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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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CBD for Rescue Dogs

Four Tips to Help Your Dog Transition from Shelter to Home

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Share the news with shelters and rescues to help them win!

October is National Adopt a Shelter Pet Month, which means it’s a perfect time to bring a new furball into your family. Many shelters and rescues are running adoption specials to help them deal with the sad reality of overcrowding and limited resources at their facilities. 

Here at ABSC Organics, we love shelter pups and we love the organizations that work tirelessly to find them homes. That’s why we want to celebrate this month by donating CBD Starter Packs to the shelters and rescue organizations you love. For every five bottles of ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ we sell this month, we’ll donate one full-size bottle to a shelter or rescue organization. You can enter your favorite organization to win by sharing our Facebook post and tagging the organization  (publicly, so we can see who’s being entered!), emailing us the organization’s info at care@petpainfree.com, or commenting on this article with all the relevant info so we can contact the shelter. Shelters can nominate themselves too, so spread the word! 

Thinking about rescuing a pup of your own this month or in the future? Read on for some tips to help your dog transition smoothly to their new home sweet home! 

Rescue Dog Tip #1: Manage Your Expectations

Set yourself and your new pet up for success by entering your new relationship with the right expectations. Bringing home a new pet can always be overwhelming, and rescue dogs can come with special challenges. Shelter life is stressful, and they may have a history of abuse or neglect. Know what you’re getting yourself into before you start, and commit to the patience and training it will require. Your commitment will pay off in spades—rescue dogs seem to offer a special type of love and gratitude once they settle into their new families. 

Rescue Dog Tip #2: Keep Your Pup Safe

Dog chewed USB cord
Chew toys are great but cords can be expensive and dangerous.

It should go without saying that you need to do some dog-proofing before bringing a rescue pup home. Create a safe space with baby gates or other barriers and make sure cords, breakables, and valuables are removed or secured in that area. Remember that your rescue dog will not know the rules of your home, and may not have ever lived in a nurturing and safe environment. They will be curious and anxious, which can lead to problems if they are left unattended with the run of the house. 

Rescue Dog Tip #3: Go Slow with the Socialization

Be patient with your shelter pup and give them lots of time to get comfortable with you in a non-threatening environment. Let them come to you for affection, and don’t be offended if they are wary at first. Limit interactions with other pets and other people in the first few weeks to give your new pet time to acclimate, and manage interactions with other dogs carefully. 

Rescue Dog Tip #4: Establish Healthy and Consistent Routines

Like most humans, dogs love predictability and consistency. Shelter dogs crave that sense of security even more, so it’s important to set schedules and routines and stick to them. Choose a healthy, high quality diet and don’t experiment with new things in the early days. Establish consistent sleep cycles and give them scheduled potty breaks. 

Consider Veterinary CBD Oil 

All of these tips will help convince your dog that their new home and family are here to stay, and should help them manage the natural stress and anxiety they may feel. If time and patience don’t do enough to ease your new pet’s stress levels, consider adding CBD oil into their wellness routine. Anecdotal evidence suggests that CBD oil helps manage anxiety levels while offering a host of other benefits to your pet. Our ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ is the only veterinary CBD oil that has been through multiple clinical trials for safety and efficacy, so you can buy with confidence. And when you shop in October, you help us donate more to shelters and rescues across the country! Save 15% through 10/1 with code SHELTERPUP15!

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Help Us Support Rescues and Shelters

We Want To Help During National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month!

October is National Adopt a Shelter Dog month, and we’d like to celebrate! Here at ABSC Organics, we love shelter pups, and we love to support the critical work of shelters and rescue organizations whenever we can. This month, we’d like to offer an ABSC Organics CBD Shelter Starter Pack to the shelters YOU love to support!

Shelter Starter Pack Promotion

Shelter Dog Promotion Free CBD Oil
The more you buy, the more we donate!

For every five bottles purchased during the month of October, we’ll draw the name of a shelter or rescue organization. Each selected shelter will receive a CBD starter pack that includes a FULL SIZE BOTTLE of ABSC Organic Pure CBD Oil™! So let’s do a little math: If we sell 100 bottles of CBD oil this month, we’ll donate 20 bottles to the shelter and rescue organizations you care about!

How does a shelter enter the drawing?

There are several ways to enter a shelter or rescue organization in the CBD oil drawing. The easiest? Share this post on Facebook and tag the shelter you’d like to nominate. Be sure the post settings are set to “Public” so we can see the share and see which shelter you’ve tagged! This is the easiest way for you and for us, because we’ll know how to contact the shelter if they win. You can also email us (care@petpainfree.com) with the name and contact info for the organization you’d like to enter. Shelters can enter themselves as well!

Is there any way to boost my shelter’s chances?

We’re glad you asked! Each person can only offer one entry, but if multiple people tag the same shelter, that shelter will get multiple entries! And if you’ve got a shelter pup and you’re willing to share a pic with us, you get 10 entries for your shelter!

Shop, Share, and Support

Many people are using ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ to help their companion animals with problems like anxiety, pain, seizures, and more. We know that shelters care for dogs who’ve been through a lot, and we think our CBD oil would be a great wellness solution for many of the animals they care for. Our CBD oil is the most rigorously tested and studied veterinary CBD oil on the market—it’s what you trust for your dogs and what we trust for ours. We think shelter pups deserve the best too!

