CBD Dosage For Dogs: Clearing Up The Confusion

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Choosing the correct CBD dose for your dog can be pretty confusing. First of all, each company’s dosing guidelines can vary widely because the concentration of CBD varies in the oils they produce.

The dosage can also differ depending on the condition you’re trying to treat. For example, higher doses are typically recommended for more serious health conditions and lower doses for occasional anxiety or general well-being.

And of course, you have your dog’s weight and underlying health issues to take into consideration.

With no standard guidelines or regulated doses, how do you know how much CBD oil to give your dog? Use our comprehensive dosage guide to know you’re giving your dog the ideal amount of CBD oil. And, always check the packaging carefully to make sure you are giving the company’s recommended amounts.

Don’t let the confusion behind dosing deter you from the ultimate health benefits your dog can enjoy from this all-natural remedy.

Article Overview

Benefits Of CBD Oil For Dogs

CBD oil next to bowl of dog food (caption: Benefits Of Adding CBD Oil To Your Dog's Nutritional Regimen)Before diving into dosing guidelines, here are some of the health conditions that CBD can help treat in your dog.

Learn More About The Benefits Of CBD Oil For Dogs

Tips About CBD Oil For Dogs

There are three major factors that influence the dosing of CBD for dogs (and cats).

  1. The potency of CBD in the oil, treat or capsule
  2. Your dog’s size and weight
  3. The ailment you’re treating

Always keep these factors in mind, and follow these additional tips from holistic veterinarians, who have loads of experience using CBD for pets:

  • Consult your veterinarian before you give your pet any treatments.
  • Take into account your dog’s activity level — this can help you determine how your dog will metabolize CBD (and other medications).
  • Consider your dog’s other health conditions that may affect his ability to react to or metabolize CBD, i.e., liver or kidney problems.
  • Find a high-quality CBD oil that’s free of any kinds of toxins. Since the industry isn’t yet regulated, there are some potentially sketchy products out there.
  • Buy the correct potency for your dog’s size. Most oils come in different CBD potencies, i.e., 75mg for small dogs; 300+mg for large dogs. Each company differs in the potency levels they sell. Note: this potency is only for the amount of CBD, not THC (the CBD products we review do not contain THC).

How Much CBD Oil Should I Give My Dog?

King Kalm CBD oil (text in image: CBD For Dogs Dosage Guide)The best advice we can give you is to start small and then ease into the manufacturer’s dosing guidelines for their specific products. Companies that formulate their own high-quality CBD typically give you very detailed instructions on how to dose their various products. But not all do, so it can be helpful to know how to calculate optimal CBD dosages.

Calculating CBD Oil Dosages For Medicinal Use

If you’re planning on using CBD oil for medicinal purposes, e.g., to treat arthritis pain or ease seizures, here’s how to calculate a safe and effective dosage for your pet. First, you need to calculate approximately how many milligrams (mg) of CBD your dog should have based on his weight. A safe rule of thumb is 0.2mg of CBD per pound. So, if your dog weighs 25 pounds, you’ll give him 5mg of CBD.

Then, you need to calculate how much oil you should give your dog based on how many milligrams (mg) of CBD is in each milliliter (ml) of oil. This will depend on the formula strength you’re using.

Here are some common formula strengths and how much CBD is in each:

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

So for a 25-pound pet who needs 5mg of CBD, you’d give him 2ml of the 75mg formula, 1ml of the 150mg formula, 0.5ml of the 300mg formula. We would not recommend using the 600mg formula on small pets due to the difficulty in administering 0.25ml with the oral syringe most companies provide.

How To Determine CBD Oil Dosage For General Well-Being

If you’re using CBD oil for general well-being, your dog may not need this higher dosage level. You can always cut down the dosage if you want.

CBD Dosing Example

Even with all this information, it’s hard to picture what actual dosing guidelines look like from different companies. Here, we’ve included what King Kanine, a company that specializes in high-quality CBD oils and treats for pets, recommends when dosing their pet CBD products. King Kanine’s dosage guidelines apply to both dogs and cats.

IMPORTANT: This dosage may not apply to the product you are using from another company.

First, you have to choose the formula based on your pet’s weight. This is the concentration of CBD in each bottle. King Kanine offers three formulas: 75mg, 150mg and 300mg. Each formula bottle contains 30ml of oil. (King Kanine’s CBD is suspended in krill oil, but the type of oil varies by company.)

