CBD Toxicity Levels

This is a scientific guide.
Based on the latest medical studies.

  • know exactly how CBD is absorbed in dogs and cats
  • learn the optimal CBD dosage tested and possible adverse effects
  • find out how your pet will react to this new treatment

Let’s get started.

2019 CBD Research

Safe CBD dosage for pets


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New CBD Research Published October 19, 2019

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Study Results:  The study suggests that CBD is not toxic to dogs or cats. (1)

CBD Dosage for Dogs and Cats: 2mg/kg of oral CBD twice daily. (2)

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Our Summary:  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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Background: 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

By the numbers:

  • 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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Important: 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)


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Study Authors:


Deabold KA


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


Schwark WS


Department of Molecular Medicine, Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine

Wolf L


Proteomics and Metabolomics Facility, Colorado State University

Wakshlag JJ


Department of Clinical Sciences, Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine



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


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


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