FETCH a Cure Fundraiser for Canine Cancer

FETCH a Cure Fundraiser for Canine Cancer

November is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month, and if you’ve been following my blogs and Facebook page, you have learned that I am extremely passionate about pet health and started Iconic Paws entirely to help dogs live healthier lives. You have also learned that if there is a way to help, I will be there doing everything in my power to do just that.

According to statistics from the Truth About Pet Cancer, there are 65 million dogs in the United States. Of those 65 million dogs, there are 6 million new cancer diagnoses in dogs every year. Half of the dogs over the age of 10 will die from cancer. I am not ok with this.

Managing the health of a dog who has been diagnosed with cancer is emotional, confusing, and can be extremely expensive. Just like in human diagnoses, dog owners must decide if they will pursue treatment and what kind. Will they look for clinical studies, traditional treatments like chemotherapy and radiation, or seek out holistic veterinarians for more natural options? Would your dog want you to put them through the side effects of treatment? Figuring out what your dog’s quality of life is like and what path he or she would like you to pursue is made more difficult by the fact that they cannot speak English and not all owners know the signs to look for to determine if their pet is in pain.

Fortunately for dog owners whose dogs have been diagnosed with cancer, there are resources like FETCH a Cure, which is a 501(c)3 that is located right here in Virginia. FETCH a Cure was founded by dog owner Mike Holland after his own dog Hannah was diagnosed with nasal osteosarcoma. Originally, Hannah was given two months to live by veterinarians, but according to the FETCH a Cure website, “Hannah fought against the odds and lost her battle two years later. Her spirit lives on in the mission of FETCH.”

FETCH a Cure offers a variety of services for dog owners. They have one of the most robust resources for pet parents that I have ever seen, with extensive information on clinical trials, facts and glossary terms, Frequently Asked Questions, financial resources, nutrition, and many other topics. They also offer financial assistance to dog owners who are not able to afford the cost of treatment through their Companions in Crisis program. Additionally, they support research to find cures for the types of cancer that affect pets and work to promote adoption efforts of shelter dogs.

Puppy Love

Puppy Love

I am so full of gratitude for the life-changing work that FETCH a Cure is doing that Iconic Paws is sponsoring a fundraiser on Sunday, December 2, 2018, from 4-6 p.m. at Wine & Design in Alexandria, Virginia, to raise funds to help this organization continue to help dogs and their humans. This is going to be a fun afternoon in which we will learn to paint this beautiful painting called Puppy Love. I think this is also going to be a perfect Sunday afternoon escape to slow down enjoy time with friends and fellow pet owners and do something relaxing and for a great cause. Plus you can embrace your inner artist and take home your own painting.

Tickets are $45, with 25% of the proceeds going to FETCH a Cure. Enjoy two glasses of wine or one beer or non-alcoholic soft drinks. You are welcome to bring your own snacks, although please do not bring your own alcoholic beverages. You may purchase tickets at https://bit.ly/2RGhyk0  using event code 1202. I hope to see you there so that we can paint together and support this important organization. If you do not live in the Alexandria area, you can also donate directly to FETCH a Cure at this link: https://fetchacure.org/donate/annual-fund.

Rescue Dogs and Digestion

October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, and as we get ready to wrap up this month, I thought it was an important time to talk about the digestive changes that a rescued dog goes through after he or she arrives at their forever home.

Rescue dogs and shelter dogs sometimes go from place to place in their journey from being rescued until they find their final forever home. There are volunteers who transport dogs across the country so that they can escape a high-kill shelter and go to a foster based rescue organization or to a no-kill shelter that has space and more potential homes in their area. Sometimes these dogs can go halfway across the country, and some even travel by plane, both commercially and in small planes flown by volunteer pilots who have a passion for saving canine lives.

Although all of this travel and handing off of a dog from one person to another is a good thing and necessary for their survival and what will ultimately be a happy ending, the dogs do no know what is happening. As a result, this can be extremely stressful to them. Just like with humans, stress can impact digestion and cause upset stomachs and loose stools.

