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Coronavirus, COVID-19, and Pets | ABSC Organics

What do I need to know about the coronavirus and pets?

Are you watching the spread of the novel coronavirus and the associated illness it causes—COVID-19—with fear and anxiety? As the virus continues to spread globally, many pet owners may be concerned about their animal’s health. Because this version of the coronavirus is new, researchers and medical professionals are racing against the clock to understand how the virus spreads, who is susceptible, and how it might be prevented or cured. We’re not experts in this new threat, but we do have some reliable information from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) that we can share.

Can my pet get COVID-19?

As you may have read, a dog in Hong Kong tested “weak positive” for coronavirus in late February. Researchers are still working to understand what that means, and the dog remains in quarantine. At this time, however, there is no current evidence that pets can contract or spread COVID-19. See AVMA’s recent statement on the matter:

We are actively monitoring developments related to animals and the virus. On Thursday, February 27, a dog in Hong Kong tested “weak positive” for coronavirus (the owner tested positive for coronavirus). The dog has since received a second positive result that has been sent to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), which is working with Hong Kong health officials on this case. The precise meaning of “weak positive” remains unclear and further evaluation is ongoing. Hong Kong authorities have said the dog shows no clinical signs of illness but remains quarantined. We will keep you updated as we learn more.

At this time, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) say there is no evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19. However, as with any disease, it’s always a good idea to wash your hands after being around animals.

On their webpage devoted to coronavirus/COVID-19 information, AVMA says, “Experts have not expressed concern about transmission to or from animals. Multiple international and domestic health organizations have indicated that pets and other domestic animals are not considered at risk for contracting or spreading COVID-19.”

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Washing your hands frequently will help stop the spread of any viral disease – including the coronavirus and COVID-19.

What precautions should I take to keep my pets safe?

Use Common Sense Health Procedures

AVMA recommends the same common sense practices that you are seeing from the CDC and other reputable sources. Wash your hands frequently, including every time you eat, use the restroom, or return from a public place. If you become ill with respiratory symptoms, isolate yourself in your home until you are 24-hours free of fever. Seek medical help if you have trouble breathing or have other concerns that you might be infected with COVID-19. Avoid caring for your pets if possible during your illness. If you must care for animals while ill, wear an appropriate facemask and wash hands before and after handling the animals. See more from the AVMA’s statement:

“According to the CDC, people who are sick with COVID-19 should restrict contact with pets and other animals, just like you would restrict your contact with other people. When possible, a member of the household other than the individual who is ill should care for any animals in the household. Those infected with COVID-19 should avoid contact with animals, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. Those who must care for a pet, or who will be around animals while sick, should wear an appropriate facemask and wash hands thoroughly before and after interacting with those animals.”

Be Aware of Potential Drug Shortages

Supply chains have been disrupted across the globe as COVID-19 has shut down production facilities in China and beyond. AVMA reports that there are no known shortages now, but if your pet is dependent on certain medications, it may make sense to restock if possible. Keeping a two-week supply of food and medications on hand is always a good idea for emergency preparedness.

The FDA is maintaining a page to share information about the availability of drugs and medical supplies—you can view it here.

ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ is produced in Colorado, right where the hemp plants are grown. At this time, we don’t see any supply issues related to our products, and we look forward to providing your pet with the same high quality CBD oil they’ve come to reply on without interruption. If anything changes, we’ll let you know right away. Even without any visible supply chain disruptions, it’s always a good idea to heed AVMA’s advice and keep a two-week supply of all your health supplies—human and animal—on hand. Stocking up on ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ for your dogs and cats is never a bad idea!

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Leaping Lizards…These Pets are Amazing!

It’s Leap Day!

In honor of leap day, we’ve put together a collection of our favorite leaping pet videos. First up, we’ve got two amazing rescue dogs!

This next guy is pretty cute! How can you not smile when you see him leaping down the street?

Looking for something a little more FELINE in nature? Check out Boomer the Dog-Leaping Cat!

Has your pet lost their leap?

Many of our customers have told us that ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ has helped their pet with mobility issues. Learn more about our research and safety trials here, or reach out to us at care@petpainfree.com with any questions!

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CBD Oil for Dogs with Anxiety | ABSC Pure Organics

What’s Causing The Anxiety?

Did you know that dogs can have anxiety—just like humans? It’s not always fun, but it’s normal, and often a healthy response to intrinsic or extrinsic stressors. For humans, anxiety can come from job stress, money worries, relationship struggles, health issues…you name it! Modern life is full of pitfalls and problems that trigger the stress cycle. But you might be wondering what your precious pooch has to be anxious about. After all, their lives look pretty sweet…eat, play, sleep, repeat…what could be so stressful about that? 

In reality, there are lots of reasons why your dog might be anxious. Many dogs suffer from separation anxiety, and hate to be left alone. Rescue dogs, dogs with injury or illness, or dogs undergoing major changes in their environment or home life—all can suffer from anxiety at one point or another. If it’s happening infrequently, it’s probably not a big deal. But if Fido’s nerves are taking over your home life and you’re starting to get worried, seek help from your veterinarian. If left unchecked, high levels of anxiety may turn into a serious anxiety disorder that can affect their behavior and quality of life for years to come. 

