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As a veterinarian, ingredients and ingredient quality matter a lot to me. What we feed our pets has a direct impact on their health, for better or worse. It’s not just that we should be avoiding foods and supplements that harm our pets. Rather, we need to be seeking out the ones that provide demonstrated health benefits.

At Dr. You+, that’s the approach we take to all of our ingredient sourcing. As a CBD company, that means ensuring our cannabidiol is coming only from known, high-quality growers and that it undergoes rigorous lab testing to ensure we know the precise concentrations of every product. But it goes beyond that. After all, there’s more going into pet CBD oils and treats than just the CBD. We believe those other ingredients should be held to the same high standards for quality and health benefits. That’s why, as a veterinarian, I’ve put salmon oil and pumpkin at the heart of our products.

On the surface, there are two reasons that salmon oil and pumpkin are excellent choices for pet CBD products. First, pets love the taste. And when it comes to masking the bitterness of cold-pressed CBD, that’s important. Furthermore, because of their high lipid concentrations, salmon oil and pumpkin blend well with CBD oil, ensuring no separation of liquids within the products.

But it’s more than that. Salmon oil and pumpkin also bring their own special benefits to pets. Here’s a quick rundown:

Benefits of Salmon Oil:
Salmon oil—and fish oils in general—have been shown to provide numerous benefits in pets when it comes to their skin and joints. That’s because these oils are rich in fatty acids, which have been demonstrated to ease inflammatory problems in pets.

The benefits of salmon oil for a pet’s skin can be particularly important. After all, nearly one in four visits to a veterinarian are related to skin diseases. Itching, flaking, redness and irritation: All of these can be symptoms of a deficiency in fatty acids. Our supplements that feature salmon oil can help keep your pet’s skin and coat healthy, while delivering the added benefits of CBD at the same time—a real win-win.

Benefits of Pumpkin:
Speaking of win-win scenarios, pumpkin is excellent for a pet’s digestive health. At my emergency pet hospital, diarrhea and constipation are some of the most common symptoms I see in patients. Of course, diarrhea and constipation can have a number of causes, and it’s my job to get to the root of the cause and help alleviate it. But in most cases, in addition to whatever therapies or medications I might prescribe, I almost always recommend that the owner begin supplementing the animal’s diet with pumpkin.

If a dog has diarrhea, the fiber in pumpkin can help absorb excess water and will result in a firmer stool. In the case of constipation, the fiber will help to both bulk up and soften the stool, which makes it easier to pass. Even for pets that don’t have digestive challenges, adding pumpkin to their diet is a good way to keep them regular.

Bulking up a pet’s feces has another beneficial effect beyond digestion: It encourages regular secretion of the anal glands. Any owner who has dealt with a pet with impacted or infected anal glands—and they are quite common—can attest to what an unpleasant experience it is for the animal. Remedying an infected or ruptured abscess on the anal glands can require sedation, suturing, pain medications, antibiotics and the dreaded cone of shame for the duration of the healing process. Obviously, pet owners always want to know how they can avoid a recurrence of the problem. In addition to other recommendations I might have in this regard, I always recommend owners supplement their pet’s diet with added fiber in the form of pumpkin. This helps increase the bulk in their stools, thereby regularly putting pressure on the anal glands and encouraging secretion with each defecation.

Pet owners are increasingly getting hip to the many potential benefits of CBD for their pets, and I’ve been gratified to see CBD supplementation pay off for so many of my patients. But my thought is—why stop there? But combining CBD with salmon oil and pumpkin—two highly palatable ingredients that pets love—we’re able to bring even greater health benefits to the animals we love. And isn’t that what it’s all about?

Dr. Jay You

Dr. Jay You

Dr. You is a veterinarian with 6+ years of experience that has witnessed firsthand with his patients the benefits of CBD in the veterinary industry. Whether it be for anxiety, arthritic pain, or other problems, a growing number of his patients have turned to CBD as a holistic alternative with budding success. Dr. You believes in the future of CBD and is committed to advancing its place in the veterinary world.