King Kanine Formula Recommendations

  • Small-sized pet 20 lbs & under: 75mg bottle (approximately 2.5mg of CBD/1ml)
  • Medium-sized pet 21-50 lbs: 150mg bottle (approximately 5mg of CBD/1ml)
  • Large-sized pet 51-75 lbs: 300mg bottle (approximately 10mg of CBD/1ml)
  • Extra Large-sized pet over 75 lbs: 600mg bottle (approximately 20mg of CBD/1ml)

King Kanine 150mg Formula Dosing Chart

Each formula contains a detailed dosing chart that includes how many milliliters you should give based on your dog’s weight and whether you plan on using it for standard or medicinal use. The chart also includes a helpful graphic of the oral syringe you’ll use to administer the dosage. This chart is for King Kanine’s King Kalm 150mg formula.

King Kanine 150mg Formula Dosing Chart

What About CBD Dog Treats?

If you purchase CBD dog treats from a reputable company, they’ll give you serving size suggestions based on your dog’s weight. But you can still use the calculation method above to determine how many King Kanine treats will be effective for your pup.

What Are The Best CBD Oil & Treats For Dogs?

Finding the right dosage of any medication is crucial for your dog since their systems are more sensitive than humans. But the encouraging news about CBD (if you buy a high-quality product), is that pure CBD is non-toxic for dogs. And there don’t appear to be any harmful side effects from using this all-natural remedy, even on a regular basis.

Be sure to see our reviews of the best CBD oil for dogs and cats, best CBD dog treats and best CBD subscription options. We give you tips on how to find high-quality CBD products, as well as reviews of our top picks.

Did you have luck finding the optimal CBD dosage for your dog’s ailment?

About The Author:

Sally holds a BA in English from James Madison University and began her 25-year writing career as a grad student at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism & Mass Communications. She’s been a pet parent since college years (and spent her whole childhood with pets).

Now as a parent of two teenagers, she’s made sure to raise her daughters to learn how to love and care for pets (and other animals) in the most responsible and loving ways. As a result, she and her daughters now have 5 rescued dogs and cats who essentially rule their home! Sally has also volunteered over the years to help raise funds for various animal nonprofit organizations.

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LESLIE

I have a 98# boxer with bone cancer. What is the best oil or capsule that has everything she needs (like the turpenes, etc.) and how much does she need?

Apiffany Gaither Billings (Admin)

I would recommend speaking with your vet for a recommendation if your dog is being treated for the cancer or cancer symptoms.

Shan

Vets are not very helpful unless you find a holistic one. I don’t have one where I live. I also have a boxer with cancer:(

Apiffany Gaither Billings (Admin)

I’m sorry to hear about your pup. I always recommend pet owners speak to their vets regarding dosage and CBD for any potential interactions with any medications or treatments for cancer. If you cannot take your dog to a holistic vet, perhaps this online vet service can help.

Jo

I have a 35 lb English cocker spaniel who is just high anxiety, aggressive with my other dog when food is involved. He is not a walkable dog. Cannot come in contact with any other dog even if way down the street. Takes me an hr or more for a short walk as I am avoiding as many dogs as possible. We have to limit what we watch on TV as he reacts to ANY animal that appears, reacts to barking neighborhood dogs and when at his worse, does not listen unless I am right on top of him. He does not have separation anxiety. He is on Prozac and I don’t want to continue with a drug. Which doesn’t help anyway. He had some unfortunate experiences as a puppy and never recovered. He has been diagnosed as a dog who will never be able to be boarded and never be able to go to a dog park. Will the right CBD help.

Vince Partridge

How long does the CBD oil take to show signs of improvement for a 75 pound dog? We are giving him about 5ml of the 300mg product. He has joint and hip pain and he is about 9 years old.

Apiffany Gaither Billings (Admin)

On average, it should take around 15-30 minutes for situational pain. However, for chronic issues, it may take two to four weeks for optimal results.

Patty munden

I have a 3o pound dog with arthritis. My oil is a 40 ml volume and weight is36.6 g. The total thc is 1.29 mg and CBD is 22.73mg. How much do I give my dog…..too hard for me to figure it out. I need help to help my little one ..thks

Apiffany Gaither Billings (Admin)

Dosage varies based on the brand. Did the product come with a dosage chart? We also recommend CBD oil that does not contain THC and here is an article with more information: https://www.caninejournal.com/benefits-of-cbd-oil-for-dogs/#what-is. You can find the CBD oils that we recommend.

Rochelle

I have a 10lb doxie with dementia. How much CBD oil should I administer and what mg bottle should I get?

