CBD Dosing and Safety in Pets

ABSC Webinar Series #2 — CBD Dosing and Safety in Pets

View the ABSC webinar “CBD Dosing and Safety in Pets” with Dr. Stephanie McGrath.

ABSC Webinar Series #1 — Understanding The Basics of Pet CBD

Watch ABSC’s Webinar series event: Understanding the Basics of Pet CBD. Presented by Dr. Stephanie McGrath.

Wag Out Loud Pawdcast – CBD For Dogs: Healing or Hype?

Wag Out Loud Pawdcast Episode #75 - CBD For Dogs: Healing or Hype? Featuring Trey Bonvillain

You may already be familiar with Krista Karpowich and Wag Out Loud, but for those who are new to the scene, WOL is a fantastic source of educational information for pet parents, covering everything from nutrition and training to supplies and great reading materials. Not only has Krista been a loving dog owner all her life, but she’s so passionate about dog health and nutrition that she’s a certified Raw Dog Nutrition Specialist through the Companion Animal Sciences Institute! Her weekly Wag Out Loud “Pawdcast” is a dog lovers dream, sharing valuable information about canine health and wellness, expert interviews, and Krista’s own tips and advice based on her experience and education.

ABSC is thrilled to be featured on the latest episode of the Pawdcast, “CBD For Dogs: Healing or Hype?” where our very own Trey Bonvillain talks about many popular topics surrounding CBD use in pets. As our production and distribution manager, Trey is an expert on cannabinoids, growing & harvesting processes, DoA regulations, and he’s got the deep knowledge about our clinical safety and efficacy trials. Trey knows firsthand the factors that consumers must research when exploring new products, such as third-party testing, Certificates of Analysis (COA), dosing, and more. 
Listen to the podcast below, and make sure to check out www.wagoutloud.com!

FDA encourages CBD clinical research

FDA Encourages Cannabis-Related Clinical Research

This week, the FDA issued draft guidance to encourage cannabis-related clinical research. We love to see news like this, because we’ve been sponsoring and advocating for veterinary CBD research since the early days of the industry. When everyone else was rushing to slap a cute pet label on a bottle of CBD that might (or might not) contain what the label says it contains, we were out there doing the hard work. Meeting with the scientists and veterinarians at Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, sponsoring safety trials and and pharmacokinetics research, and helping to launch Phase 2 efficacy trials for epilepsy and arthritis takes a vast amount of resources, but we’ve been committed from the get-go to doing this right.

Clinical research on the benefits of CBD oil for pets is the reason our company exists. We hear so many stories from our customers about the ways that our CBD oil helps their pets, and we think all those stories deserve to be investigated. That’s why we’re launching a foundation to focus exclusively on raising funds for more research. You’ll hear more from us soon about the foundation, so stay tuned. In the meantime, you can read more about our research and all the veterinary clinical trials here.

Stephanie McGrath, DVM works with a St. Bernard during a CBD epiilepsy study
Stephanie McGrath, DVM works with a St. Bernard during a CBD epiilepsy study. Photo credit: CSU

As the CBD industry shifts from a “Wild West” mentality to a more regulated and mature industry, the FDA will play an increasing role. Encouraging clinical research—and offering guidelines—is an important step, and one that we welcome. FDA Principal Deputy Commissioner Amy Abernethy M.D., Ph.D described the FDA’s new guidance in a press release issued by the agency:

“A range of stakeholders have expressed interest in development of drugs that contain cannabis and compounds found in cannabis. Recent legislative changes have also opened new opportunities for cannabis clinical research. As that body of research progresses and grows, the FDA is working to support drug development in this area. It is critical that the FDA continues to do what we can to support the science needed to develop new drugs from cannabis. The FDA believes the drug approval process represents the best way to ensure that safe and effective new medicines, including any drugs that contain cannabis or cannabis-derived compounds, are available to patients in need of appropriate medical therapy. It is critical that the FDA continues to do what we can to support the science needed to develop new drugs from cannabis. The FDA believes the drug approval process represents the best way to ensure that safe and effective new medicines, including any drugs that contain cannabis or cannabis-derived compounds, are available to patients in need of appropriate medical therapy.

FDA In Brief: FDA Issues Draft Guidance to Encourage Cannabis-Related Clinical Research, July 21, 2020. https://www.fda.gov/news-events/fda-brief/fda-brief-fda-issues-draft-guidance-encourage-cannabis-related-clinical-research

Three cheers for more FDA involvement in the CBD industry, more accountability from producers, and most importantly, MORE CLINICAL RESEARCH! This is music to our ears.

