Last Updated: August 20, 2020
Celia Miller Author: Celia Miller

Best CBD Treats for Dogs

Best CBD Treats for Dogs

Dog treats have long been used to conceal and dose dogs with medicine, and they are becoming increasingly popular as a way to give dogs CBD. We’ve looked at top-selling options and feel that Honest Paws meets our criteria for transparency and quality.

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Vermafarms Steak Bites
Vermafarms Steak Bites
$0
Review manufacturer vermafarms
on vermafarms
6/10
  • What we Like
  • Appealing flavor
  • Good consistency
  • What we Dislike
  • COA not readily available
  • Product frequently sold out
  • Artificial coloring
  • High price point
Product Details
Type of Treat Chew
CBD Content 5.5mg/chew
Flavors 1
Size 18 ct/jar
Our Review

These Steak Bites are the only pet-specific product sold by Verma Farms. They were touted by Forbes/ Well-known for their delightfully flavored CBD treats for humans, Verma’s line for pets falls a little short. The product has been sold out on their website. We do like that they offer a military discount and give back to their community,

We like the 5.5mg dosage listed on the package but there was no COA on file for the product, just a few hard-to-read scans of COAs for other products. The ingredients might not be as appealing to those seeking a grain-free diet for their pups. At the very least, we were surprised to see artificial coloring included.

Ingredients:

Pharmaceutical grade cannabidiol (CBD), ground wheat, corn starch, water, wheat flour, ground yellow corn, corn syrup, glycerin, beef, animal fat (preserved with BHA), gelatin, rice flour, soy flour, salt, natural flavor, red 40, titanium dioxide (artificial color), phosphoric acid, dried whey, potassium sorbate (to preserve freshness)

Best Value
MedTerra Pet Calming Soft Chews
MedTerra Pet Calming Soft Chews Best Value
$0
Review manufacturer medterracbd
on medterracbd
9/10
  • What we Like
  • Readily available COA
  • Non-GMO/Grain free
  • Other great ingredients
  • Zero THC
  • Affordable
  • What we Dislike
  • Higher dosage may not work for some dogs
Product Details
Type of Treat Soft chew
CBD Content 10mg
Flavors 2
Size 30/bag
Our Review

MedTerra’s CBD oils for dogs are an outstanding product and their dog treats are thoughtfully blended with other ingredients proven to calm and soothe. Tryptophan- the compound found in turkey that makes everyone tired and peaceful after eating turkey? It’s in these chews so on a stormy day when your dog is under the bed screaming at thunderstorms, these could be just the thing to help him calm down.

Natural bacon flavoring is just the icing on the cake. Be aware that these do have cane molasses, a natural sugar. And if they don’t work out, MedTerra has an outstanding 30-day guarantee on their products.

Ingredients:
Chickpea Flour, Potato Flour, Cane Molasses, Tapioca Starch, Water, Glycerin, Hemp Seed Powder, Natural Bacon flavor, Lecithin, Organic Chamomile, Valerian Root, Safflower Oil, Organic Passion Flower, Organic Ginger Root, L-Tryptophan, L-Theanine, Cannabidiol (CBD), Ascorbic Acid, Sorbic Acid, Calcium Propionate, Vitamin E.

Joy Organics CBD Dog Treats
Joy Organics CBD Dog Treats
$0
Review manufacturer shop.joyorganics
on shop.joyorganics
7/10
  • What we Like
  • Water-soluble format
  • THC free
  • 30-day guarantee
  • Smaller dosage
  • What we Dislike
  • Smaller dosage
Product Details
Type of Treat Chew
CBD Content 2mg/chew
Flavors 1
Size 30/jar
Our Review

Joy Organics makes these bacon-flavored, THC dog treats as a companion to their CBD tincture for pets. We indicated that a smaller dosage is both a pro and a con, and that depends on the size of dog you have or how much CBD you want to give your dog. For larger dogs needing a higher dosage, these will not be cost-effective, but for a smaller dog, these can make it convenient to not have to cut a dog treat in half to give a smaller dose. These are completely broad-spectrum but THC-free.

Ingredients:

Water-Soluble Phytocannabinoid-Rich Hemp Extract Powder, Water, Dried Brewer’s Yeast, Glycerin, Gum Arabic, Sodium Alginate, Beef Liver Powder, Natural Bacon Flavor, Flaxseed Oil, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Organic Sweet Potato Powder, Sunflower Lecithin (Non-GMO), Citrus Pectin, Vitamin E, Sodium Propionate, Calcium Sulfate Dehydrate, Natural Mixed Tocopherols (Natural Preservative) and Dextrin (Corn Derived).

