CBD Dog Treats 101

WRITTEN by Caleb

 | Last revised

Oct, 2022

Is there anything more heartbreaking than a dog that doesn’t want to be pet because they are too sore? Or one that’s too old to climb the stairs and hop on your bed?

Dog owners everywhere feel their heartstrings pulled whenever they see a dog in pain.

Fortunately, plenty of companies produce medicated treats for dogs. And this includes CBD dog treats. We know CBD oil does wonders for dogs, but getting them to hold still for a tincture drop can be an experience.

That’s where a CBD dog treat can come in handy.

Even though Australia heavily regulates CBD for pets, hemp dog treats are available without a prescription. As well, it’s possible to find a CBD dog treat recipe and make your own!

Familiar with CBD oil for dogs but are unsure about CBD dog treats? Then this article is for you!

Benefits of CBD Dog Treats

Optimum dog health includes treats, believe it or not. A dog needs mental stimulation just like humans do, and chewing on a treat is an excellent way to ensure they’re not chewing on something else.

Likewise, you can influence your dog with food. And since dogs need training and discipline, having a treat handy allows you to reward good behaviour while punishing the bad.

Dog treats can also improve your dog’s dental health, reducing plaque and tartar.

And treats come in all shapes and sizes. Some treats are soft, others are crunchy, and others are chewy. Some are calming dog treats; others are designed to reduce boredom and destructive behaviours.

A CBD dog treat is a unique way of showing your furry baby how much you mean to them. And if you’re reading this, we don’t have to tell you about the benefits of giving CBD to your dog.

If you need a primer, check out this article for an overview. To sum it up: CBD for dogs improves their quality of life.

Adding CBD creates calming treats for dogs. If your pet is anxious or becomes anxious when you leave, then a CBD dog treat may be what the doctor ordered.

And yes, the doctor must order it. Currently, in Australia, only vets can prescribe CBD for pets.

But that’s not to say it’s your only option.

CBD leaf next to a plate of dog treats

What About Hemp Dog Treats?

Hemp dog treats are dog treats derived from hemp seed. Unlike CBD oil, hemp dog treats are available in Australia without a prescription.

The reason for this is that hemp seeds do not contain any CBD. So while hemp dog treats offer all kinds of health benefits, they won’t provide the therapeutic benefits of CBD.[1]

Vetalogica Hemp Clinicals is one brand offering hemp dog treats. Their calming treats for dogs include organic hemp seed oil 100% sourced in Australia.

A natural source of protein and fatty acids, hemp dog treats are excellent supplements to complement a balanced diet. Even though it lacks CBD, hemp seed oil is beneficial for various reasons[2], including improving your dog’s immune system and keeping its coat shiny.

HempPet is another Australian-based company that specialises in calming dog treats. They offer a “Hemp Nectar,” which they claim is more potent and nutrient-rich than standard hemp seed oil.

If your dog is eating a lot of grass, it may lack fibre in its diet. Hemp Nectar is full of nutritional benefits, including fibre.

That said, HempPet offers hemp-infused liver treats, fish treats, and non-edibles like hemp oil dog shampoo and conditioner.

HempPet also offers CBD oil for pets, but only through a prescription.

Popular CBD Dog Treats: International Brands

Calming dog treats derived from hemp seed are beneficial, but many Australian dog owners need the CBD ingredient. Therefore, it can be difficult finding the right CBD dog treat.

Who can you trust? Who’s reputable? Fortunately, there are quite a few trustworthy companies out there.

Honest Paws specialises in CBD oil and treats for dogs. They typically categorise their products into relief, mobility, calm and wellness.

Honest Paws sources their CBD from 100% organic hemp; their products are full-spectrum, allowing your dog to benefit from the entourage effect.

Like CBD oil, CBD dog treats usually come in flavours that appeal to your dog.

Medterra Pets dog treats is another popular brand. Medterra’s CBD dog treats come in beef or chicken flavours and typically have about 10mg of CBD per treat.

Certified by the United States Hemp Authority, this company isn’t fooling around. They partnered with Baylor College of Medicine to run a clinical study on CBD for pets. They found that 9 out of 10 dogs using Medterra CBD showed benefits.

Unfortunately, sourcing these products in Australia can’t be done aboveboard.

However, Australian pet owners can access CBD oil for their pets via the “green market.” And it’s possible to use CBD oil in a dog treat recipe.

Additionally, topical CBD bath products and nutritional products are becoming more widely available for pets as interest grows from concerned pawrents.

A sad-looking dog with a hemp leaf in its mouth sitting by a bottle of CBD oil with hemp leaves around it

CBD Dog Treats Recipe

Finding a reputable CBD dog treat in Australia can be a challenge. Not everyone is comfortable with the “green market,” especially regarding your pet’s health and safety.

If you can get CBD oil prescribed by a vet, you can make your own CBD dog treats. Finding CBD dog treat recipes online is as easy as using Google.

Here are some quick CBD dog treat recipes that are easy to make at home.

  1. Does your dog like peanut butter? Bananas? Mix these ingredients alongside CBD oil (and maybe some oatmeal to hold it all together).
  2. Bake them for about 30 minutes, and reward your pet with a yummy CBD cookie.
  3. Pumpkin is an excellent choice for calming a dog’s upset stomach. Combine a couple of cups of pumpkin puree, a tablespoon of honey, CBD oil, and some oatmeal and roll into little dough balls. No baking. Just refrigerate for 24 hours.
  4. Have you ever met a dog that doesn’t like sweet potatoes? Cook two sweet potatoes and combine with coconut flour, coconut oil, an egg, and your pet’s CBD oil.

Bake for twenty minutes and you’ve got yourself a CBD dog treat you’ll have to hide somewhere to keep your doggo from sniffing out and gorging on.

CBD Dog Treats: In Summary

Dogs shouldn’t have to suffer from anxiety or joint pains that come from ageing. But we can at least ease the suffering when we can’t reverse old age or ailments.

That’s why CBD dog treats are so essential. Anyone who has tried to give their dog medication knows what a hassle it can be. They’ll spit out pills you think they’ve swallowed and won’t sit still for a tincture drop.

CBD dog treats are more accessible and effective at ensuring your pup gets their required dosage. Even a hemp dog treat lacking in CBD provides your dog with vitamins they may not be getting from their diet.

The growing popularity of CBD for pets means there’s no shortage of products available, we’ve recently also reviewed CBD shampoo for dogs as an option to keep their skin and coat healthy and lustrous.

And while Australian vets are gatekeepers of CBD oil for dogs, you can add that oil to a CBD dog treat recipe once approved for a prescription.

If you’re already familiar with the benefits of CBD oil for dogs, then you should consider CBD dog treats. It’ll save you time, and your dog will thank you.

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1. Lauri-Jo Gamble et al., "Pharmacokinetics, Safety, and Clinical Efficacy of Cannabidiol Treatment in Osteoarthritic Dogs".
2. Giorgia della Rocca and Alessandra Di Salvo, "Hemp in Veterinary Medicine: From Feed to Drug".


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