CBD DOG TREATS: The Newest Trend in Canine Medicine?
- What is CBD?
- CBD Oil Benefits
- Bark Avenue CBD Dog Treats
- CBD for Dogs – Good or Bad?
Owners will do just about anything to ensure the happiness and health of their pets. In today’s holistic pet medicine market, treats and topical creams infused with cannabis compounds are helping sick pets deal with their chronic pain.
You won’t see veterinarians prescribing marijuana for your dogs anytime soon, but the medical marijuana market has expanded their reach to include patients of the canine variety. The success that medical marijuana has had on cancer patients and those with chronic illnesses has led people to believe that cannabis-based products can provide the same relief to their pets.
Studies show that the highly therapeutic cannabis compound known as CBD, in combination with a variety of other cannabinoids, offer the full spectrum of health benefits found in medical marijuana, without the psychoactive effects. CBD dog treats can provide relief from debilitating illnesses that limit mobility, lower energy levels and cause overall discomfort. Denver-based Bark Avenue Treats is one of the many companies that has entered the CBD pet product market by creating a line of specialized dog treats. They believe that the restorative powers of the CBD compound will work just as well for dogs, as it does for humans.
What is CBD?
CBD and THC are the primary chemical substances found in the cannabis plant. THC is the highest occurring compound, and it generates the “buzz” that most recreational users seek. On the other end of the spectrum is CBD. CBD is not a psychoactive stimulus. Therefore it does not get you “high” nor induce the “buzz” of recreational marijuana. Instead, it provides the calming and pain-relieving sensations of the cannabis plant without the potential intoxicating effects of natural THC-heavy cannabis.
CBD oils, tinctures, and edibles have become popular treatment options for humans and pets because of the small doses of THC. While this may be disappointing to recreational cannabis users, this unique feature of CBD is what makes it so appealing as a healing remedy.
According to Project CBD, the specifics of the molecular process is still being studied by scientists. What we do know, however, is that CBD has little binding affinity for either of the two cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2).” Instead, CBD has an indirect impact on the endocannabinoid system.
The endocannabinoid system influences physiological processes including appetite, pain-sensation, mood, and memory. Both humans and dogs have the same natural endogenous cannabinoid system. These specific cannabinoid receptors sites are primarily located in the brain, central nervous system, organs, and immune cells. Simply put, the CBD compound interacts naturally with the immune and nervous systems of both humans and dogs to provide them with the calming and relaxing benefits of cannabis-based medications.
CBD Oil Benefits
There are many reasons people are seeking out CBD treats for their dogs, from managing painful post-op care to dealing with weak bones, CBD is proving the relief that these pups need (without all the side effects of medications). Products made with CBD extracts have opened up a whole new channel for pet parents who want to explore more natural remedies.
CBD oil can be manufactured into a variety of treatment options that provide both external and internal relief. CBD products taken orally such as tinctures, edibles, or oils deliver potent relief with varying strength levels (depending on the dosage). While CBD topical creams and salves provide immediate localized relief for animals suffering from aching muscles, itchy skin irritations, or joint inflammation. Products infused with CBD oil have been shown to provide relief for a broad range of ailments and symptoms, including, not but limited to:
Arthritis in Dogs
Achy joints, arthritis, inflammatory joint disease, or other illnesses can cause our pets to want to slow down. CBD treats can alleviate these joint pains and have them moving around again. The CBD compound is a potent pain reliever that doesn’t just mask the pain, but it helps soothe chronic inflammation that prevents the body from healing properly.
The calming effects of CBD work very well with high-strung dogs who struggle with separation anxiety, depression, and noise phobias. Dogs who experience severe separation anxiety are often depressed or anxious when their guardians leave them alone and it may result in disruptive and destructive behaviors, such as drooling, urinating, barking, chewing on objects and pacing. People have given CBD dog treats to their pets during high-stress situations (i.e. home alone, thunderstorms or fireworks) to help them relax and get through the particular stressor.
Loss of appetite
Many dog owners have used CBD treats to boost appetite and reduce nausea in dogs that won’t eat. CBD is sensitive enough to alleviate digestive issues while providing the necessary pain relief.
Anti-Inflammatory agent for dogs
CBD interacts with receptors in the brain, central nervous system, and organs and acts as an anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting agent. Some veterinarians have even used CBD hemp products as an anti-inflammatory medication to assist during post-operative care.
CBD-infused products can help with minimizing aggressive behaviors and stress disorders, by helping calm down a dog who struggles with controlling their temper.
One CBD treatment that surprises many pet owners is the fact that it is sometimes used to treat dogs who suffer from seizures. Products with high levels of CBD can help manage seizures brought upon by epilepsy or other genetic disorders. There have been numerous cases of cannabis helping manage, and over time reducing, the frequency of seizures in humans and animals.
Cannabis-based products help mitigate some of the symptoms associated with cancer such as nausea, loss of appetite, or chronic pain. No owner wants to see their pet deal with the side effects that come with a cancer diagnosis. Pet parents are seeing great results with CBD products because it’s helping their pets feel more comfortable during these difficult times.
