Many popular dog food labels are now offering products that contain CBD. CBD dog treats typically contain only small amounts of the chemical compound and come in a variety of delicious flavors, so they’re a great option if you’re looking to introduce your pet to cannabidiol.
Why should you give your dog CBD dog treats?
The use of cannabis for medicinal purposes goes back thousands of years. But it’s only recently that science has started to look at how the beneficial chemical compounds in cannabis work. The benefits of CBD – one of the potent phytocannabinoids found in cannabis – for dogs and other animals are still lacking substantial scientific evidence, but early findings have consistently revealed the great potential of cannabidiol as an alternative remedy for a host of animal conditions.
Some of these conditions include:
- Sleep problems
- Poor appetite
- Joint issues
- Digestive problems
- Heart conditions
CBD products that are specially formulated for animals have become more readily available online and in pet stores. Many veterinarians have jumped on the CBD bandwagon and are also giving their own pets CBD. For canines, CBD dog treats are among the most popular because man’s best friend simply can’t say no to treats!
Where can you buy CBD treats for dogs?
If you’re looking for the best CBD dog treats, check out the websites of your usual brands. Many popular and reputable dog food companies are now offering their own CBD-infused products. You’ll have a better guarantee of quality when you opt for a trusted brand in the industry, especially because independent retailers of CBD dog products have now flooded the internet. (see note)
Your second best option are veterinary clinics and pet stores where you’ll also find brands that are known to manufacture good-quality products. If you’re interested in a product made by a company that you’re unfamiliar with, take the time to look them up online and check for customer reviews. Of course, it’s always a good idea to ask your vet or store staff for recommendations.
Some health stores may also carry CBD dog treats; you can find these online or, if you’re lucky, there might be a physical store in your area.
Choosing the best CBD dog treats
You only want the best for your dog, of course, so you would want to make sure to only get good quality CBD dog treats. Take note of the following when shopping.
- As much as possible, choose a product that uses CBD derived from organic hemp. If all the other ingredients used in the CBD dog treats are also organic, even better!
- Make sure the hemp used is sourced from the USA or Europe.
- Check the product label for the concentration of CBD present in the product. It’s always best to start your dog with the lowest concentration recommended for his weight. If you’re treating a specific condition, you should ask your vet about the appropriate dosage to give Fido.
- Your pet’s favorite brand may not carry CBD dog treats, but you should still find a flavor that you know your dog will enjoy.
- Check if the manufacturer has certificates for third-party lab testing for the specific CBD dog treat product you want to buy.
- You will have to do a bit of trial and error until you find the right product and determine the ideal dosage to get the results you want.
- When in doubt, always consult your veterinarian.
What about homemade CBD dog treats?
You can order CBD dog treats online, but if you live in a state where medical marijuana is legal, you’ll most likely find a brick-and-mortar store that specializes in holistic pet wellness and offers a good selection of CBD products for dogs, including treats. Keep in mind that any CBD product you buy for your pet should be specially made for animals. Avoid giving your dog a CBD product made for humans, as this is more potent.
If you prefer to buy good quality CBD oil made for dogs but your best bud does not like its taste and texture, you can also use the oil to make homemade CBD dog treats. But first, find out from your vet or by checking the product label what the correct dosage is for your dog’s weight. CBD oil delivers the most concentrated form of CBD compared to other CBD dog products, so make sure to follow dosage recommendations.
The best way to make your own CBD dog treats is to simply directly place the recommended amount of CBD oil on your dog’s favorite treat. The more porous the treat, the more effectively the CBD oil will soak into it. In case Fido’s favorite treat is not porous, try to find an alternative treat that is porous but in the same flavor he likes.
If you have a no-bake dog treat recipe, especially one that requires some type of oil as an ingredient, you can just add the correct number of drops of CBD oil to the recipe. Avoid adding CBD oil to a homemade baked treat because the heat will degrade the CBD and you may not have the proper know-how to create a baked CBD treat that is effective.
Remember that commercially baked CBD dog treats from popular brands or reputable manufacturers undergo testing to ensure quality and safety — so they might be your best and most convenient option. You should be able to find a CBD dog treat in a flavor your four-legged pal will love amongst the wide variety of choices available these days.