Additionally, many shelters and rescues rely on donated food, which can range dramatically in quality and type. A dog might go from eating one food at a shelter, to another food at a foster home, and then yet another food in their forever home. If the food at their forever home is a better quality than what they ate at the shelter, the dog is very likely to go through somewhat of a detox process in which some unappealing things might be leaving their system as they start to get the benefits of the better quality food. Photo by Shelley Kim on Unsplash

If you have already read our blog, “Your Dog’s Gut, Probiotics and the 4th of July”, you will remember we wrote about the brain-gut axis, in which not only does stress affects your dog’s gut health, but having a healthy gut can help reduce your dog’s stress levels. Because of this, it can be extremely beneficial to put your dog on a probiotic supplement like Iconic Paws Canine Super Probiotic because the prebiotic and probiotic in our product can help rescued dogs with both the intestinal distress that is caused by rapid changes in food as well as with the emotional stress that comes from bouncing around from rescuer to rescuer.

Iconic Paws encourages potential dog owners to adopt dogs from local shelters instead of purchasing from pet stores who sell puppy mill puppies. Because our business exists first and foremost to help dogs live the best lives that they can, I have selected Homeless Animals Rescue Team (HART), which is a non-profit 501(c)(3) no-kill rescue support group located in Fairfax, Virginia. If you live in the Fairfax area, please check out their link and consider one of their adoptable cats and dogs for your next family member. If you do not live nearby, PetFinder is a great resource for adoptable dogs as is your local county or city animal shelter. You can find HART at https://hart90.org or go to www.petfinder.com if you live in another part of the country.

 

The Importance of Passing the PAWS Act Iconic Paws

The Importance of Passing the PAWS Act

It has been just over a year since women began summoning their courage and coming forward in large numbers to share their stores of sexual assault at the hands of bosses, co-workers, and acquaintances in the Me Too and Time’s Up movements. With the recent attention on this topic, it seemed the right time to also discuss violence and sexual assault at home and in domestic situations. The Importance of Passing the PAWS Act Iconic Paws

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and is intended to mourn those who have lost their lives to domestic violence, to celebrate the people who have survived and moved on to new lives, and to connect the people who work to end domestic violence. Here at Iconic Paws, we are passionate about this cause that affects not only adults and children, but also their pets.

Let’s start with some facts about the human survivors and their pets:

Every minute, approximately twenty people experience domestic violence in the United States, which comes out to 10 million victims annually.

One in four women and one in nine men will experience severe physical violence, sexual violence or stalking in their lifetime.

Economic abuse, or controlling and preventing someone from being able to manage or access financial resources, is present in 99% of domestic violence situations.

Only 3% of domestic violence shelters accept pets.

When you put this together, most domestic violence survivors who own pets are in what seems to be an impossible situation. Unless they have friends or family where they can safely flee with their pets or have the money to find a pet-friendly hotel or housing or pay for temporary boarding for their pet, they have two choices: stay in the abusive environment with their pet or leave their pet to fend for themselves with the abuser. 

The Importance of Passing the PAWS Act Iconic PawsBoth options are dangerous, especially since one million animals are abused annually because of domestic violence and animal abuse is one of the first signs of an abusive environment. As a result, 65% of survivors do not flee to a safe place because they will not leave their pet. 52% of survivors who are in shelters have left their pet behind with the abuser.

In order to help remedy this very dangerous situation, a bi-partisan group of US Senators and Representatives have sponsored the Pet and  Women Safety Act (PAWS). If passed, not only would it provide grant money to allow more shelters to accept pets, but it would extend restraining orders to include pets and require abusers to pay the veterinary bills for injuries that they have inflicted upon a pet.

