According to the latest report commissioned by the veterinary charity PDSA, 26% of UK adults own a dog and one quarter of those owners take their dogs on holiday with them. Another UK survey showed that 56% of dog owners said that they choose to travel with their dog as they enjoy their holiday more. In the United States, the latest surveys of pet owners, by the American Pet Products Association, revealed that over 63 million households own a dog, with nearly 50% taking their dogs on vacation by car, plane or train.
Most airlines allow small pets in the cabin for a small additional fee if it’s organised in advance. Trains in Europe and Amtrak in the US are happy for dogs to accompany owners too. But this doesn’t mean travelling with one’s pet is smooth sailing, especially at an airport where passing through security is essential. This can be stressful for both dogs and their owners so an effective means of calming an animal is appealing. Likewise, owners look for ways to make a journey with dogs, who get agitated in a car or train, more relaxing. Using a CBD supplement made especially for dogs could relieve some of that tension. The American Kennel Club says that while there’s no definitive scientific data on using CBD to treat dogs, there’s good anecdotal evidence from dog owners on its anti-anxiety impact. CBD (cannabidiol), a compound found in cannabis and hemp, is also touted for its anti-inflammatory properties, cardiac benefits, anti-nausea effects and appetite stimulation. With this in mind, here are ten companies that produce some of the best CBD oils and treats for dogs.
1.Verma Farms (oils, treats)
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Hawaii-based Verma Farms sells some of the world’s bestselling CBD oil for dogs. Their CBD dog edibles are also top notch. The highly praised, tasty, CBD-infused steak bites ($59.99 for eighteen 100 mg treats), suitable for mature dogs or pups, are THC free. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound that gives marijuana its psychoactive properties, is to be avoided unless prescribed by a vet. Verma Farms’ CBD is sourced from Hawaiian-grown, pesticide-free Cannabis sativa plants that are rich in nutrients and freshness. While their real beef treats are justifiably popular, Verma Farms also recommends buying CBD for dogs as a liquid so dosage can be adjusted drop by drop and administered in small doses by mixing it into food or treats. Verma Farms’ products are at a premium price for good reason: not all CBD oils are equal. For highest effectiveness, the oil should be organic and THC and additive free. Look at the manufacturer’s certificate. Cheaper options could contain toxic substances such as pesticides, herbicides, or heavy metals.
2.King Kanine (oils, balms)
King Kanine’s most popular CBD oil is King Kalm, with 600 mg of CBD made with Copaiba, Krill Oil and their broad spectrum CBD oil. Priced at $109.99, this product isn’t cheap but everything is organic, pesticide and solvent-free. Each product goes through a rigorous manufacturing and quality-testing process in the United States and is approved by a third-party lab to ensure purity, potency and overall quality.
3.Charlotte’s Web Full Spectrum (oils, chews, balms)
The newly-expanded pet line from Charlotte’s Web includes botanical blends, unflavored or chicken-flavored oils and topical balm. The oils are available in two sizes,100 ml or 30 ml bottles with a graduated dropper. Also on offer are reasonably priced packages of 30 chicken-flavored chews for $19.99 and hemp-infused balm for sensitive skin at $24.99.
4.Green Roads (oils)
Green Roads is one of the most established CBD companies in the United States. Their CBD range is currently sold in over 10,000 retail locations. Their products for pets are formulated taking the weight of the animal into account as that’s so important for dosage. Green Roads’ CBD pet drops are available in a range of strengths, suitable for small, medium or large dogs.
5. Innovet (oil, capsules, chews)
Innovet’s keenly priced selection includes oil, capsules, chews and even peanut butter for fussy dogs who won’t eat the other products. The oil used in all products is 100% organic, hemp-based phytocannabinoid (CBD) sourced from Oregon and Colorado. Some products are almost half the price of their competitors and the founders explain that this is due to manufacturing all their CBD products in house.
6. Medipets (oils, sprays, treats)
MediPets CBD products are free of THC, easy to use and 100% natural. All MediPets products are pharmacist-formulated, third-party lab tested and made in the USA from industrial hemp oil extracted from organically-grown hemp. After the essential oils are extracted from hemp, the raw extract goes through a filtration, distillation, and refinement process to produce 99 percent pure CBD. Medipets sells CBD beef or bacon and cheese treats and CBD Pet Spray that can be sprayed directly into a pet’s mouth for a quick and easy application.
7.Just CBD (oils, treats)
Available in easy-to-administer tinctures, the oils from Just CBD come in five appealing flavors: beef, bacon, chicken, salmon and tuna. These tinctures are made with pure hemp extract oil and come in three dosages of 100 mg, 250 mg and 500 mg, so that dosage can be adjusted based on dog size and needs. Just CBD also sells steak bites for dogs who are reluctant to consume tinctures.
8. Canna-Pets (oils, treats)
Canna-Pets offer CBD capsules and oil but their organic biscuits are a unique product in this crowded market. The crunchy biscuits, with cannabinoids derived from enriched oil extracts of organic hemp, are available in tasty flavors including turkey, maple bacon or peanut, banana and apple (vegan). Each 227g bag is $16.99 and contains 37-40 biscuits.
9. Paw CBD (oils, chews and treats)
Add natural or peanut butter flavored Paw CBD oil to your dog’s food or use the tincture dropper to administer it orally to your pup. The oils are available in 30 ml bottles in five strengths, ranging from 150 to 3000 mg. Also available are CBD oil crunchy hard treats, great for a dog’s teeth and soft chews in cheese, peanut butter or turkey flavors. All products are considered THC-free, lab tested and made from non-GMO hemp grown using organic farming methods in the United States. Paw CBD offers a 30-day money back guarantee and free shipping within the United States.
10. PureKana (oils and treats)
Offering CBD oil drops in bacon flavor, PureKana also has a popular range of organic dog treats with imaginative flavors like steak and sweet potato, peanut butter and pumpkin and Blueberry and Chicken. The prices are reasonable at $34.99 for 25 treats. Aimed at active and energetic dogs, there are two versions of the treats, one for small dogs, the other for large dogs.