CBD For Pets - a growing trend

Many people think of their pet as their children. If you notice something is off with your child, you pick up your phone and start to google their symptoms. Same with your pet. Nine times out of ten the answer you come up with indicates that your child or pet has some unknown disease that started somewhere in South Africa and the end result is either cancer or the need of medication. What if we told you there is an alternative way around the need of medication? That's where CBD comes in to play. CBD is on a rise not just in humans but also in pets. You may be asking yourself what exactly is CBD and how can it benefit my pet? We are here to inform you more about CBD, its benefits and also to hear from some of The Ark customers and their experience with CBD. 

What is CBD

What is CBD? CBD or cannabidiol, is a compound found in cannabis, the plant we often associate with marijuana. Cannabidiol is one of over 113 "cannabinoids" that is found in the cannabis plant. It is important to note that CBD has no known toxicity level, so it is incapable of causing an overdose and will not get your pet "high". Unlike THC, the main psychoactive compound in marijuana, CBD is completely non-psychoactive and safe to be used on pets. Most CBD found in cannabis pet supplements is usually sourced from hemp, a variety of cannabis that naturally contains extremely low concentrations of THC. 

Symptoms & customer experience

We asked several of our customers about their experience with CBD products, what symptoms their dog experienced before the CBD and how their symptoms ease up after the use of CBD. 

Jared Digby said that their dog Quyn was born with hip dysplasia. Because of this, she had an increasing level of pain and discomfort as she's aged. It was hard for the Digby family to watch Quyn limp around and whimper from the pain and so they turned to CBD to avoid prescription medications that can be tough on a dog's liver and kidneys. After a proper dose of CBD, they noticed that Quyn's external symptoms were less pronounced. For example, she could maintain activity for a longer period of time and was limping less after that activity. 

Another customer Pat Ferguson is an avid user of the Whole Pet CBD oil pens. Her reason for use? X-rays showed that her dog Duffy has arthritis in his joints, hips and back. Duffy also showed aggression if he was touched  where he hurt. After the use of the oil pens, Pat says he is much more relaxed, runs without pain and is not longer aggressive when petted in an area of pain. 

how CBD interacts with the body

Why do symptoms ease with the use of CBD? CBD interacts with the body via the endocannabinoid system, or ECS. The ECS is a biological system found in all mammals and is involved in managing a wide variety of biological processes, including memory, sleep, immune response and more. The ECS consists of two types of camabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2. These receptors are build to interact with cannabinoids that are naturally produced by the brain. They can also interact with plant-derived cannabinoids like CBD. The effects of CBD are similar in humans, dogs, cats and other pets. Just like humans, dogs and cats also have endocannabinoid system that functions much like the human ECS. 

Benefits of CBD

There are several benefits of using CBD. After doing reseals we have found that these are the top 7 most common CBD benefits for dogs. 

  1. Powerful Painkiller - Studies show that CBD can help manage pain in many different ways. Thus, making it renowned for its painkilling properties.
  2. Anticonvulsant - Because CBD is a natural anticonvulsant it has the ability to help control seizures, tremors, tics and spasms.
  3. Anti-Inflammatory - This effect of CBD is believed to be one of the main reason the compound is so useful in treating a wide variety of conditions. 
  4. Reduces Anxiety and Stress - Studies have shown that CBD can help manage the symptoms of a variety of mental conditions, including anxiety. 
  5. Antiemetic - A strong body of evidence has shown that CBD is successful in controlling both nausea and vomiting while also stimulating appetite. 
  6. Anticancer Effects - Studies have shown that CBD can help protect against colon cancer in rats, by stopping the development, growth, and spread of malignant tumors. 
  7. Promotes Homeostasis - Many pet owners choose to use CBD not only as a medicine to treat a specific illness, but also as a regular supplement to promote the overall health and wellbeing of their pet.

In addition to the above list, Ferguson found that after CBD use Duffy sleeps more and is much more relaxed. Digby said he noticed a calming effect on his dog as well, especially during thunderstorms or fireworks which can be a very stressful time for a pet. 

CBD products we recommend

Slobberbones located in all of our Chattanooga Ark locations carry a few CBD products. Below is a list that we carry on hand or can order for you.

Whole Pet CBD - Presented by Mary's Nutritionals

Whole Pet Gel Pens

  • Quick delivery of pain relief delivered by placing gel pen to the ear of furry friend. 
  • Mary's patented transdermal gel pen contains 50 1mg doses of activated hemp extract.
  • Each dose can last up to 4 hours

Whole Pet Drops Regular or Extra Strength 

  • Regular: The 300mg potency is designed for pets up to 50 lbs. and provides .5mg per drop. 
  • Extra Strength: The 900mg potency is designed for pets over 50 lbs. and provides 1.5mg per drop.
  • Can be applied to food, a treat or directly to the back of the tongue using the graduated dropper. 
  • Intended for proactive daily cannabinoid therapy.
  • Delicious natural bacon flavor
  • Each incur is intended to provide a 30+ day supply

Mary's Whole Pet products are derived from compliant industrial hemp crops harvested in Colorado and audited by the Colorado Department of Agriculture. 

Complete Body Daily

Full Spectrum Remedy Hemp Oil

  • 500mg - 1ml dropper - 16.65mg.
  • Can be used in pets 35 lbs. up to 100+ lbs.
  • Works best when placed under the tongue for 30-60 seconds until dissolved.
Hempz: Dog Chews
  • Use as a treat or supplement to add to any dog's diet. Dosage can be administered 1-2 times per day or as needed for pain and anxiety relief.
  • Can be used in dogs 0-52+ lbs.

Complete Body Daily's Phytocannabinoid Hemp Oil provides a convenient delivery model for the industry's highest quality extract. Our proprietary manufacturing process provides optimum bioavailability to ensure maximum absorption. Remedy oil is produced from Organically Grown Hemp, is non-GMO, and most importantly is manufactured in the USA. 


Full Size Blueberry or Turkey Hard Chews (Large or Small)

  • Small: Full Spectrum hemp oil chews for pets under 50 lbs.
  • Large: Full Spectrum hemp oil chews for pets over 50 lbs.
  • Each small blueberry Treativles chew contains 1mg Full Spectrum Hemp Oil.
  • Safe and non-toxic

Treatibles products are Compassion Certified, made in the USA from USA-sourced ingredients, and contain quantified milligram levels of Full Spectrum Hemp Oil. 

After reading this article about CBD we hope that you now feel knowledgeable with what CBD is, how it works with your pets' body, the benefits of CBD as well as true testimonials from our customers and how CBD has been a lifesaver for their sweet pups. Be sure to check out our CBD products that we have in store at any of our Slobberbones locations. Our front desk Crew will be happy to help answer any additional questions you may have in regard to CBD.

Resource: www.cannabissupplementsforpets.com

Posted by Ark Crew  | Category: Pet Wellness

National Pet Travel Safety day

Today is National Pet Travel Safety Day. This day was created by pet and family lifestyle expert Colleen Paige to heighten awareness of the traveling needs of dogs and cats. Whether pet travel means a dog-friendly vacation, day trip, visit to a dog park, trip to the veterinarian or a ride home from The Ark, it's important to make each and every trip a safe one. Below are a few tips on how to make sure your pet travels safely. 

1. Just as you would never leave the driveway without ensuring that your child is safely buckled in with a seat belt or securely fastened into a car seat or booster seat, so your fur baby should also be restrained when you get behind the wheel. An unsecured dog is a danger to your dog, your passengers, and the driver.  

2. Cats travel best in their carrier. Help make travel easier on your cat by making the carrier a safe place for your cat. Leave the carrier out and open at home, lined with a cuddly blanket or sweater. Toss your cat's favorite treats and toys inside then let your cat come and go at will.

3. Secure all carriers with a seat belt so that, in the event of a sudden stop, the carrier is secured.

4. Don't let your dog or cat ride in the front passenger seat. The weight of their carrier will signal the air bag to deploy in case of an accident. This could possibly injure your pet with its 200 mph force when deployed. 

5. Don't let your dog ride in the bed of a pickup. You'd think this would go without saying but people still continue to travel with dogs in pickup beds. More and more states are making this illegal but regardless of the law, never drive with a dog in the bed of a truck. 

6. Choose car travel whenever possible. Car travel is less stressful on dogs and cats than air travel

7. Carry the scent of home. Your pet's favorite blanket or toy is a comforting scent of home in a new place, whether that's the carrier, vet's office or a hotel room. 

8. Give your pet the opportunities to stretch their legs with rest stops every two or three hours. Not only is it good for your dog, but the stop is good for the driver as well. 

