Choosing the Right Cannabis Product for Your Dog’s Size

With hundreds of breeds out there, it’s no surprise that man’s best friend can range in size from about 1 pound to over 200 pounds! With that huge variation in size comes a multitude of breed-specific personality traits and health issues alike. For example, some breeds are more susceptible to certain conditions, like obesity or ear infections, while others are more likely to suffer from mobility issues like hip dysplasia.

As a pet parent, you’re likely always on the lookout for additional ways to keep your dog happy and healthy, no matter his breed or individual quirks. A hemp-based supplement can provide extra support for a number of your pup’s essential physiological processes, from joint function to neurological health. But how do you identify the ideal product for your canine, and how much of it does she actually need? We’ve put together a guide that can help you determine the proper supplement and dosage for your furry friend.

Cannabis for Small Dogs

Dogs age differently from humans—so differently that the first year of their lives is the equivalent of 15 “human years!” But they also age at different speeds depending on their breed, a phenomenon that grows more pronounced the older they get. For instance, a 12-year-old Miniature Pinscher would be approximately 64 in human years, while a Great Dane would be closer to 77!

What all this means is that smaller breeds like Chihuahuas tend to live longer than large breeds like Dalmatians. Proper care, good genetics, and preventative measures can provide your small breed with a high quality of life and many years by your side. Canna Companion’s unique formula can supplement your efforts with additional support for everything from the GI tract to the immune system.

Weight plays a large role in determining the amount of cannabis that will benefit your dog, so it’s essential to pay attention to dosage guidelines. Though there are no known long-term effects, ingesting more than the daily recommended amount can leave pets lethargic and uncoordinated for several hours. Canines up to 20 pounds should receive Canna Companion’s regular strength capsule for small dogs, with 205 milligrams of hemp. Dogs between 21 and 50 pounds will benefit the most from our capsule for medium dogs, which contains 355 milligrams of hemp.

Cannabis for Large Dogs

With all that extra weight to support, large breeds are more prone to degenerative conditions and joint issues, and they also age more quickly than smaller breeds—so it’s essential to provide your pup with everything he needs to stay in peak physical condition from the start. But even a dog in perfect health will begin to show normal signs of aging, such as stiffer movement, as he gets older.

Canna Companion can help ease joint discomfort that comes from daily activity, as well as help with comfort and care as aging dogs enter their golden years. Dogs from 51 to 80 pounds should receive Canna Companion’s large canine capsule with 440 milligrams of hemp. Extra large canines 81 pounds and over should take our capsule containing 525 milligrams of hemp.

Finding the Right Product

Cannabis, hemp, marijuana—the terminology gets confusing, but the most important takeaway is that cannabis dosages are largely unregulated and unmeasured. Your dog is much more sensitive to cannabis than you are, so it’s crucial to understand exactly how much of the substance you’re administering. Canna Companion was developed by licensed veterinarians who continue to maintain strict quality control so you can be sure that your dog is getting the exact dosage that appears on the label.

Once you select the proper product based on weight, you can work with your veterinarian to determine the exact regimen that your pet needs. Your decision may ultimately come down to oil versus capsule form. If your dog is quite small and doesn’t take pills very well, you may want to try Canna Companion’s whole plant hemp oil. Hemp oil is also a great option if you’re hoping to see effects faster, as it takes longer for the body to absorb oral pills.

Leveraging Hemp for a Happier Pup

No matter how old our dogs get, they’re still puppies at heart. At Canna Companion, we’re dedicated to helping you keep your canine companion happy and healthy well into his senior years so that he can maintain that puppy mentality and enjoy life by your side. Our veterinary experts created a hemp-based supplement that accomplishes just that by supporting a wide range of essential processes within your pup’s body. Reach out today—we’re always happy to answer questions about our products or schedule your complimentary consultation!

What to Pack for a Road Trip with Your Cat

People typically think of dogs as the pets eager to go for a ride in the car, leaping into the back seat and sticking their heads out the window without a second glance. But don’t count cats out just yet! Your feline friend can make an equally great travel buddy, provided you have the right setup and supplies.

At Canna Companion, our goal is to support your cat’s health and happiness in all situations, whether she’s traveling across the country or curling up on the couch with you. Have a road trip coming up? We’ve put together a handy checklist of items to pack when it comes time to travel in the car with your kitty.

Cat Carrier

Your cat shouldn’t be roaming freely while your car is in motion. She could get stuck somewhere in your vehicle, or worse—wind up under your feet as you’re trying to drive. Provide a comfortable cat carrier to keep her safe and help her stay calm on the drive. To make her feel more relaxed in her carrier, consider leaving a comforting item inside of it, such as your unwashed pillow case, some catnip, or organic chamomile tea leaves. Covering the carrier while she’s inside can also help set her mind at ease.

If you’re gearing up for a long trip and your kitty isn’t used to cat carriers or being in a car at all, you may need to introduce the carrier and vehicle gradually to get her used to the experience. With time and patience, you can have her settled in and ready to go for a ride!

Extra Food and Water

Car trouble is never fun, and it seems to strike at the most inconvenient times. A flat tire, engine trouble, or a drained battery could leave you and your kitty stranded on the shoulder for hours as you wait for roadside assistance. Prepare for these kinds of situations by packing more cat food than you think you need for the trip, as well as additional water. You may also want to bring collapsible food and water dishes if you plan to be on the road for more than 12 hours.