Best Vegan
Kat's Original Recipe Classic Hemp Bites
Kat's Original Recipe Classic Hemp Bites Best Vegan
$0
Review manufacturer austinandkat
on austinandkat
8/10
  • What we Like
  • Versatile dosages
  • Vegan
  • COA readily available
  • 30-day guarantee
  • What we Dislike
  • Flavor may not appeal to all dogs
Product Details
Type of Treat Chews
CBD Content 2mg
5mg
10mg
Flavors 1
Size 40 or 30/bag
Our Review

These are simple little chews shaped like cookies. They are loaded with good ingredients to complement the CBD oil in them and smell yummy. It’s easy to give your dog a large or small dose depending on his size and needs because these come in 3 potencies. They are a great price point. Not all dogs like the smell and flavor because these are vegan and there is no bacon or other meat smell to them. If your dog doesn’t like them, Austin and Kat offers a refund after 30 days.

Ingredients:

Hemp oil extract, Almond Meal, Apples, Cinnamon, Coconut Oil, Oat flour, Oats (gluten-free), Peanut Butter, Tapioca Flour, Turmeric, White Rice Flour, Xanthan Gum

Best Overall
Honest Paws Soft Chews
Honest Paws Soft Chews Best Overall
$0
Review manufacturer honestpaws
on honestpaws
9/10
  • What we Like
  • Appealing flavor
  • Organic Colorado hemp
  • COA available
  • 30-day guarantee
  • What we Dislike
  • Higher price point
Product Details
Type of Treat Soft chew
regular chews
CBD Content 5mg/chew
Flavors 2
Size 30/bag
Our Review

Honest Paws makes some of the best CBD for dogs on the market today. We like the Calm formula, and these cute little bone-shaped soft chews make it easy to help your dog relax when he has to go to the vet or groomer, or on holidays when everyone in the neighborhood (without dogs) is setting off loud fireworks. These chews also include tryptophan, that soothing compound that lulls our brain into settling down. The Honest Paws chews are poultry-flavored so they are not vegan.

The other flavor of soft chews is the Mobility line, and these contain chondroitin sulfate, glucosamine, hyaluronic acid, and boswellia serrata powder. These are all known to help dogs experiencing joint stiffness due to old age, arthritis, or an injury. They pack a two-for-one punch if you also typically give your dog chondroitin chews.

Ingredients (Calm):

Organic Full-spectrum hemp oil. L-Theanine, L-tryptophan, arabic gum, brewer’s dried yeast, canola oil, citric acid, guar gum, hemp powder, hemp seed oil, maltodextrin, MCT oil, natural poultry flavor, rosemary extract, sunflower lecithin, tapioca starch, vegetable glycerin, white vinegar.

Ingredients (Mobility):

Organic full-spectrum hemp oil, chondroitin sulfate, glucosamine, hyaluronic acid, boswellia serrata powder, arabic gum, brewer’s dried yeast, citric acid, green tea extract, guar gum, hemp powder, hemp seed oil, maltodextrin, natural mixed tocopherols, natural poultry flavor, rosemary extract, silicon dioxide, spearmint, sunflower lecithin, tetrasodium pyrophosphate, vegetable glycerin, vegetable oil, white vinegar.

Honest Paws Peanut Butter
Honest Paws Peanut Butter
$0
Review manufacturer honestpaws
on honestpaws
9/10
  • What we Like
  • Near-universally appealing to dogs
  • Lower price point
  • 30-day guarantee
  • What we Dislike
  • Not a low-calorie food
  • Can go bad/rancid
Product Details
Type of Treat CBD peanut butter
CBD Content 5mg/tbsp
Flavors 1
Size 15oz
Our Review

Peanut butter is just one of those things you learn to use with a picky-eater dog who hides his medicine or manages to keep it under his tongue long enough for you to go out of visual range. CBD-infused peanut butter makes it easy to give your dog CBD oil he may not want to take otherwise due to the taste or smell. You can use Calm peanut butter the same way you would regular peanut butter, in a Kong or other stuffable toy, or just in a spoon for him to lick.

If you have a dog whose appetite is suffering due to illness, injury, or other complaints, peanut butter may be the *one* thing he does want to eat.