Protecting pets in this way is beneficial both for the wellbeing of the pets and the human survivors. We have seen legislation over the last few years that have treated animals increasingly as sentient, feeling beings. In 2016, the Oregon Supreme Court ruled that dogs are sentient beings with feelings and emotions, and not just property. In Illinois, new laws went into effect at the start of 2018 that treat dogs more like children than property in divorce proceedings. We have also seen stricter penalties for animal abuse and neglect over the last several years. It is definitely the right time for the PAWS act to be passed in order to protect the pets of abuse survivors.

The Importance of Passing the PAWS Act Iconic Paws

The PAWS act is not just for the safety and wellbeing of the pets, though. Long after the physical scars of abuse have healed, emotional damage can remain for a long time in 

survivors. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, and anxiety are common, along with a lack of trust and self-esteem. Dogs and cats help humans with all of those things just by being their normal canine or feline selves. There is no more important time for an abuse survivor to have their pets with them than when they are free from their abuser and starting to rebuild their lives. Animals do not judge, do not give advice, they simply listen and provide companionship and unconditional love. This is their appeal in everyday life, it is why we love them so much and chose to spend our lives with them, so it is only natural for them to be beneficial and therapeutic when their humans have been through a traumatic situation.

So how can you help both the survivors of domestic violence as well as their pets? The first step is to write to your state’s senators and representatives by writing their own letter or through this link: http://petandwomensafety.com/#/10 and encourage them to support this legislation.

You can also contact your local domestic violence shelter or charitable organization and speak with them about how they handle pets. Some shelters that do not permit pets to stay in their shelters have partnered with local veterinarians or boarding kennels to provide temporary shelter until the survivor has found a pet-friendly place to live.

There are also organizations that that often rely on volunteers and private fundraising to operate, including Red Rover, Animal Welfare Institute, and Safe Place for Pets. And finally, you can raise awareness about this issue and about Domestic Violence Awareness Month by talking to friends and family, sharing information and resources via social media, and participating in events this month and throughout the year.

Source of statistics and resources:

https://nnedv.org/content/about-financial-abuse/

http://petandwomensafety.com/#/10/

https://ncadv.org/statistics

Iconic Paws Supports Animal Pain Awareness Month

Iconic Paws Supports Animal Pain Awareness Month

Of all of the times we wished our dogs could speak to us in words, we really wish they could tell us when they are in pain. Just like other areas of your dog’s life, though, they are telling us when they experience pain, they are just doing so in their own language. In order to help humans how to understand how to interpret what their dog is trying to tell them, the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM) has designated the month of September as Animal Pain Awareness Month.

Your dog can experience pain for a variety of reasons, including as a result of an injury, arthritis or cancer or following a surgical procedure. According to the IVAPM website, there are two types of pain. There is acute pain, which would likely come on suddenly and causes obvious distress. There is also chronic pain, which is more likely to be caused by arthritis or even cancer, and would be less noticeable to an owner as it would come on more slowly. Some situations can begin as acute pain and become chronic pain if not treated correctly, like a torn muscle or ligament. Photo by Ruby Schmank on Unsplash

It is important to know your dog’s behavior and physical condition, information that is typically obtained simply by living life together and paying attention to your dog’s everyday movement, temperament, and appearance. In fact, your dog is relying on you to notice changes in behavior or activity levels and act upon this information by taking them to the vet when you see changes. We have put this list of common pain symptoms together with information from Modern Dog Magazine, Vets Now, and the IVAPM site:

  • Reluctance to walk on slippery surfaces
  • Going up or down stairs
  • Becoming selective about what to jump up onto or down from
  • Attempting to stand up with the front legs first
  • The simple task of lying down may actually become difficult
  • Running and jumping activities become more limited
  • Placing an abnormal amount of weight on his front legs
  • Abnormal wear on nails
  • Unwillingness to initiate play or other social interactions
  • Aggression toward other animals where no aggression existed before
  • Aversion to being petted or brushed
  • Disruption in sleep patterns
  • Stiffness
  • A decrease in appetite or water consumption
  • House-training issues
  • Anxious expression
  • Submissive behavior
  • Refusal to move
  • Whimpering
  • Howling
  • Growling
  • Guarding behavior
  • Heavy panting or shallow/altered breathing
  • Self-mutilation/chewing/excessive grooming
  • Changes in posture
  • Trembling/shaking
  • Restless behavior like pacing or having difficulty becoming comfortable

