How Much CBD Should I Give My Pet?
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Our pets can benefit from many of the same benefits as CBD has for humans. Pet owners are using CBD on their pets for anxiety, pain, and seizures.

Pets can use the exact same CBD tinctures as humans but the dosage must be adjusted significantly.

Here is a good dosing strategy we learned from veterinarian Dr. Robert J Silver:

Range of dosing: 0.05 mg per lb twice daily to 0.25 mg per lb twice daily

Tier 1: 0.05 mg per lb of bodyweight is the low end

Tier 2: 0.125 mg per lb of bodyweight is the middle ground

Tier 3: 0.25 mg per lb of bodyweight is the high end

Notice how small those dosages are.

Dr. Silver advises pet parents to start at Tier 1 twice daily and observe over a week. It may not be necessary to go to tier 2.

If necessary, go on to Tier 2 twice daily and observe for a week.

And again, if necessary to go higher, go up to Tier 3 twice daily.

To do the dosing for your pet properly, you need to figure out how many mgs of CBD are in each drop of your chosen tincture.

This is easy and just takes some simple math.

Let’s take an example where I have a 30 mL bottle of CBD oil with a total of 700 mg CBD.

By looking at the serving size (.8 mL), I determined that there are 37.5 servings in the bottle. I determined this by dividing the bottle size (30 mL) by the serving size (.8 mL) and I got 37.5 servings.

Since there is a total of 700 mg CBD in the entire bottle, each serving of this product contains about 18.5 mg CBD. I got this number by dividing the total content of CBD (700 mg) by the total number of servings in the bottle (37.5)

Now that I know how much CBD is in each serving (18.5 mg), all I need to know is how many drops are in a servings. According to the bottle, there are about 24 individual drops in each serving.

That means each drop contains 0.78 mg of CBD. I got this number by dividing the CBD content of each serving (18.5) by the amount of individual drops in each serving (24).

I now know that each drop of my CBD oil contains just under 1 mg of CBD. This is necessary to know when dosing pets like cats and dogs because they require such small dosages compared to humans.

Let’s say you have a 6 lb pound Chihuahua. A drop or two per day will be enough for this tiny dog. Bigger dogs like German Shepherds will be able to take more.

For most domestic pets, a few individual drops per day will be sufficient. At least, that is where you should start. CBD tinctures are great for pets because you can dose them so precisely and they are easy to administer. Many pets will love the taste of the CBD oil – come on, I know you’ve seen your pet eat worse things!

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18 thoughts on “How Much CBD Should I Give My Pet?

  1. I was given a bottle of + CBD oil Spray 3mg and 36 mg of Hemp Oil. I have a 14lb 17 yr old Lhasa Apso with an eye injury and Dementia. I understand the drop dosage formula, but any suggestions on how I should dose him with the spray I was given?

  2. Are you using the human grade CBD? My dog has a tumor in her urethra below her bladder. Both my vet and my 2nd opinion vet only suggests “Treatibles for dogs”. They said the THC level must be below .3 or it is toxic to animals. I have been using the Treatibles for over a month and personally I do not think it works very well or at all comparing it to the one I personally use for myself PLUS+ CBD Gold Formula in peppermint. I think it is awesome, but cannot get the info on the THC level so I can use that for my dog… What brand do you use? Is it human grade? Does it truly matter what the THC level is for pets or is that just a “marketing tool” to sell a product. I would appreciate any info from anyone who has used CBD for their dog and what brands they use… I have also heard that the CBD oil does not work unless there a certain level of THC…

  3. Hey  CBD professor, thank you for your videos. I have my dog on a cbd protocol. He was diagnosed with lung cancer and was given 2 months to live. I found a company that works with dogs and cancer.They have high grade strains, full flower extacted with food grade alcohol (in an organic coconut oil base). He started out with 3 tinctures to get his body acclimated. Tinctures:  A Cannabis Sativa, a AC/DC Cannabis Sativa Flower, (at night) Cannabis Indica flower. After 10 days on this, we introduced a half grain measurement of Feco to be rubbed into his gums at night… 1:1 CBD/THC.

    Once acclimated with the tinctures, he was given for the next ten days… 10 suppositories/ syringe form (half gram) each of Feco 1:1 CBD/THC, continuing with his tinctures and his specific dosing of these. Now we have moved on to 3:1 Feco THC/CBD. The second round of Feco (that I just mentioned), they made a mistake and sent 5 syringes to be administered as suppositories. They were supposed to be 10 at a half gram each but instead they sent out 5 with 1 gram each. They instructed me to administer the full gram suppository as the goal is to to get 20 to 25 grams of Feco suppositories over a 90 day period. That the full gram would just speed up and narrow the suppository dosing protocol. I told them, I would not do that. So they suggested and I put a half grams in a vegan gel cap size 0 and plan doing it that way.

    It hasn’t been easy by any means but I am hopeful. Once we started with the Feco they  mentioned that he would start to hack up a foamy substance (not vomit), and that was the beginning of Apaptosis.  He sleeps through the night with the half grain, now rice grain of Feco. In the morning my darling dog wakes up with goo in his eyes and hacking up the foam. I read accounts of people saying how there pets sprung back quickly with CBD but this protocol has been challenging on my dog. I am seeing progress however. They did mention it wouldn’t be easy once we got deep into treatment. He was given 2 months so that is why we had to start treating him in all directions.

    Please, if you can comment on this protocol. I don’t like to see my dog with low energy and now hacking foam in the morning but I keep telling myself, it is, to save his life. He is an Angel Golden Retriever and means the world to me.  

    Thank you for listening Professor.

  4. I have been having trouble finding information on this…is cbd oil the same as cannabis oil? Please answer if you can. I want to get it for my mom. Thank you in advance

  5. Can you make a video discussing what CBD oil is? One hears CBD oil cures. When people are referring to this, are they referring to cbd tinctures, full extract cannabis oil, Rick Simpson oil… are the latter two one and the same?The term is used but there is an umbrella of cbd oil. Which is the true CBD oil? Thank you CBD professor.

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  7. HI Cbd professor, I wish I had seen your channel before I started on this journey. I believe Dr. Ritcher’s clinic would have guided me responsibly. I took him there today but it was too late for my beautiful boy. They were very compassionate and kind. I will never be the same. My Golden taught me how to love more profoundly. He was my sunshine, my best friend, my teacher.

  8. I want to start giving cbd oil to my dog to help with seizures. I am very confused with all the oils and dosage. I am in Missouri and have not found a vet familiar with how to use it I have heard all different recommendations of how much and how frequently–also I find that it comes in various mg. concentrations—my dog is 6 lbs. When you suggest .05mg per lb twice a day what concentration is the oil?

  9. Thanks for the dosage tips. Our dog has had seizures since the first night we got her and we finally decided enough and that we needed to try CBD. She still has her seizures, however they are less severe. After watching this video though I believe we have a better understanding on how much to give her. Thanks for posting

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