Dosing Instructions

So, you’ve received your bottle of CBD for pets… NOW WHAT?

How much CBD do you give a dog? How often? How do you give it to them?

What’s important to know is that every animal is unique and may respond differently! Our recommendations on dosing are guidelines that you may need to adjust depending on your pet’s sensitivity. Size or weight has much less to do with how much CBD your pet will need than you may think. 

For example, eight milligrams (8 mg) of our Calm tincture may be plenty to calm down one dog. But another dog of the same breed and similar size may need 15 or 20 milligrams. 

During the first few weeks using the product, you will figure out what dose works best for your pet.

Tip*  Try keeping a daily journal to track your pet’s response.

  1. Keep a log of the dose in milligrams (mg).
  2. Record some information about how they respond. (eg. energy levels, mobility, symptom relief, sleep patterns etc.)
  3. Adjust accordinglyWe encourage you to be flexible with the dose until you find the right amount for your pet’s specific needs. If you’re worried about giving too much, rest assured;

Research shows that CBD is extremely safe for your animal, even at incredibly high doses .

Next let’s look at easy ways to get the most value and best effects from your pet’s full-spectrum hemp CBD for pets products!

HOW TO ADMINISTER

Administering and dosing CBD is all a matter of bioavailability. Bioavailability refers to the amount of time, and at what rate, something is absorbed into your bloodstream and how much is excreted without effect. This is important because bioavailability effects how much to give in one dose, and how quickly your pet can feel the effects.

So, what’s the most effective way to give your pet CBD oil?

  1. On the Gums.

Lift the lip and place dropper on the gums for best absorption. This method works best because the medicine is absorbed through the mucous membrane (transmucosal) in the mouth and the full spectrum hemp extract (CBD) then goes directly into the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive tract altogether. This is similar to how people use medicine sub-lingually. Applying CBD oil to the gums minimizes the number of active compounds, or cannabinoids, that are lost or broken downf in the digestive tract.

  1. Inner Ears

Another effective place to administer CBD oil, is directly onto the hairless area on the underside of your pet’s ear flap. This is another efficient way to achieve quick and efficient absorption. Because of the high number of blood vessels in this skin, it is well absorbed into the bloodstream while avoiding the digestive tract.

This is called transdermal application. While we encourage you to try the gums first, the ear flap may be a good alternative for an aggressive pet, or a pet who becomes particularly agitated when you are administering their dose.

*Be cautious and avoid this site if your pet has a ruptured ear drum.

If possible, AVOID PUTTING IT ON FOOD!

CBD oil that is added to our pets’  food takes longer to enter the bloodstream and generally results in lower rates of absorption. This is because they must go all the way through the digestive tract and filtration processes, like the first pass of the liver.

When you add the CBD oil to the food instead of putting it director on the gums or ears, less of the medicine reaching the parts of the body where your pet needs it most.

There is significant reason to believe that treats are an effective way to administer CBD, seeing as the stomach and GI system are full of cannabinoid receptors. In most cases however, we recommend choosing another method of administration like those mentioned above.

As you can see, how you administer CBD can have a great impact on how their body absorbs CBD. If you want to learn more, check out this BLOG and video from our education director!

DOSING

Sensitivity to cannabis ranges greatly with little correlation to weight and size. A more accurate method of dosing is to focus instead on the animal’s specific needs based on the condition you are treating.

A small dog with cancer will need a lot more than a big dog with anxiety.

So how do you know where to start? The following is a SUGGESTED starting doseby ailmentbased on research and our experience with hundreds of animals. Stay consistent, track the dose given, and adjust as needed.

TIP

Split the daily dose into multiple applications a day. This will maintain blood concentration of CBD throughout the day. Additionally it will lower the possibility of any stomach upset as your pet’s gut gets used to an oil tincture. 

CBD DOG HEALTH DOSING INFOGRAPHIC DEC 2019

If you want to learn more, check out this BLOG and video.

HOW MUCH IS IN A DROPPER?

CBD Dog Health tinctures are applied with a dropper that measures one milliliter of oil (ml). You will also notice graduated markings on the side of dropper that allow for accurate dosing below 1 ml.  This allows you to be specific with your dosage.

Since we recommend dosage by mg – here is a guide to knowing how many milligrams (mg’s) of CBD are in a one dropper of oil.

How much in dropper

Still have questions?

We understand. Finding the right dosage for your pet’s specific needs can be confusing, especially for those who are new to using whole plant medicine and holistic pet care.

That’s why we offer education and training with our Founder and Medical Cannabis Expert, Angela Ardolino. Book a one-on-one consultation with Angela and get a full plan and regiment for your pet’s specific needs.

Consultation

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