Leash and Harness

Maybe you’re going on a relatively short trip and don’t plan to take your cat out of his carrier, but it pays to be prepared. You never know when you’ll run into car trouble, have to take a detour, or encounter some other issue that keeps you on the road for longer than expected. Cats can move quite quickly when spooked or uncomfortable, so it’s important to either keep your furry friend inside her carrier or on a leash at all times when you finally do get out of the car.

If you’re going on a longer road trip with a cat, make sure to take pit stops so she—and you!—have a chance to eat, drink, and use the restroom. Break out that leash and kitty harness so your cat has a chance to stretch her legs as well. And if she’s new to the harness, spend some time getting her used to it before the trip.

Pet Tags

If your cat isn’t already microchipped, consider getting the simple procedure done before heading off on a long trip. The last thing you want is for your feline friend to get lost in a strange place! Whether or not she’s microchipped, you should also outfit her with a breakaway collar and tags so anyone who finds her knows exactly who to contact. On the off chance that your cat does get away from you, she’ll have the necessary contact info attached to her collar, bettering the odds that you’ll get her back safe and sound.  

Hemp-Based Supplement

Traveling with a cat can be stressful, both for you and your kitty. If he experiences anxiety, he might spend the whole drive meowing, scratching at his carrier, or even making a mess. If you know your cat gets particularly nervous on car rides, make things easier on the both of you with a hemp-based supplement. When administered regularly, Canna Companion can encourage a relaxed demeanor and help your cat stay calm during periods of elevated stress like she may experience on a car ride. Our high-quality supplement also helps to support normal GI tract health and mobility, working to keep your cat in great shape.

Emergency Info and Supplies

It’s impossible to predict accidents and injuries, but you can at least be as prepared as possible to tackle them when they happen. Make sure you have the contact information for your veterinarian and Animal Poison Control, as well as the details of any medication your cat may be taking. Pack extra doses of any medicine your cat is on or that you think she may need, and bring along a first aid kit so that you’re ready to treat minor injuries until you can get to a veterinarian.

Support Your Pet’s Health

We’re passionate about pet health, which is why our veterinary experts have developed a hemp-based supplement that provides natural support for your pet’s neurological, physiological, immunological, and endocannabinoid systems. Still debating whether hemp is the best choice for your cat or dog? We’re happy to help! Reach out today to schedule your complimentary veterinary consultation.

How to Help Your Rescue Dog Settle In at Home

So you’re bringing a rescue dog into your family—congratulations! Not only are you gaining a furry friend, but you’re also making a difference by providing a home to a dog in need. Ideally, the transition from the rescue to your home will go smoothly, and you’ll be able to walk your new dog through the door and watch her bound around, eager to explore from the start. But some rescue dogs have been through a lot, moving between multiple owners and environments. In reality, you might walk your dog inside and only catch glimpses of fur for days as he settles in and gets comfortable in his new surroundings.

At Canna Companion, we’re dedicated to supporting the health and well-being of all pets, from puppies to geriatric cats. Helping rescue dogs get comfortable doesn’t have to be stressful for you or your new pup! We want to make sure that pet parents have the tools and information they need to keep their animals happy, so we’ve put together a guide to easing your dog into her new surroundings.

Have the Essentials Ready to Go

The last thing you want to do is leave your dog home alone immediately to run to the pet store, especially if she’s anxious. You could come home to shredded furniture, a mess on the floor, or even a hole in the wall! This is an easy problem to avoid—just make sure to stock up on the essentials before heading to the shelter or rescue. You can pick up additional supplies, like gourmet treats or specialty toys, after your canine companion is comfortable staying home alone or being around someone who isn’t you.  

If you’ve had a dog before, you likely already have most of the necessary supplies. For first-time pet owners, make sure you have these things on hand:

  • Food and water bowls
  • Leash, collar, and identification tags
  • Dog bed or designated, comfortable resting area
  • Crate (if you’re crate training)
  • Suitable food
  • Toys
  • Veterinarian’s contact information
  • Treats
  • Emergency contact information (Animal Poison Control, 24-hour veterinarian nearby, etc.)

Create Routine

The unknown can be terrifying, particularly for a dog that’s been exposed to multiple different environments and a whole cast of strangers over a short period. The solution here is to create a schedule! Set certain times for feeding, walking, play time, and downtime each day, making sure to stay consistent. If you’re not used to such a rigid schedule yourself, consider setting reminders on your phone to let you know when it’s time to switch activities. This routine will create a sense of stability, helping your dog adjust to her new life.

Give Your Dog Space

Be patient as your furry friend works to adapt to his new routine. Some dogs will be leaping onto the bed to snuggle with you on their first day in their new home, but others might need some time to adjust—to you and any other humans or animals in the house, as well as to a new diet and environment. This process can take weeks or even months, so make sure you give your pup everything he needs to settle into his new pack and home. Provide a quiet, comfortable spot where your dog can go to feel safe, away from overwhelming noise and stimuli. It’s normal for your rescue pup to be skittish and wary at first, but with time and plenty of respect for his space, his true personality will start to shine through!