How Do I Know if My Dog is Anxious?

Acute signs of anxiety in dogs include: 

  • Whining or whimpering
  • Panting
  • Aggression
  • Urinating or defecating in the house
  • Drooling
  • Destructive behavior
  • Depression
  • Excessive barking
  • Pacing
  • Restlessness
  • Repetitive or compulsive behaviors
  • Avoidance of eye contact
  • Fidgeting
  • Hiding
  • Trembling

Types of Dog Anxiety

General Anxiety

Sometimes there isn’t one specific reason why your pup is anxious. Just as some humans always seem to be a little on edge, some dogs can just be “wired” for anxiety. Any breed can run into anxiety issues, but certain dogs are known for being more susceptible, including Labrador Retrievers, Vizslas, German and Australian Shepherds, Border Collies, and Shorthair Pointers, Cocker Spaniels, Bichon Frises, King Charles Spaniels, Greyhounds, Havanese, Chihuahua, Miniature Pinscher, Jack Russell Terrier, and Shih-Tzu. 

Separation Anxiety

Separation Anxiety happens when your dog feels nervous and upset when you leave. If your dog is prone to general anxiety, they are more likely to have separation anxiety when left alone. Does your dog whine and cry when they sense you are preparing to leave? Do your neighbors complain of incessant barking while you’re at work, or do you return to find destruction and bathroom “accidents” in the house? Separation anxiety may be the culprit.

Rescue/Former Shelter Anxiety

Rescue dogs can suffer from anxiety for a variety of reasons. They may have suffered abuse or neglect in the past, causing them to feel nervous even in a new, safer environment. Loud, chaotic, and unstable shelter conditions can contribute to the anxiety burden these dogs shoulder. Constant change is another trigger for anxiety. You might have given your rescue dog their forever home, but they don’t necessarily know that. Their history has trained them to be nervous and on guard at all times, so be patient and go easy with these special pups.

Situational Anxiety

Even the most laid back dog can feel anxious when lifestyle or environmental factors cause problems. A new family member, a move, or a death in the family can all trigger nerves and stress for your pet. If the humans in the household are stressed and worried, their pets will often sense those emotions and mirror them. Even something as simple as a construction site next door can spark a bout of anxiety as the loud noises and constant flow of new people start to drive your pup crazy.

Illness-Induced Anxiety

If your dog is in pain or feeling poorly, they are often unable to communicate how they really feel. This frustration, along with the fear that accompanies illness and injury, can cause serious anxiety in your pet. If your pet is showing new or changed signs of anxiety with no obvious explanation, seek advice from your veterinarian. They may be trying to tell you that something else is wrong. 

Traditional Medications for Canine Anxiety

If your dog is exhibiting signs of anxiety that are persistent and troublesome, visit your vet right away. Your vet will talk to you about ways you can make lifestyle changes to help your dog. Training, desentizing, and counterconditioning can be extremely helpful in some cases of anxiety. 

In some cases, your veterinarian may prescribe medications to help your dog with anxiety. SSRIs and antidepressants such as fluoxetine and clomipramine can help some dogs with chronic anxiety. For more specific events that elicit a predictable anxiety response (thunderstorms, fireworks, or car rides), your veterinarian might recommend a medication such as benzodiazepine in conjunction with an antidepressant to help your dog manage through the stress.

How Does CBD Help Your Pet’s Anxiety?

The FDA does not allow us to make specific health claims when it comes to CBD. But the AKC does discuss CBD in their treatment of anxiety disorders:

“Some dog owners have reported success in using CBD oil to treat dog anxiety. CBD is a compound found in cannabis and hemp that dog owners, as well as humans, have found useful for treating a variety of different health conditions. Anecdotal reports from dog owners claim that CBD oil can be effective in treating dog anxiety.”

https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/treating-dog-anxiety/

Here at ABSC Organics, we hear from pet owners routinely about how CBD has helped their dog feel less stressed. 

I want to tell the story of Maverick. Maverick is our 3 year old rescue Rough Collie. Maverick had a very rough start in life. He was rescued from a very abusive situation in Oklahoma, where he and a couple of other pups were kept OUTSIDE ALL THE TIME! That was the least of the abuse this sweet boy endured. As a result, Maverick gets very anxious during high winds and thunder storms. We live near the mountains and experience very high winds when the weather is changing. When this occurs, Maverick will not settle down. He constantly paces around the house as if he is looking for a place to hide. At 86 lbs, that is not an easy task! I needed to find a solution that would help him deal with the weather and not “knock him out”. We have been using the C.H.O. PET tincture for our other dog who experiences seizures so I thought I would give it a try on Maverick. I thought, at worst, it would make him sleepy. The results were apparent in very short order! YES this worked!. I gave him about 6-7 drops inside his cheek and he calmed down and was relaxed enough to just lay on the floor. He wasn’t sleepy or droopy at all. Simply nice and relaxed. Chilled out you might say! I can’t thank you enough for bringing such a wonderful product to the marketplace. Maverick thanks you too!

– Diane S.

