Are you looking for the correct dosage size of CBD oil for dogs? Or perhaps you’re more concerned with CBD for cats. Different products contain different concentrations of CBD, so it may seem like a task to figure out the correct dosage size for your pet. Not to worry, we have created these CBD dosage guidelines to help you administer our products to your pet with confidence. If you wish to use any CBD product for your pet and wonder what the dosing size should be, this extensive CBD dosage chart for pets will show you exactly how much you should give your furry friend.

Basic CBD Dosing Rules For All Pets:

We generally recommend between 0.25 mg (Regular Dose) to 0.5 mg (Strong Dose) of CBD per every 1 lb of bodyweight.

  • Example 1: I want to give my 40 lb dog a Regular Dose, I would multiply his weight by 0.25 to get 10mg of CBD (40 X 0.25 = 10).
  • Example 2: I want to give my 10 lb cat a Strong Dose, I would multiply his weight by 0.5 to get 5mg of CBD (10 lbs X 0.5 = 5mg).

While the 0.25 mg per pound rule of thumb mentioned above is good for those who don’t mind busting out a calculator, we also have some more general recommendations. Below are starting, regular, and strong CBD doses for pets.

Starting Dose

If you’re just starting your dog on a CBD regimen, it’s important to see how they respond to the product first. Though CBD is well-tolerated by most animals, some dogs may experience mild side effects if they are given an amount they are not used to. Beginning with a lower dose ensures they are eased into taking CBD to minimize the risk of this happening. 

When starting any new CBD product you should begin with a small amount of CBD before working up to higher doses. This is to establish a baseline for your dog and understand their tolerance level. If they don’t seem to be benefiting from their starting dose, gradually bump up the amount to a regular dose or more if needed. 

Regular Dose

A regular dose is considered the “standard.” Most dogs that are tolerant of CBD usually settle in this tier. The regular dosage amount is commonly used to:

  • Boost appetite
  • Soothe skin irritation
  • Relieve digestive issues
  • Reduce swelling
  • Help aches and discomfort
  • General daily wellness

Dogs that respond well to a regular dose for their weight class should continue on this amount. 

Strong Dose

If your dog seems to not be responding to a standard dose, they might require a higher amount of CBD. Larger dogs or those with a higher tolerance may benefit more from a strong CBD dose. Strong dosage levels are also perfect for dogs with chronic problems or more persistent ailments. If you plan on increasing your dog’s CBD amount to a stronger dose, do it steadily and in small increments until you find a level they are comfortable at. 

Dosing Frequency

How often you give your dog CBD depends on the product type and what they are taking it for. As a daily wellness booster, one dose split into two servings daily is recommended. However, for specific needs, unique adjustments must be considered.

For common ailments like muscle soreness and general swelling, give your dog their dose every 8 hours or as needed. To control nervousness, give their full dose half an hour before a stressful event (about to leave home for separation anxiety or as a thunderstorm or fireworks begin, etc.). For most other uses, give their dose once to twice daily depending on the issue. This may require some experimentation, however it’s best not to exceed two doses in a single day.

CBD Dosage For Dogs

The amount of CBD you give your dog depends on their weight, the CBD product, and whether you are aiming for a starting, regular, or strong dose. These amounts vary between products because of their differences in concentration. Each product type is divided by weight class; dogs in each weight range have a designated CBD amount for a starting, regular, and strong dose.

Keep in mind that these doses are recommended only for HolsitaPet products. Other brands may have different concentrations or formulas that affect your pet’s tolerated dosage.

How Much CBD is Safe For Dogs?

There is no one-size-fits-all amount for your dog when it comes to CBD. Their dose varies depending on a number of factors, such as:

  • Weight
  • Metabolism
  • Breed
  • Age
  • Diet
  • Pre-existing medical conditions
  • Medications they’re already taking

Any of these factors can affect your dog’s tolerance and response to CBD. It’s recommended that you do not exceed two treats for dogs of any size.

Because of all these factors coming into play, determining the right CBD dose can seem confusing. We recommend talking to your dog’s veterinarian before starting any new CBD regimen to help simplify the process. They can help you map out a safe and effective routine that suits your pet’s needs.

Can Dogs Overdose On CBD Oil?

It’s unlikely your pet will overdose on CBD oil and the side effects are minimal. Studies have confirmed that the chances of overdose due to hemp-derived CBD are extremely low, especially when consumed orally. The worst side effects your pet may experience if given too much CBD are vomiting and diarrhea. These symptoms are easily treatable with rest and can be avoided by giving your dog the proper dose.