Show Plenty of Affection

That being said, be sure to make the most of the moments when you see your dog: encourage her to spend more time around you and continue to get comfortable in your home. You don’t have to go wild with treats, but a special snack coupled with verbal praise will go a long way in creating that positive bond. This is especially true when the praise and treat accompany a physical action your dog performs that fits the new “pack rules.” That action might be learning to sit on command or simply being good when other pets or children greet her. This combination of physical action, praise, and treat is a sure way to help any new dog feel comfortable.

Manage Anxiety

If your rescue dog is prone to anxiety, settling into a new environment may take him longer than most dogs—especially if you’re gone for long portions of the day without the ability to keep an eye on him. Certain situations, like thunderstorms, travel, or even you leaving for work can cause a stress response in your dog, leading to destructive behaviors. You may want to look into supplements for rescue dogs that can ease your dog’s nervousness. Canna Companion has created a high-quality hemp supplement that, when administered regularly, can help your dog relax when faced with these stressors. Just be sure to speak with your veterinarian before making any changes to your dog’s diet!

Support Your Pet’s Well-Being with Canna Companion

Our passion for pets runs deep here at Canna Companion—so deep that it led us to develop a perfectly balanced, hemp-based formula that allows cats and dogs to enjoy the many supportive benefits of the cannabis plant. If your rescue dog needs a little extra help adjusting to your home, we’ve got you covered with support for his or her immune system, joint function, demeanor and more. Reach out today to learn more or schedule a complimentary consultation with a licensed veterinarian.  

5 Signs of a Happy Dog

Have you ever looked at your dog and questioned how happy they were? After all, canines can’t express their feelings as clearly as their two-legged parents can, making it tough for us to pin down their emotional state. Of course, that’s not to say dogs are an emotional brick wall; they’re just a little harder to read without practice. Fortunately, if you know how to look for a handful of their big tells, it’s pretty easy to determine whether your pup is happy and content or in need of some help.

Here at Canna Companion, it’s our mission to keep your dog happy and healthy well into his or her golden years. That’s why we produce a range of pet-friendly hemp products for canines, including oils and supplements which leverage the power of natural compounds in cannabis to support the health and balance of your dog’s neurological, physiological, immunological and endocannabinoid systems. We’re also proud to provide pet parents with all of the counsel and support they need to assess and improve their canine’s mental and physical well-being. So today, we’ll be taking a few minutes to discuss five signs that your dog is happy and potential solutions you can try if he or she isn’t exhibiting them.

A Healthy Appetite

If your pooch is eager to chow down on a few meals each day, that’s a telltale sign that she’s happy and content! However, it’s important to remember that how much (and how often) a dog eats can vary drastically depending on their breed, age and lifestyle. Feel free to check out this article from petMD for more specific information on how much your canine should eat per day. If you notice a sudden and consistent decrease in the amount of food your dog is willing to eat over the span of a week, then there’s a strong chance she’s experiencing some kind of physical or mental problem. Sharp increases in appetite are also a sign of several problematic conditions in dogs. In any case, you should always take your pup to the veterinarian if you notice a marked change in her eating habits just to be safe.

Lots and Lots of Sleep

Did you know that a healthy and content adult canine is expected to sleep for up to 14 hours every day? When dogs are properly exercised and stimulated, they need long periods of rest to recharge their batteries. So don’t be alarmed if your favorite four-legged friend ends up snoozing away most of the day. It’s perfectly natural! Also, bear in mind that many dogs will catch a nap or two while guarding the house when you’re away at school or work. If you’re really eager to pin down exactly how much rest your dog gets each day, you can set up a few cameras in the house to be sure. You can usually tell whether your dog is getting enough sleep based on their energy levels and mood. Exhausted dogs will be reluctant to play and may seem depressed. Regular visits with the dog health experts at your local veterinary clinic are the best way to confirm that your pup is catching enough sleep.

A Calm and Relaxed Demeanor

One of the quickest ways to assess your pup’s level of happiness is by examining her demeanor. You can do this by monitoring her body language and behaviors when she isn’t playing. Canines with loose, relaxed muscles and posture that exhibit calm behaviors are almost always happy and content. On the other hand, stiff, tense muscles and frantic behaviors are strong indications that your pooch is nervous or anxious about something. In many cases, dogs will develop phobias and anxieties centered around certain objects and events, such as loud, disruptive noises, strangers, other animals or vehicle rides. If you notice your dog isn’t projecting a calm, relaxed energy when they should be, be sure to consult with your veterinarian. They can set you up with a number of strategies and pet-friendly products to help her regain a calm demeanor. For example, our Canna Companion supplement is incredibly effective at encouraging a calm, normal demeanor in dogs.

Sociability

As pack animals, dogs are inherently social creatures. And while some of them might dislike the presence of certain types of animals, most dogs are more than eager to meet and play with new pets and people. When you take your pooch to a local dog park or other locations with animals or people she hasn’t met yet, take a moment to observe how she treats them.  Dogs who pleasantly greet strangers are usually in very high spirits. However, if your pup gets aggressive or becomes anxious around new people or animals, it’s a strong indication that she’s not happy. That being said, not all dogs are eager or comfortable with strangers. Talking to your veterinarian about these potentially problematic, anti-social behaviors is the best way to sort out what kind of behavior is and is not normal and work towards a solution.

