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A CBD Dosing Guide For Dogs: Your Questions & Concerns Answered

Updated: Aug 9, 2020

In this blog, we discuss recommended doses of CBD for your pup based on the use of Gaia Provides products, keep in mind each brand varies so always check with the specific brand and consult your veterinarian.

Featuring Elvis, enjoying his CBD on the mountain. Photo Credit: Dr. Kimberly Lincoln

Once dog owners learn about the many ways CBD may benefit their best companion, they are eager to try it, and rightly so. Unlike the many prescription medications that cause damage to vital organs like the liver, kidneys, or the heart, CBD is a naturally occurring compound that provides a gentler approach to boosting the health and wellness of your dog. (Don't forget to download your dosing chart towards the bottom!)


Several studies show CBD can alleviate many common canine conditions associated with pain and inflammation, as well as to aid in maintaining overall health. This cannabinoid has a high safety profile with little to no side-effects when taken regularly, and no harm will come to your dog even if you don't get the dosage right the first time around.


A lot of dog owners new to CBD worry about the safety, efficacy, dosing, and side effects of overdosing. Accidentally giving your dog too much CBD will not cause them to be "stoner" or discomfort, since CBD is non-psychoactive; the most common result is that he or she may experience drowsiness napping a little longer than usual, and in a small amount of cases some pets may experience diarrhea. On the other hand, if you give too little CBD, chances are your dog will not get relief since they need a consistent amount of the compound in their body to work.


One of the most common questions we receive at Gaia Provides is, "How much CBD oil should I give my dog?" Choosing the proper amount of CBD to give your dog shouldn't be a challenge, but there are a few factors you need to consider. The weight and age of your canine, plus the severity of their condition, are the most important.


In this blog, we discuss recommended doses of CBD for your pup based on the use of Gaia Provides products, keep in mind each brand varies so always check with the specific brand and consult your veterinarian. Although we consider our recommendations a baseline starting dose, based on your pet's weight and type of ailment, we also explain in this blog how to alter the dosage based on the results you see, however you should always consult with a veterinarian familiar with CBD use.


What conditions can CBD help?


Dog owners use CBD to help with a plethora of health and wellness issues, some of which are backed by science. The standard conditions are:


  • Inflammatory conditions

  • Low energy or mobility

  • Arthritis and joint pain

  • Reduced appetite

  • Chronic pain

  • Seizures

  • Anxiety

  • Aging

What makes CBD so effective?


The reason CBD is effective in aiding in your dogs ailments such as pain, inflammation, and anxiety is due to ability of CBD to bind to the receptors of your dog's endocannabinoid system. In both dogs and humans, the endocannabinoid system helps regulate many systems in the body, like the immune, nervous, and endocrine systems.


Studies show the endocannabinoid system is highly integrated within the body and plays a role in controlling inflammation, pain, mood, appetite, and sleep, to name a few things. When your dog consumes cannabinoids like CBD, this compound, in turn, activates this system.


What type of CBD products should you give your dog?


Most people favor giving their dog either a CBD oil tincture or some other edible form like dog treats. After all, dogs always think about their bellies and love to eat, so adding CBD oil to their food makes the process stress-free and enjoyable for you and your dog.


There are hundreds of products available that you can give to your dog, like tinctures derived from broad-spectrum distillate or CBD isolate. In our experience, flavorless CBD oils like the one by Gaia Provides are wildly popular among dog owners, since there is no unpleasant taste dogs tend to happily take it!