If your dog does any of these behaviors you should consult your veterinarian and take your dog in for an exam. Just like with humans, all dogs handle pain differently, so the method that one dog uses to tell her human that she is in pain might be quite different than how another one chooses to tell his owner.

At Iconic Paws, we are passionate about helping dogs experience relief from chronic pain from arthritis and the aging process, which is why we have so many ingredients in our Chicken and Sweet Potato Jerky that are intended to promote healthy joints, like Hemp Meal, Glucosamine, Chondroitin, Turmeric, and MSM.

Hemp Meal: Hemp meal comes from hemp seeds that are ground into a powder. Hemp is a plant that is related to the cannabis plant but that does not have the THC that marijuana contains, so it will cause an altered mental state in animals or humans. This ingredient is extremely beneficial in fighting inflammation and promoting healthy joints.

Glucosamine: Glucosamine is found in the cartilage of animals. Dogs make their own glucosamine but as they age, they produce less, so adding it into their diet helps maintain the cartilage in their joints and acts as an anti-inflammatory.

Chondroitin: Chondroitin promotes improved elasticity in your dog’s cartilage and also helps keep the tissues in their joints healthy. It also has some anti-inflammatory properties.

Turmeric: Turmeric is a spice that has curcumin in it, which can help with inflammation, among other things.

MSM: Methylsulfonylmethane is a sulfur that acts as an anti-inflammatory and natural pain reliever.

In addition to dietary supplements, more and more pet care professionals are offering canine physical rehabilitation, hydrotherapy, acupuncture, and canine massage. It is important to research the provider’s education and certification before agreeing to treatment, but when done correctly, these methods can be extremely beneficial in handling chronic pain and mobility issues. 

You can search for providers on the website of some of the organizations that teach and offer certifications in these areas like the National Board of Certification, Canine Rehabilitation Institute,  Canis Bodyworks, or the Northwest School of Animal Massage.

The Why Behind Our Probiotic

The “Why” Behind Our Probiotic

Sometimes I get asked the question of how I ended up in the dog digestion business with my own custom-made canine probiotic formula. After all, it is not the first thing that you think of when you dream of starting your own pet product business, especially when there are so many fun things you can do with treats. Just like my Hemp Chicken Sweet Potato Jerky, the Iconic Paws Canine Super Probiotic Powder came about to solve a problem for pet owners at a price that they can afford. 

My roommate used to give Jefe and Callie a probiotic powder that she sprinkled over their food, and I noticed that if she forgot it for some reason, both dogs got very gassy. As in, room-clearing-like-a-bomb-went-off gassy. I started to research what she was giving them and I noticed that the product she was giving them did not have a prebiotic in it. I also knew from taking both a prebiotic and a probiotic for myself that you really need both of them. You need the fiber from the prebiotic to give the good bacteria from the probiotic a place to shine and work its magic. It’s kind of like when you watch a movie or television show, you can have great actors and actresses, but without a good crew, the show just would never be the same, only this time the show is happening inside your dog’s gut.

So once again, just like with the Hemp Chicken Sweet Potato Jerky treat, I did my research and sought out existing companies that were offering a two-in-one product to see if someone was already fulfilling this need. After a thorough search, I did not find one that met my criteria. I am very conscious of the price for the pet owner, so after deciding that I wanted to pursue the creation of my own product, I set out to find a manufacturer where I could put an original formula together that would help dogs at a very affordable price.

