An all-natural, holistic approach to living is becoming more and more popular by the day. More than ever, people are striving to achieve healthy, well-rounded lifestyles. Furthermore, people are taking it one step further and embracing a healthier approach to the wellness of their furry friends. There are dog massage therapists, canine raw food diets, and even acupuncture for dogs and cats. Currently, the hot-ticket pet health conversation is all about CBD oil and PCR hemp oil. This particular conversation is clouded with stigma and a lack of scientific understanding. Fortunately, in this article, we are going to demystify CBD oil and PCR hemp oil.

What is CBD Oil?

Before we dive into the details of PCR hemp oil, we need to cover the basics. Cannabidiol (CBD oil) has been a long-standing topic of discussion in the homeopathic health world. Specifically, CBD oil is one of 104 chemical compounds derived from the cannabis plant. These chemical compounds are referred to as cannabinoids. You are likely familiar with CBD's infamous cannabinoid cousin "THC". Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is best known for its psychoactive qualities. In layman's terms, THC is the architect behind the feeling of getting "high". CBD, on the other hand, does not possess this psychoactive quality.

Hemp vs. Weed

To further clarify, let's discuss cannabis plant science. First of all, cannabis is a plant genus made up of multiple different species. Hemp and marijuana are two popular examples of cannabis species. While they have their similarities, hemp and marijuana ("weed") possess very different qualities. Think of hemp and marijuana as siblings. While they are related, they are uniquely individual.

What is Hemp?

Hemp, for example, is legal in all fifty states. Furthermore, hemp is used to make a number of useful products. Such as, batteries, makeup, fuel, milk, fabric, diapers, and paint to name a few. The hemp plant contains less than .3% THC. To enumerate, that is less than one percent. Therefore, products made from hemp are completely safe and free of psychoactive qualities. There are barely trace amounts of THC in CBD oil. CBD oil is derived exclusively from the hemp plant. You can wear your hemp jeans, drink your hemp milk latte, and take CBD oil, all without getting "high". 

What is Marijuana?

On the other hand, the marijuana plant is more so known for its recreational use. The marijuana plant possesses levels of THC up to 70%. That is more than 230 times the amount of THC found in CBD. As previously stated, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is responsible for the psychoactive feeling of being "high".

Marijuana laws differ by state. Some states have legalized marijuana for recreational use, while others have merely legalized medical marijuana. However, in many states, marijuana is still illegal. Furthermore, marijuana is still illegal on the federal level.

What is PCR Hemp Oil?

PCR, aka Phyto-Cannabinoid Rich, hemp oil is a natural supplement derived from the hemp plant. Like CBD, PCR hemp oil is a cannabinoid. PCR hemp oil may also be called full-spectrum hemp or CBD oil. For the sake of this article, "CBD oil" will also refer to CBD PCR hemp oil.

Not all CBD Oils are Created Equally

If you are sufficiently sold on the powers of CBD PCR hemp oil, where can you get it?! Before you go to the google machine, you need to understand that not all CBD hemp oil products are created equally. With its skyrocketing popularity, companies are virtually popping up overnight selling CBD oil. Racing to the finish line often leads to cutting corners to save time and money in production. You should only purchase CBD oil that is:

  • Lab-tested

  • Made from the Hemp plant

  • Non-GMO

  • Soy Free

  • Full Spectrum

  • 100% natural

  • Exclusively made for dogs & cats

Extra cautious dog parents may also consider asking the company in question for an analysis certification. Trusted brands should have no problem scientifically backing up their products. Here at Honest Paws, we are proud to exceed the aforementioned expectations. The health and happiness of our clients and their furry friends mean the world to us. Better yet, we offer a number of CBD oil products with organic ingredients for your furry friend. Such as CBD-infused peanut butter for dogs, CBD oil for cats, and CBD-infused coconut oil.

PCR Hemp Oil Dosage for Dogs

While you do not need a prescription for CBD oil, you should consult your veterinarian before using CBD. Your veterinarian, knowing your dog's full medical history, may have a homeopathic recommendation for you that best suits your dogs unique needs.

Furthermore, CBD dosage typically is determined based on the weight of your animal. The heavier the animal, the higher the dosage. Dosage may be determined by the amount of CBD administered or the concentration of the CBD itself.

Once you have selected your desired CBD brand, they should provide the proper dosing information. In general, you may want to consider starting with half the recommended dose and working your way up to a full dose in increments.

How to Tell if Your Dog Is In Pain

If you suspect your dog is suffering from a specific ailment, you should consult your vet to determine the best course of action. Conversely, you don't want to rush to prescription medication if they are not even necessary. So how can you tell if your beloved dog is in pain?

Dogs are notoriously fickle creatures when it comes to pain. Many dogs try to hide their pain. This comes from a centuries-old instinctual attempt to protect themselves from a threat. However, there are a few tell-tale signs that your dog may be suffering.

Changes in Habits

As a devoted dog owner, you should always know what your dogs "neutral" status looks and feels like. That way, if something changes, you can immediately take note. Does your dog usually run to greet you when you get home? Are they usually eager to eat when you feed them? How often do they typically sleep during the day? Knowing the answers to these questions can help determine the possibility of pain when changes in these habits occur.

Some things to look out for:

  • Decreased appetite

  • Increased lethargy or desire to sleep more than usual

  • Restlessness (inability to get comfortable, pacing, frequent adjustments)

The above list includes some of the most common signs that your dog is experiencing pain.

Trouble with Mobility

Dogs in pain will typically struggle a bit to move around normally. This may appear in the form of limping or trouble hoping up on the couch as usual.

Changes in Eyes

Have you heard the phrase "eyes are the window to the soul"? Well, in terms of dogs, eyes can also be the window to revealing pain. Keep an eye out for unusual cloudiness, redness, or discharge. Furthermore, excessive squinting or rubbing of the eyes may be an indicator of your dog experiencing pain.

Unusual Temperament

Even the friendliest of dogs may turn aggressive if they are in pain. If you touch a painfully sensitive area your dog may bear their teeth, growl, or even bite you. This behavior is an instinctual reaction designed to protect themselves from further pain.

Vocalizations

Some dogs will reveal their pain by making certain sounds. Such as whimpering, growling, or moaning. These sounds are especially telling if your dog is typically not vocal. Conversely, if your dog is usually vocally expressive and becomes unusually quiet, they may be experiencing pain.

Hiding or Avoiding You

Is your dog suddenly very into hide and seek? Dogs tend to seek the comfort of small, dark hiding place when they are in pain. Furthermore, if your dog is in pain, they may be unusually distant from you or other animals. They may:

  • Move away when you try to pet them

  • Avoid engaging in play with other dogs

  • Run away from you when you try to engage

On the other hand, some dogs may engage more than they usually do when they are in pain. Another reason that it is important to know your dog's neutral behavior.

Sudden Changes in Potty Behavior

If your dog is uncomfortable you may notice the following when it comes to potty time:

  • Unusual potty posture - such as arching the back instead of lifting a leg

  • Frequency of urination or defecation - Dogs may urinate more frequently than usual, or conversely not defecate for days if they are in pain

  • Changes in stool - changes in the color, smell, or consistency may indicate something is wrong internally

PCR Hemp Oil for Dogs: In Conclusion

Homeopathic wellness is exploding, and CBD PCR hemp oil is leading the revolution. Needless to say, CBD PCR hemp oil is a beneficial dietary supplement in your pets wellness regime. However, it is always a good idea to consult your vet before implementing any new supplements into your pet's diet. Now, go forth and live and happy and healthy life with your furry best friend!

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