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When it comes to medicating your pets, finding the right dosage is crucial.

CBD is a powerful compound that shows a lot of promise in helping dogs, cats, and other pets deal with a vast variety of ailments.

However, finding the right dosage with CBD can be tricky.

In this article I’m going to share some basic tips on CBD dosing for dogs. This can be applied to cats as well.

I’ll cover all you need to know about dosing CBD, and will also share some basic dosage guidelines for CBD oils, capsules, and treats.

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Things to Consider When Treating Your Pet With CBD

Before we look at the specifics about CBD dosage for dogs, it’s important to cover some basics.

Remember, a lot of different factors can influence the exact dose of CBD your pet needs. I’ll be discussing this in regards to dogs, because that’s where all my experience is, however the same information applies to cats and other pets.

One of the main factors influencing dosage with CBD products is the type of product you use. The supplement brand would also be something to consider.

CBD products are typically available in 3 forms:

Another major factor influencing dosage is your pet’s size.

rottweiler laying downIn general, dosage for dogs vary once they weigh more than 20 lbs. Again, I’ll outline these changes later on in the article.

Lastly, also remember that your dog’s ailment can also affect how much CBD they should be taking.

The dosage guidelines I outline below are general and can be adjusted to suit your pet’s needs.

If you think you may need to adjust dosage for your dog, make sure to consult your vet first.

CBD Dosage Basics

In general, CBD oils are always administered in drops.

The exact amount of drops needed for a dose can vary from one product to another, but generally consist of 2-4 drops taken 2-4 times daily.

You can also adjust the dosage given the size of your pet and depending on their condition as mentioned above.

CBD capsules, on the other hand, usually contain between 150-200mg of hemp extract each.

Again, the exact number of capsules needed for a dose vary from one product to another, but generally consist of roughly 1 tablet taken 1-2 times per day.

Unlike oils and capsules, CBD dog treats can contain varying concentrations of CBD, and should be given to your pet as per the package instructions.

Whenever using any kind of CBD, I recommend following the dosing instructions that came with the product, seeing how your dog responds, and adjusting the dose as needed.

CBD Dosing for Dogs (With Canna-Pet)

A few years ago, our family dog Rosie, a gorgeous Golden Retriever, was diagnosed with hip dysplasia and terminal cancer.

Looking for ways to make Rosie’s remaining time as enjoyable as possible, I soon learned about CBD and decided to try Canna-Pet.

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This information below will relate specifically to Canna-Pet, as they were one of the supplement brands we found to be the best.

Canna-Pet currently produces 3 types of CBD products for pets:

  • Advanced MaxCBD Liquid (oil)
  • Advanced and MaxCBD capsules
  • Canna-Biscuits (treats)

Below I’ll share some more specific info about CBD dosing for dogs using Canna-pet products.

I strongly feel these guidelines can be helpful if you're supplementing with similar products and brands.

Remember that you may need to adjust the below dosages depending on your dog’s ailment and condition.

Again, I always recommend working closely with your vet to find the ideal dosage for your dog if you're still concerned.

Dosage With CBD Oil

canna pet cbd oilCanna-Pet only has one type of CBD oil available for dogs. This is the Canna-Pet Advanced MaxCBD Liquid.

This is available in a 10ml container, which contains 300 individual drops. Here are the basic dosage guidelines for Canna-Pet Advanced MaxCBD liquid:

For small dogs (under 20 lbs):

2-3 drops, 3-4 times daily.

For large dogs (over 20 lbs):

3-4 drops, 3-4 times daily.

How to Give Your Dog CBD Oil

Unfortunately, Canna-Pet’s Advanced MaxCBD Liquid needs to be administered directly into your pet’s mouth, ideally under their tongue.

As I’m sure you know, dog’s aren’t too keen on taking medicine, so this can be a little tricky.

However, be patient and remember that your pet may even get used to the routine of taking their CBD oil.

If you’re having trouble administering the liquid, however, consider rewarding your dog with his/her favorite treat after taking their meds. This worked fine with Rosie.

If that still doesn’t work, you may want to consider shifting to Canna-Pet CBD capsules (which can be mixed with food) or CBD Treats, which are available in a variety of flavors.

Dosage With CBD Capsules

canna pet cbd capsulesCanna-Pet’s offers a basic line of CBD capsules for dogs. This is the Canna-Pet Advanced line, which is available for both small and large dogs.

I recommend sticking to the following dosage instructions when using Canna-Pet Advanced capsules:

For small dogs (under 20 lbs):

1 Canna-Pet Advanced Small (for small dogs/breeds) capsule mixed with food, 2 times daily.

For large dogs (over 20 lbs):

1 Canna-Pet Advanced Large (for large dogs/breeds) capsule mixed with food, 2 times daily.

Alternatively, Canna-Pet also offers stronger CBD capsules for dogs. This is the Canna-Pet MaxCBD line.

