How much CBD to give your pet

Confused about how much CBD your pet needs?

Or just confused about how much is in a bottle?

Statements like "2100mg cannabinoids per bottle” can be pretty confusing. What if that's a 30ml bottle or 100ml?

We understand the confusion and have created an easy to understand dosing concept at Naturecan Pet. Ideally, on any CBD bottle, you should have a percentage (being the percentage of CBD in the whole bottle) as well as the number of milligrams (mg).

For instance, our cat tincture, which is our lowest CBD strength at 2.5%, has 750mg in a 30ml bottle. If you have an average size bottle (30ml) and a large dog over 25kg/50lbs, you would expect the CBD mg to be around 3000mg and the percentage 10%.

 While there are no conclusive studies showing the ideal CBD dosage for pets, we find pet owners are turning to CBD for pets to address a health concern or to optimise the health and wellbeing of their pets. Therefore, for most pets, only a medium to strong daily dose will achieve the desired result.

CBD oil with carton and syringe
CBD oil with carton and syringe

Confused about how much CBD your pet needs?

Or just confused about how much is in a bottle?

Statements like "2100mg cannabinoids per bottle” can be pretty confusing. What if that's a 30ml bottle or 100ml?

We understand the confusion and have created an easy to understand dosing concept at Naturecan Pet. Ideally, on any CBD bottle, you should have a percentage (being the percentage of CBD in the whole bottle) as well as the number of milligrams (mg).

For instance, our cat tincture, which is our lowest CBD strength at 2.5%, has 750mg in a 30ml bottle. If you have an average size bottle (30ml) and a large dog over 25kg/50lbs, you would expect the CBD mg to be around 3000mg and the percentage 10%.

 While there are no conclusive studies showing the ideal CBD dosage for pets, we find pet owners are turning to CBD for pets to address a health concern or to optimise the health and wellbeing of their pets.

 Therefore, for most pets, only a medium to strong daily dose will achieve the desired result.

Grey cat asleep holding our CBD oil for cats

Based on this our veterinary team researched and calculated the safest and best dose to be 0.75 - 1 mg CBD per 1kg / 2oz of body weight.

In fact, in a randomized blinded controlled clinical trial to assess the effects of oral cannabidiol for canine epilepsy, dogs were safely given 2.5mg per 1kg body weight and showed promising results (1).

A dose of 1mg per 1kg as a minimum has been recommended in a number of leading veterinary studies (2).

Our cat CBD is formulated to contain 1.04mg per drop and we recommend giving one drop per one kilo of bodyweight.

We divide our dog CBD dosages across weight:
Small dog (up to 10kg / 20lbs ) 3%
Medium dog (10kg - 25kg / 20 lbs - 50 lbs )5%
Large dog (25kg+ / 50lbs+ ) 10%

See the appropriate number of drops based on their body weight - please note 0.1ml equals 2 drops and both are marked on your syringe included with all Naturecan Pet products.

CBD for Dogs: Dosage Chart

Our CBD for dogs dosage chart

A lot of brands recommend lower dosages as they use full-spectrum CBD, which contains many other cannabis compounds, and therefore they are unable to offer higher concentrations of pure CBD.

Full-spectrum CBD was the first extraction option available on the US market 10 years ago. However, when full-spectrum CBD is extracted from cannabis, it contains high levels of both THC and CBD, making them illegal in Europe and many other countries. In addition, it makes it very difficult to create a product that is stronger than 5% while maintaining legal THC levels.

Two Vizsla's sniffing our CBD oil for dogs

If another pet CBD brand had a 30ml bottle stating "contains150mg of CBD" , that's 0.203mg per drop.  If your dog's weight was 20kg / 40 lbs you would need 80 drops of this strength to reach the optimal 1:1kg dosage. There are 720 drops in a 30ml bottle so 9 days' worth. Some pet CBD brands use broad-spectrum CBD, which is the preferred core ingredient for Naturecan’s human CBD range.

Broad-spectrum allows for higher doses of pure CBD while ensuring near zero levels of THC. Naturecan uses leading Rotachrome technology to extract the CBD with minor cannabinoids and other broad-spectrum compounds, but near-zero levels of THC.This Rotachrome technology has only been available at an industrial level for hemp farmers for about 4 years and Naturecan has worked with it since it became available.

For Naturecan pet we like to refine our broad-spectrum CBD even further into a blend of CBD and CBDA isolate to deliver a safe and pure CBD in its natural form.For this, we take our Naturecan broad-spectrum CBD and use advanced chromatography to refine it into pure CBD and CBDA isolate. We then test our final pet products to one billionth and ensure zero traces of THC and other cannabinoids. 

Finally - no matter what strength of CBD you are looking at for your pets when choosing a CBD brand please ensure that they always offer a third-party certificate of analysis (CoA) with the product so you can see the full cannabinoid profile.

It should list each component both as a percentage and in milligrams, as in this example: Click here for third-party lab results

Supporting Study Links: 

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31067185/
https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fvets.2020.00505/full#B1
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6826847/

Cocker Spaniel holding our CBD oil for dogs in her mouth

Finally - no matter what strength of CBD you are looking at for your pets when choosing a CBD brand please ensure that they always offer a third-party certificate of analysis (CoA) with the product so you can see the full cannabinoid profile.

It should list each component both as a percentage and in milligrams, as in this example: Click here for third-party lab results

Supporting Study Links: 

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31067185/
https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fvets.2020.00505/full#B1
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6826847/