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CBD Oil for Dogs – 5 Things You Should Know Before Giving It To Your Best Friend

First CBD is short for cannabidiol that is found in cannabis leaves. It has been used for centuries for healing humans and more recently animals too. You are probably more familiar with the terms like weed, Mary Jane, or marijuana. CBD is derived from the gentler cousin known as Hemp, you have probably tried a part of the hemp plant, the hemp seeds, a nutrient-rich tasty treat. In the last few years, CBD has become a mainstay in the holistic veterinary world to help dogs with serious diseases like cancer to separation anxiety.

Here are 5 things you should know about giving CDB to your dog:

1. CBD oil for dogs will not get your hound high! CBD does not contain THC, the scientific term for THC is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. This is the psychoactive compound that will leave you and your dog high. CBD is known to do the exact opposite of that, it can potentially help your dog with anxiety issues.

2. CBD can be great for dogs with seizures. It can help your dog to get control over seizures. CBD oil for dogs has been known to help dogs with neuropathic pain.

3. CBD oil is for all dogs, just watch the dosage for the size of the dog that you have. CBD has been touted with canine benefits for anti-nausea, anti-anxiety, shiny coat, improved appetite, joint health, arthritis, and more.

4. Not all CBD oils for dogs are created equal! You need to pick an oil that is certified and tested to know it is safe for your furry friend. You don’t want to waste money on a oil that is filled with fillers and additives.

5. Even if your pet is currently on medications CDB oil for dogs should be safe to take. You should double check with your vet when in doubt to be sure.

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What is Cerebellar Hypoplasia?

What’s wrong with Boogie? We get asked that question a lot, and of course we do, Boogie is pretty unique! While we could take offense to the WAY these questions are often asked, we know that most questions present a teachable moment. And one teachable moment could save the life of a homeless pet. So we’re taking one of those moments right now.

If you are new to our social channels or just searching for answers about a wobbly dog, here’s what we’ve learned about Boogie’s disability since adopting him in 2015. We hope this sheds a little light on Cerebellar Hypoplasia and pets with disabilities!

What is Boogie’s condition?
Boogie has Cerebellar Hypoplasia (CH), and is generally rated as mild-moderate-severe. Boogie falls into the moderate category.

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What is it?
Cerebellar hypoplasia, a neurological condition in which parts of the cerebellum (the largest part of the brain) have not completely developed. There are many causes that can lead to this condition including genetics, infection, malnutrition, poisoning or injury in utero.

Symptoms of cerebellar hypoplasia can be from mild to severe and include: head bobbing, high steps, wobbly gait, tremors, clumsiness, wide stance, knuckling over on paws, falling and flipping over. Symptoms typically become visible in puppies when they begin to stand and walk, around six weeks of age. In kittens, CH presents much sooner. Symptoms range from mild, moderate to severe.

Treatment / Modifications:
There is no cure for CH, but every animal is different and benefits for different therapies and modifications. Boogie’s CH is moderate, but due to his extremely small size, he faces other challenges that could cause injury, so we do have a few rules for him around our house:

  1. No tile floors. When he was a puppy, he could navigate it a little, but when his legs grew into the akward, tiny giraffe legs they are now, he stopped going for it. He is great on carpet and other softer surfaces and has plenty of that to roam around on.
  2. Low bowls for food. You would think a raised bowl would work better for him, but with all the “rocking” he does, he bumps his snout on the rim and that hurts. So, a flat dish works best for Boogie. Or being hand fed, because who doesn’t love that?!
  3. Potty time / bath time is 100% hand on. Boogie can’t walk out of our house alone because of surfaces and steps, so we carry him out in a little “go bag” for every potty. He will use potty pads, although his aim isn’t 100% (LOL), but we prefer to give him the pack experience with with everyone outside. He can’t stand up in the bath either and he’s so tiny we don’t even let him sit in there without holding him.
  4. No jumping. At 2.2 pounds, he’s not able to jump onto the furniture, but he does try to jump down, which is a big NO.
  5. Going for walks. We tried to train him on the leash (a baby ferret harness was the only thing that fit him) but it wasn’t in the cards. He rides in a stroller or in a go bag when we go on walks with the pack because it is safer, especially from traffic and other animals.

6. Wheelchair/Cart. We are in search for a dog wheelchair/cart that fits Boogie’s stature and body physics! He can walk on his own, but since his second hip surgery, we find that he needs a little extra support & confidence when outside playing. A cart would help strengthen his back legs and allow him to run and play a bit longer than he chooses to do on his own. So far, the carts we’ve tried and/or inquired about are all too heavy and not complementary to Boogie’s body size. We hope to find an engineer/3-D printing solution soon!

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A few questions we are regularly asked:

Is CH painful? According to our vets, no. If he falls down on a hard surface, yes, that hurts, and it could cause serious injury. But just existing with CH is not painful.

Does Boogie have seizures? No. The shakiness is called internal tremors. It stops when he’s sleeping.

