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Learn More About CBD Dog Treats

Sixty percent of pet parents choose cannabidiol CBD dog treats when introducing cannabis plant benefits to their pet. This preferred method of delivery is popular for so many reasons. It's convenient to administer, dog owners can use it for behavioral training, and it is tasty for furry best friends of all shapes and sizes. 

Can it get any better? Yes, it can! 

CBD dog treats are appetizing bites with the bonus of active full-spectrum, organic hemp oil. Not only is it a tasty tidbit, but CBD treats are supplements that help maintain physical and mental wellbeing. CBD can support your dog's immune system, pain receptors, inflammatory response and is an attractive therapeutic option in dogs with various ailments

Is CBD Oil Safe for Dogs?

Pet owners will be pleased to know that cannabidiol (CBD) is safe for dogs and cats. However, the CBD pet treats that you give your pet need to be of the highest quality. Most importantly, you want to be confident that the CBD oil is hemp-derived. 

Hemp is part of the cannabis plant species. The psychedelic high associated with cannabis is from a compound called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), present in both the hemp varieties and the marijuana varieties of the cannabis plant. CBD can be extracted from both types too.

THC is toxic for dogs. That's why you never want to give your pet any of your weed edibles if the THC content is higher than they can tolerate. Marijuana plants often present percentages of THC up to 35%!

Hemp contains traces of THC, but only 0.3% or less is permitted for it to be classified as legal hemp in the U.S. Because of hemp's chemical makeup, CBD hemp oil is safe for your dog. 

CBD Treats vs. CBD Oil

With so many pet CBD products to choose from, it comes down to what you think will be easier to administer. CBD dog treats are convenient to serve without any fuss. In the park, at the shops, in the car, giving your dog a cannabis edible requires little effort when compared to placing an oil dropper in their mouth. 

The potency is also a variable that may sway you in the direction of buying oil, as CBD tinctures for dogs are often available in various strengths. For pets who require more potent doses due to their condition or size, a strong CBD oil will be more cost-effective and lasts longer than a bag of 5 mg treats.

Quality CBD oils that have been sublingually administered (under the tongue) will also work a lot quicker, and you'll see the effects within 20-60 minutes.

However, many dog owners still choose to buy irresistible, tasty morsels for tail-wagging pleasure. CBD bites and chews appeal to all dogs due to added organic ingredients that may enrich their flavor and health benefits.

Can I Make My Own CBD Dog Treats?

Baking with cannabis can be tricky, and you need to know what you're doing so that you do not destroy the cannabinoids with high oven temperatures.

CBD dog treat recipes allow you to add your dog's favorite natural ingredients, like peanut butter, green apple, or sweet potato. One main concern with DIY doggie treats is that the CBD dosage may not be exact. Careful calculations are needed if you are pouring the oil into your mixing bowl.

If you choose to don your apron and go this route, make sure you buy a full-spectrum CBD hemp oil that ticks the boxes for safety and high quality. 

What are the Benefits of CBD for Dogs

Pet owners want to offer their pets the very best. While chronic drugs and over-the-counter medication are effective, the side effects are harsh.

CBD offers a holistic option that is safe and can even be supportive of opioids and NSAIDs. In many cases, the addition of quality CBD has given pet parents the opportunity of lowering drug dosages. 

Likewise, for acute conditions like occasional discomfort, sleeplessness, or situational anxiety, CBD can provide a natural option to help pets get through the day and night. 

Here are some ways that CBD may help your dog:

Mobility

Dogs of all ages can experience joint stiffness and mobility issues. CBD supports bone and joint health; it promotes healthy connective tissue development and flexibility.

CBD treats for mobility often include additional ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid, Chondroitin, Glucosamine, and Boswellia Serrata powder. These supplements provide joint and cartilage health, further boosting mobility wellness in your pet. 

Calm

Pets can become stressed out and anxious for any number of reasons, just like humans. Isolation, loud noises, or social situations can trigger your pup, leaving them shaking, crying, chewing items, or even urinating on the floor. 

