A Brief History of Cannabis for Pets

Given the ongoing conversations around legalizing medical and recreational marijuana, it might seem like cannabis just leapt onto the scene in the last few years. Suddenly, everyone is talking about the benefits of cannabis, for both people and pets. But the cannabis plant has actually been used to address various conditions for thousands of years. At Canna Companion, we’ve been exploring its place in veterinary science for decades. Today, we’re taking a quick look at the history of cannabis for pets. 

What Do We Mean by “Cannabis?” 

First, let’s make sure we’re all on the same page when it comes to cannabis. A lot of terms get thrown around—cannabis, marijuana, hemp—and misused or conflated. Here at Canna Companion, we’re interested in the benefits of hemp, the type of cannabis plant which cannot produce a “high.”

 

It’s important to note that the term “cannabis” is also used to refer to marijuana, another type of cannabis plant which can induce euphoria.  We do not recommend giving your pet marijuana products, as they can cause adverse reactions like low blood pressure and confusion. Possession of marijuana is also illegal in much of the country, while hemp is legal in all 50 states. 

Cannabis Use in Pets Over the Years

Before there were hemp-based products created exclusively for pets, people recognized the potential benefits of CBD oil and other supplements containing CBD for both people and animals. Dogs and cats experience similar issues as we do, after all—short-term anxieties, achy older joints, and more. As the reasoning went, if something works for humans, surely it must work for pets. Go back far enough, and you’ll find multiple stories of pet parents securing a medical marijuana license for the sole purpose of purchasing cannabis products for their ailing pets. The issue here was that those largely unregulated products contain varying ratios of CBD to THC, meaning that it’s impossible to predict the effect they might have on a pet. 

 

A number of studies have confirmed the incredible supportive potential of the various compounds found in the cannabis plant, such as phytocannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. In light of the possible physiological, immunological, and neurological benefits, it became clear that a formula made exclusively for pets was needed. 

Canna Companion Breaks Into Cannabis Science

After observing the benefits of a well-supported endocannabinoid system, we decided to create a hemp-based supplement formulated just for pets—something that could leverage the vast potential of the cannabis plant without the adverse effects that marijuana has on animals. Our research led us to create a high-quality supplement made from the mature stalks and seeds of the Cannabis sativa plant. 

 

We founded Canna Companion in 2014 with the goal of providing quality hemp supplements for pets and educating pet parents and their veterinarians on the supportive benefits of cannabis. We made sure our formulas support the optimal health of pets, in more ways than one. While single-compound products can throw off the synergistic relationship between chemical compounds, our in-depth research into the endocannabinoid system resulted in “whole plant” products, which preserve the entourage effect and provide comprehensive support to the endocannabinoid system.  

Ongoing Uses of Cannabis for Pets

Although state and federal regulations on cannabis are continuing to shift, hemp-based pet supplements are and will remain legal, provided the company adheres to all relevant regulations, such as any laid down by the FDA or NASC. Veterinarians across the country are now recommending reliable hemp supplements, like hemp-based CBD  oils, to pet parents looking for an additional way to promote their cat or dog’s well-being.

 

With carefully controlled ratios of CBD to THC, Canna Companion products support the health and happiness of pets while minimizing the adverse reactions associated with marijuana use. 

 

Here are just a few of the benefits of introducing and regularly administering a hemp supplement for pets:

  • Provides neurological support
  • Promotes a calm demeanor
  • Maintains normal joint health
  • Encourages a healthy GI tract
  • Assists in end of life comfort and care
  • Supports the functioning of the immune system

 

As with any change to your pet’s supplement routine, be sure to check with your veterinarian before introducing a hemp-based pill or oil. Each animal reacts to hemp-based products differently, so you may find that your pet needs a different dosage than the standard. If you have further questions about whether or not your pet would benefit from a hemp supplement, contact a licensed veterinary professional.

Potential Future Uses of Cannabis for Pets

The future looks promising when it comes to the potential applications of hemp-based pet supplements. As more studies are done, and we continue to advance in our understanding of cannabis science, we look forward to discovering even more about this beneficial plant.

 

One of the main challenges facing veterinary use of cannabis is the lack of existing industry regulations. Overdoses, incorrect ratios of CBD to THC, and low-quality products can leave pets lethargic and uncoordinated. Fortunately, these effects only last for a few hours, and there are no known long-term effects of hemp usage in pets. Moving forward, Canna Companion will continue to stand out from industry competitors by sticking to our rigorous standards and offering the high-quality hemp supplements we’re known for producing.