CBD Dosage Calculator for Dogs

Use our charts below if you need some help determining just how much CBD your dog needs! We’ve done all the calculations for you based on your dog’s weight and the product’s CBD potency, so that you can just follow the amounts for the perfect dosage every time! If your dog is still new to CBD, you may want to start with half or lower of the recommended dose to give them some time to adjust to the effects. As they become more used to CBD, you can slowly increase the dosage until they get the relief they need!

cbd dosage chart

CBD Dosage For Cats

The right dose for your cat can vary from one situation to the next depending on what they are taking it for. It’s important to remember that several factors can influence the effect CBD has on your cat. There is no specific dose that works for every feline, so paying attention to how initial doses affect your cat help greatly when determining the proper amount.

How Much CBD is Safe For Cats?

Just like with dogs, the amount of CBD ideal for cats depends on factors like weight, age, metabolism, medical issues, tolerance to CBD, and medication. What product you are using and its potency also affects the optimal dosage. Catnip spray has a different dose than capsules, for example. There are no official guidelines for how much CBD to give your cat so the dose amount is unique for every pet.

Can Cats Overdose on CBD?

There are no documented cases of fatality from CBD in cats. However, overdoses can occur if you give your cat more CBD than they are used to. In these cases, vomiting, diarrhea, sleepiness, nausea, or dry mouth can occur. If this happens, a bit of rest, food, and water helps ease your pet’s discomfort. And of course, next time, lower their dose for a more beneficial experience.

CBD Dosage Calculator for Cats

If you’re still confused by the dosage calculations, don’t worry because we’ve done all the work for you! Just follow our charts below for CBD oil, capsules, dog treats, and cat treats! Remember to adjust based on the potency or strength of the product you bought to find out just how much CBD to give your pets. Remember to start with potentially an even lower dose than our recommended amount if your cat has never tried CBD before.

CBD Pet Tinctures

Highlights: Comes in an easy to use dropper bottle for accurate dosing. Fast absorption into the body. Can be easily administered for quickest results.

Usage: Drop on your pet’s favorite food or treats or gently squeeze out contents of dropper directly into your pet’s mouth.

  • 150 MG Bottle: For Small Pets under 20 LBS – Bottle Size: 15ml / 0.5 oz. | Appx. 450 drops per bottle | 1 drop = 0.33 mg CBD
  • 300 MG Bottle: For Medium Pets 20-60 LBS – Bottle Size: 15ml / 0.5 oz. | Appx 450 drops per bottle | 1 drop = 0.66 CBD
  • 600 MG Bottle: For Large Pets 60-100 LBS – Bottle Size: 30ml / 1 oz. | Appx 900 drops per bottle | 1 drop = 0.66 CBD
  • 1200 MG Bottle: For Large Pets over 100 LBS – Bottle Size: 30ml / 1 oz. | Appx 900 drops per bottle | 1 drop = 1.33 CBD
  • 3000 MG Bottle: For Large Pets over 100 LBS and experiencing more severe issues – Bottle Size: 60ml / 2 oz. | Appx 1,800 drops per bottle | 1 drop = 1.66 CBD

CBD Pet Capsules

Highlights: Small a discreet pre-measured CBD capsules. Capsules are easy to travel and look very inconspicuous.

Usage: Hide capsules in your pet’s favorite treat or pull capsules apart to mix powdered contents in your pet’s food.

  • 150mg Jar: For Small Pets under 20 LBS – 1 capsule = 5 mg CBD | 30 capsules in bottle | 150mg total CBD
  • 300mg Jar: For Medium Pets 20-60 LBS – 1 capsule = 10 mg CBD | 30 capsules in bottle | 300mg total CBD
  • 600mg Jar: For Large Pets over 60-100 LBS – 1 capsule = 20 mg CBD | 30 capsules in bottle | 600mg total CBD
  • 1200mg Jar: For Large Pets over 100 LBS – 1 capsule = 40 mg CBD | 30 capsules in bottle | 1200mg total CBD
  • 3000mg Jar: For Large Pets over 100 LBS with more severe issues – 1 capsule = 100 mg CBD | 30 capsules in bottle | 3000mg total CBD

CBD Dog Treats & CBD Cat Treats

Highlights: Just the right amount of CBD packed into a yummy treat. Treats are easy to give on the go. No need to mix with food. No messy oils or powders.

Usage: Give treats as a reward or part of your pet’s daily diet. Your pet will love the flavor of our CBD dog treats and CBD cat treats.

