Life in the modern world is stressful. So much so, that even our dogs may struggle with stress and anxiety. If you’ve recently researched ways to take the edge off when your dog shows signs of separation anxiety or other types of anxious behaviors, chances are you’ve come across a slew of hemp-related products.
As with many products on the market, not all hemp products are created equal. We know because we’ve tried a few and have had mixed results.
Here’s why we recommend Treatibles Soft Chews over the various other products we’ve tried:
- Consistency: Like many dogs, my dogs prefer the soft, chewy consistency of this treat as opposed to a hard, crunchy treat or messy oil.
- Made in the USA: The hemp oil comes from an organic hemp farm in South Carolina.
- Easy to Use: One treat per 30 lbs every 4-8 hours, as needed. So, for example, because Griffin weighs 90 lbs, she gets three treats during this window. Dosage can be gradually increased, as needed.
As noted above, treats infused with hemp oil are often used to treat dogs suffering from stress and anxiety. If you know us, you know that this is Boston to a T. Boston is naturally high-strung, so anything that helps her take the edge off goes a long way as we go about our day.
Treatibles Soft Chews help dogs like Boston achieve a calm state of emotional balance, rather than becoming overwhelmed by external stimuli that cause stress (in our case, this can include other dogs on leash or simply critters in our backyard).
I’m always interested to know how stuff works, so according Treatibles’ website, here’s the scientific explanation on how the soft chews can help dogs achieve emotional balance:
THE ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a biochemical communication system that regulates the peripheral and central nervous system (including the brain), immunological system, organs, and vital physiological functions. It promotes homeostasis, ensuring the major systems of the body work synergistically. When there is a deficiency of endocannabinoid production, the ECS’s multiple receptors utilize the addition of phytocannabinoids to help create calm, ease, and balance and provide support for relaxing, repairing or restoring. The naturally occurring compounds in hemp are important for the overall health of dogs, cats, humans, horses and all animals.
Dogs are especially responsive to these compounds as they have the highest concentration of cannabinoid receptors in their brains and bodies (even in their salivary glands and hair follicles!) compared to other animals, including humans. Generally speaking, all species are more sensitive to phytocannabinoids than humans, and this may have something to do with the number of receptors found in their systems.
Treats like Treatibles Soft Chews can also help with so much more than just stress and anxiety! They can also be beneficial for:
- Supporting a healthy digestive tract and strong immune system.
- Promoting healthy joints, flexibility and a normal inflammatory response.
- Aiding general discomfort, loss of appetite, digestive tract issues and more.
Perhaps most importantly, Treatibles’ chews have been laboratory tested and are safe to give your dog. Again, not all hemp products are created equal, so it’s important to do your research and ensure that you’re getting a tested and safe product.
Treatibles are non-psychoactive and use a non-toxic full spectrum hemp oil (to reiterate, this is why the fact that its made in the USA is important!). The most active ingredients in the soft chews are a proprietary blend of turmeric root, Organic Full Spectrum Hemp Oil, papain (papaya), bromelain (pineapple stem). Moreover, Treatibles’ unique source material is registered as hemp due to its low THC content (less than .3%) — ensuring that your dog will have only the minimum dose required, posing no undue risk to your dog. This is definitely a win-win!
As a skeptic based on previous experiences with hemp-related products, I’m happy to share how pleased we are with the Treatibles Soft Chews. The taste and consistency of the soft chew flavor combined with the exceptional quality of the hemp oil truly makes a difference.
Even if your dog isn’t overly anxious, we certainly recommend having Treatibles Soft Chews on hand. You never know when a stressful situation may arise or when an injury or illness may occur, so it’s always better to be prepared.
For more information on Treatibles Soft Chews, please visit the brand’s website.
About the Author: The Dobie Sisters are two rescued Dobermans currently living in Blowing Rock, NC. Follow us on both Instagram (@dobiesisters) and our blog to follow our adventures in the Blue Ridge Mountains and beyond, and to learn more about the gear, treats, and toys that fuel us along the way.