Things to know when adopting a military dog.

If you’re thinking about adopting an ex-military dog, you might have some questions about acclimating them to civilian life. While the idea might be daunting to some, it isn’t as challenging as one might expect. However, there are a few aspects that differ from the experience of adopting a non-working dog.

Before an ex-military dog is considered adoptable, they must pass a few tests, some of which determine whether it has suffered PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) or any other sort of prohibitive conditions. Those dogs who fail these tests (if they have PTSD, etc.) are not available for adoption into civilian homes. Keep this in mind as you consider your options, as the responsibility of caring for such a dog is not exponentially that of a regular dog: All they need is a little extra care.

The Similarities

For dogs, retirement is not dissimilar to how it might be for humans. Some find that they miss the work, and others might have difficulty winding down in calmer situations. However, in most cases, ex-military dogs are still young. They may have only been trained but have never actually gone on a live mission before. Therefore, it is important to provide your dog with the essentials that any other dog would get in either case.

For one, this includes a fenced-in yard. Ex-military or not, dogs need exercise and a place to call their own. There should also be enough space in your house to accommodate your dog, all of their toys, their bed, etc.

The Difference with a Military Dog

If there is one thing that ex-military dogs require more of than the average dog, it is stability. Even if they do not have post-traumatic stress disorder, they are likely prone to stress easily, especially in the first few weeks of adoption when they are in an entirely new environment.

For this reason, an important thing to keep in mind is your own presence. As their owner, an ex-military dog must know where you are at all times. Due to their background, they are more likely to be protective of you and might behave erratically if they don’t know you’re safe and sound. Routine is also important. If you aren’t doing so already, try to wake up at the same time every morning and take your dog outside at roughly the same hours every day. This kind of repeatable pattern makes it easier for a dog to feel safe and comfortable.

Your Military Dog Supplements

Sometimes, providing a safe environment and keeping to a daily routine isn’t enough. If your dog is continuing to be neurotic in the best of times, you might need to consider getting them nutritional supplements.

You might be aware of the effects of CBD on humans. But did you know that similar effects can be seen in dogs who take CBD as well? It can help to stabilize a dog’s mood, agitation, or anxiousness. Additionally, it might also improve other aspects of their quality of life. It doesn’t have to be for ex-military dogs: Dogs of all walks of life may find benefits in having CBD as a part of their regular diet.

That’s why The Hemp Doctor now offers CBD Dog Treats and Organic CBD Oil Pet Tincture. These phytocannabinoid-rich products are lab-tested and THC-free. Designed from the ground up to be easily digestible and quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, the effects are noticeable and fast.

If you are looking to adopt an ex-military dog there are plenty of steps you can take to be prepared. But one of the quickest and most painless steps is introducing CBD into your dog’s daily wellness routine.

Dosage Recommendations

Whether you decide to introduce our CBD Dog Treats or our Organic CBD Oil Pet Tincture as a dietary supplement for your adopted military dog, we’d like to offer some dosage recommendations to get you started.

First, understand that, just like humans, all dogs are different. They have different metabolisms and tolerances, so finding the right dosage will take some trial and error. We recommend starting with lighter doses and working your way up until you achieve the desired results in your pet. 

We recommend that you start with 2 milligrams of CBD per 10 pounds of body weight. Because our CBD Dog Treats are premeasured to that dosage, you would just give your pet one treat per 10 pounds of body weight. If you are using our Organic Pet Tincture, you’re going to need to do some quick calculations.

To determine the number of milligrams in a dose, you need to calculate the number of milligrams contained in each milliliter of oil. We at The Hemp Doctor offer our pet tincture in 250, 500, and 1,000-milligram strengths. So let’s use our 500 mg strength as an example. You would divide the 500 mg strength by the 30 milliliters of oil in the bottle and come up with just over 16 mg per milliliter. 

The next calculation you need to make is based on your pet’s body weight. Let’s say that you have an 80-pound ex-military dog. At 2 milligrams per 10 pounds of weight, your dog would need to start with a 16-milligram dose per day. Since our 500 mg strength contains around 16 mg per milliliter, you would simply need to dose just 1 milliliter per day.

We recommend giving your dog one half of a day’s dose in the morning and the other half at night. Keep an eye on your dog for the first day or two. If this amount doesn’t seem to be affecting them, increase the daily dose by 2 milligrams per 10 pounds of body weight until you achieve your desired results. Also, be on the lookout for symptoms like lethargy and diarrhea. These symptoms can indicate that your dog is getting too much CBD. If so, you would need to decrease the dosage at that point.

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If you have further questions about how our CBD pet supplements may help your four-pawed friend, or if you have questions about any item in our inventory, feel free to give us a call or contact us through our online form

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While community interest in CBD has grown, many are hailing its wellness benefits and are encouraging others to try it as a holistic alternative to over-the-counter medications. You may have even had personal experience with using CBD to manage your lifestyle. If your furry little buddy also suffers from some of these same issues, you can try CBD with them as well. It may even hold the answer for them. As dogs can’t talk (yet), testing the dosage can be difficult. How would you even measure the dosage for your dog or incorporate it into their diet? Here’s some information that we feel you may find helpful.