Enthusiasm for Playing and Other Activities

Regardless of their age, all happy canines adore daily walks and play sessions with their favorite people. Of course, older dogs might not be as eager to bound around the house or chase after rabbits as their younger counterparts, but they’ll still get excited at the prospect of getting outside and moving their bodies. If your pooch seems unwilling to participate in activities they usually enjoy, that’s a strong indication that they aren’t feeling well. Loss of enthusiasm can be linked to depression, sickness and even injuries, so be sure to check in with your veterinarian to sort out the cause of your dog’s reluctance as soon as you can.

Contact Canna Companion Today!

Are you interested in learning more about how to determine your dog’s happiness? Then be sure to call or message Canna Companion! We would be more than happy to chat with you and discuss the best ways to improve and maintain your pup’s happiness and overall quality of life. Also, feel free to message us if you’d like to learn more about our industry-leading hemp products for dogs and how they can be used to provide your pooch with an optimal level of comfort, care and support. Talk soon, fellow pet parents.

4 Common Health Challenges for Outside Cats

Felines are some of the most independent pets around. Most parents of outdoor cats can attest to that fact. Outside cats bathe themselves, sharpen their own claws and even hunt their own food (regardless of how much cat food you leave on the porch for them). However, despite these strengths, outdoor cats aren’t completely self-sufficient. There are quite a few problems they need your help with to stay healthy and in high spirits. That’s why it’s so important to understand these challenges and some of the best ways to manage them.

At Canna Companion, we harness the potent compounds in hemp to make pet-friendly products that support optimal health, comfort and care in cats and dogs. Above all else, our goal is to improve and maintain your pet’s well-being in any way we can. So today, we’ll be taking a few minutes to walk you through four common health issues outside cats face and how you can help your feline overcome them.

GI Tract Issues

Felines are naturally curious and love to hunt down different wildlife, meaning that your outside cat might be chowing down on insects, mice, birds, spoiled human foods and other potentially dangerous substances without you ever knowing. Even indoor-only cats (or those enjoying sunshine in a controlled space), will find a speck of dust or a crunchy leaf to pounce on, “kill” and eventually eat. Very few cats have the iron stomachs needed to process these materials, which is why it’s imperative to provide your outside feline with additional GI tract support.

Fortunately, there are a few high-quality pet products that do just that. For example, our Canna Companion pet supplement for cats utilizes a range of phytocannabinoids, terpenoids and other natural compounds to support healthy digestive processes and help maintain a healthy GI tract in your pet. Of course, even the best GI tract supplements can’t prevent all substances from negatively affecting your cat’s stomach health, which is why we recommend bringing your cat inside permanently to better control their daily diet. Barring that comprehensive solution, GI tract supplements are the next best thing!

Inclement Weather

It’s not difficult to imagine why many outside pets struggle with inclement weather, especially breeds and species that aren’t built to handle chilly temperatures. One of the reasons why so many pet parents prefer to keep their cats inside is because these animals have a tough time staying warm and healthy when left to their own devices outside. Without help, your outside cat can suffer from hypothermia and other adverse conditions caused by harsh weather, putting their lives at risk. Another potential risk of cold weather is your cat finding and ingesting toxic substances like antifreeze or rock salt. If you notice that your cat seems lethargic or disinterested in food when the winter months arrive, there’s a very good chance that the cold is affecting their health in one way or another.

The best way to protect your outdoor cat from inclement weather is to provide them with a safe place to relax and warm up. When temperatures drop and weather worsens, outdoor cats may seek shelter in dangerous spots like wheel wells or engine bays. When the vehicle starts, they can get stuck in the fan belt or tires, leading to severe injury. Consider bringing your cat into the house until the cold months pass to ensure her health and happiness. If that isn’t an option, then you might want to set up a small space in your garage for her to enjoy. There’s no need to risk your pet’s safety if you don’t have to!

Weakened Immunity

Your cat’s immune system plays a vital role in protecting them from a host of microscopic threats, including bacteria, viruses and even parasites. Naturally, the outdoors are rife with these dangers, which puts outside cats at great risk when their immune systems aren’t in top form. To exacerbate matters further, most outdoor cats don’t have the most consistent diets or sleep patterns, resulting in weakened immunity due to lack of rest or protein deficiencies. Last but not least, the immune systems of felines gradually weaken as they age, putting older outdoor cats in dire straits without some form of immune system support.

Once again, proper sleep and nutrition are crucial components of a healthy immune system in cats. Consequently, you should always provide your outside cat with a warm, safe sleeping space and a balanced diet that’s rich in protein. Beyond that, it’s a great idea to talk to your veterinarian about providing your feline with supplements that bolster his or her immune system. Products like Canna Companion help to support the immune system of cats, keeping their bodies strong.

Mobility & Joint Discomfort

Outdoor cats are constantly on the move, running, jumping and hunting at every opportunity. As you might expect, so much activity can put great amounts of strain on your kitty’s joints over time. Without support, this lifestyle can lead to mobility and joint discomfort, making your cat reluctant to remain active and enjoy life to the fullest. This issue becomes particularly problematic for outdoor cats approaching their later years since aging naturally weakens a feline’s joints.

Without question, mobility supplements for pets are the most effective way to protect your outside pet from this issue. For example, among other benefits, our Canna Companion supplement for felines mitigates joint discomfort associated with normal daily exercise and activity while supporting general joint health! Just be sure to consult with your veterinarian before starting your cat on any new supplement regimen.

