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Why I Started Giving My Dog CBD Whole Hemp Oil

If something could help my dog’s anxiety, arthritis, and lipomas, I certainly want to know more about it. That’s been the journey I’ve taken over the last several years with CBD research. Why I started giving my dog CBD whole hemp oil might be surprising to some, but as always I share my dog’s health adventures on this blog. 

A ton of information exists about CBD and hemp oil, marijuana, and THC, some of which is pointedly spot on and others that miss the mark completely. As a diligent pet parent and dog health and wellness writer, it’s my responsibility to be the voice for my dog, advocate in his best interests, and bring my results, research, and data to you. I’ll break this down into easy-to-follow facts coupled with our experience and then you can decide if CBD whole hemp oil is right for your dog. 

As always, check with your dog’s veterinarian before adding any supplements. I cannot guarantee the same results for your dog, but I can share with you everything I know, everything I learned, and help you be a more informed pet parent. Plus I’m giving away three bottles of Veritas Farms whole hemp oil pet tincture at the bottom of this post. 

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What Is CBD Whole Hemp Oil

CBD (cannabidiol) is found in both cannabis and hemp. In most cases, CBD does not contain THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects), which is the compound in marijuana that leads to a “high.” CBD is not psychoactive, so there is no end result “high.” 

In the cannibis plant, one of the ingredients is cannabidol. So when ingesting CBD, the goal is to help alleviate discomfort (nausea, pain, anxiety, seizure control), with little to no noticeable effect on cognition. 

It took me forever and a day to decide on which CBD product I wanted to start giving my dog. Because I won’t write about something I don’t have first-hand experience with, I take my time, talk to experts, go with what is best for me and my dog, and then I document everything. 

Not all CBD is created equal, the consumer must be very savvy in doing his or her research to source the right brand for their dog.

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Why I Started Giving My Dog Whole Hemp Oil

As the founder of a highly engaged Cocker Spaniel Facebook group called Club Cocker, I started to see the incredible feedback and testimonials from dog parents about the effects of CBD on their animals. Each experience was different and each person had a distinct reason for administering CBD oil to their dog. The commonality in the group came in the shared successes. Dog moms and dog dads touted the successes of controlling their dogs’ various medical ailments. 

Here are a few of the things they said: 

We have a 10-year-old chocolate Lab with separation anxiety and joint pain. We started her on pet CBD oil drops about a month ago and she has done a complete 180! Before, we couldn’t even get her to pep up. Walking up the stairs was a challenge for her. She hasn’t pranced or played much in at least a year. Even if she had an occasional burst of energy, it would only last seconds. Now she has energy, her coat looks great, her eyes are clearing up, her skin isn’t itchy, her hips and joints don’t seem to be in pain, and her fatty tumors even seem to be getting smaller. Her separation anxiety has never been better! This oil is no joke! So happy for my puppy! 

I have a Cocker mix. I have him on CBD oil and he is doing better. He has CCD, CHF, Dog Parkinson’s, and thyroid issues. (I love him with all my heart!) He is one of my hospice dogs.

 I have used CBD oil with my Cocker mix for approximately three months to help with her sound sensitivity. It seemed to help quickly after starting, just took the edge off with no side effects.

We are 1 week into our dog being totally off the Keppra & using only CBD oil. No seizures so far *knock on wood* & he is even losing a little weight (which he needed). Praying we continue on this pawsitive path!! Vet was very on board with this, which was encouraging.

This piqued my curiosity and began my research journey. During this time, the folks at Veritas Farms approached me about trying the product on my dog, but I needed further convincing and research. 

My dog, Dexter, is now on CBD whole hemp oil because I want him to find relief from arthritis and perhaps decrease the size of his canine lipomas. They aren’t super big but they are there, and any lipoma is one I don’t want on my dog.

Dog lipomas are sometimes called fatty tumors and they grow under a dog’s skin. Because CBD may have an antitumorigenic effect, meaning stopping or growing things like this, I wanted to give it a try IF I felt comfortable doing so. 

Beyond that, Dexter suffers from occasional anxiety – perhaps even dread – at the sound of fireworks and thunderstorms. If CBD whole help oil from Veritas Farms could help that in some way, how awesome would that be?!

