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Thoughtful ingredients for a healthier and happier pet
 
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Quality. Nutrition. Safety.

 

Below is the science behind why the main ingredients in our products are so effective.

 

What is Full Spectum Hemp (CBD) oil? 

Full spectrum CBD contains a variety of essential vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, protein, chlorophyll, terpenes, flavonoids, and fiber. When referring to CBD in the hemp plant, it’s important to understand that Hemp contains a large number of cannabinoids (in trace amounts), but the main compounds are CBD and cannabidiolic acid (CBDa). As CBDa is more abundant in the hemp plant, firms must decarboxylate the oil. This process heats the oil and changes CBDa into CBD.

Its important to understand that CBD from Cannabis is only legal in Medical or recreational states, while CBD hemp oil is legal in all 50 states under the 2014 US Farm Bill. While it may not be able to treat all conditions it has been known to assist with a variety of medical conditions including anxiety, depression and acute pain.

This type of Hemp Oil is the main ingredient in our Daily Stress and Anxiety relief chews and our Calming and Pain Relief Sprays.

How does hemp work?

Hemp is an amazing substance, and there has been long documented research on it's effects and benefits. There is hard science behind how hemp works, and why it works in dogs and in humans.

Hemp contains naturally occurring compounds called cannabinoids. There are over 140 known cannabinoids that have been identified in hemp and these cannabinoids interact with the endocannabinoid system found in animals and in humans. 

Cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2) are found throughout the body and brain, and each various receptors affect different functions. Some cannabinoid receptors affect pain sensation, some affect mood and anxiety, some appetite and some work on inflammation and the immune system. The function of the endocannabinoid system is to maintain a stable environment in the body.

The cannabinoids found in the hemp that we use work by stimulating these receptors, and can signal the body to build more cannabinoid receptors. 

Glucosamine for Dogs: Why It's Important

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It can be difficult for pet parents to watch their dog grow older and begin to slow down. However, the signs that you may consider a natural slowing down due to old age may actually be signs that your dog is experiencing joint pain leading to unwillingness for your dog to move around. Because regular exercise is important in maintaining healthy muscles, bones and joints. As a result, your dog's inactivity can lead to even more joint and muscle stiffness.

Glucosamine is a natural substance found in your pet's body, with the highest concentration found in healthy cartilage. The glucosamine in your dog's body produces glycosaminoglycan, which is used to help form and repair body tissues such as cartilage. As your dog ages, the natural production of glucosamine in the body slows. As a result, the natural repair process in the body slows, eventually leading to joint pain and stiffness. The ongoing wear and tear on your dog's joints, combined with the slowed repair time of the cartilage, leads to the development of painful arthritis. The good news is that research has found that providing supplements of glucosamine for dogs can help rebuild cartilage, which can help restore your dog's joint function and activity levels.

Benefits of glucosamine for dogs:

  • Glucosamine has an anti-inflammatory effect, helping to reduce your dog's pain and stiffness
  • Side effects are very rare
  • Helps restore joint health naturally, increasing mobility
  • Improves lubrication in your dog's joints
  • May reduce or eliminate the need for NSAIDS, which have possible side effects and don't repair the joints, only reduce pain

Glucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM

While glucosamine is the most common ingredient in supplements for joint health, there are other components which may increase the effectiveness of your dog's joint supplement. Chondroitin is another natural substance found in your dog's cartilage and, when paired with glucosamine, has an even more beneficial effect on your dog's joints. MSM (methylsulphynolmethane) is a natural sulphur compound also thought to help improve joint flexibility and reduce pain and inflammation.

It can take a few weeks to see the beneficial effect of a joint supplement. Your dog can stay on a joint supplement for his or her entire life, and in fact you might find that your dog's signs of joint pain will recur within a few weeks of discontinuing the joint supplement.

Some signs that your dog is benefiting after starting a joint supplement are more playfulness, less stiffness, more willingness to climb stairs, jump, or go on walks, and just an overall happier demeanor.

These ingredients can be found in our Daily Bone and Joint Relief Chews.

Probiotics for Pets

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Mention the word “bacteria” and people immediately think of diseases and infections that require treatment with antibiotics or antiseptics formulated to kill harmful bacteria. However, what isn’t so well known is the fact that “good” bacteria necessary for maintaining overall health co-exist with “bad” bacteria, which are directly responsible for all kinds of canine medical issues.

Without the right amount of good bacteria living in their gastrointestinal system, dogs (just like humans) can suffer from a wide variety of illnesses, such as:

  • Diarrhea/mild dehydration/irritable bowel syndrome
  • Chronic skin infections (allergies, dermatitis, yeast and parasitic)
  • Oral diseases (gingivitis, periodontitis, tooth loss, halitosis)
  • Vaginitis in female dogs
  • Increased energy due to optimal absorption of nutrients from food passing through the GI tract

Probiotics are supplements containing rich amounts of good bacteria that help restore bacteria balance to gut flora so that dogs feel great and look great. What makes probiotics so effective are the strains of beneficial bacteria included in the formula.

Bacillus coagulans

This strain has proven to be a benficial probiotic for a variety of pet ailments.

Additionally, the European Food Safety Authority has added Bacilla coagulans to their Qualified Presumption of Safety list. This probiotic was also approved for veterinary use by the European Union and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine over a decade ago.

This is the strain used in our line-up of Probiotic Pet Sprays: