Hemp and CBD Oil for Pets

hemp and cbd oil for pets

How High CBD Hemp Extract Oil Helps Pets

Everybody is talking about CBD oil! But, do you really know the facts on what CBD oil is and how it works?

CBD oil and hemp extract oil are high in cannabinoids.  Scientists have discovered over 100 different cannabinoids in cannabis plants. Different cannabinoids interact with different receptors in the body producing a variety of different effects.

Hemp extract oil may help your pet:

  • Reduce anxiety
  • Reduce nausea
  • Increase appetite
  • Reduce types of seizures
  • Ease inflammation due to arthritis and pain
  • Reduce dermatitis and other allergic reactions

How High CBD Hemp Extract Oil Works: The Endocannabinoid System

Cannabinoid binding sites exist throughout the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system.

Cannabinoids act as neuromodulators. Being neuromodulators means cannabinoids regulate many processes including:

  • Motor learning
  • Appetite
  • Pain sensation
  • Cognitive processes
  • Physical processes

The two primary cannabinoid receptors are CB1 and CB2. Some studies show another binding site may reside in the brain.


Over 100 different phytocannabinoids exist in cannabis plants. The two most studied cannabinoids are Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD).

THC is psychotropic. CBD is not psychotropic. Both CBD and THC have many benefits, and are the most widely studied of all phytocannabinoids.

Cannabidiol (CBD)

CBD is the most studied phytocannabinoid after THC. CBD is non-psychotropic and helps many conditions.

CBD affects the CB1 and CB2 receptors found throughout the body. Studies show no toxicity in humans to 1500 mg per day orally or 30 mg per day via IV.

Industrial Hemp

The Farm Bill of 2014 allows farmers to grow industrial hemp. Industrial hemp must be less than 0.3% THC by dry weight. Hemp extracts must be the whole plant. Hemp may be either domestic or imported. No current USDA Organic Certification exists for industrial hemp.

Industrial hemp is different than marijuana:

  • Industrial hemp is very fibrous and has very few flowering buds. Marijuana is bushier and has many flowering buds.
  • Industrial hemp has high CBD content and a low THC content. Marijuana has a high THC content and a low CBD content.
  • Industrial hemp is used for medicinal purposes, fiber food, rope, paper and more. Marijuana is mainly consumed medicinally and recreationally.
  • Because of the lack of quality control, you must be aware of the Hemp sourcing. Hemp detoxifies air and soil and is often used to do so. Hemp grown for detoxification purposes may produce contaminate products.

Possible scenarios producing low quality or contaminated hemp are:

  • Asian hemp grown to remove heavy metal toxicity might be contaminated.
  • Hemp will absorb carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide from polluted air.
  • Hemp will absorb toxins if the crop isn’t treated organically.

The Difference Between Cannabis Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, and Hemp Extract Oil

The names cannabis oil, hemp seed oil, and hemp extract oil all sound similar, but the products are very different!

Cannabis Oil

Cannabis oil comes from Cannabis that is greater than 0.3% THC by volume. Cannabis oil comes from cannabis containing between 6% – 20% THC and is psychotropic. Cannabis oil has medicinal benefits but is only legal in states that have passed medicinal or medical marijuana laws.

Hemp Seed Oil

Hemp seed oil comes from cannabis seeds. It is non-psychotropic and contains no THC or active cannabinoids. Hemp seed oil is more like sunflower and avocado oil, containing healthy fats. Active cannabinoids only occur from plants with growth and flowering, not from seeds.

Hemp Extract Oil

Hemp extract oil comes from the whole hemp plant and is non-psychotropic. Hemp extract oil comes from industrial hemp (less than 0.3% THC). Hemp extract oil is whole plant and full spectrum, containing active cannabinoids like CBD and CBN. Hemp extract oil is legal in all 50 states.

Phytocannabinoid Extraction Methods

The hemp oil extraction method is a very important factor for a quality end product!


Ethanol extraction is one of the cheapest forms of extraction. It is also one of the most popular in the plant oil industry.

Ethanol extraction uses a harsh solvent, usually in large drums. The manufacturers soak the hemp plants in ethanol and then rotary-evaporate to separate the ethanol from the extract.

Some remnants of ethanol remain in the end product. Also, ethanol may destroy the plant waxes.


