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.

We’re Here to Answer Your Questions

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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We humans have been enjoying the benefits of CBD for years. But even CBD enthusiasts may not be aware that these same benefits are available to your tail-wagging best friend as well. This is because, as mammals, we have what is known as an endocannabinoid system that regulates things like mood, sleep, and comfort levels. One of the great things about this beneficial cannabinoid is that CBD has a calming effect when ingested. This can come in handy for your dog during stressful times. And with the Fourth of July coming up, many canines feel a lot of anxiousness when the fireworks start. Having a tasty CBD treat ready when your puppy starts getting nervous around all of the explosions would be a great idea. With that in mind, we’ve put together three easy CBD treat recipes for your pup. In each of these recipes, we recommend using The Hemp Doctor’s Organic CBD Oil Pet Tincture. You will want to use your normal dosage times the number of treats in the batch.

Pumpkin and Tumeric No-Bake CBD Dog Treats

We like the use of pumpkin in these dog treats because it has so many beneficial vitamins and minerals like potassium, vitamin C & A, and iron. Pumpkin also aids in hydration and digestion, while turmeric is a great antioxidant that is known to boost your dog’s immune system and fight inflammation.

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • A pinch of black pepper
  • Organic CBD Oil Pet Tincture
  • 3 teaspoons turmeric
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree (do not use pie filling)


Except for the rolled oats, mix everything together in a bowl. Once thoroughly mixed, add the rolled oats to the mixture. You are looking to get the consistency of cookie dough, so add more or less rolled oats to achieve that consistency. Roll the dough into small balls – you can do this by hand or use a melon scooper. Space the balls evenly on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and place the sheet in the refrigerator for around 15 minutes or until the treats are hard. You can store these treats in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

CBD Peanut Butter Cookie Treats

We like this recipe because of the main ingredient, peanut butter, which has healthy monounsaturated Omega-9 fatty acid and plenty of protein.

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • Organic CBD Oil Pet Tincture
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • 1 mashed banana


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, mix the amount of CBD oil you plan on adding to the treats together with the coconut oil.  Add the ripe banana and peanut butter to the coconut oil/CBD oil mixture and mix together. Use a blender to mix the oats until you get the consistency of flour, then add the oat flour to the rest of the ingredients in the bowl and knead thoroughly until moistened. Take the dough from the mixing bowl and place it on a flour-dusted surface. Use your hands or a rolling pin to press the dough until it is a large, ¼ inch circle. From there, use a cookie cutter to cut the treats and place them on a non-stick baking sheet. Bake the treats for approximately 25 to 30 minutes. Depending on the size of your cookie cutter, you should get 15 to 30 treats per batch.

Frozen Sweet Potato and Yogurt CBD Treats

These frozen treats are great for hot days or during the summer. You can use mashed pumpkin (not pie filling) instead of the mashed sweet potatoes, and the number of treats you will get per batch will depend on the size of the molds you use.

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • 1 cup cooked and mashed sweet potato
  • Organic CBD Oil Pet Tincture
  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil


Mix the sweet potatoes, yogurt, and coconut oil in a large bowl until thoroughly mixed. Scoop the mixture into either ice trays or silicone molds. Add your usual daily dosage of CBD oil into each mold. Put the trays into the freezer for approximately three hours. Keep the trays in the freezer and just pop out a frozen treat whenever it is needed.

Making Your Own Treats

If you decide to make your own dog treats from your favorite recipe when cooking with CBD, you’ll need to keep the following in mind:

  • Be sure only to use CBD oil made specifically for pets like our Organic Pet Tincture.
  • Never let the CBD get above 356℉. This is the boiling point of CBD, and boiling it will lessen its effect.
  • Try to keep your cooking temperature for anything that includes CBD between 320℉ and 356℉.
  • Infuse your CBD oil with another fat before cooking with it. Butter, cooking oil, or coconut oil works best.
  • Only use low heat when you are blending CBD oil and fat.
  • If you blend your oils ahead of time, keep them in a cool dark place until you use them.
  • Store your treats in a cool, dry place or the refrigerator.

If you decide to make a recipe of your own design, share it with us on Facebook or Instagram.

Pure CBD Products for Your Pup!

If you care enough to take the time to make your dog treats from scratch, then you are the kind of pet owner who insists on providing only the best for your furry friend. We at The Hemp Doctor, America’s Premier Hemp & CBD Dispensary, feel the same way. This is why we only carry premium and pure products like our Organic CBD Oil Pet Tincture and our Beef Flavored CBD Dog Treats. Like everything else in our vast inventory, our pet products are:

  • Derived only from hemp grown in the US;
  • Processed using scientifically advanced techniques that leave no residual solvents;
  • 100% safe for use by you and your pets; and
  • Third-party lab-tested to ensure that what is on our label exactly what is in the product.

