If there is anything still unclear about Cannabidiol, then it is the question of how much we should give to our animals. It seems to me that it is much easier to determine the dosage for humans than for our pets. Maybe this is because we can express ourselves and use words to show exactly how we feel after taking the product. Our four-legged companions, on the other hand, rely on us to observe their behavior and guess their feelings.
Be that as it may, one thing is for sure. There are some questions we need to ask ourselves when dosing CBD and determining how much we should give to our pets. Although we are the ones answering these questions, there’s no logical way to find that answer without the help of our animal. I guess we could say that this is a team effort, but the decision ultimately comes down to the owner.
The owner wants to provide the best possible care to his or her pet, which is what makes this decision even more difficult. I suppose you don’t want to go wrong with the dose, since you believe a high one might harm your pet. Going with an extremely low amount doesn’t do you any good either, which is why you need to be able to find the perfect balance.
Regarding harming your animal, I need to put your mind at ease. Since CBD has no psychoactive properties and it is considered perfectly safe for our pets, you don’t need to worry too much about overdosing it. The worst thing that can happen if you go a bit over the recommended dosage is for your little companion to get drowsy and sleepy.
Here’s what a neuroscientist has to say about this: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/7xmwad/can-i-give-my-dog-cbd
Even though it appears that you cannot harm the little creature, you still want to be careful with the amount of CBD you administer, since there is no point in administering unnecessary high doses. Nowadays, you can find many dosing charts that can help you, but even in those cases you need to have some information prepared. All in all, the charts have made things much easier, so giving CBD to our animals is no longer that complicated a decision.
With that in mind, I will give you the set of questions that I have already mentioned above. Ask yourself these and look for answers in your animal. That way you will find the perfect dosage, whether you are using a chart, speaking to a veterinarian, or calculating it all by yourself. Without further ado, let us get started.
What Is Your Pet Suffering From?
Whether you have a cat, a dog, a horse, or any other pet, one of the things that determine the dosage has to do with the specific illness, rather than the animal breed. In other words, as long as your pet has an endocannabinoid system (ECS), CBD can help it, but you need to know what it is that it needs help for. Since I have mentioned the ECS, you should know that it is found in most mammals, and you can read more about its role.
Different amounts of CBD help with different diseases. For example, if your pet is experiencing joint paints, the dosage of this product will be significantly lower than if the animal is suffering from epileptic seizures. As a general rule of thumb, the less severe the ailment, the less amount of CBD is required. When healthy pets are in question, a fairly low dose will be enough to maintain their wellbeing.
How Much Does It Weigh?
I have mentioned above that the animal breed is not significant for determining the dosage, as long as it has an endocannabinoid system. While this is completely true, you still need to take the breed into consideration, not because of the specifics that make, say, a cat different from a dog, but because of their weight.
How much your pet weighs plays a crucial role in determining how much CBD will be enough to help it. The more they weight, the higher a dosage they will require, and that’s the whole philosophy. It’s best if you know the exact weight, but you cannot go wrong by using an approximation and checking a chart for help.
Is It Getting Better?
Once you start administering CBD to your pet, you need to observe its behavior and watch how it reacts. If, after a while, you notice that it isn’t getting better at all and that its symptoms are still unchanged, that means it is time to increase the dosage. You can start off by giving them a small amount of CBD and then gradually increase it until you see an improvement.