Americans love our furry, four-legged children. It’s estimated that 85 million households own pets nationwide. We enjoy their snuggles and antics so much that U.S. families spent $99 billion on their pets in 2020 alone. Tenino’s Sweet Life CBD recently developed tinctures and products for cats and dogs as well as their two-legged families.
CEO Jon Sutherland and his staff formulated their pet products with a simple goal. “We have noticed that across the board in the pet CBD industry, there is a significant lack of regulation and that customers are not always getting what they pay for in their CBD products,” he explains. “For example, many labels claim a certain amount of CBD but in actuality use hemp oil which contains much less CBD or an unverified quantity. We saw this as a significant need in the pet industry for pure and effective CBD products. We want to fill this deficiency and do so by offering pet oils called Sweet Paws with 100% pure CBD and CBG extract.”
CBG, or cannibigerol, is unique to Sweet Life’s pet formula. “This new extract offers increased support for inflammation, pain relief and anxiety reduction,” says Sutherland. “Although it is a more expensive cannabinoid to produce, we felt that the benefits and efficacy of the product outweigh the additional cost. Despite the extra production cost for this specific extract, our main goal is to provide premium CBD products accessible to everyone, which is reflected in our Sweet Paws price points.”
The American Kennel Club’s Chief Veterinary Officer explains that CBD has been used in pets to “treat pain, especially neuropathic pain, as well as helping to control seizures…CBD is also used because of its anti-inflammatory properties, cardiac benefits, anti-nausea effects, appetite stimulation [and] anti-anxiety impact.”
Sweet Paws can be used for both cats and dogs, dosage simply varies by weight. With a savory bacon flavor, it can be added to treats or food as needed. If you have questions about how it will interact with any ongoing medication your pet takes, simply consult your vet before trying.
The Sweet Life production team knows that not just any CBD product can be used on animals. They were careful because any amount of “THC can be poisonous to our pets and we make sure our products are safe by ensuring our products contain 0% THC,” says Sutherland. “Each batch comes with a Certificate of Analysis from a third-party tester that guarantees this. Additionally, we ensure that none of our Sweet Paws pet products contain any flavors or ingredients toxic to animals.”
With a passionate history in the CBD industry, the Sweet Life team carefully formulates capsules, fruit-flavored CBD tincture oils and topical pain and joint rubs. They have developed products to increase energy, promote sleep and regulate mood. All of their CBD blends are rigorously tested and come with a QR code that can be scanned for complete results. If you have questions about their product, simply submit it online and someone will reach out.
A recent Gallup poll shows that CBD usage rose from 14% to 33% with Americans from 2019 to 2020. Of those, the majority were pet owners who drove the increase in CBD pet products like Sweet Paws. These researchers showed that “24% of pet owners use CBD products for themselves, their pets, or both.”
Sweet Paws and other Sweet Life products can currently be purchased online or will be available at nearly 150 convenience stores throughout the Northwest over the coming weeks. These include Tenino-area feed stores, Lew Rents West and regional cannabis dispensaries. Visit Sweet Life’s website, Facebook page or sign up for their newsletter to learn more and receive the latest deals and offers.
Our pets aren’t just like family, for many of us they are family. Spoil them rotten, play with them every day and find all the little ways to say thank you for the joy they bring. The best thing about dogs and cats, especially, is how easy they are to please. A stick, ball, string or laser pointer and you’ll have everyone giggling for hours. But if your beloved pet needs a little extra help, speak with your vet today about starting a CBD regimen like Sweet Life’s Sweet Paws drops. Then enjoy purrs and wagging tails galore.