I found my manufacturer and we were able to create a custom-made formula with the top three strains that could help dogs. I was adamant that I did not want to use a formula that anyone else was using, I was firm in my position that this had to be unique and the best a pet owner could find.

All in all, it took about seven months from our first meeting until we went into production because I believe that it is important to take your time and make sure the quality is the best when you are creating a product. For the probiotic formula, I started working with the manufacturer in March 2017 and the product was available for customers in December 2017.Iconic Paws - Probiotic

Our Iconic Paws Canine Super Probiotic Formula is an odorless powder that has a beef flavor that you can mix into wet or dry food. I wanted to go with an odorless product because there are so many dogs who are picky about their food and this way they are less likely to refuse to eat their food with the powder in it. Of course, as with any supplement, it does not work overnight, so it takes a little while for your dog’s body to adjust and start to show the benefits of the three strains of bacteria that are in the powder.

 

 

The third product in the Iconic Paws line will be available soon. That treat is pretty exciting to me because it will be for both cats and dogs after I received a lot of feedback at the Virginia Pet Expo that cat owners were looking for healthy options for their cats. I am working on several other ideas, but I am not in a hurry to rush them. Some companies might be in a hurry to be the first to put out a particular product or make something just because it is trendy, but I refuse to do that. I have been working with the manufacturer since April and expect the new treat to be out by the end of this month. Iconic Paws cat and dog

I remain firm in my approach to creating a safe and healthy product and I do not rush or cut corners. In fact, I have friends who have teased me that I am OCD, but at the end of the day, I am a perfectionist and if something is not 100% right, I am not going to do it. I research every product thoroughly, I research my manufacturers thoroughly and actually try not to use the same manufacturer for multiple products. My jerky treat manufacturer is in  Florida and my probiotic is made in California. That is a personal choice because I believe that when you start using them for multiple products they can get sloppy. Plus I want to evaluate them, see how they both work, see who is more customer oriented and customer friendly. I want to make sure they understand my vision and are someone I can trust, and then I will consider expanding with them.

As my product selection continues to grow, whether we have two products or ten, the most important thing is to put out a product that is the best quality for your dog at an affordable price and serves a real function in your pet’s life. That is the whole reason I have gone into this business in the first place. I am not worried about making money now, right now my sole focus is on helping dogs and their parents achieve better health.

Finding my Best Friends Iconic Paws

Finding My Best Friends

If you’ve read the Our Story page on our website, then you might remember that growing up I was terrified of dogs because I had been bitten by one as a child. When I moved from Georgia to Virginia after the loss of one of my best friends to a car accident, I had to really face my fears and push past that fear. So today I thought I would share with you the longer version of how I went from having a massive fear of dogs to not only loving dogs, but starting Iconic Paws natural products based on my passion for helping dog parents have access to affordable products that can truly make a difference in their lives.

When I moved in with my best friend and her dogs Calli and Jefe, I was going through a really hard period of depression. Those dogs pretty much showed me unconditional love right away and we had an instant connection. I never thought that I would have this sort of love and friendship with an animal, let alone a dog after being attacked by my neighbor’s dog when I was growing up. But Calli and Jefe gave me a new reason to live and were there for me when other people were not there, including people who I had helped through their own struggles.

With dogs, I’ve learned that you find an ear that is always ready to listen. I now truly understand why they say that dogs are man’s best friend. Calli is a rescue dog, and she has become my therapist. If something is wrong, she knows it. She can sense if I am upset and she will sit on my lap and give me high fives. Jefe is more like the protector. He will watch the house and let us know if someone is here, but he also loves to be petted and cuddled.

The dogs are inseparable from each other, too. Calli is the diva of the house and Jefe is more of the elder statesman. I think he loves her more than she loves him, he’s the big brother and she really loves whoever is petting her or giving her food. They are both super well trained and know our daily routine. Of course, I still put my treat shipments out of their reach, because I know one day they would decide to just go for it and eat all of our products!

Hey, we like this business!

