It’s Fourth of July weekend and America is opening back up! As we’re in the Roaring 20’s this holiday weekend more backyard bangs and booms are expected this year. Calming your dog’s nerves to help with separation anxiety induced by going back to work, or firework noise, is likely on your mind. What about pet CBD?
If you are like most pet owners, you’ve heard the buzz about Pet CBD and all of it’s claims and wondered to yourself “which products actually work?”. I personally have held off on endorsing any CBD brands due to the difficulty of cutting through the clutter and verifying which brands are better than others, as well as little research and product quality testing oversight. (All of the links in this article are for editorial content and no paid or affiliate endorsements.)
Most pet CBD brands will publish 3rd party lab testing results showing the amount of CBD vs THC levels in its products but those labs are funded by the CBD brands to conduct the testing. The argument can be made that because the labs are paid directly by the hemp companies, they are not really all that independent.
Then, to complicate things further there are thousands of little white label brands popping up every week. The investment needed to white label and start your own pet CBD brand has a low entry point so almost anyone can start a CBD brand. These little brands do not have the experience or science behind them to recommend dosing.
So what’s a pet owner to do? I’ve been asked this hundreds of times in the past couple of years and there is not one short answer. Below is a thoughtful list I created of 5 steps to selecting a pet CBD brand.
5 tips for selecting pet CBD
Research The Company Before You Buy-Look at the overall company who is making the pet CBD product. Is this a new business you’ve never heard of or a trusted, established business based on science? Given the lack of oversight be careful and really dig into the brand. Reading the FDA regulations is helpful.
Find Out Who Grew The Crops-High Falls Hemp is very transparent and named their brand from the town Upstate NY where the hemp is farmed. The CEO is hands on and involved closely in quality control. They make is very easy to find and read their lab reports. CBD veteran Charlott’s Web makes is a little harder requiring you to enter a “lot number” from a bottle you purchased.
Beware of Licensing- If it’s a licensed brand like Martha Stewart’s new pet CBD brand check out who is actually manufacturing the product. Martha has a partnership with the publicly traded Canadian Cannabis company Canopy Growth and Snoop Dog which is more credible than a licensing deal with a company that doesn’t specialize in Hemp.
Americans will spend nearly 1/2 BILLION on pet Halloween costumes this year according to MarketWatch. That’s almost double what we were spending just 10 years ago. Dog Halloween costume events and parades are rivaling stroller grid lock in Brooklyn this year.
Check out some of the hot costume trends Dara Foster styled on Fox 5 Good Day New York as examples of what you can expect to see at The Boneyard Bash at Brooklyn’s Domino Park from 12-8 on Halloween. Anchor Rosanna Scotto volunteered her dog Lulu to model a fun DIY Boxtume idea from recycled Amazon boxes. Warning, this segment may cause a cuteattack.
PupStyle parents know that good things come in small packages and so do the designers of Guardian Orb. Introducing the smallest pet GPS tracking device that offers both a home AND portable base stations for a 10 mile radius tracking with NO monthly fees.
What that means is, if you leave your house and want to keep your pet safe within a 10 mile radius of where you are, just take the base with you and you have constant tracking coverage. You can exhale while traveling knowing that you can locate your pet while in unfamiliar territory or on home turf. PupStyle is lucky enough to be one of the first to learn about this dreamy device and get the scoop for pre-ordering. Guardian Orb is currently available on Indidigogo for only $219.00 and guaranteed to ship in July and there is NO MONTHLY FEE-EVER!
Guardian Orb is the first pet tracking device that offers advanced geo-location technology coupled with being the most reliable and cost-effective GPS tracker on the market. If you’ve researched pet GPS trackers you know that they usually come with monthly service fees in addition to hefty upfront expense for the hardware.
For $219 you get:
A tiny GPS tracker Orb so small a bunny could wear it
Guardian Home – this is the home base station that plugs into your router
Guardian Go – Portable unit with a 16 hour battery life. Small enough to fit in a purse!