Will CBD oil make him stop wobbling? We have asked our vets and many other CH pet parents about using CBD oil, and continue to get the same answer, no. CBD oil does not make the cerebellum grow to the full size and function. So, it doesn’t ‘cure’ the internal tremors caused by CH. We know other CH pets who are on CBD oil for other issues, such as seizures or arthritis, and although it works great to subdue seizures and other pain, these pets are still wobbly because of their CH.

Are we making fun of him? Absolutely not. Every time Boogie wobbles across the room, makes a leap into his bed, or does anything, we celebrate like it’s the first time he’s done it. We are amazed by the way he navigates his BIG world, and love sharing his daily achievements and personality quirks! Our followers tell us all the time that Boogie brightens their day, and we’ve even inspired some people to seek out CH or other special needs pets to adopt!

Other pets with Cerebellar Hypoplasia
Every cat or dog with CH is different. If you would like to see how other dogs and cats thrive Cerebellar Hypoplasia, here are just a few that we follow on Instagram. You can also search #cerebellarhypoplasia on Instagram to find more wobbly pets!

Wobbly Jericho (IG: @wobbly_jericho)

Nodder the Wonder Husky (IG: @nodderthewonderhusky)

Arnie the Wobbly Pup (IG: @arniethewobblyput)

Kitty Cat Chronicles (IG: @kittycatchronicles)

Wobbly Cats (IG: wobblycats)

Still have questions? Ask away in the comments, send us a message on Facebook or Instagram at: @littleboogieshoes or send us an email! We will do our best to answer you promptly!

**DISCLAIMER: Boogie and his humans are not doctors. The information we’ve shared here is what we have learned through our doctors, our own research and other CH pet families. If you suspect your pet may have CH or is presenting symptoms of anything out of the ordinary, please take them to your veterinarian immediately.

This Is Your Dog on Drugs: Pot Poisoning on the Rise

Calls reporting pet poisonings by marijuana have increased by about 30 percent since 2009, from 213 calls that year to 320 in 2013, according to the Animal Poison Control Center, a division of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Those calls probably represent only a fraction of poisonings related to cannabis.

In Boulder, Colo., where marijuana recently became legal, Dr. Matt Booth said his veterinary emergency center sees about a case a month. The episodes are usually accidental, he said, but even if some were deliberate, “and some ding-a-ling gave his dog marijuana, they wouldn’t tell me that” because of local animal cruelty laws.

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Dr. Monica Kaeble of the Pet Emergency and Specialty Care Center in La Mesa, Calif., adjacent to San Diego, told NBCNews.com her practice sees more, about one or two cases of cannabis poisonings per week.

Marijuana doesn’t agree with dogs – and though cats can also be poisoned by second-hand smoke, dogs seem more apt to root through their owners’ stashes.

“Animals don’t react the same way as humans,” explained Dr. Tina Wismer, director of the Animal Poison Control Center. “They may become sedated, act drunk and wobbly, but about 25 percent go the other way. They become agitated, have high heart rates, they’re in distress. Most dogs become incontinent. They stagger around dribbling urine everywhere.”

Blood pressure can soar. Without treatment, dogs can go into comas and die.

Bong water (yes, really) is only one way animals can access the active ingredients in marijuana. While dogs can, and do, eat plant material, including marijuana leaves, serious poisonings more often result from edibles prepared by owners for their own use.

Marijuana butter is especially dangerous. “People put weed and a stick of butter in a sauce pan and the fat soluble cannabinoids leech into the butter creating a much higher concentration of THC,” Wismer explained.

Users then make brownies or cookies with the butter, and dogs, being dogs, and loving brownies and cookies, may scarf them down when a pet owner isn’t looking.

In the case of brownies, that’s doubly dangerous. Chocolate, a heart and nervous system stimulant in dogs, is one of the leading causes of dog poisonings in the U.S. Last year, the ASPCA poison control center received 9,200 calls related to chocolate poisoning, dwarfing the number of calls for marijuana.

But cookies can be doubly dangerous, too, Booth said. He’s seen cases of dogs ingesting marijuana-laced raisin oatmeal cookies, but the real problem wasn’t so much the marijuana as the raisins, which can be toxic to dogs, causing renal failure.

Other frequent poisonings involve human medications, pesticides, and ethylene glycol anti-freeze.

The increasing availability of marijuana due to legalizations may be one reason why pet poisonings have gone up.

A 2012 study in the Journal of Veterimary Emergency and Critical Care reported a correlation between a rise in dog pot poisonings and the increased number of medical marijuana cardholders, finding a fourfold increase in cases at two Colorado hospitals over six years.

But Booth thinks awareness has helped. He used to see more cases involving marijuana at Alpenglow Veterinary Specialty + Emergency Center before Colorado made recreational pot legal.

“As it’s become more commonplace in Boulder, and now with legalization, pet guardians have gotten pretty savvy. I see it less and less. If they haven’t had experience with it, then a friend has and word has gotten out. People are more conscientious and aware,” he said.

If your dog shows signs of wobbliness, incontinence, is hyper reactive to sound and sights, has seizures or signs of hyperthermia, you can call the ASPCA’s poison control center at (888) 426-4435, a local emergency animal hospital, or your usual vet.