Hydrocarbon extraction uses hydrocarbons, such as butane, to “blast” through the plant, extracting the oils.

The manufacturer must remove the hydrocarbon after extraction. If the hyrocarbon is not removed, the extract will be toxic.


Isolate extraction uses harsh solvents like butane, hexane, chloroform, and others. Isolate is often used on hemp exposed to pesticides or is moldy.

Harsh solvents used may degrade the cannabinoids. There is a chance residue of harsh solvents in the end product.

If the solvents are not completely removed, there is a risk of allergic or other reactions.

Supercritical CO2

Supercritical CO2 is the only form of extraction free of harsh solvents. The process increases liquid CO2’s pressure and temperature to a supercritical state.

In the supercritical state, CO2 can pass through hemp like gas then draw out the extract like a liquid.

There is no possibility of solvent residue because there are not solvents involved.

CO2 is minimally invasive. Termed “tunable”, changes in temperature and pressure can affect what CO2 extracts.

Know Before You Buy: What to Look for On Labels

You’ll have to carefully read labels to make sure you get quality hemp extract oil. Below are some tips to help you understand the labels.

“Manufactured By” Versus “Manufactured For”

“Manufactured by” means the company is extracting and producing the product themselves. The company is accountable and has the ability to trace extraction hemp used, etc. “Manufactured for” or “Distributed by” means the company is not producing/extracting the product and are not directly accountable for quality.

USDA Certified Organic 

USA Certified Organic is a keyword used on labels to give people the impression the hemp extract is USDA organic. It is not. No USDA certification exists for hemp. The company is using the loophole that if <95% of the product is USDA organic (like the MCT oil or coconut oil) then the company can legally call the whole product organic.

99.9% Pure

99.9% Pure is a code word for a company using isolate without saying the word “isolate”. The terminology seems appealing and better quality. But, isolate is powder form CBD processed using toxic solvents.

0.00% THC

0.00% THC is a statement like a claim of “99.9% pure”. The only way to get 100% THC is to bring it to isolate. Some testing will show trace THC but the only way to extract all THC is via toxic solvents.

Cold Pressed

Cold Pressed as a term seems appealing because of cold-pressed juices or essential oils. But, cold pressed in hemp refers to either hemp oil which is inactive or obtained by ethanol extraction.

Other Label Tips

The company should explicitly state the method of extraction on the product label.

The company should state where their hemp is grown.

The website should show the entire label somewhere. If not, they may be hiding where and who does the extraction.

We recommend WAAYB Organics as a reputable source of High CBD Hemp Oil.

Contact our office today to see if hemp oil will help your pet!

Veterinary Cryosurgery Behind the Scenes: Watch the Procedure Now

Watch as Dr. Marc Smith performs cryosurgery on a 17-year-old cat.

Cryosurgery uses extreme cold to destroy diseased or damaged tissue.

Dr. Smith often uses cryosurgery in his pet cancer treatment plans.

For an appointment call 615-750-2248 (Nashville, TN) or 615-790-8100 (Franklin, TN).


Dr. Smith:  Ladies and gentlemen, I’m Doctor Marc Smith, 20-year practicing veterinarian and co-creator of PET | TAO Holistic Pet Products, and I’m gonna work on this fine kitty. Do you all … Look at this great kitty. This is a 17-year-old kitty. Snowbell. This is a good little geriatric kitty that gets really nervous in here. And what I’m gonna do today, we can see this mass on the ear. I don’t know what kind of mass it is. It really doesn’t matter. There are really two options on this thing. You cut it off right there and that would require anesthesia and we don’t wanna do that because Snowbell is 17 years old and above all, we don’t wanna do anything that’s gonna harm Snowbell.

So what we’re gonna do and what I’m gonna demonstrate is this product right here, it’s called the Cool Renewal. It’s a simple, easy way to get cryosurgery in your clinic. It comes in a spray can and I’m gonna show you how it’s gonna work. We don’t even have to use any anesthesia or any sedation or anything of Snowbell and we’ll get that thing off. And it’ll take about a week and it’ll dry up and go off. I did about two years ago. Was it two years ago or …

Leah:  November 16th, 2016.

Dr. Smith: You can see it took part of the ear off and that’ll happen, but then that mass has grown back. And unfortunately, that happens. But any kind of little lumps or bumps on an old dog or an old cat, you can do it. And you may have to restrain them a little bit, but they do fine and that thing comes off and it’s good to go. So I’m gonna show you how I’m gonna do it right now.