Dog Treats:

  • 150mg Bag: For dogs under 20 LBS – 1 Treat = 5 mg CBD | 30 Treats In Bag | 150mg Total CBD
  • 300mg Bag: For Dogs 20 – 60 LBS – 1 Treat = 10 mg CBD | 30 Treats In Bag | 300mg Total CBD
  • 600mg Bag: For Dogs over 60 LBS – 1 Treat = 20 mg CBD | 30 Treats In Bag | 600mg Total CBD

Cat Treats:

  • 150mg Bag: For All Size Cats – 1 Treat = 2 mg CBD | 75 Treats In Bag | 150mg Total CBD

Calculating the Dose

Trying to figure out the correct CBD dosage size for your dog is simple once you know how to calculate it. Whether you’re figuring out how much CBD a human, horse, or cat should take, it’s all based on body weight and the severity of the condition you are treating. You will notice throughout this article that the most important variable to any CBD dosage equation is bodyweight.

Today, there are hundreds of different dog breeds, all with many different characteristics. For CBD dosing purposes let’s stay focused on their size or body weight. The smallest breed in the world is the Chihuahua, which generally weighs 3-7LBS. On the heavy end of the spectrum is English Mastiffs which can weigh 160-250LBS. This means there is a wide range to what the correct CBD dosage for a particular dog can be.

In general, you would give a Chihuahua between 1.5 and 3.5mg of CBD. On the other hand, in general, you would give an English Mastiff between 80 and 125mg of CBD. With such a wide range of dosing sizes, it is important to know your pet’s optimum dose and measure the CBD out properly. Continue reading to see how you can find your dogs optimal CBD dosage size.

Consider the Issue

The other variable to take into account while figuring out your dog’s specific dosing size is the severity of the condition you are treating. As we stated above, your pet will either start off with a starting, regular, or strong dose. We suggest you start off by applying a low dose if your dog has symptoms that are moderate or mild. If your dog’s condition is extreme and the symptoms are intense we advise you to give your dog a strong dose of CBD.

If your dog is taking CBD for the first time it is good practice to start off with even a lower amount than suggested (feel free to go even lower than the starting dose if you feel it’s best). Do this for the initial application and once assured the CBD has no adverse effects on your pet then gradually increase the dose until you get the effects you desire.

Finding the correct amount of CBD to give your cat should be easier to determine than for that of a dog. This is simply because the range in weight of all cat breeds does not vary as drastically as the range in weight of all dog breeds.

cbd dosage chart

Dosing Cats vs. Dogs

Generally, cats need smaller CBD dosage sizes than dogs. The main reason is CBD dosage is primarily based on body weight. So in order to find out the amount of CBD you should give your cat, you must weigh it. You want to give your cat just the right amount of CBD, which is known as the “optimal dose”. Continue reading to find how to determine your cats optimum CBD dosage size.

Besides body weight, the other important factor in determining your cat’s CBD dosing size is the magnitude of its condition or symptoms. For mild to moderate conditions or symptoms, you should only need to apply a regular dose of CBD. However, if the symptoms or condition are intense, try administering a strong dose.

Remember these are just recommendations and starting point suggestions. If you find you get the desired effect from less CBD, reduce the dose. Similarly, if you think your cat needs an even stronger dose than suggested you can gradually increase the amount until you get the effect you want.

Once you have determined the weight and severity of your cat’s condition you can use this information to find out precisely how much CBD to give your cat. Whether you are applying a regular dose or a strong dose, ensure your cat does not have any adverse reactions to the product. Once this has been established you should increase the dose until you get the results you desire.

cbd dosage chart
Infographic: CBD dosage for pets

Finding the Optimum Dosage

It is important to note that everyone (human and animal) who tries CBD will have a specific optimum dosage. It may take a little time to figure this out through trials and observations, but finding the optimum dose will lead to the best benefits for your pet.

Researchers believe every single individual or pet has a specific dosage size of CBD that personally works best for them. If you don’t apply enough CBD it will have little to no effect. If you apply too much CBD it will also have a minimal effect compared to the optimum dose. No one wants to waste their CBD or needlessly raise the risk of CBD’s rare potential side effects. This is why optimum dosage size is important. Figuring this out should be a priority if you are trying CBD for your pet and yourself.

When beginning to use CBD it is always recommended to start with a low dose to see how their body reacts. To find your pets optimum dose you can use these CBD dosing guidelines as a starting point. Start with the lowest suggested CBD dosage amount for your pet depending if the condition is moderate or severe.

You may wish to start with an even lower amount than suggested to make sure your pet’s body has no adverse reaction to the product. Once you establish your pet has no adverse reactions to the product you can start to gradually increase the CBD dosage size until you get the effect you desire. The amount which gives you and your pet the best results is your pet’s optimum dosage size. Now you will know the exact amount to administer regularly. If the symptoms seem worse on certain days you can increase the dosage size as needed.

