CBD And Pets Information

Does The CBD I Buy For My Pet Matter?

June 8th, 2020 by Cara Oorbeck

Types of CBD for pets

Cara OorbeckBy Cara Oorbeck

Green Wellness Staff

You might already know that the type of CBD you take matters, but did you know it also matters to your pet?  That is right, giving your pet an isolate can affect your fur baby differently than giving your fur baby a full spectrum product.  Mind blown, right? With that being said, let me help you unpack the differences a bit.

If you know me at all, you know that I love pets!   My husband Mike and I have always had pets in our house.  Currently we have 7 of them.  Seven, you say!?! You can imagine that with 7 animals in our house it can feel a lot like a zoo.  We actually call it “our zoo”, and like a real zoo, each of our animals has different needs.  Most of our fur babies were rescued, which can come with its own set of issues.  Some of these include anxiety, allergies and joint pain.  These different concerns lead to the use of different products.  Before we get started, it is important to note that I am not a veterinarian.  I do absolutely include my vet (she’s fantastic!) in our care plan for each of our fur kids.  This is what I have found to work with my pets.  Keep in mind that each animal is different and can respond differently so starting small daily and increasing is key!

Full Spectrum CBD & Lucy

You’ve likely heard us talk about this quite alot, but a recap is always helpful.  A full spectrum product means that manufacturers use the whole plant and all the compounds found in the plant(over 100 compounds called cannabinoids). LucyThese cannabinoids can include CBD, CBG, CBN and even trace amounts of THC .3%.  At GWL we are whole plant advocates, which means we tend to recommend full spectrum products to assist with pain, inflammation, seizures,  and a myriad of other different issues. Full spectrum is unique in that the compounds in the plant work synergisticly with one another. Often you do not need as many milligrams of a full spectrum product and you can still see the same benefits as if you were taking higher milligrams of the isolate or broad spectrum. As a rule of thumb we usually recommend starting with 1 mg per every 10 pounds per animal.

I know you are wondering who this adorable little grey dog is? Well this is my little buddy Lucy, age 13.  She utilizes full spectrum CBD for aging, joint pain, inflammation and allergies. She is spry as can be and has no issues jumping on the bed, couch, my lap or running after critters in my yard. She takes around 2 to 3 mg of Full Spectrum CBD everyday. I usually use either the Bluebird tincture or the Charlotte’s Web Tincture. For a treat I also love the Treatibles hard chew for Lucy. She is a meat eater and she loves the turkey treats.

Isolate CBD & Rizzo

RizzoThis is my Pitbull / Basset Hound who we rescued two years ago, Rizzo, age 4. He is hilarious and we love him. He is also incredibly nervous! We are pretty sure he was abused and noises, movements, new people or darn near anything out of the ordinary freaks him out. He is the most lovable and goofy pup when he is not afraid!  We have found that with Rizzo his anxiety responds best when we use an isolate product.  I have had him on full and broad spectrum products and although they help, our best results for his anxiety have been on isolated CBD products.   We sure can tell tell a difference if we miss his CBD for even a day!  Rizzo gets 5 mg daily, with an additional 2 mg when we have company over.

An Isolate is just what it sounds like.  The CBD from the hemp plant is isolated and extracted from rest of the compounds and plant matter.  It is then added to a tincture, capsule, or treat.  With an isolate, you are not getting the benefits of all of the other  cannabinoids, terpenes or plant matter in the plant.  Some might say that the isolate is missing some of the other compounds that make full spectrum oil special. While this is true to an extent, there are plenty of reasons why you may choose an isolate product over a full spectrum product.  One being there is 0 THC in an isolate product, but another reason is you are looking specifically for benefits with mood and anxiety for your pet.

Others reasons to try an isolate may include allergies.  When there are more compounds in the product, there are more moving parts that an animal can be allergic to. In this case, a CBD isolate would be the best choice to make sure he or she only consumes a product that’s pure, with no trace of other compounds or plant matter.  Rizzo loves both the bacon and the peanut butter tincture from Social CBD on his food.   He also devours any chewable treat!

Broad Spectrum

My Great Dane, Molly, takes a broad spectrum product.  She is 6 years old and she has always struggled with stomach issues and allergies.  We have to make her dog food and Molly The Great Daneshe gets 15 mg of CBD daily.  Why did we choose a broad spectrum for Molly?  A broad spectrum means that the manufacturer has removed the trace amounts of .03 % THC from the product but it still has some  of the other cannabinoids left in the product from the hemp plant.   This means Molly can still get some of the benefits of a full spectrum product without the THC or plant matter.