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Before Starting My Dog On CBD Whole Hemp Oil

First, I learned as much as humanly possible about the Veritas Farms product. Then I talked to my dog’s veterinarian and then to my dog’s cardiologist. Here’s what I discovered. If you like science and the facts behind it, here it is. 

Veritas Farms CBD Whole Hemp Oil Facts

Fact: Veritas Farms grows and makes their product on their farm in Colorado. They launched in 2015 and conduct on-site testing during each phase of the growing, extraction, and manufacturing of its products (for pets and people). 

Fact: The company began adding batch-unique QR codes to all of its packaging that links to verifiable Certificates of Analysis from the company’s network of third-party testing laboratories. The reports provide data on potency and purity. Independent lab testing is necessary to ensure the product’s quality and potency. Their third-party lab is licensed and regulated by the Colorado Department of Agriculture. 

Fact: Veritas Farms uses no pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, or unnatural fertilizers on their crops.

Fact: Organic ingredients are used wherever possible in Veritas Farms products. They practice till farming, using composted fertilizer and drop irrigation for sustainability purposes. 

Fact: Veritas Farms is a seed-to-sale hemp brand that sells CBD-infused products for dogs, cats, and even horses!

Fact: Veritas Farms’ CBD for dogs and cats contain hemp oil extracted from hemp flowers and leaves using advanced techniques. All plants are 100% Colorado grown.

BIG TIME GAME CHANGER FOR ME: While researching CBD for dogs, I came upon an article from Consumer Reports on how to shop for CBD. Veritas Farms is one of the main resources in the piece. 

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What The Experts Say About CBD Whole Hemp Oil

Fact: Hemp-based CBD contains less than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive component in marijuana. Unlike cannabis, hemp is now legal in all 50 states. In December of last year, Congress passed H.R.2. Titled the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, the bill effectively removed hemp from its previous classification as a Schedule I drug. According to the federal government, Schedule I drugs have no recognized medical benefit.

Fact: The efficacy of CBD is no longer up for debate; the World Health Organization (WHO) recently recommended that CBD be rescheduled. You can read the report.

Fact: Here’s what the FDA has to say about it:  “The FDA is currently collecting information about marijuana and marijuana-derived products being marketed for animals. FDA reminds consumers that these products have not been evaluated by FDA for safety and effectiveness, and we recommend that you talk with your veterinarian about appropriate treatment options for your pet.”

Fact: Cornell University did a study and the results are very encouraging with regard to CBD and dogs. “The results were significant, according to the researchers with over 80% of the dogs taking the CBD oil showing “significant improvement in pain levels and quality of life” without discernible side-effects.”

Fact: Colorado State University shared a release on the preliminary data from the (pilot) study looking at CBD as a treatment for epilepsy in dogs. Bottom line? “Based on her research, she found that 89 percent of dogs who received CBD in a clinical trial had a reduction in the frequency of seizures.

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How Veritas Farms Whole Hemp Oil Pet Tincture Works

The pet tincture is used for joint issues and mobility, as one of the main benefits of CBD is its anti-inflammatory properties. The tincture is designed to be circumstantial, as needed, or as an everyday product. How much you give depends on the size and need of the dog. Here’s the chart dosing from Veritas Farms:

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According to Chad Lio, Director of Marketing at Veritas Farms, “Putting it in food should have no affect on the absorption. I actually administer both to my dogs. I put it in their food in the morning and then just give it to them orally at night. ”

I simply added a 1 ml dropper full of the tincture to Dexter’s food once a day. It is available in two doses: 100 mg and 200 mg and we used the 200 mg for about 32 days as of this writing. Dexter wasn’t interested in slurping it from the dropper, but some dogs are into that and if your dog is, go for it. 

The pet tincture ingredients are: full spectrum CBD Oil (contains less than .3% THC), organic MCT ( medium-chain triglycerides) oil, and fish extract powder or natural bacon flavoring. 

I am told that there will be an expanded pet line coming soon, but the tincture is available now and what has been a part of our lives for over a month.

The pet tincture has been available since Veritas Farms has been in business and is one of their core products. For me, this means its been around a while and I take comfort in that. 