The Benefits of CBD for Dogs

Researchers identified the first endocannabinoid and thus the existence of the human endocannabinoid system on March 24, 1992. Not to be confused with phytocannabinoids, which are plant-based cannabinoids, the endocannabinoid system regulates mood, comfort level, and sleep patterns. It was discovered later that all adult mammals also have this endocannabinoid system.

As we share a similar endocannabinoid system as dogs, they benefit from phytocannabinoids such as CBD in the same way we do. Anecdotal evidence points to dogs benefiting from CBD in ways such as helping to keep them calm during fireworks or thunderstorms or helping older dogs who suffer from joint and muscle discomfort.

Recommended Dosage

As with humans, the recommended dosage for dogs depends on a few factors.

  • Weight – the basic dosage recommendation is based on your dog’s weight, as you will see below.
  • Strength of the CBD – the more milligrams of CBD per milliliter of oil that is contained in the CBD tincture you plan on giving your pet, the smaller the dosage amount needed.
  • What is being treated – general maintenance of your pet’s well-being will require less CBD than treating your pet for physical discomfort.

You will need to perform a few calculations to determine the number of CBD milligrams contained per milliliter of oil. Let’s use The Hemp Doctor’s Organic CBD Oil Pet Tincture as an example. You have your choice of either 250 mg or 500 mg strength per 30 ml bottle. So if you divide each strength by the 30 milliliters contained in each bottle, you will find that the 250 mg strength contains approximately 8 mg of CBD per one milliliter, while our 500 mg strength contains a little more than 16 mg of CBD per one milliliter.

Now, the second calculation you will need to make is based on your pet’s weight. We recommend starting your dog’s dosage with one to two milligrams of CBD per 10 pounds of body weight. So if you take our 250 mg strength pet tincture and a 30-pound dog as an example, one milligram would be 1/8 of a milliliter, two milligrams would be 1/16 of a milliliter.

Keep an eye on your dog after the first dose or two. If there seems to be no effect from the CBD, increase the amount by two milligrams per 10 pounds until you see the desired results. Continue to watch your dog for signs that they may be getting too much CBD. These signs are things like lethargy or diarrhea. If your dog develops these symptoms, decrease the CBD dosage.

As we discussed before, pets with physical issues will need more potent doses of CBD than those that are just on an overall wellness plan. For general maintenance, one or two doses a day should be plenty. However, if treating your dog for discomfort, you will want to give them one dose every eight hours.

If you prefer not to worry about measuring your dog’s CBD dosage and would like to have something easy and premeasured, our Beef Flavored CBD Dog Treats are for you. Each treat contains 2 milligrams of pre-measured CBD so that you can use that as a guide. Start with one treat per 10 pounds of body weight, then increase the number of treats until the desired results are achieved.

Other Tips

Once you determine the proper dosage, it’s time to administer it to your tail-wagging friend. Most dogs enjoy the flavor of our CBD tincture right from the dropper. However, if your dog doesn’t like the taste or has issues licking it from the dropper, adding the recommended dosage to their favorite food is an easy way for your dog to enjoy the benefits of CBD. Taking the CBD with food also slows the digestive system’s breakdown and absorption of the cannabinoids within the oil. So not only does your pet get more significant benefits, but those benefits also last longer.

The Hemp Doctor Has Your Dog’s Health in Mind

At The Hemp Doctor, America’s Premier Hemp & CBD Dispensary, we understand how important man’s best friend is to each of us. This is why we donate part of our proceeds to Lake Norman Humane and is also why we ensure that our Pet Hemp CBD Products are of the highest quality available.

Take our Dog Treats, for example. Every treat is a veterinarian-approved formula with your dog’s overall health in mind. Not only do our dog treats carry 2 mg of phytocannabinoid-rich hemp oil with all of its benefits for humans and canines alike, but each treat also features these other helpful ingredients as well.

  • Dried Brewers Yeast – This is a high-quality source of protein, vitamin B, and amino acids to convert your pup’s food into available energy that he or she can access almost immediately.
  • Flaxseed Oil – This oil is excellent for your dog’s skin, as it nourishes it from within to promote a soft and shiny coat.
  • Organic Sweet Potato Powder – Sweet potato powder is a fantastic source of vitamin A, which promotes healthy muscles, nerves, eyes, coat, and skin.
  • Citrus Pectin – This substance is known to contain a treasure trove of health benefits for your pooch.
  • Vitamin E – Vitamin E combats free radicals that can damage healthy bodies. It also contributes to a healthy reproductive system, protects your dog’s vision, and boosts his or her immune system.

Shop The Hemp Doctor today and get your furry buddy the holistic solution that will keep his or her tail wagging for years to come!

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Do you have the best dog ever? If you are like most dog owners, you probably feel like your pup is the most loving and wonderful in the world – and no matter who you are, you’re right! The connection between a dog and its owners is unique and irreplaceable, and every individual relationship is perfect in its own way.

