Summer officially starts this weekend! As the new season begins, it’s time for a project update. I’m excited to announce that my latest book, Dr. Pet Mom’s Pet Parenting Guide: How to Enjoy the Love and Friendship of Senior and Special Needs Pets, is well underway.
Writing a pet parenting book is a lot more fun than writing my first book, a five-chapter, detailed analysis about urban food policy – also known as my dissertation.
I still enjoy research, writing, and exploring new ideas. For the pet parenting community, my book is a resource. Happily, more people are opening their hearts and their homes, to senior and special needs pets. A pet parenting guide can help you give your pets a good quality of life.
Let me give a shout out to my team of beta readers and proofreaders. Sending a THANK YOU from me and all the animals in need!
A new chapter in my Pet Parenting Guide is a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) about CBD. I hope you enjoy the brief introduction and chapter excerpt below.
Holistic pet care provides alternative and natural treatments for animals. Many pet parents are choosing cannabidiol (CBD) to improve their pet’s health. CBD offers an alternative treatment to relieve medical (inflammation, pain, digestion) and behavioral (stress, pet anxiety, fear) symptoms in pets.
What does pet anxiety look like? Think about animals adopted from a shelter or rescue. Some animals lived in abusive and fearful situations like a puppy mill. Adopted animals often struggle with anxiety and fear.
For example, separation anxiety can produce excess barking, urine and poop around the house, or destroyed furniture. Fear anxiety happens around strange people or animals, loud noises, or visual cues like an umbrella or hat.
Age–related anxiety can affect older dogs when they struggle with memory loss, confusion, learning problems, and declining awareness.
Dog anxiety can affect any breed. Other anxiety behaviors include hiding or searching for solitude, panting, shaking, excessive licking or chewing or seeking affection and comfort.
Cat anxiety also includes separation anxiety, destructive or aggressive behavior, poor litter box habits, or hiding and excessive grooming.
Senior pets can struggle with inflammation from arthritis. Dogs with hip dysplasia (Pugs, Newfoundlands, Great Danes, Golden Retrievers, Old English Sheepdogs, Bulldogs) are also a concern.
Chronic inflammation and joint pain can make your pet less active or lose their appetite. Your pet may also bite or avoid physical touching because of joint pain. My FAQ can answer some of your questions about CBD.
- What is CBD? Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound found in hemp plants. CBD helps to balance systems in the body and is a natural healer for mental and physical conditions. People and pets can benefit from using CBD.
- What is hemp? Hemp is a variety of the cannabis plant that contains a small amount (less than 0.3%) of delta–9–tetrahydrocannabinolor or THC. THC is the compound that induces euphoric effects on the user. But hemp is not intoxicating and is used to make rope, food, paper, clothing, CBD and other products.
- What is marijuana? “Marijuana” is a class of cannabis that contains more then 0.3% THC. This compound induces a psychotropic or euphoria on the user.
- What’s the difference between “clean” and “dirty” CBD oil? “Clean” CBD is high–quality which means it is free from pesticides, chemicals and harmful compounds. Look for organically–grown hemp. Low–quality CBD is made from low–quality ingredients, poorly maintained equipment, and plants exposed to chemicals.
- How do I recognize low-quality CBD oil? A good place to start is with your due diligence. For instance, talk to your veterinarian. Ask other pet parents who use CBD for a referral. Visit the websites of reputable companies. Search for companies that grow hemp organically. Organically–grown hemp is free of pesticides, chemicals and harmful compounds. These products are considered ‘clean’ CBD products and safe for pets and humans. Learn to read and understand CBD product labels.
- Are there different types of CBD? Yes, there are several types of CBD products: Tinctures use CO2 extraction that preserves nutrients. Tinctures are most common and more potent if taken under the tongue instead of mixed with food or drink. Oral sprays are easy to use and taken under the tongue. Edibles are easy to dose throughout the day and should be taken on an empty stomach (food tends to affect the absorption rate of CBD). Balms and topical CBD help relieve sore joints, muscles and skin conditions.
- Is CBD really safe for my pet? If you know what to look for, you can easily find safe, high–grade CBD products for your pet. Follow your due diligence and buy directly from official brand websites. Read the information on the third–party lab reports, growing and extraction processes, and background on the seller.
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Dr. Pet Mom
“Animals can inspire us to be less busy, more present, less worried, more joyful, and more passionate about life.”