After his dog was diagnosed with cancer, Blake Armstrong started Cannabis Supplements For Pets, a website dedicated to educating pet owners on the benefits of CBD for their furry friends.
A few years ago, Blake Armstrong and his family got the news every pet owner dreads: Rosie, the family’s Golden Retriever, was diagnosed with cancer.
And while Rosie’s vets were excellent, they made it clear to Blake and his family that there was no cure for her. Instead, they encouraged Blake and his wife to focus on giving Rosie the best quality of life in her remaining time with them.
“Our vets were great,” says Blake.
“They talked to us about all our options and made it clear from the get-go that there was no saving Rosie. I think it’s important to manage expectations in these kinds of situations,” he said.
Rosie had previously also been diagnosed with hip dysplasia, a malformation of the hip that’s common in dogs and, over time, leads to severe pain and inflammation of the hip joint.
Gradually, Blake and his family watched Rosie’s condition worsen.
“Time went by, and Rosie started to change. The changes were subtle at the beginning, but when she hit rock bottom, Rosie seemed like a completely different dog,” said Blake.
“She’d hardly move due to all the pain, and her appetite had almost completely disappeared which, to any pet owner, is a huge red flag,” he said.
Desperate to find something to help Rosie, Blake and his wife learned about CBD. And, while they were skeptical about giving their dog cannabis, they decided to give it a shot once they learned that CBD was safe and didn’t produce an intoxicating high.
“And I’m so glad we did,” said Blake.
“Within just a few weeks, CBD worked wonders for Rosie. It greatly reduced her pain, which meant she also got some of her mobility back, and her appetite started to return, too.”
Now, CBD isn’t a miracle cure for cancer, and it wasn’t able to save Rosie. What it did do, however, is greatly reduce Rosie’s suffering in her remaining time with Blake and his family.
“After seeing what CBD could do, I decided every other pet owner out there needed to be informed about this stuff. I know CBD is no miracle cure, but for Rosie and countless other dogs, it offers natural, effective, and safe relief.”
In order to help pet owners like himself, Blake built CannabisSupplementsForPets.com, a website where he shares research about the health benefits of CBD for pets and reviews leading CBD pet brands.
Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of research testing CBD on companion animals. However, research on lab animals and humans is growing, and there’s a growing body of research which shows cannabinoids can effectively treat a wide variety of symptoms and conditions.
Studies show, for example, that CBD can help relieve pain, inflammation, anxiety, improve sleep, and much more.
“Dogs, like humans, have an endocannabinoid system, and targeting that system can help treat a wide variety of conditions,” says Blake.
“By writing about CBD, I hope to help pet owners all across the globe improve the health of their pets, whether they are dealing with an acute symptom, a chronic condition, or even a terminal illness like Rosie,” he says.