Molly does not currently have joint pain and is not showing signs of aging in her hips or joints, but as a big dog she could eventually struggle because of her 135 pound body!  We wanted to take care of her joints early, so we figured the broad spectrum can assist with that as she ages. Molly can also be a Nervous Nelly, so we have found the broad spectrum eases her anxiety a bit along with aiding with some of her stomach issues. I am assuming she has had inflammation in her digestive track and the broad spectrum has helped with keeping her food down and staying down.  We do notice when Molly misses her CBD for a couple of days as her tummy acts up.  Molly is a picky eater, so the KOI soft chews are our go to.  She refuses to take any other products…Well wait, she also loves our Honest Paws peanut butter  but she is too big for this regularly.  She would need 4 to 5 tablespoons daily!!

Can’t Leave Out My Other Fur Babies!

LunaI am sure you can imagine that my house is the perfect place for sampling CBD.  So here are a couple of our other favorite products and the rest of my zoo.  (They would be mad at me if I did not include them!)

Luna,our Great White Pyrenees, was rescued last year.  Luna is probably 3 or 4 and she was a mess when we got her.  Her skin and coat were awful with skin infections and rashes everywhere. We started her on a full spectrum as well.  I use the Bluebird with her because she is a big girl like Molly.  I stay away from treats with her because of her sensitivities.   I also use a topical on her when she gets a sore or a hot spot.  Her tummy always gets red rashes so I apply our Honest Paws coconut oil to her tummy daily and it keeps that ugly red itchiness at bay!

Kitty,Bella & Sophie

SophieKittyLast, but not least, are my cats!  My  cats (Kitty, Bella & Sophia) are all in all pretty healthy! I do have two young cats and they can be a handful, so CBD has helped with that!  We give them a tincture in their food and it seems to bring a bit of calm to our climbing beasts!  I do need to note that Kitty is a perfect pet.  She’s shown to the far right.  She chose us when she literally showed up on our front porch in a snow storm.  We were not going to keep her, so I told the kids not to name her.  “Kitty” has been at home with us for 5 years now!

Here are the products we use with these three.  I interchange!  (Side note – my smaller dogs also love the cat treats!)

As always, we love to hear from our customers.  Please reach out and let us know what you’re using with your fur family – we can all learn from each other! Be kind and Stay well.  We hope to hear from you soon!


What Are Some Of Our Favorite Pet Products?

October 18th, 2019 by Hannah Laing

Pet Product

GWL Group PicPosted October 18th, 2019

by the GWL Team

Too Many Furry Friends?

Between the three women in the office, we have 7 cats, 5 dogs, 2 guinea pigs, 1 bearded dragon and 1 fish.  There used to be 2 fish, but we had a sad sad day last month at the Palmer house. RIP, Princess. So, I guess you could say we love pets.  We know that mammals all share the same endocannabinoid system, and we hear awesome stories every week about CBD helping those furry family members. Let’s dive into some of our favorites for a pet product review this week:

Brandy

My dog Lilly is a 6 year old labradoodle.  No one has told her, though, so she’s firmly convinced that she’s still a pup – complete with short attention span and all.  When she was actually a puppy, we dealt with severe separation anxiety. She was destructive when we left her home alone, and when we crated her, she would actually injure her face trying to chew her way out of the crate.  Neither of us felt good about that situation and I started her on daily Purfurred Drops for Pets. We saw some improvement within about a week – by the end of week two, she was much less anxious. We gave her the Purfurred drops for pet every day for about 9 months and then I ran out and missed a couple days. (Much like the cobbler’s son having no shoes, I sometimes forget CBD)  I then decided to be intentional about stopping the CBD to see the impact on her anxiety. Quite frankly, there was none. I think that those anxious behaviours were no longer habit, so she didn’t need the daily CBD any more. We still gave her treats during storms or before we hosted events, but that was about it with no behavioral lapse.

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Can CBD Help Pet Allergies?

August 2nd, 2019 by Hannah Laing

Dog's Allergies

Quinton with dog
By Op-Ed Blogger Quinton Charles 

Published August 2, 2019

Does your pet have allergies?

Once again, it’s time to talk about our favorite family members: our pets. A lot of people don’t know this (and those who do, wish that they didn’t), but dogs and cats can have allergies as well. Just like humans, they can be sensitive to certain allergens in the air (such as pollen or dust); and, like their masters, they can lose out on a lot of life by constantly being burdened by these allergies.

How do pets display allergies?

Allergies in animals work very similar to allergies in humans; symptoms can include itchiness, runny noses, red or inflamed eyes, and sneezing. However, despite these similarities, animals will often have allergy symptoms manifest themselves in the pet’s skin. This is due to the high prevalence of “mast cells” (a type of white blood cell) in the pet’s skin. Normally, these cells help combat germs and infection, but they can become overwhelmed by allergens at times.

How do I know if my pet has allergies?