Contact Canna Companion Today

Have any other questions or concerns about the health and happiness of your outdoor feline? Then be sure to call or message Canna Companion. We would be more than happy to provide you with any other resources or guidance you need to keep your cat safe, healthy and happy for many years to come.

Hemp’s Future in Veterinary Medicine

As veterinary experts uncover more insights into hemp and its capacity to foster optimal support and wellness in companion animals, many pet parents are curious about whether this incredible plant will be incorporated into the field of veterinary medicine. After all, many veterinarians are already recommending high-quality hemp pet supplement and oils to animal guardians looking to provide their four-legged friends with the highest level of health, comfort and care. It is important to note that hemp-based products affect individual pets differently. Depending on a particular animal’s dosage needs, some cats or dogs may experience adverse side effects like lethargy, coordination problems, and other minor issues. Consequently, some pet parents and veterinarians alike take issue with the idea of utilizing hemp in veterinary practices, fearing that its effects cause more harm than good.

At Canna Companion, we’re passionate about teaching pet parents across the nation more about the incredible benefits cannabis pet supplements and oils can produce in their favorite canines and felines. We also produce a range of hemp-based products to support the health and happiness of companion animals, specifically designed to boost the supportive benefits of cannabis while minimizing “high-inducing” concentrations of THC. Over the years, we’ve worked with thousands of proud pet parents to support positive health outcomes in their animals, helping them understand a bit about cannabis science. Many of these individuals have asked us why some veterinary professionals choose to forgo the incredible supportive benefits that hemp can produce in cats and dogs. Today, we’ll be shedding more light on that topic by discussing hemp’s potential future in veterinary medicine.

How Does Hemp Affect Animals?

Hemp contains a massive variety of beneficial compounds found naturally in the cannabis plant, including phytocannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids. A number of studies have confirmed the potential that hemp’s compounds can have in supporting the health and balance of the neurological, physiological, immunological and endocannabinoid systems of mammals. That’s why many pet parents use hemp-based pet products to produce a host of benefits for their companion animals, including:

GI Tract Support:

The natural compounds found in hemp are incredibly effective at supporting key digestive processes in cats and dogs, making hemp products an excellent way to support the health and function of your animal’s GI tract.

Immunity Support:

Hemp’s phytocannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids can help to strengthen your pet’s natural defenses by supporting their immune system, keeping them in peak condition throughout each stage of life.

Mobility and Joint Support:

Cats and dogs subject their joints to incredible amounts of pressure while they’re running, jumping and playing. Luckily, hemp’s compounds can help to mitigate the discomfort associated with normal daily exercise, keeping your pet feeling happy and mobile.

Neurological Support:

Hemp helps maintain healthy neurological function in mammals, helping your pet’s mind stay in top form.

Demeanor:

Hemp’s natural compounds encourage a normal, calm demeanor in cats and dogs, making hemp products a fantastic tool for pets with situational and temporary fears and anxieties.

Note: For more information on the beneficial effects of hemp products, feel free to check out this page.

The Potential Downsides of Hemp

Although hemp oils and supplements for pets are 100% legal in every US state, some veterinary experts have voiced concerns about the quality of these products. Many aspects of the cannabis industry lack sufficient regulatory procedures, making it difficult for veterinarians to assess whether the hemp products they research actually contain THC concentrations below 0.3%, the key differentiator between hemp and marijuana. Cannabis products with THC concentrations above 0.3% can produce several side effects in cats and dogs, including low blood pressure, anxiety, aggression and extreme lethargy. Consequently, some veterinary experts turn away the idea of veterinary hemp altogether, unconvinced that the phenomenal supportive benefits of hemp are worth the risk of accidentally investing in a marijuana product due to poor industry regulations.

As we mentioned earlier, even the best hemp-based supplements and oils for pets can lead to adverse side effects in cats and dogs. Because they contain 0.3% THC or less, hemp products are incapable of getting an animal “high” when he or she overdoses, but they can produce lethargy and a lack of coordination. Fortunately, these symptoms usually abate within a matter of hours, and there are no known long-term effects for hemp administration. Moreover, these issues can be largely avoided by establishing and following proven administration guidelines. That’s what sets hemp product producers like Canna Companion apart from many of our competitors. Our company was founded by veterinary experts to create and maintain strict administration guidelines, ensuring our customers provide the perfect level of endocannabinoid support for their animal with minimal risk of overdosing. However, until a majority of hemp providers achieve this level of quality assurance, a stigma around the reliability of hemp for veterinary purposes will linger in some capacity.  

As more veterinarians discover the benefits of hemp through peer-reviewed studies, we have no doubt hemp will eventually be embraced as a staple in many veterinary practices. And until that day arrives, you can still support your animal’s well-being through hemp-based products that are approved by animal health experts. Just be sure to consult with your veterinarian before starting your pooch or kitty on any new cannabis product. Your local animal health expert should be your first and best source of advice when determining whether hemp products are the right choice for your pet.

Contact Canna Companion Today

Are you interested in learning more about Canna Companion or our selection of industry-leading hemp supplements and oils for pets? Then don’t hesitate to call or message us! You can also reach out to us if you have any additional questions about the future of hemp, the effects of hemp compounds in dogs and cats, or any other subject related to cannabis and how it impacts our companion animals. We would love to hear from you and provide any other resources or support you need to improve and maintain your pet’s quality of life for many, many years to come.