Dosage with these capsules is as follows:

For small dogs (under 20 lbs):

1 Canna-Pet MaxCBD Small (for small dogs/breeds) capsule split between 2 meals.

For large dogs (over 20 lbs):

1 Canna-Pet Max CBD Large (for large dogs/breeds) capsule mixed with food, 2 times daily.

How to Administer CBD Capsules for Dogs

Canna-Pet CBD capsules are a little easier to administer than CBD oil.

You can either open the capsule and mix its contents with your pet’s regular food or wrap the entire capsule in a treat or pill pocket.

Either way, just make sure your pet receives the entire contents of the capsule to ensure a proper dose.

Dosage With CBD Treats

Canna-Pet also has 2 lines of organic dog treats containing CBD (Advanced and MaxCBD).

The MaxCBD treats contain higher doses of CBD, just like the capsules.

Both biscuits are available in a variety of flavors, and are great at hiding the flavour of the hemp extract.

canna pet cbd dog treats

Here are the basic dosage guidelines using these treats:

Canna-Biscuits Advanced Formula:

  • Under 20lbs (9kg): 1 biscuit every 12 hours
  • 21-95lbs (9.5-43kg): 2-3 biscuits every 12 hours
  • Over 95lbs (43kg): 4 biscuits every 12 hours

Canna-Biscuits MaxCBD Formula:

  • Under 20lbs (9kg): ½-1 biscuit every 12 hours
  • 21-95lbs (9.5-43kg): 1-2 biscuit every 12 hours
  • Over 95lbs (43kg): 2-3 biscuits every 12 hours

You can visit the official website for specific product details:

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Dosing With Another Brand (King Kanine)

Another CBD oil brand that I love to recommend is King Kanine.

I have used this successfully with our dog Rosie, and have heard many great reviews from other pet owners as well.

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What's great about King Kanine is that they make administering these supplements very simple.

They actually have a handy chart that you can refer to. This chart comes with their oil products:

cbd dosage chart for dogs

The chart is pretty easy to read.

All the oils from King Kanine will come with a syringe which you can see in the image above.

Basically, you will want to fill up the syringe based on the chart and your specific pet.

The left column of the chart indicates the weight categories.

The 3 center columns are labeled Standard, Therapeutic, and Medicinal.

  • Standard: General immune support and situational (driving in a car, bad weather, large crowds).
  • Therapeutic: This refers to things such as anxiety, nausea, inflammation, arthritis and pain from injury.
  • Medicinal: This refers to other situations where a larger dose is recommended: cancer, epilepsy, hip dysplasia.

terrier dog in woodsSo here's a few examples:

If you have a terrier who weighs about 15 pounds that is suffering from anxiety due to traveling in a car, or due to a loud thunderstorm, a Standard dosage of 0.2 ml would be fine.

If you have a 80 pound German Shepherd suffering from hip dysplasia, a daily dosage of 3.2 ml would be appropriate.

There might be some overlap between Therapeutic and Medicinal. Just remember to monitor your pet, and understand that CBD is a non-psychoactive and non-toxic substance that is considered incapable of causing an overdose.

So if you follow these general guidelines, I would not worry about giving your pet too much at all.

King Kanine's Other Products

This company also offers CBD treats and cookies called King Kalm Crunch.

The dosage is not as exact, because it's a bit harder to track with solid food, so they have averaged down the dosage in their treats.

1 cookie per day will be standard for most dogs.

When it comes to treats and cookies, always follow the guidelines on the box. It's really that straightforward.

You can visit the official website for more product details:

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Can My Dog Take Too Much CBD?

Remember, CBD is a non-psychoactive compound.

This means it won’t make your pet “high”.

Numerous studies have shown that CBD is a very well-tolerated compound, even in high doses.

In fact, CBD has no known toxic level and is considered incapable of causing an “overdose.”

Choosing the Right Product (Oil, Capsules, Or Treats)

In this article I shared dosage tips for 3 types of CBD products for dogs:

Oil, capsules, and CBD treats.

Many pet owners struggle to decide which product to use for their pet.

I generally recommend using CBD oil whenever possible.

When administered under the tongue, CBD oil offers the fastest relief from symptoms.

Capsules and treats, on the other hand, need to pass through the digestive tract, and can take at least 45 minutes to take effect.

However, remember that the oil treatment is the most difficult to administer and has the strongest taste.

Hence, if your dog is a bit of a picky eater and sensitive to strong tastes, you may find better results using either capsules or treats.

If your dog isn’t eating well, you should be using CBD oil to ensure they receive their medicine properly.

Final Thoughts on These Dosage Recommendations

In this article I’ve aimed to cover some basics on how much CBD to give your dog.

Remember, these are only basic guidelines and may change depending on the size of your pet, their condition, and the type/brand of product you use.

Nonetheless, remember that CBD is a non-toxic compound and cannot cause an overdose.

For more information on CBD products for pets, consider reading more of our guides.

If you're looking for a particular product, I would recommend the brands highlighted above.

You can read my full King Kanine review here.

Check out my thoughts on Canna-Pet here.

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