Ingredients:

Dry roasted peanuts, organic full-spectrum hemp oil, dextrose, MCT Oil, rapeseed oil, salt

 

Charlotte's Web CBD Chews for Dogs
Charlotte's Web CBD Chews for Dogs
$
Review manufacturer
on
8/10
  • What we Like
  • US-sourced hemp
  • 30-day guarantee
  • COA readily available
  • Lower dosage
  • What we Dislike
  • Not vegan or organic
  • Lower dosage
Product Details
Type of Treat Chew
CBD Content 2.5mg/chew
Flavors 1
Size 30/bag
Our Review

These chews are similar to Honest Paws in that there are functional blends for specific areas to address with your dog. Charlotte’s Web is one of the pioneering companies, creating CBD oil for many years. Their line-up of pet chews includes Calming, Hip & Joint, and Cognition.  Charlotte’s Web only uses US-grown hemp for their CBD programs, from farmers who use sustainable growing practices.

We indicated that a smaller dosage is both a pro and a con. It will depend on the size of dog you have or how much CBD you want to give your dog. For larger dogs needing a higher dosage, these will not be cost-effective, but for a smaller dog, these can make it convenient to not have to cut a dog treat in half to give a smaller dose.

Ingredients (Hip & Joint):

Broad-spectrum CBD, glucosamine HCl, Turmeric Root Powder, chondroitin sultate (bovine), chicken liver hydrolysate, coconut glycerin, MCT oil, natural flavor, natural tocopherols, potato flour, potato starch, salt, sunflower lecithin, sunflower seed oil, water

Ingredients (Calming):

Broad-spectrum CBD, valerian root, passionflower extract, chamomile, valerian root, chicken liver hydrolysate, coconut glycerin, MCT oil, natural flavor, natural tocopherols, potato flour, potato starch, salt, sunflower lecithin, sunflower seed oil, water

King Kalm Crunch Blueberry
King Kalm Crunch Blueberry
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Review manufacturer
on
8/10
  • What we Like
  • Baked at low temperature
  • Gluten free, non-GMO
  • Organic ingredients
  • Formulated by nutritionist
  • What we Dislike
  • Higher price point
Product Details
Type of Treat Hard chew
CBD Content 4mg/chew
Flavors 3
Size 40/bag
Our Review

These treats smell yummy and most dogs love them, even though they are not meat or bacon flavored. They are shaped like cute little crowns, and make it simple to give your dog CBD in a treat. These are not formulated for specific concerns, just different flavors. The ingredients are all human-grade and organic.

 

Ingredients (Blueberry Apple Flax):

Blueberries, sweet potatoes, eggs, diced apples, honey, oat flour, flax seeds.

Ingredients (Organic Cinnamon Summer):

Organic apples, cinnamon, oat flour, turmeric, black peppercorn.

Ingredients (Honey Roasted Almond Flax):

Almond, eggs, honey, rolled oats, oat flour, turmeric, black peppercorn.

Best Superfood Treats
HolistaPet CBD Dog Treats
HolistaPet CBD Dog Treats Best Superfood Treats
$0
Review manufacturer holistapet
on holistapet
9/10
  • What we Like
  • Affordable price point
  • Non-GMO, gluten and dairy free
  • Organic, vegan
  • 30 day guarantee
  • What we Dislike
  • Not all dogs will like flavors
Product Details
Type of Treat Chew
CBD Content 5mg
10mg
20mg
Flavors 3
Size 30/bag
Our Review

We love holistapet’s offerings for dogs. There are three different formulas crafted from Colorado hemp, infused with various “superfood” ingredients. There’s a formula for stress/anxiety, joint and mobility care, and heart and immune care. These treats can be purchased in 3 different potencies as well. Choose from 5mg, 10mg, or 20 mg per chew.

Just remember to discuss with your vet any potential interactions of both the CBD and these superfood ingredients.

Ingredients (Stress & Anxiety):

Cannabidiol (CBD), L-theanine, chamomile, hemp seeds, organic peanut butter, organic apples, brown organic rice flour, organic molasses, organic cinnamon, organic hempseed.

 

Ingredients (Joint & Mobility):

Cannabidiol (CBD), turmeric, Boswellia, hemp seed, organic pumpkin puree, organic brown rice flour, organic molasses, organic cinnamon, organic coconut oil.

 

Ingredients (Heart & Immune Care):

Cannabidiol (CBD), blueberries, flaxseed, hemp seed, organic sweet potatoes, organic oats, organic brown rice flour, organic molasses, organic cinnamon, organic coconut oil.

Best Products Best CBD Treats for Dogs
Product Name Best for Rate
MedTerra Pet Calming Soft Chews Best Value 9
Kat's Original Recipe Classic Hemp Bites Best Vegan 8
Honest Paws Soft Chews Best Overall 9
HolistaPet CBD Dog Treats Best Superfood Treats 9

How to Choose

What is CBD, and what’s the advantage of giving my dog CBD treats?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the many compounds produced by cannabis Sativa hemp plants. For generations, hemp and its derivatives have been used in many forms by humans due to its therapeutic properties. In recent years its popularity among pet owners has surged. While CBD is most commonly found in an oil tincture, many owners choose to give their dogs CBD treats since it’s convenient and most dogs won’t turn down a treat of any kind. 