Can My Pet OD on Hemp?

If you’re thinking about ordering a hemp-based pet supplement or oil for your beloved canine or feline, you might have some concerns about the risks of these products. After all, despite the potent benefits that pet-friendly cannabis products bring to the table, a high enough concentration of the natural compounds they contain can lead to side effects that inhibit your animal’s ability to enjoy life to the fullest. But what exactly are these effects? How long do they last? And what can you do to prevent these issues from affecting your pet when using a hemp-based oil or supplement?

At Canna Companion, we’re proud to support the health and happiness of dogs and cats across the nation through cannabis science. That’s why we develop a selection of high-quality hemp oils and supplements for pets, including Canna Companion, a unique blend of hemp designed to enhance the supportive benefits of cannabis for dogs and cats while minimizing “high-inducing” concentrations of THC. Our team is also passionate about providing pet parents with all the information they need to understand and take full advantage of cannabis products to ensure optimal health, comfort and care for their four-legged companions. Today, to help you determine whether hemp products are the right choice for your cat or dog, we’ll be discussing hemp overdoses in animals.

How Do Hemp Overdoses Affect Cats and Dogs?

Because hemp contains such a low amount of THC, your pet can’t get “high” off of hemp-based products, regardless of their size, weight or species. Regardless, overdosing on hemp can still cause undesirable effects in your dog or cat. For example, if your pet ingests too much of a hemp product, she may become lethargic and uncoordinated, causing her to stumble around or simply rest until these feelings subside. The length of these adverse symptoms will vary for each pet, but most animals will recover fully from a hemp overdose within a matter of hours. There are no known long-term side effects of overdosing on hemp.

Because all pets respond differently, you may see some adverse side effects even if you administer the recommended dose. Ultimately, the ideal dosage amount comes down to your pet’s individual reaction..

Is Hemp for Pets Worth the Risk?

Thanks to the host of phytocannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids found in the cannabis plant, hemp-based pet products are a phenomenal way to provide natural support for the health and balance of your animal’s neurological, physiological, immunological and endocannabinoid systems. Many pet parents will use hemp products to foster optimal immunity and neurological support for their canines and felines, keeping them in peak condition. It’s also worth noting that the natural compounds in cannabis can reduce the joint discomfort associated with normal daily exercise and the natural aging process, making hemp-based oils and supplements a great choice for geriatric or highly active cats and dogs. And while there will always be a small chance that your pet will overdose on these products, there are things you can do to decrease these odds even further.

How Can I Prevent My Pet From Overdosing on Hemp?

Unfortunately, cannabis dosages are largely unregulated and unmeasured. Believe it or not, a majority of products you can buy from dispensaries don’t even specify the exact amounts of THC or CBD in each serving, making it very difficult for pet parents to assess how much of the substance they should give their pet. In most cases, accidental hemp overdoses occur in pets because their caretakers are following inaccurate or unclear administration instructions, causing them to give their pup or kitty too much of a hemp-based supplement or oil. However, pet parents can avoid this issue by investing in a hemp product provider with clear administration guidelines.

Here at Canna Companion, we employ licensed veterinarians to create our administration guidelines and maintain strict quality control for your pet’s health. When you order one of our hemp-based supplements or oils, we provide you with detailed information on how much of that product your pet will need based on his or her specific size, weight and species. Not only does this process severely reduce the chances of your animal overdosing on hemp, but it also ensures that they receive the perfect level of endocannabinoid system support, fostering maximal benefits. That’s why thousands of pet parents across the country trust in Canna Companion products when they’re looking to improve their pet’s quality of life through the incredible supportive effects of hemp.

Contact Canna Companion Today

Interested in learning more about the advantages or risks of hemp for dogs and cats? Then be sure to call or message us! Also, feel free to contact us if you have any questions about Canna Companion or our industry-leading hemp products. We would be more than happy to chat with you and provide any other information or resources you need to take care of your favorite canine or feline.

Cannabis, Marijuana, Hemp—What’s the Difference?

Have you found yourself googling, “What are the different words for cannabis?” or spending too much time researching cannabis vs. hemp, CBD vs. marijuana, or hemp vs. marijuana? There’s a wide range of pet products and supplements out there, with even more misinformation on the substances in those products. Cannabis, hemp, marijuana—isn’t it all the same thing? The short answer is no! But the long answer is a little more complicated. Before delving into the world of cannabis products, it’s important to first understand the differences and overlaps between each of these terms. We’ve broken down the basics of each subject, so you can be better prepared to choose a product that is safe and works for your pet.

Cannabis

Think of this first subject as the umbrella term that ties marijuana and hemp together—because it’s the source of both! Cannabis is a group of flowering plants that includes the species Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, and Cannabis ruderalis. The plants contain hundreds of different naturally occurring chemical compounds, most of which are cannabinoids. You’ve probably heard of at least two of them: CBD and THC.

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a non-psychotropic cannabinoid, meaning that it doesn’t cause the feeling of euphoria or being “high.” THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the psychoactive cannabinoid that causes the “high” associated with marijuana use.

Though the term “cannabis” is sometimes used interchangeably with “marijuana” to refer to the medical and recreational drug, this substitution is incorrect on a number of levels. It’s also worth noting that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved marijuana for use in treating dogs or cats. But hang in there—we’ll get to hemp and all its potential benefits for pets soon enough, right after we take a closer look at what makes up marijuana.