Apiffany Gaither Billings (Admin)

Hi, Rochelle. You can find our picks for the best CBD oils and best CBD treats. Depending on the oil or treat you choose for your pet, the dosage can vary.

Larry

the accompanying charts show general amount of .1 ML for 150ML dosage bottle which would also be .2ML if you have 75ML dosage bottle. For pain or other besides general you will have to see those charts. Also a 10 pound doxie with anxiety.

Karen Snow

Get or make cbd feco. This doesn’t have the entourage effect. You need cannabanoids, terpenes along with everything in the whole plant. Just CBD won’t help, you need all the cannabanoids from the cannabis plant and more terpenes than the hemp plant has in it.I’ve been growing for 20 years and treating people and pets since 2010

Cherie

Hi Karen. Where can I buy your product?

Christina

Are you familiar with Pet Releaf hemp oil or Structure CBD oil? There are so many products out there that I am having difficulty finding a reputable source, especially here in Colorado. I am looking for a product to give my 14 year old black lab with canine cognitive dementia, to calm his anxiety when he is “sundowns g”.

Kimberly Alt (Admin)

We haven’t reviewed those two companies ourselves, but we have reviewed many others in our Best CBD Oil comparison. We will consider adding those in our next audit. Sorry to hear your lab is experiencing difficulties, hope you find a solution soon and if you have any follow up questions, please reach out.

Sarah

Hi, my boston has a herniated disc. She was in pain but luckily not paralyzed. She is on anti-inflammatory and pain medication for a few days. I would like to start giving her CBD oil daily to hopefully prevent this from happening again, and if that is not possible, to at least improve her overall health. I have used the information on this site to calculate the dose based on her weight. Is this dose to be administered to her once per day or 2-3 times per day?

Kimberly Alt (Admin)

What brand of CBD oil did you purchase?

Michael Lusk

Hi there,

Is there any level of THC in a CBD product that is safe for dogs?

Kimberly Alt (Admin)

We recommend only purchasing CBD products that do not contain THC in them. You can see our recommendations for best CBD oil here and best CBD treats here.

Dog seizure

My dog has idiopathic epilepsy and is on every single med available..potassium bromide ,kepra,phenobarbital zonisamide and CBD..the CBD has to be at least 200mg dose to pull him out of a seizure..these mg in this article are nonsense. The pipettes barely give 1ml especially during a frantic run to counter while dog is mid seizure..I use 1200mg cbd bottle and 2 pipettes and that usually makes his eyes focus on me and comes out of seizure quicker..instead of running in circles foaming at the mouth he will respond to his name etc. High dosed of keppra and cbd have worked well..phenobarbital made his seizures WORSE we just took him off phenobarbital and his frequency of seizures aredown to 1x every 3 weeks and he was having them every few days on highdoses of phenobarbital.
The K-BR i put in 000 size gelatin capsules I buy Off ebay..I put all pills in my hand then use spray olive oil to coat them before I make him swallow them.

Cindy

Thank you for your note-I have 2 dogs that were diagnosed with idiopathic seizures at the same time-we took them off Nexguard& Heartguard but still struggle with seizures…almost been 2 years. Both 5 yrs old. Had both on Pheno but my 95lb mixed breed couldn’t tolerate side effects, so I discontinued and started with CBD only. He does well but on occasion he gets clusters… my other continued on Pheno but she still has seizures and my vet said not to use Pheno with CBD (my vet is very traditional in practice, not a huge fan of holistic). My 95lb I give 1.5ml twice daily (10mg/ml) not sure if this is enough…..looking to try Gabapentin with CBD?

Kelsey Girard

Can CBD Oil be given long term to dogs?? I see lots of info about dosage but what about duration??

Kimberly Alt (Admin)

I believe many pet parents give CBD oil to their dogs for extended periods of time to help with an issue. It’s best to check with your vet before administering it though.

Khushi Dave

My 4 year old labrador has a injury to her cruciate ligament that has been ailing her and weakened her leg for the past two years. We bought Jacob’s Hooy’s 5% Cannabis oil. There is about 1500mg if cbd content in there and 720 drops. She is 70lbs. How many drops can i give her per day? Can i give her a single time per day or should i do small amounts at different points of the day?

Kimberly Alt (Admin)

Sorry, we aren’t familiar with that brand of CBD oil.

