CBD for Pets: A Beginner’s Guide

CBD has a lot of benefits for humans, and you can also use CBD for a variety of your pet’s problems. Derived from the Cannabis plant.

Even though CBD is acquired from the Cannabis or marijuana plant, CBD products do not contain the psychoactive component known as THC. This means that your pet will not feel sluggish or lethargic while taking CBD. Many pet owners like to utilize more holistic approaches to veterinary care, and CBD products fall into this category. With almost no side effects to worry about, these products are worth considering.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of eighty chemical compounds known as cannabinoids that are derived from the hemp plant, a strain of the Cannabis plant. The derivation processes for human-grade CBD and animal-grade CBD are very similar.

Since animals have a lot of the same health issues that humans have, cannabinoids can be just as useful for pets. Remember, animals usually should not receive the same amount of product that is recommended for humans. If you want to use a human-marketed product for your pet, then make sure to talk to your veterinarian for more information and further recommendations.

CBD Benefits for Pets

Owners know that pets are important members of the family. It is vital to keep them happy and healthy, and thanks to high-quality CBD supplements, this can be much easier to achieve.

Side Effects of CBD Products for Pets

So far, there are very few side effects associated with the ongoing use of CBD in pets. Sometimes it is best to start with the lowest effective dose to see if your pet will have an adverse reaction. If you don’t notice any positive changes after a couple of weeks, then you may need to increase the dosage for better results.

One of the most common changes is that CBD can make some pets drink more than usual. This can be helped by making sure that your pet has a constant supply of clean water available.

It is interesting to note that, in humans, the most common side effect of CBD use is dry mouth.

Other side effects are beneficial in certain situations. For example, CBD can increase appetite for an older or sick pet who isn’t eating. CBD can also cause mild sedation, which is helpful for pets.

CBD Dosage Information for Pets

In order to determine the right dose of CBD for your pet, you must weigh your pet first. The general recommendation is 0.05 mg per pound, administered twice daily. This means that a 5-pound dog will need 0.25 mg twice a day. In some cases, animals can metabolize medications and supplements faster than humans, so you might notice the effects of CBD very quickly. This might also explain why pets needs more than once dose per day.

Make sure that you administer the treatment with an accurately measured dropper or syringe. Alternatively, you can purchase a CBD product that has pre-measured doses like CBD pet treats. CBD shouldn’t make pets too sleepy. If you’re using a full-spectrum product, then your pet may become very relaxed. In this case, it may be best to give a dose right before bedtime so that your pet sleeps better and will be more alert during the daytime.

CBD Dosages for Dogs or Cats

Pet weight, lbsLow DoseMedium DoseStrong Dose
10 pounds1 mg3 mg5 mg
20 pounds2 mg6 mg10 mg
30 pounds3 mg8 mg15 mg
40 pounds4 mg10 mg20 mg
50 pounds5 mg12 mg25 mg
60 pounds6 mg14 mg30 mg
70 pounds7 mg16 mg35 mg
80 pounds8 mg18 mg40 mg
90 pounds9 mg20 mg45 mg
100 pounds10 mg22 mg50 mg

We recommend talking to your veterinarian to find out more information on CBD administration.

CBD Pet Product Examples

Lazarus Naturals, Calming CBD Oil Pet Tincture, Natural Flavor, 2400mg of CBD

Lazarus Naturals, Calming CBD Oil Pet Tincture, Natural Flavor, 1200mg of CBD

Pet CBD Oil is a product from Lazarus Naturals that provides 2 oz of CBD (2400 mg total) in a tincture form. This product promotes joint health, decreases pain, and calms nerves. Each dose provides 40 mg of CBD. You can mix it into food or water, and it can be given orally as well.

The dosage recommendations include:

  • Less than 15lbs: 3 drops (1.5 mg CBD)
  • 15-30 lbs: 6 drops (3 mg CBD)
  • 30-60 lbs: 10 drops (5 mg CBD)
  • Over 60 lbs: 20 drops (10 mg CBD)

Another options from Lazarus Naturals are available in our store:

NuLeaf Naturals, Pet CBD Oil, Full Spectrum, 5mL, 300mg of CBD

NuLeaf Naturals, Pet CBD Oil, Full Spectrum, 5mL, 300mg of CBD

A full-spectrum CBD oil will provide your pet with CBD and other useful cannabinoid compounds. This product from NuLeaf Naturals provides 5 mL of CBD oil (300 mg total) and has a very mild taste. It can be given orally or mixed in with food or water.

