10 Things You Didn’t Know About CBD for Dogs

Holistic vets have been sending some interesting reports about the benefits of CBD oil for dogs in their care…

A senior Staffordshire Terrier had a 6cm mammary tumor and metastasis that disappeared in 3 months and didn’t come back…

A Jack Russell Terrier had a severe heart murmur and painful arthritis and, after a month, he wanted to go for long walks and his murmur was much improved…

These are two examples of how Australian veterinarian Edward Bassingthwaighte discovered how CBD oil could be a critical part of his holistic veterinary practice. This article from Dogs Naturally Magazine explains ten things you might not know about CBD oil for dogs and humans alike.

1. CBD Is Not Psychoactive

CBD (cannabidiol) is a compound found in cannabis and hemp. THC is the compound found in cannabis that gives marijunana its psychoactive properties. Most CBD oils are the beneficial CBD without the THC, and typically come from hemp, not marijuana. This means you/your dog won’t get “high” from CBD oil, just the relaxation without intoxication.

2. CBD Oil Reduces Anxiety

Does your dog suffer from separation anxiety or noise phobias? CBD has been extensively studied for its effect on stress and anxiety. In humans, it’s been found to

  • reduce anxiety caused by public speaking
  • Reduce anxiety in both healthy people and people with anxiety disorders
  • Be effective for panic disorders and post-traumatic stress disorders

3. CBD Can Fight Cancer

CBD has been found to have an anti-tumor effect. It’s even been shown to stop cancer cells from growing and increased tumor cell death.

  • CBD helps the immune system’s killer cells to cause cancer cell death.
  • CBD kills cancer cells by blocking their ability to produce energy.
  • CBD’s anti-tumor properties slow and inhibit glioma cell growth.
  • CBD can help increase the efficacy of conventional cancer treatment.

4. CBD Can Treat Seizures and Epilepsy

Most dogs with seizures are put on drugs such  as phenobarbital and potassium bromide. While they may help control the seizures, they can be extremely harmful to your dogs liver and other organs in the long term. The drugs don’t work in all cases.

CBD has been shown to work well in drug-resistant epilepsy. In one study, 7 of 8 patients with epilepsy that was resistant to drugs saw a definite improvement within 4-5 months of taking CBD.

A survey of children with treatment-resistant epilepsy found that 84% of the children taking CBD had a reduction in frequency of seizures.

5. CBD Relieves Pain

The cannabinoids in CBD work so well for pain that scientists are considering it as a new class of drug for treatment of chronic pain. Studies show CBD is effective for:

  • Decreasing nerve-related pain
  • Decreasing impact of inflammation on the oxidative stress (which causes degeneration and premature aging)
  • Decreasing inflammation in acute pancreatitis
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Reducing intestinal inflammation (associated with irritable bowel disease)

6. CBD Can Help With Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Animal studies show that CBD can prevent colitis (IBD) and restore normal gut mobility in inflammatory bowel disease.  CBD also has antibiotic properties.

7. CBD Reduces Chronic Inflammation and Autoimmune Disease

CBD has been shown to decrease production and release of inflammatory cytokines that can cause allergies, hypersensitivities, and autoimmunity. It also inhibits the production of inflammatory macrophages and decreases chronic inflammation, in addition to being a powerful antioxidant.

8. CBD Can Protect the Nervous System and Help with Neurodegenerative Diseases

For dogs suffering from degenerative myelopathy and other spine and nerve issues, CBD shows a lot of promise. It’s been shown to help patients with Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease by protecting brain cells from toxicity.

For senior dogs, CBD has been shown to protect the brain from cell death caused by free radicals and toxins.

9. CBD Increases Appetite and Helps With Nausea

If you’re having trouble getting your dog to eat, CBD may help. The National Cancer Institute reports that CBD increases appetite and  helps with vomiting and nausea, even when they’re the result of toxins and drugs.

10. CBD Promotes Cardiovascular Health

Just as Dr. Bassingthwaighte discovered, CBD has been linked to heart health. Studies show it can reduce the damage from damaged blood vessels and irregular heart rates, protect blood vessels from damage and dilate the arteries, and reduce heart rate and blood pressure associated with stress and anxiety.