So, Leah, Snowbell may not like this, okay?

Leah: Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Dr. Smith: So you’re going to have to hold Snowbell. You feel comfortable holding Snowbell, right? Because kitty cars can get tricky and these old kitties, they’re very skilled and very adept at doing what? Getting out of your hold. Where is my towel?

Leah: The towel that-

Dr. Smith: Let’s take that towel.

Leah: Wrap her up.

Dr. Smith: Wrap that kitty up in it a little bit, okay? Another thing you gotta be careful about some of these kitties will run to California when you’re doing this on, so it helps if you kind of get them all cuddled in and … Look at how cute little Snowbell is. Hey sugar, you’re a good kitty. Right there, okay? Now you probably need something protecting your hands, okay? Because I’m gonna be squirting-

Leah:  Gloves on?

Dr. Smith: Nope. I’m gonna be squirting right there. So what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna take this little looks like a Q-tip and I’m gonna get it really cold. I’m gonna show you how, just like this, right there. And then I’m gonna hold it on that ear for just a minute, okay? I’m gonna hold it right there and I’m gonna get it good and cold, just like that. You gotta be careful, this thing’s cold. And so I’m kind of priming up Snowbell. And then I’m gonna freeze this thing, I mean, I’m gonna freeze it ice cold here in just a minute. And I’m getting her primed up just a little bit. You’ll learn. There are different ways people tell you how to use this, but the thing I like about it, it’s simple, fast, and easy to use, and it’s really … It’s just easy, quick, fast. If you run out of one, you order another one, it’ll be here the next day. See how that ear’s getting white right through there? We’re freezing the stew out of it, okay? And then what we’re gonna do is we’re gonna really freeze it here in a minute and Snowbell is not even noticing, okay?

Leah: Dr. Smith, would it be like if you were to go to the doctor yourself and have a-

Dr. Smith: Wart removed?

Leah: Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Dr. Smith: Absolutely. But see this little kitty, it doesn’t bother this kitty. It’s fine and she’s gonna go home. The bill’s not gonna be a lot. And we’re gonna get this thing done. Right there.

Leah: Okay. I’m good.

Dr. Smith: That thing won’t.

Leah: I’m-

Dr. Smith: This will rot your skin off in about two seconds. So I know you’re good. Alright, let’s see that thing. Is it good and cold? Yep, it looks like a snowball, doesn’t it?

Leah: It’s frozen.

Dr. Smith: Huh?

Leah: Yeah, it’s like frozen.

Dr. Smith: Believe that will come off in about a week or two. That’ll work. You all see that? See it was red, now it’s frozen through and through, and you can feel that thing’s like a big ice cube.

Leah: Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Dr. Smith: So it will die and it will fall off and kitty will run around with that little tumor gone and it’ll heal up. And there may be a small crinkle in it, but I think the take-home message is you have a 17-year-old kitty with a mass here that was bleeding and causing that ear to hang over and all that. And we just got it off, kitty’s fine, relaxed in the vet clinic, happy. And you’re a good little kitty, aren’t you? See? Right there, 17 years old. It’s a good cat. Alright, ready to go home.

Thank you very much. Again, this is called Cool Renewal. It’s a great product. I use it all the time in the practice. Quick, easy, fast, straight to the point. Cryosurgery and it allows a lot of things that you probably disregard, you can freeze them off and be done with it. The owners will be happy and it doesn’t take long and it’s not big deal. So look them up. Thank you.

For an appointment call 615-750-2248 (Nashville, TN) or 615-790-8100 (Franklin, TN).

Veterinary Cryosurgery Behind the Scenes: Watch the Procedure Now



Vinegar: A Quick and Easy Fix for Dog Ear Infections

Photo Vinegar: A Quick and Easy Fix for Your Dog's Ear Infections

Many people call vinegar the “miracle cleaner,” using it to mix homemade household cleaners and furniture polishes.

But, did you know that vinegar can also be a “miracle cleaner” for your dog’s ears?

Vinegar’s Effects on Infected Ears

Sometimes, bacteria, viruses and fungi invade and reproduce inside a dog’s ear canal causing an infection.

Ear infections are most common in dogs with floppy ears, because the hanging ears create a damp, moist area perfect for bacteria and viruses to multiply.

