Let me guess…
You’ve heard about these new dog cookies which every pup loves, and makes them really healthy?
But you’re not too sure if these dog edibles are really safe, how much you should give, or which brands are reliable….
Here’s the deal:
CBD is a powerful compound that more and more pet owners are embracing as both a medicine and supplement for their furry friend.
Unfortunately, administering CBD oil can be hard due to its unpleasant taste.
Luckily, CBD biscuits make it easy to ensure your pet gets their daily dose of CBD.
In this article I take a look at CBD treats for dogs, what they are and how they work, and I’ll also direct you to some reliable brands of CBD pet cookies that we’ve given our dogs.
Top 4 CBD Treats for Your Dog
I’ve come up with this list of the 4 most popular dog treats for those who want an easy way to give their dogs CBD.
Right now both King Kanine and Canna-Pet are the brands that we use and recommend most. I will update this list as I find more products that are worth recommending.
|1.||King Kalm Crunch|
|2.||Canna-Biscuits for Dogs|
|3.||Zesty Paws Calming Bites|
|4.||True Hemp Chews|
So What is CBD Anyways?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a natural compound found in cannabis and hemp plants.
Unlike THC (or tetrahydrocannabinol, the main psychoactive compound in “marijuana”), CBD produces no psychoactive effects.
In short, this means it won’t produce the iconic “high” we normally associate with cannabis.
In fact, CBD produces very little side effects.
In rare cases it may make pets slightly drowsy, but it is generally an extremely well-tolerated, reliable, and safe medicine.
For more info about the safety of CBD for pets, click here.
What are the Benefits Of CBD?
CBD has become extremely popular over the last few years, both as a medicine and a regular nutritional supplement.
That’s because it has many health benefits.
When used as a medicine, CBD can act as a pain killer, anti inflammatory, anticonvulsant, anxiolytic, antiemetic, appetite stimulant, and much more.
Given these properties, CBD can help you manage the symptoms of a wide variety of health conditions affecting your pets, including:
- Chronic pain
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Nausea and vomiting
- Tremors and seizures
- … and much more
As a supplement, CBD can help promote homeostasis, keeping your best friend’s body in perfect balance and helping them stay healthy and happy.
The list of benefits of CBD goes on and on, and I explore them in more detail in my benefits article which you can read here.
What are the Benefits of Using CBD Treats?
If you’re already familiar with CBD, chances are you’re most familiar with CBD oils.
These oils are highly concentrated and contain hemp extract.
They are usually administered directly underneath your pet’s tongue in order to ensure fast relief from symptoms.
And while CBD oils offer the fastest onset out of all CBD supplements/medications out there, there is one downfall to using them:
CBD oil is naturally quite bitter, meaning your pets won’t exactly be lining up to get their daily dose.
That’s where CBD treats and biscuits are a great alternative.
These treats contain the same extract found in the oils and disguise it inside a tasty treat that your pets will love.
Unfortunately, the effects of the CBD will take longer to set in, seeing as it has to pass through the digestive tract in order to be absorbed into the body.
Nonetheless, CBD treats are a great alternative for those of you who struggle to get your pet to take regular CBD oil.
Dosing With CBD Cookies
Getting the correct dosage is obviously important when using CBD.
When using CBD oils, dosages are usually measured in drops.
With biscuits, the dosage varies depending on the exact brand of treat you use.
Canna-Pet Canna-Biscuits, for example, contain 80mg of hemp extract per biscuit.
Given this dosage, recommended serving sizes are as follows:
- Dogs under 20lbs (9kg): 1 biscuit every 12 hours
- Dogs 21-44lbs (9.5-20kg): 2 biscuits every 12 hours
- Dogs 45-95lbs (20-43kg): 3 biscuits, every 12 hours
- Dogs over 95lbs (43kg): 4 biscuits every 12 hours
Remember, these dosage recommendations are specific to Canna-Pet Biscuits.
The other brand I like to recommend is King Kanine.
Their dosage recommendations are a bit easier to follow. This chart is from their official website:
I discuss more about dosages on the dosage guide page found here.
Always check the dosage guidelines specific to the brand of biscuit you’re using to ensure you’re getting the dosage right. But don't worry too much, as I explain in the side effects article, you're pet CAN'T overdose on CBD.
The Best CBD Treats and Biscuits for Your Dog
A few years ago, my dog Rosie was diagnosed with hip dysplasia and cancer.
Obviously I was devastated and immediately started looking for ways to help her deal with her symptoms and keep up a high quality of life.
It wasn’t long before I heard about the power of CBD and, after doing plenty of research, I decided to give it a go.
Only days into treatment, I noticed huge improvements to Rosie’s condition:
She was in significantly less pain, regained her regular appetite, and became more active.
My vet was just as surprised as I was by the results.
Here are the top brands of treats that I currently use and recommend to our readers:
1. King Kalm Crunch
My number 1 recommendation would be the phytocannabinoid rich dog treats called the King Kalm Crunch Cookies by King Kanine.
They are made with all natural ingredients which provide a good dose of micro and macro nutrients to keep your dog happy and healthy. These are certainly a great alternative to CBD oil, but they also make a great addition to contributing to the overall wellness of your pup.
King Kanine is currently offering 3 flavors:
- Apple Cinnamon
- Honey Oats
Here's a great video which highlights how a particular dog simply loves these treats. We also noticed the same thing with our dogs - they prefer these cookies over many others.
2. Canna-Biscuits by Canna-Pet
Another line of products I used with Rosie included CBD oil, capsules, and treats by Canna-Pet.
These products are great, and Rosie was a huge fan of Canna-Pet’s Maple Bacon Treats. She’d wag her tail as soon as she heard me open the packet.
Canna-Pet’s products are all made to the highest quality standards, and make dosing extremely easy.
Plus, the fact that the brand gets so many positive reviews made it really easy to trust that the products I was using were reliable.
3. Zesty Paws Calming Bites
Calming Bites from Zesty Paws is a very popular product sold on Amazon.
They claim to do a few things such as reduce stress, anxiety, aggression and keep an overly active dog a bit calmer. If we analyze the ingredients, we find they contain suntheanine.
Think of suntheanine as green tea.
It's believed to keep your dog calm and alert. Think of this as a recipe for your dog to relax without getting drowsy.
They have received a ton of great reviews. You can view all the ingredients on the product listing page:
4. True Hemp Chews
Although these are not as popular as the other options, they have still received some good reviews.
These chews are made from ground hemp seeds, as the name suggests. It's a USA product, but it receives its hemp seeds from Canada.
These treats have a good mix of ingredients which are designed to keep your pet calm.
It contains a good ratio of healthy fats, along with other ingredients to keep your dog healthy and happy.
You can find more information on the official product listing page:
Which CBD Biscuits are the Best?
Based on our experience, and the feedback I've received from many other pet owners out there, our top 2 options here are highly recommended:
King Kanine and Canna-Pet.
If I had to pick just one, I would currently recommend you order from King Kanine.
They are currently the brand we are using at the moment, and our pets love their stuff!