This is not only a great question. It’s the one we hear the most! And that makes sense – CBD is still pretty new to everybody, especially our animal friends. We’re all learning how to get the most out of it and just how much to give. Here’s our advice:
For both cats and dogs, a good rule of thumb is to start with 1.5mg – 3mg for every 5kg of weight.
If you’re using our CBD Oil, remember that the amount listed on the label (1000mg) is the total amount of CBD in the whole bottle and not a per-dose amount. So, for example, one 10ml bottle of 1000mg CBD Oil contains 1000 total milligrams of CBD, with each drop delivering 3mg of CBD.
Our CBD Treats come in a few different per-treat dosages:
Small Dogs: 3mg CBD per treat (1 – 2 treats per day)
Medium/Large Dogs: 5mg CBD per treat (3 – 4 treats per day)
Cats: 3mg CBD per treat (1 – 2 treats per day)
We always recommend titration (we borrowed this fancy word from chemistry) as the best way to introduce CBD to your pet’s body. It means starting off on the low side of a dosage range and adjusting upward slowly over time until the desired effect is reached. This cautious approach works well, as every dog and cat is different. They come in all shapes and sizes. That’s what we love about them!
But it does mean that when it comes to CBD, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. It might take some experimenting to find the right amount to give your own fuzzballs. That’s okay – CBD is safe and natural, so no worries if your pet gets a little more or less than needed while you figure things out.
In many cases, your pet will tell you if it’s time for more. You’ll notice they’re having symptoms again and you can come to the rescue with a dropper or a biscuit. They’ll be grateful when you do!
How long does it take CBD to start working?
CBD takes 30-45 minutes to start working. As a rule, CBD oil tends to kick in a little faster than treats, just because there are fewer ingredients for furry bellies to break down first. But there’s no difference in effectiveness between the two.
How long does CBD last for?
Each dose – whether from oil or biscuits – lasts from 4-8 hours. That’s a big spread, we know, but the duration can vary a lot depending on your pet’s size, activity level, breed and the severity of their symptoms. But as a good rule of thumb: older pets tend to take longer than younger ones to digest food and cats tend to metabolise CBD much faster than dogs.
For more severe conditions such as advanced arthritis, cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, spinal cord injuries, pain and severe inflammation, we may recommend a stronger, more effective dosage and treatment.