The health benefits of CBD treats to dogs

As we elaborated in an article on CBD oil for dogs, dogs can benefit from using cannabidiol just as much as humans. Perhaps even more because their endocannabinoid system is more complex.

But before we dive into analyzing specific therapeutic values of CBD treats, we need to discuss their manufacturing process, and the related concern about the amounts of CBD present in this product.

The need arises even more from the fact that the FDA found that many brands are making false claims regarding the CBD level in their products.

Another thing to keep in mind is that dog treats are baked goods, which implies a possibility that some amount of CBD can be lost in the manufacturing process (if it’s baked at the temperature above 320°F).

In practice, it means that you should trust only the producers that test their products after the preparation process.

To sum it up, the real answer is that your pet can benefit from eating CBD-infused dog treats, under the condition that the biscuit actually contains this precious cannabidiol.

CBD oil vs. CBD-infused dog treats

Much has been said about the advantages of CBD oil administration in dogs: it allows more precise dosing, avoids the first-pass effect, and decreases the risk of reduced bioavailability.

Yes, but sometimes your canine friend just won’t collaborate, which makes the use of a dropper a mission impossible.

That’s why so many people choose treats: it’s a great way of establishing a bond with your pup, triggering a positive behavior, and creating a relaxed environment while administering CBD.

In other words, dog treats are a much more suitable solution on a psychological level, especially if you’re coping with dog anxiety or aggression.

Update on animal (dog) research and the related therapeutic value of CBD

Until recently, the evidence of CBD therapeutic value in dogs was based mainly on anecdotal claims. And there were a lot of them.

According to a 2019 study that anonymously surveyed the U.S. veterinarians, pet parents used CBD to treat a wide range of health issues in their dogs.

The following table shows the perceived reaction to the effect of CBD on common dog issues.

 

Because CBD has no intoxicant properties, owners used it to alleviate the dog’s symptoms related to anxiety, chronic pain, epilepsy, and even cancer.

The scientific research on pets is still scarce, although the results from preliminary studies sound promising.

But things are starting to change. In 2018 and 2019, more than several studies were published that explored the possible health benefits of CBD in canine patients.

Of course, this is still insufficient to draw generalized conclusions, but it’s better than being left in the dark.

A few studies that exploited the pharmacokinetics of CBD (the way it moves through an organism) in dogs seem to have reached similar conclusions:

Although we have demonstrated that CBD is absorbed orally, clinical trials are required to investigate its safety profile, to study its effectiveness in treating specific diseases, and to establish doses that provide therapeutic effects.

As for particular medical conditions, the contemporary studies have confirmed that CBD can “significantly decrease” the seizure frequency in dogs with intractable idiopathic epilepsy, as well as decrease pain in osteoarthritic dogs.

As we wait for more scientific analysis on the possible therapeutic value of CBD, the only sound conclusion at the moment would be that recent scientific results are encouraging, although not definite

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