Our pets can reap many of the same benefits from cannabidiol (CBD) that we can. But since they can’t tell us how they are feeling, we have to follow some basic guidelines when introducing our pet to CBD.
All Pets Are Unique
Fido the Labrador will respond to a certain dose of CBD in a very different way from Sheila the Miniature Pinscher. Consider your pet’s weight: heavier pets will require larger doses of CBD. Even if your pets are the same weight and breed, they have different biochemistries and personalities that will affect their response. This means you’ll have to pay close attention to how your pet reacts to a given dose.
Calculating the Dose
There is no universal standard CBD dosage for pets. A good rule of thumb is to start with a low dose and increase until you see the desired effects. A clinical study from Cornell administered CBD at 2 mg/kg bodyweight twice daily in canines with osteoarthritis, and the dose increased comfort and activity. The Hawthorne Veterinary Clinic recommends a lower dose of .05-1.0 mg/kg bodyweight per day. Product packaging usually includes a dose guide that can be adjusted as needed.
Administering the CBD
Choose a product free of additives and check out the company’s certificate of analysis to ensure CBD content and low/zero THC. Oral administration is generally recommended. Tell your veterinarian that you’re trying CBD and share your notes on doses and effects; heed their advice. Your pet may develop a tolerance and require a larger dose to maintain the desired effects.
Introducing CBD to your pet can seem daunting. But if you stay mindful and start small, your pet may soon find all-natural relief from their ailment.
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