Want to try to most rigorously researched and tested CBD oil for your pet? Visit the shop, or reach out to care@petpainfree.com with any questions!

Aging Dog Info

How old is your dog?

University of California researchers glean new information about the aging process in dogs

Every pet parent is concerned about aging. After all, loving a furry family member always comes with a bittersweet pill at the end. If only our pets could live as long as we did, we’d save ourselves a lot of heartache. But the painful reality is that pets age much faster than humans, and their lifespans are much shorter than ours.

Researchers at the University of California’s School of Medicine recently discovered a more accurate way to calculate just how old our dogs really are in human years. The old standby rule of thumb—multiplying your dog’s age by seven—didn’t really accurately quantify the canine aging process. After all, a 9-month old dog can bear puppies, while a five year old child is just starting kindergarten!

Old golden retriever with puppy
Dogs go from puppy to adult very quickly, then aging slows down in their later years.

Dogs age in a nonlinear manner

So just what did those researchers learn? Dogs age in a nonlinear manner, which essentially means that they age very quickly in the first years of their life, and then their aging process slows down. So a one-year-old dog equates to a 30-year-old human, while 4 years in a dog’s life equals about 50 years for a human. If you’ve got a scientific calculator handy, it’s 16 times the natural log of dog years equals plus 31. If your math skills aren’t really up for that sort of challenge, just take a look at the graphic below from the published research in Cell Systems Journal.

Cell Systems Journal Graph of dog ages in human years

You can also listen to the folks from NPR’s All Things Considered chat about the new canine math!

Effects of aging on dogs

Knowing more about how fast dogs age doesn’t change the fact that at the end of the curve, things can get rough. Aging wreaks havoc on all the body’s systems, whether you’re a human or a dog. Inflammatory processes in the body begin to pick up speed, causing pain and stiffness in the joints. Osteoarthritis is extremely common in dogs, especially large breed dogs, overweight dogs, and dogs with previous injuries. Conditions such as Lyme disease that affect the joints can also exacerbate arthritis issues.

Signs that your dog’s age is catching up with them

According to the AKC, there are 7 signs that your dog is feeling his age:

  • Stiffness, lameness, or difficulty getting up
  • Lethargy
  • Reluctance to run, jump, or play
  • Weight gain
  • Irritability or changes in behavior
  • Pain when petted or touched
  • Difficulty urinating or defecating, or having accidents in the house
  • Declining muscle mass over the limbs and spine
Old dog looking at owner with love

Can CBD help your aging dog?

The FDA maintains strict guidelines for companies selling CBD, and they prevent us from making health claims. We can tell you, however, about results from our customer surveys, which tell us that approximately 27% of the pet parents who buy ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ purchase it for a pet with age-related issues (primarily mobility issues such as pain and stiffness). We can also tell you how CBD works – by binding with the cannabinoid receptors that naturally occur in almost all mammals to inhibit the transfer of pain signals along neurological pathways. You can learn more about that process by watching The Endocannabinoid System Explained.

CB1 Receptor Chart
THE Endocannabinoid System EXPLAINED: https://appliedbasicscience.com/the-endocannabinoid-system-explained/

And finally, we can share direct quotes from grateful pet parents, who write us every day to update us on their pups’ progress:

As a biostatistician, I am very skeptical of all the media hype about CBD as a magical cure for pretty much everything under the sun, but I tried it for my senior dog out of desperation….Within three days she was rough-housing with her brother, chasing rabbits, and eating with gusto – something she hadn’t done for over a year. At 13, she’s once again enjoying her life and I’m grateful for every single pain-free day the CBD gives her. – Jan

My wife and I have noticed such a positive difference in our senior dachshund. He has IVDD (disc degeneration) and we have been managing it conservatively with physical therapy and the Assisi loop. Our little guy definitely sleeps like a rock now, and is acting like a puppy!….Thank you for your product! – Cory

This product has been amazing for our 14-year-old dog. She is playing fetch and bounding through snow like she’s half her age.  -Stacey

ABSC Organics is committed to helping our beloved pets age in comfort

We’ve recently sponsored a clinical trial at Colorado State University to provide research data on the relationship between osteoarthritis and CBD use in dogs. Results from that trial should be published soon. A similar trial at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine showed that dogs who were treated with CBD showed a significant improvement in osteoarthritis symptoms. And the success stories keep rolling in from folks who hate to the see their senior pets suffer.