So far, so good with Dexter. He had his cardiology appointment in early April, and his results were phenomenal. We started him on a traditional compounded medicine, he takes supplements from our friends at Dr. Harvey’s and eats their diet, too, and he now has Veritas Farms whole hemp oil pet tincture on his food once a day. 

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I notice he is more energetic for a 10-years-young dog. I notice that he acts like a much younger dog. My spouse and I strive to keep our dogs feeling young because we both believe age is just a number. I have not seen a major decrease yet in the size of his lipomas, but it’s too soon to tell and I plan to keep using it. I love that it also can be contributing to joint issues, as he is a two-time ACL repair dog, and he has spinal arthritis. 

When we meet people, they usually think he is much younger, and that makes me feel proud. It makes me happy for my dog. We get regular blood work on our dog, and his last blood draw for CBC and full chemistry profile was early April, at which point it was pristine. He will be re-tested in June. 

Can CBD Oil Cause Side Effects In Dogs 

I have not seen any negative side effects in my dog to date since he has been on the Veritas Farms CBD pet tincture. Because this is a fact-based blog on health and wellness, this is what we learned on the topic of side effects: there is no scientific data on side effects of CBD usage in dogs. There are side effects reported in humans that use CBD. Those side effects in humans include: dry mouth, lowered blood pressure, and drowsiness. You can read more about the possible side effects of CBD in dogs here.

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  1. I would love to try CBD oil, hope it would help my girls digestive issues. THANKS!

  2. Rafi was on a CBD treat for his elbow dysplasia but he had to stop because there was lamb in it and his Dermatologist has him on a strict diet while work to see if he has a food allergy. This product doesn’t have lamb in it so he stay on it.

  3. I would like to try it because Beauregard is very sensitive to loud,sudden noises of any kind.Thank you for continuing to provide us with your knowledge and insights.

  4. Would like to try it out for Auggie since he has separation issues and major anxiety in the car.

  5. What a great article, very informative and helpful.
    I would like the opportunity to try the CBD on Toby’s anxiety issue..

  6. Hey Carol!

    I’m so happy to see you writing about CBD oil and sharing your experiences. I recently started Titan on CBD oil but it’s too soon to know if it’s helping anything else other than calming him. Titan has several lumps and bumps and aging joints. I’m so hoping that it will shrink his lumps and help his minor tremors he has. I started with Hempworx (I know……) and have recently ordered CBD from CBDistillery for him and me. Sooooo, we would LOVE to try this CBD in order to compare with the others and see which actually helps him!

    I hope to hear more about your experiences with CBD oil. I hear it can do some miraculous things, including, fight cancer!

    Bren @ Pibbles & Me

  7. Would love to see if this would help Charlie’s separation anxiety. Thank you for all the knowledge! So very helpful!!

  8. I definitely would love to try this with Parker..So many benefits that I feel he could use…
    Hope we win … ❤️?

  9. Honestly, I”m hoping it will help with Ivi’s hip dysplasia and I’ve read such wonderful things about CBD oil!

  10. I would love to try thos and see if it helps with our Cockers that have anxiety. Great article!

  11. I too have been considering giving Poppy CBD oil, but didn’t know where to start. The last couple months she’s been quivering in her back legs, I believe due to muscle loss and weakness. I’m hoping the CBD can help with pain she feels from her spinal issues and probable arthritis. She’s 11 with 2 back surgeries, so most likely has arthritis. I’d love to try this product. Now if only it could help with Cocker warts (the papilloma growths)!

  12. I want to try it for my newly adopted dog, he is anxious when he is separated from our older dog.

  13. I’d like to try this for Lucky who has separation anxiety and limping with joint pain as he is 13 years old, and his littermate sister passed away 6 months ago.

  14. My ten year old cocker has been on CBD Vet Brand for over 6 months, it works wonders on
    her. The only thing I caution about is that it’s becoming to popular, we started on with Dog
    Cookies Peanut ? Butter flavored but they have become so popular it’s hard for them to keep in stock. Something for the tincture.
    It works on my arthritis too!

  15. We want Libby to go camping with us but she has a lot of anxiety in the car. When she is feeling anxious it makes us feel anxious. I would love to see if CBD oil could ease her anxiety.

