Not quite. We now know the math isn't that simple, as dogs age more quickly during their first two years. In fact, the first year of your dog's life is more closely equal to 15 human years.
We also know that size matters when it comes to calculating your dog's age in human years. The larger the dog, the higher the age.
This means that Teutul, who is going to be 14 years old this October, is actually approaching 88 years old. It's no wonder my boy is moving a little slower these days.
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Teutul has always been the "baby" of the pack (yes, even with two younger sisters), so it's sometimes hard to remember that he's become an old man. Not only is he moving a little slower, but we've noticed some stiffness in his rear legs, a little unsteadiness on stairs from time to time, and that he's not lifting his leg quite as high, or squatting quite as low, when doing his business.
Like I said, getting old isn't easy.
Hemp Wellness Products for Dogs
While hemp supplements for dogs have been increasing in popularity these days, I had been a little hesitant to use them. I knew I needed to do some research and just as I began doing it, we were given the opportunity to try Therabis™ dog supplements.
Therabis offers three different formulas - Stop the Itch, Calm and Quiet, and Up and Moving - all of which are powered by their proprietary hemp cannabinoid blend. These specific formulas were designed to help dogs with itching, anxiety, and joint mobility.
Now, I know what you're thinking. So before we go any further, let's get that question out of the way...
Will my dog get high?
The answer is, plain and simple, no.
"In the realm of veterinary science, the cannabinoids found naturally in whole-plant hemp are the most exciting and promising ingredients being studied today." - Therabis
What are Cannabinoids?
Cannabidiol (or CBD) is a naturally occurring chemical compound found in hemp that's classified as a cannabinoid. CBD interacts with your dog's endocannabinoid system - the central regulatory system known to affect bodily processes such as digestion, mood and sleep.
What is Hemp?
Despite common misconceptions, hemp is not another euphemism for marijuana. In fact, they are two very different plants. While they are both strains of the cannabis sativa plant, that is where their similarities end.
Some strains of marijuana have been bred to contain the highest possible content of THC (the "drug" that makes people feel high), however hemp has been bred to fulfill industrial applications like paper, fiber, and nutrition - and it contains less than .3% THC by law. This is why neither humans nor dogs experience a high when consuming hemp-derived products.
Backed by 25 years of veterinary expertise, Therabis products have been carefully designed to address the specific areas that challenge our dogs.
Dr. Stephen M. Katz, veterinary expert and founder of Therabis, has spent a lifetime researching, developing, and perfecting the formulas. His tireless research has resulted in superior products for dogs.
Check out this video to learn a little more about Therabis.
Get Up and Moving
With Teutul's increasing joint issues and stiffness, I couldn't wait to give the Up and Moving formula a try.
Formulated with whole-planet hemp oil and the Therabis proprietary cannabinoid blend, Up and Moving also includes green-lipped mussel, vitamin C and chromium to help promote healthy joints.
As a busy dog Mom, I really appreciate the convenient, easy to use packaging. Not only is Up and Moving packaged in single-serve sachets, but they come in a self-dispensing box. Talk about making my life easier at dinner time!
Available in three sizes based on your dog's weight (small, medium, large), Up and Moving can be purchased in packs of 5 or 30. It is also available for subscription delivery, which saves you both time and money.
While every dog is different, CBD generally takes some time to "load" in the dog's system. This can vary in part on the intended effect and the cells it needs to interact with. With Up and Moving, you will see the effects on most dogs after just 5 days of proper dosing.
While Teutul has only been receiving Up and Moving for a short time, I can already see a little extra spring in his step. Not only has he been initiating playtime with his younger sisters more, but that playtime is also lasting longer... which makes me a very happy dog Mom!
My old man's stiffness doesn't seem to be as intense, and he's been less wonky on the stairs and uneven terrain. Heck, we just might even be able to #GrabTheLeash and head out for a real hike with him this fall!
Could your dog use a little extra spring in their step? Whether it's age-related mobility issues, or those stemming from an injury, I encourage you to read more about Up and Moving and consider adding it to your dog's overall health regimen.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Therabis™. The opinions and text are all mine.