Every July 4th, Augie, a 4-year-old Chihuahua mix, would go into freak-out mode. He trembled. He refused to eat, sleep or let anyone pick him up. His owners tried giving him Xanax for his fireworks phobia.
“He would act like your worst drunk friend at a bar who picks fights with everyone,” said Liz Hughston, an emergency veterinary technician in San Jose. “He’d be running around barking at everything, then he’d pass out for an hour. Then we’d have to dose him again.”
This year, Hughston gave the 8-pound dog Treatibles cannabis chews made for pets.
“He sat on the sofa and let us pet him; he ate,” Hughston said. “He went through the fireworks better than he ever had before.”
More and more pet owners are turning to cannabis-based products to help their animals with anxiety, arthritis, seizures, cancer and other ailments. A pioneer in the cannabis pet market is Auntie Dolores, an Oakland company that began by making edibles for people. In 2013, it launched Treatibles, blueberry- and pumpkin-flavored hemp chews shaped like dog bones that are sold in pet stores, dispensaries and online.