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

Cat at vetWe 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.

Can My Pet OD on Hemp?

Dog and CatIf 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.

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.

4 Activities to Do With Your Dog to Keep Them Healthy

It’s no secret that keeping your dog’s body in top form plays a huge role in maintaining their overall health and well-being. And while daily walks and runs are a great way to keep you and your pup in peak physical condition, they can also become very stale over time. In fact, if you’ve lived with a canine for more than a year or two, odds are good you’ve already grown tired of these standard workout rituals. Fortunately, with a touch of courage and inspiration, you and your canine can enjoy a range of fresh and highly effective workout routines that further strengthen your bond.

At Canna Companion, we value the health and happiness of your pet just as much as you do. That’s why we produce innovative hemp-based pet supplements that enhance the supportive benefits of the cannabis plant through a combination of phytocannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids. We also pride ourselves in providing helpful advice for pet parents to ensure they can support maximum strength and wellness in their cats or dogs. Today, we’ll be walking you through four of our favorite activities canine parents can use to keep their lovable four-legged children in phenomenal physical and mental shape.

1. Dog Yoga

Dog yoga (also affectionately known as “doga”) is one of the most entertaining and beneficial activities for dogs. Most doga classes are split up into two phases: dog-focused yoga and human-focused yoga. During the first phase, you’ll lay out your yoga mat and help your pooch perform a few key yoga poses. These poses will vary depending on the size and physical shape of your dog, but they’re all fun and relatively easy for both parties to pull off. For example, one of the most basic yoga poses for dogs is the Chair, which just involves holding your dog from behind by the front paws as they balance on their hind legs. The second phase of doga will involve you performing yoga poses while your dog relaxes or socializes with other canines in the class. The beauty of doga is that it pairs fun and unique exercises that improve your dog’s range of motion and circulation with fun bonding opportunities. By the end of a thorough doga session, both you and your dog will leave feeling tired, relaxed and even more comfortable with each other.

2. Hiking

There’s nothing quite like a hiking session when you want to work out and experience the beauty of nature in all its splendor. Unsurprisingly, these hiking excursions are even more fun when your canine friend can tag along. Dogs adore hiking because it gives them the chance to explore new areas outside and embrace a whole new range of sights and scents while enjoying time with their favorite humans. However, most national parks forbid dogs from traveling on their trails. Luckily, some pet parents are so passionate about dog hiking that they’ve developed a site to help others find nearby dog-friendly hiking spots. If you do choose to embark on one of these fantastic journeys with your pup, just be sure to bring enough of the right provisions. Hiking is hard work for humans and canines alike, so your dog will need a healthy supply of food, water and encouragement pets. You’ll also want to bring along a few poop bags to keep the trails clean.  

3. Nose Work

As you might expect, dogs love to exercise their potent smelling power. That’s why most of them have a blast when participating in nose work. In case you don’t know, nose work encompasses many different types of canine scent detection activities. Over the course of these exercises, canines learn how to track down certain objects and foods using their sense of smell. With nose work, you can train your dog to seek out his or her favorite toys or treats regardless of where they are in a given space. Sounds pretty cool, right? Nose work activities can be done almost anywhere, meaning that you can perform them with your dog whether you’re at home, a friend’s house or on vacation. Best of all, these exercises burn through a great deal of your dog’s mental and physical energy, keeping both their body and mind stimulated throughout.

4. Trick Training

Dogs crave a sense of purpose, which is why many of them enjoy learning and performing tricks for their two-legged parents. Depending on which tricks you pick, these training sessions can provide solid opportunities to keep your dog’s brain and body in shape. For example, teaching your dog how to fetch is a challenging and highly rewarding process that will mix up your exercise routines while stimulating your pup’s natural desires to play and chase. Moreover, we’d be remiss not to mention how fun it is to show these tricks off to your friends and family once you and your dog master them! Not sure which tricks you should focus on? Here’s a handful of simple and fun canine tricks to get you started. Be patient, have fun and treasure these excellent learning experiences with your pooch. Oh, and be sure to reward their efforts with plenty of tasty snacks and pets.

Contact Canna Companion Today

Interested in learning more about how to keep your dog healthy? Then be sure to call or message Canna Companion! We would be more than happy to hear from you and set you up with additional activities and exercises you and your pup can enjoy together. You can also shoot us a message if you have any questions about our industry-leading hemp supplements and how they can be used to provide your dog with optimal comfort, care and support throughout each stage of life. We’re always here to help.

5 Ways to Use Hemp to Help Your Small Breed Dog

Hemp refers to special strains of Cannabis sativa commonly used for oils, ointments, nutritional benefits and other purposes outside recreational marijuana use.  Because hemp variants contain lower ratios of THC (the primary intoxicant in cannabis), they are capable of providing animals and humans alike with many of the benefits of cannabis without making them feel high or “stoned.” That’s why many pet owners across the nation make use of animal-friendly hemp products, to foster optimal health, comfort and care for their cats and dogs.

