My name is Angela Ardolino and I’m the Mother of Odie the mini-schnauzer, Nina the Doberman, Jolene the mix breed mutt, 5 rescue dogs, 12 ducks, 12 chickens, 8 geese, 2 bunnies and a pig at my rescue farm, Fire Flake Farm.
My story really began when I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at a young age. Even though I was offered many toxic medications, I was determined to find a natural solution. Then, I found cannabis. Not only did it take my joint pain away, but it eased my anxiety. I had to know more! When I found out that this powerful plant could help my animals as well, my life was changed forever.
I’ve now earned a professional certification in Medical Cannabis biology and the therapeutic uses from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. I’ve also traveled all over the world educating pet parents, vets, and professionals about what CBD can do for our pets (and us). And let me tell you now, it can change lives!
My eleven-year-old schnauzer, Odie, is an old man at heart. He always has been. But when he started wobbling and having trouble walking upstairs, I knew the problem was deeper than his grumpy-old-man demeanor.
Odie was suffering from joint pain. Joint pain and stiffness are fairly common in older dogs– specifically pain in the hips, knees, elbows, and tail area. But, the way we think about what causes joint damage and pain has changed.
Veterinarians used to think joint pain was a direct result of wear and tear from years of running and playing. However, recent studies show that joint pain is actually caused by constant inflammation. Inflammation causes more than joint pain: it can also cause gut issues, like IBS, and can exacerbate existing medical conditions. Treating the root of the problem, inflammation, using holistic methods can help alleviate joint pain and can prevent future joint pain from starting.
Odie was given 1 mL of EASE 550 mg Full Spectrum Hemp Extract daily in the morning. He was also given 1 mL of CALM 550 mg Full Spectrum Hemp Extract before a thunderstorm, fireworks, or other loud noise events. Immediately, Odie’s anxiety disappeared. Within one week, Odie was able to walk normally and go up and downstairs again. His inflammation has decreased, leading to better overall health. Odie still takes EASE orally every day for joint pain, inflammation, and allergies.
When Daisy joined us on the Fire Flake Farm, she couldn’t was, was having up to 3 mal seizures a day, and had no hair left on her feet.
Along with Daisy, came many prescription drugs.
First things first, we safely weaned her off of Phenobarbital and other medications. Next, we put her on a natural CBD regimen and switched her to a fresh and species appropriate, raw diet.
Within two weeks, Daisy’s feet were no longer red or inflamed and her sores were gone. She also experienced a reduction in the number and duration of her seizures within the first week. Within a month, Daisy was seizure-free and no longer taking any of the prescription medications she had previously been prescribed.
Billy’s dog, Lua, was one of the first senior dogs I helped support with CBD … So I asked Billy to share with us how Lua’s CBD healing journey started with HEAL Tincture, how they tailored her dose and how she’s doing now.
“We were working with our local vet because Lua had a minor biceps injury. She recommended that we make some changes at home and consider CBD to help with her healing. So I reached out to Angela and we started with a higher dosage of the HEAL tincture and it worked.
It was funny at first because she was just in bed staring at the wall … but then she was running and galloping and feeling great. She wasn’t worried about the pain and recovering. Once we knew she was feeling well, with your guidance we were able to find the right maintenance dose. I don’t use supplements but I do use foods for healing … and I like that CBD is a food medicine we’ve been able to add.”
I believe that we should all follow the saying, “Let food be the medicine”. This is especially true as we work with our aging pets that have more deficiencies. Lua now happily eats a tailored senior diet along with her tailored senior CBD dosing. This provides her with the support she needs to live a happy senior life.
Olivia is 13-years-old and was rescued from Miami-Dade Animal Services about five years ago. When Jennifer rescued Olivia, she noticed some small warts. Jennifer tried to treat them with remedies she found on Amazon but didn’t see any results. Over the course of five years, warts continued to grow. Olivia also developed a heart murmur and had elevated liver enzymes – both of which gave Jennifer pause when considering putting her under anesthesia to have what doctors felt were cosmetic growths removed. Jennifer tried topical remedies, but warts continued to grow out of control.
Olivia was taken to a vet and tried cryotherapy and prescription medications, which were effective, but both were not viable options to use for a long period of time. Jennifer was concerned that continuing the path of traditional medicine would cause more harm than good to her sweet pup. At the suggestion of a friend, Jennifer decided to try CBD Dog Health’s REMEDY salve. She was amazed to see the growths begin to shrink within three days of starting CBD treatment. Olivia’s tumors were cleaned daily with hydrogen peroxide and water and REMEDY Full Spectrum Hemp CBD Salve was applied topically to each growth twice per day. Olivia also received 1 mL of HEAL Full Spectrum Hemp Extract orally once-per-day in the morning.
“It’s no exaggeration… There was visually a difference within three days,” says Jennifer. “They turn black and just fall off. If I hadn’t seen it myself, I wouldn’t have believed it. I tried for five years to heal these and had no luck until now.” Olivia continues to take HEAL orally and REMEDY topically daily and her owner reports that the largest tumor has continued to shrink.
Meet Daisy #2. This lovely 14-year-old came to my rescue farm with very poor health! With a massive mast cell tumor on her back and just above her tail, she could barely use her hind legs.
She was given 1 ml of EASE Full Spectrum Hemp Extract (CBD) in the morning and 1 1/3 ml of HEAL Full Spectrum Hemp Extract (CBD) in the night. We also applied REMEDY Full Spectrum CBD Salve directly to the tumor on her back twice a day.
Next, Daisy’s tumor shrank significantly!
Her tumor decreased by one third just within the first month. Also during that month, the growth popped, oozed, and completely detached from the spinal area. Yes, it was gross! But you do what you got to do to make sure our fur babies are happy.
Then, four months later – NO MORE TUMOR! Daisy started swimming again, barking, jumping, and loving life.
I’m Here To Help
I could keep going on forever, but I’ll stop there.
These stories are the reason I do what I do. I’ve helped hundreds of animals throughout my career and I remember them all.
Now I want to help you and your pets. CBD Dog Health is now offering online consultations with me personally. If you’re a pet parent, vet, professional, or own a business, we’re here to educate!
ABOUT ANGELA ARDOLINO
Angela Ardolino is passionate about animals and has dedicated her life to providing all-natural relief to pets of all ages and breeds. Ardolino has worked with animals for over 20 years and operates Fire Flake Farm, a rescue farm in Lutz, FL. A medical cannabis expert, Ardolino holds a degree in the therapeutic uses of cannabis from the University of Vermont School of Medicine and is the founder of CBD Dog Health. Combining her background in broadcast journalism and her passion for pets, Ardolino is the host of a pet-centric podcast, “It’s a Dog’s Life” on Cannabis Radio. Additionally, she is the owner of Beautify the Beast, a natural pet salon and spa. Ardolino has five dogs and up to 10 residing on her farm who she is fostering or boarding. Visit www.AngelaArdolino.com and www.CBDDogHealth.com to learn more.