Where to Get Hemp-Based Supplements Today

Ongoing advances in veterinary science and our own in-depth research into the endocannabinoid system has revealed the vast potential of the cannabis plant. We’re just scratching the surface! But for now, we’re proud to provide the tools and resources for pet parents to support their cats and dogs. Whether you have a dog suffering from separation anxiety or a cat in need of end of life care, we can help. Reach out today to learn more about how hemp-based supplements can fit into your pet’s daily lifestyle. 

Should I Give My Pet CBD Oil?

If you’re a pet parent, you’ve probably wondered about the efficacy of CBD oil at one point or another. Maybe your litany of questions stopped you from investigating the matter further. Could it have a beneficial effect on your furry friend? Is it safe? Should you give it to a cat or dog, and are there any negative side effects? 

 

If you want the short answer, here it is: a high-quality CBD oil made for pets offers a whole host of supportive benefits that can help maintain optimal health. But if you want a more thorough explanation and answers to the rest of your questions, read on. We’ll take a look at what CBD oil actually is, what it can do for your pet, and what you should know before you choose a cannabis product. 

The Basics of CBD Oil

CBD oil is a liquid derived from the cannabis plant. CBD, or cannabidiol, is just one of over 545 compounds produced by the plant, but it’s quite a significant one. As opposed to the psychotropic compound THC, CBD does not produce the feeling of “highness” commonly associated with marijuana use. 

 

The Cannabis sativa plant contains hundreds of other naturally occurring chemical compounds, including phytocannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. A cannabis product with a carefully controlled formula takes advantage of the benefits that these compounds have to offer, in the form of consistent support to the endocannabinoid system

Can Pets Have CBD Oil?

We do not recommend giving medical or recreational marijuana products to your dog or cat. Unfortunately, CBD products made for humans are largely unregulated, and unless you obtain a third-party certificate of analysis, you can never be fully sure of the concentrations and ratios of cannabinoids in the products you’re getting. Too much CBD or THC could result in an overdose, leaving your pet unable to walk or eat properly until the effects fade. For that reason, you should stick to quality products with clear ratios and dosage instructions.

 

If you’re going to give your pet CBD oil, make sure you choose a hemp-based supplement formulated especially for pets. Our Whole Plant Hemp Oil contains a careful ratio of CBD to THC, allowing pets to enjoy the supportive benefits of the cannabis plant without the psychotropic effects of THC. Ultimately, a high-quality CBD oil made just for pets can act as a wonderful addition to your pet’s daily lifestyle. 

Benefits of CBD Oil for Pets

CBD oil is ideal for pets in need of more immediate endocannabinoid system support, as well as for senior pets and animals who don’t take pills well. If you believe that your dog or cat could benefit from end of life care, help staying calm in the face of stressors, or joint and immune system support, CBD oil could fit your needs.

 

Here are just a few of the benefits of regularly administering a high-quality CBD oil: 

  • Provides quick support to the endocannabinoid system
  • Supports digestive processes
  • Eases joint discomfort associated with normal daily activity
  • Provides immune system support
  • Maintains healthy neurological function
  • Assists in end of life comfort and care
  • Encourages a calm demeanor, helping address temporary anxieties and situational stressors

How Much CBD Oil Should I Give My Dog or Cat?

Once you’ve chosen a CBD oil for your pet that contains an appropriate ratio of CBD to THC, be sure to consult a veterinarian before introducing any supplements or diet changes to ensure that you’re doing what’s best for your pet. 

 

The proper CBD oil dosage will vary by weight and species, but the CBD oil you choose should come with dosage instructions. For our Whole Plant Hemp Oil, we recommend giving .1mL for every 10 pounds, two to three times daily. You should also make sure to administer the oil during or after your pet has eaten, to minimize the risk of GI distress.

High-Quality CBD Oil and Other Hemp-Based Supplements 

Here at Canna Companion, we believe wholeheartedly in the power and potential of the cannabis plant. We’ve put our decades of veterinary experience and research into the endocannabinoid system to work developing high-quality CBD oil and other hemp-based pet supplements that can provide much-needed support to your furry friends. 

 

While single-compound or exclusively CBD products can unbalance the endocannabinoid system, our full spectrum formulas preserve the synergistic relationship between chemical compounds, allowing your pet to enjoy a range of supportive benefits. If you’re still not sure whether CBD oil is right for your dog or cat, reach out to us today. We’d be happy to answer any questions you might have or schedule a complimentary consultation with a licensed veterinary professional. We look forward to supporting the well-being of your furry friend!

