Leaf Organics. How Does CBD Affect Dogs?

When it comes to CBD oil for dogs, there’s a lot of information and it’s difficult to know what’s accurate or not. As a pet owner myself, I understand the need to do what’s best for your dog, and everything about CBD oil for dogs. So how does CBD affect dogs?

CBD dosage

Currently, there has been no formal study on how CBD affects dogs. What scientists do know is that in all mammals, dogs and humans alike we have an endocannabinoid system.

CBD interact with this system, which helps maintain balance in the body and keeps it in a healthy state. It has been shown to help with mood, hormone production, and pain perception plus it has powerful anti-inflammatory properties.

Cannabidiol known as CBD can help with many health issues. these include anxiety, arthritis, joint pain, gastric issues, essential tremor, epilepsy, skin issues, and many other conditions for both for humans and pets alike.

One study from 2018 wanted to assess the safety, anti-inflammatory properties, and anti-pain properties of a CBD oil in dogs with osteoarthritis. Researchers gave dogs doses of 2 or 8 milligrams (mg) per kilogram (kg) of body weight.

80% of the dogs showed improvement in their pain and mobility. This was measured by two veterinary resources, the canine brief pain inventory, and the Hudson activity scale, this is very encouraging.

CBD oil for dogs – advice & information

Giving any pet CBD in the UK is quite a grey area and is down to the owner if they choose to give their pet CBD or not.

There is no legal “PET” CBD products allowed in the UK even though many are sold every day. Companies that sell PET CBD are not compliant as the VMD (Veterinary Medicines Directorate) at the moment do not allow any form of pet CBD.

Having said that, more vets are recommending CBD for things like anxiety, arthritis, pain, and seizures, and help with general wellbeing.

How much CBD should I give my Dog?

When giving pets CBD it is suggested to work off the weight. The basic dosing rule for cats and dogs: is 1–5 mg CBD for every 5kg of body weight.

We suggest splitting the required dose giving half in the morning and half in the evening. If you have a very small dog or cat, only give them CBD once a day.

Always start on a low dose and build up gradually.

We have put together a chart to help you work out how much you should give your dog which you can download at the bottom of the page at https://leaforganics.co.uk/how-does-cbd-affect-dogs/.

DISCLAIMER:  Leaf Organics do not recommend purchasing any CBD products unless recommended or prescribed by a qualified VMD Approved Veterinary Surgeon. We understand customers do give their animals CBD to try and help them with all kinds of problems and we often get asked about giving pets CBD. We are not and do not pretend to be vets and we are not qualified to offer advice on giving animals CBD.


Leaf Organics products are a food supplement only and should not be used as a substitute for a varied diet. Leaf Organics products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Keep out of the reach of young children. Always read the label. All products contain less than 0.1% THC.

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