We’re clinically trialed, rigorously tested, and trusted by the AKC’s Canine Health Foundation. Got an aging pet who doesn’t move well anymore? Consider giving ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ a try!

Best CBD Oil for dogs list

Real Tested CBD says ABSC Organics is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED CBD Oil for Dogs!

Real Tested CBD PLACES ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ on the Best CBD Oil List

Real Tested CBD has tested ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ and given us high marks for quality and value! With an overall quality score of 95, they’ve given us the coveted “Highly Recommended” designation, and we’re on the short list for Best CBD Oil overall! Compare us to any other pet CBD oil on the site and you’ll see that our quality leads the pack!

ABSC Organics is highly recommended CBD Oil for dogs.

Review Notes Broad Spectrum of Cannabinoids and Positive CBD Oil Reviews

The folks at Real Tested CBD noted that ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ is chock full of everything we promise: high quality CBD plus a broad spectrum of other cannabinoids.

This is one of the few CBD oils for pets that we have tested, which contains most of the major cannabinoids! Not only does this product test above the label claim for CBD, but it also contains 13 MG of d9-THC, 38 mg of CBDa, 9 mg of CBG, and 42 mg of CBC!

source: https://realtestedcbd.com/product/absc-organics-cbd-oil-for-small-dogs-300-mg/

They also noted the purity of our product, with tests showing no pesticides or solvents, and our abundant positive reviews.

If you’re looking for purity, quality, and rigorous commitment to research and testing, ABSC Organics is here for you. Learn more about the research behind CBD oil for pets on our clinical trials page, or on our blog. Ready to give it a try? Shop now!

CBD for dogs webinar

CBD Webinar

We’re sponsoring Wag Out Loud’s awesome webinar on CBD and we can’t wait! Trey Bonvillain, our head of production and distribution, will join Alan Shackelford, MD and Judy Jasek, DVM to cover CBD for Dogs from A to Z. Sign up HERE to reserve your FREE spot in this online masterclass!

CBD Webinar
new cdc guidance for pets and COVID-19

Updated COVID-19 Guidance for Pet Owners

Back in early March, we reported on the guidance the CDC and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) were providing for veterinarians and pet owners. Since then, medical professionals and scientists have been furiously studying the novel coronavirus and the effects it has on mammals across the globe. You may have heard about the tigers in New York who tested positive for COVID-19, or the pug in North Carolina who contracted the disease from his COVID-positive family. In light of these and other developments, the CDC recently released new guidance for people with pets.

Pug in face mask during pandemic
Yes, a pug tested positive for coronavirus. But you DON’T need to wrestle them into a face mask!

Pet Owners Don’t Need to Panic about covid-19

Even though some animals have tested positive for the coronavirus, there’s no need to panic. All of the affected animals seem have mild symptoms, and all are recovering well. And there is no evidence that animals can spread the virus to humans. Taking some common sense precautions will likely ensure that your animal stays healthy and happy throughout the pandemic.

Treat your pet like a human

We know many of you out there spoil your pets (and we’re right there with you!). Whether they sleep in your bed, eat from the table, or have jackets and accessories that cost more than yours, pets are often treated like human royalty. Now, medical experts are advising that you keep treating your pets just like your human family members when it comes to the coronavirus. When your family is quarantining, you should keep your pets away from non-family members as well. Specifically, the CDC recommends:

  • Don’t let your pets interact with people or animals outside the household
  • Keep cats indoors if possible
  • Walk dogs on a leash, and maintain 6 feet distances when possible
  • Avoid dog parks and other public places where people and dogs gather in large groups

You can read more about the CDC’s guidance here.

If you get sick with COVID-19, protect your pet

If you have a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19, avoid contact with your pet if possible. Ideally, someone else will care for your pet while you are sick. If you cannot avoid contact, wear a cloth mask and wash your hands frequently, including before and after you interact with your pet. If you need to seek veterinary care while you are sick, do not take your animal into the veterinarian’s office yourself. Call the vet’s office and let them know you are sick; they may be able to schedule a telemedicine visit to avoid contact or make other arrangements.

At ABSC, we’re committed to helping you keep your pet healthy and happy. During trying times when many of us are stuck at home, our pets are sources of humor, companionship, and joy, and for many who live alone, they are a lifeline. If you want to give your pet the very best, remember that all of our organic products are extracted from our proprietary hemp strain and exhaustively tested for purity and consistency. Got questions about how ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ can help your pet? Reach out to our customer care team at care@petpainfree.com!