It’s the most accurate, reliable and cost-effective GPS tracking solution ever created. Keep track of your pets in real-time, on ANY smartphone, tablet or desktop. Now, you can find a lost or stolen pet in seconds, or simply just check in at home when you can’t be there.
WATCH the video below to see how simple it is use.
You can even add on additional Orbs for your other pets so you can track all of them in one place from your phone or tablet. One additional Orb is $69 or you can buy a 2 pack for $129 to cover the whole pack.
I’ve been reviewing dog products and dog fashion at PupStyle for over 16 years and just when I think I’ve seen it all, a new idea creeps up that has me wondering if I should laugh, cry or rejoice? Yes, I’ve styled a pug to look like Olivia Newton on Wendy Willams for a dog fashion show, but this new dog Onesie by Shed Defender – Putting Dog Hair in its Place – Red – XS takes “Lets Get Physical” to a new level.
This one-piece dog suite was designed to protect your home and car from unwanted dog shedding but the founder, Tyson Walters also found it useful for protecting surgical site wounds and claims it might be able to replace the cone of shame. The company also markets this for reducing anxiety and protecting your dogs coat from dirt and wet sand at the beach for example.
In theory this seems like a handy idea, but after putting the product to the test on my 9th month old puppy Norman, I see it as more of a torture device. The cut and colors of the suit are stylish and would look cute styled with a hoodie, for an “active wear look” but my PupStyler became very anxious and started biting and pulling on the legs to get it off. Norman is very mellow and usually lets me dress him up in anything but he was angry at the Shed Defender!
Norman is also ultra fluffy and I found it impossible to zip up the suite without getting his hair stuck in the zipper. I also had to be VERY careful not to zip up his “jewels” in the process because it’s designed to cover literally everything under the belly. In order for the dog to pee, you must unzip it or else you get a leotard loaded with pee and poo.
Dog onesies are not anything new in pet fashion but the most successful designs leave an opening for the dog to do it’s business and avoid zippers at all cost on the underbelly. Velcro or buttons would be a safer design option to consider. I can’t say all dogs will react like Norman and some may actually like it but to test it out you will have to drop $39.00. You be the judge.
Watch out Etsy.com, a new market place just for small businesspeople and craftspeople who make products for dogs and dog lovers has arrived.
Introducing Hound & Co, a recently launched website where pet product designers can open their own store for free inside a market place dedicated to selling all things hound. Think Etsy.com but just for dog product crafters and designers. Sellers can easily upload photos and open up a shop and start selling within minutes.Similar to Etsy.com, they charge a fee but only 4% when your item sells and do not charge a fee for posting items which Etsy.com does.Hound & Co also gets bonus points for donating a portion of all sales to rescue organizations and building a platform where rescue groups can sign-up and post pics of adoptable pets for free. If you have a rescue organization this is just one more free area to get the word out in a space already attracting dog lovers.
Why not give your fur baby and yourself a lasting holiday goodie? A stylish dog/cat bed is an investment in your dogs comfort and happiness as well as your viewing pleasure.
The PupStyle method of pet home decor is to coordinate your pet’s home furnishing to match your current interior home design taste. No need to settle for dog bone printed dog beds if that’s not your style.
Naps Design on Easy.com makes these really cool modern yet timeless dog beds from felt. They are handmade and for an additional $20.64 they will build your pets name into the bed. The cushion inserts are come in neutral and contrasting colors and look quite snugly. Dog/Cat beds start at $85.81.
It’s that time of year again when pet industry players from around the world gather at the annual Global Pet Expo in Orlando Florida from March 4-6, 2015 to scope out the latest and greatest products in the pet industry.
Super business woman and model Kathy Ireland will be returning to Global Pet Expo again this year as guest speaker at the AAPA’s PWN breakfast March, 6 2015 from 7:30-8:45 AM.
That’s one hour and fifteen minutes of full-on Kathy! Go girl!
Last year, Kathy launched her own pet product line with a huge emphasis on style and design.
Her beautiful patterns are modern yet also timeless at the same time. I especially love her Chevron print bed and pink floral reversible travel mat.
We are excited to find out what Kathy thinks about being part of the amazing pet world as she embarks on year two of her product launch.