  16. I’ve been researching different companies making CBD for pets. I’m also curious about the difference between the pet formulas and the human ones. I use it myself and haven’t found info on what (besides flavoring) is the difference in ingredients and whether mine is safe to share with my dog.

  17. Would love to try Cbd oil for my anxious and reactive cocker. It’s hard to keep him from trigger stacking if he sees something out the window. I do my best to keep him at bay and “manage” but sometimes it’s easier said than done. Thank you for your research Carol!!

  18. I have great anxiety about trying CBD oil for my moderately anxious dog, and you’ve really eased my worries. I’ve been doing reading on the subject, but have never heard about Veritas Farms. I love their philosophy.

  19. Schooner and Skipper both have fatty tumors. Skipper had a cancer removed. Schooner is having trouble walking up & down the steps at home, I think both could benefit from CBD oil. I start to research CBD for dogs and I was very overwhelmed. Thank You Carol for the article on CBD. Your research is very very helpful. I will be trying CBD on both my dogs.

    Again Carol you are so amazing and so helpful to all of us!

  20. I hope it will give my older dog more energy so he can keep up with his younger brother.

  21. I would use it for my Rudy’s anxiety and arthritis. Thank you for the informative article.

  22. I want to try it for anxiety but after reading the comments would be interested for pain management. My only concern is I have heard it increases hunger and Oliver already has a large appetite. As always Thank you Carol for caring.

  23. i would love to try CBD oil for my 8 year old Malamute who is aging and starting to slow down. I think it would be great for joint pain and achiness

  24. TW really wants to try CBD oil for me to maybe ease my aggression. Also she thinks I’m getting a touch of the arthur-itis. Dr. D. says it’s worth a shot. I notice this product is for dogs AND cats so I’d like to enter.

  25. My Radar has super bad anxiety and it breaks my heart so like you, I’ve been researching CBD since it works for m own human anxiety. I would love to give it a try to see if it helps him.

  26. I just adopted a 3 year old chihuahua from a high kill shelter in March. She is usually really good with new people (adults and teenagers) and other dogs and cats. Except little kids. Basically anyone under the age of 10 she goes Cujo on!! When she’s at events it’s hard to keep her calm enough and distracted to not react to the kids she meets. We suspect she must of been abused or tortured by a young child, hence her reaction. I’d love to try this on her.

  27. i would hope it would help with Tressa’s anxiety getting her nails trimmed and help with Harley’s anxiety separation. she is like my shadow and barks when i leave the house, even if i am just outside in the yard.

  28. We use CBD oil – both myself and my dog! I have tried some different brands, but am always looking to try different ones. However, it is definitely very confusing and with everyone getting on the bandwagon, you have to be SO careful. It is great to see a company like this and to know that you have looked into it so thoroughly.
    CBD helps our Luke with his anxieties, and we do everything we can to benefit his joints as well since he has luxating patellas in both knees.

  29. I’d like to see if it would help with his separation anxiety at all or fireworks.

  30. Hello Carol, i did have Abby on CBD treats over a year ago but it made her sleep much of the day so i took her off of them.
    I would be interested in trying this brand for a multitude of symptoms she is having as she is 13.5 years young.
    She looks great for her age but I’d love to have her feel just as great as she looks.
    Thanks for offering 3 free bottles to all of us. Much appreciated. ❤️
    Kimmer and Abby

  31. Hi, Carol, your oils are great for dogs these CBD oils are really great for dogs. I love it you mention thinks for a dog are amazing thanks ya.

  32. Many pet owners have found the use of CBD oils and treats extremely effective for relieving various conditions in their dogs. Cannabinoids are believed to engage the many different receptors that are associated with feelings such as pain and anxiety.

  33. I’ve had my English Cocker Spaniel on CBD oil from Charlotte’s Web for a few weeks as well as taking it daily myself. CW is also a Colorado company and their pet CBD oil is human grade. Leonard has lipomas and just had several benign plasmacytomas removed from his lower lip and chin. I’m praying the CBD oil will help him not get anymore. I’ll look into Veritas oil as well. Thanks for helping us feel good about using CBD oil on our sweet critters!

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