Bonus: CBD Oil is Legal and Safe

The most encouraging result is that CBD appears to be safe, even when taken in high doses and over extended periods of time. It can decrease activity of liver enzymes used to metabolize many prescription drugs, so check with your vet before using CBD if your dog is on medication. For more on choosing a good CBD oil for your dog, visit DNM Blog.

Free Delivery Zones Extended!

Don’t let a busy schedule keep you from getting the best pet food in Kansas City direct from our store to your pet’s dinner dish! Brookside Barkery & Bath now offers free pet food delivery with 10 miles of our stores with a purchase of $50 or more. Save time and call in your next purchase, and it will be delivered by the next business day. Now that’s doing what’s best for your best friend!

  • Deliveries can be placed over the phone, by calling 816-333-2275, or online by form submission. A Barkery Associate will call to confirm payment and delivery.
  • If you’re unsure what you got last time, a Barkery Associate can look up your history!
  • All deliveries placed will be delivered by the next business day.


3 Reasons to Give Your Dog Hemp

Why We Think You Should Give Your Dog Hemp

Hemp is one of the oldest and most versatile plants, dating back to the 28th century BC. Today, hemp is used in foods and textiles, but in the pet world, we’re most interested in hemp seed and the oil it produces.

You may be thinking, “Hemp is a variety of cannabis, I’m not giving that to my dog!” If you are, try and open your mind to the many health promoting properties that nearly every dog could use.

Unlike fish oil, hemp seed oil contains the perfect ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3, the essential fatty acids that your dog can’t produce and needs in his diet. A good balance of these Omega oils is critical to your dog’s health, because they work synergistically in the body. Hemp seeds are high in an essential Omega-6 fatty acid called gamma linolenic acid (GLA). There are some really good reasons to boost the GLA in your dog’s diet:

1. It Fights Cancer

Researchers at the American Cancer Society say there’s evidence that people with cancer, diabetes, and skin allergies don’t make enough GLA, and these issues are incredibly common in dogs too. While GLA is considered a conditionally essential fatty acid (which means most dogs can make enough of it, mist of the time), there are plenty of circumstances (hard exercise or stress) where dogs can’t make enough GLA and supplementing becomes important. And, because the GLA is perfectly balanced with Omega-3 fats, hemp seed oil will help reduce inflammation in your dog and strengthen the immune system.

2. It Reduces Joint Pain

Researchers in The Journal of Arthritis and Rheumatology found that the GLA found in hemp seeds reduced arthritis symptoms by 25% compared to a placebo at 4%. Once again, this is because the balance of fatty acids helps to reduce inflammation naturally.

3. It Improves Skin and Coat

Hemp seed has long been used in cosmetic products and soaps because the oil can penetrate the inner layers of the skin and promote healthy cellular growth. The fatty acid balance also plays an important role in reducing inflammation associated with common skin issues, including atopic dermatitis, pruritic skin disease and granulomas.

How Hemp Seed Oil Works

Your dog has substances in his body called prostaglandins. These are line hormones that circulate around the body, helping smooth muscle contractions, control inflammation, regulate body temperature, and other vital functions. The GLA that’s abundant in hemp seed is a building block for prostaglandins. Researchers are currently looking at GLA supplementation as an important component to proper hormone and health development.

A Word of Caution!

Before you start adding hemp oil to your dog’s meals, there are a couple of things you should first know:

  1. Hemp seed oil is a polyunsaturated fat, which means the oil is unstable. If you cook your dog’s food, you won’t want to add hemp seed oil to the food while cooking as this can cause the oil to become rancid and cause health issues.
  2. If your dog is eating a poultry-based diet, adding hemp seed oil may cause an imbalance in his diet. This is because chicken is already quite high in polyunsaturated fats and linoleic acid. According to Steve Brown, author of Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diet, flaxseed oil is a better choice for chicken-based diets. But if your dog is eating a diet rich in beef and other ruminants, hemp seed oil is a great way to balance the diet.