Dosing CBD for pets according to NuLeaf Naturals:

  • Up to 25 lbs: 2 drops, 1 to 2 times daily (6 mg CBD)
  • 25-50 lbs: 4 drops, 1 to 2 times daily (12 mg CBD)
  • 50-75 lbs: 6 drops, 1 to 2 times daily (18 mg CBD)
  • Over 75 lbs: 8 drops, 1 to 2 times daily (24 mg CBD)

You may also like NuLeaf Naturals pet tinctures:

CBDistillery CBD Pet Tincture

CBDistillery CBD Pet Tincture

This pet-friendly tincture product contains 2.5 milligrams of CBD per serving. If you want more potent CBD tincture, try CBDistillery CBD Pet Tincture 600 mg. It contains 20 milligrams of CBD per serving (1 ml).

CBDistillery uses organic, all-natural cold-pressed hemp seed oil to deliver wellness benefits to pets in an easily digestible form. All of the high-quality, GMO-free hemp used in this formula is sourced in the United States.

The dosage of this product can be tailored for pet weight. Servings are intended to be served up twice daily with your pet’s meals. Each 30-milliliter tincture bottle of CBDistillery’s liquid pet CBD contains 150 milligrams of CBD in total.

Suggested use serving by weight:

  • Under 25 lbs: 10 drops = 0.5 mL (10 mg)
  • 25-75 lbs: 10-20 drops = 0.5-1mL (10-20mg)
  • Over 75 lbs: 20-40 drops = 1-2mL (20-40mg)

Green Roads Pet CBD Oil Drops for Cats

Green Roads Pet CBD Oil Drops for Cats

Designed for feline wellness, these GMO-free oil drops deliver 2 milligrams of broad-spectrum CBD per serving using hemp seed oil as a carrier. This CBD oil uses American-produced hemp in a formula that is designed specifically for easy digestion in your cat’s tummy. Cats get an extra wellness boost via the MCT oil blended with the hemp carrier in this ultra-pure blend. Each 30-milliliter bottle of Green Roads cat CBD oil contains 60 milligrams of CBD in total.

Green Roads manufactures CBD oil for dogs as well. CBD drops for medium dogs are made with hemp seed oil and hemp-derived cannabinoid extract grown on American farms. Each 1ml serving of this hemp oil for dogs delivers 7mg of CBD.

The dosage recommendations based on the pet weight:

  • Under 15 lbs: 2 mg CBD (1 ml)
  • 15-50 lbs: 7 mg CBD (1 ml)
  • Over 50 lbs: 20 mg CBD (1 ml)

Bluebird Botanicals CBD Oil for Pets, Companion, 2oz, 500mg CBD

Bluebird Botanicals, CBD Pet, Hemp CBD Companion

This product is made from a full spectrum hemp oil and contains a variety of beneficial cannabinoids. This 1 oz bottle (250 mg total) is the perfect for pets using CBD for the first time. You can mix it with food or water, and it can be given to your pet orally if they will tolerate it.

Serving Size: 

  • 0.5 mL (approximately 15 drops)
  • 1 to 5 servings up to twice a day or as directed by a veterinarian. Do not exceed 5 ml (10 servings) per day.

Hemp Bombs CBD Dog Biscuits

Hemp Bombs CBD Dog Biscuits

Expect your dog to go barking mad for these broad-spectrum biscuits containing 10 milligrams of CBD each. These grain-free biscuits deliver irresistible pork and chicken flavors mixed with healthy extras like rosemary extract, green tea extract, vitamin B12, biotin, folic acid and more. They can be given to dogs daily as part of a wellness regimen. Each eight-pack container of biscuits contains 80 milligrams of CBD in total. While hearty, each biscuit should be used as a supplemental treat instead of a meal replacement.