Hemp Derived CBD: Why It’s Legal

The cannabis plant has had a long, strange, and ultimately arbitrary regulatory history. Until 2018, hemp was classified as a Schedule 1 narcotic under the Controlled Substances Act. This was because the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) did not differentiate between strains of Cannabis sativa L. which have less than 0.3%  of the psychoactive compound delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and those with more than 0.3% THC. Such a distinction is important as the 2018 Farm Bill removed any Cannabis sativa L. plant and its derivatives which contain less than 0.3% THC from the CSA, redefining these plants as hemp.  Any Cannabis plant containing >0.3% THC is referred to as marijuana which currently remains as a Schedule 1 drug, those drugs having, “no currently accepted medical use in the United States, a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision, and a high potential for abuse,” according to the DEA.  

Enactment of the 2018 Hemp Farm Bill, resulted in regulation of hemp being relinquished by the DEA, to the FDA, who’s functionality of enforcement is public safety rather than the pursuit of criminal convictions. The explosion of public cannabidiol (CBD) use and pressure from public outcry, resulted in the FDA and US lawmakers being forced into action.  When backed by mounds of anecdotal and scientific evidence, and significant financial and political pressure, regulatory agencies had no choice but to realize hemp and its derivatives are an important crop for American farmers and consumers. 

The 2018 Farm Bill has explicitly preserved the FDA’s authority over hemp products, which is in the best interest of public safety. This part of the regulation is key because, prior to the 2018 Farm Bill, the use and regulation of CBD products and hemp was left up to state legislation. The DEA, however, was still making arrests despite state laws because it was still a federal crime and they had the authority to do so. This left a confusing and contradicting atmosphere within the regulations and hemp farming/manufacturing community.

The FDA has now vowed “…to treat these products just like we do any other.  FDA is committed to advancing hemp products through the Agency’s existing regulatory pathways, and we are further exploring whether it would be appropriate to make additional regulatory pathways available to hemp products such as those containing cannabidiol (CBD). FDA believes taking this approach protects patients and the public health, fosters innovation for safe and appropriate products, and promotes consumer confidence.”  This is a huge and fantastic leap in progress for hemp regulation —  from a schedule 1 narcotic to a FDA regulated consumer product — as it helps ensure a better product for the consumer, which in our case happens to have four legs and lots of fur.

  

Canna Companion is devoted to regulatory compliance and public safety within the new framework of hemp legislation. We believe that transparency and current good manufacturing practices (cGMPs) delegated by the FDA are key to the progression of hemp based laws.  Canna Companion works closely with the National Animal Supplement Council (NASC) , who maintains open channels with the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) regarding hemp legislation.  This helps ensure we are always up to date with new changes in policy, usually before they reach the general public. 

The NASC continually monitors its members, collecting data from companies who supply hemp products for animals. They released an ingredient risk report for hemp and hemp based compounds from 10 years of data which shows 34 million applications of hemp products to dogs, cats, and horses with only 10 adverse events, and none of them serious enough to prompt a recall. This data is hugely important and is being used as an example of the safety of hemp products when produced under FDA guidelines. Canna Companion is proud to have assisted in their data collection efforts, setting an example of what hemp companies should be doing in order to provide transparent data and a quality product to consumers.     

   

 

CBD & Situational Anxiety in Dogs

Any of us who have faced anxiety know that it can have a number of different sources. Situational anxieties arise when certain conditions are met in a short timeframe, and dogs can face a number of circumstances unique to the pack mind.  Every pet will be different, but there are things which can be done to help them be more comfortable during these frustrating times. The first step, of course, is determining the cause of their distress.

 

Common Causes of Canine Anxiety
Some of the more common causes of situational anxieties in dogs include weather, fireworks, moving, and changes to routine. Once can summarize these situations by simply stating either the pack is threatened (or perceived to be) or separated (or the possibility exists of separation).  To a dog, the pack is everything: their family, their friend, their playmate, and their security. Let’s look at how that thought process can lead to anxiety under seemingly innocuous circumstances.  

  • Loud noises: whether fireworks or thunderstorms, loud noises signal a potential threat to the pack.  What often triggers dogs to exhibit anxious symptoms is the lack of seeing the threat — it’s just loud noise which might cause problems with no obvious way to protect the family.  
  • Traveling: some dogs, like some humans, enjoy traveling and all the wonder and awe it can bring.  But to others, leaving the home territory can indicate the need to protect, or be protected from, causing significant anxiety for your pup.  Travel is especially difficult if your dog has a history of negative experiences either during or after travel.  
  • Routine changes: this particular stressor may seem routine to you — leaving for work every day — but your dog may see it as a huge change simply because their alpha human is missing … and how can they protect her if she’s not here?  Add in holiday travel and temporary pack members (holiday company), and your dog’s routine may be sufficiently changed to trigger significant anxiety.  

