Gizzy is my friend Jax’s beloved cat, a gloriously fluffy Maine Coon. A few years back, he started withering away and was soon diagnosed with stage 2/3 chronic kidney disease. Jax was devastated but refused to accept that Giz might have to go. As a result, she went into Crazy Person Research Mode and eventually took a deep dive into the world of CBD oil for pets. After learning about the benefits – scientifically proven, not just anecdotal – she started treating Giz with CBD oil and watched as he made a big recovery that even surprised the vet. Like for real. At one point this cat weighed 3,1kg and I totally thought that was going to be the end but he’s now a healthy 5,5kg and living his best life out in the burbs!
Anyway, if my friend’s experience with Giz taught her one thing, it was this – chasing after a cat with a dropper bottle is the freakin’ pits. So was trying to hide it in food that Gizzy already didn’t want to eat. As a result, an idea was born. Now, she’s the proud creator of Gizzls Treats – great-tasting, full-spectrum CBD oil-infused treats specially formulated for cats with kidney disease. (If you have a CKD kitty, you’ll know that have special needs – less protein, salt and phosphorus but increased omega-3s.) These have done so well that she’s since expanded to offer Gizzls Treats for dogs.
If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know I have two fur siblings that live in Port Elizabeth with my folks. Both Scu and Tig have hip dysplasia, abnormally-shaped hip sockets that can result in stiff, sore joints. As a result, my mom’s got them on a strict diet to keep their weight down so there’s less pressure on their joints. They also take vet-prescribed meds and supplements and go for a host of treatments that include acupuncture, laser treatment and physical therapy. For the most part, their condition is very well managed, but every now and again I’ll spot one of them hopping on three legs instead of four or struggling to get off the bed.
Happily, this is where Gizzls Treats come in. Giving my dogs their medicine is an absolute chore. Pills have to be hidden in wet food. The glucosamine needs to be incorporated into gravy. Gizzls Treats, however, is the one supplement they go absolutely mental for and that’s a good thing. Just a few of the benefits include reducing inflammation, dampening the brain’s pain signals and soothing stress. (For the record, Gizzls Treats contain trace amounts of THC so they won’t get your pet high but will work like a bomb. Dogs have more cannabinoid receptors in their brains than any other animal, including humans!)
Want to try Gizzls Treats for yourself? You can order them online here. Better yet, you could win a little hamper worth R450. Entering is super easy. Simply tell me why your fur-friends are the living bestest in the comments section below.
This comp closes at 5pm on 7 February 2020 and is open to South African residents only. Keep an eye on my social media accounts for ways to enter there too. I’m @lipglossgirl on twitter and @lipglossgirlxoxo on Instagram.