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About Us

How we became : Hemp Dog Health

Our founder, Angela Ardolino, knew the profound benefits of using hemp oil to treat her medical issues. But when she looked for safe, vegan, non-GMO, full-spectrum hemp 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, Hemp Dog Health products are created specifically with your pet in mind. 

Our products contain Full Spectrum Hemp Extract — the compounds in the plant that create therapeutic results.

Hemp Dog Health products include: enriched hemp oils for separation anxiety or traveling needs, or more serious conditions like PTSD or pain from cancer, salves to treat dry skin for dogs and other 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 hemp 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. 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 hemp for dogs and cats has something to help everyone.

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

Hemp Dog Health 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 isolates—in our extraction process, we preserve as many components as possible. Through the preservation, the entourage effect can boost the healing benefits of every component. 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


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 hemp. Once she identified a pure source for hemp in California, her life changed forever. Angela spent the following years working diligently to educate people about hemp and fighting for its legalization in Florida.

In 2016, Angela earned a professional certification in Medical Hemp 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 hemp and how hemp 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 hemp expert and Broadway performer Hernando Umana. In June 2018, Angela launched Hemp Dog Health and its line of full spectrum hemp extract for dog products. 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 Hemp 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 Hemp Conference, the Pets + Summit, and Pet Connections. Using her expertise on both hemp 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 Hemp Clinicians, Women Grow and United for Care. She is an activist for making safe, natural, ethically grown hemp and medical hemp available for people and animals. To learn more, visit

Dr. Zac Pillosoph


zac bio picDr. Zac Pilossoph, a Long Island, NY born, nationally recognized veterinary medical professional, a top graduate of Tufts University Veterinary School of Medicine with post-graduate focused training in E/CC and Neurology/Neurosurgery at two of the most recognized programs in the country, and a young multidimensional serial entrepreneur, has rapidly and collaboratively helped promote a new wave of global evolution and individual empowerment in more ways than one. In addition to developing and launching several novel platforms in the veterinary and mental health fields, he is now quickly joining some of the most reputable leaders in the hemp education and innovation space. Dr. Pilossoph is determined to synergize with colleagues, allowing evidence-based information to fuel a rapidly expanding industry. 

As one of the world’s most proactive hemp-focused experts in his respective industry, Dr. Pilossoph provides tremendous value by delivering non-bias, harm reduction education, via both large-scale speaking engagements and individualized consultations, to the global hemp pet and vet industry. Further, he is a Certified Hemp Professional Educator and has started a nationally influential multi-tiered hemp brokerage firm titled Excelsior Honour Associates. Lastly, he acts as a consultant for the hemp product space in order to impart as much quality, control, and consistency across the industry as much as possible.  Ultimately, through candid education, fierce collaboration, and constructive evolution, Dr. Pilossoph is reversing stigmas and advancing the safe and effective consideration of hemp into society, for all creatures on Earth.

Hernando Umana


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 hemp for dogs and cats 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 hemp 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 hemp 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 hemp is for dogs, he knew he wanted to give this solution to pet parents everywhere. So together, Angela and Hernando created Hemp 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. Hemp 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


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 hemp activism started when he was in high school. After learning about the senseless prohibition and incredible diversity of hemp’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 hemp.

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

Joe Straughan


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 hemp for treatment of a host of adverse health conditions.

Today Joe oversees day-to-day operations for House of Alchemy, LLC, Hemp 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 hemp oil for dogs and medial hemp, Joe is excited to share the benefits of this natural medicine with pet lovers everywhere.

Samantha Price

Marketing Director ~ Dog Lover

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Sam is the mother of Chelsey, the 11-year-old Golden Retriever and Tucker, the 6-year-old Black Lab. With a passion for marketing and a life-long love for animals, she landed herself in the pet industry right after graduation. 

Sam is our Canadian girl who attended Brock University in St. Catharines, ON. Graduating in honors, she received her Bachelor in Business Communications and her Post Grad in Public Relations. 

Right before graduation, she got the job at Dogs Naturally Magazine as the Junior Digital Marketing Specialist. Within the first year, she moved up the ranks and wore a lot more hats. While running the Dog’s Naturally Market, handling emails, and all other digital marketing projects she could get her hands on – Sam learned a lot and truly found her passion for marketing. During her 3 years at Dogs Naturally Magazine, she also got the opportunity to meet a lot of amazing people in the pet industry like Angela Ardolino. 

The next step in her career belonged right here at Hemp Dog Health. After trying the products herself for Chelsey’s arthritis and Tucker’s digestive issues – she couldn’t believe the difference. “I need to tell everyone about these products.” And now she does through all our digital marketing channels. Sam runs our email marketing platform and strategy for Hemp Dog Health, Beautify The Beast and The Healing Naturally Store. While also contributing to our affiliate program, graphics, leads, website, blogs, and helping our customers find the information and products they need. Sam is excited to be a part of a team that values natural healing in our pets. 

Amber Drake

Canine Behaviorist ~ Content Writer ~ Dog Lover


Amber Drake is a highly accomplished, world-renowned, and published book author, freelance writer and editor, inspirational speaker, an inspiring teacher, a well-reputed canine behaviourist, a canine cancer researcher, and the CEO of Canine Companions.  

 Starting with an Associate of Science degree in Biology in 2007 from Jamestown Community College, she has since expanded her knowledge horizon by acquiring a Bachelor of Science in Biology degree with courses from both SUNY Fredonia and Cornell University, followed by a Master of Arts Degree in Education (2011) from Ashford University, a Post-Master’s Educational Certification, and a Doctorate from the North Central University, Prescott Valley Arizona.  

 Driven by her love for dogs, she regards her company, Canine Companions, as her greatest work-related accomplishment. She wrote the book, ‘Dog Talk: What Your Dog Wants You To Know’ as a comprehensive guide to understanding the behavior of dogs. She has since been involved in numerous writing jobs in the field, varying from writing about veterinary medicine for pet insurance companies to serving as the Co-founder and Vice President at Preferable Pups. She actively engages in content management, copywriting and research work, ghost-writing, and content marketing for organizations around the world.  

In addition, Drake is a Professor of Veterinary Medicine at Mentoray, where she teaches and develops curriculum. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Professional Sciences at Kaplan University and an Adjunct Instructor of Biology at Jamestown Community College.  

 Drake is a woman of many skills. She has been in the freelance content writing field for almost 7 years now with a vast amount of writing experience throughout the past ten years. She is a proficient copywriter, blogger, and has years of experience in content management and development, content creation proofreading, written communication, and correspondence. She has a number of certifications including, but not limited to, Canine Psychology, SEO, Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Snapchat Marketing, and Google AdWords.  

Drake is a woman of extreme passion with great love for her work as a canine behaviourist, writer, and college professor. 

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