Petswelcome is always on the lookout for companies that are working to make pets’ lives better. The best ones don’t start out by getting their MBAs to try and come up with a profitable business plan. Instead, they often discover their calling in a much more personal and meaningful way, one that involves their own pets. MaxDaddy, who sells CBD for pets, is one of those companies.
The MaxDaddy Story
Nathan Schmitt, a MaxDaddy founder, started the company (named after his English Bulldog) to help solve some of his dog’s health issues. Rescued at 5 years old, MaxDaddy suffered from a number of debilitating ailments including joint pain due to arthritis, inflammation, anxiety and mobility issues. Because MaxDaddy was already taking traditional medications—and was subjected to their potential negative side effects—Schmitt and his team researched other possible solutions, including CBD, a natural product derived from agriculturally grown hemp plants. While there were other CBD products on the market, the MaxDaddy team saw an opportunity to develop a new line that focused on CBD quality using all-natural and organic ingredients.
After determining the best ingredients and the right dosing requirements, they tested their new products and found they achieved remarkable results. As the first subject of their tests, his dog MaxDaddy was able to move more freely, give up most of his prescribed medications and, for the first time in his adult life, regularly interact and play with people and other pets. In short, MaxDaddy was able to enjoy his life to the fullest.
A Brief Introduction to CBD
What is CBD?
CBD (cannabidiol) is a naturally occurring ingredient found in hemp and cannabis plants. The difference between hemp and cannabis, however, is that hemp has minute quantities—less than 0.3 percent—of THC, which is the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, and therefore does not cause the high associated with cannabis products.
What issues do pets have that CBD can be used to help support?
CBD is most commonly used for joint pain and/or arthritis, dysplasia, mobility issues, anxiety, allergies and appetite disorders.
Is it Safe?
If CBD is extracted with CO2 (not solvents or other toxic residues), there have been few negative side effects reported. MaxDaddy uses CO2 extraction as well as all natural, organic, and non-GMO ingredients. The raw CBD oil they use in their products is third-party lab tested for purity and potency.
However, if your pet is using a prescription medication, you should discuss the CBD dosage level with your vet so that he or she can advise you regarding any concerns caused by drug interactions.
What is the evidence that CBD helps pets with certain issues?
While there is much more research needed to be done, it is believed that endocannabinoids in CBD mimics molecules found naturally in a dog’s nervous and hormone systems. These molecules interact with a number of different receptors to induce pain relief and anti-inflammatory responses. They can also govern your dog’s behavior, affecting mood, sleep patterns and appetite.
MaxDaddy currently markets three products, CBD Bark Nuggets, CBD Bark Dust and CBD Oil Drops. They are coming out with a new product line for cats, MaxTabby, in January 2020, including CBD Purrfect Treats and CBD Oil Drops.
MaxDaddy CDB Bark Nuggets are Bacon & Pumpkin flavored dog treats with CDB oil. They come in 4 and 8 oz. bags and are and made with 100 percent all-natural and certified organic ingredients.
MaxDaddy CDB Bark Dust is a powdered formula to mix with food. It comes in an 8 oz. bag.
MaxDaddy CBD Oil Drops come in three concentrations, depending on the size of your dog. 100mg CBD for dogs up to 20 lbs., 250mg for 21 to 50 lbs., and 500mg for dogs 51 lbs. or more. The Oil Drops offer the most control with dosing and also have the fastest absorption rate.
All three products can be purchased individually or on a discounted MaxPack subscription plan.
Is CBD the right choice for your dog?
Nathan Schmitt will be the first to tell you that it’s not necessarily for every dog. “We’ve found that CBD can work wonders in dealing with dogs, especially older ones, who have joint, muscle and arthritic pain, or any dog who suffers with anxiety issues or appetite disorders, which are symptoms often found in rescues. We don’t recommend it for use on puppies who will naturally exhibit many unique behaviors simply because they are puppies.”
Schmitt also notes that CBD also can be a big help on “Event Days” which are holidays or other high-stress periods when even calm and laid-back pets can feel anxiety and tension due to heightened activity and/or a disruption of their daily routine. Schmitt also has a healthy year-and-a-half-old bulldog named Elmer who benefits from CBD on such occasions.
“The bottom line is that we’re dealing with very sophisticated customers,” Schmitt says. “People who buy CBD for pets have often tried many other options including prescription drugs and found that CBD is a better alternative because it produces great results without negative side-effects. These customers are not necessarily looking for the cheapest alternative, they’re looking for the one that produces the best outcome. As a dog owner myself, I understand the need to give your pet the opportunity to enjoy its life to the fullest and MaxDaddy is thrilled to be offering products to help make that possible.”