DENVER — Mary’s Tails, a brand of hemp CBD-infused tinctures, balms and gels for pets, announced May 13 its products have been added to PetSmart stores in select areas of the United States. This marks the first CBD brand for pets to be stocked in PetSmart stores.
According to Mary’s Tails, the company tests all products for pesticides, heavy metals, microbials and solvents. All internal and external testing is made public. Products include transdermal gel pens, tinctures, capsules and balms at various dosages targeting overall health and wellness.
“Our exciting partnership with PetSmart makes the Mary’s Tails product suite even more accessible to pet parents, allowing them to provide their dogs and cats with the daily wellness benefits of hemp-derived CBD,” said Luke Mullins, vice president of pet sales at Mary’s Brands.
As these products move into the big box pet channel and national pet retail chains, the marketplace demands more research, regulatory approval and education on the use of CBD in pet health products.
The hemp-based pet products will be added to PetSmart locations throughout Colorado, Oregon, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee. The companies plan to expand distribution to other states this summer.
As I continue to see more of these products show up in veterinary diagnostic samples, our interpretations will continually be guided by future scientific studies and case-based outcomes. Hopefully, a fuller understanding of these products and their associated benefits and risks will be had.
While meandering between shops around the outdoor circle, my daughter, 14, was often quick to ask the locals, “Can I pet your dog?” She was missing her dog, Belle, who was being boarded back home and thought it would be a good idea to get her something too.
Pets are not people. Many prescription and over-the-counter drugs as well as foods that are safe for humans are not safe for pets. For example, alcohol is also toxic to pets and while some owners may think it’s funny to let their pets drink their beer or liquor, it can in fact be quite dangerous for the animal.
‘Why would people give it to their pets?’
My family and I were on vacation in Florida recently and took advantage of a free afternoon to do some gift shopping for local memorabilia, not your ordinary T-shirts and key chains. Our adventure took us to St. Armand’s Key, part of Sarasota, and the many unique shops there.
It is difficult to watch our pets suffer through anxiety or pain from ailments such as cancer. However, although these products have been touted for their therapeutic potential, none of them have gone through the rigor of an FDA approval. Anecdotal findings and limited case studies in humans don’t constitute the wealth of information that is needed to establish these products as “safe” for our pets.
As a dad and as a toxicologist, I welcomed the idea of answering my daughter’s questions about CBD and other chemicals in marijuana that are making their way to our pets. But, of course, I had to start with providing her with some context.
Hemp differs from marijuana in that it has a significantly lower THC content with predominantly more CBD. In a sense, this lessens the chances that an individual or pet will experience the negative side effects of THC, as CBD doesn’t exert the same psychoactive potential. However, there are no regulations on the chemical makeup of hemp products and therefore no way of really knowing, apart from relying on manufacturers’ labels for batch-to-batch variability in THC content. Additionally, very little is known regarding the long-term health effects of chronic exposure to these products, or about their use in conjunction with other medications.