I definitely notice a difference in my 12yr old dog. Not only does it help with his arthritis but it also makes him much more calm when fireworks are going off in our neighborhood. It has been very helpful because our neighborhood believes the 4th of July lasts from June till September. My pup is so much happier now that we give him ABSC.

-Sara

Research on CBD Oil and Anxiety

Although ABSC Organics is the industry leader in veterinary CBD research, we have not conducted any clinical trials related to anxiety at this point. We have, however, completed a Phase One Safety and Toxicity Trial that showed that our CBD oil is safe and well-tolerated, even at large doses. Our followup research to date has focused on epilepsy and arthritis, but we hope to conduct anxiety research soon. 

CBD for Other Health Problems

The FDA is very cautious when it comes to CBD. They are currently studying the available research and assessing the need for regulation. You will see many CBD oil providers making claims about epilepsy, arthritis, pain, anxiety, and even cancer. But the reality is that the FDA does not allow us to specific health claims, even if there is much anecdotal evidence to back them up. 

We can tell you that our pilot epilepsy trial at Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences showed incredibly promising results—including an 89% reduction in seizure activity. And we can tell you that the AKC’s Canine Health Foundation was so impressed by that pilot trial that they co-sponsored a larger followup trial using our oil. We can also tell you that we have an arthritis trial currently in process, and we look forward to publishing positive results soon. 

Finally, we can point you to our testimonials. These are real stories, from real customers, about real beloved pets. There are some truly compelling stories out there, and we can’t wait to do more research to back up those stories with irrefutable science. 

Why Choose ABSC PURE ORGANIC CBD OIL™ For Dog Anxiety?

If you’re looking for meticulously tested, proven safe, veterinarian-trusted CBD oil for your dog, ABSC Organics is the clear choice. Our CBD Oil for Dogs is the only product on the market with a depth of clinical research and safety testing behind it. We care deeply about pet health, and we prioritize science and transparency above all else. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take for CBD oil to start working in dogs?

Each dog is different, and every medical condition is different, but many dogs will see effects almost immediately. Other dogs may need to work up to a higher dose over a few weeks before seeing beneficial effects. If you are concerned that the CBD oil isn’t working for your dog, talk with us about slowly increasing the dosage—we’re here to help!

Can CBD oil for dogs be used with other medications?

There are no known contra-indications for ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ and other medications. That means that we are not aware of any reason you cannot use our CBD oil with other OTC and prescription medications. We always advise checking with your veterinarian for advice about your pet’s specific situation. 

Is CBD Oil addictive?

There is no evidence that CBD oil is addictive in any way. ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ contains no substantive THC (THC levels <0.3%), and does not produce a high or any psychoactive effects.

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CBD Oil for Dogs with Epilepsy

What are Seizures?

If your dog suddenly displays unusual changes in behavior, uncontrolled movements and or loss of consciousness, they could be having a seizure. A seizure is an electrical disturbance in the brain that is completely uncontrollable. Veterinarians will often diagnose your pet with epilepsy if they have repeated or recurrent seizures. 

 Partial seizures usually only affect a smaller part of the dog’s brain, and symptoms are not as severe. Grand mal seizures are one of the most severe forms of seizures your dog can experience. They involve both sides of the brain and may cause all four of your dog’s limbs to twitch or jerk involuntarily. Loss of consciousness is often associated with Grand mal seizures in dogs.

What is Epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that causes sudden, recurring, and uncontrolled and seizures. The seizures may or may not be accompanied by a loss of consciousness.

Epilepsy is a catchall term that veterinarians use to describe a variety of brain disorders and dysfunctions that manifest in seizures.  

  • Idiopathic epilepsy means that your dog’s epilepsy does not have in identifiable cause. If left untreated, idiopathic epilepsy can become more severe.
  • Cluster seizure describes a condition where a dog has more than one seizure in consecutive 24-hour periods. Dogs with established epilepsy—especially large breed dogs—are prone to cluster seizures.
  • Status epilepticus means your dog is having almost constant seizure activity at all times. This is a very serious and crippling form of canine epilepsy.

Potential Causes of Seizures in Dogs

Common causes of epilepsy may be genetic in nature (idiopathic epilepsy), brain tumors, kidney stress, toxins, liver disease, or brain trauma.  

How Does CBD Work to Reduce Seizures?

We are still learning about CBD and its effects on the body and brain, but we do know that it functions as part of the endocannabinoid system in mammals and other animals. The endocannabinoid system works to help control and mediate neurotransmitter signals in the brain. We’ve got a great video explaining the endocannabinoid system in depth here.

How Effective is CBD at Treating Seizures in Dogs?

The FDA does not allow us to make specific health claims about CBD Oil at this time. What we can tell you is that our pilot epilepsy study at Colorado State University showed an 89% reduction in seizure frequency. These results were so exciting that the AKC’s Canine Health Foundation decided to sponsor a larger trial—also using our CBD Oil—to study a larger population of dogs. The results of that clinical trial have not yet been released, but receive customer feedback almost daily that talks of seizure frequency and severity diminished. In some cases the customers tell us their dog’s seizures have completely gone away!