Don’t trust your furry best friend’s health to cheaper, lower-quality products. Shop with The Hemp Doctor for all your and your pet’s CBD needs!

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Our pets become an integral part of our lives and provide us with a lot of love and furry snuggles. In no time, they become part of the family. And like any other member of our family, we want to make sure that the dog and cat members are happy and healthy as well.

So when your cat begins showing signs of age or develops other issues that take away from its quality of life, you naturally look for ways to help him or her. More and more, many pet owners are turning to the holistic solution of CBD for their feline friends.

Is CBD Safe for Cats?

Cannabidiol, or CBD for short, has broken into the wellness market for humans with much fanfare since hemp-based products became legal with the passing of the Farm Bill of 2018. Since then, enthusiasts have clamored for this plant-based solution to replace over-the-counter medications. Many who have used this product have wondered if it could be beneficial for common ailments experienced by their cats – and if so, is it safe? The answer is yes, on both counts.

Cats, humans, and other mammals have what is known as an endocannabinoid system. This system uses endocannabinoids that interact with their CB1 and CB2 receptors to regulate mood, sleep, and physical comfort. It has been found that by consuming plant-based cannabinoids like CBD, known as phytocannabinoids, the endocannabinoid system does a better job of regulating these specific areas.

So we know that CBD will be beneficial to your feline and is also safe. As a plant-based substance, mammals have a high tolerance for CBD. In fact, there has not been a known case of anyone overdosing on the compound. The only known side effects from ingesting too much CBD are minimal, such as diarrhea and drowsiness.

Federal law does allow for CBD products to contain up to 0.3 percent THC by weight, but such trace amounts of THC are not known to cause any psychotropic effects in humans. However, to be safe, you should only give your cat THC-Free or broad-spectrum products.

CBD Dosage Tips

Just like with humans, the proper dosage for your cat depends on several factors like weight, the concentration of the CBD, and the purpose of the product for your favorite feline. And just like with humans, you will want to start with a smaller dose, then increase the dosage until the desired results are achieved.

First, take a look at the strength of your CBD. We recommend a lighter strength product like our 250 mg Organic CBD Oil Pet Tincture. At that strength, each milliliter of oil contains approximately 8 grams of CBD. Start your cat off with one to two milligrams of CBD per ten pounds of body weight.

Keep an eye on your cat for signs that the CBD is relieving the specific symptoms you are attempting to treat. Your pet will feel the effects in the first 15 to 45 minutes, and those effects will last four to six hours. If you do not see results after the first dose or two, increase the dosage by one or two milligrams until the desired results are achieved. We recommend one or two doses per day for most issues. However, if you are trying to help your cat with something physical, you will want to give them an amount once every eight hours. If your cat begins to develop side effects like lethargy or diarrhea, decrease the dosage.

Adding CBD to Your Cat’s Diet

We don’t recommend trying to get your cat to take CBD directly from the dropper. This may irritate your pet and get you scratched in the process. Instead, add their dosage to oil that they find delicious and that works well with their digestive system, such as salmon oil. Mixing the two in their feeding dish should have them lapping it up in no time. If your feline does turn their nose up at the mixture, you can simply add their CBD dose to their food.

Check with your veterinarian before beginning this CBD protocol. Some vets recommend giving the CBD on an empty stomach, while others will encourage you to add it to their food for slower absorption. When it comes down to it, whatever works best for your feline friend is what matters.

Insist on Premium Quality CBD for Your Cat

There are many CBD products on the market today, and after a while, they begin to look the same. However, there can be a significant variance in the quality and purity of one CBD product when compared to another. This is because the Food and Drug Administration currently provides no oversight on the manufacture and labeling of CBD products. Because of this lack of oversight, many CBD products are mislabeled regarding the amount of CBD within the product. The lack of FDA controls means those products may even contain hazardous chemicals. This is why it is so essential for you to insist on a premium-quality product for your feline friend.

First, we recommend that you make sure that the CBD tincture you use is made for pets. Human CBD tinctures may contain oils or other substances that may irritate your pet’s digestive system.

Second, be sure that the pet tincture you decide on is either broad-spectrum or THC-free. This ensures that your cat doesn’t ingest any psychoactive compounds.

Third, only get your pet’s tincture from a premium quality CBD supplier like The Hemp Doctor, America’s Premier Hemp & CBD Dispensary. You can count on us for consistent CBD quality and purity because all of our products are tested by an independent third-party laboratory, and we make those lab results available right on our website. In this way, you can rest assured that you are giving nothing but beneficial CBD to your cat in a tincture that contains no harmful substances or solvents.

We at The Hemp Doctor genuinely care about the wellbeing of our beloved pets. This is why we donate a portion of our proceeds to Lake Norman Humane. Our commitment to our beloved pets and our insistence on providing them with only premium quality products is why you should trust The Hemp Doctor with the health of your pet today!

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