Vinegar treats dog ear infections in several ways:

  • Antibiotic – Vinegar kills bacteria
  • Antiviral – Vinegar kills viruses
  • Antifungal – Vinegar kills fungi
  • pH Restorative – Vinegar restores the ear canal’s proper pH balance

How to Treat Dog Ear Infections with Vinegar

First, you must make sure your dog’s eardrum is not perforated.

If your dog suffers a perforated eardrum, inserting liquids in the ear can cause ear damage or even deafness.

If your dog’s eardrum is intact, begin the vinegar ear treatment.

Apple cider vinegar is best, but may stain white or light-colored fur.

If your dog is white or light-colored, you may want to use distilled white vinegar.

First, make a mixture of half vinegar and half water and place in a squirt bottle. (Make sure you use a squirt bottle, not a spray bottle.)

Next, completely fill your dog’s ear canal with the mixture. Be careful not to let the solution get into your dog’s eyes.

Gently massage the base of our dog’s ear.

After massaging, allow your dog to shake his head.

The excess vinegar solution will come out, along with any debris from inside the ear canal.

You don’t need to swab your dog’s ear, but might want to wipe debris from the ear flap.

Vinegar Ear Cleaning Schedule

Treat both ears (even if only one ear seems infected) twice daily for two weeks.

For maintenance, treat your dog’s ears once or twice weekly.

If you don’t see an improvement in your dog’s ears within a few days, contact your veterinarian.

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5 Cat Immune Boosters You Probably Don’t Know About

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Some cats are born with weak immune systems.

As cats age, often their immune systems deteriorate.

Cats suffering from weak immune systems are more susceptible to infectious diseases than cats with strong immune systems.

For example, if an immunodeficient cat stays at a boarding facility, he or she may contract a respiratory disease that could, long-term, prove fatal.

Because of this, it’s very important to pay attention to your cat’s health and strengthen his or her immune system if necessary.

Below are some of our favorite cat immune boosters.

Lymphocyte T-Cell Immunomodulator (LTCI)

Lymphocyte T-Cell Immunomodulator (LTCI) specifically treats cats suffering FeLV & FIV, but also is an excellent overall immune enhancer.

LTCI is a naturally occurring protein and is a USDA-approved treatment requiring a series of painless injections administered by a veterinarian.  

Learn more about the advantages of Lymphocyte T-Cell Immunomodulator here: http://franklintnvet.com/lymphocyte-t-cell-immunomodulator-felv-and-fiv-treatment/

LTCI must be obtained and administered by a licensed veterinarian.


Acemannan is an immunomodulator polysaccharide extracted from the popular healing herb Aloe Vera.

Years ago, the FDA approved injectable Acemannan for treating fibrosarcomas and feline leukemia (FeLV).

Acemannan may also treat Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), and even HIV.

Although injectable Acemannan is no longer available, you can administer the polysaccharide orally.

Our clinic successfully uses the following protocol:

  • Loading dose: 1 teaspoonful of oral acemannan daily for 5 days
  • Maintenance dose: 1/2 teaspoon daily for 4-5 weeks.
  • If you see an improvement in your pet, continue at a rate of 1/2 teaspoon daily indefinitely.

Learn more about Acemannan here: http://franklintnvet.com/aloe-vera-feline-leukemia-treatment/

You can purchase Acemannan online, without a prescription, at Amazon.com. 

Sodium Ascorbate Vitamin C

Sodium ascorbate is an over the counter form of Vitamin C.

Using sodium ascorbate to increase internal vitamin C levels boosts the immune system and provides antihistamine and anti-inflammatory effects.

Improved vitamin C levels aid immune system regeneration while destroying bacteria and viruses.

Make sure you use Sodium Ascorbate, NOT Ascorbic Acid.

Because Sodium Ascorbate is a neutral pH it does not cause the same gastrointestinal distress caused by Ascorbic Acid.

Ascorbic Acid is the most common form of vitamin C, but because of its acidic pH, causes gastrointestinal distress.

The recommended sodium ascorbate dosage for cats is 1/2 teaspoon daily, splitting the dosage to 1/4 tsp with the morning feeding and 1/4 tsp with the evening feeding.

You can purchase sodium ascorbate online without a prescription.