Marijuana

Marijuana contains higher concentrations of the psychotropic compound THC, the substance which causes euphoria. Its legality and usage (either recreational or medical) is restricted by state. While medical marijuana is legal in over 20 states, possession of the drug is still illegal in much of the U.S. Recreational marijuana products are also largely unregulated, with unclear dosages and unknown concentrations of cannabinoids. Without proper knowledge of the ratio of THC to CBD in a product, you can’t be sure how much of the substances you’re ingesting or giving to your pet, who is far more sensitive to these compounds.

It’s also illegal for a veterinarian to prescribe marijuana for your pet! Marijuana supplements and other products made from the dried flowers of cannabis plants can be beneficial to humans, but potentially harmful to your cat or dog. Marijuana often contains a much higher concentration of THC than hemp, and the THC and CBD levels in this substance can cause negative side effects in pets, such as low blood pressure, lethargy, and incontinence. In addition to those side effects, the concentration of cannabinoids in marijuana makes it easy to accidentally overdose on the drug. The main takeaway? This is not something you should give to your cat or dog.

Hemp

Hemp, on the other hand, is not marijuana—it’s a different member of the cannabis family, though you may also see it used interchangeably with cannabis. Largely made up of natural compounds called phytocannabinoids, hemp has lower concentrations of CBD, THC, and other non-psychotropic cannabinoids than marijuana. These lowered levels allow pets to reap the benefits of cannabis while minimizing the potentially dangerous side effects of other forms of the plant. And while marijuana is illegal in many U.S. states, hemp is legal in every part of the country.

Even small concentrations of the compounds found in hemp can allow pets to enjoy the supportive benefits of the cannabis plant. The combination of phytocannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids in Canna Companion’s hemp-based pet supplements helps maintain a healthy digestive system, normal immune system, and other natural bodily functions. As with any supplement, you should consult your veterinarian before beginning to give it to your pet. He or she can help you determine whether a hemp-based supplement will meet the unique needs of your cat or dog.

Support Your Pet’s Health with Canna Companion

At Canna Companion, we’re passionate about supporting the health of your pets, and we work towards that goal with our cannabis pet supplements. Specially formulated with a unique blend of Cannabis sativa strains designed to promote comfort, mobility, digestion, and more, our supplements can help your dog or cat live a happy and healthy life. Contact us today to learn more about our offerings or to schedule a consultation with a veterinary professional who can help you figure out if cannabis is right for your pet.

Anniversary Letter from Canna Companion CEO Sarah Brandon, DVM

Celebrate Canna Companion's 5 year anniversary with a sale!

Dear Canna Companion Pet Parents, Colleagues, and Partners,

It’s hard to believe five years have passed since Canna Companion’s inception. It has been fascinating being both an observer and participant at the crossroads of the veterinary medicine, animal supplement, and cannabis industries.

Allow me to introduce you to Riley!

Riley First Dog using CBD and Hemp

Here is Riley, pictured playing with his favorite Kong toy.

Riley was our very first cannabis patient (my own pet) and forever altered the way a small group of licensed veterinary professionals practiced medicine. Riley was a Rottweiler that came to be a research subject at the end of winter in 2000 seeking mobility support. Within a few hours of administering a small amount of cannabis to Riley, we began to observe significant improvement in his mobility. Naturally, we began to question the role cannabis may play in Riley’s joint support. As a result, we began to study the endocannabinoid receptor system and its function in veterinary medicine.

We continued to administer cannabis to our pets while keeping track of all responses in journals. What started out as a simple observational test to hopefully improve the quality of life of one pet, ultimately led our small team in Oklahoma to a journey we’re continuing to this day in Washington.

When we moved to Washington in 2002, where medical marijuana was legal, we continued our studies with Lisa Anderson, an experienced and dedicated licensed veterinary technician, using CBD-heavy strains. Our years of documenting the use of measured amounts of state-tested products to our personal pets, fosters, friends’ pets, and eventually patients, all without getting them high, led to the development of what-is-now Canna Companion’s proprietary database that thousands of patients and their pet parents helped build.

As the database grew, it revealed patterns that helped us determine what would be effective for companion animals. Soon after, we realized it was time to share our knowledge with other veterinary professionals. In early 2014, we channeled our scientific background to form a company that produces high-quality products to reach a larger patient population. Hemp was our clear answer to meet regulatory demands and online sales began in March 2014.

Some customs from our experience of managing veterinary clinics transferred to Canna Companion. Our early clients dutifully filled out intake forms prior to purchasing our hemp products. We meticulously filled each capsule by hand, storing them in green Mason jars until orders came in. As clinicians, we followed up with our clients, offered consultative recommendations, and tweaked our formula to what it is today.

Without the input of our pioneering clients, we would not be here today.

Capsule Machine for Quality Cannabis Products

As a company founded by licensed veterinary professionals, Canna Companion’s aim is to be a source of education for pet parents and veterinary professionals with regards to the endocannabinoid system, and the functions our products can play in the lives of their animals. We have created a culture which honors the Veterinarian’s Oath, extending that obligation into the products we produce and expectations for industry standards.