“Emma was having a seizure every two weeks, she has now only had one in two months. The literature I read on phenobarbital indicated that treatment was considered ‘successful’ if the dog had two seizures a month. When my dog only [has] two seizures a month to begin with, that does not sound like success to me. Additionally, we were able to give her a dropper of the oil mid seizure and it shortened the duration of the seizure. While I do not believe that any product will completely eliminate Emma’s seizures, I see this reduction as a success.”

“The difference is astounding. No more discernible auras. No more confusion. She’s happy. Her energy is pretty good. She has a great appetite. I only rarely see a tick of the head indicating a slight seizure now and again.” 

How Much CBD Oil Should My Dog Have?

Every bottle of ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ comes with detailed dosage instructions. We recommend dosing our CBD oil at 2mg/10 lbs, given twice daily. You can safely escalate that amount up to five times if necessary, and we are always here to help you make dosing decisions.  

CBD Oil Research

ABSC Organics is the undisputed leader in veterinary CBD oil research. We put our money where our mouth is when it comes to touting the benefits of CBD oil, and we’ve got three clinical trials under our belt to prove it. Nobody else in this industry has sponsored a Phase One Safety and Toxicity Trial or TWO Phase 2 efficacy trials. Join us as we continue to learn more about cannabidiol and it’s amazing effects on dogs’ neurotransmitters. 

Why Choose ABSC PURE ORGANIC CBD OIL™ For Dogs?

If you’re looking for CBD oil you can trust for your eplieptic dog, you’ve come to the right place. We’re in this business because we care about the science, we care about doing it right, and we care deeply about pets. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can anxiety cause seizures?

Anxiety can undoubtedly cause a myriad of symptoms—in both humans and their furry companions. When it comes to seizures, anxiety is not usually a cause on its own. (Seizures are electrical disturbances in the brain that are typically caused by toxins, tumors, underlying disease, genetics, or other idiopathic issues.) But if your dog is predisposed to seizures, stress and anxiety can often be a trigger. 

What dog breeds are prone to seizures?

Although any type of dog can fall prey to seizures, some breeds are known to be more prone to the malady. The following breeds top the list of susceptible dogs: 

  • Belgian Tervuren
  • Shetland Sheepdog
  • Beagle
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Golden Retriever
  • Keeshond
  • Vizsla

Do seizures go away on their own?

Most seizures do stop on their own, but once your dog has had a seizure, they are highly likely to have another. If the seizure is caused by a toxin, sometimes a pet-owner need only remove the toxin from the pet’s environment to prevent future seizures. Other causes of canine seizures are harder to root out and sometimes impossible to avoid. If your dog has had a seizure, seek advice from a trusted veterinarian right away. 

Cold Weather Tips for Pet Health

We hear a lot about the dangers of excessive heat during the summer, but cold weather can be equally dangerous for pets. Read on for tips on making sure your pet stays happy and healthy through the winter!

Watch for arthritis and other joint pain issues

Cold weather can worsen some medical conditions—especially osteoarthritis. If your pet seems stiffer than normal or less willing to be active, consider adding in a supplement or talking with your vet.

Keep an eye on the paws

Your dog’s paws can suffer from cracked and bleeding paws and other cold-weather injury or damage. If your pet develops sudden lameness during a walk, or balks about going for a walk, they may have ice accumulation between their toes. Keeping the hair between your dog’s toes clipped can keep iceball accumulation to a minimum. 

Know your pet

Different pets react differently to the cold. The thickness of their coat, body fat stores, activity level, and overall health are just a few of the things that affect their tolerance for cold weather. Older pets may have trouble walking on snow and ice, while shorter-haired pets will often feel the cold faster. Diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, and endocrine disorders can impair your pet’s ability to regulate their body temperature, so pets with these conditions should be watched carefully. 

Your pet’s coat might not be enough

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If your dog’s coat is thin or very short, they meed need a jacket for extra warmth. Very small dogs also struggle to retain their body heat and may extra covering. You may also consider bootie’s for your dog’s feet during periods of snow and ice.

Watch out for deicing chemicals

If you live in a colder region, your roads are likely coated with deicers that can be toxic. Be sure to clean your pet when returning from walks during the winter to reduce poisoning risks. 

Provide indoor options 

Even if your pet is typically an outdoor animal, they will need indoor shelter during the heart of the winter. Don’t leave pet outside unattended for long periods of time without access to warm shelter. 

At ABSC, we’re committed to pet health and wellness. Our 100% pure and organic CBD oil is the only veterinary CBD oil that’s been through multiple clinical trials, and proven safe in a Phase One Safety trial. Try ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil for your pet today!

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CBD Helped This Adorable One-Eyed Jack(son)

ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ Helps Jackson Lives His Best Life

Here at ABSC Organics, we’re often talking about dogs. Our clinical research (so far) has been conducted on dogs, most of the conversation about CBD and animals revolves around dogs, and the bulk of our customers are buying ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ for canine companions. Nevertheless, we do offer a cat product, because we know that many people are successfully using it to help their feline friends. Today, we want to introduce you to Jackson. We’ll let his owner—Kristen B.—tell his story. She was kind enough to send us his tale recently, along with some terrific pictures:

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This cutie won the lottery when Kristen B. brought him home!

