Considering CBD for your dog? Here’s what you need to know first.

May 15, 2019
Holistic Hound

By Heidi Hill, Co-Founder of Holistic Hound &
Certified Homeopath


I would have never described myself as an entrepreneur,
especially when I was working in finance for the first 20 years of
my career. Taking your passions and turning them into a career is
easier said than done, and frankly, a terrifying uphill battle. In
2003, I combined my two lifelong passions: animals and holistic
healthcare, and set out with the mission to improve the health and
wellness of our animal companions through a holistic approach that
focuses on nutrition, complementary therapies, and education. From
there, Holistic Hound was born.

As a Certified Homeopath, I brought my existing health knowledge
and married it to my passion and love for animals and the healing
power of full spectrum hemp and medicinal mushrooms. I worked
closely with an integrative veterinarian to create Holistic
Hound’s line of top-quality full spectrum hemp supplements with
CBD and medicinal mushrooms, in a variety of potencies, sizes, and
product types to fit your pet’s need.


With the exponential growth we’ve seen in the CBD category in
the pet industry over the last few years, comes loads of
information for consumers and retailers to take in. From dosage
recommendations, ingredients, hemp, full spectrum and branding,
consumers are independently trying to sort through the noise that
brands are feeding them, and often receiving the incorrect
information. So, to cut through the noise and the excess of
information out there, here are my top three tips for choosing a
CBD product line suitable for your dog.


  1. Full Spectrum Hemp Versus CBD: Knowing the difference
    between full spectrum hemp and CBD classified products will help
    you choose the right product, with the most benefits for your pet.
    Phytocannabinoid rich (PCR) or “full spectrum” hemp products
    contain CBD, other minor cannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes, fatty
    acids, and vitamins and minerals that work synergistically together
    for what is known as “the entourage effect.” They are in a
    unique category of their own given how they work with the
    endocannabinoid system (ECS) and their wide range of health
    benefits. The ECS is a system of receptors located throughout the
    bodies of all animals that regulate bodily functions such mood,
    sleep, and digestion. These receptors interact with the
    phytocannabinoids in the cannabis plant to modulate and restore
    optimal balance throughout the body and brain, known as

    • Some of the many reported benefits of full spectrum hemp

      • Immune Support
      • Reduced inflammation and pain
      • Calming
      • Antioxidant
      • Maintain a healthy intestinal tract
      • Enhanced physical and mental well-being


  1. Know the Beneficial Additives: Not all CBD products are
    created equal. A growing trend across the category is adding
    supplemental ingredients to help benefit other health areas when it
    comes to your dog’s health. Ingredients like medicinal mushrooms,
    Ashwagandha, and other herbs are key differentiators setting brands
    apart from each other. Plus, our pets have a range of wellness
    needs as they age, which means their needs may differ and could
    benefit from a variety of support from additional ingredients.


  1. Look for Transparency: Know and trust your brand! By
    doing your research and learning the ins and outs of the brand you
    choose while looking for the differentiators above, you can feel
    confident in your choice. If a brand conducts in-person or online
    product education and trainings, take advantage of those and learn
    more about the product line, history and what makes that brand
    different. Hemp should also be organically grown, THC-free, and
    manufacturers should provide third party testing for potency and
    purity. These are great places to start your research, and to
    better understand the category as a whole.  


To learn more about Heidi’s mission and Holistic Hound,

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Holistic Hound

Source: FS – Dogs – MDM
Considering CBD for your dog? Here’s what you need to know first.