Lysine is an over-the-counter amino acid supplement benefitting cats suffering FIV, upper respiratory infections, conjunctivitis, sneezing, and herpes virus.

Lysine is available as a gel, pills, flavored powder, and treats.

“Human” lysine brands come in tablet and capsule form.

We’ve found mixing Lysine powder into canned food the most efficient feeding method.

The recommended Lysine dosage is:

  • 500 mg per day, given twice daily for adult cats
  • 250 mg per day, given twice daily for kittens

You can purchase lysine online without a prescription.

Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense essential oil is an amazing immune booster.

Remember, cats are very sensitive to essential oils.

In order to safely use essential oils on your cat, make sure the oils are pure, unadulterated oils.

Our first choice of essential oil providers is doTERRA.

To use Frankincense on your cat, place 1-2 drops of undiluted Frankincense essential oil in your hand.

Gently rub your hands together, allowing your palms to absorb most of the essential oil.

Then, gently stroke your cat’s body.

If you can smell the essential oil on your cat’s fur, it is working!

Note: Be very careful using essential oils on cats. Some essential oils are toxic to cats when used in large quantities. To use any oil other than Frankincense or Lavender on your cat, we recommend consulting with a veterinarian or follow exact instructions found in the book “SpOil Your Pet: A Practical Guide to Using Essential Oils in Dogs and Cats” by Mia K. Frezzo, DVM. 

In addition to the above immune boosters, a healthy diet and proper food choices dramatically boost your cat’s immune system!

Click here to learn how to cook for your cat! 

If you’d like a health makeover for your cat, contact our clinic today! 

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The Ugly Truth About Pet Obesity

The Ugly Truth About Pet Obesity

Your pet has a weight problem!

Obesity is a health hazard to your pet.

But, with a little info from us and a little work on your part, your pet can start trimming down this week!

Pet Obesity Consequences

Fitter dogs live healthier lives compared to overweight pets.

Overweight pets are at risk for many medical issues.

As medical issues arise, life expectancy and quality of life decreases.

Overweight pets are more likely to develop:

  • Diabetes
  • Liver disease
  • Torn or strained ligaments
  • Excessive gas
  • Constipation
  • Arthritis

Overweight pets are also prone to respiratory, heart, and skin problems.

In addition to the above risks, overweight pets also face a lowered immune system, anal gland impaction or infection, and are at increased risk when under anesthesia and during surgery.

In addition, overweight pets are also at greater risk for heatstroke and slipped discs.

Many of the medical issues listed are quite painful for your pet – and your pocketbook.

What causes obesity? How can I help my pet?

Nearly 90% of the time, a pet is overweight is due to overeating.

Reduce Your Pet’s Food Intake

The best way to eliminate your pet’s obesity is reduce his or her food intake.

Decrease your pet’s food intake by 40%.

In other words, give your pet a little over half the portion you normally feed.

You can make the process easier for your pet by spreading the total daily ration throughout the day.

It may be less stressful, and more satisfying for your pet if you feed several small meals rather than one or two large meals each day.

Switch Your Pet From Wet to Dry Food

Many pets quickly lose excess weight when switched from kibble to a wet food diet.

PET | TAO’s Canine Blaze Formula, based on the principles of Eastern Food Therapy, provides energetic balance to sluggish, overweight pets.

Feeding the Blaze Formula may also help your pet lose weight.

Many people find home cooked diets help their pets lose weight and feel better.

Learn How to Cook for Your Pet 

Increase Exercise Your Pet’s Exercise 

Reduce the number of snacks you give your pet, especially in sedentary dogs and cats.

Lack of exercise is another cause of obesity.

Reduced activity is especially common as pets grow older.

Pets often slow down because of pain and stiffness from arthritis.

You will see results quickly if you cut back your pet’s food intake, make sure your pet takes frequent walks or gets other forms of exercise daily.

You can expect your pet to lose 1-2 pounds maximum per week.

Other Causes of Pet Obesity

Sometimes, pets become overweight for reasons other than overfeeding.

If you don’t see results with increased exercise and lowered food intake, your pet may suffer some other health issue.

Other causes of pet obesity include:

  • Lowered metabolism
  • Emotional trauma
  • Hormonal imbalances

If diet and exercise don’t make a difference within a few weeks, contact your vet.

Your vet may want to do blood work to rule out thyroid or other health issues.

Interested in a health consultation for your pet?

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