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A Quick Refresher on CBD Oil
By now, you’ve probably heard of CBD oil and all the magic that surrounds this natural supplement. CBD oil has been credited for helping with a list of ailments, including alleviating discomfort and calming anxiousness. Although the FDA hasn’t approved the use of CBD oil as an ingredient in pet food and treats, the growth of this segment of the pet industry isn’t slowing down.
So, What is CBD?
CBD is short for Cannabidiol. Cannabinoids, a chemical compound, are derived from hemp and marijuana plants. Whenever I mention CBD to anyone outside of the pet community, they assume that my dogs are getting high. THC, which is the compound in marijuana plants that leads to the feeling of “getting stoned,” is not the same as CBD. Unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive and doesn't get humans (or their pets) high. Instead, CBD works with the receptors in our bodies to produce a sense of calm, to alleviate pain, and more.
Marijuana plants are high in THC and low in CBD. On the other hand, hemp plants are high in CBD and this is what I look for when choosing a product for my dogs.
Benefits of CBD Oil for Dogs
If you Google the benefits of CBD oil, you’ll find a long list of reasons why we should all be giving our dogs CBD oil, however, not all these benefits have been accepted as valid by the FDA. Some of the benefits include:
- Reducing anxiousness and stress
- Alleviating inflammation and discomfort
- Promoting muscle repair after intense exercise and play
- Increasing appetite and reducing nausea when a dog isn’t feeling well
- Improving cognitive functions in senior dogs
- May reduce the number and severity of seizures
Is CBD Legal in the US?
Hemp-derived CBD with less than 0.3% THC and CBD isolates with no THC are legal on the federal level. Marijuana-derived CBD is legal in some states, however, it's illegal on the federal level.
A CBD isolate is a CBD oil that has no THC. Some feel that an isolate isn’t as effective as full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD oils which are derived using the entire plant. Others feel that isolates are effective because our dogs have more receptors, making their systems more receptive to the benefits of CBD oil.
The bottom line, if marijuana is illegal in your state, look for a CBD oil that is derived from hemp.
Finding a Quality CBD Oil Product
With the rapid growth of the CBD oil industry, everyone is producing “the best” CBD oil on the market. But how is the average pet parent to know if a product is a quality oil?
When shopping for CBD oil, I look for a brand that sources all the ingredients in the US. I prefer CBD oil that doesn’t have additives or natural flavors like peanut butter. My concern is that the addition of additives reduces the amount of CBD oil in the bottle and I’m paying for CBD oil, not peanut butter extract. And, I look for third-party testing for quality, purity, and consistency. A quality brand will provide the test results on their website or when requested.
What is King Kanine?
“At King Kanine, our mission is to promote pet wellness inside and out. We do this by providing owners with the highest quality organic Hemp products for pets available on the market, bringing joy to families nationwide as we help them keep their four-legged members healthy and happy.”~ KingKanine.com
I was curious about the KING KOMB which is a de-shedding tool that we could use in our home now that we have a Husky mix. King Kanine also offers CBD oil, CBD treats, a coat spray (between baths), a pet bed spray, and more. We received several products from their line in exchange for our honest feedback on our experience using these products with our dogs and in our home.
King Kalm 600mg CBD Oil with Copaiba & DHA
For a while, I lived with the belief that one CBD oil was just as effective as the next as long as the brand sourced quality ingredients and had their products third-party tested. Over the years, I've learned differently as our pet family has grown. Every dog is different and none of my dogs responded the same to one brand of CBD oil, until now!
I buy CBD oil to help alleviate anxiousness and discomfort in my dogs. We have two dogs with fear-based anxiousness (thunderstorms, fireworks, windstorms) and a dog with separation anxiety. Our two senior dogs have arthritis. And all our dogs are active (okay, so Sydney is actively keeping our sofa from floating away), which can result in muscle or joint pain when they overexert themselves. I've been using CBD oil with my dogs with varying degrees of success for several years.
King Kalm includes US-cultivated hemp, made in the King Kanine GMP Certified, ISO-90001 Certified FDA Facility, and it's third-party tested for purity, potency, and overall quality. What's different from other CBD oils we've tried is the addition of natural copaiba oil and DHA.
What is Copaiba Oil?
My first experience with copaiba oil was when I began using essential oils. Copaiba oil is derived from the copaiba trees, many of which can be found growing in Central and South America. Copaiba oil is known for many healing benefits and is known to ease inflammation, relieve pain, and it’s been used to treat infections.
Essential oils have developed a bad rap due to poor quality products circulating the market. King Kanine’s scientists and doctors have formulated all their products, using only the highest quality oils. There are many studies that support the benefits of copaiba oil and it is approved for internal use with pets by veterinarians experienced with essential oils.
Benefits of DHA for Dogs
DHA, or docosahexaenoic acid, is a form of omega-3 fatty acid commonly found in eggs, some organ meat, and fish. It supports joint health, improves skin and coat appearance, calms allergies, eases inflammatory conditions, and promotes brain health for growing puppies and senior dogs. Basically, it's an ingredient we want in our dogs' diet and, as a raw feeder, I'm happy to say that my dogs get plenty of DHA in their diet so I'm not averse to this ingredient.
Combined, CBD oil, copaiba oil, and DHA serve as a powerful, natural supplement that works to ease anxiety and pain and after using King Kalm regularly for more than a month, I can confidently say that it works for all five of my dogs.
How to Dose King Kalm
When I opened my first box of King Kalm, I was excited to see that we didn't get the traditional dropper. In my experience, most droppers don't have measures and, if they do, I can't read the teeny writing. I don't know if I should be giving my dogs a full dropper, several full droppers or a portion of one. There is also conflicting information about when we can give our dogs CBD oil – with a meal, separate from a meal, or a few hours before or after a meal. Which is it?
