Walk down the treat aisle at a pet store, and you may notice a trend. There are more and more CBD treats making their way onto shelves. With the sudden popularity of these treats, you are probably asking yourself: should you buy some for your dog? Could your dog benefit from CBD treats? Here's a closer look at what these treats are, what they do, and the signs your dog could benefit.
What are CBD treats?
CBD treats are, as the name suggests, dog treats that have been formulated with CBD. CBD stands for cannabidiol. This is a cannabinoid compound that is found in hemp and in marijuana. No, it won't make your dog (or you) feel high, but it does have other therapeutic benefits. It is an oil-soluble compound, so it is often extracted into various oils, and you may therefore see some treats advertised as "CBD oil treats."
CBD is legal in all 50 states, so long as it is derived from hemp. The CBD used in dog treats is the same substance you would see in dispensaries and health food stores for human consumption.
What are the benefits of CBD treats?
CBD has a number of benefits in dogs. Primarily, it helps relieve inflammation, and in turn, this helps ease any pain—since a lot of pain is actually the byproduct of inflammation. CBD also has a calming effect. A lot of humans have found it very helpful for relieving their anxiety, and it can do the same for dogs. It can help stabilize their mood and ward off negative feelings like loneliness and worry.
How can you tell if your dog is a good candidate for these treats?
Many dogs are good candidates for CBD treats. Here are a few types of dogs that can benefit the most:
- Dogs who have joint pain can benefit since the CBD can ease any inflammation and pain, making it more comfortable for them to get around.
- Dogs healing from surgery can benefit from CBD.
- Dogs who get nervous when traveling or when their owner is away can benefit, thanks to the anxiety-relieving benefits of CBD.
- Dogs who seem depressed can benefit because CBD can help improve the mood.
If you see CBD treats being sold at a local pet store, it's not a bad idea to pick up a bag. They're good to have on hand for times you think your dog might be in pain or dealing with negative emotions.
Contact a supplier for more information about CBD for dogs.