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How Much CBD Should I Give My Dog?

By: Glory Finnegan

If you’ve been looking to enhance your furry pal’s life with a little help from Mother Nature but aren't sure how much CBD for dogs is the right amount, we can help! 

Canine-lovers are rejoicing when it comes to using CBD for dogs, because there is no better feeling than helping your pooch experience more comfort during stress-inducing situations. But even though more and more pet parents are learning to turn to CBD for their pet care needs, there is still a lot of confusion when it comes to CBD dosage for dogs.

In this handy CBD guide for dogs, we'll cover:

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a chemical compound derived from the hemp plant that has become most popular for its ability to help support inflammatory function and a state of calmness. All CBD products must have below .3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), another naturally occurring chemical compound in hemp that produces a psychoactive effect.

What are the benefits of CBD for dogs?

CBD is home to a whole host of benefits for dogs. Products containing CBD have become widely popularized to help pets through visits to the vet, long car rides, the groomer, or simply old age. CBD items can help to support a dog’s calm and relaxed mood, healthy joint mobility, and a normal recovery response. There is even the possibility that CBD oil can help to contribute to a good night’s sleep and a normal digestive process.

  • Enhances the physical and mental well-being of pets.
  • Helpful for animals exhibiting nervousness or hyperactivity.
  • Provides nutrients for the health of aging animals.
  • Supports & promotes the long-term health of pets.
  • Helps maintain calmness.

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How much CBD should I give my dog?

How much CBD to give your dog is determined by their size as well as the product you're using. Pay attention to your pet's temperament and mood and adjust your dosage accordingly. To make it easier to determine amounts, here’s a simple formula to calculate a safe CBD dosage for dogs by weight:

0.2mg CBD per pound | 0.2mg x 25 lbs = 5mg

1ml = 16.8mg CBD | 5mg/16.8mg = 0.3ml

Feel free to utilize our pre-calculated charts that include dosage for both  Neurogan CBD Pet Oil 500MG and Neurogan CBD Hemp Chews. Note, Neurogan pet CBD oil comes with a marked CBD oil dropper for accurate dosage.

How do I give CBD to dogs?

When you have the choice between  CBD Pet Oil CBD Pet Chews for your dog, you might be wondering which is a better option. We trust that you know your canine better than anyone, so it’s up to you! Add our easy-to-use drops to food and treats or squeeze directly into your pet’s ear or mouth. Be sure to read the label of whichever product you choose and use our handy weight & product guides. For more information on how to give CBD to dogs, check out our blog here.


  • Add to food and treats.
  • Squeeze directly into your pet’s mouth.
  • Rub on itchy paws or injury sites.


  • Reward your furry friend with a treat.
  • Crush and add to your pet’s daily meal.

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How long does it take for CBD to work?

There are a lot of different factors that will determine how long it takes for CBD to work for your pet, including: age, weight, activity level, and so on.

Also, the product you're giving your dog will effect how long it takes to work. Sublingual CBD (under the tongue) with CBD oil is the fastest way to address your dog's symptom. Whereas, pet chews & treats can take at least 45 minutes to pass through your pet’s system and begin working.

Some animals have a more sensitive system that will cause a stronger reaction to CBD. This is why it is always wise to start out with lowest recommended dose of CBD possible and slowly work your way up while always monitoring your dog’s behavior until you find the perfect dose.

Are there benefits to long-term CBD dosage for dogs?

Yes, We receive a lot of feedback that owners notice the effects of CBD immediately, sometimes within an hour of their first administration. But if this isn’t the case, it could take between 3-7 days to notice positive effects. After your dog has adapted to CBD, slowly increase the dose until you observe the desired results.

Most importantly, always maintain consistency. The benefits of a fully functioning endocannabinoid system aren’t experienced right away. Over time, consistent use will stimulate your dog’s endocannabinoid receptors, the mechanisms that support a better functioning endocannabinoid system, helping to contribute to your pet’s well-being on a consistent basis.

Why is CBD a good choice for dogs?

As the stigma surrounding hemp-derived CBD continues to lessen, there’s no reason not to try CBD for your dog. However, we understand why some are still skeptical, because in many ways CBD sounds too good to be true. So, we'll put your mind at ease, here’s why you’d be making the right choice:


Reputable health organizations all over the world including the  World Health Organization (WHO) have deemed CBD a ‘safe & effective’ health alternative for both humans and animals.


Though CBD research for pets is in its infancy, recent studies are showing promising results. Cornell’s recent double-blind clinical study sought to determine the safety and efficacy of CBD for supporting canine comfort and the results positively favored CBD as an effective health alternative.


Unlike typical prescriptions used to help pets with pain or other ailments, CBD is 100% natural and grown by Mother nature herself.


 CBD addresses numerous issues for pets without costly visits to the vet. Considering that the average yearly spending on pet care in the state of California is $1,500+, it’s easy to see why buying a bottle of CBD oil or a bag of CBD treats are worth it. Designed to contribute to your pet’s well-being at such a low cost, it’s no wonder that CBD is becoming a household name.

CBD Dosage for Dogs: Factors to Consider

Before we dive into the specifics, here are the important factors for you to consider in CBD dosage for dogs:

  1. Dosage depends on the type of product: Oils or Treats.
  2. Follow the instructions on the label of the product you're purchasing
  3. The size of your pet matters
  4. Your dog's ailment matters
  5. CBD is non-psychoactive
  6. Monitor your dog's behavior
  7. Buy CBD for Pets from A Reputable Brand

Common Questions: How Much CBD for Dogs

Will CBD get my pet ‘high’?

Absolutely not!  Neurogan pet oil and treats do not contain the chemical THC, which results in a ‘high’ feeling. However, CBD effects each animal differently. CBD can make older pooches act ‘puppy-like’ and anxious young pups feel calm. The ingredients that make up hemp contribute to a balanced mood, resulting in a sense of relaxation for your pet.

Could my dog overdose on CBD?

No, your pet overdosing on CBD is extremely unlikely. At worst, a high dosage of CBD will cause your pet to become very sleepy.

If my pet is already taking medicine, can they take CBD?

They could, but we would recommend speaking with your veterinarian before adding CBD to your pet’s wellness regimen.

How often can I give my dog cbd?

As often as needed! CBD is a natural and plant-based option, so it’s fine to give to your dog as often as needed. Be sure to monitor their behavior closely and to avoid giving your pet too much over a 12 hour period.

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Please reach out to us with all of your questions and we'll be happy to speak with you. 

About Glory Finnegan

Glory Rae Finnegan is a freelance content writer with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Psychology. Glory is passionate about human psychology, destigmatizing mental health, animal advocacy, and plant-based living.