How Much to Give

Now you may be wondering how much hemp seed oil to add to your dog’s red-meat diet for an added health boost. Steve Brown recommends adding a teaspoon for every 1 to 1 1/4 pounds of food.

Cannabis sativa actually means “useful hemp” in Latin. Try adding some to your dog’s diet and see for yourself why this ancient superfood is making such a huge comeback.

For more on hemp oil, visit our friends at Dogs Naturally Magazine, or ask a Brookside Barkery & Bath associate on your next visit in!

August Special – Lotus & OC Raw

This month features two brands that were featured at our last Barkery U Seminar – Lotus & OC Raw!

Lotus Natural Pet Foods is a unique line of holistic, oven-baked dry foods & wholesome canned foods, all created for the long, happy life of your favorite dog or cat. This month, try Lotus’s delicious, high quality recipes and get:

  • $7 off large bags of dog food
  • $5 off medium bags of dog/cat food
  • $3 off small bags of dog/cat food
  • Dog & cat cans – Buy 2 get 1 free

OC Raw Dog is a premium raw line using only all-natural, ethically sourced ingredients. You will find zero indirect or direct preservatives, chemicals, fillers, or grains. OC Raw has a wide variety of options for your dog, from treats to complete and balanced diets. This month only:

  • 20% off all OC Raw Dog products – raw bones, sardines, goat’s cheese, goat’s milk, freeze dried, and raw frozen.


Keep Your Pets Safe in the Heat

The summer months can be uncomfortable, even dangerous for pets and people alike. This post from the Humane Society shares tips to keep your pets safe and cool this summer. Follow these tips to make sure your entire family stays comfortable when the heat is on, even when the power isn’t.

Practice Basic Summer Safety

Never leave your pets in a parked car.

Not even for a minute. Not even with the car running and air conditioner on. On a warm day, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise rapidly to dangerous levels. For example, on an 85 degree day, the temperature inside a car with the windows opened slightly can reach 102 degress within 10 minutes. After 30 minutes, the temperature will reach 120 degrees. Learn how to help a pet left inside a hot car by taking action or calling for help.

Watch the humidity.

It’s important to remember that it’s not just the ambient temperature but also the humidity that can affect your pet. Animals pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs, which takes heat away from their body. If the humidity is too high, pets are simply unable to cool themselves. Taking a dog’s temperature will quickly tell you if there’s a serious problem. Dogs’ temperatures should never be above 104 degrees.

Limit exercise on hot days.

Be cautious when exercising your pet. Adjust intensity and duration in accordance with the temperature. Consider limiting exercise to early morning or late evening hours, and avoid hot asphalt to prevent your dog’s paws from getting burnt. Always bring water with you to keep your dog from dehydrating.

Don’t rely on a fan.

Pets respond differently to heat than humans do, and fans don’t cool off pets as effectively as they do people. Make sure your dog is in a comfortably cooled environment to prevent him or her from overheating.

Provide ample shade and water.

Any time your pet is outside, make sure he or she has protection from the heat and sun and plenty of fresh, cool water. In heat waves, add ice to the water whenever possible. A dog house does not provide relief from heat – in fact, it makes it worse.

Cool your pet inside and out.

Homemade frozen dog treats can be a great way to cool your dog down on a hot day in addition to cool water. Keep your pet from overheating indoors or out with a cooling body wrap, vest, or mat.

Watch for signs of heatstroke.

Extreme temperatures can cause heatstroke. Warning signs are heavy panting, glazed eyes, rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination, profuse salivation, vomiting, a deep red or purple tongue, seizure, and unconsciousness. Some breeds of dogs have a harder time breathing in extreme heat, such as boxers, pugs, shih tzus, and other dogs and cats with short muzzles. Beware that risk of heat stroke is higher for animals that are very old, very young, overweight, not conditioned to prolonged exercise, or have a heart or respiratory disease.

How to treat a pet suffering heatstroke:

Move your pet into the shade or an air-conditioned area. Apply ice packs or cold towels to her head, neck, and chest, or run cool (not cold) water over her. Let her drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes and take her directly to a veterinarian.

Prepare for power outages.

Before a summer storm takes out the power in your home, create a disaster plan to keep your pets safe from heat stroke and other temperature-related trouble.

