Cannabis: Rx for dogs

March 21, 2017

cannabis-dog-treatsIf you visit here regularly, you know I’m a believer in the science that shows cannabis is good medicine. It seems odd to refer to  science as having “believers,” as if it were some weird cult. Of course, in today’s alternate universe, science has become a strange cult instead of the empirically based thing it is.

But let’s not digress.

My 10-year-old maltipoo, Riley, has been a reactive dog since Day 1. Between trainers and various holistic measures, like Rescue Remedy, we’ve tried it all.  About a month ago, we finally asked our holistic vet for something stronger. Prozac. About three weeks into the regime, he was noticeably more mellow.

And then, in the same week that a friend told me about cannabinoid products for dogs, the veterinary chiropractor mentioned them, too. She said her clients were getting really good results, especially those with anxious dogs, or dogs with cancer symptoms or undergoing chemo.

And that’s how I found Treatibles— safe, human-grade cannabis dog treats made in California from high-quality, medicinal grade hemp plants grown in Colorado.

cannabis-dog-treatsPain, anxiety, seizures

Treatibles does not make health claims about the cannabinoids or other ingredients in their products, but pet owners say that the dog chews are helpful for a variety of problems, including pain and inflammation, separation anxiety, seizures and neurological issues, joint and muscle pain, dysplasia, trauma, behavioral issues and….well, more.

Chew ingredients are plant-based, hemp-derived and phytocannabinoid-infused. Dogs don’t get high because there’s very little THC in the products. That’s the psychoactive ingredient in the marijuana we know and love as humans and it’s not necessary or desirable for dogs.

The nutritious ingredients include pumpkin for healthy digestion, coconut oil for its antioxidant qualities (not to mention how good it is for shiny coat and healthy skin), hemp seed oil, turmeric and cinnamon or their anti-inflammatory properties.  No preservatives, additives, by-products or artificial flavors.


Riley, mellowing out after a Treatible. Yes, he finds pillows in everything, including books.

Riley’s endorsement

A bag of pumpkin-flavored treats came right away and Riley loved them. It seems to have a calming effect on his reactivity with the only side effect being a little stinky gas. If you’ve got a dog with any of the issues I listed above, these treats are worth trying. Even if anxiety is only occasional, like freaking out over 4th of July fireworks, which many dogs do, this natural solution is a good option.

Treatibles (what a great name) come in blueberry or pumpkin and are sized to fit the weight of your dog. Find out more about Treatibles on their website, HERE.  Oh, and no one paid me a dime or gave Riley free treats for this review.

Here’s some media coverage.

27 comments on “Cannabis: Rx for dogs
  1. ryderziebarth says:

    I love this! Thanks. One family dog with cancer ( my brother’s) and one who is a maniac ( my littlest Westie.) I’ll try these!

  2. This would have totally been helpful for both of our dogs who had some anxiety, especially as they aged. Glad Riley has responded well to them!

  3. robin masshole mommy says:

    This sounds wonderful for dogs that are sick. My friend’s dog has cancer, so I will tell her to get some of these.

  4. Christina says:

    Awww Riley! I’m glad he has found something to give him the calm he deserves <3

  5. Linda Hobden says:

    Riley is such a cutie! Glad you have found something that helps Riley to get through anxious moments. I agree that Treatibles is such a good name! ????

  6. I seen this mentioned on the news the other day! My dog is 14 and these would be perfect for her!

  7. This is so interesting, Carol!! I don’t know if you know this but we live in Colorado, so of course the cannabis is always in the news lately!!
    As a retired medical provider, it only makes sense that every drug has a good & bad. And I’ve read numerous accounts how the cannabis can help with people with seizures. So, of course, it could be beneficial for dogs!

  8. Anna Palmer says:

    Riley sure does look chill. I am going to try them. Or….Apollo will try them.

  9. I’m glad these worked so well for your dog. He sure is a cutie!

  10. Riley certainly looks relaxed in your photo. In Australia we are trying to get cannabis legalised for medical use and I have no idea if cannabis dog treats are available here. I love that you do have Riley’s best interests at the forefront as you would any other member of the family. Lucky Riley!

  11. Mandi says:

    This makes complete sense to me. As a nurse, I’ve seen how effective medical cannobis is in humans, so of course if would work well for dogs, too!

  12. Amber Myers says:

    I’m glad this is helping out your dog! He does look relaxed, that’s for sure.

  13. Torie says:

    Oh wow. That is so cool. Glad it helps. My dog is 15 and is pretty calm but I know that day is coming.

  14. Austin says:

    What kind of music does he like to listen to when he enjoys his treats? 🙂

  15. Elizabeth O. says:

    I don’t own a dog but it’s nice to know that this works. I know that there aren’t any claims at all, but you can see the results yourself. It’s good to know that there’s an alternative to the usual meds that are prescribed to our pets.

  16. Stacey W says:

    Thats awesome it has benefits for our fur babies as well!!

  17. Gary Mathews says:

    I need to get some of these for our dog! Sounds like the perfect remedy for all the paw patrols in our life!

  18. Rebecca Swenor says:

    These Treatibles sound like something I would love to try for my dog. He is always anxious especially when I have company and he is getting older so it is harder for him to move so days. I will have to share this information with my sister for her dog because his is so hyper and anxious especially when she is making the 7 to 8 hour drive home to visit. Thanks for sharing these awesome treats.

  19. Awe, this would have been perfect for my moms arthritic dog. He was on a lot of pain killers in his old age. I am sure he would have enjoyed this better!

  20. I bet our pups would love these! Glad it turned out well for the dogs.

  21. Lauren says:

    Huh how interesting! Thank you for the review and insightful information!

  22. Silly Mummy says:

    How interesting! I didn’t even know these existed for dogs!

  23. stacey says:

    I don’t understand why we are in the place either. It sounds like the middle ages when you think some people are science deniers.

  24. Daisha Renee says:

    I am glad to hear that treatables works for your fur baby. My aunts dogs Sasha could use these. I personally I have no issues with cannabis but I will run that by my aunt to see if this is something she wants to try. Thanks for the great info!

  25. Aaron C. says:

    Wow I didn’t know that dogs could consume cannabis. I thought it would be toxic in the same way chocolate is. Thanks for watching!

  26. That’s surprising pharmacologists are allowed to sell these type for animal products. I think there is a need for solid research on the effects cannabis-based food has on dog, for example

  27. This sounds good for dogs. I also have read that it is helpful for anxiety or cancer and for many more. One of my friend had tried CBD for his dog and it worked.

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  1. […] He enjoys Treatibles, cannabis treats without the psychoactive ingredient. In fact, many dog people use these to help their dogs control anxiety. There’s still time to order some. For more information, I blogged about them HERE. […]

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