About Us

How we became : CBD Dog Health

Our founder, Angela Ardolino, knew the profound benefits of using CBD enriched hemp oil to treat her medical issues. But when she looked for safe, vegan, non-GMO, full-spectrum CBD formulated specifically for her dogs, she realized something: There wasn’t any. 

Even worse: what few products she could find on the market contained industrialized hemp oil from other countries and lacked regulation or strict standards.

So she decided to change that. 

Unlike other brands on the market, CBD DOG Health products are created specifically with your pet in mind. 

Our products contain Full Spectrum Hemp Extract (CBD), a wide range of cannabinoids, and terpenes — the compounds in the plant that create therapeutic results.

CBD DOG Health products include: homeopathic CBD enriched hemp oils for separation anxiety or traveling needs, extra-strength cannabinoid formulations specially made for more serious conditions like PTSD or pain from cancer, salves to treat skin ailments, like hot spots and allergies, and all-natural pet treats. All of our products were made to effectively treat your pet holistically and naturally.

Our products are carefully formulated with all-natural ingredients and full spectrum cannabinoid blends, so there is something here to benefit every pet. In addition, we guarantee potency and purity through third-party lab testing.

Made with a homeopathic blend, including turmeric, our new oral tinctures are created with hemp seed oil for extended absorption and longer-lasting effects of our cannabinoid formulation. Relief is not just skin deep with our salves, which are made specifically to nourish, heal, and prevent irritation to your pet’s skin. Our growing line of pet products has something to help everyone.

We are passionate about helping your pet live their very best life. Because every dog deserves her day. 

CBD DOG is proud to share our growing line of holistic products for the well-rounded health of your dog, cat, horse, or any other pet. Because we care about your furry friends as much as you do. 

Grown in the USA

No Pesticides or Herbicides

All of the hemp plants used in our products are grown 100 percent legally in the United States without the use of herbicides or pesticides. We know exactly what goes into our plants and our products, from start to finish. Once our hemp plants have been harvested, we extract our oils in-house using CO2 super critical extraction. This means we never use liquid solvents, like butane, isopropyl alcohol, or hexane.

Our products are full spectrum, which means that we do not use CBD isolates—in our extraction process, we preserve as many cannabinoids as possible. Through the preservation of cannabinoids (unlike a CBD isolate) the entourage effect can boost the healing benefits of every cannabinoid. In other words, while CBD is fantastic, the effects can be boosted with other cannabinoids and terpenes. When they are combined, the effect is even stronger.

The essential oils we use are grown without the use of pesticides or herbicides and extracted by cold press or CO2 extraction.

Angela Ardolino

FOUNDER/CEO ~ HOLISTIC DOG EXPERT ~ MEDICAL CANNABIS EXPERT

Mother of Odie the mini-schnauzer, Nina the Doberman, Jolene the mix breed mutt, 23 ducks, 19 chickens, 9 geese, 1 bunny and a pig at her rescue farm, Fire Flake Farm.

To see Angela on her rescue farm, Fire Flake Farm, surrounded by dogs, chickens, geese, and her pet pig, is to see her in her element. Looking at this furry, joyful family, you would never suspect that Angela and her pets were once full of aches, pains, and anxiety.

Angela is the founder of Miami Children’s Theater and Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine. She has a background in broadcast journalism and appeared on television and radio shows, including nationally syndicated Daytime. Despite her healthy lifestyle and busy schedule, in 2013 Angela was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Determined to find alternatives to the toxic medications she was offered, she turned to CBD. Once she identified a pure source for CBD in California, her life changed forever. Angela spent the following years working diligently to educate people about medical cannabis and fighting for its legalization in Florida.

In 2016, Angela earned a professional certification in Medical Cannabis biology and the therapeutic uses from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. That year, she hosted Canna Conference to educate doctors, veterinarians and patients about the positive effects of medical cannabis and how cannabis reacts in the endocannabinoid system.