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5 Ways to Boost Your Dog’s Immune System

Hotspots. Diabetes. Ear Infections. Cancer.

What do all of these prevalent pet diseases have in common? The immune system, or more accurately, an unbalanced immune system. Holistic medicine views these diseases as part of a larger picture to be addressed as a whole, based on proper immune system function.

Since the immune system is such a major player in the world of true health and vitality, we should think about boosting it as much as we can, rather than using suppressive medications such as steroids that further suppress the immune system.

How can we boost it?

Will Falconer DVM recommends the following immune boosters that can help with immune intelligence, which means the immune system not only knows what to attack and when, but it knows when to stand down and return to its quiet state of alertness.

5 Ways To Give Your Dog a Boost!

  1. Transfer Factors
    These are tiny proteins in the cytokine class, purified from colostrum, egg yolk and other sources that confer immune intelligence to those taking them. These proteins increase recognition of invaders as well as rapid attacks on them. They’ve proven invaluable in autoimmune disease down regulation as well.
  2. Echinacea
    Ecinacea is an herb known for its effectiveness in treating acute infections illnesses. Falconer recommends MediHerb’s Echinacea Premium, which can be found at your local organic grocery store.
  3. Reishi
    The reishi mushroom is known for a host of immune system benefits, including inhibiting tumors, and analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiviral activities. It also helps with liver detox.
  4. More Mushrooms
    There are several more mushrooms with immune enhancing effects, including:
    Cordyceps enhance stamina and potently boost immune system.
    Agaricus blazei is a known cancer fighter.
    Shiitake comes in handy for viruses, and is often available fresh & could be added to food for taste and medical benefits.
    Maitake boosts immunity, helps with obesity and contains a host of vitamins.
  5. Olive Leaf Extract
    Olive leaf extract checks cell proliferation in tumors and hastens cancer cell death. It also has antimicrobial, antiviral, and antioxidant properties.
  6. A Whole, Complete, and Balanced Diet
    Feeding your dog a whole, completely, and balanced diet as well as keeping your dog’s gut healthy is the most fundamental way to boost the immune system. Immune system health starts with the gut, so a compromised gut means a compromised immune system.
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3 Ways to Treat Your Dog’s Arthritis Naturally

Just like humans, dogs change as they age. As pet owners, we’re responsible to help them age gracefully. Here at Brookside Barkery we’re dedicated to educating our customers because we know that informed customers make better informed decisions. Arthritis is common in senior dogs and it can be challenging to keep your arthritic furry friend active and comfortable. Here are 3 ways to treat your dog’s arthritis naturally!

1. Fix Leaky Gut. Your dog’s gut lining contains millions of tiny little holes that allow digested foods and proteins to enter the body to be used as fuel. The tiny holes prevent larger, undigested proteins and toxins from entering the body and wreaking havoc with the immune system. These little wholes can stretch if your dog’s gut is damaged. This allows proteins, harmful bacteria and undigested food particles to enter the body – causing an immune reaction. Leaky guts can be caused by poor diet, drugs and other toxins, and over-vaccination. Step one is to eliminate processed foods, drugs, toxins, and vaccines as much as possible.

2. Fix the Fats. Fats are one of the most important ingredients in your dog’s diet … they affect every cell in his body … if he doesn’t get enough fat or gets the wrong balance of fats, things can go very wrong. Most dog food today is high in omega-6 fatty acids and low in omega-3 fatty acids. This causes chronic inflammation which makes arthritis worse. To reduce inflammation, your dog should be eating grass-fed animals. Not factory-farmed or grain-fed animals. If this isn’t possible, just be sure that you’re adding in omega-3 fats to balance out the different types of fats he’s eating.

3. Add Antioxidants. Free radicals are atoms that can damage cells and cause them to die. Antioxidants can prevent cell damage that free radicals cause. They also have anti-aging effects, help prevent cancer, heart disease, eye problems, and immune issues.

*Thank you dogsnaturallymagazine.com for these great tips!