Symptoms of Situational Anxiety in Dogs

Now that we know what can stress our dogs, let’s talk about how to determine the language your dog uses to let you know he’s anxious.  Just like the large variety of breeds, there are seemingly endless ways a dog can exhibit distress.  The easiest way to tell is simply by changes in his normal behaviors, either by being aloof or clingy – whichever is opposite his normal personality.  If such changes occur around loud noises, travel preparations, or household changes, it’s likely your dog has situational anxiety, though schedule a visit with his veterinarian just to make sure nothing else is amiss.  

In general, dogs show ongoing anxiety via pacing, panting, and vocalizing.  The latter is usually sharp and high-pitched and all usually have facial expressions like wide eyes, elevated but back-ward rotating ears, grimacing (lip corners pulled up), and tail carriage down and to the left (right signals confidence).  

They may be destructive, either towards their own beds, toys and blankets, or to household items like your bed, favorite shoes, luggage or the wall.  It is a sign of frustration and the need to ‘protect,’ which leads to this behavior. While it’s difficult, refrain from punishing your dog after the fact; he simply won’t make the connection and will be confused as to why you’re upset.  

Other dogs prefer to hide under blankets, beds, tables — anything which might shelter them from the potential threat.  And still others act normal but won’t eat or develop transient diarrhea.  

 

How to Help Reduce Your Dog’s Anxiety

One of the best things that can be done to help your dog through these is to prepare in advance. Many situational anxiety triggers are things which can be anticipated. This allows us to make sure that our pets will have a comfortable place where they can go to be more calm.  Include items which smell like you to help them remain calm, and offer chew toys which are hard to destroy. Chewing can ease anxiety as well as serve as an anxiety symptom, with the difference being his overall behavior — destruction usually signals boredom or anxiety, while gnawing methodically indicates healthy endorphin release.   

Additionally, things like white noise machines can mask frightening sounds, and diffusion of essential oils can provide calming aromatherapy to the most high-strung of pooches.  High value treats can also be a part of this, particularly when used to reward desirable calm behaviors.  There are also a number of supplements which could be beneficial, including pheromone sprays and diffusers that can be a useful part of your preparations. Ensuring that this space is always somewhere available and comfortable will be a big benefit, as your pet can seek shelter anytime he needs comfort.

 

Can CBD Help My Dog’s Anxiety?

You bet!  Let’s talk about how … When we administer cannabinoids like CBD, they support your dog’s natural cannabis receptor system, called the endocannabinoid system (ECS for short).  The ECS has one main function: listen to and correct cellular stress signals.  It accomplishes this task by changing the levels of CBD and THC at the receptor level, causing a variety of chemical reactions which lead to your dog feeling calmer.  In short, administration of hemp-based CBD, can have a calming effect on the mind, and is soothing to the body, particularly when situational anxieties arise.  

 

Which Hemp Product is Right for my Dog?

Developed by veterinarians, Canna Companion offers three different canine supportive supplements, all differentiated by CBD:THC and dosed based on your dog’s body weight.  When a whole plant product is administered, CBD helps mitigate the negative effects of THC, while allowing THC’s health benefits to shine — one of which limits the sedative effects CBD can have on your dog.  We want your dog stress-free, not a cute ball of fur on his favorite bed!  

We typically recommend our Regular Strength Canine capsules as the low CBD:THC supports the cannabis receptor system quite well for most conditions.  Start twice daily administration ideally 10-14 days prior to the known stressor, continuing for a few days after the stressor is gone.  There is no need to continue hemp supplementation if your dog is no longer anxious and stopping “cold turkey” is acceptable.  

 

For those dogs with multiple stressors or who need a punch to the ECS for high-stress times, our higher ratioed Extra Strength Canine capsules are preferred.  Begin administration as above, and if your dog needs more during times of extreme stress, it’s okay to give either formulation at twice the labeled dose; for example 2 capsules twice daily on days when a known anxiety trigger will occur. 

What if your dog will not take pills, you’re leaving in a few days, or your dog has extreme responses (running through sliding glass doors)?  Try our Whole Plant Hemp Oil;  with a CBD:THC between the capsule formulations, it’s a great choice for smaller patients and those with strong opinions about capsules — and anxiety triggers.  Oils also offer the option of bypassing GI absorption for ECS support in minutes, when administered orally rather than during or after a meal. This method may result in sedation or a wobbly gait, particularly if labeled doses are exceeded, but it also may be just the thing to help your dog relax.     

