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CBD Toxicity In Cats And Dogs

This study summary provides fact-based answers about the benefits of CBD for pets as well as the low potential for adverse effects.

  • learn exactly how CBD is absorbed by dogs and cats
  • learn the optimal CBD dosage tested and possible adverse effects
  • find out how dogs and cats react to CBD

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2019 Study: Safe CBD Dosage For Dogs And Cats

2019 Study: Dosing 2mg/kg oral CBD twice daily is safe and nontoxic for dogs and cats. #cbd #dogs #cats tell a friend


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Published October 19, 2019


Study Results

This study suggests that CBD is not toxic to dogs or cats. (1)

Safe CBD Dosage for Dogs and Cats

2mg/kg of oral CBD twice daily. (2)




The purpose of this new CBD research is to provide a veterinary assessment of whether it is safe to give cannabidiol to healthy adult dogs and cats. (3)


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CBD for dogs and cats has become a popular veterinary supplement without long term safety data or information about possible adverse effects. (4)


CBD veterinary adverse effects



  • The study was conducted for a period of 12 weeks.
  • 8 healthy dogs were tested.
  • 8 healthy cats were tested. (5)


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CBD Dosage

Both dogs and cats received 2 mg/kg total CBD concentration orally twice daily for 12 weeks. (6)


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  • Testing of the animals revealed that the highest concentration of CBD in the blood occurred 1.4 hours after the CBD dose in dogs and 2 hours after the CBD dose in cats.
  • Blood tests showed no significant changes or negative effects from consuming CBD in either cats or dogs.
  • It was determined that oral CBD administered every 12 hours was not detrimental to the health of dogs or cats. (7)


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The study did not test for potential benefits from giving CBD to cats or dogs. (8)

Adverse effects

  • The study did note that cats seem to absorb and eliminate CBD differently than dogs.
  • Some cats exhibited adverse effects including excessive licking and head shaking while the CBD was being administered. (9)


Download The CBD Research


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Deabold KA, Schwark WS, Wolf L, Wakshlag JJ. Single-Dose Pharmacokinetics and Preliminary Safety Assessment with Use of CBD-Rich Hemp Nutraceutical in Healthy Dogs and Cats. Animals (Basel). 2019;9(10):832. Published 2019 Oct 19. doi:10.3390/ani9100832


Study Authors


Deabold KA

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Department of Comparative Diagnostic Population Medicine, University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine


Schwark WS

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Department of Molecular Medicine, Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine

Wolf L

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Proteomics and Metabolomics Facility, Colorado State University

Wakshlag JJ

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Department of Clinical Sciences, Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine


Keywords: cannabidiol; cat; dog; hemp; pharmacokinetics; toxicity

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