5 Reasons to Feed Your Dog Raw Honey

Raw honey is one of nature’s most powerful and versatile remedies – even for dogs! This article from Whole Dog Journal explains how you can use raw honey on your dog for these various ailments.

  1. Local Raw Honey Relieves Dogs’ Skin Allergies
    Medical research supports the use of local honey to combat environmental allergies. “Local” honey contains tiny amounts of the pollen in your area, so that when your dog ingests it, his body can adjust to the potential allergens gradually which should help prevent a full-blown allergy attack. Hint: Be sure you’re dealing with an environmental allergic reaction, and not a food sensitivity. The Glacier Peak Wellness Assessment Kit can help you to identify this.
  2. Raw Honey Helps Dogs with Kennel Cough
    For many years, honey has been used as a solution for soothing irritated throats and coughs. For kennel cough, you can use local honey, but Manuka honey may be your best choice. This honey is made by bees in New Zealand, and has the highest antibacterial properties of any honey in the world.
  3. Raw Honey Heals Minor Topical Wounds
    Manuka honey is also a top choice for a natural wound dressing. In fact, Manuka honey is FDA-approved for use on human burn patients. Honey’s natural antibacterial properties reduce the chance of infection, protects the injured area, and keeps the area moist and clean to promote healing.
    After cleaning the room, spread on a thick layer of honey and then apply a light bandage, if necessary. Make sure your dog cannot lick the area.
  4. Raw Honey Reduces Gastrointestinal Upset in Dogs
    For minor bouts of an upset stomach or diarrhea that might come from something simple, such as your dog feasting on fresh grass, a couple of doses of honey may help quiet and soothe his GI tract. Some veterinarians suggest honey to help control minor stomach ulcers, since honey’s natural antibacterial properties can help destroy bacteria that may be causing the ulcer. You should always seek veterinary advice in an ongoing stomach issues.
  5. Honey Can Give Dogs More Energy
    Honey is a sugar, and sugar boosts energy. Anecdotal evidence shows that honey helps many older dogs regain some sort of their former spunk and drive. Some owners of canine athletes use honey to promote energy, endurance, and vitality.

It’s Time to Put a Stop to Mindless Over-Vaccination

Dr. John Robb, founder of the Protect the Pets movement, is a veterinarian for over 30 years and world famous almost overnight (more about that shortly). Dr. Robb attended the veterinary school at the University of California, Davis, in the early 1980s, followed by a one-year internship at a private practice in Connecticut, the New Haven Central Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Karen Becker’s interview with Dr. Robb sheds some light on his fight against profiteering and over-vaccination in veterinary medicine.

“It’s true I’ve come in the public eye more recently,” says Dr. Robb. “But honestly, I’ve been fighting to be a veterinarian my whole career. The drive profits in veterinary medicine has really become a problem, especially with the advent of companies like Veterinary Centers of America (VCA) and the Mars Company coming in and owning veterinary hospitals.

These are businessmen and businesswomen. These are people that want to make profits but don’t necessarily have the best interest of the pets involved. And unfortunately, the veterinary establishment, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and other organizations, seem to be joining forces with them instead of putting their hands up and saying, ‘We have a problem here.'”

‘I’m Hurting My Patients With These Vaccines’

Like all veterinary students, Dr. Robb was taught in vet school that vaccines are good and prevent disease. But once he was a practicing DVM, he began to see vaccine side effects such as life-threatening anaphylaxis, as well as longer term vaccine-related disorders.

“I started to research on my own. I came across veterinarians who had been showing that vaccines caused a lot of serious side effects, including hemolytic anemia and cancer at the injection sites. I had a problem now. I’m a veterinarian, and I’m hurting my patients with these vaccines.”

Dr. Robb began changing the way he did things in his practice. For example, he lengthened intervals between vaccines, and lowered the does because it was clear to him that small pets couldn’t handle the same amount of vaccine as larger animals.

Increasingly, Corporations Dictate How Veterinary Medicine is Practiced

When he bought a Banfield Pet Hospital practice, Dr. Robb realized the franchise was very frequently over-vaccinating. So he put his own protocols in place, including “smaller dogs receive a lower volume,” and only one vaccine per visit. He also didn’t give all the vaccines the franchise recommended. Then Mars Petcare  bought Banfield, and Dr. Robb explains what happened next:

“They basically came in and said, ‘Look, we want your franchise back. In fact, we’re buying all the franchises back. We control the doctors. We’re going to give you about a third of what it’s worth and you’re going to leave. Maybe you can go open up another hospital.’