So, after watching how my friend cooks for the dogs and after doing a lot of research, I decided to create my own treats and open a dog business. My motivation is not so much about making money, I want to put a great product out there that lets me make a true difference in the lives of dogs and their parents. Right now you have animals who are suffering from health issues, you have pet parents who cannot really afford an expensive vet bill, so I wanted to help provide something that can be affordable, that they can purchase and know it’s a good product and that they can see results in real time.

The reason I started with my hemp chicken sweet potato jerky dog treat is that there is a lack of knowledge about the hemp industry.  When you say hemp, a lot of people don’t really know all of the powerful benefits that it can provide. people always get it mixed up with marijuana, and they don’t really understand all about the plant and how it is processed. When I first started there were not that many hemp products out there and not a lot of information about the benefits of hemp. In fact, you can read more about hemp on this webpage: https://iconicpaws.com/differences-hemp-regular-thc-may-just-surprise/

To create the treat, I started doing lots and lots of research, I’ve talked to other business owners, I’ve asked questions and done my homework. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Management and as a member of the military, I have benefitted from knowledge in a wide variety of areas.

Now that the treats are for sale, people are starting to become a bit more receptive to learning about the health benefits of hemp. We are starting slowly by introducing them to something that they can easily get and I have had people contact me to tell me that their senior dogs are showing the benefits of the hemp.  I’ve also been able to sponsor events and send products.

My own senior dog Jefe is getting around a lot better, he is not as tired on walks, he is more energetic and moves a bit more. Of course, Calli eats them because she loves them, and they both know the bag and instantly sit and wait when we get a bag out for them.

I never thought I would be in this position in my life or have this type of love that I share with them, two years after moving into the home that we all share today. It is a very beautiful friendship that came from a heartbreaking tragedy, and I am happy that I am also able to make a product like our hemp treats that are already helping dogs enjoy better health.

Watch for our next blog when I share with you how we decided to create a Probiotic, new products coming soon, and our thoughts on finding a manufacturer.

Iconic Paws 4th of July

Your Dog’s Gut, Probiotics, and a Happy 4th of July

Your Dog’s Gut, Probiotics, and a Happy 4th of July

Iconic Paws 4th of JulyIt wasn’t that long ago that we only thought about our dog’s gut when we were petting it during tummy rubs or worrying about things that went into it that perhaps should not have, like shoes, sticks, the remote control for the television to name a few. But in recent years the gut has been having much more than a moment in the spotlight, and there are some good reasons why a focus on gut health is here to stay.

The gut is made up of the stomach, small intestine, and large intestine. It is full of both good and bad bacteria and when those different types of bacteria are in balance, everything is fabulous. This works the same for humans and dogs. When that balance is thrown off like when your dog eats something she found in a remote corner of your yard that is full of bad bacteria, things can go awry and things like vomiting and diarrhea can occur.

However, it is not just what goes into your dog’s mouth that impacts her gut health, but also what is happening within her brain. Of course, we’ve heard all of the time-honored idiom “Listen to your gut” and perhaps that saying has stuck around because of the existence of what is called the brain-gut axis.

Without getting too deep into the science, the brain-gut axis is an internal connection of the mind and the gut. You see, your gut houses what is called the enteric nervous system, which is essentially like a brain in your stomach. Since this brain-gut axis is a two-way street, not only does stress impact your gut, but many researchers say that an imbalance in your gut can cause the stress in the first place.

Scientists have actually been studying and testing this since 1910 when a man named Dr. George Porter Phillips experimented by giving patients who were suffering from “melancholia” a whey based probiotic and determined that two-thirds of them improved after treatment. Much more recently, a 2016 study using zebrafish also found a link between probiotics and reduced anxiety, “In the present studies, larvae supplemented with L. plantarum showed decreased anxiety-related behavior relative to conventionally-raised fish. These results support previous rodent and human studies suggesting that Lactobacillus reduces anxiety-related behavior. In conclusion, the results of this study strengthen previous findings showing that the microbiota plays a major role in responding to stress and stress-related behavior.”

