How much Hemp Oil Extract does my animal need?

Close-up of a dog sniffing a hemp leaf, illustrating the benefits of Full Spectrum Hemp Oil for pets' health and well-being.

Dosing is one of the most common questions- and it should be!

Here at Cannimal we advocate for smart, ethical, and practical dosing. With that maxim as the foundation for our dosing protocol:

We recommend you always start with a Full Spectrum Hemp Extract with less than .03% THC.

Then, "titrate up" and observe your animal's sensitivity.

Cannabinoids interact with the Endocannabinoid system. This system of receptors is all over the body- but most are in the brain, gut, and skin. This system regulates homeostasis or "balance" in the body.

The endocannabinoid system may be "activated" differently at different times- and can vary from animal to animal.

Every animal will have a unique endocannabinoid system- ie. one dog who weighs 20 pounds may need 2-3x more than another dog who weighs 20 pounds! This is why close observation and consistent dosing is extremely important when supplementing an animal with cannabinoids.

5 Keys to Successfully Dosing Cannimal's Formulas

Start with a low dose- for small animals under 40 pounds start with 1 pump twice a day of our 150mg formulas. For larger animals over 40 lbs, start with 2 pumps twice a day of our 250mg formula. 
    Our 150mg product is appx 2.5 mg per pump.
    Our 250mg product is appx 5mg per pump.
    Our 2000mg Equine product is appx 40mg per ml. 
    Apply directly in mouth- placing hemp oil in food lowers it's bioavailability. Use our pump bottle to administer directly in mouth or let them lick out of a bowl. 
    Ingesting Cannabinoids in food or a treat, despite being the easiest method of delivery, is not particularly efficient at absorbing hemp oil in high concentrations
    and can take as long as two hours to work. 
    If you have not had good results with ANY HEMP OIL products,
    this may be the reason. STOP putting it in your animal’s food.

    The U.S. National Library of Medicine published a study, (Ujvary and Hanus, 2016), detailing how the liver metabolizes Cannabinoid compounds. Called the “first pass effect”, CYP450 oxidases enzymes in the liver, which have mixed functions, break Cannabinoids down, reducing cannabidiol concentration significantly before sending the leftovers to the bloodstream.



    Cannimal does not use glass droppers. WHY? Glass droppers can break in the mouth and also run the risk of cross contamination of your very valuable investment.

    Observe- keep a close eye on your animal's reaction. Wait 30 minutes.
    (30 minutes is the CLINICALLY PROVEN ONSET for Cannabidiol.
    Look for what we call The Relaxation Response:
    -Muscle Tone Softens
    -Ears and eyes get softer, quieter, less fidget-y.


    If your animal seems to have no relaxation response, administer a 2nd dose.
    This desired “RELAXATION RESPONSE” applies to both pain and anxiety
    (How do you feel after your pain is relieved? Do you feel more relaxed? Do you feel more relieved?)
    Keep titrating up (giving another small dose) every 30 minutes
    until you get a desired response- this is your animals’ baseline dose.


    5. Be consistent - for best results administer Cannimal formulas everyday at the same time. 

    Chronic conditions such as pain and inflammation may take up to 7 days of consistent administration before you see improved mobility.


    6. Take an active role in your animal's healing- watch for signs of improvement and titrate up (or down) based on your observations.

    *Remember no 2 animals are the same.

    Hemp Oil is not a pharmaceutical drug created to produce a "generic" response.

    Hemp Oil works with the Endocannabinoid System- which may need more or less activation on a daily basis based on its current state of "homeostasis."


    Learn more about the Endocannabinoid System here.


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    • Hi! I have a foster golden retriever who came in at 126 lbs and couldn’t stand. He’s almost 5 years old and was kept in a pen in the back yard his whole life. The owner said he was having 2-3 seizures a week. He’s had 2 in 2 months with me. He only got Kirkland kibble, now he’s fed raw with vegetables and Dr Dobias supplements. He has mega esophagus so I feed him on an incline. He’s had pneumonia 3 times in 2 months. He has other neurological problems and has had tests, we don’t what it is. He’s down to 102 lbs and walking and even trotting! He’s getting a quarter of the original dose of phenobarbital. I’m giving home 5 pumps twice a day of the Relax formula. Any suggestions? Such a long story and not over yet. He’s such a sweet and happy dog, he’s learning to play and chew bones, a squeaky toy scared him at first. Any help is much appreciated, believe me! Thank you Lynn and Cooper

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