HOW TO USE CBD OIL FOR DOGS - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

I first learned about Cannabis Oil, also known as CBD or Hemp oil, from my (amazing, wonderful, and life-changing) acupuncturist. I'm obsessed with her because she helped me in so many ways, but that's a whole different story for another time. She started giving CBD oil to her elderly dog when he was first diagnosed with prostate cancer and supposedly only had a couple months left to live... This was several years ago and he's still alive and doing very well! How great is that?

I'm sharing both of my pups' experience with hemp oil to give you an idea of its benefits and what a game changer it has been for us. I've also included info about finding the best brand and type to use, along with the correct dosage for dogs.

 
 Boomer on the left, Ruger on the right

Boomer on the left, Ruger on the right

 

Ruger's Experience:

I started researching all of the incredible benefits and decided to use it on Ruger, my two year old Labrador Retriever/Border Collie mix. I believe his breed type and him being a rescue, contribute to his anxious personality. He's incredibly sensitive to noise and his ears are would always be pinned back (see the photo of him above for example). This can be a sign of being scared or uncomfortable in dogs. He would usually be hiding in a closet and was very timid, I took him to the vet a couple times because I was so worried about him. The vet suggested a doggie version of Zanax but that was not an option in my book. Within a week of starting him on CBD oil we began to see the changes. He has become more confident and outgoing, and I can tell he feels more comfortable in general. His ears are in a more relaxed position which make him look much happier, which makes me happier. We've had him on it for over a year and I'm sure we will keep him on it for the rest of his life.

Boomer's Experience:

About 6-7 months after we got Boomer we started giving him hemp oil as well. We used it as a wellness supplement to (hopefully) prevent cancer and any other chronic diseases because of his age. The biggest benefit we've seen with him is a major positive change in his limping. He has severe arthritis in one elbow, we think it came from an injury (before we had him) that was never properly treated. In my opinion, CBD oil works in the sense that is brings you to a normal baseline with whatever issue you are treating. For example, if you use it for depression - you won't all of a sudden feel extremely happy and never have any worries again... Instead, one day you will notice you don't feel sad anymore, there will simply be an absence of the depression. Boomer used to limp every day and it was heart breaking to watch. He would be worse after laying down for a long time or from playing fetch and we would give him Rimadyl for the pain. I felt uncomfortable giving him that medication every single day when it's known to have other negative side effects. After starting him on the CBD's we noticed Boomer hadn't been limping anymore. And the more we thought about it, the more we realized we actually hadn't seen him limp in several months! (We did give him Dasuquin with ASU for several months before trying CBD oil and we barely noticed a difference). 

 
 Happy dog. He actually hates being in the car, he becomes stressed and sheds like crazy. This is a great time to add some extra drops of oil

Happy dog. He actually hates being in the car, he becomes stressed and sheds like crazy. This is a great time to add some extra drops of oil

 

Use CBD oil for these symptoms:

  • Reducing inflammation/pain
  • Reducing stress/anxiety
  • Increasing cognitive function
  • Reducing or helping to control seizures
  • Inhibiting cancer cell growth

And if your dog suffers from anything else not on this list, do some research and see if it might help because the benefits include a long list that goes on forever. Another bonus - you can also look into how it can help you, too!


Where to buy:

I use Bluebird Botanicals, they are one of the top companies in the industry and have amazing stuff. My acupuncturist got me hooked on this brand and advised me to use the Classic formula, which has no unnecessary fillers. So, this is not an ad in any way, I just genuinely love them! Whatever brand you choose to buy, make sure you do your research. You definitely get what you pay for, and quality really matters.

 
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A quick photo of a bottle of the Classic formula from Bluebird Botanicals

 

Dosages:

For dosing, I give about 1 drop per 10 pounds. So, Ruger gets 5-6 drops and Boomer gets 8-9. If one of them is particularly anxious from a stressful vet trip or from being bathed (because we all know how traumatic that is), I give them a few extra drops for a bit of a bigger dose.

 

We hope CBD oil works for you and your pups!

Missing Utah...

I have said this SO many times lately but it's so weird to think about..

