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Biscuit’s Story: How It All Began

Biscuit

Biscuit is why Relievet exists (she's the one in the hat). To say she lived an active life would be an understatement.

Unfortunately, at the age of 10, she started to limp after trips to the dog park. It broke my heart to see her in pain doing what she loved the most.

I started feeding her a raw food diet and added high-quality supplements to ensure her nutritional needs were met.

Unfortunately, while she loved the food, the limping persisted.

I decided to go to the vet. They quickly diagnosed her with osteoarthritis and prescribed a drug to help.

Her limping stopped, and she was in less visible pain. For the first week, it seemed that this was the solution.

A few days later, it was to my absolute shock that she snapped at Gravy (my other dog) when eating dinner. She had never been aggressive before, so I assumed it must be due to the medication.

This clearly wasn't the right solution for us, so I stopped using the drug and started researching natural alternatives.

CBD oil for dogs was new back then, but there were some small studies suggesting it might be able to help. As I dug deeper, there were two clear choices: full spectrum or isolate.

Full-spectrum seemed like the way to go. According to the company, there were no severe side effects, and it was more effective than CBD isolate.

I placed the order with my fingers crossed, hoping that this would be a natural way to help Biscuit find some relief. When it arrived, I was a little surprised by the dark color and pungent smell; it seemed a lot like a product I'd tried that was made for people. Even though the ingredients were identical, the label said it was made for dogs, so I set my suspicions aside and decided to try it.

It wasn't easy to get her to take the oil, probably because it smelled like a college dorm, but I got it in her mouth after a little back and forth.

Nothing happened at first. After about 20 minutes, she started pacing around and whimpering; she was panicked. A few minutes later, her eyes were red, and lethargy began to set in. She wasn't limping, but she wasn't conscious either.

She passed out in my arms and was out for hours. When she finally woke up, she slowly lumbered over to her food bowl, at which she stayed for about three times longer than usual. At that point, it dawned on me; She's hungry, her eyes are red, and she's lethargic: this dog is clearly high. What really concerned me was the panic reaction she had. Trauma and confusion were not listed as side effects on the company's website.

The next day I noticed she seemed to be more comfortable than usual, but there was no way I was giving her any more of that product after the reaction she had. However, I was not ready to give up on CBD.

I started looking for other products in hopes of finding something to help without the adverse side effects.

In my search, I was almost tricked by hemp seed oil products both online and in big pet stores that were marketed as having the same effects as CBD. Thankfully, I had done enough research to avoid being scammed.

CBD isolate was the only choice left. Even though I'd heard it wasn't as effective as full-spectrum, It was definitely safer as it didn't contain any THC.

When it arrived, Biscuit and I were happy to note that it lacked the pungent stink of the full-spectrum oil. It was odorless and completely clear. She licked it up immediately.

The effects were different than the previous product; there was no immediate panic, red eyes, or lethargy. I struggled to see any change in her demeanor at all.

The next day she was more at ease but not as comfortable as she was the day after using the full-spectrum oil. I continued to use the whole bottle while steadily increasing the dose, but I didn't see any further improvement.

At this point, I felt like I was out of options for Biscuit. Had my situation been different, I would have probably given up and gone back to the vet.

My experience with CBD products had left me wanting to know more; I wanted to find a solution for Biscuit. One that would help without getting her high or changing her personality.

I spent the next six months reading every available study on CBD and the other cannabinoids in hemp. I concluded that most of the CBD products sold for dogs were identical to those for humans.

They had not considered that dogs are more sensitive to the effects of THC than humans. They were confusing intoxication for results. While immediate effects from THC make it easier to sell a product, being responsible for panic reactions in some dogs was, and still is, an unacceptable risk to me.

It was clear that retaining as much of the plant while reducing the THC levels was the right thing for most dogs, but in 2018, nobody was offering a product like that.

Was this a better option for dogs, and was this something I could make?

After much more research, consultation with several veterinarians and chemists, and many failed attempts, I had my first CBD oil for dogs.

It was time for testing, human testing. Thankfully, no humans were harmed, so it was Biscuit's turn.

This oil wasn't as mild as the isolate; there was some color and scent. However, it wasn't as dark and foul-smelling as the full spectrum oil.

Biscuit did not need any convincing; she lapped it right up. Twenty minutes later, she seemed calmer, but unlike before, there was no panic, no lethargy, and no red eyes. She was more at ease, but it was subtle and not enough to change her personality.

To really test it out, we went to the dog beach. Biscuit ran around chasing her frisbee until she had exhausted me; that was not unusual.

What came next was. She wasn't limping when she jumped out of the car, and she wasn't limping the next day. I was ecstatic; we finally had a way to help her without getting her high or changing her personality.

Taking CBD oil twice a day became part of her routine, she looked forward to it, and I like to think she knew it helped.

Over the next few years, she successfully exhausted me on many more occasions at the dog beach. She destroyed more than a couple of frisbees in the process.

While Biscuit has unfortunately passed, the CBD oils she inspired continue to help not only Dogs, but Cats, Horses, and Birds.

I've personally helped thousands of pet parents find a CBD product that works for their fur family, and I'd love to do the same for you.

Our USA-based team is, and will always be, easily contactable by phone or email to help or offer advice. That means swapping out products free of charge, providing custom dosage recommendations, and providing full refunds if all else fails.

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What makes us different?

Pets are not an afterthought at Relievet! Everything we make is designed from the ground up, for them. Our products are made with the highest quality natural human grade ingredients in our state of the art lab and cleanroom in San Diego. Every word you read on this website has been verified accurate by our expert panel of veterinarians.   

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We work with veterinarians and PHD chemists to ensure every word and product we release is accurate and safe for your pet family.

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We don't believe in low quality fillers and animal grade ingredients. When you shop at Relievet you can be confident that you are getting the best human grade ingredients for your pets. 

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We are committed to pushing the boundaries of natural pet health by using innovative manufacturing processes and exciting new ingredients. 

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Nobody is more deserving of our help than animals. Our goal is to make CBD products accessible, easy to use, and effective for as many animals as possible through innovation.

We're passionate about natural pet health research and sharing it with as many people as possible.

Our fundamental values are quality, safety, honesty, and transparency, ensuring we produce products and content that you can trust for your pet family.


- Chris Kjolseth - CEO | Relievet

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