Jackson’s Story

“Jackson is 5.5 years old and has had nasty seizures since he was 1 year old. He was a patient at the clinic I worked at and brought in initially as a barn kitten with a bad eye. He had the eye removed, but had a difficult time coming out of the anesthesia. He was neurologic and couldn’t walk in a straight line. I took him home since the people who brought him in didn’t want to return him to his barn given his condition.”

Seizures and CBD

“Jackson eventually made a recovery, but then after about a year, he started having really violent seizures—so bad that he would run in a circle like the tasmanian devil and often would tear toenails off in the process. He started on gabapentin, then moved to phenobarbital, eventually we had to add zonisamide, and eventually we had to add levetiracetam. About two years ago, I started Jackson on CBD oil. After we started it, his seizure frequency diminished. The CBD oil seemed to really help keep the seizures at bay—and when he would have one, the severity was diminished and he wouldn’t have another in immediate succession a few days later.” 

A Bad Reaction to a Different Brand

“Recently, Jackson has begun to have a terrible reaction to the brand of CBD oil he has been taking. For some reason, even after two years of taking it without incident, he began to drool and vomit after being dosed with it—this is a HUGE problem because sometimes when he would vomit, it would include vomiting his other seizure medication. This development was devastating to me because I didn’t want to have to change his regimen. I want to give him the best life possible for as long as possible and the CBD oil was part of that effort. I purchased gelatin capsules to put the CBD oil in and began to pill him with it, but the capsules were just too big and hard and eventually he seemed to lose interest in eating; I believe they were irritating his throat, and seeing as I have to pill him 5 other times during the day, it was affecting his quality of life.” 

ABSC Organics Offers a Solution

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ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ has helped Jackson stop vomiting.

“This is why I sought out ABSC. I had been trying for months to figure out which oil was being used by CSU in their research, but had no luck. I had a friend who went to vet school there and she didn’t know either. Finally I found it in an article online and I ordered it. I was so excited to start Jackson on it and was hoping it would allow me to continue his normal regimen. 

Jackson has NO reaction to this CBD oil. I think any reaction he does still have (and he does, because he’s a drama queen) is leftover from what he *thinks* is going to happen when he gets his CBD. But when I dose him with the ABSC oil, he doesn’t drool, he doesn’t run away, he doesn’t vomit. It must be because the flavor is so mild – I even tried the two to compare and the other oil we had is definitely more bitter. 

I don’t know what caused him to start having a bad reaction to the other oil—but I have to tell you that I am so thankful that we did get the bottle of ABSC oil. I can continue him on his anti-seizure regimen and feel good that his quality of life is being preserved. I just wanted you to know Jackson’s story. We really appreciate your product and now that I see how easily he takes it, I’ll be switching brands. Thanks for your understanding—and for your amazing customer service.”

We Love to Hear Great Stories Like Jackson’s!

Big thanks to Katie B. for sharing this story! We’re working hard to get the clinical research done, but that world moves slowly. In the meantime, anecdotal stories like this one are one of the best ways we can learn more about the specifics of how our CBD oil is affecting cats, dogs, horses, and any other animals who might be taking it. If your pet has benefitted from ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™, we’d love to hear your story too. If we publish it, we’ll send you a 25% off coupon as a thank you!

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Candy and Costumes and Doorbells…OH MY!

Keep Your Pet Safe and Calm this Halloween

Halloween can be a spooky time for our furry friends. Costumes and masks, crowds of people, constant doorbells and strangers approaching your home…it’s enough to send any pet into anxiety overdrive! Fortunately there are ways you can help manage the Halloween stress for your dog or cat. Read on for some common sense tips to make sure everyone in your household stays sane and safe this Halloween!

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A pack of loud kids at the door can be scary to your pet—no matter what they are dressed as!

Nix the doorbell

If your dog gets wound up every time the doorbell rings, consider creating a candy dispensing station OUTSIDE your home to head the trick-or-treaters off before they hit the buzzer. Grab yourself a comfortable chair, stock up on snacks and your favorite beverages, and enjoy the parade of ghouls and goblins who troop up to your door.

Play soothing music or background television

Unless your home is totally isolated, you an almost guarantee there will be lots of commotion outside on Halloween night. Even if you follow our first tip and avoid the doorbell, you’ll still have chattering kids, crying babies, and lots of masked and costumed humans traipsing across your property. Playing calming music or leaving the television running can help drown out the outdoor noise and chaos and soothe your anxious pet.

Keep the candy away from your pet

Dogs and chocolate just don’t mix—it’s the methylxanthines in chocolate that can be toxic to dogs. In general, the darker and more bitter the chocolate, the worse it is for your dog. Halloween night can be particularly scary if you dog gets into the candy stash. PetMD has a great toxicity calculator that will come in handy in the event of exposure. But the safest course of action is just to keep the pups away from the candy!

Distraction is key

Consider stocking up with a few new toys to distract your pet on Halloween night. If your dog is a chewer, a long-lasting chew bone or rugged toy can occupy him or her for hours, and provide some much-needed distraction when the kids start arriving!

If CBD oil is part of your pet’s wellness routine, consider giving them a dose early in the evening on Halloween to help them stay calm. Although our clinical trials to date have focused on epilepsy and arthritis, many of our customers tell us the CBD oil works wonders for their pet’s anxiety. Our oil has been tested safe and effective in multiple clinical trials at Colorado State University, so you can give it to your pet with confidence on Halloween or any day!