I can't believe I live on the complete opposite side of the country from where I grew up. I've always lived out West in Idaho, Utah, Arizona and I was born in California! I never in a million years would have thought I'd live with Zach in North Carolina, of all places. But I am really starting to love it out here and it's starting to feel like home. There is so much to do, we've had way more fun in Charlotte these past few months than our entire time in Salt Lake together. 

Here's some throwback photos of my 5 years in Utah. Ahhh the memories!!

 This was taken in Park City. On your way into the town there is a big, white barn in a field on the side of the road that's the local photo spot.

This was taken in Park City. On your way into the town there is a big, white barn in a field on the side of the road that's the local photo spot.

 Ensign Peak is my favorite place in Salt Lake, it's a short hike that gives you gorgeous views of downtown and the entire valley. This isn't even all the way to the top, so the view can be much better than this one!

Ensign Peak is my favorite place in Salt Lake, it's a short hike that gives you gorgeous views of downtown and the entire valley. This isn't even all the way to the top, so the view can be much better than this one!

 I love this photo so much. I took it after I started school at the University of Utah. It's at the Red Butte Garden close to the school and I remember being in bliss and so in love with these wildflowers!

I love this photo so much. I took it after I started school at the University of Utah. It's at the Red Butte Garden close to the school and I remember being in bliss and so in love with these wildflowers!

 This was taken in Park City on Main street.... in JUNE! I remember being so excited it was snowing in the middle of summer. I used to work at a cute boutique called Olive and Tweed on Main st.

This was taken in Park City on Main street.... in JUNE! I remember being so excited it was snowing in the middle of summer. I used to work at a cute boutique called Olive and Tweed on Main st.

 This is Sugarhouse Park down the street from where I lived. I miss this park a lot, I use to drive over and sit in the grass with a book. It has these big rolling hills that are so calming to look at!

This is Sugarhouse Park down the street from where I lived. I miss this park a lot, I use to drive over and sit in the grass with a book. It has these big rolling hills that are so calming to look at!

 I spent a lot of times at these University of Utah games, they were a fun time in college!

I spent a lot of times at these University of Utah games, they were a fun time in college!

 The Temple, I'm not LDS but I loved the temple. Looked like a castle in the middle of downtown. It was especially gorgeous during the holidays with all of the lights!

The Temple, I'm not LDS but I loved the temple. Looked like a castle in the middle of downtown. It was especially gorgeous during the holidays with all of the lights!

 When I first started thinking about starting a blog. LOL!

When I first started thinking about starting a blog. LOL!

 This is during Oktoberfest up at Snowbird Ski Resort. I've been every year since I first moved there, and it's become a tradtition. It's been voted one of the best Oktoberfests in the entire country. 

This is during Oktoberfest up at Snowbird Ski Resort. I've been every year since I first moved there, and it's become a tradtition. It's been voted one of the best Oktoberfests in the entire country. 

Utah will forever be home!

Visit to an Orchard

 
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This post has been sitting in my drafts for the longest time. I haven't posted anything in awhile because there have been so many life changes going on, but I am finally (and slowly) ready to get back into blogging because I love it and can't leave it behind. I've been wanting to shift the focus of my blog towards more dog-related topics because that's what I know the most about. But, this post is here and written out already so I'll publish it just to get back into the game.

Back in the fall, Zach and I drove out to an apple orchard a couple hours away into the boonies. I was so surprised at how beautiful the mountains are out here in North Carolina! I'm used to the mountains in Utah and Idaho, so I have high standards when it comes to scenery.

I think we both weren't expecting such pretty views. Back home we have the stunning Wasatch mountain range that would tower above Salt Lake City and the entire valley. But here it's almost like giant rolling hills where you can see layers and layers of trees. I'm adding photos so you can see what I'm talking about!

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Left: NC mountains, Right: Salt Lake City.

At the orchard we ate apple cider donuts that we heard were worth the drive. And yes, THEY ABSOLUTELY WERE! The donuts were so warm and fluffy, and we seriously ate all 6 that same day (oops!). They also sold cider slushies made fresh from their apples. I didn't know these existed but they were very, very addictive and I had two. I'm craving one now, wish they weren't so far away...

