We’ve been getting a lot of questions about CBD dog treats lately. That’s not really surprising considering the popularity of CBD oil.
In theory, CBD (cannabidiol) treats are a great idea. They’re convenient and easy to give your pet …
… But just because the treats have CBD oil, does that mean your dog’s actually getting the benefits?
I asked some hemp industry experts their thoughts on CBD dog treats and wanted to share them with you. So you can decide if they’re the best way to support your dog with CBD benefits.
But first, what’s the deal with CBD oil and why’s it so popular?
The Benefits Of CBD Oil For Dogs
Cannabidiol (CBD) oil comes from the hemp plant, which is part of the cannabis family. CBD is also found in cannabis, which contains THC, the hallucinogenic component.
But most CBD oils give you the benefits of CBD without the THC. So don’t worry, it isn’t going to make your dog “high.”
Research shows that CBD oil is a very effective natural immune system support. It’s also proven to be valuable for managing and preventing:
- Arthritis and joint pain
- Digestive issues
- Neurological disorders (such as seizures and epilepsy)
- Blood disorders
- Tumors and cancers
It also fights off free radicals to help prevent the development of cancerous cells.
Knowing this, it’s easy to see why people are choosing to give CBD treats to their dogs. But are they the best option?
CBD Dog Treats – Are There Any Concerns?
We have a few team members who give their dogs CBD oil every day. I’ve read the research and heard so many others talk about how it has helped them and their dogs. I really do think it’s an amazing natural supplement.
And I think it’s important to know what you’re feeding your dog. Since CBD dog treats are so popular, I wanted to know what to look for, and let others know too.
So we gathered some CBD dog treat questions we’ve had come in at DNM:
- Does the cooking process change CBD as we see with nutrients in kibble?
- How do you know what potency to feed and what should you look for when checking potency?
- How do I know if the treats contain high quality or low quality hemp CBD?
And CBD pet product manufacturers were happy to share some answers with us. So let’s review these top concerns now.
The Challenge Of Baking CBD Dog Treats
I learned that the CBD in treats is affected during the cooking process. CBD can start to break down at 200 degrees and is almost completely broken down by 350 degrees.
And cooking can degrade the bioavailability of CBD oil meaning your dog won’t be absorbing it well.
So unless the treats are baked low and slow there is a risk that the amount of CBD originally added will be less. And unless the company runs testing after baking, you won’t know how much the heat changed the levels.
Which means you won’t be able to give your dog an accurate dose of CBD. And that’s fine if you are feeding them as a unique treat with added benefits. But it’s not fine if you are looking to help support our dog’s joint pain or cancer with treats alone.
Another thing you want to consider when looking at treats is what else is in that treat. Adding CBD won’t matter if the product contains artificial flavors or preservatives. The amounts won’t likely be high enough to combat the health impact of additives.[RELATED: What Are Fillers And Binders (And Why They Shouldn’t Be In Your Dog’s Supplements)]
Potency And CBD Dosage For Dogs
If you’re using CBD for therapeutic reasons you’ll want to know the dose your dog needs.
The general rule of thumb is to give 1mg to 6mg of CBD per 10 pounds of body weight, depending on the dog. And you’ll need to know the CBD potency of the treats.
For anxiety or health prevention, you’ll find that the lower doses work well. But if your dog is dealing with pain or immune issues, you’ll need a higher amount.
It’s best to start with a smaller dose and work your way up. If you find a low dose isn’t the best fit for your dog, it’s best to check in with your holistic vet. Together you can determine the best dose, or if treats are the best way to dose his CBD.
I mentioned earlier that without testing after baking there’s no real way to know potency for certain. Most CBD dog treats on the market test as low as 3% to 6% CBD per the amount of hemp oil used. And some only use hemp CBD powder.
A credible CBD pet product will also have third-party test results. I would suggest a high-quality CBD hemp oil product with testing available for pain and illness.
I would suggest a high-quality CBD hemp oil product with testing available.
What’s the difference between low-quality and high-quality CBD oil?
The highest grade CBD oil won’t be made with flavor additives or preservatives. It will be made of high-grade supercritical Co2 extracted oil.
And it’ll be delivered in the method with proven bioavailability. And that means it’s bonded with only organic high MCT coconut oil.
You’ll also want to look for a pet CBD product with pure hemp oil CBD with zero active THC. THC is the psychoactive part of cannabis and marijuana that gives that “high” effect.
CBD from organic hemp plants will contain less than 0.3% THC. And this is what makes it a safe option for use in your dog.
Again, if you are looking for maximum health benefits for your dog, you’ll need to reach for a quality CBD oil to give also. That way you can dose accurately and the treats are just a nice bonus for your dog.[RELATED: Choosing The Best CBD Oil For Dogs]
Fussy Dogs And DIY CBD Treats
If you’re set on treats, because your dog is a great detective of strange things in his bowl- I get it.
The good news is that you can make your own CBD treats! And no you don’t need to be a baker because we want the CBD to be bioavailable.
- Choose your dog’s most favorite organic treat
- Add his CBD dose to the treat and let it absorb for a few minutes
- Treat him to his upgraded snack loaded with health benefits
So if you want to buy CBD treats you can … but why not just make your own and know exactly what your dog is getting?[RELATED: Natural Dog Treats: Are You Being Scammed?]