King Kalm takes all the confusion out of giving my dogs CBD oil by providing an easy to follow dosage chart and an oral syringe. I simply reference the dosage chart, fill the syringe with the appropriate amount (the numbers are clear on the syringe), and dispense the oil to the back of my dogs' throat. It takes seconds and my dogs now come to me and sit patiently for their CBD.
How Quickly Does King Kalm Work with Dogs
I saw an immediate change in my dogs. Apollo, Rodrigo, and Zoey were noticeable calmer. Scout, who strained his shoulder muscle, and Sydney, who has arthritis in her spine and hips, were moving easier. I’ll say it again – this is the first CBD oil we've used that worked for all our dogs.
Do My Dogs Like King Kalm
Three of our dogs will take the CBD oil from the oral syringe without issue. I allowed two of my dogs to lick it from my palm before they allowed me to add it to their mouth (where's the trust??). However, the oral syringe makes dosage easy so I can also put it inside their cheek and dispense before they react. They didn't have an issue.
We also received an 8-ounce bag (about 30 dog treats) of King Kalm Crunch – Honey Oats. Our dogs loved the crunch; however, I wouldn't give these in place of the CBD oil. According to the King Kanine website, there are approximately 3-4 milligrams of CBD per treat. I didn't witness calming or improved mobility after my dogs consumed the treats, possibly because I was giving our dogs these as treats (one treat per dog) instead of following the dosage recommendation on the bag.
Side Effects of King Kalm
Giving too much CBD oil can lead to loose stool or diarrhea in some dogs. It can also cause drowsiness. If your dog is on medication, there may be a conflict and it’s important to speak with your veterinarian about use. For instance, CBD oil can interact with blood thinners.
My dogs aren’t on any medication and didn’t experience any issues with King Kalm. With the easy to follow dosage chart and oral syringe, I wasn't concerned about giving my dogs too much CBD oil.
Cost of King Kalm
I didn't find the cost of the CBD oil higher than other products on the market. In fact, I find this to be the best deal when compared to many products sold in pet stores locally and I plan to switch our dogs to King Kalm because of our positive experience. For me, the biggest difference is having a clear guide to how much to give my dogs, which prevents me from using too much.
Other King Kanine Products
King Kalm Crunch – Honey Oats
Treats are always a hit in our house and our dogs aren’t picky about what I bring home. However, I am picky because we have a dog with food sensitivities, which requires me to read the ingredients panel of treats before buying.
I prefer limited, organic ingredients and that’s what we found in King Kalm Crunch:
- Gluten-Free Stone Ground Oat Flour
- Rolled Oats
- Black Peppercorn
It wasn’t a surprise that the treats were a hit with our dogs. King Kalm Crunch is easy to break into smaller pieces to use as training treats, which is how we used them with our dogs, specifically our rambunctious puppy.
There are approximately 30 treats in a bag and at $34.99 per bag, it’s $1.16 per treat. While I love the ingredients and our dogs loved the treats, the cost is too rich for our budget given that we have five dogs. However, if they go on sale, I’ll pick up a bag or two.
King Klean Bed
King Klean Bed is an alcohol-free pet bedding freshener that is free of harmful chemicals and scented with natural lemongrass. Living with five big dogs in the Pacific Northwest makes it necessary for us to clean our home daily and wash our dogs’ bedding weekly (when it’s raining). In the past, we’ve used store-bought fabric freshener until I began looking at the ingredients. King Klean Bed allows us to freshen the dogs’ bedding, our furniture, and area rugs, taking away that wet dog smell that assaults us every winter without risking our dogs’ health.
During the winter months, our dogs are spending more time in the house and King Klean Bed is helping to keep the dog smell to a minimum. Our house smelled great after one use and the lemongrass scent isn’t overwhelming for us or our dogs.
We now use the King Klean Bed spray three or four times a week.
King Klean In Between Bath Spray
During the summer months, we can get away with bathing our dogs every three months or so. However, in the rainy Pacific Northwest winters, we have to bathe our dogs monthly and it sucks all around. Having a coat freshener allows us to extend the time between baths. I’ve found that many coat fresheners (or conditioners) on the market smell amazing, but the scent is too strong for our dogs and the ingredients are kind of sketchy. We didn’t have this experience with the King Klean In Between Bath Spray. We mist each of our dogs once a week and the dogs smell great all week – unless they roll in something disgusting. Dogs will be dogs.
Final Thought on King Kanine Products
I’ve been curious about King Kanine for months. I’ve seen their ads on Facebook and the only thing that kept me from making a purchase is the growing number of CBD oil companies flooding the market. They can’t all be good. I’m excited to say that King Kanine is one of the good ones. The King Kalm CBD Oil checks all of the right boxes when it comes to sourcing, quality, and testing. And what sold me were three things:
- The easy to follow dosage chart.
- The oral syringe.
- It’s effective with all five of my dogs – reducing anxiety and alleviating pain.
King Kanine is a company that I will look to when shopping for my dogs and recommend to friends and Keep the Tail Wagging® readers.
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- Copaiba Oil, Essential Oil Vet
- Copaiba Oil, Animaleo
- Cannabidiol (CBD) — what we know and what we don’t, Harvard Health Publishing
- What are the benefits of CBD — and is it safe to use?, Mayo Clinic
This sponsored post came at the perfect time for our family because I've been aware of King Kanine and wanted to try their products and I wasn't disappointed. Raising dogs naturally when you have a dog with anxiousness or discomfort can be a challenge. I've been looking for a natural solution that gives my dogs the relief they need. Keep the Tail Wagging® received products and compensation in exchange for trying out the products introduced in this post with my dogs for a period of time. All thoughts shared are my honest opinion based on my experience using these products with and around our dogs.