 

Whatever your dog’s needs, Canna Companion is here to help. Contact our Customer Service team or schedule a professional Consultation today.  Our passion is helping your pack member feel his best no matter what routine changes come his way!

 

CBD & Situational Anxiety in Cats

Situational anxieties are something none of us want to face. As pet parents, it can make us feel powerless when we cannot protect our furry companions. After all, they look to us to keep them happy and safe. Many of the situational anxieties cats and dogs face are the same, but individual pets and their responses to various therapies can differ greatly — what benefits one may not help the next, especially with our feline friends. The first step in treating situational anxiety is to identify the cause.

 

Causes of Situational Anxiety in Cats

As you can imagine, and perhaps have observed first hand, cats can seemingly ‘freak out’ over the smallest things.  They love their routines and any deviation from such can create a lot of stress. Let’s take a look at common changes to your cat’s routine and how it might cause anxiety. 

  • Traveling by car — to the veterinarian, groomer, or vacation home — offers loud noises, vibrations, and usually a destination low on the list of cat favorites.  
  • Traveling by plane — to anywhere; cats generally can’t stand noisy places and these are the loudest.
  • Separation from preferred humans — applicable year round but especially when humans like to take extended vacations over the holidays.  Your cat loves you and is loath to be apart. 
  • Addition of extra humans in the home — common during holidays and school breaks — while your cat may love attention, sometimes it can simply be too much. 
  • History of traumatic experiences — PTSD is especially common in shelter adoptions, cats with feral histories, painful events, and of course, overt abuse.  These experiences often trigger cats in extreme ways; be cognizant your cat may need extra care if she has such a history.  

 

Fortunately many of these events can be anticipated and thus allow us to provide treatment in advance.  If the event itself cannot be avoided, there are steps we can take to ease anxiety for our stressed kitties, once we recognize their stress.  

 

How Do Cats Show Their Anxiety?  

Many will simply run and hide, preferring quiet dark places which are out of the way from traffic.  You can take advantage of this instinct by providing your cat with a safe getaway including soft, warm bedding, low light, gentle music and the basic necessities (water and litter box).  No animal likes to be cornered so always make sure that your cat has plenty of options for exits particularly around their litter box. This can help prevent anxiety associated with litter box use if your cat shares her house with other cats, dogs or small children.  

If hiding doesn’t ease their stress, cats may over groom, particularly in the upper arms, flanks and tail base.  They may become vocal, either yowling at night or hissing at offending targets. If matters worsen, or your cat is extremely stressed, elimination outside the litter box (urine or feces) may occur.  In the cat world, this is akin to shouting, “Help me! I am extremely unhappy!,” and often won’t occur until after running/hiding, hissing/vocalizing, or even clinging to your side, doesn’t resolve your cat’s distress.  

 

Tips to Ease Your Cat’s Anxiety

We talked about providing safe space for your kitty to run and hide, but what if you’re leaving town?  It is always a good idea to speak to your veterinarian prior to any travel so they may advise you on ways to keep your cat safe and healthy during their trip.  They can help you determine if leaving your cat at home is best vs a cat-friendly boarding facility, or even taking them with you. If you take her with you, check out these packing tips.   

 

If you leave your cats at home, never underestimate the comfort that choice provides to a cat — some will want comfortable beds as hiding spots and others will prefer high perches where they can get out of the way. Warm sunny spots, quality time with you, and music can also help calm an anxious cat.  Make sure a variety of safe places are present for your cats’ needs. And since you’re gone, make sure to leave a pillow case, blanket or T-shirt with your smell on it for added comfort.  

 

If your cat’s fear is something that cannot be avoided, like severe weather or a houseful of family members, consider adding a Thundershirt, calming essential oils (diffused in small amounts, essential oils can be quite helpful for cats), pheromone plug-ins, and herbal cat treats with l-theanine, chamomile and/or catnip.  

 

Can CBD Help My Cat’s Anxiety?

Absolutely!  Let’s talk about how … When we administer cannabinoids like CBD, they support your cat’s natural cannabis receptor system, called the endocannabinoid system (ECS for short).  The ECS has one main function: listen to and correct cellular stress signals.  It accomplishes this task by changing the levels of CBD and THC at the receptor level, causing a variety of chemical reactions which lead to your cat feeling calmer.  In short, administration of hemp-based CBD, can have a calming effect on the mind, and is soothing to the body, particularly when situational anxieties arise.  

Which CBD Product is Best for My Cat?

