The Problem with animal Beds and Stuffed Toys

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia reporting. huMom & I realised I’ve never barked about the impawtance of having non toxic beds or stuffed toys for your good dog or cool cat. So today, I am.

Let’s look at beds first. Just like dog & cat toys there are a lot of poor quality, down right toxic products on the market. But even high quality beds can contain toxic chemicals that can harm your good dog or cool cat.

You see, the problem with many dog & cat beds is that they are treated with flame retardant chemicals. These chemicals gas off over time, meaning a snuggled in good dog or cool cat is breathing them in as they nap.  Prolonged exposure can damage the brain, reproductive organs, the thyroid gland, the immune system, liver, & pancreas. They have also been linked to certain types of cancer.

Toys are often made from artificial fabrics such as nylon which is basically, plastic. Plastics break down into toxic micro dust. Chewing on a nylon toy if your a dog or licking one if your a cat can lead to ingesting these micro particles.

Inside dog & cat toys you might find foam or some kind of shredded plant fibre. Foams gas off too as they brake down & shavings may not have been cleaned before becoming stuffing; the plant they came from may have been processed with carcinogens.

When Buying products for your four legger, it’s impawtant to go all natural whenever possible. When my huMom realised my epilepsy could be triggered by environmental toxins, she started Knotty Toys for Good Dogs. We use natural, chemical free hemp & USDA organic cotton in our toys. We don’t have all natural beds yet, but they’re on the drawing board for next year as well as blankets & matts. Until then I managed to sniff out a recent review of top quality dog & cat beds which you can see here.

CEO Olivia

CBD Micro Dosing Explained

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia reporting. Today I’m barking about the approach my huMom & I are taking in regards to managing my canine idiopathic epilepsy with CBD oil. Specifically, how did we dogtermine my dosage (please note, I’m still taking all my regular meds).

HuMom & I have dug deep on this matter & learned about a method called micro dosing. Micro dosing means taking very small amounts of a drug in order to test or benefit from its physiological action while minimizing unpleasant side effects. With cannabis these side effects appear as balance issues, fine-motor control impairment, tiredness, anxiety & dry mouth.

Finding that correct dose of CBD is wagnificently impawtant in having a pawsitive therapeutic effect. It’s not like other medications, there is no pawscribed quantity or frequency based on a dog’s weight & age.  This is because every dog responds differently based on it’s own unique physiology.

Cannabis dosing is best approached with a less is more manner.  Using too much will often decrease its effectiveness & increase those unwanted side effects.  Human patients using medical cannabis repawted that by using less cannabis they achieved maximum therapeutic benefits, had more energy, felt more clear-headed & had minimal to no unwanted effects.  Many repawted they did not feel any effects at all during first 1 – 3 micro doses.  But then they began to respond well.  This is what is known as the ‘sensitization’ effect.  At the right dosage cannabis can trigger production of more cannabinoid receptors, increase the sensitivity of existing receptors & increase the production of the body’s own endocannabinoids. High doses of cannabis have been shown to have the opposite effect, actually decreasing the number of available cannabinoid receptors.

Micro dosing improves the tone of the endocannabinoid system, which is a vital component in our ability to adapt to stress & restore balance at a cellular level.

As for me, when I first began my journey I used half of what the company pawscribed but found the side effect a little too much. So, huMom dialed it back even more & found two drops on each ear flap every 24 hours seemed to be pawfect for 149 days. Then a big weather front moved in bringing the monster with it & I had several seizures over a number of days. But huMom feels, if she had caught the warning signs, maybe we could have shut the monster down before it even attacked.

We tried adjusting the dosage to two drops on each ear flap every 12 hours but again that seemed too much. So we again changed the dose, this time to one drop on each ear flap at noon & 2 drops on each ear flap at midnight.  I have adjusted well to this increase & paws crossed, huMom & I believe that we are moving in the right direction, slowly.

I will keep everyone updated as this CBD journey continues.

CEO Olivia

Have you read my deep dig into CBD Oil?

Part 1 – CBDs, Cannabinoids, Endocannabinoids & Canines

Part 2 – What is Cannabis?

Part 3 – How CBD Is Extracted?

Part 4 – CBD Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum & Isolates

Part 5 – CBD Oils & Tinctures, What’s In the Bottle?

Part 6 – Understanding a CBD Certificate of Analysis

Part 7 – CBD Oils, What Should Be On the Label?

Part 8 – CBD Micro Dosing Explained

Cognitive Decline in Older Good Dogs

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia reporting. Today I’m continuing my deep dig into good dogs in their senior years. An older dog may develop a whiter snout, need to nap more & may be just slower overall. But a decline in cognitive abilities may not be so noticeable. Subtle changes in appetite or how your good dog interacts could be clues.

Once a vet rules out a physical cause in a behavior change they will do what’s called a cognitive dysfunction (CD) evaluation. What they will look for are the following.

Disorientation – walking aimlessly around the house. Staring at walls, losing balance, or forgetting how to use the doggie door may be symptoms of CD.

Interactions – Irritability or aggression towards family members or fur siblings. Withdrawal from the family or showing less interest in things such as the delivery person showing up or walks may also be symptoms of CD.

Sleep – An older dog’s sleep patterns may be interrupted by CD. They may even reverse sleep patterns by sleeping all day & pacing all night.

House soiling – older dogs may not remember their house training & may not alert the humans to when they need to go out for business.

Activity changes – Restlessness, agitation or anxiousness. Decreased appetite. Loss of focus or interest. Some  senior dogs will forget how to get food from the bowl or forget where the bowl even is.

Cognitive dysfunction is found in around 50% of dogs over 11 years of age. Once you’ve established your good dog has developed CD, there are some things you can do to help. Try to stick to the same routine. Keep up walks & exercise even if only for a few minutes.

Just like humans we dogs need to keep engaged in life so we don’t become withdrawn into ourselves. Regular socializing with humans & other dogs is ideal but never overstimulate your senior good dog. As I mentioned in a previous post, food puzzle games can be good stimulation & can keep the mind engaged.

For a senior good dog with CD, the less stress in the environment the better. Try to keep a regular schedule. Increase bathroom trips outside. Maybe a crate will help an anxious senior feel more secure. Ramps & padded runners can help an older dog get about. If there are sleep issues, perhaps sleeping with you may help, assuming you don’t already sleep with your good dog.  With that said, some dogs pawfer to be on ground level. Orthopedic dog beds with memory foam are highly recommended for senior canines. They help ease the pain of achy joints, & the stiff foam makes it easier for old dogs to get up after laying down. Other beds retain your dog’s own heat to keep them warm.  

Diet & supplements may help alleviate symptoms of CD. This is something you should discuss with your vet before making any changes. (I’ll be barking about supplements in a future post.)

We all get old & we all know that bites. But armed with knowledge, wisdom & patience a good dog’s senior years can still be quality years.

CEO Olivia