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CBD Dosage for Dogs: How Much CBD Should I Give My Dog?

Aug 5, 2022

So you’ve decided to give your precious pup some Pet Releaf pet CBD. Maybe your dog is feeling stressed from a move, or that mean kitty cat. Or perhaps your dog is getting up there in age and is starting to move a little more slowly. You might have heard about how good Pet Releaf CBD may be for promoting overall health and wellness. Whatever your reasons, you likely want to know how much Pet Releaf CBD you should give your dog. You don’t want to waste your new CBD product, and you don’t want to give your dog too much. Just like Goldilocks, you’re looking for the amount that’s just right. 

Let’s remember why we want to give our dogs CBD in the first place. CBD, or cannabidiol, is extracted from the hemp plant (not the marijuana plant), along with many other beneficial plant compounds, like terpenes, that all work together. Mammals, like us and your dog, have an endocannabinoid system, which is part of the central nervous system. The endocannabinoid system works with the body to keep it in balance. The cannabidiol, or CBD, binds to receptors in the cannabinoid system and helps it do its job of regulating better. The right amount of CBD for your dog is the right amount its endocannabinoid system can use over about 9 hours. 

When it comes to a CBD dosage for dogs, a good general guideline to start with is 1-2 mg for every 10 pounds of weight. But, the right dosage can depend on several factors that we’ll look at in this article. 

CBD Dosage For Dogs Guide

Here is a dosage guide for small, medium, and large dogs for all of Pet Releaf’s CBD products. The numbers indicate the concentration of CBD. For example, the Hemp Oil 100 is good for small dogs and the Hemp Oil 500 is more appropriate for larger dogs. 

Dog weight 1-25lbs
1.5 full droppers a day
Pet Releaf Hemp Oil 100
Dog weight 26-50lbs
2.5 full droppers a day
Pet Releaf Hemp Oil 100
Dog weight 1-25lbs
0.75 full droppers a day
Pet Releaf Hemp Oil 200
Dog weight 26-50lbs
1.5 full droppers a day
Pet Releaf Hemp oil 200
Dog weight 51-75lbs
2 full droppers a day
Pet Releaf Hemp Oil 200
Dog weight 76-100lbs
2.75 full droppers a day
Pet Releaf Hemp Oil 200
Dog weight 26-50lbs
0.5 full dropper a day
Pet Releaf Hemp Oil 500
Dog weight 51-75lbs
1 full dropper a day
Pet Releaf Hemp Oil 500
Dog weight 76-100lbs
1.5 full dropper a day
Pet Releaf Hemp Oil 500
Dog weight 101-150lbs
2 full droppers a day
Pet Releaf Hemp Oil 500
Dog weight 150lbs +
2.75 full droppers a day
Pet Releaf Hemp Oil 500
Dog weight 26-50lbs
0.5 dropper a day
Pet Releaf Hemp Oil 750
Dog weight 51-75lbs
0.75 dropper a day
Pet Releaf Hemp Oil 750
Dog weight 76-100lbs
1 dropper a day
Pet Releaf Hemp Oil 750
Dog weight 101-150lbs
1.5 droppers a day
Pet Releaf Hemp Oil 750
Dog weight 150lbs +
2 droppers a day
Pet Releaf Hemp Oil 750
Dog weight 1-25lbs
0.5 dropper a day
Pet Releaf Liposome Hemp Oil 100
Dog weight 26-50lbs
0.75 dropper a day
Pet Releaf Liposome Hemp Oil 100
Dog weight 51-75lbs
1 dropper a day
Pet Releaf Liposome Hemp Oil 100
Dog weight 76-100lbs
1.25 droppers a day
Pet Releaf Liposome Hemp Oil 100
Dog weight 26-50lbs
0.25 dropper a day
Pet Releaf Liposome Hemp Oil 300
Dog weight 51-75lbs
0.5 dropper a day
Pet Releaf Liposome Hemp Oil 300
Dog weight 76-100lbs
0.75 dropper a day
Pet Releaf Liposome Hemp Oil 300
Dog weight 101-150lbs
1 dropper a day
Pet Releaf Liposome Hemp Oil 300
Dog weight 150lbs +
2 droppers a day
Pet Releaf Liposome Hemp Oil 300
Dog weight 51-75lbs
0.5 dropper a day
Pet Releaf Liposome Hemp Oil 600
Dog weight 76-100lbs
0.75 dropper a day
Pet Releaf Liposome Hemp Oil 600
Dog weight 101-150lbs
1 dropper a day
Pet Releaf Liposome Hemp Oil 600
Dog weight 150-200lbs
2 droppers a day
Pet Releaf Liposome Hemp Oil 600
Dog weight 201lbs+
2.5 droppers a day
Pet Releaf Liposome Hemp Oil 600
Dog weight 40-75lbs
1 capsule a day
Pet Releaf CBD Capsules
Dog weight 75-125lbs
2 capsules a day
Pet Releaf CBD Capsules
Dog weight 125-175lbs
3 capsules a day
Pet Releaf CBD Capsules
Dog weight 11lbs-33lbs
1-2 capsules a day
Sentesa Tri-Active Capsules for small dogs
Dog weight 33lbs +
1-2 capsules a day
Sentesa Tri-Active Capsules for medium and large dogs
Dog weight up to 30lbs
give 1, up to 2, or as needed
Pet Releaf Edibites
Dog weight 31-60lbs
give 2, up to 3, or as needed
Pet Releaf Edibites
Dog weight 61-90lbs
give 4, up to 5, or as needed
Pet Releaf Edibites
Dog weight 25-50lbs
give 1, up to 2, or as needed
Pet Releaf Edibites for large dogs
Dog weight 51-75lbs
give 2, up to 3, or as needed
Pet Releaf Edibites for large dogs
Dog weight 75-100lbs
give 3, up to 4, or as needed
Pet Releaf Edibites for large dogs
Dog weight 101-150lbs
give 4, up to 5, or as needed
Pet Releaf Edibites for large dogs