Luckily, CBD offers natural stress relief and may support a healthy and balanced emotional response in the canine body. 

Wellness

CBD is an all-rounder when it comes to supporting your dog's health. From skin moisture to memory recall, cellular health, and immune system, CBD dog treats or CBD oil can help balance all the body's various functions. Even if your pet is healthy, active, calm, and pain-free, CBD can promote long-term health. 

Common CBD Side Effects

First and foremost, pets cannot overdose on CBD. Its safety has been confirmed, and it's been found that "dogs tolerate dose escalation of CBD oil well, experiencing only mild adverse reactions." The possible side effects if you give your pup too much CBD include:

  • Dry mouth. CBD can lead to a decrease in saliva production. Ensure that your dog always has access to freshwater so that it can quench its thirst throughout the day.  

  • Diarrhea. Gastrointestinal reactions are common in dogs who have sensitive stomachs. If you've ever introduced a new food or supplement to your dog's healthcare regimen, you probably already know that diarrhea is almost an expected side effect. In many cases, gastrointestinal upset is a result of the carrier oil or other ingredients, not CBD itself.

  • Lowered Blood Pressure. A high dose of CBD may cause a drop in blood pressure for your best friend. This temporary drop may cause your pet to feel nauseous, light-headed, or lethargic.

You can avoid these adverse reactions for your pet by staying within the dosage range for your pet. It's also recommended to start with a low dose and gradually increase it.

Finding the right amount of CBD for your dog may take a few weeks. Your dog's perfect dose shows the desired effects in their health, without any adverse side effects.

How Many CBD Treats Can I Give My Dog?

Start by looking at the manufacturer's dosage guidelines. Directions for use will depend on your dog's body weight, as each chew will contain a standard measurement of CBD. The potency for CBD treats can vary across brands; calculate how much your dog needs depending on how many CBD milligrams the packaging indicates.

A general guideline is to fall within the range of 1-5 mg of CBD per 10lbs of body weight.

Dosage instructions for Honest Paw's full-spectrum CBD bites and chews are as follows:

  • Dogs less than 25 lbs: 1 x 5 mg treat per day

  • 25-50 lbs: 2 x 5 mg treats per day

  • Over 50 lbs: 3 x 5 mg chews per day.

Your dog loves his treats, but remember to exercise some restraint with CBD treats. Giving your pup too many treats is also a bad habit, as overindulgence can lead to obesity and undesired health conditions. 

How Long Does It Take For CBD Treats To Work on Dogs?

CBD dog treats, which are absorbed through the stomach, may take between 45-90 minutes to work. With this delay time, it's essential to preempt your pet's needs.

If exercise causes stiffness in their joints, give your pup CBD soft chews an hour before their walk. Or let them have their nibbles an hour before a possibly stressful situation like their vet appointment or when you see a storm approaching.

Cannabinoids, like CBD, work by interacting with the Endocannabinoid System. The Endocannabinoid System plays a role in regulating our mood, physiology, pain, inflammatory response, and other functions throughout the day. Our dogs have an Endocannabinoid System too!

When you give your pup CBD oil, it takes a little while for the cannabinoid to reach the endocannabinoid receptors. This time is affected by the delivery method, but every pet will react differently depending on their need. 

What Dog Problems Can CBD Oil Help With

Research into how CBD can help pets is finally on a roll. Here are some of the incredible ways that CBD can help your struggling pet.

Arthritis

From hereditary hip dysplasia to arthritis that's come about in old age, a dog who is incapable of running is a sorrowful situation. Degenerative joint disease like arthritis is a slowly progressing disease where the cartilage between the bones breaks down.

It's irreversible, but for breeds who are susceptible to joint diseases, CBD can delay its onset by supporting bone and joint health. 

Seizures 

Current studies are looking at how CBD can reduce seizure frequency in dogs with epilepsy. So far, the results are promising. CBD has anticonvulsant properties and supports neurological function. All this information points to promoting treatment options for pets with seizures and epilepsy. 