CBD-infused pet products give dog owners an alternative to conventional drugs. Giving smaller doses of CBD, instead of regular pet medications, can lessen the side effects that may occur with larger doses of traditional medicines. “Owners just want their pets to be happy,” Jennifer told SimpleWag in a phone interview. “For older animals, these treats make them comfortable, and it takes a bit of the edge off.”
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Bark Avenue CBD Dog Treats
Jennifer Chiongbian, the creator of Bark Avenue CBD Dog Treats, brought together her impressive culinary skills and passion for animals to create a brand dedicated to making dogs and their owners happy. Jennifer’s CBD Dog Treats line is notable in the sense that she uses a formula specially designed for larger breeds that combine CBD and hip-joint relief properties into one product. Her CBD dog treat method is unique, and the dispensary shops love to stock it due to the great relief it provides to pets dealing with the pains of aging and other chronic conditions.
As a lifelong pet owner, she has formed a pretty good idea of what dogs can and cannot eat. Jennifer uses human grade ingredients with no additives or preservatives for all her Bark Avenue CBD Dog Treats. She understands the importance pet owners place on feeding their dogs all-natural, high-quality treats. She also consulted a qualified veterinarian to make sure she was creating a wholesome, well-balanced dog treat.
She sources all her CBD oils from reputable sources that conduct third party testing to ensure the THC and CBD levels are appropriate for pets. All of Bark Avenue’s CBD oils are tested for cannabinoid potency, pesticides, heavy metals, bacterial content and mycotoxins (mold).
CBD for Dogs- Good or Bad?
CBD products are a safe, non-toxic alternative for pet parents who want a more transparent treatment option for their four-legged family member. Jennifer believes that the level of openness to cannabis-based products depends on the general social environment. Take for example Colorado, the mecca of the U.S. cannabis industry, where people are slightly more open to treating their dogs with CBD products. Many individuals who use cannabis-based products for their pain management know the benefits and are keen on sharing it with their dogs. “Why can’t my dog get to experience the same benefits I do?”
On the other hand, some of her old colleagues in New York prefer to use more traditional pet medicine, refusing even to try Jennifer’s Bark Avenue treats.
Jennifer caters to local customers in and around the Denver community. However, with a planned expansion later this year, she plans to take full advantage of the expanding CBD dog treat market.
Jennifer was kind enough to share some of her customer’s testimonials. The majority of the responses she has received have been positive and appreciative. Most pet owners claim that her CBD products have significantly improved the quality of life and mobility of their pet. A happy customer commented, “Love this product! I have a ten-year-old dachshund with a leg birth defect. I tried this product, and I noticed the difference in him being able to navigate the stairs much more easily and noticed a spring in his step. And loves to beg for more.”
Another customer, Candy, shared her positive experience with Bark Avenue CBD Dog Treats and how it reduced her aging dog’s painful symptoms, “These CBD treats are great! My dog is doing so much better..He is an old dog, and I would like him to be as comfortable as possible, and this is the only thing that is helping him.”
While Erica, another satisfied customer, uses the CBD-infused treats for both of her dogs. “I have a medium sized Poodle and a Siberian husky, and they go absolutely nuts for these treats. They love every flavor! My poodle has the tendency to bark at the wind, and these treats have a nice, calming effect with him. Both dogs don’t exhibit any digestive issues, which is great because my poodle has a sensitive stomach. Such an incredible value with so many benefits!”
Bark Avenue’s CBD Dog Treats have provided comfort and relief to hundreds of dogs and their owners. They saw the need for tasty all-natural CBD dog treats and jumped at the chance to provide pet parents with an alternative pain management option. However, even with all the success stories, the lack of proper research is a big concern for both vets and pet parents. Jennifer, along with many other CBD manufacturers, has partnered up with University researchers to conduct studies on the benefits of CBD-infused products. Cannabis remains a Schedule I drug in the US, and that is why veterinarians are hesitant to prescribe any cannabis-based medicine. It will take at least half a decade to see any promising scientific advancement regarding medicinal cannabinoid use for pets.
Until then, people will continue to rely on the testimonials of dog owners who have tried these products. “Dogs can’t talk, but humans can,” Jennifer says. Pet owners are very sensitive to the body language of their pets, and they are usually in tune with what is right or wrong for their dog.
The use of cannabis-based medicine will continue to develop, and what people need now is assurance that the effects of the cannabis products will not harm their beloved pets. There is much misinformation in the public sphere, and the most important thing is to get everyone to understand the promising medicinal benefits that CBD can provide to pets. As Jennifer points out, “The good thing is when you’re educating people you’re ahead of the curve.”
Cannabis is not going away anytime soon, and pet owners should consider all sides of the issue when thinking about giving CBD products to the furry friend in their life.
Are CBD dog treats right for your canine? Let us know what you think!
Jennifer Chiongbian is the founder and CEO of Bark Avenue CBD Dog Treats, based in Denver, CO. When she’s not making delicious CBD dog treats, you can find her hanging out with her rescue dog, Scarlet, or doing volunteer work at her local rescue shelter. She is a Culinary Institute of America graduate with extensive experience working at luxury resorts, restaurants, and various management positions.