The benefits of CBD oil to a dog’s health have been supported by an increasing body of scientific and anecdotal evidence combined. Are CBD dog treats just as beneficial?
Because CBD products are categorized as supplements, their manufacture and use are still unregulated. Choosing the right CBD oil product for your pet is relatively easier than choosing the best CBD dog treat because the oil is the raw ingredient whereas the dog treat contains other ingredients. Read on to learn more about giving CBD dog treats to your furry friend.
What are the benefits of CBD?
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is the 2nd active compound in the cannabis plant, with the first being tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. CBD, however, does not produce psychoactive effects like THC. Medicinal CBD is typically derived from the hemp plant, which contains more CBD compared to cannabis, and less than 0.3% THC - and this amount is not enough to result in the “high” associated with marijuana. CBD dog products are, therefore, relatively safe to use.
As an oil, cannabidiol has been shown to deliver the following health benefits when given to dogs:
- Relief from pain associated with disease or nerve, spinal or brain injury.
- Controlling seizures in epileptic dogs who do not respond to anti-seizure drugs.
- Relief from anxiety.
- Preventing or treating nausea from motion-sickness or a health condition.
- Calming an upset stomach and treating other digestive issues.
- Reducing inflammation.
- Anti-cancer properties.
- Stimulating appetite.
- Promoting calm and relaxation.
Are CBD dog treats as effective as CBD oil?
When using CBD to treat an ailment or for your dog’s overall wellness, the oil form is the common option. CBD dog treats are becoming just as popular, however, because they’re easier to give to Fido. But are they worth the purchase? Will your dog derive the same benefits offered by CBD oil?
When cooked, cannabidiol starts to degrade depending on temperature - at around 200 degrees Celsius - and length of cooking time. CBD is almost completely degraded at 300 degrees Celsius. The more degraded CBD is, the less of it becomes bioavailable for absorption.
When buying commercially made CBD dog treats, find out if the treats were baked slowly and at a low temperature; even then, you can’t be sure exactly how much CBD your furry pal will be getting, regardless of the CBD content per serving indicated in the product information.
If you’re only after the added benefits of CBD dog treats, then not knowing the accurate CBD dose per serving should not be a big deal. There’s no risk of a CBD overdose but to be on the safe side, follow the recommended serving size by the manufacturer or consult your vet. However, if you want your dog to benefit from a specific effect of CBD, such as for relief of joint pain or seizure treatment, then the CBD dog treats may not be the ideal option.
Commercial CBD dog treats also contain other ingredients, such as artificial/natural flavors, colors, and preservatives. These may not counteract the effects of CBD, but if you’re after a holistic approach to Fido’s wellness, then make sure the product only uses all-natural ingredients.
DIY Option for CBD Dog Treats
If you want to ensure that Fido gets the right dose of cannabidiol, you can simply add CBD oil to his favorite dog treats. This way, he will get the full potency of CBD oil while also enjoying his snack.
Firstly, determine the right dose for your dog; you can consult your vet regarding this or your CBD oil supplier. And then add the right dose to the treats and give them a few minutes to absorb the oil. Finally, feed your best bud his CBD-infused treats.
If you bake Fido’s treats yourself, do not mix the CBD oil before cooking. You can also add the oil to fresh fruits or even his favorite peanut butter.
CBD Quality and Dosage
Always opt for a high-grade CBD oil, which is derived through supercritical CO2 extraction and has no additives and preservatives. The product should only contain a carrier oil, such as coconut oil or MCT oil, aside from the cannabidiol.
Additionally, make sure the CBD oil is derived from hemp and that the product contains zero or less than 0.3% THC. Purchasing high-quality CBD oil for your pet’s treats means you can give him the correct dose he needs, for the specific purpose he needs it, and that he’ll get the maximum health benefits.
Your vet is the most qualified to determine the correct CBD oil dose for your pet. But in general, the recommended dose is 1 mg to 6 mg of CBD oil per 10 pounds of body weight. Whatever the CBD content per serving is indicated on your commercial CBD dog treats, you can assume that your dog will be getting less because the cannabidiol would have degraded during the cooking process - unless the manufacturer specifically states that they tested treats to determine the accurate CBD content after baking.
If you want to use CBD oil to treat anxiety or for overall wellness, the lower recommended doses should be enough. For treatment of ailments, such as pain, higher doses may be needed. If it’s Fido’s first time receiving CBD oil, always start with a low dose and monitor how he responds to it. You can gradually increase the dosage until you find the correct amount for his condition. Again, seek the advice of your vet to get the best possible results.