Serving Size: 

  • 1-2 Chews

MediPets CBD Dog Treats – Jerky Sticks

MediPets CBD Dog Treats – Jerky Sticks

Featuring 4 milligrams of CBD per treat, these irresistible, non-GMO jerky sticks offer your dog a hearty beef flavor made using industrial hemp sourced from Colorado, Kentucky, and Scandinavia. The blend also includes beef, wheat flour, gelatin, fennel powder, anise powder, and textured soy. These full-spectrum CBD treats promote canine wellness. While satisfying, these treats should only be used as treats instead of replacements for meals. Each container offers 100 milligrams of CBD for your dog in total.

Serving size:

1-3 treats every 12 hours. One treat contains 4 mg of CBD (cannabidiol).

Koi Pets CBD Dog Treats

Koi Pets CBD Dog Treats

Designed for dogs of nearly all sizes, these CBD chews are infused with Koi’s proprietary full spectrum hemp extract. Each chew contains 5 milligrams of CBD. Pets of different weights can enjoy between one and three chews per day to maintain wellness. Each bag contains 30 chews in total.

Three different flavors are available, each designed to focus on specific needs:

  • Calming Support (Green Apple & Peanut Butter)
  • Immune Support (Blueberry & Sweet Potato)
  • Joint Support (Pumpkin Spice & Cinnamon)

Suggested Use:

  • 10 lbs: 1 treat
  • 20 lbs: 2 treats
  • 30 lbs: 3 treats

Do not give more than one serving per 6 – 8 hour period.

Koi Pets, CBD Cat Treats

Koi Pets, CBD Cat Treats Wellness Support, Full Spectrum, Salmon, 75ct, 150mg CBD

Formulated without gluten, dairy or artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives, these grain-free CBD pet treats are designed with your feline friend in mind. Each chew contains 2 milligrams of CBD. Each bag contains 75 treats in total.

Suggested Use:

  • Under 4 lbs: 1 treat
  • 4-8 lbs: 1-2 treats
  • 8-12 lbs: 2-3 treats

Do not give more than one serving per 8 – 12 hour period.

Creating Better Days Nano-CBD Crunchy Cat Bites

Creating Better Days Nano-CBD Crunchy Cat Bites

These tasty, tantalizing star-shaped bites are specially designed to be easily bitten by cat-sized mouths. All cat breeds can enjoy a tasty formula that blends GMO-free CBD with a medley of flavors that includes MCT oil, chicken, cranberry and spinach. This is a fully vegan treat offering full-spectrum CBD. Each 2-ounce bag contains 250 milligrams of CBD in total.

Feeding guidelines:

  • Under 5 lbs: 1 treat
  • 10 lbs: 2 treats
  • 10-15 lbs: 3 treats
  • Over 15 lbs: 3 or more treats

How to Use CBD Oil for Pets?

Here are the tips for using CBD oil for your pets.

  1. Talk to your vet

    Talk to your veterinarian to find out more information on CBD administration.

  2. Obtain an accurate weight

    Obtain an accurate weight for your pet to help with correct dose selection.

  3. Shop for a high-quality CBD product specifically made for pets

    You can obtain third-party lab results to ensure there are no harmful ingredients in a specific product. You can also confirm there is no THC present. 

  4. Follow dose recommendations

    Administer the recommended dose of product to your pet.

  5. Watch any changes in behavior

    Watch your pet for any behavior changes, and some of these changes may be for the better.

  6. Stop using CBD products if your pet is lethargic

    If your pet becomes lethargic, tired, or confused, then stop using CBD and contact your veterinarian right away.

  7. Make sight dose increases every couple of weeks

    If you need to increase the CBD dose for your pet, then only make slight dose increases every couple of weeks. Your pet’s body needs time to adjust.

  8. Use Full-spectrum products

    Consider using a full-spectrum product for best results. 

CBD products can be used daily for your pet. There are several different products available. Some tincture products for humans can be used for pets as well (check with the manufacturer). You can also choose to purchase a pet-based product that comes in a form that can be mixed with food or water. There are also pet treats that can help with more precise dosing. CBD products can make a world of difference for your pet!


By Erica Irish

Dr. Erica Irish is a small animal veterinarian practicing in Central Florida. She has many interests, including cardiology, dentistry, dermatology, and integrative medicine.

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