Tracie

I keep trying to find an average dose for a 12 lb dog for arthritis. The only suggestions I have found are for oil, not treats. I bought Krave Max Breed Canine CBD Treats. There is nothing listed for dosage on the bag. I submitted the question to Krave without a reply. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Kimberly Alt (Admin)

We haven’t reviewed that specific brand of CBD treat. The company sounds like it isn’t the most reputable if it doesn’t offer customer service or dosage information. I’d suggest trying to return the bag of treats and buy one of these CBD dog treats instead.

Samantha Hawk

Hi Tracie, did you ever get a response from Krave? I’m having the same issue….

Cris

I have a 50 lb dog & the bottle of cdb oil I have is 1000mg. I currently use it for my pain. I would like to use the same for our dog. What should I does him?

Kimberly Alt (Admin)

Dosage amounts can vary depending on the brand of CBD oil. I’m not sure of the similarities and differences in human-specific CBD oil and pet CBD oil. I would suggest speaking with your vet about the proper dosage with the CBD oil you have on hand.

Tina

My 10 year old Golden Retriever is 80 # with hip dysplasia (both sides). It was suggested to me, (by a knowledgeable friend who used this on their German Shepherd with cancer), to purchase ‘VET-CBD’ which contains 250 mg CBD and 12.5 mg THC. I currently give my dog 60 mg of Grapiprant (Galliprant), in the morning, and 400 mg of Neurontin (Gabapentin) in the evening.
The instructions on the bottle say for his weight, give 2 ml twice per day. I started out with 1/4 of the suggested dose (.5 ml) and started to increase the dosage gradually. I notice that when I got to 1 ml, he is extremely lethargic and doesn’t even want to move. When he does get up, he struggles even more so with balance on his hind legs. I haven’t even gotten to the suggested dose in fear it will be way too much for him. Please send your suggestions. Thank you.

Kimberly Alt (Admin)

We haven’t reviewed VET-CBD, so we aren’t as familiar with its dosage instructions. We recommend King Kanine for CBD oil. We’re also not familiar with Grapiprant or Neurontin. We aren’t licensed vets and with the combination of medicines you are giving your dog, we think it’d be best for you to speak with your vet about how to help your dog. We’d hate to be responsible for giving you inappropriate guidance on how to best care for your dog.

Mia Black

From purely a layman’s side of this, my suspicion is the THC is making the lethargy a bigger issue..but you do have a complicated treatment going with the other two vet-prescribed drugs. I have two almost 15 year old, 45lb Aussie siblings, one of which has back hip issues. When we walk, he has a good, normal gate for about 15 to 30 steps, then the hip on one side seems to get wonky and looks stiff for several steps before it seems to be okay again. This problem became more and more frequent, before I began CBD oil. I have tested different dosing levels with one CBD oil manufacturer, from here, in Alaska to try to see what is an obvious therapeutic dose for him. Hope you are sitting down, but I have found over about 15 months, that 90mg/day seems to have improved his mobility issues by about 60-70%. I do not recommend this high of a dose, period. I will say, there is very little information out there, and I accept the fact that I am testing on my dog. I have blood chemistry studies done before beginning CBD, just to have a baseline to compare to as I continue dosing him. I also have urinalysis prior to CBD for baseline information. I am specifically looking for any indication of change in kidney or liver function. I will be taking both dogs in for another blood draw as well as collection of urine samples. If you are interested, I will post updates as to what I find. My guys are old, stiff sometimes, but they have heart for walking and tracking, and they are still eager for their grub, lol. They both drool as I fix their dinner. They have always been grain free, and nothing from China, period. When I first began addressing the wonky hipped dog, the vet prescribed Rimadyl (100mg)/day, but long term use of this is risky, so began my experiment with CBD oil, and 5mg doses were laughable, but that is where I began..

Scott J

Drop the THC from the CBD, your dog does not like or need it. The benefits of the CBD oil are every bit as good if not better without the THC component for arthritis and factoring in the other meds, your dog is stoned out of his mind. Gabapentin is a nerve pain blocker and that will make you drool by itself. Just get a good pet CBD of about 300mg of full spectrum CBD with little to no THC and your pet’s weight should be in the 10-15mg dosage range. 4-6 drops is all it takes from the dropper for the product we use and this has specific dosage levels for the product on the site. Hope your buddy starts feeling better!

Cooshie

There is some credible research that THC is a cancer tumor killer, so I wouldn’t rule it out entirely if that’s the issue.

Darrien Hansen

I didn’t realize that CBD can help relieve anxiety in dogs. My wife and I would like to get some CBD for the dog that we adopted. We’ll try to educate ourselves more so that we can help our dog.