9. Carry a record from your home vet confirming that your dog or cat has had all of their necessary shots. Hotels and other lodging establishments may require showing proof of vaccinations at check-in. It is also a good idea to keep a pet first aid kit in the car at all times. You never know when you might have an emergency and need to use the kit. 

10. Be sure to pack plenty of water and a water bowl for your trip. Having water on hand will help prevent dehydration on those long trips or trips to the dog park. It's also a good idea to travel with your pet's favorite food or cat litter. You would hate to find yourself having to buy a brand your pet isn't familiar with, just for them to refuse to eat it. 

11. Remember you should never leave your dog or cat alone in a car. Doing so puts your pet at risk of heat injuries, hypothermia and theft. 

12. Stop letting your dog put their head all the way out the window. There are several dangers with this. Your dog could lean to far out the window either in excitement or by accident and fall out of the car. Your dog could see another dog or squirrel and jump from the car. There are so many scenarios that could be avoided by keeping all windows up or cracking the window about an inch still allowing fresh air and scents to enter the car. 

We hope these 12 travel tips will help keep your pets safe throughout the new year. If you are needing a new water bowl or pet food, be sure to check out our selection at Slobberbones Bakery & Market located inside each of our Chattanooga Ark locations. We hope you and your pet have safe travels throughout the year!

Resource: www.pawzaar.com

Posted by Ark Crew  | Category: Pet Wellness


With the new year only a few days away, I'm sure you have put some thought into your new year resolutions. But have you thought about resolutions for your pets, or some that include you and your pet? Today's Wellness Wednesday is all about resolutions that you can make for your pet or something you can do with your pet that will benefit them in the new year. 

1. UPDATE PET ID INFO - Changes happen all the time - people move, get new phone numbers and because of these changes most of the time we forget to update our pets ID tag until it's to late and our pet is lost. If your contact information has changed, the new year is the perfect time to update your pets' tags and their microchip information. By making these changes, it's the best way to ensure a lost pet makes their way home safely. 

2. TEACH AN OLD DOG A NEW TRICK -  Keeping your older pets' brain active, can actually make it healthier. Studies have shown that mental stimulation can help reduce cognitive deterioration in aging animals. By practicing tricks your pet already knows and adding in a new one is a great way to keep your pets' neurons firing. 

3. MAKE A DATE WITH YOUR VET - Like humans, it's always good to get a yearly checkup for your pet. Though these examinations aren't a crowd favorite it is a key component of good preventive care. As your pet gets older common health conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, or obesity are much easier to manage when detected in the early stages of the disease process. 

4. INCORPORATE (MORE) PLAYTIME INTO YOUR ROUTINE -  Getting cats active can sometimes be tricky. A great way to get them up and moving is by using toys that trigger their predatory instinct. Experiment with cat toys such as lasers, catnip toys, crinkly balls and climbing towers to see what gets your cat going. 

5. TRY A NEW ACTIVITY WITH YOUR PET- Trying a new activity with your pet is easier than ever before. This resolution is not only beneficial to your dog, but you as well. You will have extra bonding time with your pet and reap the rewards of a healthy physical activity. 

6. CHOOSE AN AGE-APPROPRIATE DIET- Picking an age appropriate diet is beneficial. As your pet grows, they have specific nutrient requirements to help ensure that their bodies grow healthy and strong. If you have an older pet, they may have medical issues and having an age appropriate diet will help with these health issues. Choosing a diet that is specifically tailored to your pet's life stage is the perfect way to keep your pets in optimal health. 

7. MEASURE YOUR PET'S FOOD - EVERY TIME!- A lot of times when we feed our pets we are in a rush and don't necessarily follow the recommended feeding guidelines. Because of this, a lot of times we are overfeeding our pets and causing unnecessary weight gain. For the new year try using an 8 ounce measure cup to ensure your pet isn't taking in un-needed calories. A good rule of thumb is to start with the feeding guidelines on the bag to figure how much your dog or cat really needs. 

Whether you come up with your own pet resolution or add one of these to your list it's great to include your furry friends on your list! We hope 2019 brings great things to you and your pets. Happy New Year from all of us at The Ark Pet Spa & Hotel!

Resource: www.petmd.com

Posted by Ark Crew  | Category: Pet Wellness



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