The potential wellness benefits for dogs include reduced seizures, addressing anxiety, reducing pain and discomfort, and overall well-being

It is known that cannabidiol works in the human (and your dog’s) body through interaction with the endocannabinoid system (ECS). This system is essentially a vast network within the body of receptors activated by compounds the body produces naturally. The ECS helps the body maintain homeostasis, a state of balance, and proper function among the body’s many systems. Foreign compounds like cannabidiol are very similar in structure to the compounds produced by the ECS and act in similar ways to promote balance within the body.

Much of what is known so far about CBD’s effectiveness on dogs is anecdotal evidence, consumer experiences, and experimentation.

CBD and Marijuana

Hemp describes non-psychoactive cannabis sativa plants that are grown for industrial and agricultural use. Hemp has many non-therapeutic uses- from textiles to industrial applications. These plants have a much higher CBD content and only trace amounts of THC. Cannabidiol is extracted from hemp in many ways, with CO2 and alcohol extraction considered the safest means of processing.

Marijuana describes cannabis sativa plants grown and cultivated differently from hemp to yield high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the compound with psychoactive content and is what most people associate with cannabis because it causes a “high” or euphoric feeling.

Is CBD Safe for Dogs?

Studies on CBD’s use and safety in dogs and cats indicated that CBD appears to be safe in healthy adult dogs, but further research is needed to understand how cats absorb and metabolize CBD oil. Colorado State University’s 2016 study on CBD in dogs helped determine safe dosages to be used in further research, indicated that CBD was well-tolerated in healthy dogs and that oil formulations offered the most bioavailability.

Even as the research continues, the market and the internet are flooded with false and unproven medical claims, inferior or dangerous products with unknown ingredients sold as CBD or hemp oil. Calls to poison control centers for pets show a dramatic surge in calls for dogs exposed to THC after their owners either gave them marijuana or were given CBD that had unsafe THC levels in it.

Is CBD Legal?

Provided your CBD oil is derived from hemp, it is legal in all 50 states. Some CBD oils are derived from marijuana plants and are therefore considered a marijuana-derived product. These CBD oils are illegal in states where marijuana is not legal. Any oil containing over 0.3% THC is considered marijuana. CBD oils must not contain THC levels higher than that amount. Some companies sell pure hemp oil (that does not contain CBD), claiming it has the same benefits as CBD. 

Accuracy in CBD Dose and Treats

We were curious about how well CBD oil does in dog treats. One of our biggest concerns was how potent the CBD oil was after treats were baked. Heat can break down and destroy the beneficial compounds in CBD oil, as well as excessively alkaline or acidic conditions. The CBD that does remain will have reduced bioavailability and your dog may not absorb it as well.

This can be a problem if you need to give your dog specific and accurate doses of CBD for therapeutic purposes. It may be difficult to gauge how potent the CBD in the dog treat is after cooking it unless the company has tested the treats after baking for potency.

Be sure to always look for a certificate of analysis showing the treat after it has been baked. The amount of CBD on the test is quite frequently lower than what is listed on the label. We found that over half of the products we had considered in our research did not have the same quantity of CBD listed on the label.

A sneaky workaround is to choose your dog’s favorite treat, and add his CBD oil to it, let it absorb, and then give him the treat.

A Breakdown of Product Attributes In Our Reviews:

Form of CBD

The most common forms CBD is sold in for dogs are oil tinctures, capsules, chews or treats, and topical treatments. Some manufacturers also sell CBD peanut butter for dogs.

  • Research has proven that oil tinctures provide the highest levels of bioavailability to your dog. 
  • Chews and treats are useful if your dog does not like the taste of CBD oil but do not offer the precision of giving a dose that an oil tincture does.
  • Capsules can provide help you choose a precise amount for your dog and are convenient.  

Flavors

Some CBD products for dogs are enhanced with tasty flavors like bacon, peanut butter, blueberry, apples, etc.

  • Avoid products with artificial flavors
  • Avoid products with artificial sweeteners in them, as substances like xylitol are fatal to dogs
  • You may be able to flavor your CBD oil yourself if your dog prefers it- in gravy, in his food, or on treats that he already has

CBD/Bottle

This attribute describes how much CBD is contained in a bottle or the potency of the oil. A higher number means there is more CBD in the bottle. For an owner who wants to give their dog a higher CBD dose, a more potent oil makes it easier.