Developed by veterinarians, Canna Companion offers three different feline supportive supplements, all differentiated by CBD:THC.  When a whole plant product is administered, CBD helps mitigate the negative effects of THC, while allowing THC’s health benefits to shine — one of which limits the sedative effects CBD can have on your cat.  We want your cat stress-free, not a cute little furry lump on her favorite bed!  

 

We typically recommend our Regular Strength Feline capsules as the low CBD:THC supports the cannabis receptor system quite well for most conditions.  Start once daily administration ideally 10-14 days prior to the known stressor, continuing for a few days after the stressor is gone.  There is no need to continue hemp supplementation if your cat is no longer anxious and stopping “cold turkey” is acceptable.  

 

For those cats with multiple stressors or who need a punch to the ECS for high-stress times, our higher ratioed Extra Strength Feline capsules are preferred.  Begin administration as above, and if your cat needs more during times of extreme stress, it’s okay to give either formulation twice daily.  

 

What if your cat will not take pills or you’re leaving in a few days?  Try our Whole Plant Hemp Oil;  with a CBD:THC between the capsule formulations, it’s a great choice for smaller patients and those with strong opinions about capsules.  In addition, most cats only need 1-2 drops (0.05-0.1 ml) twice daily with or near a meal, and oils work very quickly … a few days to onset of action in most patients.  

 

Whatever your kitty’s needs, Canna Companion is here to help. Contact our Customer Service team or schedule a professional Consultation today.  Our passion is helping your cat feel her best no matter what routine changes come her way!

CBD Oil for Senior Pets

Is your beloved family dog going grey in the muzzle? Has your cat stopped leaping up onto the couch beside you? If we had our way, our animal companions would stay young and spry forever, but every senior pet slows down and begins to show natural signs of aging eventually. These signs can include anything from loss of mobility to serious health issues. It’s up to pet parents to consult a veterinarian and provide the right combination of preventative care and specially made products for old cats and dogs in order to keep these precious companions happy and healthy.

At Canna Companion, we’re passionate about providing you with the tools and resources you need to support your pets as they grow older. With the right care and attention, your furry friend can enjoy life well into his or her golden years! Today, we’re looking at the benefits of a hemp-based, supportive complement to your pet’s routine—CBD oil for old dogs and cats.

What is CBD Oil?

Officially known as cannabidiol, CBD is one of over 545 chemical compounds produced in the cannabis plant. These compounds are able to bind with cannabinoid receptors that in turn support the health of the endocannabinoid system. What all this means is that, in the proper form and with the proper administration, CBD supplements for older cats and dogs can allow your furry friends to enjoy the many supportive benefits of the cannabis plant!

Over 20 years of veterinary research into the proper combination of phytocannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids led to the creation of Canna Companion and our hemp-based products. Our supplements come in capsule form or as a liquid, allowing you to choose the option that works best for your pet. When it comes to elderly cats and dogs, you may find that CBD oil is the best fit for your pet’s current lifestyle. 

Canna Companion’s Whole Plant Hemp Oil is formulated specially for cats and dogs, delivering the supportive health benefits of cannabis with a carefully controlled ratio of THC to CBD. The oil is particularly helpful for aging pets who may need more immediate endocannabinoid system support, as well as for those senior dogs and cats who have trouble taking pills. 

How Can CBD Oil Help My Elderly Pet?

Unlike the psychotropic compound THC, CBD does not cause the feeling of “highness” commonly associated with marijuana use. Instead, it provides access to a range of supportive benefits that can help your aging pet maintain health and quality of life.

Provides Speedy Support for the Endocannabinoid System

CBD oil is particularly helpful for pets who need more immediate endocannabinoid support than a capsule can provide. That animal might be anything from a geriatric cat that needs end of life comfort, or an increasingly nervous dog that could use some help staying calm. 

Maintains GI Tract Health

Even older cats and dogs sometimes get into things they shouldn’t—and our geriatric furry friends definitely don’t have iron stomachs. While you can’t monitor your pets constantly, you can help to support their normal digestive processes with CBD oil. 

Promotes “End of Life” Comfort

Your pet deserves a high quality of life no matter his age, and we’re dedicated to helping you provide just that. Our hemp oil can promote comfort and care while promoting relaxation as your pet nears the end of his life. 

Encourages a Calm Demeanor

Pets can change as they grow older, and you may notice your cat suffering from nervousness or your dog experiencing separation anxiety that wasn’t evident at a younger age. Canna Companion can help your pet stay calm in the face of situational stressors like fireworks and other loud noises. 

Supports the Immune System

Just as an elderly person’s immune system isn’t as strong as a healthy young person’s, senior pets may have weaker immune systems than their younger counterparts. Coupled with regular visits to the veterinarian to catch any emerging health problems, our hemp oil can help to support your pet’s functioning immune system, maintaining existing health and happiness. 

Helps Maintain Normal Joint Health

We all get creaky and achy as we grow older, and the same is true for pets. At a certain age, normal daily activity may leave them feeling sore and lethargic. Canna Companion’s Whole Plant Hemp Oil supports normal joint health and may ease the discomfort that comes from normal daily activity. 

Supports Healthy Neurological Function

As pets age, their brains can change in both normal and negative ways. Canna Companion works to support the endocannabinoid system, which in turn will help to support normal neurological function in your cat or dog.

Support Your Senior Pet with Canna Companion

Your pet deserves the absolute best. We want her to enjoy as many happy years by your side as possible, which is why we invested years of veterinary research into developing hemp-based pet supplements that support the most important features of your pet’s major bodily systems. If you’re looking for high-quality supplements for old dogs and cats, you’ve come to the right place. Give us a call today—we’re happy to schedule a complimentary consultation with a licensed veterinary professional.

The Benefits of Whole Plant Cannabis Products

There are quite a few CBD and hemp-based cannabis products out there which claim to unlock the potential benefits of the endocannabinoid system. Where on earth does a pet parent start? Unfortunately, cats and dogs can’t read labels, so it’s up to you to do the research and make a decision as to what product will best fit your pet’s unique needs.

Because every product is different, it’s crucial to know exactly what you’re giving your pet. At Canna Companion, we’re dedicated to providing high-quality cannabis pet supplements and demystifying the science of hemp. We’re breaking down the differences between single compound and whole plant cannabis products to help you better understand their benefits and decide what’s best for your furry friend.  

Whole Plant Cannabis vs. Single Compound

Both single compound and whole plant cannabis products interact with the endocannabinoid system, which is made up of a network of cannabinoid receptors in the body. Those receptors affect cellular stress and can be stimulated by the administration of cannabis. But the two types of cannabis-based products interact with the endocannabinoid system very differently.

Single Compound

Single compound cannabis products, also referred to as CBD products, contain a cannabinoid and terpenoid profile mostly made up of one compound. This single compound outweighs any benefits that might be conveyed by traces of other substances, leaving CBD products to affect the body exclusively as a single compound formulation. When administered regularly over a prolonged period, single compound products can actually throw off the entire endocannabinoid system, unbalancing things and resulting in less efficient support.

Whole Plant

Despite what the name suggests, “whole plant” doesn’t mean grinding up an entire Cannabis sativa plant and turning it into a pill. The term actually refers to the substantive properties of a cannabis product. While single compound cannabis products have just one compound in their cannabinoid and terpenoid profile, whole plant formulations utilize the entire spectrum of cannabinoids and terpenoids. For this reason, whole plant formulations are also referred to as “full spectrum” products.

At Canna Companion, we use a blend of the stalks and seeds of the Cannabis sativa plant to produce a supplement that includes the full range of cannabinoids and terpenoids. And we rely on the natural makeup of the plant itself to do it! The hemp plant contains a broad chemotypical composition that we make use of through normal harvesting and processing.  

The Entourage Effect

The cannabis plant contains over 500 naturally occurring chemical compounds, including flavonoids, phytocannabinoids, and terpenes. Each of these compounds acts as an important building block in chemical structures, but together, they can work to regulate and maintain a number of physiologic and pathophysiologic processes in pets.

Whole plant formulas produce a phenomenon known as the “entourage effect,” a synergistic relationship between those various compounds of the plant. Most notably, the entourage effect allows pets to enjoy the benefits of cannabis while limiting the negative effects caused by marijuana, which contains a much higher concentration of the psychotropic compound THC.

The Benefits of Whole Plant Cannabis

We believe strongly in the benefits of the entourage effect, so we developed a unique whole plant formula that creates a synergistic relationship between key phytocannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. These various compounds work together to effectively unlock the major supportive benefits of the plant, as nature intended!

As a crucial part of its unique formula, Canna Companion contains an optimal ratio of CBD to THC. What that means is that our hemp-based supplement will not get your pet “high.” What they will do is support key bodily functions while minimizing those adverse side effects associated with marijuana.