Anxiety

CBD dog treats can promote relaxation for dogs exhibiting nervousness, hyperactivity, or discontentment. The hemp products can help calm chronically ill dogs who struggle to sleep or help pets who are anxious when alone (separation anxiety). 

Joint Pain & Pain Management

CBD dog treats may block pain associated with joint diseases and inhibit the development of discomfort and nerve damage in affected joints.

CBD has an anti-inflammatory action and can help to relieve your pet of pain.  A clinical efficiency study of CBD for dogs with Osteoarthritis found that "CBD oil increases comfort and activity in the domestic environment for dogs with O.A."

CBD Treats for Dogs Buying Guide

The best CBD dog treats are made with integrity and with your pet in mind. Here are a few things to look out for when buying CBD products for your companion animal. 

  • Full Spectrum CBD oil is favorable over broad-spectrum or isolate CBD products. This is because it provides a more potent biological reaction in the endocannabinoid system due to its rich full-plant cannabinoids and the inclusion of terpenes and flavonoids. 

  • Hemp oil needs to contain CBD and be labeled as "full-spectrum" or "PCR hemp" to show that it includes all the cannabinoid benefits. Hemp seed powder or oil, on the other hand, is derived from the seeds of the hemp plant and contains omega fatty oils but no CBD. It is nourishing for your dog's coat and can be a beneficial addition to their diet. Just make sure you know the difference before "adding to cart." 

  • Made in the USA and Organic. Organic farming practices are important for hemp. Hemp draws toxins from the soil, so a toxin and pesticide-free environment are vital for a clean and pure CBD product. The extraction method also makes a massive difference in the final product quality, so check that the manufacturer has used CO2 extraction, which is the best choice for high-quality hemp oil. 

  • Look for labels that state that the CBD product is non-GMO and free of allergens (soy, dairy, corn, or gluten). You want the best for your pet, don't you?

  • A Certificate of Analysis is the certificate received after lab testing of specific CBD pet products. A third-party lab should conduct testing to ensure unbiased and truthful results. When a company happily provides you with the COA, you can verify the potency of various cannabinoids, the THC percentage, and the exclusion of harmful chemicals. 

  • A trustworthy brand will stand out above the others with their high number of reviews and good standing with Better Business Bureau. Do your research and purchase CBD products from a company that is honest, transparent, and highly-rated. 

Why Choose Honest Paws CBD Treats

A pet parent founded Honest Paws. Just like you, she cared about her pet and wanted to create a premium CBD product that ticked all the "must-haves" for quality and effectiveness.

The Honest Paws products are organic, non-GMO, soy-free, and lab-tested by a third party to ensure the best quality. Honest Paws makes it easy to view any Certificate of Analysis for your product of choice. Click here to learn more.

Their CBD bites and soft chews have natural ingredients that support the treat's goal, from Calm, Mobility, Wellness, or Relief. No matter your pet's preference, Honest Paws has something perfect for them, including CBD-infused peanut butter and a CBD-infused Relief Balm made with coconut oil. 

CBD Dog Treats, Bringing Calm, Happy, and Healthy To Every Pet

Crunchy, chewy, or sticky peanut butter, CBD dog treats may support normal cardiovascular, immune, and neurological function. Your pet will look forward to their treat, and you can feel good about giving your pet a chance at a healthy life. You can even sprinkle a treat on top of their food an extra goody!

Whether you're looking to support longevity in your healthy dog, calming your nervous pooch, or supporting chronic care for a senior furball, CBD can be a great addition to your pet's wellness routine. What's holding you back

Contact us if you have any questions or needing advice about what product will be best for your furbaby.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Are CBD treats good for dogs?

CBD can support your dog's immune system, pain receptors, inflammatory response and is an attractive therapeutic option in dogs with various ailments.

How long does it take for CBD dog treats to kick in?

CBD dog treats, which are absorbed through the stomach, may take between 45-90 minutes to work.