***Disclosure This post is sponsored by Treatibles. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine only.
I’ve been experimenting with CBD products for dogs for the past six months.
During that six months I’ve tried to educate myself on CBD and the benefits that it can have for my dogs.
I’ve used the CBD products on both Sherman and Leroy but for different reasons.
I’ve tested out three brands of products that contain CBD in three different forms; liquid, gel caps and treats.
Testing this product out on giant breed dogs takes time, money and a lot of research so thank you to everyone who has waited patiently for me to write this post.
Before we get to the main brand that I’ll be talking about, let’s do a basic overview of CBD.
What is CBD?
CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is a compound found in cannabis and hemp. CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid and does not cause any “high” whatsoever. CBD is extracted from hemp and does NOT contain THC which is what gives people that “high” feeling. CBD is NOT marijuana. While both compounds are cannabinoids, they each interact with the body in different ways, CBD is a therapeutic cannabinoid.
How does CBD work?
“All animals (except insects) have an endocannabinoid system, which is widely spread throughout the body from head to toe. Our bodies and animals’ bodies produce endocannabinoids very much like the cannabinoids found in these plants (hemp and cannabis). Therefore, the receptors found throughout the body all respond to these plant phytocannabinoids when they enter the body just as they do with our bodies’ natural cannabinoids. The phytocannabinoids bind to the receptors that need them most and thus cause the beneficial results experienced. This system also helps to regulate all homeostatic functions. Without homeostasis, our feedback mechanisms stop working which can result in, to name a few, disease, inflammation, autoimmune disease, and epilepsy. The list goes on and on.”
Often in diseased states, our bodies need assistance with this regulation and need help outside of the body. Plant phytocannabinoids like CBD are a healthy, non-toxic way to provide balance.
How can CBD possibly help your dog?
It’s said that CBD can help dogs with chronic and acute medical conditions such as arthritis, digestive issues, organ disease, cancer, seizures, aggression, anxiety, torn ligaments, inflammation and pain.
Why am I using CBD for Sherman and Leroy?
I have two senior giant breed dogs that aren’t getting any younger and my job now is to make sure that they are living their senior years as best and as comfortable as they can. Sherman has arthritis and anxiety and Leroy has IBD and most likely some arthritis, even though he’s not showing any visible signs.
Choosing a form of CBD for giant breed dogs can be tough. CBD products for dogs are not cheap and while I would never put a price on how much I would spend to keep Sherman and Leroy happy and healthy, I do live in a world with a budget and I have to be realistic. Since CBD comes in different forms and dosages seem to vary by brand, my mission was to find what form of CBD worked best, in the smallest dose, for each condition, for each dog.
I started off with CBD oil and treats and finding a dose where I could see any changes with Sherman was challenging. The recommended dosing for that product started off at 80 pounds so I started with that and slowly worked our way up. The final amount that I had to give Sherman to see any effect was pretty high. Even splitting the dose between the oil and treats wasn’t working out well. An $85 bottle and a $40 pack of treats was lasting me less than 2 weeks. While results will vary per dog, it seemed liked just another product where dosing stops at 80 pounds and you’re left with become a self taught pharmacist for your big dogs.
So I moved onto a different brand and while the cost was a little less, both the boys were not a fan of the treats.
Currently I’m on my third brand of CBD products which is Treatibles. I met the kind folks of Treatibles at the BlogPaws Conference and I spent a lot of time talking to the girls about CBD. They were filled with knowledge and I talked about how I was struggling trying to find a product that was affordable to give to my big dogs. That’s when they introduced me to their line of products and I was blown away. I was dumbfounded that they had a product where I only had to give 1 capsule and 1 treat per day. Who does that? Treatibles does. Their line of products goes from a small dog all the way up to a horse. Thank you!!
After we talked for a while and I overcame my state of shock, they gave me a few treats to try out on Leroy. I’m always nervous to give Leroy a new treat because of his IBD but since he wasn’t eating his food while we were on our trip, I decided to crumble up some Treatibles in his food that night and he went to town on his food. He loved the treats so much that the following day I went back to see the girls at the Treatibles booth to see if I could buy a few bags. They didn’t have any for sale but they were kind enough to give me a ginormous bag of samples to take home.
