Do you stay at home on the Fourth of July to calm your quivering dog?
Does your dog pace around your bed keeping you up all night or poke you constantly while you can barely hear the distant rumble of thunder?
Many Dogs suffer from Thunderstorm Anxiety
Chipper, my 12-year-old cocker spaniel, has thunderstorm anxiety. He also trembles during visits to the vet; pokes me when he hears firecrackers; pants during car rides; and resists me when I trim the fur on his paws.
Cassie, my springer spaniel who passed away in 2015, slept on my bed and walked all over my legs long before I could hear thunder.
For years, I tried to ignore my dog’s behavior it as best I could, often having sleepless nights as they pestered me. Sometimes I would get very frustrated and lock my dogs in their crates.
But in 2013, I decided I had to do something. My elderly mom, who suffered from dementia and then owned Chipper, spent $500 in overtime fees for her caretaker as she tried to calm his anxiety caused by fireworks around the Fourth of July.
My vet recommended Solliquin for Chipper’s thunderstorm anxiety. I’ve used it since then, but it has limited effectiveness for storms and no effect on reducing his other fears. But, it was better than nothing.
At the recent BlogPaws conference I was introduced to Treatibles, a hemp-based product.
What are Treatibles?
Treatibles are CBD infused dog biscuits that reduce anxiety, decrease pain, help with arthritis, and can reduce the amount of seizures caused by epilepsy. CBD (non-psychoactive cannabinoids) occurs in hemp. Many people confuse hemp with marijuana, but they are different subspecies of the cannabis plant. Hemp contains extremely low concentrations of THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) which is the chemical in marijuana that causes people to feel high. THC in doses of 3 g/kg can cause toxicity to dogs—DO NOT EVER GIVE YOUR DOG MARIJUANA.
My Experience with Treatibles
- At the BlogPaws conference when Buffy, my other cocker, was nervous from the noises and crowds. Within minutes of receiving a Treatibles biscuit, she felt calmer.
- For a car ride with Chipper. He laid down in the back seat instead of sitting in front panting and staring at me.
- While grooming. I do my own grooming with shaving of my cockers every 4 – 6 weeks during the summer. Chipper hates to have his legs and paws trimmed and Treatibles allowed him to tolerate this better.
- During thunderstorms.
- Most of our recent thunderstorms have occurred in the afternoon while I was at work. I would give Chipper a Treatibles in the morning if they were predicted. But I didn’t know how well they worked.
- But at 4 am last night a thunderstorm rolled in and Chipper started pacing and poking me. I was resistant at first to get up and go downstairs to get a Treatibles biscuit out of the fridge. But after twenty minutes of trying to ignore him, I gave both him and Buffy a Treatibles biscuit. Within a couple of minutes they settled down and fell right asleep even though the storm continued.
- Hint – if storms are predicted, keep a few Treatibles within easy reach of your bed so you are more likely to use them and get a better night’s sleep.
Treatibles are Healthy:
- contain medical-grade hemp;
- free of bio-contaminants and heavy metals;
- nutritious—containing antioxidants (coconut oil), anti-inflammatories (hemp seed oil, turmeric, and cinnamon);
- made without wheat, corn or soy;
- gluten free and grain free;
- free of preservatives (store them in the fridge or freezer) for longer shelf life;
- human-grade ingredients;
- safe and non-toxic;
- can be used with other medications;
- hand-made in U.S. based kitchens;
- two flavors, pumpkin and blueberry
Watch this video on Treatibles here.
Will I continue to use Treatibles?
Yes. The Fourth of July is coming up and I’ll make sure he gets a steady supply that day and also during thunderstorms. I’ll also continue their use for visits to the vet, long car rides and grooming sessions.
Sponsored post: I received a bag of Treatibles free in exchange for my review.
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