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CBD Treats for Dogs: 3 Signs They Are Actually Working

Once you’ve decided on CBD treats for dogs (or a CBD treat for cats), you’ll want to take some time to learn their effectiveness. 

There are a few ways to do this—all of which require careful observation of your pet.

Increased mobility, for example, is a positive sign that CBD oil is working in a pet who is being treated for arthritis—but it doesn’t do much to appease an owner who is treating their pet for anxiety.

Below are 3 signs that your CBD dog treats are working on your furry friend or feline companion (based on the most common reasons for treatment).

Dad Grass Dog Bones are made of high-quality CBD oil extracted using safe, organic methods for the best possible pet care.

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1. Your Arthritic Pet Is Showing Reduced Symptoms

When advanced signs of arthritis appear in your pet (such as swollen joints or stiffness), you may notice that they’re more reluctant to stand or move around. The same can be said of cats. They may hesitate to jump onto high furniture and fences or even struggle to traverse a staircase.

So, when you start giving your pet CBD dog treats, it's important to pay attention to their level of mobility: 

  • How long does it take them to stand up?
  • How much coaxing do you have to offer for them to come to you?
  • How much exercise can they tolerate?

The time they take to stand up or come to you should be decreasing, and their exercise tolerance should increase. 

However, since the signs and symptoms of arthritis are different from anxiety, the signs of CBD oil working for anxiety are also different. Let’s look at how CBD treatment affects an anxious dog or a worrisome cat.

2. Your Anxious Friend is Growing Braver

Pacing, restlessness, and excessive vocalization are all signs that your cat is anxious. This is quite similar to what you would see in a dog. They tend to pace, pant and howl excessively—especially when their owner is not in the house. 

After beginning treatment with CBD dog treats, look for these 3 signs that show that the CBD treats are working:

  • They’re more willing to explore their environment instead of hiding.
  • They’re more affectionate and want more of your attention.
  • They’re less aggressive when they’re communicating with you or other animals.

You’ll know the CBD dog treats are working if there is increased bravery and acceptance of attention. Alternatively, aggressive communication (such as growing and snapping) should decrease.

What about CBD oil products for pain and hyperactivity?

3. Pain and Hyperactivity Are Becoming More Manageable

When your dog or cat is in pain, you’ll notice changes to their behavior, such as excessive grooming or reduced appetite. As their endocannabinoid system stabilizes with the use of dog treats, you should see a reduction in these behaviors and a return to what is considered normal.

In short: hyperactivity symptoms should reduce with the introduction of CBD dog treats, including high energy levels in dogs and violent behaviors in cats. 

In order to track and assess these behaviors and any improvements, you must be able to track their symptoms over a short period. 

Two weeks is a generally accepted observation period. Assess your pet before and during treatment. Remember to always consult your vet before beginning any course of personalized care.

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Tracking Your Pet’s Response to CBD Dog Treats

Every study requires a constant or a variable, and you must know what is expected so you can note any changes. When assessing your cat or dog’s response to CBD dog treats, it’s no different.

Some apps, such as Pet Care Log, can help you keep a daily record sheet and monitor any symptoms your pets are experiencing. Apps like this monitor symptoms, treatment, and dosage over extended periods. 

Alternatively, a pen and a pad can work just as well.

There are 3 main areas you will benefit from tracking, so you can see where your pet has improved after using CBD dog treats:

  • Frequency
  • Duration 
  • Intensity

Tracking frequency requires taking note of how often a behavior happens. For a companion suffering from pain or arthritis, how often are they licking at their joints or pressure points? 

For example, if you're treating anxiety, losing appetite is a clear symptom. How often are they eating? Always log your findings before you start giving them CBD dog treats so you know if the frequency is decreasing and by how much.

Tracking duration requires taking note of how long an episode lasts. For a pet suffering from arthritis, how long does it take for them to rise up or for you to coax them into motion? 

Tracking intensity requires noting how much of an activity your companion engages in. How much growling or snapping or, in the case of cats, aggression or violence do you see when engaging with them or when they engage with other animals?

If your pet is anxious, how often do you find them going off to hide?

All these details give you a round idea of where your dog or cat is and will help you gauge whether or not they’re moving in the right direction after consuming a CBD dog treat.

How Long Does it Take for CBD Treats to Work?

CBD treats stabilize your cat or dog’s endocannabinoid system by creating bonds. However, it can take several weeks before you start seeing desired results.


There are many factors that affect how quickly or efficiently CBD oil is absorbed and able to affect receptors within your pet’s body.

  • Ingesting CBD oil via edibles, as is the case with dog CBD treats, takes the longest to reach the bloodstream since it has to first pass through the digestive system. It can therefore take up to 30 minutes before the treatment starts working.
  • Dosage also plays a significant role in the ability of CBD pet treats to relieve symptoms of arthritis, pain, anxiety, or hyperactivity. CBD dosage is dependent on the weight of your dog or cat. 

Starting with a low 1 mg dose, you may need to observe and increase the dosage based on how your pet responds over two weeks.

  • Consistency is vital when using dog CBD treats. To form and maintain bonds with receptors within the endocannabinoid system, CBD oil needs to build-up in the bloodstream. 

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Insufficient dosing will not produce the desired results.

If you want the best results, you’ll have to get the best CBD dog treats in terms of quality.

High-Quality CBD oil-infused treats commonly feature full-spectrum CBD oil as it offers more to boost your cat or dog’s health than a broad-spectrum CBD oil-infused treat. 

This is because full-spectrum CBD oil contains all the components of the hemp plant, while broad-spectrum CBD oil does not.

  • Metabolic rate is another factor worth considering. How your cat or dog’s body naturally processes any substance will dictate how CBD dog treats work for them. 

The bigger your pet, the bigger the dose needed and the longer it will take for them to break down and use the oil. The smaller your pet, the smaller the dose needed and the faster they will break down and use the oil.

Empowering Pet Parents

CBD infused dog treats are a good option for both cat and dog owners who wish to offer pain relief or respite for their anxious pet. Their organic ingredients provide multiple health benefits in addition to symptom relief. 

While a few weeks of tracking and observation are needed to ensure your CBD products are actually working, it's a small price to pay for your pet’s health and comfort. 

You can learn even more by visiting our blog.

Want to learn more about how CBD can help your dog? Don’t miss out on our trending CBD for Dogs Pawesome Buying Guide.

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease. All Dad Grass Dog Bones contain less than the legal limit of 0.3% THC.

There are very few known interactions with CBD and prescription medications. However, if your pet is on medications, it is always best to consult with a holistic vet prior to starting CBD.

And while you totally can get away with munchin' on our top quality Dog Bones, we recommend heading over to and checking out our human treats like our Dog Grass Dad Hat or our CBD jointsflower and tinctures.

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