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How to Give CBD Oil to Dogs: 5 Vet-Reviewed Tips & Tricks

Written by: Kristin Hitchcock

Last Updated on May 23, 2024 by Dogster Team

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How to Give CBD Oil to Dogs: 5 Vet-Reviewed Tips & Tricks


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CBD oil may help dogs in numerous ways. Current studies on its efficacy are somewhat promising yet inconclusive, though many pet owners decide to give it a shot anyway. Still, getting your dog to consume CBD oil can be a challenge.

If you want your dog to try CBD, using oil is the way to go. While CBD treats may seem like a good idea, you’re out of luck if your dog decides not to eat them. In comparison, there are many ways to give your dog CBD oil. Here are some of the methods you may want to try.


Please Note

The FDA has not yet approved the use of CBD or any other hemp-containing products in animals to treat any ailment. If you plan to administer CBD to your pet, you should consult with your veterinarian before doing so.

The 5 Tips to Give CBD Oil to Dogs

1. Use a Dropper

If your dog will tolerate it, you may want to use a dropper. This method is the most straightforward, so it is typically the method you’ll want to start with. Just ensure that you get the right dosage into the dropper and gently dispense the liquid into your dog’s mouth.

If you do it quickly and efficiently, you shouldn’t have to hold your dog down or fight them. It’s best to dispense it slowly and allow your dog to swallow the oil you release into their mouth bit by bit rather than dispensing everything at once.

If your dog puts up a fight, move on to another method. Some dogs will figure out what you’re trying to do after a few doses. Therefore, don’t be surprised if your dog suddenly runs from the dropper. Conversely, some dogs love the taste of CBD and look forward to seeing you holding the dropper. You’ll have to figure this out with your dog, though most CBD oils explicitly made for dogs are usually readily accepted by them due to their flavor.

You can also use a syringe, which may help with measuring. However, if your product comes with a dropper and a recommended dosage, you should use the dropper and follow the dosage instructions on the box.

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2. Use the Oil on a Treat

If the dropper doesn’t work, it’s time to pull out the dog treats. Choose a treat you know your dog will like since the CBD oil may change the taste slightly (and not for the better). Therefore, it is best to use a treat that your dog will like, even with the oil on it. One of the best parts of using an oil over a premade treat is that the oil can be added to a treat your dog already likes. You can pair it literally anything that is safe for your dog, including pieces of cooked chicken.

For this method to work, you must drip the appropriate number of drops onto the treat and then give it to your dog. Depending on the dosage and the treat, you may have to feed two or even three treats. If you do the math and discover that you have to use a lot of drops for your dog’s size, you may want to consider getting a stronger oil.

Most dogs do not have a problem eating a treat with the oil. Even the pickiest dogs often don’t notice. However, if your dog does, you have a few options. You can either move on or try a completely different method. Or you can try a higher-value treat. In other words, find a tastier treat your dog simply can’t say no to!

Please be mindful that overfeeding your dog treats may contribute to weight gain. If you increase your dog’s treat intake, you should factor this into their other meal portions as well.

3. Make Your Own Treats

If you have a homemade recipe your dog likes, you can add CBD oil to the mixture as you’re making it. However, one of the downsides of this method is that there is a lot of math involved, and you must get it right. You’ll need to add enough CBD to ensure each treat contains the right amount. If your treats require cooking or baking at high temperatures, this might not be the best option for you. CBD oil begins to lose its efficacy if heated to a certain temperature. This usually occurs somewhere between 320°-350° F (160 – 177 ° C).

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4. Mix It into Your Dog’s Food

For dogs with a set mealtime, you can add CBD to your dog’s food. Of course, this only works if your dog finishes the whole bowl immediately. However, for dogs that do, adding the oil to their food is an easy way to get around picky eaters. Often, the oil spreads across the food, so your dog won’t even realize it’s there (or may not mind its presence because it’s so diluted).

However, we have found that some dogs will purposefully not eat the kibble pieces covered in the oil. If you find that is the case with your dog, we recommend trying a different method.

5. Dilute the Oil

Sometimes, dogs are very turned off by the oil. Therefore, they may refuse to eat anything with oil on it, even if you’ve tried all the previous methods. In that case, you may want to water down their oil. While regular CBD oil is usually tasteless and odorless, watering it down may make it less oily, which will encourage your dog to consume it.

After diluting it, you can try any of the previous methods to actually get your dog to consume it. You can also place most CBD oils in water. However, dogs usually don’t drink all their water at once, so they may not benefit from the oil. Therefore, we don’t necessarily recommend just placing drops in your dog’s water unless they don’t need the whole dosage at once.

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CBD oil is incredibly popular these days. There are many pet-focused companies producing CBD oil just for pets. Therefore, you may want to try CBD for your dog, though the science is still out on its effectiveness. Luckily, giving CBD oil to dogs isn’t difficult. With the methods we’ve listed above, you can usually get your dog to consume it without a huge fight.

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