It was about a year ago when I first tried CBD/hemp treats and CBD oil for dogs. These products were beginning to gain popularity at that point, and I was starting to hear good reports of benefits to dogs’ joints, anxieties, and even reductions in seizures and help with cancer. I decided to try it with Luke, and while at first we didn’t, later we had some success. It seemed to help Luke’s seasonal allergies and calm him down just a bit.
At the same time, our beagle Cricket’s heart issues had started (“When Bad News Can Seem Almost Good”), our cat Sam had a lot of health issues, and I felt like we were spending a lot of time at – and money on – the vet. On top of that, my hubby and I were both facing unemployment. Financially, we had to start being more careful, and since I wasn’t seeing fantastic results with Luke on the CBD, I made the decision not to use it anymore at that time (while hemp oil for dogs is a lot of good things, inexpensive is not one of them).
A lot has changed for us since then. Sadly, Cricket is gone, but on the brighter side, Sam’s health seems to have settled down and hubby and I are both back to work. We went through a lot of changes to get to this point, however, and while on the surface Luke seemed to be rolling with it, I started to see subtle signs that the stress might be bothering him.
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It was fortuitous that I got offered the chance to try a different hemp oil product, HempMy Pet, at the same time all that was going on. Luke was spending a lot of time going down to our closet, which is his safe place when things like loud noises are bothering him. I’m glad he has a safe place, instead of reacting like many dogs pacing and whining (he does that occasionally too but not as much). That has been the one good thing about Luke’s fears, he mostly handles them well. But it still makes me sad that he’s down there alone instead of being with us. The worst part was that he was doing this when there was nothing obvious scaring him; and I was starting to worry a bit. He was choosing the closet over hanging out with us at various times, and that was what really bothered me.
It’s a jungle out there with CBD/hemp oil products becoming all the rage, and many companies getting on the bandwagon. HempMy Pet was very attractive to me because their values obviously aligned with my own, and that’s important to me. They were founded in 2015 and are headquartered in Longmont, CO. They are the first vertically integrated hemp oil production company and only use strictly organic farming methods, thereby creating only high quality human grade formulations for pets. Since we have our own little organic farm here, you can see how attractive that is to me.
Their products, which include tinctures, oils, and organic pet treats, never include ingredients sourced from China. Here are some of the other highlights for me:
- They use organic, human-grade, all-natural ingredients in all their products.
- The carrier oils they use (such as coconut oil) are certified organic and sourced fresh.
- All ingredients are GMO and pesticide free. They are 3rd party tested for purity, potency, and safety. They use full-spectrum hemp extract, which is strain-specific for consistency.
- The hemp oil contains CBD, CBG, CBC, CBD-V and other beneficial cannabinoids. It also contains a broad spectrum of terpenoids (beneficial plant chemicals).
Enough about the science! Let’s get to the bottom line here. How is HempMy Pet benefitting Luke?
It is my goal to have Luke live the most natural life possible. We already learned that even strong medications are no match for his fear and anxiety, and I don’t ever want to put him through taking those drugs again. We are looking for as many natural solutions as we can find to help him stay healthy and happy.
We received the products seen in the photo below, and I have been alternating between them. We started out with about half the recommended dosages to be sure it all settled OK with him and it did. We saw almost immediate results, which surprised me. It surprised both my hubby and I so much we thought it might just be a coincidence.
Times Luke had been going down to his closet, he was now staying out with us. The first day he stayed lying in the living room chair napping even while I was upstairs (which is on the same end of the house as our bedroom and his closet) tending to the chicks. On the 2nd day he was napping with Dad on the couch. One evening he was especially fidgety, barking at the TV, whining at me to play, and just generally being restless at a time he was usually settled down. I gave him one of the biscuits and next thing we knew, he was lying down with Dad.
These may seem like small things, but for us they were big improvements. Now he gets a full dose of either the coconut oil (he LOVES coconut oil), or the tincture (which is just a bit easier to measure and serve out) with his breakfast, and then a cookie at lunch time.
More and more he is spending less time in the closet, and more and more I see him relaxing, even outside, on his own. In the past, he’s inside if we’re inside, and he only went outside to do his business, chase creatures, or to bark at people walking past. Now he’s seen lounging on the deck, patio, or in the grass at various times. It used to be when I was baking my own organic dog biscuits to sell locally for the farm, he’d often go to the closet. He didn’t like the various beeps from the oven and the timer. Now I often look to see him outside in the sunshine. It makes me happy to see him so relaxed.
I’m not going to tell you that Hemp supplements are working miracles with Luke. He still barks at strangers, sometimes at the TV, and he still goes down to his closet at times. But I’m not worried about him like I was. There are some things with him that are never going to change easily. We did see one major thing though. One day there was a loud boom outside our house. It seemed very close and I immediately looked to Luke, worried that he was going to freak out completely. He did go down to his closet, and once I made sure the noise was nothing to worry about, I went down to check on him, treat in hand to hope to lure him out. He met me in the bedroom, took the treat, and followed me back out to the dining room. That IS major, because loud noises like that would normally send him to his closet for some time.
The other morning there was a thunderstorm. We were still in bed, and again, I expected him to leave immediately. He picked his head up, listened, and put it back down. That happened more than once, and when the rain finally came down loudly, he did go to the closet. But he didn’t go immediately, and that to me was telling. It was the progress I’d hoped for.
I hope to see other benefits in time as well. I have blog friends who have seen great results with these types of products for their pets with arthritis. Luke has luxating patellas in his back knees. I am told that either with or without surgery, he is looking at arthritis down the road. Right now, we are happy to just see his knees not popping out. He’s on a joint supplement, and his knees don’t normally bother him as much in the summer as the winter; so I’m withholding judgement at this point. I am, however, considering dropping his joint supplement at some point and seeing if the hemp oil can do the trick. I’ll also be watching to see if his seasonal allergies bother him again this late summer/early fall. CBD helped with that in the past and I’m hoping if I keep him on the HempMy Pet (which I plan to), we might hold those off.
For now, I’m very pleased that Luke is happier and more relaxed at times and this product will be a keeper for us. If you are considering adding a CBD/Hemp product to your dog’s diet, I highly recommend HempMy Pet. I feel comfortable that they have created a quality product that is safe and effective for Luke and could benefit your pets as well. You can see all their products by clicking here.
Have you tried hemp or CBD products? Have they benefited your pet? If not, would you consider trying it to help with anxiety, cancer, seizures, or arthritis – all conditions pet families have reported benefits with?
If this is all new to you, and you are unsure about hemp oil; I suggest visiting HempMy Pet’s FAQ page to learn more about the safety of hemp supplements. You can also learn more by following HempMy Pet on Facebook and Instagram.