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Pot for puppies

Cannabis goes to the dogs – or, in the case of Liz Hughston, three specific dogs.

Hughston, a registered emergency veterinarian who works in San Jose, says she first became aware that cannabidiol (CBD) can be used to treat canines while researching ways to help Augie, her smallest pup. dealing with the fear of fireworks.

“The first 4th of July after we got him, he was about a year old. He had a big meltdown freakout,” Hughston recalls. “The next year we were on the traditional drugs — sedatives and anti-anxiety drugs you get from your vet — but it didn’t help him. He just ran around like a drunken jerk. at a bar.”

Then Hughston discovered Treatibles, a CBD infused brand of dog treats. She was already familiar with Aunt Dolores, the company’s human brand of gourmet cannabis edibles. When the Fourth of July came around again, she tried Treatibles on her scared dog. She found that Augie didn’t lose his appetite like in previous episodes and he liked to snuggle on the couch next to Hughston and her husband as the fireworks went on.

“I kept feeding him treats all night. Augie was gentle, but not sleepy or stoned. He showed no signs of toxicity as there is no THC in the treats. The fireworks just didn’t bother him like in previous years. This year I gave him Treatibles again and it worked just great.”

Soon, Hughston saw the benefits that a CBD-infused pet treat could bring to her other dogs. Treatibles seemed to help her oldest, a 15-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback/Boxer mix, better cope with the aches and pains of old age, while the products helped her middle dog with anxiety issues. With so many uses for CBD in the human world, Hughston saw an almost equally wide range of possibilities in the animal realm.

“The more I learned about it, the more I delved into the science behind it, so I started speaking at veterinary conferences about the use of cannabis in our pets.” Hughston recently presented her findings on CBD and its use in the treatment of dogs at the DoveLewis Annual Conference for Veterinary Professionals in Portland, Oregon, and at the SouthWest Veterinary Symposium in Fort Worth, Texas.

“It’s such an interesting topic,” she says, “because it’s like we’re rediscovering this plant. It still feels illicit, like you don’t have anyone to talk to about it, which makes people nervous, especially in a place like Texas.”

Photo by Kevin Clark

Photo by Kevin Clark

She says that while veterinary professionals expressed interest during her presentations, some of the main obstacles to making CBD more publicly accepted as a medicine for pets are the restrictions currently in place with veterinary regulatory authorities.

“We can’t prescribe cannabis for pets, and we can’t even recommend it in California,” she explains. “That means customers should discuss it with their vet. They should let the vet know they are interested.”

Hughston believes that when more people understand that products such as Treatibles, which are derived from hemp and contain no THC, are not at risk of harming their furry companions, they will quickly embrace what a big difference CBD can make in quality of life. of a pet.

Todd Davis, the CEO of Endexx, shares her view. His company, through the CBD Unlimited division, is the maker of Phyto-Bites, CBD infused soft chewable tablets for dogs. Built around a proprietary formula, which properly suspends the CBD in peanut butter oil and has a targeted release of 2mg CBD per treat, Phyto-Bites is another player in the exploding market for CBD-infused pet products.

Davis is thrilled with the feedback he’s received so far.

“We hear from customers that after two years of chronic diarrhea, their dogs no longer have diarrhea, that their dogs with congestive heart failure are breathing and resting better, that their dogs are less prone to arthritis,” he comments. “These are the really simple things that only pet owners see and understand, but from a quality of life standpoint, that’s what we were trying to do.”

It had only been a year since Davis had “major setbacks” from vets he spoke to. He says the stigma surrounding cannabis has left many in the veterinary profession unwilling to risk the potential backlash from supporting a product infused with CBD.

“Veterinarians told us they didn’t want anything to do with CBD pet treats because there wasn’t enough information,” Davis says. “This summer, going back and talking to them again, now they’ve read more about it. There are now many veterinary practices that use herbal remedies to support their standard of care, and they are finding that instead of treating a symptom, they are getting results that are curative.”

For now, Phyto-Bites is targeting those who already use plants and nutrients as part of their practice. As a hemp-based product, it is perfectly legal for individuals in all 50 states to order the product online, though Davis is hopeful that one day CBD-infused pet products will be as commonplace as their pharmaceutical counterparts.

The key, he says, lies in education.

“Eighteen months ago, the learning curve was very, very steep,” Davis says. “It’s not as steep as it used to be. There are now people asking about it. They want to know and they hear it. There’s a lot of organic education going on right now where people actually take the initiative to find out what’s going on. So there has been a shift on the side of education.”

At the moment, Endexx is also working on a CBD treat that is suitable for use in cattle and horses. While the cost of CBD makes it difficult to offer a product that could treat large livestock, Davis envisions a CBD treat that could be given to horses that are often transported through trailers and other confined spaces.

“If we are able to reduce the inflammatory and stress cycles in an animal for just that one application,” adds Davis, “that has a lot of value for horse owners. When cattle are panicked or stressed, it can increase the value of affect the meat, their growth cycles, their fat cycles and how they ripen, all of those things have consequences.”

It’s a rapidly changing landscape, and as states rush to decide how to implement newly passed laws, at least in the short term, the pet side of the cannabis movement may not be the top priority.

“It’s like the Wild West now,” Hughston added. Cannabis “has just been legalized here in California. It’s been legal in Washington and Oregon for a while, and in Colorado, but vets are barred from prescribing rights in those states.”

Still, with three lucky dogs as proof, Hughston is poised to see CBD-infused pet treats embraced by the mainstream of veterinary science.

“For a long time I think people in the veterinary community didn’t really think there was a therapeutic benefit [of cannabis] for animals,” she notes. “Of course, the more we discover about the endocannabinoid system — what it does and how it supports overall health — it’s getting harder and harder for the veterinary side to say there’s no benefit.”

What Weed Treatment Should You Give Your Pet?

With more and more companies getting into CBD for pets, it can be confusing to know which product to buy. Here’s a quick rundown of five of the best options on the market.


Form: Cookies

Description: Available in blueberry and pumpkin flavors, each Treatibles cookie contains a carefully measured amount of CBD (1mg per small bag treat, 2.5mg per large bag treat).

Availabilty: Can be purchased legally in all 50 states.



Form: Natural supplement added to a dog’s diet

Description: Therabis was developed by Dr. Stephen Katz, who created the product while owning one of the largest pit bulls

practices in the United States. There are currently three supplement products:

Available: stop the itch, get up and move, and calm and quiet. Each product is sold in single use boxes


Availabilty: Can be bought legally

in all 50 states and shipped to

some international locations.



Form: Soft chews

Description: Each container comes with 30 treats, each infused with 2mg of CBD. Manufactured in an FDA-approved facility, Phyto-Bites “are formulated to promote health and support the reduction of separation anxiety, pain and inflammation.”

Availabilty: Can be legally purchased in all 50 states and shipped to a number of international locations.



Form: Broth and liquid concentrates Description: Seven Leaf Pets offers a CBD Chicken Broth in three different dosages, as well as a CBD liquid concentrate in two dosage variants. CBD is suspended in fractionated coconut oil.

Availabilty: Can be purchased legally in all 50 states.



Form: Biscuits, extracts and topicals

Description: RxCBD offers biscuits for dogs and cats of various sizes, as well as a liquid extract and topical spray for both types.

Availabilty: Can be purchased legally in all 50 states.


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