After we drove a half hour to Asheville and got lunch in the downtown area. That was our first time there and we loveeed it. The downtown area reminds me of a bigger version of Main Street in Park City. The buildings are charming and so are the businesses that fill them. We didn't get to spend too much time in Asheville because we left the dogs at home, but something told me we would be back again (and we did go back)! I'm already wanting to move out there! I have such wonderful feelings towards Utah and it will always be home, but I love that Asheville reminds me of that wonderful home and is just a couple hours away.

Thanks for reading ya'll! (see how Southern I am now??)

Fall Update!

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Cute outtake!

 Millie is Zach's family dog!

Millie is Zach's family dog!

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 Another cute outtake of my happy Lab!

Another cute outtake of my happy Lab!

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I have been TERRIBLE at keeping up with my blog! I'm sorry! I haven't quit it though (since some people have asked), I just have been so busy settling into our new state/city/apartment. And as you know, I've been thinking about changing my blog so that is still in the works!

It's early October in good ol' North Carolina and it's 76 degrees out. I'm literally sitting on the couch with the patio door wide open and it feels amazing! It's bright and sunny out, couldn't be more perfect. The leaves here haven't changed yet, but I can see some trees are slowly starting to transition. Yay! I'm sad I'll miss the snow and mountains back in Utah, but I'm definitely looking forward to not having to drive on icy roads. 

Now that we're finally living in the city, Zach and I are having so much fun! I'll be honest and say at first we were worried we might have made a mistake moving here since it was a little bit of a stressful summer, but now that we're in the city and in our awesome new place... we are having such a great time! We do hope to move back to Utah in a few years though!

Right now we're in this really cool, walkable part of town called South End. We can hop from brewery/restaurant/wherever else and not have to drive. Last Sunday we walked across the street to the grocery store and had mimosas at the bar (they have one in the store!!), it was actually a really fun time since the Panthers game was on and people looove their football around here. I've been better at taking photos of all of the stuff we've been doing so I'll make sure to post more about our time here!

I'm also very happy to see how Ruger and Boomer are settling in. We got Boomer in the Spring, then shortly after we drove across the country and moved to a new place with new people and new surroundings. Dogs are all about routine, so any changes can be very stressful for them and we went through a ton of change! I think they love it here so far (hopefully), we can take them almost anywhere with us, I love that! Every single restaurant/bar/brewery patio is dog-friendly so we've had a lot of socialization opportunities for the boys. That's another huge relief for me, their behavior had really changed when we first started the moving process. When we first started packing our apartment back in Salt Lake, they were a little stressed and it just snowballed from there. They were becoming a little naughty and I was becoming really frustrated with them, which is the worst thing you can do, but I was also stressed and couldn't help it. But we are all finally getting back to normal and I'm so happy with being in Charlotte so far! 

More updates and posts will be coming soon!

 

A Little Southern Update

 
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Just a short little update since I haven't posted in a few months!

These are some photos I took right before we moved from Utah. I really miss it there, especially the huge mountains that towered over us. We are getting close to moving into our apartment which is in a really cool part of Charlotte, so I'm excited to start that adventure!

Like I said before, my blog is such a learning experience for me. The photography, website, I mean everything is all on me and I put a lot of pressure on myself to make everything perfect. Which is why I slowed down with blogging. I get so worried I will fail it keeps me stuck and prevents me from trying! But I really do love blogging so I'll keep at it.. even if I'm at a reallllly slow pace.

A little update on life here in the good ole South...

We're staying with Zach's parents who have a really pretty house on a lake in a small town just north of Charlotte. No one in the actual city of Charlotte is from here which is surprising. It's a big and growing city, so many of the people here are from all different states.

Sometimes I unknowingly pick up on accents when I speak to people that have one. One day I said the color orange, and not even kidding it came out like Paula Deen. So now I'm super self-conscious that my wannabe accent might slip out when I'm talking to an actual Southern person. 

I've really gotten into the show Southern Charm because it's in Charleston which is only a few hours away and I'm dying to go. I've heard the seafood and beaches are amazing!