Angela spent two years searching for ethical, safe hemp farmers in Colorado and found trusted partners, including an essential oils expert who has produced plant-based products for over 30 years, and CBD expert and Broadway performer Hernando Umana. In June 2018, Angela launched CBD Dog Health and its line of full spectrum hemp extract products specifically formulated for pets. The passage of the Farm Bill that same year legalized hemp-growing in all 50 states, ensuring that these products will be available to the people and animals who need them most.

In 2019, Angela partnered with Cannabis Radio to launch her pet-centric podcast, It’s a Dog’s Life. Airing every Monday, It’s a Dog’s Life features interviews with the nation’s top veterinarians and pet experts, including Dr. Bob Goldstein, Dr. Jean Hofve, and Dr. Dee Blanco.

Angela routinely travels the U.S. to speak at national pet events, including the Raw and Natural Dog Summit, The United States Cannabis Conference, the Pets + Summit, and Pet Connections. Using her expertise on both cannabis and pet care, Angela is dedicated to educating as many people as possible about the benefits of holistic pet care.

When Angela is not educating the public, you’ll find her at Fire Flake Farm. The farm not only provides a safe habitat for neglected and abused animals, but grows organic vegetables, microgreens and herbs. Additionally, Angela is the owner of Beautify The Beast, a natural grooming, pet boarding and retail shop.

Angela is active in the Society of Cannabis Clinicians, Women Grow and United for Care. She is an activist for making safe, natural, ethically grown hemp and medical cannabis available for people and animals. To learn more, visit www.angelaardolino.com.

Hernando Umana

CO-OWNER ~ CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER ~ CBD EXPERT ~ BROADWAY ACTOR ~ DOG LOVER

Father of Blanche an 8-year old mini Shih Tzu and senior rescue Linda, Hernando Umana is a Broadway performer in New York City and works tirelessly to share the benefits of CBD with pet parents across the country.

Hernando first met Angela as a 15-year-old performing at The Miami Children’s Theater. Coming from a very low income family, he couldn’t afford the fees to be part of the production, but Angie never let a kid miss out on being in a show due to financial issues, so she made him a deal: if he helped paint sets, work in the costume shop or anything else needed for the production, he would be part of the show. She taught him the very important lesson that you can do and have everything and anything you want if you work hard. With her help, he went on to study in one of NYC’s best musical theatre programs, AMDA, where he graduated at the top of his class.

Despite his confidence and talent, Hernando found himself struggling after graduation. In a profession where anxiety is absolutely crippling, he wasn’t getting the kind of work he knew he should be getting. He did not want to turn to toxic medications and was searching for a way to treat his anxiety without scary side effects. Thankfully, during one of his many visits to Angie in Florida, she introduced him to CBD and he has never looked back. Four years later, he had opened two first national tours, been on Broadway, worked with Cyndi Lauper, Brendan Urie, Andrew Loyd Webber, and many others.

Once he had his feet planted in NYC, he adopted a Shih Tzu named Blanche and they fell madly in love. They were very similar in one way: anxiety. She had severe separation anxiety and was constantly causing disruption when left alone in hotels during Hernando’s national tours. After trying every remedy possible, he reached out to Angie for help. She happened to be entering the medical cannabis industry and was working on a formulation to help dogs with anxiety, joint paint, inflammation and cancer. He was, of course, incredibly interested, and went deep into research. After learning how effective CBD is for dogs, he knew he wanted to give this solution to pet parents everywhere. So together, Angela and Hernando created CBD Dog Health.

Hernando can now go to work knowing Blanche is not scratching and crying at the door. Instead, she’s laying comfortably in her bed. CBD was life changing for both of them, and he could not be happier to be in a business doing something he loves so much that helps dogs like Blanche live a happy, stress free life.

