K9 Manners Mater | CBD Oil and Your Dog


CBD Oil For Dogs & People

CBD oil for Dogs has taken off!  I don’t see a single dog medical or behavioral post where some random person isn’t recommending it’s use.  While we aren’t still entirely sold on using CBD oil for our pups (you can read my “official disclaimer” below), we knew we weren’t going to be able to stop the craze.  So we wanted to at least make sure that if someone was hellbent on trying CBD for their pup that we had a brand we could live with for the safety of your dog.  

We’ve FINALLY found a product that brings us the best of all worlds AND addresses all our concerns: Farmacopeia Pets!

Though the products are for pets and people too!

Here’s what we wanted to know about the product we used:

0% THC – can be toxic to dogs

USA sourced and produced hemp 

USDA Certified Organic hemp

Full Spectrum – meaning not just CBD, but the other helpful components that work synergistically with CBD are present.

Dosing of Farmacopeia Pet CBD oil

The recommended dosage for CBD oil for pets is 0.5-1mg per pound per day

Which means that your dog needs somewhere between half it’s weight to it’s weight in mg CBD

50 pound dog = 50mg CBD

 

Each drop of Farmacopeia Pets oil has 8mg, so take your pet’s weight and divide it by 8.

ex = 50lb dog = 50 mg CBD

50mg divided by 8mg = 6.25 drops oil

divide that in half and your dog’s daily range should be between 3 & 6 drops. 

Dosing Disclaimer: this is the current dosage based on a vet school study.

Dogs all react differently so may need slightly less or more depending on what is hoping to be relieved for the dog in use of the oil.  This is NOT meant as medical advice and as always you should consult your veterinarian prior to starting your vet on any medication or supplement.  

 

One of the many reasons we use Farmacopia’s oil is because it’s the highest concentrated version we’ve found, meaning your pet uses less on a daily basis saving you tons of cash!

Farmacopeia’s oil is around 8mg of CBD PER DROP!  

NO matter which size bottle you buy! So dosing stays super easy between sizes.

$0.55 cents per DROP of oil & $.07 cents per Milligram CBD

For a 50lb dog this will last you 16 days, $3.44 a day

$0.48 cents per DROP of oil & $.06 cents per Milligram CBD

For a 50lb dog this will last you 48 days, $3.02 a day

$0.38 cents per DROP of oil & $.05 cents per Milligram CBD

For a 50lb dog this will last you 96 days, $2.34 a day

For Specific Dosing and Cost, Find your dog’s weight in the table below:

You can also search your dog’s weight in the search box, Search # lbs

The Table Below Shows the number of drops of Farmacopeia Oil is in a dose based on your dog’s weight, how many doses are in each size bottle, and the cost per dose depending on the size bottle you choose to purchase.

The table shows the 1mg per pound dosage for dogs from 8-140 pounds.  

Drops per dose are rounded to the nearest full drop.

Then there is the issue of appropriate dosing recommended by brands.  The veterinary recommended dosage for dogs is .5mg -1mg of CBD per pound of body weight.  This means that a 50 pound dog should get 25-50mg of CBD, but most bottles don’t actually tell you how much is in each drop which is aggravating as you think a larger, or cheaper bottle is saving you money but it actually might be costing you more.

Here’s how to break down the mg of CBD per drop of the bottle you bought:

1) How many mg of CBD are in the bottle?  
Make sure you’re seeing mg of CBD and NOT mg Hemp Oil 

2) What is the size of the bottle in milliliters? 

Generally it’s 5ml – 30ml though I’ve seen larger

Take the milligrams CBD and divide it by milliliters in the bottle = mg CBD per ml

3) Divide that answer by 20 (there’s generally 20 drops in each milliliter)

This gives you mg CBD per drop of liquid.

This is Just a COST breakdown of some of the most common products.
 It doesn’t even start looking at quality of the oil…

  • Farmacopeia Pets Oil Large

    50 lb dog getting 1mg per pound per day (50mg CBD) would need 6 drops a day which costs $2.25 per day.

    So a large bottle would last you 100 days

  • PetReleaf Hemp Oil – 1700 

    THE LABELING OF THIS PRODUCT IS MISLEADING- IT IS 1700MG OF HEMP OIL & ONLY 500MG CBD OIL IN THE BOTTLE

    50 lb dog getting 1mg per pound per day (50mg CBD) would need 60 drops which costs $8.60 per day.

    So a bottle would last you 10 days. 

  • Innovet PurCBD+ – 750mg

    50 lb dog getting 1mg per pound per day (50mg CBD) would need 40 drops which costs $5.70 per day.

    So a bottle would last you 15 days. 

  • Vet CBD – 250 mg **CONTAINS THC*** I WOULD NOT USE

    THIS PRODUCT CONTAINS THC – I HAVE CONTACTED THE COMPANY DIRECTLY – PLEASE DO NOT USE IT WITH YOUR PUPS

    50 lb dog getting 1mg per pound per day (50mg CBD) would need 238 drops which costs  per day.

