A Beginner’s Guide to CBD for Pets – Know the Basics

Ever since the discovery of CBD, it has passed through different stages. From deemed illegal for many years to tagged legal and then becoming one of the most sought after items, CBD has come very far. And now it is no longer consumed just by humans but CBD for pets has also become popular.

Conscious pet owners are giving CBD products to treat various ailments of their pets, like joint pain, anxiety, depression, inflammation, insomnia, etc. And it really works! These pet owners have witnessed a tremendous change in their pet’s behavior after consuming CBD products.

But it can be intimidating if you are going to give CBD to your pets for the first time. You don’t know which one is the best method, how much dose should you give, what if you give too much dose? Don’t worry we have come up with answers to these questions to make things easier for you. 

Here is everything you should know before buying CBD pet treats for cats:

What CBD Products are Available for Pets?

There is a wide variety of CBD products available for humans in the markets, like various edibles, drinks, topicals, gummies, oils, tinctures, etc. But CBD products for pets are not available in a huge quantity. You have to choose among these options:

  • CBD oils and drops
  • CBD treats
  • CBD biscuits
  • CBD cookies

Select the right product based on how much easier it is to give it to your pet and what your four-legged friend likes to eat.

What is the Right Dose to Give? 

To determine how much CBD you should give to your pet, you should know the weight of your pet. It depends on age, sex, and weight of your pet. You should start with 2mg of CBD if your pet weighs 10 lbs. If you are giving CBD oil, give it through a syringe or dropper to know the exact dose you give. For CBD treats, you can get pre-measured products. So, no need to measure here.

But here is an important thing to remember. Some animals metabolize medication and supplements better and faster than humans. So, you might have to give them more doses in a day.

Carefully monitor the behavior of your pet once you start giving them CBD. If you see any changes in their behavior, like sleepiness, lethargy, etc., then it means you might be overdosing on them. So, change the dose and again monitor.

Signs of Overdose

Unlike THC overdose, CBD overdose is not lethal. It doesn’t pose a very severe life threat, but it might show some bad health signs. For example, your pet might have a change in appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, sleepiness, lethargy.

If your dog shows any such sign, it might mean you have given a high dose of CBD. Take them to the vet and ask for recommendations. 

When Does CBD Start Working? 

It depends on the type of product you have given. CBD oil will show results faster, whereas CBD treats and biscuits will take some time to show results as they will take time to break down in the stomach. But still, normally CBD products take around 30-45 mins to show results. But no matter which product you choose or how fast they work, ultimately they will have the same impact.

How Long Does CBD Impact Last?

As mentioned before, animals usually have better metabolism, so they digest CBD products quickly. Their dose normally lasts from 4 to 8 hours. But it also depends on their breed, size, activity level, age, and how much dosage you gave them. So, monitor them carefully, administer their behavior to see how long the CBD product lasts for them.


Now you know the basics of giving CBD products to your dogs. You know what works, how much should you give, what could be the adverse impact, etc. So, now you can give CBD to your dogs. But make sure to buy only high quality products. Read labels carefully, buy full spectrum products, check the certificate of analysis, and buy organic products. CBD can make a world of difference for your pets, but only if you buy the right product. So, what are you waiting for? You can start from today.

Huynh Nguyen

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