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Highlight Reel: Discovering Therabis and Treatibles

May 22nd, 2019 by Hannah Laing

Therabis and Treatibles

Therabis and Treatibles

by Quinton Charles op-ed bloggerHighlight Reel

Tell me about the two different Companies:

This week we are actually looking at two companies: Therabis (owned by HempMeds) and Treatibles (legal entity – AD Remedies). Both companies specialize in bringing quality CBD to pet owners who want to help their pets with organic and holistic supplements and treats.

Therabis:  Dr. Stephen M. Katz (yes, that actually is his last name) is the founder of Therabis. He says that he started the company to help realize the endocannabinoid system benefits for our furry sidekicks, “I think that the majority of pet owners are by nature very curious about the benefits of hemp right now, especially relative to their pets. Therabis Logo

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The benefits of CBD for our pets

February 12th, 2019 by Nicole Skinner

CBD for our pets

By Quinton Charles Op -Ed Blogger

We love our pets

We as Americans, love our pets. We may even love them more than we love apple pie (I know that I prefer cherry) and rock-n-roll. I have no doubt that this love is the reason people go to great lengths to cure their pets of all ailments, no matter the price. While noble, it can lead to expenses far exceeding what one would expect to pay for any reasonable cure. Much to the chagrin of their owners, pets are usually not completely cured, which can lead to further costs and symptoms in the animal. While the benefits of CBD on pets has not been clinically proven, anecdotal evidence in support of the benefits of CBD for our pets is growing and you can read example after example from veterinarians, as well as pet owners, that illustrate the benefits of CBD use for pets.

Although I fully acknowledge that the types of pets that people own are as diverse as they could possibly be, I am narrowing this article to cats and dogs. In no way does this reflect any animosity towards other types of pets (I used to own a bird), but rather reflects the available information on the effects of CBD in pets.  This is a tricky subject to find information out there. However based on recent advances in cannabinoid administration in humans, it is believed that CBD is both safe in humans and animals. So Lets Talk Dogs!

CBD & Dogs

Soft Chews for Dog
I grew up with dogs and it seems that near everyone either has a dog, or knows someone with a dog. Though our dogs may seem unaffected to all illness, as they run around and wag their tails, they are affected by diet, climate, and mood as much as a human is.

There are two parts to caring for your dogs health, and they are very simple: what you can avoid, and what you can’t. For many ailments, such as canine obesity, poor mood, and lack of appetite, a simple change in diet, frequent play and walks, and changing food types can solve the problem. For more serious, chronic issues, sometimes additional help is needed, and this can come in the form of CBD. Some of the potential benefits of CBD in both dogs and cats can include reduction in anxiety, pain and inflammation, protects the nervous system, helps with epilepsy and seizures, and aids in a healthy heart and blood sugar levels.

One anecdote mentions an Australian veterinarian:

“A senior Staffordshire Terrier had a 6cm mammary tumor and metastasis  that disappeared in 3 months and didn’t come back. A Jack Russell Terrier had a severe heart murmur and painful arthritis and, after a month, he wanted to go for long walks and his murmur was much improved. These are two examples of how Australian veterinarian Edward Bassingthwaighte discovered how CBD oil could be a critical part of his holistic veterinary practice. “I simply can’t explain the improved heart murmur” says Bassingthwaite. “They normally don’t get better.

So how does it work? CBD has similar effects in dogs as can be found in humans. It has been shown to reduce pain and swelling, and I’ve talked in the past about how it can combat epilepsy. It can decrease the activity of liver enzymes used to metabolize many prescription drugs, so if your dog is on medication, you might want to check with your vet before using CBD.

CBD and Cats

Soft Chews for CatFor people who own cats, CBD can have similar benefits. Once again, this is based on anecdotal evidence, since, although there have been no scientific studies that specifically investigate the impact of cannabis on pets, Dr. Gary Richter, a holistic veterinarian and owner and medical director of Montclair Veterinary Hospital and Holistic Veterinary Care in Oakland, California, says that CBD oil is generally safe for cats. However, there can be some adverse effects to giving your cat CBD oil, including gastrointestinal upset(this is normally due to the specific carrier oil used, look for olive oil based tinctures for cats) It also can have some sedation affects depending on the cat, both of which can be relieved by discontinuing the use of the oil.  It is worth noting that while CBD oil and hemp are typically quite safe for cats and dogs, cannabis plants are not. “There is plenty of documentation of marijuana toxicity in cats, for those that nibble on the plants,” says veterinarian Dr. Liza Guess.” 

Overall, pet owners should consult with their pet’s veterinarian before administering any CBD oil. Once the go-ahead has been given, you should be more than ready to give your pet a holistic treatment and, hopefully, a cure to whatever ailment besets them.

If you have questions don’t hesitate to contact us!  We are passionate about our pets at Green Wellness Life!

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