If you’d like to support your local shelter by helping them win a Shelter Starter Pack that includes a full size bottle of ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™, shop and share! The more you buy, the more we donate. The more you share this post, the more chances your shelter has to win!

Shelter Dog CBD Oil Drawing Information
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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!

Service dog helping disabled vet

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! 

National CBD Day Dog

National CBD Day

The Best Way to Celebrate is with ABSC Organics!

We all know that the CBD craze is sweeping the nation, so it’s no surprise that CBD now has it’s own day! In 2018, August 8th was declared National CBD Day, and today, people all over the country will be celebrating in a variety of ways. From events and special ice cream flavors to CBD cocktails, there are plenty of ways people can say “Cheers to CBD” today.

Here at ABSC Organics, every day is CBD Day, and we think the best way to celebrate is to learn a little more about CBD, check out a few inspiring testimonials, and stock up on our Pure Organic CBD Oil for Pets. If your pet is suffering from anxiety, seizures, inflammation, or pain, they’ll thank you!

In honor of National CBD Day, take 15% off your purchase through Sunday with code CBDDAY15. Cheers!

National CBD Day Dog

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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.

Happy Dog CBD

Have a Very Happy “FURth” of July!

We wish you a happy and safe Fourth of July with family, friends, and your furry loved ones! Here at ABSC, we’re looking forward to spending the holiday with our own pets, and it makes us happy to know that our Pure Organic CBD oil will be helping pets around the country enjoy the 4th–from hikes and swimming to evening fireworks displays–without the threat of pain, seizures, or severe anxiety.  

Best wishes for a happy and safe Fourth of July celebration! 

News

CSU Epilepsy Study Results Published!

“Promising” Epilepsy Trial Results Published in June 1 Issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Association

We first reported on the encouraging preliminary results of Dr. Stephanie McGrath’s epilepsy trial last year. Now, the complete results of this groundbreaking pilot study have been published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Association’s June 1 issue. If you’ve got a pet with epilepsy, you’re going to want to pay attention to this study!

Clinical Trial Backs Up Anecdotal Evidence

We’ve been hearing from customers for years that our Pure Organic CBD Oil helps reduce the severity, frequency, and duration of seizures in their epileptic pets. We get thank you notes, rave reviews, and even videos that show the beneficial effects of our product. Now, we’re starting to see the fruits of our research in the form of clinical trial results.

Pilot Study Shows Significant Reduction in Seizures with CBD Treatment

Twenty six dogs with intractable idiopathic epilepsy were initially enrolled in the pilot study. After exclusions, sixteen dogs completed the 12-week trial. In this double blind study, the dogs were randomly assigned to a CBD group or placebo group. The CBD group received ABSC’s CBD-infused oil twice daily for 12 weeks while continuing their existing antiepileptic treatments. The placebo group received oil without CBD, and also continued their existing medications. All other parameters were consistent for both groups. Dr. McGrath and her colleagues at CSU compared seizure activity, adverse effects, and plasma CBD concentrations over the course of the twelve weeks, and found that 89% of the dogs in the CBD group saw a reduction in seizure frequency. Researchers also found a strong correlation between plasma (blood) CBD concentration and seizure frequency. Further studies will evaluate whether higher doses of CBD decrease seizure activity even further.

These results are groundbreaking when it comes to veterinary CBD usage, and they are generating lots of buzz in the veterinary community and beyond. Check out Dr. McGrath–and a nice closeup of our product (old label)–on the news in Denver:

More CBD Trials to Come

Based on the exciting results from this pilot study, Dr. McGrath is currently working on a larger epilepsy study supported by the AKC Canine Health Foundation. Stay tuned for more promising results, and visit the AKC Canine Health Foundation site to learn how you can help with their research initiatives. In the meantime you can purchase the very same CBD product used in Dr. McGrath’s study for your pet here at petpainfree.com. Whether your pet suffers from epilepsy, arthritis, inflammation, anxiety, or another disorder, ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil may be able to provide relief.

ABSC Organics Cares Enough to Do the Research

At ABSC Organics, we put our money where our mouth is. We partner with some of the world’s best veterinary researchers because we believe in our product and in the power of CBD. Want to learn more about past, current, and future clinical trials with ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil? Check out our Clinical Trial page for more info!

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!”

Dr. Stephanie McGrath

Dr. Stephanie McGrath Addresses CSU Pueblo

Assessment of Safety, Toxicity, and Pharmacokinetics of Cannabidiol in Healthy Dogs

Have you ever wanted to know more about ABSC and how we came to be involved with clinical trials at CSU? We’re pulling a video out of the archives today to share with you! This short video of Veterinary Neurologist Dr. Stephanie McGrath speaking at a conference at CSU Pueblo in 2017 highlights her work on safety, toxicity, and pharmacokinetics of CBD. During her talk, Dr. McGrath talks about her interest in testing CBD for dogs and her concerns with unregulated and untested CBD products. She needed a safe and pure product to run trials with, and ABSC wanted to support advanced research in the field. It was a match made in heaven, and the rest is history!

McGrath Presentation (short) from Jadan Morrow on Vimeo.