Things to Think About Before Giving Your Dog CBD

While the guidelines above are a good place to start, there are several other factors when it comes to choosing the right amount of CBD to give your pet. As every pet is different, dosage guidelines are simply starting recommendations based on your pet’s weight. If you do not see the desired results after consistent administration, you may need to adjust the amount given based on your pet’s specific health needs.

1. How are you giving your dog CBD?

a. Hemp oil.

CBD for pets comes in many different forms. There is the classic hemp oil, capsules with hemp oil in them, treats or edibles, and topicals. A topical is a cream or lotion that is put on the skin. 

CBD hemp oils are the most efficient way to give your dog CBD. Hemp oil will offer the most bioavailability compared to other forms. Another benefit of hemp oil is that depending on the potency, you will need less of it compared to other types to get the desired effects, which makes this the most wallet-friendly option. 

A downside to hemp oil is that it has a distinctive taste. It’s possible your dog might not like the way it tastes, which could make administering difficult. Many Hemp Oils incorporate a mixing agent of coconut oil or a fish oil, so it’s always dependent on your pet’s taste preferences. 

b. Treats.

You can bypass the taste issue a couple of ways. One of the easiest is by using edible CBD, or “treats”. CBD treats are not real dog treats but are supplements. 

However, unlike CBD hemp oil, which will start being absorbed through your dog’s mouth, supplement chews have to be digested before the CBD will be absorbed into your dog’s system. This makes them slower acting than hemp oil. 

c. Capsules.

CBD capsules offer a higher fixed-dose and are very reliable as far as the effects they produce. They are an excellent choice for medium to large dogs because of the higher, fixed dosage. If you need to open your capsule to get the right dosage, you might as well use a bottle of hemp oil. Capsules offer the best of what hemp oil and treats offer—more bioavailability and ease of administration. These are perfect if your dog has no issues taking medications or supplements. If you have a pickier pup, try disguising the capsule in a small spoonful of all-natural peanut butter. 

d. Topical creams.

Topical creams are great for skin issues and for dogs who won’t take oil, capsules, or chews. You can apply the cream on your dog’s skin anywhere, just be sure to avoid the eyes. The nose, paws, and joints are good places to start, as is the belly, depending on how hairy or furry your dog is. 

2. What state of health is your dog in?

This comes down to what your goals are for your pet. If your dog is relatively healthy, she’ll likely reap benefits from CBD at a lower dose. If your pup has moderate health issues, like allergies or occasional joint tenderness, then a medium dose is what you need. But, if your dog has serious health issues, then consider working up to a higher dosage as you monitor the effects on your pet. 

3. What brand are you using?

The amount of CBD in a bottle of hemp oil will vary from brand to brand. And, each brand has different concentrations. This is good for dog owners to know, because the bigger your dog is, the higher concentration you’ll need. Following the dosing instructions for each brand is very important. If one brand of CBD makes a 100mg hemp oil and another brand is a 200mg bottle, you’ll need to dose differently for each brand. 

CBD Dosage by the Size of Your Dog

Here are the general guidelines for administering Pet Releaf’s CBD hemp oils to your dog. Dosage amount is based on your dog’s weight and the concentration of CBD. 

1. Small dogs (1-50lbs)

Pet Releaf’s Hemp Oil 100: for 1-25lbs, give 1.5 full droppers a day. For 26-50lbs, give 2.5 full droppers a day.

Pet Releaf’s Hemp Oil 200: for 1-25lbs, give 0.75 full dropper a day. For 26-50lbs, give 1.5 droppers per day.

Pet Releaf’s Hemp Oil 500: for 26-50lbs, give 0.5 full dropper a day.

Pet Releaf’s Liposome Hemp Oil 100: for 1-25lbs, give 0.5 full droppers a day, and for 26-50lbs, give 0.75 full dropper per day

Pet Releaf’s Liposome Hemp Oil 300: for 26-50lbs give .25 full dropper a day.

Pet Releaf’s Hemp Oil Capsules: for 40-50lbs, give 1 capsule per day.

Pet Releaf’s Edibites: for 1-30lbs, give 1, up to 2, or as needed, and for 30-50lbs, give 2, up to 3, or as needed.