When you look at your dog’s sweet face, you can’t help but want to give him or her the very best of everything to keep them happy and healthy. After all, we can never truly repay our furry companions for the unconditional love and loyalty they show us, but we sure can try. Whether it’s with cute toys, yummy snacks, or sometimes, adorable outfits, we just want to spoil our pets! They deserve every bit of it!

Like humans, dogs experience several types of physical and emotional discomfort. When they are overactive, overstimulated, or simply getting older, dogs feel many of the same things we do. Even though dogs can’t communicate using words, there are many ways to identify when your canine is experiencing some type of fatigue. For example:

Does your dog seem more sluggish after a day of physical activity?

A dog feeling sluggish after a day of activity.Tired, uncomfortable muscles and joints can leave your dog feeling fatigued, which manifests in many ways. Your dog may seem unable or unwilling to climb stairs or onto a bed or couch. He or she may walk more slowly and may even have a slight limp. This could be your pup’s way of conveying that their body doesn’t feel quite right.

Does your pup hide or destroy items during loud holidays, or when you leave home?

When dogs feel nervous, they react in numerous ways to show their discomfort. Some dogs hide or seek comfort in a familiar spot in your home, others act out to express their distress. Often, this is a sign that your dog is feeling emotionally distraught.

Is your dog showing clear signs of aging?

As heartbreaking as it is to watch, many of us can identify when our dogs are starting to experience the degenerative symptoms of old age. Like humans, dogs experience joint discomfort as the years take their toll, making your canine less active and engaged in things he or she may normally love.

First, when you notice atypical behavior in your dog, we recommend consulting your veterinarian. Your vet will be able to rule out more serious ailments and let you know exactly the cause of your dog’s behavior. Once you are sure it’s not something more serious, consider trying an all-natural, trustworthy solution: CBD.

CBD for Dogs – A Natural Remedy

You may be surprised to learn that CBD can positively impact dogs in the same ways that it can impact humans. CBD is the superstar ingredient that has taken the wellness industry by storm in recent years, but its benefits are more far-reaching then you may realize.

CBD (cannabidiol) is a compound derived from hemp. Often confused with marijuana, hemp is in the same plant family, but is not identical to marijuana. The versatile hemp plant contains over 100 beneficial compounds, known as cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. Since the Farm Bill of 2018 passed, these hemp derivatives have been legal in the United States (as long as they contain no more than .3% THC).

Capable of delivering numerous wellness benefits, CBD enters the body and engages naturally with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is responsible for promoting comfort and harmony in the body, known as homeostasis. When CBD engages with the body, it acts to improve the body‘s natural functions, making it easier to achieve homeostasis.

Dogs’ bodies are quite similar. While we shouldn’t give the dogs the exact same CBD products that we take ourselves, specially-formulated CBD products engage in their bodies the same way, promoting peace of mind and physical and emotional comfort naturally. Like always, it is best to trust your veterinarian when it comes to products that are healthy for your dog, which is why The Hemp Doctor coordinated with veterinarians to create a CBD product tailored to your dog’s specific needs!

CBD Dog Treats: Veterinarian-Formulated, Pup Approved

Our carefully designed CBD dog treats were formulated by veterinarians, dedicated to finding an ideal dosage for your pet’s specific weight needs, and creating a savory flavor that your dog will find irresistible! Unlike CBD for humans, our dog treats are geared toward your pet’s specific flavor preferences, so you know that each wellness-evoking treat is sure to get their tails wagging!

Each savory bite is made with a blend of beef, bacon, and organic sweet potato flavors to satisfy your pup’s taste buds. Every treat also contains two milligrams of our robust phytocannabinoid-rich hemp extract (CBD), making it easy to find the perfect dosage for your dog! Plus, you can always trust that every pet-specific formula in our inventory is THC-free for your comfort and peace of mind. You can view the third-party lab report on our website too!

Give Your Dog a Better Life with The Hemp Doctor

A dogg having a good time.At The Hemp Doctor, America’s Premier Hemp & CBD Dispensary, our knowledgeable hemp professionals are passionate about making life more enjoyable for you and your canine! We know the wellness power of high-quality CBD, and we settle for nothing less.

Our U.S. grown organic hemp is processed using cutting edge techniques and scientific advancements to ensure the final product is effective and pure, without any unwanted fillers. At The Hemp Doctor, you can always trust that our hemp and CBD products will be:

  • Safe & effective
  • 100% compliant with the law
  • Free of harsh metals, chemicals, and pesticides
  • Highly absorbent
  • Made in the USA
  • Gluten-free
  • Third-party lab tested to prove premium quality

Our hemp experts are committed to making superior quality CBD products accessible and risk-free to try. We offer a money-back guarantee that we are sure you won’t need to use, but that offers you a safety net when you are taking a leap to try something new.

We know that CBD will help you and your pet live better, more fulfilling lives, but don’t just take our word for it. Start shopping now and see why our unparalleled CBD is well-loved by pets, humans, and even professional athletes all across the United States! You can shop online or stop into our Mooresville, NC shop to meet our hemp family. We hope to see you soon!

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