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CBD Dosing Calculator for Pets

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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Using the Simple CBD Oil Dosage Calculator CBD Dosing Calculator for Pets

Many people have seen the benefits of CBD for pet health and wellness, and we’re sure your four-legged fur baby is going to love you even more for the purchase.

You may be wondering what the right CBD dosage for pets looks like.

The first step in determining the correct dosage is to check out our handy little calculator above. It’s pretty simple: in just three steps you’ll know the perfect dose, as well as what products we recommend for your pet.

  • The first step is to select what type of pet you are looking for.
  • The second step is to select your pets weight in lbs.
  • Last, but not least is to select what level of dosage you wish to give your pet (Minimum – Maximum)

As you can see by the last part, figuring out the CBD dosage for dogs can be trickier if they are a bit on the bigger side. What’s nice about dosing CBD is you have a ballpark that you can work within, so even if your pup has put on some weight since his last visit to the vet, as long as you don’t exceed the maximum daily dose you’ll be good.

To determine the maximum daily dose, we use a limit of 5 mg/kg or 5 mg per 2.2 lbs. We increase this recommended maximum only when new studies emerge supporting higher doses. Please talk to your veterinarian about doses higher than 5mg/kg.

Figuring out the correct CBD dosage for pets will largely be up to you, as the owner. You know your pet best. Make sure to keep an eye on him for a few hours after you first administer CBD; pay attention to the effects it has so you know how to adjust the dose to maximize the benefits.

Besides just showing you the minimum, average, and maximum dose, our CBD oil dosage calculator will tell you roughly how many drops your CBD bottle contains, the concentration of your CBD bottle, and the concentration of the CBD itself.

Our CBD dosage calculator is a handy little tool that helps you improve your pet’s health.

Using the Detailed CBD Oil Dosing Chart

First find the Dosing Chart specific to the product and variant that you will be administering to your pet for example. PurCBD (Product) & 125mg (variant).

From there decide on what strength of dosage you want to give your pet: Minimum, Average, Medium, Strong or Maximum. If not sure, start with minimum.

  • The Minimum dose is calculated based on 0.05mg/kg
  • The Average dose is calculated based on 0.45mg/kg
  • The Strong dose is calculated based on 1.25mg/kg
  • The Maximum daily dose is calculated based on 5.00mg/kg

Find your pet’s weight on the left hand side of the chart and follow the grid to the right until you reach the desired strength you have decided on. When you arrive to the correct block it will give you the suggested drops to administer your pet every 6-8 hours (Note that ½ of the dropper is equivalent to 16 drops).

If your suggested dosage says to use another level of CBD find the respected dosing chart and start off with the minimum dosage for your pets weight.

Dosing CBD doesn’t have to be confusing. In fact, some of the best advice we can offer is to monitor how your pet reacts to CBD and make adjustments accordingly. Unlike many drugs, there is little to worry about when increases dosages.

Some pets react well to low doses, while others need a good bit more. We always recommend watching for side effects or abnormalities whenever changing dosages, but if you see your pet reacting well to a higher dose, there is nothing to be concerned about.

How Much Hemp CBD For Specific Medical Conditions?

These are some of the most frequently asked questions we get, and we have an easy answer for you.

How Much CBD For Anxiety, Epilepsy or Cancer?

Unfortunately the FDA does not allow us to recommend specific doses based on specific medical conditions. For additional help in managing your pets specific medical condition – whether with CBD or not – we recommend that you check out our blog section. Its full of research and helpful tips on the best ways to help your pet with their unique medical conditions.

What Happens If You Give Your Pet Too Much CBD?

If you give your pet too much CBD, you may notice that it makes them tired — where a lower dose may have given them a boost in their step. If you notice this side effect, there is little to nothing to worry about.

In fact, some pet owners purposely give their pets high doses of CBD to help with insomnia. Common side effects such as nausea or diarrhea may happen, but they are fairly rare and mild.

CYP45 Enzymes

The one side effect of concern with high doses of CBD is its affinity to temporarily inhibit enzymes that metabolize drugs in the liver — grapefruit does this as well.

As such, if your pet is on a dosage-sensitive prescription drug that’s metabolized in the liver, you’ll likely want to keep CBD dosages mild or low.

Your veterinarian will be able to help you monitor your pet to ensure that CBD’s relationship with the other drug is positive.

In many cases, a specific CBD dosage has led to a decrease in the other drug’s dosage with no increase of side effects.

Our CBD pet calculator will help you find the correct low and mild dosage based on your pet’s weight, and we absolutely recommend talking to your veterinarian first before doing this on your own. Last check out this article that explores the issue in-depth.

What’s Better For Dosage: CBD Oil, Treats, Capsules, etc?

If you’re looking for precise dosages, our PurCBD+ oil/tincture is still your best option as capsules and treats will carry a one-size-fits-all dose.

However, this is not much of a concern as even extremely large doses are well tolerated by most pets with no signs of side effects.

Another pro of the tincture is it’s fast absorption rate.

Besides those two factors, there are only a few minor differences amongst CBD products, which you can find out about below.

How to Dose with CBD Capsules, Treats, Chews, and Pellets

CBD Capsules

Our Hemp CBD Gold Capsules contain 5 mg each making them great for dogs 40 lbs and up. At this weight level, most pet owners find moving up the dosage in increments of 5 mg is effective and preferred.