I said, ‘I’m not going anywhere. I have 15 years left on my contract. You can’t tell me how to practice veterinary medicine, that’s my job, so get out.’ But they took my franchise anyway. They said if I didn’t go quietly, they would report me to the state board, because I was lowering my vaccine volume and they said it was against the law. And so they did. They reported me to the Connecticut State Board of Veterinary Medicine.”

Buck the System? You’ll Be Handcuffed & Taken to a Psych Ward

Mars/Banfield sent a letter to all 5,000 of Dr. Robb’s clients stating that their pets weren’t protected (immunized). So Dr. Robb contacted his clients as well, and recommended they have their pets titer tested to show they were protected. That’s when the situation really escalated.

“They put armed guards in front of all the PetSmarts in Connecticut,” Dr. Robb explains. (Banfields are located inside PetSmart stores.) “Two sets of armed guards, one paid for by PetSmart, and one paid for by Mars. They made a big scene and tried to blame it on me.”

The first time he attempted to visit his practice, Dr. Robb was handcuffed to a stretcher and taken to a psychiatric ward. The second time, he was arrested for handing out literature on titer testing to prevent his patients from over-vaccinating the dogs he had already titered and knew were protected.

“It ended up in federal court. They lied to the judge and said, ‘We were offering titers.’ They did everything they could to not do a titer. They injured so many pets, some died, because they revaccinated all of them. It was part of a cover-up. I was vaccinating correctly and they didn’t want anybody to see that their pets had immunity.

The fight with Mars was in front of the state veterinary board, who had copies of all the scientific articles I had collected on vaccines, because I provided them to them. They told me they didn’t care about science. These are veterinarians and they don’t care about science? They said I broke the law. Even if I have to kill my patients, I have to obey the law.”

A Movement to Return Morality to the Veterinary Profession

Dr. Robb has turned these unfortunate event into a meaningful change. He and his wife used their retirement savings to start the Protect the Pets movement in 2006. “It  was never to make money,” says Dr. Robb, “but to bring morality back into veterinary medicine.”

Pet Parents Are Coming Forward to Tell Their Stories

Veterinarians have no legal obligation to report adverse reactions to vaccines, but pet parents are coming forward to tell their stories and driving this change, because they’ve had enough. Veterinarians like Dr. John Robb and Dr. Karen Becker are working to amend the rabies laws and bring morality back to a profession gone wrong where vaccines are concerned.

Become a Partner in the Protect the Pets Movement

“Even as we’re talking here today,” says Dr. Rob, “there are pets out there being injured, dying, and being given injections they don’t need. It’s happening right this minute, and there’s no time to waste. Lives depend on education, encouraging each other, and taking action steps such as contacting state legislators. You can look me up on Facebook, John Robb, for more information.”

You can also reach Dr. Robb at 203-731-4251, or contact him through his website. The first goal is to amend the existing rabies laws. There are 200 million pet parents and advocates, and 40,000 members of the veterinary establishment. As pet owners, we should be able to make decisions for animals in our care.

An Important Distinction: We’re NOT Anti-Vaxxers

It’s important to point out that we’re not anti-vaccines. There’s a huge difference between too many vaccinations and protective vaccinations. We’re not advocating never vaccinating your pet under any circumstances. We’re advocating the smart use of minimal vaccines to create immunity against disease in puppies and kittens, with follow-up titers for the lifetime of the pet. This is about the danger of over-vaccinating cats and dogs.

Some veterinary vaccines are substantially more toxic than others. It’s your job as your pet’s advocate to know enough about the subject to make the best decisions for your animal companion. And if your vet doesn’t respect your opinion and point of view, consider finding a new vet.

To learn more about Dr. John Robb, the Protect the Pets Movement, and Titer Testing as an alternative to vaccines, visit Dr. Becker’s website.