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CBD is fast gaining popularity thanks to the many humans and pups who have benefited from it’s anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety properties. But it’s still not a mainstream supplement, which can lead to uncertainty about what to expect when your dog begins a CBD dosage schedule. Here are the three most common scenarios that owners encounter when giving their dogs CBD products.


Getting the right dosage of CBD for your dog can take a little time. It’s important to begin with a small consistent amount of CBD in order to establish a baseline to work from. Our dosage guide recommends starting with 0.2mg of CBD oil for every pound of your dog’s bodyweight. So, if your dog weighs 50 pounds, then make the first dosage 10mg of CBD, and observe for any effects.

As for how often to give your dog CBD, we’d recommend once or twice per day, depending on the severity of their condition. Try to give your pup their dosage around 30 mins before any stress triggers, such as leaving the house for work. If you’re using CBD to help your dog deal with acute pain (such as when recovering for surgery) then you may even be able to give three dosages per day.

The key in all situations is to build up gradually, and closely monitor your pet for any side effects.

Before making any assessments about CBD it’s important to give the cannabinoid enough time to take effect. We recommend around a seven to ten days of consistent doses before coming to a conclusion about how CBD affects your doggo. After that amount of time has passed, one of these three scenarios is more likely to occur:

Scenario #1 Nothing happens

CBD is a natural plant extraction, and just like humans, it can have different effects in different dogs. Some pups will demonstrate clear differences in behavior after CBD treatment, such as finding it easier to stand up and walk around, not panicking as much after you leave the house, of experiencing reductions in seizure severity or frequency.

However, other dogs may not seem very different at all after taking CBD. This might be for one of two reasons:

  • CBD is having no effect. Not every dog will benefit from CBD, especially if their condition isn’t rooted in an inflammatory cause. Unfortunately a minority of owners have reported trying CBD their pups, only to find that nothing really changed. For this reason we recommend picking up a smaller-size product if it’s your first time trying CBD.
  • CBD is helping restore internal bodily homeostasis. It is possible for CBD to work without any external signs that an owner could see—especially if a dog’s symptoms aren’t highly noticeable. CBD functions through the body’s endocannabinoid system with helps control the triggering of internal inflammation.

If you’re not sure whether or not CBD is having any effect, it’s important to take steps to avoid the Caregiver Placebo effect. One method of stepping outside of your own subjective opinions is to keep some form of symptoms tracker. Start your journal before CBD treatment, and jot down daily notes relating to their condition. This will help you look back with more objectivity.

Even better, however, is to take your pup to the vet for some baseline health tests before treatment, then revisit after a period of CBD supplementation to see if there’s been any improvement. This will help establish whether CBD is having any non-observable effect.

Scenario #2 CBD becomes the primary treatment for your dog’s symptoms

While it’s important to acknowledge that some dogs don’t derive any benefit from CBD, the truth is that the majority of pups experience observable improvements in their condition.

During the time we’ve spent reviewing CBD oils and treats, we’ve come across literally thousands of positive owner testimonials, descirbing significant results for a variety of conditions after supplementing with CBD. The biggest results tend occur in dogs suffering from high levels of inflammation—this might mean joint inflammation due to arthritis, inflammation-related skin issues, or responses to internal inflammation such as anxiety and some seizures.

Here, it’s important to note that CBD should never be thought of as a cure for canine conditions, though it may be able to replace existing treatments aimed at reducing symptoms. While CBD has been shown to directly reduce the severity of many conditions, including arthritis and even cancer, it’s highly unlikely that a condition will permanently go away due to CBD.

That’s why CBD should never replace treatments prescribed to directly treat canine illness. Instead, it may be able take over for symptom-combatting pharmaceuticals such as NSAIDs, pain relievers, and anti-anxiety meds, which have a more reisky set of possible side effects than CBD.

Scenario #3 CBD enhances your dogs general wellbeing

As is often the case, some dogs will fall right in the middle of the two above options: they’ll gain some kind of noticeable benefit from taking CBD, but the effects won’t be significant enough to transition off of more traditional symptom reduction treatments.

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Here, it’s best to think of CBD as a helpful supplement that can both improve your dog’s every day life, and step in to provide relief during particularly stressful periods. For example, senior dogs might take CBD to support mobility in the same way that supplement with joint aids such as fatty acids. (In fact, many CBD oils already use high quality Omega oils such as MCT oil or hemp seed oil as a carrier for cannabis supplements, so they offer double the dietary benefit).

Other occasional uses of CBD include helping dogs to deal with one-off stressful events such as when moving home or during fourth of July fireworks. Taking CBD during these triggers can reduce dogs’ anxiety resposnes, and also make them more receptive to other training and calming measures.

We find the most effective way of adminstiering CBD in these scenarios is to begin a small dosage one to three days before the stressful event, and then apply a stronger dosage around thirty minutes before your pup would really benefit from it.