With 60.2 million American households counting canines among their family members, it’s safe to say that we’re a nation of dog lovers. As every dog owner knows, this doesn’t just mean throwing a tennis ball or giving cuddles — it means taking care of their health and wellness just as you do your own. And these days, a growing number of Americans are curious about what CBD can do for their dogs.
As we learn about how CBD affects the human body, interest in the ways it could benefit other mammals is expanding as well. Recent research indicates that CBD could be useful for treating arthritis in dogs, while its potential for treating canine epilepsy is also intriguing. That’s not all — some studies indicate that CBD could also be effective at relieving separation anxiety, which is estimated to affect 14 percent of all dogs.
Although the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has voiced concerns about CBD’s effects on animals due to the lack of research — and former FDA chief Scott Gottlieb said it was “absurd” to add the substance to pet treats — this has done little to dampen enthusiasm from either brands or consumers. Earlier this year, Martha Stewart announced she would release a line of CBD pet products, and research from the Brightfield Group suggests the market for such items could be worth $1.16 billion by 2022, up from just $7 million in 2017.
Still, this is only a tiny fraction of the overall amount that Americans spend on their pets, which was over $72 billion in 2018, according to the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). When it comes to keeping your dog happy and healthy, there’s no shortage of options, whether CBD-infused or otherwise.
Here are some of the best.
Canna-Pet Organic Biscuit Assortment by Canna-Pet ($40)
Recommended by veterinarians like Dr. Angie Stamm (and even covered by major pet insurers), the CBD in these treats is made from organic, non-GMO hemp grown in the United States. Each biscuit contains 80 mg of CBD, and the company provides extensive information about the extraction and testing processes on their website.
Dog Rope Toys for Aggressive Chewers by Pacific Pups Products ($22)
Created to support a non-profit dog rescue operation in California, this set from Pacific Pups is free of plastic and comes with a lifetime guarantee. It’s likely to keep your pup busy (and away from your favorite shoes) for a while at least.
Petsability Joint Supplement for Dogs by Petstability ($25)
For older dogs who are feeling the affects of age on their joints, these 100 percent natural chewable supplements — which are made with glucosamine, chondroitin, and turmeric — could help improve mobility without causing the gastrointestinal side effects common to other types of anti-inflammatories.
Dog Puzzle Toy by Outward Hound ($12)
This tough, durable toy comes with nine compartments for hiding treats, which gives dogs a fun challenge as they seek their next meal. It’s a good option for dogs who tend to eat too fast, and it’s easy to clean — just use water and regular dish soap.
101 Dog Tricks: Step by Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Dog by Kyra Sundance ($14)
Written by one of the world’s top dog trainers, this international bestseller has been translated into 18 languages, with over 500,000 copies sold to date. It covers everything from the basics (like fetching) to advanced tricks with names like Get a Soda From the Fridge.
Portable Pet Water Bottle by LumoLeaf ($12)
To keep your dog hydrated during walks or a day in the park, this lightweight bottle comes with a foldable bowl for easy drinking. It’s made with 100 percent food-safe silicone, and also comes with an aluminum buckle that can be attached to a leash, bag, or belt loop.
Complete Dog Grooming Set by Oneisall ($30)
This is one of the top-rated grooming sets online, with over 1,600 customers giving it a 4.5 star rating. It comes with a comb, scissors, and clippers, with four removable guards for trimming fur to different lengths. Best of all, it’s quiet, so it won’t spook your dog in the middle of a haircut.
Orthopedic Dog Bed by PetFusion ($120)
Ideal for active dogs, this bed is made with a memory foam mattress, a tear-resistant cover, and a non-slip bottom. It’s waterproof and comes in a range of sizes and colors — along with a $40 coupon from the dog services company Rover, which can be used for boarding, dog sitting, and more.
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