effectively to boost your pet’s well-being. If you have chosen a trustworthy product that doesn’t seem to be working, give it some time, and adjust your dosage. I’ve spoken to many people that claim CBD doesn’t work because they’ve tried various products int he past with little to no effect. After asking only a couple simple questions, it becomes overwhelmingly clear that they were using an incorrect dosage.
The Birth of Celestial Stem
Celestial Stem was born out of being a frustrated consumer. Like so many others, we ran into problems such as trying charlatan products that probably didn’t contain what they claimed; to finding reputable brands but having to spend $60 PER DAY to get any results because the dosages were so low.
We are an animal-loving company and adore our furry family members. What makes us different is that we offer pet products with dosages suitable for medium to large size dogs. We are also committed to bucking the industry trend of insane markups so more people and pets can benefit from these helpful products.
If you are a pet parent of a bigger dog, then you know finding a product suitable to their size is rare. Our pet treats are vegan, organic, and come in 5mg, 10mg, and 20mg formulas. Our 1500mg tincture is great for large dogs or giving multiple dosages per day. Don’t worry, we have the little guys covered as well. Even if you don’t buy from us, give CBD a chance to work. It really can help improve your pet’s life.
A portion of our proceeds is donated to local valley dog rescues.
We always recommend starting with half a dose once a day and adjust from there. Although CBD is widely tolerated, some pets may be more sensitive than others, and it’s always best to start on the conservative side to see how your pet reacts. Always check with your veterinarian before making any changes to your pet’s dietary or health regimen. Especially if they have preexisting conditions or are on medication.
For those of you that are still skeptical or are eager to learn more, please check out a very informational article on the Endocannabinoid System in pets available on our blog. It goes into detail on what the ECS is, what it regulates, and how CBD interacts with it. It’s worth the read.