Carter Easler

DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION AND OUTREACH ~ DOG LOVER

Father of bulldog, Moo, Carter is a life-long animal lover from Toronto, Canada currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. Growing up in a family of veterinarians, he grew up surrounded by animals. He had dogs, cats, rodents, reptiles — you name it, and Carter probably rescued it.

Carter’s passion for cannabis activism started when he was in high school. After learning about the senseless prohibition and incredible diversity of cannabis’s utility, he was inspired to get involved. When Carter met Angela, he was excited to learn that he could combine his passions: animals and cannabis.

Carter now travels North America to educate pet parents, retailers, and veterinarians about CBD. He is excited to bring his passion for pets to CBD Dog Health.

Joe Straughan

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER ~ FIRE FLAKE FARM PET RESORT & RESCUE FARM MANAGER ~ DOG LOVER

Father of Odie the mini-schnauzer, Nina the Doberman, Jolene the mix-breed mutt, Daisy the rescue senior chihuahua mix, Maza the rescue Australian Shepard mix, and countless ducks, chickens, roosters, geese, bunnies and one pig at Fire Flake Farm.

Joe is a native of Springfield, Missouri, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree with double-major in Marketing and General Business from Missouri State University. Since college he has developed extensive experience in experiential marketing, event planning and production, and non-profit association management.

For well over a decade Joe has been instrumental in development and execution of promotional campaigns for numerous consumer brands, having worked for several marketing agencies in Los Angeles and New York City. Some of his clients have included Crown Royal, Nintendo, Red Bull, Absolut, Sephora, Pandora Jewelry, Unilever, and iHeart Radio. Joe relocated to the Tampa Bay area in 2016, where he played an instrumental role in the planning and execution of Canna Conference, an educational event to teach healthcare providers, veterinarians, and patients about proper use of medical cannabis for treatment of a host of adverse health conditions.

Today Joe oversees day-to-day operations for House of Alchemy, LLC, CBD Dog Health, Beautify the Beast grooming and boarding spa, and Fire Flake Farm pet resort and rescue farm. Having witnessed first-hand the healing power of CBD and medial cannabis, Joe is excited to share the benefits of this natural medicine with pet lovers everywhere.

Krista Lyons

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC AND MEDIA RELATIONS ~ CAT LOVER

Proud mother of her (human) son Oliver, as well as calico cat Chloe, black American shorthair Inigo, and tabby Henri, Krista Lyons is a writer, avid reader, holistic pet health advocate, “crunchy mom”, and crazy cat lady.

Krista is from Tampa and has worked as a book editor, author, journalist, legal writer, and content marketing manager. She has contributed stories to respected publications including Yahoo, The Penny Hoarder, Tampa Bay Parenting, and several pet industry magazines. When she is writing, one of her three cats is usually sitting in her lap and trying to make their own contributions to the story.

When her son (ahem, cat) Inigo suffered a bad reaction to a common flea treatment, Krista became obsessed with finding natural solutions to keep her family healthy. With Angie’s help, she discovered the benefits of CBD for not only herself, but her pets, and has become an advocate for safe, natural treatments.

Krista is also an advocate for natural parenting and is currently studying to be a doula and peer-support specialist for breastfeeding mothers. She hopes that one day, people will learn to trust their instincts with their pets and their children and will have more support in living a natural lifestyle.

Victor Legra

SPECIAL PROJECTS MANAGER ~ DOG LOVER

Father of rescue dog, Roxie.

Victor is an entertainment producer and theatrical journalist from Miami. He’s worked with Tony award winning producer Ken Davenport and SiriusXM radio host & Broadway personality, Seth Rudetsky. He’s produced concerts at Joe’s Pub, New World Stages, 54 Below, Urban Stages, and more. He previously produced and hosted the musical theater podcast The Set List.

A graduate of Pace University and New World School of the Arts, he most recently worked as a producer on the hit television show The People’s Court. After discovering the healing power of CBD for pets, Victor joined CBD Dog Health and is excited to share his passion with pet parents everywhere.