    So a bottle would last you 5 days. 

  • Boss CBD Large

    50 lb dog getting 1mg per pound per day (50mg CBD) would need 86 drops which costs $4.25 per day.

    So a bottle would last you 28 days. 

  • KING KALM 300MG

    50 lb dog getting 1mg per pound per day (50mg CBD) would need 100 drops which costs $15.00 per day.

    So a bottle would last you 6 days. 

  • WHOLE PET CBD – extra strength 

    We used to use Whole Pet CBD until they discontinued their largest bottle, and changed their formulations.  

    A 50 lb dog getting 1mg per pound per day (50mg CBD) would need 34 drops which costs $5.28 per day.

    So a bottle would last you 18 days. 

My Official Disclaimer about CBD for Dogs:

CBD has popped up as the newest craze in the dog world.  I am seeing it recommended on nearly every dog behavior or medical post on social media, and it’s making my brain hurt.  I would like to be clear that I do not think CBD should be the first thing you try when your dog is having behavior issues.  Behavior issues need to be addressed holistically.  Meaning you need to look at your dog’s nutrition and training before just giving them a “magic pill”.

I’m still not utterly convinced of it’s use yet.  Here’s why:  We have protocols for nutrition that we know help with behavior issues.   Currently, we are utilizing CBD oil in severe medical cases, epilepsy, and extreme behavior cases where our normal working protocols have improved things but there’s still room to go.  Our philosophy is if you’ve done everything else on our protocols of behavior and nutrition, then go ahead and try the CBD oil and see if it helps.  

I will say as an alternative to many of the over prescribed medications by a veterinarian, I would much rather see dogs try the right CBD oil first.  But that gets me on a whole soapbox about how your veterinarian shouldn’t be your first line of defense in behavior issues, and slapping medication on behavior issues doesn’t solve anything and often exacerbates behavior or makes other things even worse due to side effects.  

Going to a regular veterinarian for behavior medication without trying nutrition and training/ behavior modification first is like going to a general practice doctor for anxiety meds as a person, yes they can prescribe them, however they don’t have a full understanding of what the medications do compared to a psychiatrist that specializes in mental issues and helping people find the right medication.  Going to just your general practice doctor can get you put on medications that can make things worse not better!  This is NOT meant to be a knock of any sort on veterinarians.  They have so many species to work on that it’s even harder than being a general doctor who just works on the human body.  BUT, the reality is they don’t have much training in behavior.  

 

It is vital that prior to behavior modification medication you work with a certified trainer who can work on true behavior modification and not just you typical sit, down, stay without using force as this just scares a dog into compliance and often creates its own issues.  A great trainer will be familiar with modification medication, and while they SHOULD NOT be prescribing things for you they can familiarize you with what is important to speak to your veterinarian about and what medications to ask about and why so you’re prepared to be your pup’s best advocate.   

Now, there’s an entirely different approach when you are utilizing CBD for medical/ pain management.  I have seen CBD be effective for dogs who are in pain and unable to take prescribed pain medication, or those that doesn’t work for.  

Secondly, finding a safe CBD oil for your pet that is actually effective is MUCH harder than marketing is leading you to believe!  The CBD Oil Industry is booming when it comes to both people and pets!  However, not all products are the same and there’s one scary difference between what your pets can handle and what we can: THC, the component that is psychoactive for us people, can be harmful to your pup!  It can actually cause seizures!  So it’s VITAL that you find a product that has 0% THC for your pet!  This means, anything sold at a dispensary is NOT safe for your pup as it contains 

THC.  

Then there is the issue of appropriate dosing.  The recommended dosage for dogs is .5mg -1mg of CBD per pound of body weight.  This means that a 50 pound dog should get 25-50mg of CBD, but most bottles don’t actually tell you how much is in each drop which is aggravating as you think a larger, or cheaper bottle is saving you money but it actually might be costing you more.

 

Here’s how to break down the mg of CBD per drop of the bottle you bought:

1) How many mg of CBD are in the bottle?  
Make sure you’re seeing mg of CBD and NOT mg Hemp Oil 

2) What is the size of the bottle in milliliters? 

Generally it’s 5ml – 30ml though I’ve seen larger

Take the milligrams CBD and divide it by milliliters in the bottle = mg CBD per ml

3) Divide that answer by 20 (there’s generally 20 drops in each milliliter)

This gives you mg CBD per drop of liquid.

We aren’t sold yet on CBD being used as widely as it is currently.  However when all alternatives have been tried or ruled out, we have given this a go.  We are currently using Farmacopeia Oil for a seizure case, and some severe medical and behavior cases.  Stay tuned for our thoughts in the next few months!



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