With all the craze about CBD going on around our pet’s food, it is an attractive purchase which has been seen to show numerous benefits and we don’t need to tell you how on-board we are with the idea. The one thing, however, that gets us all confused is how much of it to give our pooch’s?
First, let’s start by mentioning which out of all the different products are the best to introduce into your canine or felines diet. These three recommendations are the best ones: tinctures or oils, treats, or capsules. The most favorable out of these three is the tincture or oil. Not just for CBD but any type of supplement, more on this here. This is because when they are bought from a reputable source with an organic product, it is not only the closest you will get to the purest form, but also because the ways in which you can use it are endless, and it is easier to swallow than other options.
For instance, you can place a few drops on your dogs’ tongue (or yours as well), you can drop a few into his food or water for example, or wrap it up into some veggies and give it to him. Whatever your preference or the dog’s dietary needs, the liquid or oil can work wonders. However, the easiest is the treats, you just put them in his bowl, and you’re done.
As with everything digestible, there needs to be a manufacturers dosage instruction on the product. Sometimes, we just need to make sure that when we’re introducing a brand-new product such as CBD into the pet’s diet, that we get it right the first time. To help you out there are specific tools known as CBD Dosage Charts, that can be found on sites such as https://pethempcompany.com/pages/cbd-dosage-chart-for-dogs-cats are readily available online through multiple sources. But we will break it down for you and simplify it even further.
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How Does A Dosage Chart Work?
Some manufacturers or online publications have different types of charts. But even though you may find 4 different types, the underlying things to note when reading one are:
For example, if you’re treating one of the conditions that it is known to assist such as seizures, anxiety, lack of appetite or pain, and inflammation, you will need the following information.
- How much CBD is in the product (oil/tincture, treats)
- What is the size of the bottle (150mg, 300mg, 1200mg)?
- The Size and Weight of your Pet in pounds
- Are you treating any condition?
If, however, it is a precautionary method to introduce its diet. You would still consider all three except for the 3rd point. So, for those who do not have the automated version of the dosage chart, you would work it out slightly differently.
Reading It Correctly
Here is an example for you. If the bottle is 125mg and the weight of your dog is 5lbs/2kgs, the minimum dosage is 1 drop equivalent to 0.13mg, the average dosage will be 8 drops equivalent to 1.04mg and the strongest dose is between 20-22 drops i.e. 2.86mg. giving more than that may be too much.
Additional things to look out for on the bottle itself will be the size of the bottle, how many drops are in one dropper or 1ml or half the bottle, the amount of CBD and THC in it. The legal amount of THC should be 0.01% and below.
In any case, the best thing to do is to start small and gradually work your way up to a few more drops every couple of weeks, giving them one to three drops a day for 3 weeks. Of course, these guidelines will change if you choose to rather go with treats, pellets, chews, or capsules, in which case it will be one treat a day gradually increasing to 3 treats per day and so on. Doing this every time they are well-behaved will also offer an incentive for them. It’s a win-win!
We hope this information has helped provide the basis for introducing CBD products to your pets safely. If in doubt, always ask your vet or read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.
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