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We're going to start seeing more CBD oil products flood the pet market and I wonder how many of them will be effective at easing anxiety or relieving pain for our dogs. I've tried several CBD dog treats over the years, and none of them work for my dogs. And these treats are expensive! So I've been wondering, do CBD dog treats really work?
My Dog's Anxiety
Rodrigo has a laundry list of fears, and most of them are adorable. He's afraid of baby gates, brooms, and a cleaned or re-arranged garage. Yep, you read that right. J used to fix up TransAms and BMWs, and when he started his business this summer, he sold all of the cars and parts. Rodrigo took one look at our clean and organized garage, backed up and ran to another room. Nope! He wasn't having it. I had to walk with him, while he was glued to my side, around the garage before he gave his okay. Now he doesn't care. Adorable.
The fears that aren't so adorable are fireworks, thunderstorms, windstorms, and power outages. A couple of years ago we had a terrible windstorm – our power was out for a week. On the day of the storm, the fence that surrounds the dogs' yard came down, and while Sydney and Scout ran into the house, Rodrigo ran out of their yard, and Zoey followed (always his shadow). Since losing Blue, J has developed this uncanny sense of “I better go check on the dogs” and left work early. So Rodrigo and Zoey weren't out in the storm for long, but since that day Rodrigo has been terrified whenever the wind blows hard or the power goes out.
Treating Anxiety in Dogs Naturally
As a raw feeder, I'm always looking for a natural way to help my dogs before turning to prescription medication. It's not that I have an attitude about medicine (although I used to), I just think that if something natural will work, then that's the route I want to take first.
There are several supplements that I use to ease Rodrigo's anxiety. When I have a heads up about a storm or fireworks, then I can plan his supplements and treats accordingly. Sometimes, it's easier to give him treats, but as I stated above, all of the treats I've tried with my dogs have been a bust. They just DO NOT WORK! Other pet parents swear by them, but my dog is still stressed out, which is why I lean so heavily on Ewegurt and CBD oil for anxiety relief. Every dog is different and reacts differently to the various products available. I get that. I just want something that works for Rodrigo because there are times when giving my dog a treat to relieve his anxiety would be so convenient for me and fun for him, but I didn't think that was a possibility until I was introduced to cbdMD dog treats.
What is CBD?
CBD or Cannabidiol is derived from the entire hemp plant, aka full spectrum. CBD is non-psychoactive and serves as a natural supplement added to food or taken directly to treat anxiety, pain, and other health issues in humans and dogs.
- Anxiety, Phobias (Fireworks, Thunderstorms), New Situations
- Gut Issues
- Inflammation, Mobility Issues, Pain Relief
- Veterinarian Visits
While hemp seed oil is made from the seeds of the plant, it has very little CBD, not enough to provide pain or anxiety relief. I've been using CBD oil with my dogs for a few years with my dogs and I love the idea of incorporating CBD dog treats into their diet because treats can taken on a drive, a walk, or to the vet's office with no mess. I've spilled a 1/4 of a bottle of essential oils into my bag once. That sucked. It would suck even more if it was a bottle of CBD oil. CBD dog treats are also an excellent option for dogs, like Sydney, that don't like CBD oil.
cbdMD Dog Treats Review
We received a bag of cbdMD dog treats along with CBD oil and other products in exchange for our honest thoughts. What surprised me was that cbdMD offers dog treats in various strengths, so I requested 750 mg dog treats (I'm used to 200 mg). And they worked – I saw a difference within 30 minutes. The first time the dogs tried their new dog treats by cbdMD, I was sitting in my office, fireworks were STILL going off two weeks after the Fourth of July and Rodrigo was panting and trying to get as close to me as possible.
The dosage is one treat per 25 pounds of body weight. Rodrigo weighs 65 pounds, so I gave him two dog treats. And since I was handing out treats, the other dogs lined up as well – two per dog (although Sydney and Scout should have had three each). And, as I stated, 30 minutes later, the dogs were all dozing on their beds (what dog mom's office doesn't have dog beds?) and slept soundly through the night despite the fireworks.
I was stunned. Could it be that in the past I was giving my dogs treats that just weren't strong enough to alleviate anxiety?
When I'm looking at CBD oil products, it's very important that it be U.S. sourced and made because CBD oil is new and the regulations aren't the same around the globe. I'm also interested in companies that source organic hemp plants or, even better, have their own farms.
- doesn't use GMO ingredients
- doesn't use chemicals on their plants; their plants are 100% organic
- uses CO2 extraction to produce the highest quality CBD oil
- owns a hemp farm and lab
- employs third-party testing
One message that cbdMD repeats to their customers is that “not all hemp is created equal,” and I couldn't agree more, especially after this year's SuperZoo and seeing so many brands promoting CBD oil products without understanding the benefits and how to give it to our pets. Because of the ignorance in the market, it makes me wonder about their sourcing, quality, and testing; so I was excited to try these treats.
And they work!!!
Cost of cbdMD Dog Treats
The CBD dog treats that my dogs tried are $60 a bag for 30 dog treats. Wow! That's a lot of money and something that I wouldn't even THINK of spending five years ago. I will buy a bag of these treats for Rodrigo. Today, I look at this as a steal because the treats work, the company use quality, safe, natural ingredients, and I don't worry about long-term side effects.
cbdMD dog treats are a better deal when compared to what I spent on veterinarian appointments and prescription medication before I knew that Rodrigo was a candidate for natural solutions. The first time I gave him prescription medication, he spaced out, slipped out the door at night, and got lost in the woods while fireworks were going off around us. I found him, but these were the scariest moments I've had with him. With these CBD dog treats, he was sleeping peacefully 30 minutes after having a snack despite the fireworks.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I received payment, CBD dog treats, CBD oil, and other CBD products in exchange for freelance writing, social media promotion, and sharing my honest thoughts on cbdMD products. Thoughts shared in this post and on social media for Keep the Tail Wagging®, are honest and based on my experience with my dogs, products I use, try or test, and the research I've done in an effort to raise my dogs naturally. If you have any questions about this or other sponsored posts, please feel free to contact me via the contact page of this blog. Thank you.