Fast forward to now, and I’m using the Treatibles chews and capsules. Leroy gets the chews and Sherman gets the chews and the capsules. I’m using the large pumpkin chews now which are for dogs 50 pounds and up and the CBD gel capsules which are 10mg. The directions are that a hundred pound dog gets 1 capsule so I give a capsule and a few treats per day. Treatibles also makes a 25mg CBD gel capsule for dogs and animals over 250 pounds. I have not tried their elixir, but it looks like it’s more affordable than what I was giving in the past.
What’s in it?
Treatibles Pumpkin Treats-Pumpkin, Chick pea flour, Coconut oil, Hemp Seed oil, Tapioca, Molasses, Kale, Cinnamon, Tumeric, Sunflower lecithin, Hemp Derived Phytocannabinoids.
Treatibles Gel Capsules- These gel capsules provide a blend of non-psychoactive cannabinoids derived from hemp grown in the USA. It is a full plant extract and contains terpenes and other non-psychoactive cannabinoids such as CBDA and CBDV. This product contains no THC. The soft gel formula utilizes a proprietary water-soluble hemp oil, increasing bioavailability by an order of magnitude compared with the oil form. The soft gel formula is made with full-spectrumphytocannabinoid hemp oil, and fortified with proprietary terpenes for maximizing entourage effect. They are pharmaceutical grade.
Treatibles uses only the safest and most effective full plant hemp extractions, utilizing CO2 extraction methods and the chews are made in the USA. All ingredients are also sourced in the USA. Treatibles are safe and nontoxic. It is not possible to overdose on CBD or any of the cannabinoids found in their products. Benefits can be immediate. Cannabinoids are not cumulative, they work right away.
Treatibles also does third party lab testing on their products so you can tell if there really is CBD in their products and they test for heavy metals.
How well did it work?
I am very impressed with the results that I’ve seen with Sherman. Leroy really doesn’t have any inflammatory issues going on now so I haven’t seen a difference with anything with him, but maybe that’s because he’s getting the Treatibles chews!
I had Sherman on (1) 10mg CBD gel capsule and 2 Treatibles pumpkin treats. Sherman made it through the 4th of July without any major anxiety. He even sat outside with me on the front steps when the fireworks were going off a few blocks away and he was good. He was a little nervous, but nothing like he has been in the past.
Last weekend Sherman fell going up the stairs. It was the first time that he’s ever fallen and it broke my heart. He was pretty shook up after that happened and the next morning I noticed him limping a little on his right knee, which is his bad knee, and he was moving pretty slow. I decided to give him Carprofen (NSAID) along with his CBD Gel capsule and chew but I didn’t see much improvement throughout the day so I gave him another CBD capsule plus another chew at night and by the next morning he was much better. The limp was barely there and he had settled down quite a bit. I’m continuing that dosage for now but will probably drop him back in about a week or so. While I have nothing against giving a dog an NSAID when needed, if I don’t have to do it long term, that’s a win. For Sherman’s case it seemed like I could replace an NSAID with a CBD gel capsule and get the same results a little faster. I’m not saying that would work for every dog, but it did for Sherman and that makes me happy.
I’m a fan of Treatibles. With hemp being all the rage these days it’s going to be hard for dog owners to settle on one, especially owners of big dogs. In my search for CBD products I looked for brands that addressed the needs of bigger dogs and Treatibles does that. In fact, next week, Treatibles will be launching a new product at SuperZoo: “Treatibles is partnering with Villalobos Rescue Center to introduce Tater’s Sweet Potato Tots, a new 4mg, grain free chew that will benefit the New Orleans-based Rescue. One dollar from each bag sold will be donated to help cover veterinary expenses at Villalobos Rescue Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.”
That’s super cool.
On a final note, finding a CBD product for a dog can be tough since the market is being saturated. The tips I’ve been given is to look for a product that is organic and produced locally. You want to know how the CBD was extracted and the full spectrum of cannabinoids that are present. Because studies are still being conducted, dosaging is going to vary from dog to dog and the dosage given on the product is just a recommendation. Start with the recommended dosage and go from there. Every dog is going to be different and each dog will respond differently. If you have a big dog, try giving CBD treats and an oil or gel capsule to get to the right dose for your pet. Always check with your veterinarian if you’re unsure.
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