Like all other forms of CBD, capsules typically provide relief of symptoms for 6-8 hours. In that time, you can administer more CBD if needed. Unlike the oil/tincture, capsules have to pass through the digestive system before it’s absorbed into the bloodstream so expect 30-60 minutes before you see CBD working.

If they need a quicker onset of relief, we recommend PurCBD+. The thin tissue of the mouth makes CBD readily absorbable, and you’ll typically see CBD working within 10-30 minutes depending on how long your pet held the oil in their mouth.

Hemp Treats & Soft Chews

Our Hemp Dog Treats and Hemp Soft Chews are 4 mg and 2 mg. Making the treats fantastic for dogs 20 lbs and up. While our Soft Chews are great for small pets under 15 lbs and older dogs that have trouble chewing harder treats.

It’s surprisingly difficult to find dose-appropriate treats for small pets, so we knew we had to change that.

Like the capsules, treats will have to pass through the digestive tract before the body can absorb it so expect the onset of effects to begin within 30-60 minutes. Feel free to break the treats in half for around half the regular dose if needed.

CBD for Horses

Equine Hemp Pellets

While catered to riders, farriers, trainers, and large-animal veterinarians, we designed our Hemp Pellets in a way that makes them perfect for all animals that consume food in pellet form.

Instead of making a large one-size-fits-all pellet we broke up the large dose into mini-pellets. This allows goats, sheep, and even pocket pets like rabbits to benefit from taking hemp CBD.

Here is the guideline to follow when giving Equine Hemp Pellets to your horse. 1 tablespoon equals 25 mg. Remember this is just a guideline and starting point.

Your average CBD capsule formulated for humans is around 10-15 mg, and that’s what we recommend for a 350 lb miniature horse.

If administering to a much smaller animal, you’ll want to check out the charts “Generic Hemp Equine Pellets Dosage Guide” and “Hemp CBD Tier Dosage Guidelines”.

Hemp Pellets Dosage Guide For Horses:

  • Miniature ( 1500lbs) = 65 mg

Generic Hemp Pellets Dosage Guide:

  • 1 tbsp = 25 mg
  • ½ Tbsp = 12.2 mg
  • 1 tsp = 8.3 mg
  • ½ tsp = 4.15
  • ¼ tsp = 2 mg

Final Thoughts

All in all, giving your pet too much CBD will just likely result in you wasting money. This often limits small pet owners to the tincture form, but at Innovet Pet, we were determined to not have that happen to you.

That’s why we provide Soft Hemp Chews that are appropriately dosed for small pets and easy on their smaller jaws. We even have farm animals and pocket pets covered with our Hemp Pellets.

Wondering how much CBD oil you should give your dog? Innovet's Simple Dosage Calculator takes the guesswork out of the equation. Click to use now!

CBD for Dogs Serving Size

How much CBD Should I Give My Dog?

For both dogs and cats, a good rule of thumb is to start with 1-2mg for every 10 pounds of weight.

CBD for Dogs Dosing Chart

If you’re using our CBD Oils , remember that they come in different concentrations. The amount listed on the label is the total amount of CBD in the whole bottle and not a per-dose amount. So, for example, one 30ml bottle of 600mg CBD Hemp Oil contains 600 total milligrams of CBD, with each 0.25ml dose delivering 5mg of CBD, or enough for a 50 lbs. pup. If this seems confusing, don’t worry! Our bottles have dosage charts right there on the label and every dropper is clearly marked. Between the two, it’ll be super easy for you to figure out how much oil to use.

Our Peanut Butter + Apple CBD Infused Wellness Dog Biscuits come in a few different per-biscuit dosages. These yummy treats can be hard to break into smaller servings, so we recommend buying the per-biscuit dose that’s best for your own pupper and feeding them a whole one each time.

Use our handy CBD Dosage Chart to find the perfect amount for your pup!

How Long Does it Take CBD to Start Working?

CBD takes 30-45 minutes to start working. As a rule, oils tend to kick in a little faster than biscuits or treat just because there are fewer ingredients for furry bellies to break down first. But there’s no difference in effectiveness between the two.

How Long Does CBD Last For?

Each dose—whether from oil or biscuits—lasts from 4-8 hours. That’s a big spread, we know, but the duration can vary a lot depending on your pet’s size, activity level, breed, and the severity of their symptoms. But as a good rule of thumb: older pups tend to take longer than younger ones to digest food.

In Conclusion

Every dog and cat is different. They come in all shapes and sizes. That’s what we love about them! But it does mean that when it comes to CBD, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. It might take some experimenting to find the right amount to give your own fuzzballs. That’s okay—CBD is safe and natural, so no worries if your pet gets a little more or less than needed while you figure things out.

In many cases, your pet will tell you if it’s time for more. You’ll notice they’re having symptoms again, and you can come to the rescue with a dropper or a biscuit. They’ll be grateful when you do!

Read more about best cbd oils for dogs at Doggie Designer.

How much CBD Should I Give My Dog? We've worked with vets and countless customers to determine answer that question. We also made up a handy CBD dosage chart to help you find the perfect amount of CBD for your dog.