How Much CBD Oil Should I Give My Dog For Nervous Behavior?

For exact dosage recommendations, check our CBD dosage chart above. There are several things to consider before giving your dog CBD oil for nervous behavior. The type of product used to deliver the CBD and your pet’s weight will determine the CBD dosage which is just right for your dog’s nervous behavior. While oil is among the post popular, we also have 3 other forms of CBD pet products:

  • Capsules
  • Treats/Soft Chews
  • Shampoo

Your dog’s size is the next thing to consider. The heavier the pet, the more CBD it will take to have an effect on your pet’s nervous behavior. The CBD will be most effective for treating nervousness when it is given 30 minutes prior to a triggering event. Skittishness is usually triggered by things like:

  • Thunderstorm
  • Fireworks
  • Mail carrier
  • Garbage truck
  • When you leave home
  • When your pet travels in a car or airplane
  • Strangers
  • Other animals

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How Much CBD Oil Should I Give My Dog for Joint Issues?

As your dog gets older, it may become prone to conditions related to aging such as joint issues. Problems with joints are some of the most common conditions among middle-aged to older dogs. If left untreated, it may cause severe discomfort in your dog’s joints, which will reduce its mobility drastically.

Before giving your dog CBD oil for joint issues, it’s important to remember a few things. The correct CBD oil dosage for your dog with joint issues depends on two factors. The first factor is the size of your dog. The second factor is the severity of your dog’s joint problems.

Regarding the size of your dog, the rule is that the heavier your dog weighs, the higher the dose will be. For example, the Standard Schnauzer is a breed that weighs around 40LBS at the adult age. The regular recommended CBD dosage for this weight would be 10mg.

In regards to the severity of the joint issues, the rule is that the more severe your dog’s condition is, the more CBD you will need to give them. As a hypothetical, let’s say Louie is an older Standard Schnauzer with severe joint discomfort in his right hip. As mentioned above, the normal recommended dosage for his size would be 10mg. However, given Louie’s case is more severe, he would benefit from 20mg a day to overcome the problem.

How Long Does It Take For CBD to Work On Dogs & Cats? 

Many things affect how long it takes for the effects of CBD to work on your pet. Besides the personal factors we’ve already discussed (your pet’s weight, age, and medical history), other things about the CBD product change how long it takes for it to work. Route (oral ingestion, sublingual, etc.), potency, and the type of CBD product also come into play. 


When administered directly into your pet’s mouth, CBD oil can have near instantaneous effects. Sublingual routes (under the tongue) usually work in about 15 to 30 minutes because of how quickly the oil is absorbed by your pet’s oral glands. These glands connect with the bloodstream directly and distribute the CBD quickly throughout their system. 

It’s important to note that not all of the oil you administer orally will be absorbed by your pet’s sublingual glands. Usually, in order for effective absorption to occur, you need to hold the oil in your mouth for a few seconds before swallowing.

Treats, Chews, and Capsules

Edibles are CBD that is swallowed and digested. Pet treats, soft chews, capsules, and oils can all be taken orally. This route takes a bit longer to kick in (about 45 minutes to 1 hour) because of the lengthy digestive process. However, this method also has the longest lasting effects. 


Topical applications typically work within 15 minutes. CBD pet products like shampoo work better with consistent use, as this leads to longer-lasting benefits.

Catnip Sprays

Catnip sprays work instantly in part because of the quick efficiency catnip has on your cat’s olfactory (nose) stimulation. Depending on how much spray is administered, the effectiveness can last 10 minutes or more. 

Some cats do not respond to catnip at all, so it’s important to keep this in mind. In these cases, the CBD still has a beneficial effect.

What Happens If I Gave My Dog Too Much CBD?

Most CBD products are well tolerated by dogs. There have been no known cases of an overdose from CBD. However, that does not mean that no side effects can occur. If your dog has a higher sensitivity level or is given more CBD than they are used to, they may experience less favorable effects like nausea, sleepiness, or diarrhea. These symptoms are temporary and should pass with some rest and water. 

If your dog experiences these side effects, wait 24 hours before giving them another dose (preferably a lower amount) so that their system has time to work through the initial dose.

side effects infographic

Our Conclusion

So when asking yourself where to find a vet CBD dosage chart? Please always remember that HolistaPet has already done all of the testing and research for you. Our products are already properly dosed for your convince so you don’t have to think about it. Rest assured that all of our products are tested by a third-party lab for safety and accuracy. With HolistaPet, your pet’s wellenss and your peace of mind are our top priorities!

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