What type of CBD is best for dogs with seizures?
CBD extracts: Always choose full spectrum
In both of the studies above, scientists used full-spectrum CBD extracts infused into high-fat oils. See our list of the best CBD oils for dogs with seizures in our 2023 review.
“Full spectrum” is the term used by CBD experts for whole-plant hemp extracts, where all of the anti-inflammatory compounds contained in the original plant are present in the final product.
That means lots of CBD, plus other natural cannabinoids like CBD-A, CBG, and CBC – and soothing micro-compounds called terpenes (which are also found in essential oils).
Other types of CBD products, known as broad-spectrum or isolate CBD, undergo further processing to remove these additional beneficial ingredients. This is usually done as part of industrial manufacturing practices, or to comply with stricter cannabis laws in other countries, and lowers the overall quality and potency of CBD extracts.
Because full-spectrum CBD is less processed and contains a richer variety of hemp compounds, we always recommend that dog owners look for products that contain pet-safe full-spectrum hemp extracts.
CBD oils vs treats and creams
There are several types of CBD products for dogs, from oils and treats to creams, balms, and capsules.
Both of the studies in this article used oil-based CBD products, for a good reason.
When consumed alongside CBD, high-fat oils like hemp-seed oil, MCT oil, sesame oil, or olive oil increase CBD absorption. That means less CBD is lost during digestion and dogs get more benefit from the same-sized dose.
How much CBD should I give my dog for seizures?
Dogs with seizures benefit from a moderate-to-high dose of CBD oil.
So, while we often recommend a general dosage of 1 – 2 mg of CBD per kg of a dog’s body weight, we think a 2.5 mg/kg dose of CBD is a good place for owners of dogs with seizures to start.
From there, carefully observe your pup for any effects and increase the dose if needed. CBD dosages can be safely increased in increments up to 4 mg/kg.
For the best results, CBD should be given to dogs twice daily. That schedule keeps CBD circulating in dogs’ bodies for the entire day and night.
Read our full dosage guide for a comprehensive look at how to give your dog CBD oil.