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CSU Clinical Trials Feature in New Veterinary Textbook

Nutraceuticals in Veterinary Medicine covers ABSC Organics’ clinical trials at Colorado State University in Cannabis Chapter

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Image courtesy of Springer.

We’re delighted to see the CBD clinical safety and efficacy trials we’ve sponsored at CSU highlighted in the recently published Nutraceuticals in Veterinary Medicine textbook. With over sixty chapters covering supplements and their use in animals, this textbook from Springer is a comprehensive resource for veterinarians and researchers. Chapter 10—entitled “Cannabis in Veterinary Medicine: Cannabinoid Therapies for Animals—delves deep in the science and research around veterinary use of cannabis and CBD. 

Comprehensive Treatment of Veterinary CBD Use

The chapter covers everything from the history of veterinary cannabis use and regulatory and legal considerations to a deep dive into the chemistry of the cannabis plant and the pharmacology of cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD). Highlighted topics include:

  • The 2018 Farm Bill and its effects on industry and research
  • Detailed look at the endocannabinoid system (including a terrific graphic illustrating the feedback loop for the endocannabinoid signaling system)
  • Nutritional value of Cannabis/Hemp seed oil – Fatty acid profile has anti-inflammatory properties
  • Review of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in humans – including beneficial effects for sleep, anxiety and stress, obesity and metabolic disorders, cancer, and inflammatory conditions
  • Review of the ECS in animals – focuses on dogs but touches on all mammals, birds, fish, and even invertebrates
  • Phytocannabinoids, terpenes, and the Entourage effect (importance of full spectrum CBD product to achieve synergistic benefits from all compounds)
  • Good manufacturing processes and the importance of organic hemp
  • The importance of third party lab testing for potency and contamination
  • Completed and ongoing clinical trials at Colorado State University and Cornell

Clinical Trials at CSU Featured

Dr. Stepahnie McGrath and Saint Bernard enrolled in CBD Safety Trial at CSU
Dr. Stephanie McGrath and Breonna Thomas, clinical trials coordinator at Colorado State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital with Atticus, a Saint Bernard enrolled in a clinical trial of cannabidiol for the treatment of epilepsy, (Photo by John Eisele/Colorado State University Photography)

Beginning on page 140 (Section 6) the authors cover the Colorado State University clinical trials in impressive detail. They discuss everything from the Phase One safety study to the efficacy studies for epilepsy and osteoarthritis. We are thrilled to see everything we are learning with Dr. McGrath and her team at CSU consolidated in a textbook that will inform veterinarians for years to come. 

Cannabis Chapter Available on FDA Website

Currently, you can view the entire Cannabis chapter on the FDA’s website here. The authors submitted the paper as part of the public comment process for the FDA’s Proposed Rule: Scientific Data and Information About Products Containing Cannabis or Cannabis-Derived Compounds; Public Hearing; Request for Comments

Every time our research is published, we advance the CBD knowledge bar a little further. Our goal is to keep researching CBD to provide optimized dosing recommendations and determine even more applications for the powerful supplement. As we keep learning, we’ll keep sharing the news and knowledge with you here on our blog, so stay tuned! 

Need to purchase ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ for your pet? Shop now!

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Three Cheers for Working Dogs!

This Labor Day, we celebrate the dogs who are just doing their jobs

According to the US Department of Labor, Labor Day is “a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.” To celebrate this day that honors productivity and hard work, many of us will spend the weekend vacationing on the water, grilling in the backyard with friends, or spending quality time with our families. Others–the true Labor Day heroes–will work through the holiday keeping critical services open and life as we know it running smoothly.

This dog may spend the holiday snoozing, but not all dogs are couch potatoes!

Working dogs pull their weight…and more

Not all Labor Day heroes walk on two legs. This year, we thought we’d offer a tribute to all the working dogs out there. Because you don’t have to be human to work hard and contribute to the American Dream! In its classification of canines, the American Kennel Club defines the Working Group as: 

“Quick to learn, …intelligent, strong, watchful, and alert. Bred to assist man, they excel at jobs such as guarding property, pulling sleds and performing water rescues. Doberman Pinschers, Siberian Huskies and Great Danes are part of this Group, to name just a few.” 

https://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/working/

Breeds such as Saint Bernards and Newfoundlands have historically been bred as search and rescue dogs. If you’ve ever seen a Newfoundland powerfully swimming through icy waters to rescue someone, you know these dogs are working in the truest sense of the word. 

Don’t discount the Herding Group

In 1983, the AKC separated dogs with “the fabulous ability to control the movement of other animals” out of the Working Dog group–creating the Herding Group. Shepherds, Sheep Dogs, and other types of herding dogs have been working for centuries in pastures and fields around the world, keeping their flocks safe and moving them from place to place. The work they do is both functional and awe inspiring, especially when seen from above. Add some LED jackets, and you’ve got a light show to rival the best Christmas Light Fight spectacle!  

This border collie knows where the sheep need to go, and how to get them there!

