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Hi everyone, can you believe summer is almost gone? Another year has practically flown by and while I stay forever young, my dog, Dexter, is a senior citizen now.

I’m not exactly sure how old Dexter is- a dog never tells – but one thing is for sure, he has slowed down and shown signs of aging. He isn’t a spring chicken, er, puppy anymore.

Baby Dexter when he was young & spry.

And while Dexter was never very sociable with people, he had always loved other dogs, well most other dogs. Until lately. Recently I noticed Dexter having more generalized anxiety, anti-social behavior and frankly, being grouchy.

After a quick visit to the veterinarian to rule out anything serious, it was determined that yes, Dexter is officially a senior citizen now. As typical with senior pets, Dexter has arthritis along with the usual lumps and bumps that come with the territory; old age. It’s no wonder Dexter was grouchy-he was in chronic pain. That’s no fun, and something I wasn’t about to let him suffer with. The veterinarian suggested medications that Dexter could go on, for the rest of his life, along with detailing their possible side effects. After a brief discussion about that option, which I declined, we discussed alternatives. Because who wants their dog to become lethargic, or have vomiting and/or diarrhea? I want to relieve Dexter’s pain, not cause more.

One of the options we discussed is CBD Oil. While Veterinarians cannot, at this time, specifically recommend CBD Oil, they also cannot deny the fact that many of their patients have had positive results from it. And with little to no known side effects, I decided to try it for Dexter’s chronic pain and anxiety.

If you know nothing about CBD Oil and its benefits for both people and pets, do yourself a favor and Google it. There is a ton of information available on the Internet about this stuff. But to answer your burning question (see what I did there), NO, it will NOT GET YOUR PET HIGH.

CBD Oil comes from the Cannabis plant as does THC. It’s the THC which gets you high and gives you feelings of euphoria. Frankly there are tons of benefits for both humans and pets that take CBD regularly. Lucky for us, the good people at The CBD Awareness Project were able to provide tons more information. Follow the links below for more in-depth information.

CBD Oil for Pets
A Dog Owner’s Guide to CBD
A Cat Owner’s Guide to CBD

If you’re wondering how Dexter responded to his new supplement, I’m happy to report that CBD Oil has completely helped him. Dexter no longer seems to be suffering from chronic pain, the pep in his step is back and he seems to enjoy the company of other dogs once again.  (With the possible exception of his cousin, Buster, who is a puppy, and can be quite annoying sometimes.)

So, is CBD right for your pet? Do your homework, research the information available to you, there is massive amounts of information out there. For me, my goal is to make sure Dexter has the best quality of life for as long as he can. Isn’t that what we all want for our beloved pets?

Have you tried CBD for yourself or for your pets? I’d love to hear from you and know what your experience has been. Leave a comment or e-mail me.

All the best!
Laura

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