At Canna Companion, we’ve invested nearly 20 years of research into understanding the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and the beneficial effects of cannabis products on canines and felines.  Canna Companion supplements were created, providing hemp-based pet supplement which enhances the benefits of cannabis while negating the “high-inducing” capacity of THC. We also take pride in providing pet parents with all of the knowledge and support they need to understand and leverage the effects of cannabis to ensure their pets stay healthy and happy for many years. When administered properly, hemp products can be incredibly effective at supporting the health and well-being of every canine breed, even the smallest ones! Today, we’ll be discussing five ways hemp products can be used to help and support the wellness of your small breed dog. But before we jump in, let’s take a few moments to go over the important differences between hemp and marijuana products.

Hemp vs. Marijuana Products

There are two primary types of cannabis: marijuana and hemp. Both marijuana and hemp products utilize natural compounds that support the endocannabinoid system of mammals, but marijuana contains higher THC amounts than hemp. As a result, marijuana products can cause a host of negative effects in pets, including:

  • Low blood pressure
  • Anxiety
  • Aggression
  • Incontinence
  • Inability to walk straight
  • Lethargy or excessive pacing

Because of these serious side effects, most pet parents heavily favor hemp supplementation, and we agree. Hemp products contain smaller amounts of CBD, THC and other helpful cannabinoids, giving companion animals all of the benefits of cannabis while minimizing its side effects. Moreover, cannabis overdoses occur far more frequently in marijuana than hemp because of its more potent concentrations of cannabinoids. And, most importantly, it’s critical to remember that possession of any marijuana product is illegal in many parts of the country. Hemp products, however, are 100% legal to own and use in every single U.S. state, provided the ingredients are sourced from seeds and mature stalks of the cannabis plant, thus not under DEA control.

Now that you have a solid understanding of how hemp products differ from marijuana products, let’s talk about the benefits of hemp products and how they can be used to provide the highest quality of care for your favorite four-legged friend.

1. Using Hemp to Support Your Dog’s GI Tract

Dogs of every age and breed have a penchant for eating things they shouldn’t. If your small dog loves to vacuum up food dropped by your kids, at every opportunity, odds are good that you can attest to that fact. Despite their relatively hardy GI tracts, every canine can experience stomach sickness and discomfort, especially when they eat things that are bad for their system (like spoiled or rotten food). That’s why it’s always a good idea to bolster your pup’s GI tract through supplementation. Hemp supplements like Canna Companion are very effective at supporting a dog’s digestive processes and maintaining a healthy GI tract, making them a great boon for owners who want to keep their canines in top form.

2. Optimizing Your Dog’s Immune System

Your dog’s immune system is his or her body’s first line of defense against a variety of foreign invaders. Keeping this system in peak condition plays a pivotal role in ensuring your dog stays healthy and strong, particularly as they grow older and their immunity weakens. Leading cannabis researchers have found that a healthfully functioning endocannabinoid system is a key component to a happy immune system.  Natural hemp supplements utilizing ratioed compounds for ECS support are even more effective at encouraging maximal immunity in dogs when paired with a healthy diet and a consistent exercise routine.

3. Supporting Your Canine’s Joints and Mobility

Daily exercise and activity can put incredible strain on your dog’s body, often resulting in joint discomfort that negatively affects their quality of life. This issue is particularly problematic for working dogs or canines who are approaching seniority. Fortunately, hemp supplements can be used to mitigate all joint discomfort associated with normal daily exercise and activity, supporting general joint health and ensuring that your dog won’t be slowed down for long after a hard day of jumping, running and playing.

4. Maintaining a Normal, Calm Demeanor

It’s no secret many dogs struggle with temporary and situational anxieties. These feelings of distress can stem from the absence of a family member, spending time inside of a moving vehicle or hearing loud and upsetting sounds (like fireworks or thunder). If your small dog is grappling with these emotions, then you should consider alleviating their concern with hemp products. For example, our Canna Companion supplements are very effective at encouraging a normal, calm demeanor in canines by mitigating the effects of temporary and/or situational anxieties, making them a great tool for keeping your pup feeling safe and remaining calm.

5. Fostering Optimal Neurological Function

Regrettably, a wide number of situations (including the normal aging process) can cause a dog’s mental health and performance to wane over time, decreasing their quality of life and making it more difficult to perform daily activities. Luckily, hemp products contain a variety of phytocannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids that support the endocannabinoid systems of dogs, promoting healthy neurological function regardless of age or condition.

Contact Canna Companion Today

Be sure to call or message Canna Companion if you have any questions about our pet-friendly hemp supplements and hemp oils for dogs. You can also contact us if you want to learn more about the effects of cannabis on animals or how hemp for dogs can be used to maintain health and happiness in your canine. We look forward to hearing from you soon.