With the firework season starting early this year, the founder of Shelter , a company that produces dog treats, issues a warning to dog lovers everywhere to not give their dogs until they have had a chance to fully evaluate the product. With the proliferation of untested and imported products on the rise it is more important than ever to do your due diligence. Here are three ways you can make sure the products you are giving your furry friends will do more good than harm.
- Is the product third-party lab tested?
This is the most important question to ask when evaluating any product; whether that product is for humans or pets. Lab testing is crucial in determining the quality of the products as it ensures that the promised amount of is actually found inside the product and that it doesn’t contain any contaminants, toxins, mold, or bacteria. In a recent study, many Pet products were found to contain very little to no actual .
David Moche, founder of Applied Basic Science, advises consumers to look for a certificate of analysis from a third-party testing laboratory to ensure they’re getting what they pay for. “It’s really the Wild West out there,” said Moche, whose company was formed to support Colorado State University’s veterinary research.
If a product is legitimately tested by a third-party adhering to industry regulations they should have what is called a Certificate of Analysis, or COA. The COA should be available both by qr code/link on the product as well as the manufacturer’s website.
In addition to checking the COA before you buy, it is a good practice to check the exact lot/batch number printed on the product you purchase in order to make sure that the product you have is the product that was tested.
- Is the product imported?
The origin of the product is another crucial factor in deciding if a product is safe to give your dog. While there are some great international companies in the space there have been reports of synthetic being imported from China, so again due diligence is needed here to make sure that you don’t accidentally give your dog a toxic product.
Shelter dog treats are produced in the U.S.A. from hemp grown in the state of Colorado which requires the absolute most stringent testing on products manufactured in their state.
- Is it a broad spectrum product?
Not all products are created equally. In fact there are actually three different types of extracts:
Full Spectrum contains more than just . It also contains other non-psychoactive cannabinoids and terpenes that can work together to enhance the oil’s effectiveness, as well as low levels of THC. There is a difference of scientific opinion on whether or not THC is toxic for dogs, so to be safe stay away from full spectrum products until there is some further clarity.
Isolate is a powder form of and has been stripped of everything besides the actual molecule. While there are some uses for isolate, most agree that it is nowhere nearly as effective as broad spectrum, which much more closely resembles how exists naturally.
Broad Spectrum still contains the same wide variety of cannabinoids and terpenes found in full spectrum extracts except for one important difference: it has had all the THC completely removed. This is the best of both worlds and the type of extract you can find in the best Dog Treats like Shelter !
With many companies making wild claims about (one company is currently being sued for selling their product as a cure for COVID-19) the founder of SHelter reminds dog owners that is not a miracle supplement and encourages careful research and diligence to avoid ending up with a product that doesn’t work or, even worse, causes your dog harm.
With fireworks a constant torment to dogs this time of year do not give your dog until you have done your research and found a product that at a minimum meets the criteria above.
When you are ready to purchase a broad spectrum dog treat that is made in the U.S., lab-tested, and made by a company that gives back to support animals in shelters, you need to check out Shelter .
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