Karen Dean Christie

I can help you with that. I’m a Licensed Vet Tech and research this for my deaf lab

USAMaid

Classical music has been scientifically proven to reduce anxiety in dogs. I am a classical pianist and when I sit down to practice, my Rotties lie down right behind the bench and don’t move until I’m finished. Unscientific proof?

Carol Owen

How much CBD oil to give a 7.5lb dog to help with thunderstorm fear.

Kimberly Alt (Admin)

Did the CBD oil you purchased come with a dosing chart? What brand did you buy?

Criffel

Will a 10 mg CBD oil softgel be ok for a 50 lb dog 24 hrs after surgery for a femur fracture?

Kimberly Alt (Admin)

We suggest asking your vet or trying out this online vet service.

ali

Need help with dosing. I have a 250mg bottle 30 mL. My feline is 18.2 lbs. The dropper I have is in mL, all websites tell me how many mg to give but it isnt converted into mL. My head is spinning from all these math equations

Hes being treated for moderate arthritis

Kimberly Alt (Admin)

Did the bottle not come with a dosing chart? What company did you buy the CBD oil from?

ali

I was told .25 but idk if that’s accurate because everything I’ve seen online says how many milligrams 1,2,3 etc but the dose I was recommended is .25

It’s called sunmed broad spectrum

Kimberly Alt (Admin)

Who told you .25? You should get the dosage recommendation from the company and confirm that it is safe to give to your dog by your vet. We haven’t researched that company specifically.

Mia Black

..cat, 18.2lb cat.

Mia Black

If you have a 30ml bottle with 250mg CBD then to know how many mgs are in 1ml, divide 250/30. That gives you 8.33mg/ml. All of the 30ml bottles I have, have a dropper that holds approximately 1ml when full. (I say approximately, because these are not super accurate droppers, but they are close enough with something like a +/-0.1ml variance.) Hope that makes sense, basically, if you look at the units you want the information in, such as mg/ml, that tells you how to set up the division problem, i.e. 250mg/30ml = 8.33mg/ml.

Casey

I have an 8 year old Great Dane with pneumonia. He is on Baytril, a strong antibiotic. The side effect is loss of appetite. Would you recommend CBD for him?

Kimberly Alt (Admin)

There is still a lot of unknowns on what CBD can and can’t help with. CBD can help with anxiety, stress, pain, inflammation, arthritis, seizures, digestion issues, nausea, cancer symptoms and more. If your dog is experiencing any of those things, CBD may be able to help your Great Dane. Speak with your vet or try out this online vet service to see if it will help your dog.

Karen

Can you put the oil in their food or on a (non CBD) treat? Getting the syringe into my dogs mouth is an experience! Also, I just received my first order of CBD oil from King Kalm and the enclosed dosage chart has dosages higher than the above dosing chart, almost double in some instances.

Kimberly Alt (Admin)

King Kanine’s FAQs state that administering the oil directly into the mouth is the preferred method, but you can put it in your pet’s food as a second option.

You should follow the dosage chart for the product you purchased. The dosage chart we included is for King Kanine 150mg Formula.

Mia Black

I’ve been dosing my dog for about 15 months. Initially he was agreeable to me placing the dropper in his mouth to deliver the CBD oil directly, but he became more and more resistant. I suspected the flavored oil was the most objectionable part, so I added it to the wet portion of his food. He ate this for a while, then began eating around food he loved, where the flavored oil was added. I got the oil unflavored, so it’s just CBD in a plain MCT oil, which is just a healthy food grade oil, and voila, he doesn’t resist it any more.

Meagan

If the bioavailability is generally 30% with the sublingual route, and you have a 10lb dog which should get recommended 2mg, should you be giving approximately 7mg to hit the 2mg that would actually enter the bloodstream?

Kimberly Alt (Admin)

We suggest asking your vet or trying out this online vet service to ensure you’re giving your dog the right dosage.

Nancy

I have a cat in renal failure what does is appropriate for her

Kimberly Alt (Admin)

We suggest asking your vet or trying out this online vet service to see what is best for your cat. I’m so sorry your cat is going through this.

carol catinella

I understand the dosage chart but how often do i give the oil She is 14 and blind from cataracts. She is quite agitated but it is mainly between 6-10 in the evening. Do I use it throughout the day to build up a therapeutic dose?

Michelle Schenker (Admin)

It is recommended to administer 50% in the morning and 50% in the evening.