Success Story: Olive the Senior Pug

Posted by Joey DiFrancesco on

Olive the black senior pug standing outside

Here at Lolahemp, we get the pleasure of hearing lots of success stories from our happy customers and their furry friends. 

Today we want to share about one such dog, Olive, a senior pug. We interviewed her owner, Philadelphia resident Lori McCloskey, who currently has six rescue cats and two dogs (one is a rescue). This is what this pet lover had to say about how Lolahemp full spectrum CBD oil helped Olive:

Hi Lori. Thanks for sharing your story about Olive. Can you tell me a little bit about her? 

Olive was less than a year old when I got her. She had chronic ear problems since the time she was a puppy. We have had Olive for 13 years. The past year and 1/2 she has been struggling with soreness, stiffness, and redness and itchiness in her ears her whole life with constant vet treatment with cortisone and creams for her skin and ears.

My older dog Athena, a Weimaraner, was prescribed heavy arthritis medication for her condition. I did see some results with these medications but was worried about the side effects. I only agreed to them because she was an old dog and didn’t know of any other options. Unfortunately, she passed on. 

Over the past year and a half, Olive has definitely slowed down. She wasn’t going as far on walks. Her legs were wobblier. She didn’t seem as happy and active. She wasn’t as social with guests. She wouldn’t get up and greet people at the door. Olive just wasn’t herself. 

She’s 13 going on 14 now. Olive had major surgery to remove her kidney stones so I didn’t want to try similar steroids or pharmaceuticals for her based off the experience I had with Athena and the fact that I did not want Olive’s kidneys to have any more damage. I wanted to go a more holistic route with Olive, but I also needed to see real improvement in her quality of life. 

Olive the black senior pug laying on an orange dog bed

Did you try other natural treatments for Olive?

I tried natural ear cleaner and baby aspirin. I didn’t want to put her on a steroid because I knew it can cause kidney issues. However, some friends of mine had mentioned that holistic options had worked for their pets, so I kept looking for something that might work for Olive. 

After using Lolahemp, did you notice any differences for Olive?

Within a week of using Lolahemp CBD oil, I noticed an increase in mobility, more energy, and a return to a more happy Olive. After 2 weeks he ears were not red and didn’t need daily cleaning maybe once a week. She stopped obsessively licking her paws, scratching her ears, and rubbing her face on the couch. Her ears are no longer red and irritated. She is doing so much better walking and she is excited to see the leash and go for short walks when weather permits.

Olive the black senior pug on a walk outside

How much of the Lolahemp full spectrum CBD oil did you find worked for Olive?

Olive weighs 23 pounds and I have been giving her 4 drops twice per day. 

Is there anything Olive can enjoy now that she couldn’t before Lolahemp?

She has been getting up more often, which is good to see. She’s also more social and runs to the door when people come over. That alone is worth more than I can put in words.

Before she would only go out into the yard and not much further. Now she goes 2 whole blocks on a walk. She’s got better mobility and more energy. Her eyes seem brighter and she seems so much happier.

Why did you choose Lolahemp for Olive’s needs?

I like how Lolahemp is transparent. You post your lab tests, offer clear instructions, and provide resources about CBD for dog owners. I was very comfortable buying from Lolahemp. I feel your focus on education is evident and very helpful. I have been referring Lolahemp to my friends who have dogs and will continue to do so. 

Thank you for sharing your story Lori! We wish the best for Olive!

Olive the black senior pug sitting next to her Lolahemp oil

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Joey founded Lolahemp in 2018 after the success his own dog (Lola) experienced with hemp oil for her debilitating stress and anxiety. He has now made it his mission to educate pet owners everywhere on the benefits of holistic health and the therapeutic properties of the hemp plant. Joey is the visionary behind the brand, managing the director level team members and keeping the company's course. He enjoys long city walks with Lola, traveling with his wife Christa and spending time with family.