how many mg per day of cbd oil for dog

CBD Dosage for Dogs

We recommend using Essential’s CBD dog tinctures and starting at 0.2 mg/pound/day split into two doses, once in the morning and once at night, for the first 7-days. Then, use “stepwise dosing” to increase the dosage over four to six weeks until the desired results are achieved. Return to Essential’s CBD for dogs page.

CBD oil dosage
for dogs – high level

We recommend using Essential’s CBD dog tinctures and starting at 0.2 mg/pound/day split into two doses, once in the morning and once at night, for the first 7-days. Then, use “stepwise dosing” to increase the dosage over four to six weeks until the desired results are achieved. Return to Essential’s CBD for dogs page.

Accurately measuring CBD is important

Accurately measuring dose volumes for small pets can easily be achieved when using a graduated 1 mL plastic syringe and rounding to the nearest hundredth. Our CBD tinctures for dogs come with an accurate and marked dropper for easily measuring and administering doses. Highly accurate luer slip tip 1 mL syringes can be found on Amazon. To increase measurement accuracy, allow the tincture to warm to room temperature before withdrawing the dose. Daily tincture doses below 0.05 mL should be given to the pet once per day to ensure dose volume measurement accuracy.

Accurately measuring CBD
is important

Add CBD oil dosage directly to your dog’s food for the best results.

Add CBD oil
dosage directly to your dog’s food for the best results.

Macro vs Super Macro dosing

Research on dogs has found that CBD oil tinctures like ours have greater bioavailability than encapsulated CBD products. Therefore, we recommend starting with a dose of 0.2 mg CBD per pound of body weight per day and slowly working up to a regular maintenance dose of 0.5 mg per pound per day, or a strong maintenance dose of 1.0 mg per pound per day.

Macro-dosing full-spectrum CBD Dog Oil at 9 mg CBD per pound per day was found to be safe, as reported by McGrath, et al., 2018. Some dogs in the 6-week study experienced diarrhea and sedation as the dominant adverse events (AEs) from 4.5 and 9 mg CBD per pound per day. “Full-spectrum” CBD products include THC, a psychoactive cannabinoid, which at low doses and when co-applied with CBD can potentate CBD’s medicinal effects and has many medicinal effects itself currently being studied at US universities.

If your pet is on any prescription medications consult with your veterinarian before giving your pet any CBD. Dose-sensitive medicines that are metabolized in the liver and interact with the P450 enzyme family may be affected through CYP450 deactivation, as they are by grapefruit juice in humans. In such cases, using a low maintenance dose of less than 0.5 mg CBD per pound per day may have a negligible effect on your pet’s drug metabolism.

Super-macro-dosing dogs with CBD Dog Oil at 28 mg per pound in a single dose of 640.5 mg CBD was found to be safe, as reported by Vaughn, Kulpa, and Paulionis, 2020. According to Vaughan, et al.,10 escalating single doses of CBD every three days, starting at 0.9 mg CBD per pound and ending at 28 mg CBD per pound, “led to only mild AEs [adverse events] and no moderate or severe AEs. Importantly, the number and type of AEs that occurred in the CBD oil group were comparable to the corresponding placebo group (MCT oil). In both groups, the majority of AEs were gastrointestinal [diarrhea], which could have been due to discomfort with oral gavage, oil volume, and/or the MCT oil carrier.”

CBD Dosage: For People and Pets

As the CBD and hemp industry progresses, I have started receiving more and more questions about the dosage of CBD oil. Many people are unsure about where to start. Not only are people confused about their own dosage, but they are confused about the correct dosage for their pets. CBD is typically given to dogs, cats, and horses. This can be tricky, especially when you have multiple pets with varying weights.

In this article, I will cover recommended starting doses of CBD oil for people and pets. The majority of the questions I have received are pertaining to CBD oil, usually taken as a tincture. I have written this article to help clear the confusion. Through my research, I have done my best to provide you with trustworthy resources. However, I am not a doctor. I do not intend to provide medical information and always speak to your doctor about health concerns.

CBD Dosage for Humans

Finding the right dose of CBD can be tough. There are a few things to remember when considering how much to take. First, there have been no known overdoses from using CBD. Scientists have concluded that the controlled delivery of CBD is non-toxic and safe to humans and animals. CBD does not impact a human’s heart rate or breathing. In one study , scientists found that “high doses up to 1,500 mg/day of CBD are reportedly well tolerated in humans.”

Secondly, you need to understand that the FDA has not created a Recommended Daily Intake (RDI). This means that there is no official serving size. This is mainly due to the cannabis plant’s current legality. In addition, you need to know that the size of the dose depends on what you are trying to treat. Some people need a higher dose for higher pain. Others need a higher dose to reduce the size of their tumor. This will depend on your purpose for using CBD.

Now that we have the basics out of the way, let’s get into the details. Finding the right dosage may take some trial and error. There is no universal dosage for all people. There are many factors that influence the ideal dose for you. This can be weight, body chemistry, and severity of the condition being treated. The concentration of the CBD being taken is a factor as well.

Your body chemistry could be different from your friend. Even though you may be the same height and weight, the optimal dose between the two of you may be different. This is why it is always best to start small and increase gradually. Start with the ideal dose for your weight using a dosage chart. Begin observing the effects each day. Increase the dosage until you observe the desired results.

It is always best to administer a dose as accurately as possible. CBD capsules are typically the most controlled and accurate, but many people don’t have the time to make them. Taking CBD from a tincture can be accurate when using a dropper. An average dropper is 1 ml of liquid. You can calculate the milligrams in a dropper by dividing the total concentration of CBD in the tincture by the number of milliliters in a bottle. A formula and example can be seen below.

(Total Concentration of CBD in Tincture) / (Number of Milliliters in the Tincture Bottle) = Milligrams of CBD in a Dropper


2,000 mg / 30 ml = 67 mg in dropper

CBD Dosage for Dogs and Cats

CBD is very effective when given to pets. The dosage amount is generally the same for dogs and cats. As always, the same rules apply. Start small and base your first dose off weight. I recommend starting with the dosage chart below. It is best to start between 0.25 mg and 0.5 mg for every three pounds. This should be given to your pet twice a day. Typically, dropped on their food. Also, sometimes it can be difficult to find a CBD tincture that your pet will consume. Make sure you do your research before buying.

CBD for Horses

CBD can treat various ailments for horses. What can be treated in a dog or cat, is typically the same for horses. Although, the size of the dose is higher compared to a dog or cat. It best to consult with a holistic veterinarian prior to administering CBD.

From my experience, it is best to start with a base dose. Most people start with 40 mg per day. This can be taken all at once or twice throughout the day. Give your horse 40 mg per day for seven days. After seven days, if the desired results are not received, increase dosage by 20 mg. Remain at 60 mg per day for three days. After three days, observe the effects. If not satisfied, then continue this pattern until desired effects are reached.

CBD for Pets and People

We know that CBD is very beneficial to our bodies as well as our pets. With time and patience, you will find the best dosage for yourself. As mentioned, it is best to start small and use a dosage chart based off weight. From there, begin to increase dosage based off desired effects and results. All of my recommendations are based off a suggested serving size. This may be different for each individual or pet. As always, do your research and consult with your doctor prior to using CBD. Happy hemping!