How much CBD Should I Give My Dog?

It’s a great question! Just like humans, pets can benefit from CBD. CBD is still a new therapeutic option for many people, including many of our furry friends. Fortunately, we’ve been doing this for a while, so here’s our advice. If you’re thinking of using CBD Oils, they often come in different concentrations. The amount of CBD listed on the label is not a per-dose amount but rather the total amount of CBD in the whole bottle. So, for example, one 60ml bottle of 1000mg CBD Hemp Oil contains 1000 total milligrams of CBD.

If your pet hasn’t used CBD in the past, we recommend that you start with the lowest dose and titrate up over a few days or a week. By starting low and slow, you’re giving your pup a chance to see how they react. That way, you can adjust if needed instead of just guessing what dosage is right for your dog.  However when dealing with pets in pain or distress a moderate to higher dose is recommended as it is most important to get relief to them ASAP.  A little drowsiness may be a side effect but in many cases, a little rest is what these pets need the most. 

Our dosage calculator can also help you decide where to start and how much oil to administer to your pet on a daily basis based on their weight and other factors.

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How Long Does it Take CBD to Start Working?

CBD is the most popular alternative to medicine for pets. It’s even suitable for dogs with advanced medical conditions and is an effective way of improving your pet’s quality of life without the unwanted side effects that come with other medications. But how long does it take our CBD to work?

All Paws Essentials Pet CBD will start working in about 15-45 minutes and typically provides relief from intermittent issues not long after taking it. However, the full benefits of pet CBD may take a few weeks to show up for some pets. To get the best out of our products, we recommend administering on an empty stomach if possible and squirting our oils directly onto the gumline of your pet. The mouth is the best place for cannabinoid absorption. We also use organic MCT coconut oil in all our products for its medium-chain fats which require little to no effort to transport the CBD into your pet’s body. For cats, you can squirt a small amount of oil on their front paws which they instinctively lick for grooming anyway. This avoids conflict with fussy cats. For best results, we recommend administering the CBD daily before discontinuing treatment or modifying dosage, concentration, or administration methods unless there is no improvement in your pet’s condition

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How long does CBD stay in my dog's System?

CBD has a half-life of about four hours in dogs. This means that the CBD can be completely eliminated from the bloodstream within 24 hours after ingestion. However, it is important to consider that this is an average number and may vary depending on factors such as the age of the dog, breed, general health, and diet. The amount and frequency of CBD given will also affect how long it lasts. 

A smaller pet, such as a cat or a dog weighing less than 25 pounds, will eliminate CBD from their body faster than larger pets will as they generally have a higher metabolism. In this case, you should take the time to consider how often your pet needs to receive CBD dog treats to get the maximum benefits from it.

If you give your dog CBD treats as an overall addition to their health stack, they may only need one dose per day depending on their conditions and symptoms. Depending on your pet’s metabolic rate and physiology, some dogs may need to take CBD twice to three times a day. When you and your pet are ready to start your CBD journey check out our selection of high-quality CBD dog treats today!

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