So why am I telling you all of this?

Two words: Independence Day.

Many dogs are terrified of the loud booms and explosions that occur over the 4th of July holiday, and animal control officers around the country estimate that they see an increase of 30% in numbers of lost dogs coming into their shelters as a result of terrified dogs bolting in a panic from their homes or their owners. Even more heartbreaking than the fear that the dogs feel (first from the fireworks and then from the experience of being lost and alone) is the fact that many dogs never find their way home and are either re-homed or euthanized as an unclaimed stray.

Some dog owners rely on over the counter medicines like Benadryl or prescriptions from their veterinarian to help their dog sleep through the day or face the holiday with reduced stress. However, knowing the connection between a healthy digestive system and a happy, healthy mental state can help you proactively prepare for the holiday through the use of a good quality probiotic like our Iconic Paws Canine Super Probiotic Formula.

Our Canine Super Probiotic Formula is a daily powder that helps balance your dog’s gut bacteria. Created specifically for dogs with 3 canine-specific strains of beneficial bacteria, this powder can be mixed with a little water and given in your dog’s food as part of your daily routine. It has both prebiotics and probiotics, with prebiotics being bacteria that help the probiotics work in a sort of team effort.

By starting your dog on our probiotic powder today, you can help improve your dog’s gut health and get that brain-gut axis running at optimal levels several weeks before the fireworks start booming and terrifying your dog. And although we cannot guarantee that you still will not need additional techniques to get your dog safely through the celebration of our nation’s independence, we believe that your dog will definitely be happier the better his tummy feels. Of course, you might still offer up that tummy rub, because no matter how healthy your dog’s gut is on the inside, those furry puppy tummies on the outside are still our favorite parts of the gut.

The Differences Between Hemp and Regular THC May Just Surprise You

When you hear the words Hemp, and regular THC, often times it may surprise you to learn that there are actual differences between them to be aware of. Therefore, we are going to take a closer look at both of these ingredients, and simplify them to help our readers. That being said, if you have concerns when seeing these types of ingredients within your dogs’ food products, we encourage you to read on to get better informed.

First off, let us start by explaining the main key differences you must be aware of regarding Hemp, and THC, or what it’s longer name is called, which is tetrahydrocannabinol. The key difference is not only in the way that they are used, but that their overall purposes when added into other products too. For example, when it comes to using the medical marijuana, these plants produce different levels of THC within them, and some can be stronger than others.

However, when you see Hemp added into various products, like skin care lines, health supplements, pet foods, and other products out on the market, these are typically not going to produce the same type of results like you would get when using regular THC, like found in medical marijuana. Keep in mind, that THC marijuana serves a completely different aspect for treating health issues with it. On the other hand, Hemp even though it does come from the Cannabis plant family, actually produces more of the form of healthy CBD than the regular THC does, and has many health benefits to using it for both humans, and dogs alike.

With that said, for dogs that have joint issues, anxiety, arthritis, and even cancer, giving them products with Hemp inside of them can easily help to improve these types of health issues. Moreover, the hemp ingredient found in many of these dogs’ products, like the Iconic Paws Hemp, Chicken, & Sweet Potato Jerky Dog Treats, not only has safe levels of hemp within it, but other beneficial key ingredients like Glucosamine Chondroitin MSM, real food products of organic chicken, sweet potato, and turmeric too. In addition, for dogs who have digestive issues, another great product worth mentioning from Iconic Paws, is their daily Prebiotic and Probiotic powder for Dogs.

 

 

Global Pet Expo – Orlando, FL

Iconic Paws Natural Products Debuts Healthy Dog Treats at Global Pet Expo, Booth #6157
Game-changing jerky treat and canine probiotic for dogs set to launch at Global Pet Expo on March 20th-23rd at the Orlando Convention Center in Florida.