Dosing Instructions

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

The first thing to do is spend some time determining the dosage that will be most effective for your pet. Despite common misconceptions, dosing CBD has very little to do with your dog’s size and weight. Dosage is most effectively determined with consideration for each animal’s unique physiological condition. This includes characteristics such as their endocannabinoid system, age, metabolism, disease process, current ailments and other individual health factors.

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, we recommend a trial and error method as you monitor your animal’s response and determine optimal dose. The old saying “start low and go slow” is extremely applicable when considering full-spectrum hemp extract for your animal.

Safety

Hemp extract is extremely safe, even at high levels. The most common, however unlikely, effects you may see are sleepiness or loose stools/diarrhea. Bodily injury as a result of CBD consumption is highly unlikely.

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;

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

  1. Shake the bottle before each use.
  2. Apply the oil directly to the gums, or as close as possible. 
  3. Wipe the dropper clean after use to prevent contamination. 
  4. Store in a cool, dark place. 

TIP!

Split the total daily dose into 2 or more smaller portions (micro-doses) to maintain consistent blood concentration levels. 

According to preliminary research, blood concentration after oral administration typically reaches peak levels after 2 hours and is mostly eliminated from the body within 6-8 hours.

Bioavailability

Bioavailability refers to the efficiency with which a therapeutic compound is absorbed into the bloodstream. This is important because bioavailability effects how much to give in one dose, and how quickly your pet can feel the effects.

So, what are different ways to give your pet CBD oil?

On the Gums

Lift the lip and place dropper on the gums for best absorption. This method works best because the cannabinoids are absorbed through the mucous membrane (transmucosal) in the mouth and delivered directly to the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive tract altogether. (Similar to the sub-lingual method for humans.) Applying CBD oil to the gums minimizes the number of active compounds lost and broken down in the digestive process.

On food or treats

Treats and other food products will take longer to show effect and are generally less effective. This is because they must go all the way through the digestive tract and filtration processes like the first pass of the liver. This results in less of the medicine reaching the parts of the body where your pet needs it most. There is definitely reason to believe that treats are an effective way to administer CBD, seeing as the stomach and GI system is full of cannabinoid receptors. Tinctures, however, can be absorbed directly into the bloodstream by a variety of methods with greater efficiency and speed.

Inner Ears

Another option for administration is directly onto the hairless area on the underside of your pet’s ear flap. Though less effective than oral administration, it is absorbed directly 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.

Topically

For various skin conditions and irritations, topical CBD salves are a great way to provide targeted relief when your pet is experiencing everything from allergies to yeast, to tumors and cancer.





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

CBD Dog Health tinctures are designed to contain the average effective daily dose for the average animal in a given grouping of ailments. This is a benchmark that works for most animals, however you may need more or less depending on the function of their endocannabinoid system and other physiological attributes.


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.

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

HOW MUCH IS IN A DROPPER?

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.
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.

 

 

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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