Pet Releaf’s Sentesa for small dogs: for 11-33lbs, give 1-2 capsules a day.

2. Medium dogs (50-75lbs)

Pet Releaf’s Hemp Oil 200: for 51-75lbs, give 2 full droppers a day.

Pet Releaf’s Hemp Oil 500: for 51-75lbs, give 1 full dropper a day.

Pet Releaf’s Liposome Hemp Oil 100: for 51-75lbs, give one full dropper a day.

Pet Releaf’s Liposome Hemp Oil 300: for 51-75lbs, give 0.5 full dropper a day.

Pet Releaf’s Hemp Oil  Capsules: for 40-75lbs, give 1 capsule a day.

Pet Releaf’s Edibites: for 50-60lbs, give 2, up to 3, or as needed, and for 61-75lbs, give 4, up to 5, or as needed. 

Pet Releaf’s Sentesa for medium and large dogs: for 33lbs+, give 1-2 capsules a day.

3. Large dogs (75-100lbs)

Pet Releaf’s Liposome Hemp Oil 100: for 76-100lbs, give 1.25 full droppers a day. 

Pet Releaf’s Liposome Hemp Oil 300: for 76 -100lbs, give .75 full dropper a day. 

Pet Releaf’s Hemp Oil 200: for 76-100lbs, give 2.75 full droppers a day.

Pet Releaf’s Hemp Oil 500: for 76-100lbs, give 1.5 full droppers a day

Pet Releaf’s Hemp Oil  Capsules: for 75-125lbs, give 2 capsules a day. 

Pet Releaf’s Edibites: for 75-90lbs, give 4, up to 5, or as needed. 

Pet Releaf’s Edibites for large dogs: for 75-100lbs, give 3, up to 4, or as needed.

Pet Releaf’s Sentesa for medium and large dogs: for 33lbs+, give 1-2 capsules a day.

4. Extra Large dogs (100-150+lbs)

Pet Releaf’s Liposome Hemp Oil 600: for 101-150lbs, give one full dropper a day. For 150lbs+ give 2 full droppers a day. 

Pet Releaf’s Hemp Oil 750: for 101-150lbs, give 1.5 full droppers a day. For 150lbs+, give 2 full droppers a day. 

Pet Releaf’s Hemp Oil  Capsules: for 125-175lbs, give 3 capsules a day.

Pet Releaf’s Edibites for large dogs: for 101-150lbs, give 4, up to 5, or as needed.

Pet Releaf’s Sentesa for medium and large dogs: for 33lbs+, give 1-2 capsules a day.

cbd dosage for dogs chart

CBD Dosage FAQ’s

1. How long will CBD stay in my dog’s system?

CBD stays in your dog’s system for about 9 hours. This is why most brands recommend splitting the dosage amount between the morning and evening.  

2. Is it possible to give my dog too much CBD?

Yes, you might read a label wrong, and give your dog too much CBD. Or maybe your mischievous pooch knocked the bottle over and lapped it up. Don’t worry, there is no known overdose on a full-spectrum CBD product. Studies have shown that CBD is well-tolerated by dogs, even at high doses. Since CBD only stays in your dog’s system for about 9 hours, it will work its way through your dog’s body relatively quickly. They will likely be very drowsy, or possibly have some stomach upset. However, if you’re following the label’s instructions carefully, you should be giving your pet the right amount. 

It’s also important to carefully review the ingredients in the product to ensure that your dog does not have any allergies or sensitivities towards them.

3. How do I know if the CBD is working?

It might take a few days or weeks to see the full benefits of CBD in your pet. It’s also possible the improvement might happen so gradually that you won’t notice for a while. But, you’ll know the CBD is working when you start to see a positive difference, or differences, in your dog’s physical, mental, and emotional health. 

4. How long does it take for the CBD to start working?

Depending on the dog, and the amount given, you should notice it taking effect about an hour after giving your dog CBD. If you don’t notice any effect, go ahead and give them a little more, or up the dose the next time you administer.

5. Are there any risks to giving my dog CBD?

Other than mild side effects from a too-large dose, no, there aren’t any risks in giving CBD to healthy dogs. If your dog is on medication, you’ll want to talk to your vet. 

6. Can I give my dog CBD every day?

Yes, most pet CBD is designed to be given twice a day. 

Pet Releaf CBD for Dogs

Made with sustainably grown hemp, Pet Releaf’s pet CBD sets the gold standard for their industry. Pet Releaf is proud to have helped over 3.5 million pets on their CBD health journey! With two prestigious certifications on many of their products, they have certifications from USDA Organic and the National Animal Supplement Council. Pet Releaf’s products are rigorously tested by third-party laboratories to make sure that what’s in the bottles matches what’s on the label, and that there is no contamination from THC or chemicals. 

Try Pet Releaf CBD for your dog today! Does your dog love treats? Then he’ll love Pet Releaf’s Edibites. They aren’t treats, but CBD and herbal supplement chews. Try the blueberry and cranberry Immunity Edibites, or the perennial favorite, Peppered Bacon. Pet Releaf also offers CBD oil, CBD capsules, and CannaCare, a topical cream.  

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