Well-being or Treatment? Is the CBD Dosage for Dogs the Same?

CBD or Cannabinoid has been used as a treatment alternative for various pet health conditions and a lot of owners have seen significant improvement in their pups from simple things such as pain and inflammation to more pronounced cases of seizures, depression, and anxiety.

It is not to say that every dog responds to it the same way and the result will be the same, however, us humans and dogs both have an Endocannabinoid system (or ECS) which is very similar to one another and seeing the positive results that it has had on humans being treated for tumors, types of cancers, depression, and arthritis, many have caught on to this and started introducing it into their dogs lives.

The incredible difference it has made to both people and their pets has been recorded online for public viewing via case studies, and trial conclusions that have been done worldwide and continue to do so. Additional information can be found on various open sources such as this one. So, we ask ourselves one fundamental question

Well-being or Treatment – Is the Dose the Same?

Depending on whether you are treating your pet for one of the above or any other ailment, or if you are keen on starting to use it for the purpose of its overall well-being, the obvious answer is, the dose will be different and will depend on a few factors, namely, the size of your canine, the weight, how old he or she is, treatment or well-being, and the size of the supplier’s bottle or treat i.e. how much CBD will it have per mg or gram for instance.

The best way to sass this out is by looking at the packaging to see if they have included a dosage chart. If that is not clear or your still confused, look online for various dosage charts that are included on supplier websites, for example, this one https://www.holistapet.com/cbd-dosing-chart-for-pets/, which has a chart for both dogs and cats.

A regular dose would typically be anything from 1 to 0.25mg, and anything above that up to 0.5mg or x2 doses of the 0.25mg will be a stronger one to give. The difference will be, which type of ailment of health condition you will be treating.

Some conditions are minor while others are more serious. Minor ones include things like moderate pain and inflammation or allergies and skin conditions, perhaps some stress or anxiety as well. the more serious conditions include seizures to depression, mobility problems, arthritis, certain tumors, and cancers, for instance.

The later will need to be consulted with your veterinarian before you start using CBD on your dog, in case they need to be on any specific medication for their problem. Although it has been seen to be safe when used in conjunction with majority types of medications, and the only exception that has been noted is to not take it with grapefruit or grapefruit juice.

This is because both CBD and grapefruit interact with medication both in the same way i.e. they inhibit the cytochrome enzyme p450. And because of this, researchers have stated that logically these two should not be consumed together.  

The Numbers Don’t Lie

As mentioned above the amount you give will depend on a few things, however, to calculate it yourself using the limit of 5milligrams per kilogram. If you’re not sure how much a kg is, you first will need to convert this, or 5mg per 2.2 lbs.

So 1lb will be about 0.45 kgs. So, if your dog is 10 pounds, he will be 4.5kgs and so on. Do not ever increase the dose unless you have been told to do so by your veterinarian, and even then, do some research before you do this.  

Lastly, if you are giving it treats, start with one a day for at least a minimum of 3 weeks then only increase the dose if you observe no negative side-effects to it. Overall giving this substance to your furry companion will not only help him in both mind and body but it may make him calmer if he gets too excited and less prone to getting sick during the winter months. You will thank yourself for it in the long run.

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