Here are some of the ways a whole plant hemp supplement like Canna Companion can maintain your pet’s quality of life:

  • Support digestive processes and a healthy GI tract
  • Promote long-term health by supporting and maintaining the immune system
  • Ease joint discomfort stemming from normal daily activity
  • Support healthy neurological function
  • Provide end of life comfort and support overall quality of life as pets age
  • Encourage a calm demeanor, particularly during periods of high stress

Keep Your Pet in Peak Condition

At Canna Companion, we’re passionate about helping you keep your pets happy and healthy—that’s why we use only high-quality ingredients in our formula. Our whole plant products are a wonderful way to introduce cats and dogs to the supportive health benefits of cannabis while minimizing the negative effects caused by marijuana. Contact us today to learn more about how our hemp-based supplements can support your pet, or to schedule a complimentary consultation with a veterinary professional.

6 Benefits of Hemp for Cats

We adore all pets equally here at Canna Companion, but we’ll admit it—there’s something extra special about a kitty curling up next to you for a nap or purring as you scratch behind his ear just right. With the right combination of care and good genetics, cats can live happily by your side for decades. But cat owners have their work cut out for them in terms of keeping their pets safe and healthy over the years. Outdoor cats are exposed to all manner of toxic substances and other dangers, while indoor cats can become depressed or develop additional health issues.

A cannabis-based supplement can provide support for your cat in a number of health areas. But not all supplements are created equal—because cannabis dosages are largely unregulated, some products marketed for pets may still contain unsafe amounts of compounds like the psychotropic THC. The veterinary experts at Canna Companion developed a special formula that unlocks the supportive effects of the cannabis plant while minimizing the negative impact of THC. Here are some of the key benefits of hemp for cats.

Immunity

Your kitty’s immune system is the first line of defense when it comes to protecting her from sickness and disease, so it’s important to help her take good care of it. Infections and even genetic makeup can weaken that system, leaving her susceptible to health issues. Canna Companion’s hemp-based formula contains cannabinoids that help to support her immune system, promoting her health in the long run.

Mobility and Joint Flexibility

Chances are that your kitty has ruined at least one of your shirts or surprised you by stalking you from the shadows. Cats love to hunt, pounce, climb, and scratch. Not only does all that movement keep them in prime physical condition; it keeps them happy! But as cats age, their bodies and joints can weaken, leading to stiffer movement and other mobility challenges. You might notice your senior cat beginning to slow down, but that doesn’t mean that he can’t continue to enjoy playtime. To maintain a high quality of life, your cat needs to stay mobile. Canna Companion can ease joint discomfort that comes from normal movement while supporting overall joint health—leaving you with more mornings spent playing around with your kitty!

Digestive Support

Just because your cat can eat something doesn’t mean he should! Felines aren’t garbage disposals, and they don’t come equipped with iron stomachs. Unfortunately, cats are experts at getting into things they shouldn’t. Outdoor cats are at risk of ingesting toxic substances like antifreeze, while indoor cats can easily mistake human food for a treat. Substances like chocolate can wreak havoc on their digestive system and even prove fatal. While it may be impossible to prevent your kitty from eating something bad, you can help support his digestive function and the overall health of his GI tract with a supplement. Our plant-based formula works to keep your cat’s digestive system in peak physical condition and can help reduce normal GI distress.

Neurological Function

You probably know that your cat has a nervous system—but did you know that he also has an endocannabinoid system? This system consists of a number of receptors found throughout the tissues of the body. Canna Companion supports your cat’s endocannabinoid system with the help of phytocannabinoids, the natural compounds found in hemp. When stimulated, those receptors work to correct cellular stress! And because your cat’s neurological tissue contains a high percentage of receptors, activating his endocannabinoid system helps to support and maintain healthy neurological function.

Calm Demeanor

If your cat suffers from anxiety, anything from a bad thunderstorm to an unexpected visitor could cause her stress. The last thing you want is her climbing the rafters in panic whenever you have guests over. Canna Companion can help with that! Our supplement helps pets calm down during periods of stress, encouraging a normal, relaxed demeanor. With regular administration of our formula, your kitty may soon find herself much calmer during those periods of unexpected stress.

Comfort and Care  

Your cat may be in perfect health, but aging brings natural changes that can decrease his quality of life, leaving you feeling like you’re losing your best friend. We want to help you keep your companion comfortable and happy as the years go by, so we formulated our hemp-based supplement to support quality of life, promote relaxation, and help with normal discomfort. The best part is that it won’t take long to see the effects: you may notice changes in your cat’s behavior in as little as three to five days with regular administration!

Reap the Rewards of Hemp-Based Supplements

Nothing is sweeter than a happy cat! At Canna Companion, we’re dedicated to helping you promote your kitty’s health so that she can enjoy life by your side for years to come. That’s why we created a hemp-based supplement that supports a wide range of essential bodily functions in pets. If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of hemp for cats or want to find out if Canna Companion is right for your pet, we’re happy to help—reach out today for a free consultation.

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!

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.