You don’t need a pedigree to do your job well

Although Working and Herding Group dogs were specifically bred to be productive, almost any dog can be a working dog with the right training and setting. From military dogs like Sergeant Stubby to dogs that assist the blind, dogs are working every day around the world to make our lives better. And when it comes to working, dogs keep learning new tricks! Here are five fascinating and inspiring “dog jobs” to celebrate this Labor Day weekend:

  • Cancer Detector – Dogs can use their keen sense of smell to detect cancer with great accuracy. Many medical researchers are investigating the ways dogs can sniff out cancer in a patient’s blood, skin, and more.  
  • Seizure Assistant – For people with seizure disorders such as epilepsy, a specially trained service dog can change their lives. These dogs can sense a seizure before it comes on, alerting their owners to the impending episode and assisting during and after the seizure. 
  • Skydiving Poaching Police – Highly trained skydiving dogs work to catch wildlife poachers in Africa! 
  • Whale Finder –  Killer whale researchers in the Puget Sound are using dogs to find whale poop, which gives them valuable insight into the health and habits of the endangered species.
  • Truffle Detective – If your taste runs to the gourmet and you enjoy the earthy flavor of a truffle, you might need to thank a pup for your delicacies! Highly trained dogs can sniff out the underground mushrooms near the roots of trees across North American and Europe.

Working dogs deserve the best of care

If you spend much time with dogs, you know that they are amazing creatures with skills and talents that go far beyond fetching and rolling over on command. Some of them are working just as hard as their human counterparts! Like humans, dogs can develop inflammation, osteoarthritis, and other health problems as they age. If you’re looking for an organic health and wellness supplement for your pet, consider ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™. It’s the only veterinary CBD Oil that’s been tested for safety and efficacy in clinical trials at a major university, so you can buy with confidence. 

Happy Labor Day from everyone at ABSC Organics. Be well! 

FDA and CBD

CBD and the FDA

The Food and Drug Administration Answers CBD Questions

Cannibidiol (CBD) holds a great deal of promise as an important key to health and wellness for both humans and animals. CBD’s ability to ease suffering from seizures, inflammation, osteoarthritis, anxiety, and more has been well documented anecdotally for many years, and clinical trials are beginning to support that anecdotal evidence. Recently, as more and more people turn toward organic, plant-based therapies, interest in the hemp-based oil has exploded. Bloomberg Businessweek recently noted the exponential growth:

Demand for CBD, a nonintoxicating compound found in hemp and marijuana, has exploded in the U.S. since December, when Congress passed a new farm bill that decriminalized industrial hemp. The CBD market could be worth almost $24 billion in the U.S. alone by 2023, with about 7% of sales coming from the pet market, according to Brightfield Group, an industry researcher.

Gretler , Corinne, and Craig Giammona. “The CBD Industry Is Betting That Pets Need to Chill, Too.” Bloomberg.com, Bloomberg, 17 July 2019, www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-07-17/the-cbd-industry-is-betting-that-pets-need-to-chill-too.
CBD Safetly Trial CSU
Dr. Stephanie McGrath with Atticus, a 3-year-old Saint Bernard enrolled in a clinical trial of cannabidiol for the treatment of epilepsy, and Breonna Thomas, clinical trials coordinator at Colorado State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital (Photo by John Eisele/Colorado State University Photography)

Growing CBD Market Lacks Regulation

With this type of rapid growth, companies are rushing to enter the market, and CBD retailers are popping up on every corner. Whether it’s online, at the pharmacy, at specialty stores, or even at that gas station, it seems that CBD products are all around us. But with little regulation, consumers are often left wondering who to trust. ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ has been proven safe and effective in multiple clinical trials, but most products do not have that level of safety testing. Indeed, ABSC is the only veterinary company to put their CBD oil through a Phase One Safety and Toxicity Trial.

The FDA Struggles to Keep up With Cannabis-Derived Products

If you’re interested in trying CBD oil for your pet, you may be understandably overwhelmed and hesitant. Navigating the choices can feel like a bit like you’ve entered the Wild Wild West. Whose claims can you trust? How do you know if a product is labeled accurately? How do you know if a product is safe? Here at ABSC Organics, we recommend a little bit of homework. Peruse our research library and check out our clinical trials. You’ll find that we’re committed to safety, research, and continual learning. You’ll learn that our Safety and Toxicity Trial proved that our CBD oil is pure and well-tolerated in dogs. And you’ll see that our epilepsy trial has delivered positive preliminary results, with 89% of dogs showing a reduction in seizure frequency.

Mislabeled products, misleading claims, and questions about legality and proper usage have the FDA struggling to keep up with the CBD market, but they are working to develop a regulatory framework and meet consumer needs. They send out warning letters to suppliers with mislabeled products, they schedule public hearings, and they attempt to educate consumers. To that end, they recently published an FAQ about FDA Regulation of Cannabis and Cannabis-Derived Products. This document is a great resource for those seeking more information about the FDA’s role in Cannabis regulation. Relevant questions addressed by the FDA include:

  • What are cannabis and marijuana?
  • Why hasn’t FDA approved more products containing cannabis or cannabis-derived compounds for medical uses?
  • Does the FDA object to the clinical investigation of cannabis for medical use?
  • What is FDA’s role when it comes to the investigation of cannabis and cannabis-derived products for medical use?
  • Can hemp be added to animal food?
  • Can approved human drugs containing CBD or synthetic THC be used extralabel in animals?

