There’s something fairly new in the natural animal care world, and I’ve been curious about it for quite a while. I met the company Treatibles at the BlogPaws conference, and I was immediately interested in their products. I had already been reading about the benefits of Hemp and CBD (cannabinoids) oil for pets and knew it was something I wanted to try for both Luke and Cricket. If you haven’t heard about this, you probably immediately think what many do – equate this to marijuana, but it is not the same thing.
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Treatibles. However, Wag ‘n Woof Pets only shares about products we have tried and believe in. All opinions are our own; Treatibles is not responsible for the content of this article.
Treatibles are made with CBD and only non-psychoactive phytocannabinoids. They will not get your pet high. The hemp they use to make their products, grown in Colorado, is registered as medicinal grade hemp, it is specifically grown for medicine. You can read more about the science of it all on their website through this link.
Some of the conditions pet families have noted this product can help with are:
- Pain and inflammation.
- Separation anxiety.
- Anxiety from fireworks, grooming, car rides, obsessive behavior, socializing with animals and people.
- Cancer symptoms and side effects from chemotherapy.
- Seizures, epilepsy, and other neurological conditions and symptoms.
- Joint/muscle pain, arthritis, hip dysplasia.
- Trauma, mood disorders, and behavioral issues.
- Allergies and itching.
If you know my K9 crew and our history, you know that #3 and #6 were what I was most hoping to get help with from this product. The itching and allergies were not on my initial list, that became an issue for us with Luke later, and that ended up being what I saw some of the most benefit with.
We got some samples of their pumpkin dog chews at the conference, and the dogs really liked them so I wanted to try those further to see if our crew benefited. The truth is, other than some mild things like Cricket being a bit less concerned about thunderstorms, I didn’t see a significant difference. I couldn’t really judge about joint improvements, since both are already on supplements for that and doing rather well.
It was Luke’s fears and anxieties I was most interested in helping, and even when I kept increasing his dosage (your dog cannot overdose on these!), I just wasn’t seeing a change. I didn’t want to keep increasing his calorie intake without seeing the benefits. There had been nothing to lose trying – these treats are made with healthy and nutritious ingredients – pumpkin, coconut oil, turmeric, cinnamon; and they are free of preservatives, additives, by-products, and artificial flavors. Plus the dogs love them.
I was disappointed; I had high hopes for this product. We’ve tried many things for Luke’s anxiety, and even strong medicines aren’t a match for it! At the same time, I was reading of successes from other pet bloggers and I didn’t want to give up. The ones I had read that seemed to be having the most success were using the CBD oil, not just the treats, and the company offered to let me try that as well.
It just so happened that around the time I was ready to start the oil, Luke started with his allergy issues. We had to attack that from many levels. Taking Luke to the vet is a huge challenge because of his fears, so we like to try things at home before we go that route. I ruled out fleas, switched his food for a bit (turns out that was not it), put him on Benadryl, gave him baths with herbal shampoo and conditioner, and soothed his skin while preventing infection with apple cider vinegar and water. That all helped, but he was still scratching and biting at himself a lot.
I suspected it was seasonal, and seemed to be proved right when our weather cooled off and we kept the house mostly closed up. He got better. I didn’t want to try the oil while he was on the Benadryl, even though it is safe and non-toxic and can be used with other medications. I always figure less is more. Our weather turned back the other way, windows were open more, and sure enough, Luke started scratching again. I felt like the Benadryl had been of limited success (and that also didn’t calm him down any which I had hoped it might). I had read in other places that CBD oil could also benefit dogs with itching and allergies, so knew it was the perfect time to try it.
I really think it helped; and I started to see some other benefits as well that I hadn’t on the treats. First of all, while he was still scratching and biting some, it was far less than before. I could mostly get him to stop; and I think I figured out one way the CBD benefited: it took away some of his obsessiveness. I think that his biting and scratching became obsessive; it was not purely a product of his itchiness, though the oil probably helped that as well.
Part of the reason I came to that conclusion is that I started to see some behavioral changes too. They weren’t dramatic, mind you, but they were there. When I brought Cricket home from her heart tests at the vet, she was loopy from anesthetic. I kept her separate from Luke not just to keep her quiet and safe from falling down stairs or off furniture, but because he can get snarly at times in this situation, where the other pet has strange smells on them from the vet’s office. But when I put Cricket in our small fenced in area and then let him outside to see her safely from the other side of the fence, he smelled her but didn’t snarl or growl at all. It was the same thing when I brought her in and got her settled in the crate. I was surprised, because that behavior is what got him and our cat Sam separated in the first place.
Then I noticed something else not long after. When my hubby was getting home from work, Luke wasn’t going nuts as is his usual routine (and again, he’ll growl at his sister if he wants Dad’s attention first). In fact, he now watches my hubby pull in, and he comes over and stays with me until the Dadz gets in the house and then goes to greet him. He’s still enthusiastic, but not out of control, and doesn’t get as jealous when Cricket goes to Dad.
A third thing – when people have been over the house, some of the time (not all) he is settling down quicker. He does his usual barking at first, but the other day, even when a couple people he considers strangers were right close to the dog fence or door, he didn’t bark other than when he first saw them. He even wandered off not paying much attention. He had more problems when men were working right outside the windows, but I was at least able to get him away (something we’re always working on) and settled.
In conclusion, I can’t tell you definitively that the CBD oil was totally responsible for all this, but I truly think it has helped. We believe that enough that I’m going to keep Luke on it. We put the correct dosage for his weight on his morning and evening meals, and some days I also give him some of the treats in the middle of the day as well.
I think that while it can’t take away some of the personality traits that make him react to things – territorialness, protectiveness, or fearfulness, it has helped relieve some of his obsessiveness that goes along with those things. It may also be benefiting his joint issues (luxating patellas), I haven’t seen his knee pop out recently (though that comes and goes so I’ll need more time to judge on that).
I believe in using all-natural remedies whenever we can, but I think they only work for some pets. I am convinced they’re worth trying at the least. Even strong medicines don’t always work for every pet, and at least I feel something like this is far safer. I was a nervous wreck when we tried Luke on two meds to get him to the vet’s office, but I didn’t feel that way when trying this.
I also wish I had tried this with Sheba when she was fighting cancer. I was aware it was out there at that time, but with so much going on and to figure out, I just didn’t have time to do enough research to feel comfortable with it at the time. But now, I would try it in a second if, heaven forbid, we’re ever dealing with that again.
Though Cricket initially tried the treats, we are not using the oil with her. We may in the future to benefit her joints. Her fears of loud noises seem to have abated much recently, I think perhaps she might be losing some of her hearing due to age, and she sleeps sounder. While Luke runs to his closet when our neighbor does target shooting, it doesn’t seem to bother her. In the past, she was petrified of fireworks, so that surprised me (luckily we don’t have close fireworks here). She is on two new heart medications right now, so I wouldn’t choose to start her on any supplement without checking with my vet first. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, and right now she’s feeling very well.
We’ve been having a very warm and humid spell of weather here, so our house has been open a lot, and we’ve been outside often. That’s important to us because we love being outdoors as much as possible, or bringing the fresh air in while we can, and Luke wants to be with us. He has not been doing any worse, in fact, he’s been better lately.
It’s worth noting that while the Treatibles chews are for dogs, the oil is safe for many animals. There are also gelcaps available for larger animals. Dosages can be adjusted to what works for your pet. I encourage you to visit Treatibles on their website to learn more about how their CBD oil products might help your pet.
Disclosure: I am not a vet, I am only sharing what we have tried and what works for us. Please consult your vet for serious health and behavioral issues.