The dogs seem to like it here, so that makes me really happy! They get to swim and chase ducks as much as they want. At first, they would run into the neighbor's yards and swim way too far out. Talk about frustrating! Most of the homes on the lake don't have fenced yards, so I was worried they would get lost. I decided the boys needed a little refresher in their training and started to do mini play and training sessions in the front and backyard. Luckily, they're both very food/toy motivated so they stick close if we offer them rewards. We would also put them on a leash and walk the boundaries of the yard, and only let them swim if we put their life jackets on. The good news is they finally got the idea that just because everyone else's yard is open and tempting, it is not available to them. We can almost 100% trust them to be off-leash, but they will occasionally chase after little critters or wander too far. There is a white duck that likes to taunt them, but it quacks at the top of its lungs if they get too close. 

Happy Wednesday!

Life + Blog Update!

 
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So we made it to North Carolina! On the 30 hour drive I had a lot of time to think about my blog and what direction I want to take it in. I have so many interests, but I've come to find my main ones to be my dogs and looking cute. Sounds silly, but 'by looking cute' I mean trying to look my best by finding out what fashion and beauty trends look best on me. I don't want to claim to be an expert on fashion or beauty or dogs... but I just want to share my experiences and the way we live our lives based off of what I know. That's why I consider my blog to be in the category of "lifestyle". I don't post about high fashion because that's not how I typically dress. I was trying to force myself to go into that direction, but it doesn't fit me or come naturally to me so I'm letting it go. I'm usually with the boys so I dress very casually.

I'm also somewhat knowledgeable about dogs because I've been learning and reading about them since I was a little kid, way before I ever had one. Again, I just want to share the resources and knowledge I've learned along the way to help you and your pup, if I can in any way possible. I really consider myself a dog mom, and that's who I want to reach out to with this blog. This is sort of like my diary and I want it to connect or relate to others who are like me.

I have been reading all sorts of blogs for several years now. It's interesting to see how others live and it's nice to learn tips or tricks that can make your life better. I also use my blog as a method to be more confident with myself, it's a little vulnerable to share parts of you with the world but I've seen the wonderful careers that have come from doing something like this. Hopefully, I can create a career from this... but if not it will always be a fun hobby I love to do.

My blog content or website might not look like much, but my site has taken me what feels like a million hours to create. I've learned so much about web design, graphic design, and coding. A lot of work has been put in behind the scenes, believe it or not. When I do start working on my blog I go into a creative flow state and get idea after idea, and it feels like I'm on top of the world. However, it's hard to translate those ideas especially when it comes to the photos. I envision how I want the photos to turn out for each shoot, but they never look the way I want them to. I feel I'm not as photogenic as I see other bloggers are, my dogs are very difficult to pose with, etc. But this whole project really helps me stay creative, and I'm constantly learning new things which I've learned is essential for me to feel fulfilled and happy in my daily life.

I love my little blog and am proud of it so far, and I'm really grateful for the people that do read it! I was ecstatic to see that my blog's Pinterest page gets 40k views a month! I think I literally jumped up out of my seat and ran to Zach to show him the awesome surprise. Since I wrote this the numbers have actually been going up, too. So amazing!

Long story short, you may see some changes coming to my blog - but I will always keep you updated.

P.S. an NC blog post coming soon! We Love it here so far, if anyone knows of Charlotte's neighborhoods - we are thinking of moving to South End!

Spanish Inspired

 
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How GORGEOUS is this dress? I've always been drawn to flowy dresses because they are so romantic and feminine. I feel so beautiful in this dress, I love the detail and how it fits, and how it looks - everything about it is just so perfect. I got it from asos.com and I will link it here.

But I wanted to talk about a very important topic today on the blog...

Who else loves the show Friends..? I just started watching it recently and I am obsessed! Rachel's 90's fashion is so on point and she looks incredible in just about every scene. When it was running on air I was too young to watch or even like it. I actually hated it to be honest, but thanks to Netflix I'm a huge fan. The same thing happened with Gilmore Girls and that's how I came to love that show, too! I always preferred going out to a movie rather than watching tv (unless I was using it for background noise). But when you're able to watch episodes in chronological order you can see and become connected with the actually story rather than catching random episodes that are aired out of order on cable. Anyone have any favorite shows on Netflix right now? I'd love any suggestions! I like to put something on when I'm cleaning or working on blog stuff so it's not so quiet!

P.S. less than a week until we move to North Carolina!