Since 2014, we’ve celebrated many accomplishments, including:

  • Collaborating with the Food and Drug Administration and National Animal Supplement Council on good manufacturing practices and compliance.
  • Launching three product lines for three unique uses, consistent with findings from our database for cats and dogs.
  • Hiring a talented team from across the country who are passionate about our company goals.
  • Cultivating a culture of compassion for those we serve and commitment in providing high quality products that any veterinary professional would be willing to use on their own pet.
  • Distributing hemp products across the country to help as many companion animals as possible.

Our greatest accomplishments, however, are the ones our clients share with us. It brings real, unadulterated joy when clients relate stories showing how our products deepen the bond with their pets.

Kitten Chops Cat Benefits CBD and Hemp

As the cannabis industry steps out of prohibition in the coming years, our commitment to professionals and pet owners is to:

  • Continue being your trusted source in veterinary cannabis education.
  • Deliver quality products consistent with that education.
  • Navigate the regulatory landscape to ensure the support of your pet’s endocannabinoid system.

As a way of thanking you for being part of this journey, Canna Companion will be holding its first sale ever! Don’t forget to use the coupon code 5YEAR to receive 10% off your next order. The code is valid through this Friday, March 8, 2019 and cannot be combined with other discounts.

Dr. Sarah Brandon
Chief Executive Officer
Canna Companion Services LLC

How to Manage Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety

Dogs depend on their two-legged parents for more than just food, water and the occasional belly rub. Our canine companions fiercely crave our company, affection, and leadership, which is why so many of them become distressed whenever we leave the house for school, work or trips into town. In fact, separation anxiety is one of the most common concerns affecting dog parents and their pups today. If left unchecked, this condition can cause disruptive behaviors and severely decrease a canine’s quality of life. Consequently, it’s incredibly important for pet parents to develop techniques to help them manage and mitigate the impact that separation anxiety has on their dog.

At Canna Companion, we’re passionate about leveraging cannabis science to provide optimal health, care and comfort for pets. That’s why we produce a wide range of pet-friendly hemp products that harness combinations of terpenes, phytocannabinoids and flavonoids to provide natural support for the balance and health of your dog’s neurological, physiological, immunological and endocannabinoid systems. We’re also proud to offer pet parents any advice and resources they need to understand and care for their four-legged kids. So today, we’ll be discussing a handful of strategies you can employ to manage your pup’s separation anxiety. But before we jump in, let’s take a moment to review this serious condition and a few of its telltale symptoms.

Understanding Separation Anxiety in Dogs

Separation anxiety in dogs can be defined as the worry, unease and stress a canine feels when their guardian leaves them. Because dogs are pack animals, they feel a powerful drive to keep members of their family together. In light of this fact, it’s not hard to imagine why our pups become upset when we take off for eight or nine hours every single day. In most cases, dogs will vent this stress and worry through whining, urinating, barking and pacing restlessly around the house. These anxiety symptoms usually start up as soon as they realize their owner is preparing to depart. In more severe cases, dogs will resort to more destructive behaviors in their distress, which can lead to damaged property and even self-injury. Put simply, if your canine constantly barks, whines, urinates, damages non-toy items or attempts to escape from their space when left alone, it’s very likely that they’re struggling with separation anxiety.

Now that you have a solid understanding of what separation anxiety is and how it manifests in canines, let’s run through a few tactics you can use to lessen the effects this condition has on your favorite four-legged friend.

1. Exercise Your Dog Thoroughly Before Leaving Home

According to Cesar Millan, one of the best ways to manage your dog’s separation anxiety is by tiring them out before you leave each day. Thorough exercise triggers a “resting state” in canines, making them more submissive and accepting of your departure. In many cases, after a nice, long jog or fetch session, your dog will be too tired to get worked up about you leaving, causing them to relax and sleep the day away until you come home. And since healthy adult canines are supposed to sleep for up to 14 hours each day, they’ll wake up feeling refreshed, happy and ready to greet you when you return.

2. Provide Companionship for Your Dog

Another great way to manage your dog’s’ separation anxiety is to set them up with a companion while you’re away. If your canine has some form of company, they’re much less likely to fret over your absence and turn to negative behaviors. While taking your pup to a daycare facility or leaving them with a friend or family member are effective tactics, they can be expensive and inconvenient. That’s why we recommend adopting another inside pet to provide this companionship. A second dog is usually a good choice, but it’s important to note that some canines don’t mesh well with other dogs. In situations like these, you might consider adopting a cat. And if your dog doesn’t play well with any other animals, you can still simulate companionship by turning on the TV or radio while you’re gone. These pleasant distractions can go a long way in helping your pup calm down and stop fixating on the fact that you aren’t around.

3. Utilize Pet-Friendly Supplements

Did you know certain pet supplements can help to reduce the effects of separation anxiety in pets? For example, our Canna Companion supplement for dogs uses a variety of natural compounds found in hemp to encourage a normal, calm demeanor in canines. When regularly administered, Canna Companion can help your dog relax during periods of temporary or situational anxiety. Just be sure to consult with your veterinarian before starting your dog on any new supplement product. Together, the two of you can find the perfect product to meet your dog’s unique health needs.

Contact Canna Companion Today

Would you like to learn more about separation anxiety in dogs and additional steps you can take to manage this condition in your canine? Then don’t hesitate to call or message Canna Companion. Also, feel free to contact us if you’d like more information on any of our industry-leading hemp products for pets. We’re here to provide anything you need to make your pup feel better.