In total, the 26 questions addressed by the FDA serve to educate consumers about just what the FDA is (and isn’t) doing with respect to the CBD market.

Choose the CBD Product with Rigorous Institutional Trials

We’ve invested heavily in testing and trials to make sure our product is the best veterinary CBD oil on the market. When you buy ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ you can buy with confidence and peace of mind. We care about pets–that’s why we’re here.

Old Dog

FDA Warns Manufacturers of Mislabeled CBD

Always Choose a Reputable Source for CBD

With the explosion of CBD manufacturers and retailers that has occurred since the federal government legalized industrial hemp in the 2018 Farm Bill, medical professionals, consumers, and regulators have struggled to keep up with the growth in the market. The FDA has not currently explicitly approved any over-the-counter CBD products for human or veterinary medical use. They do, however, take action against manufacturers who mislabel their CBD products.

The FDA is concerned with the prevalence of mislabeled CBD in the market. When, after testing, it becomes clear that the product in question contains ingredients that do not match the labeling, the FDA issues a warning letter to the manufacturer. A complete list of warnings issued since 2015 can be found on the FDA website.

ABSC Organics is Tested in Clinical Trials

Each and every batch of ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ is tested for purity and CBD concentration. And as part of our extensive clinical trial initiative with Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, our CBD Oil undergoes even more rigorous tested and trials. We’re the only veterinary CBD manufacturer who has completed a Phase One Safety and Toxicity Study, which proved that our CBD is safe and well-tolerated in dogs. Researchers at CSU are also using our product in canine epilepsy and osteoarthritis studies.

ABSC Organics applauds the FDA’s attempts to keep inaccurately labeled CBD oil out of the market. When you buy ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™, you can buy with confidence, knowing you’re buying the same CBD used in industry-leading clinical trials.

Decorated Canine Military Hero

In Honor of Furry Heroes

Happy Memorial Day from ABSC Organics

This Memorial Day weekend, we’ll be remembering and honoring all the heroes who have given their lives in defense of the United States. While many Americans will be spending time at the beach and at patriotic backyard barbecues, others will take the opportunity to visit the many war memorials in Washington, D.C. or the National D-Day  Memorial in Bedford, Virginia. Perhaps some of the dog lovers out there will visit the Military Working Dog Teams National Monument at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. Dedicated to the idea that not all heroes are human, this monument honors the canine soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice. 

Here at ABSC Organics, these canine heroes are especially near and dear to our hearts. We spend our days working to ease suffering in dogs and other companion animals, and we know first hand the grit, courage, and tenacity that these animals can show. So this Memorial Day weekend, we wanted to share a few stories of canine war heroes, and offer a flash sale in their honor. Read on for some inspiring tales of wartime valor!

Short But Spectacular: Sergeant Stubby — World War I

Sergeant Stubby was a mixed breed bull terrier smuggled over to Europe by Private J. Robert Conroy.  He became the mascot of the 102nd Infantry, 26th “Yankee” Division, but he soon proved he was more than a mascot. He alerted sleeping troops to an incoming gas attack and helped to capture a German spy. When his involvement in the spy capture earned him his Sergeant rank, he became the first dog to receive a rank in the U.S. military.

Sergeant Stubby was a beloved soldier in World War One.

Decorated Hero: Chips — World War II

Chips was a family pet—a Shepherd-Collie-Husky mix from New York who was owned by Edward Wren. Wren loaned Chips to the military during the war, where he served in Africa and Italy. During the invasion of Sicily, Chips attacked a nest of Italian machine gunners, who quickly surrendered. Chips was wounded during that attack, but he went on to help capture an Italian patrol group later that night. Chips was awarded a Distinguished Service Cross, a Silver Star, and a Purple Heart, and quickly became a beloved hero back in the states. Although the military eventually decided that only humans could earn those medals, Chips’ story lives on as one of true heroism under fire. 

Elite Canine Warier: Cairo — War on Terror

Cairo is a Belgian-Malinois who went through a 200-step elite training regimen before joining the U.S. Navy Seals. In May of 2011, he accompanied Seal Team Six when they raided Osama bin Laden’s compound in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad. Cairo’s role on the team was to guard the perimeter and detect explosives. After the successful raid, Cairo met President Obama at the White House and eventually retired to live with his handler, where he snuggles with a security blanket and helps with the groceries. Cairo was named Time’s Animal of the Year in 2011. 

Belgian Malinois canine military hero
The Belgian Malinois breed is often used for elite military operations.

ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil for Pets can help your hero

If your own furry hero is suffering, ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil may offer relief. Whether it’s pain, seizures, inflammation, or anxiety, many of our customers have seen great benefits by treating their pets with our premium CBD oil. It’s the only veterinary CBD oil that has been through three clinical trials, with more studies forthcoming, because ABSC cares enough to invest in the research.

Happy Memorial Day from ABSC Organics! 

If you, your family, or your dog have served to protect our nation, we say “THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!”