Type of CBD

CBD is sold in several forms- full-spectrum or broad-spectrum and as an isolate. Full-spectrum means the product has undergone the least processing, and these extracts typically contain much more of the hemp plant, such as cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. CBD isolate is made through an extraction process that removes all other compounds, leaving only cannabidiol (CBD) itself.

What to Look For:

First things first. 

What are the goals with your dog and use of CBD oil? Does he have a specific condition you are hoping to help him overcome or are you seeking to incorporate CBD as an ongoing maintenance supplement for his wellness and general health? These goals should be discussed with your veterinarian.  Yes, good quality CBD products are expensive! Especially high-potency ones! Keep in mind that:

  • Lower potency products are best for regular, maintenance use of CBD for your dog, and you should always start at a very low dose
  • Higher potency products make appropriate dosage for larger dogs easier (more CBD per drop)
  • Lower potency makes it easier for smaller dogs so you aren’t out there with a toothpick trying to measure out a quarter of a drop of super potent oil.
  • Your dog’s weight, age and how active he is are also going to determine how much he should have.
  • If you are considering a CBD product with other ingredients, you want to be sure that not only the CBD but also the other ingredients will not affect how any existing medication is metabolized in his body. Always ask a veterinarian!

Our Recommendations on CBD for Dogs:

Due to the unregulated market, there are a lot of inferior products out there. You want a high-quality product for your dog, and you want to know exactly what’s in it. Here are some guidelines:

  • Choose a specifically made product for dogs because some CBD products have ingredients that are poisonous to canines, such as theobromine, xylitol sweetener, or carrier oils like grapeseed.
  • Make sure you are getting actual CBD oil, not hemp oil, with clever packaging.
  • The most popular and safe form of CBD is in an oil tincture. This has also been proven to be the most effective way for it to absorb, and for pets, the easiest way to ensure a precise dose.
  • CBD for dogs should not contain levels of THC above 0.3%. Otherwise, it is considered marijuana, possibly illegal, and unsafe for your dog.
  • High-quality CBD oil can be pricey. Don’t choose CBD for your dog based on price.
  • The hemp should be grown in conditions where the soil is tested.
  • The manufacturer should have a current Certificate of Analysis (COA) readily available. This should reflect an analysis of their product and its content, conducted by an independent third-party laboratory. Reputable manufacturers will issue a COA for every batch of CBD oil they sell.
  • Avoid a company that does not prominently display a recent COA for their CBD products.
  • Due to how industrial hemp is grown and processed, organic is best.
  • Tinctures are best for therapeutic purposes.
  • CBD treats are often processed, heated, and it may be difficult to judge potency over time by administering CBD only in chews or treats. While these can be an excellent way to give your dog CBD as part of a wellness routine, if you are concerned about potency and dosage, use an oil tincture.

What is a COA or Certificate of Analysis? 

 The COA is a certificate indicating that a laboratory independent of the manufacturer tested the CBD oil to make sure the percentages are correct and free from foreign and toxic byproducts.

If the product you are looking at does not have a current (within the last year) COA readily available, move on! If you are buying a bottle of CBD in a store, many of them have a code you can scan on the bottle that will link you to the certificate online if you scan with your phone.

Choose a CBD manufacturer who can provide a current (within the past year) Certificate of Analysis (COA) that shows they have commissioned independent third-party testing. A COA will show information such as the percentage of CBD and THC, along with any contaminants. Some oils have far more THC in them than listed on the label.

Ensure the party who carried out the analysis is an accredited laboratory, not another manufacturer or cannabis company. Many third-party testing “companies” are part of the cannabis industry, and you have no way of knowing if there is a conflict of interest.

The certificate should include:

  • A certificate ID
  • Indication showing the date of the test, who completed it, and the party that requested it.
  • Cannabinoids with the total mg per unit showing how much THC and CBD
  • Terpenes
  • Microbials, Foreign Matter, Heavy metals, Pesticides

Reputable manufacturers will issue a COA for every batch of CBD oil they sell.

Disclaimer:

The information supplied by Sparky’s Spots about CBD for dogs is meant to serve as a guide only. We encourage our readers to be cognizant of misleading and unproven claims. CBD oil should never replace timely medical care for your dog. The FDA recognizes potential possibilities in the use of CBD, but has not approved it for use in animals. Many claim that CBD oil can cure cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimers. While it is known that CBD oil can help address anxiety, insomnia and pain in humans, and the research for dogs looks promising, the research to understand what the side effects are is still in very early stages. There is even less research for long-term effects on dogs.