(PRESS RELEASE) WINSTON, OR – Oso, a 13 year old Grizzly bear residing at Wildlife Safari in Winston, Oregon, has had a rough go of it. According to Safari officials, he has been suffering from osteoarthritic-like issues for several months.
“It was physically obvious that Oso was experiencing discomfort,” said Maddy Tweedt, a bear and cheetah keeper at the Safari.
According to Tweedt, a bear’s closest relative is the domestic dog. The symptoms Oso was exhibiting were very similar to a dog with hip dysplasia or osteoarthritis.
“Bears generally live to age 30, so developing such issues at 13 was very concerning to us.”
When Oso went into hibernation for the winter, Wildlife Safari staff had hopes he would emerge feeling better. Unfortunately, he did not.
“His hips were sinking, he was having difficulty walking. We did what we could to manage his symptoms, but he was getting worse” shared Tweedt.
That is when the Safari team started researching a more natural approach to help Oso and discovered Treatibles.
Oso was started on a low dose of the Treatibles phytocannabinoid rich hemp oil so that the medical staff at the Safari could monitor his body’s reaction. Within days, he was showing signs of improvement. His dosage was increased from two 25 mg capsules (50 mg) per day to nine capsules (225 mg).
“We are thrilled to report that Oso is no longer dragging his hind legs; his overall mobility has increased dramatically, his appetite is back and he is beginning to thrive,” said Tweedt.
Due to significant damage to his joints and muscles prior to beginning the hemp oil regimen, Wildlife Safari’s Executive Director Dan Van Slyke emphasizes that Oso’s quality of life matters most.
“Of course we are rooting for Oso to continue to improve. However if weeks or months from now it is determined that he is suffering, we will need to approach a humane solution and examine end of life options,” said Van Slyke.
Currently, Wildlife Safari visitors are enjoying seeing a happier Oso move around with greater ease.
“When the Wildlife Safari team contacted us about Oso and how our hemp oil capsules have helped ease his discomfort, we were excited to learn more about this intriguing bear who was proving scientists right!,” said Julianna Carella, Founder and CEO of Treatibles.
As with dogs, cats and humans, all animals have an endocannabinoid system (ECS) that works to regulate the neurological, physiological and immunological systems of the body. Incorporating phytocannabinoids (cannabinoids from a plant) helps to facilitate homeostasis throughout the various systems of the body that are managed by the ECS.
Phytocannabinoids can be instrumental in easing anxiety, promoting healthy joints and digestion, maintaining the body’s natural inflammatory response, addressing discomfort, loss of appetite, nausea, seizures, and more.
The Treatibles line of hemp products includes capsules in two potencies, 10 mg and 25 mg; dropper bottles in three potencies, 90 mg, 250 mg, and 750 mg; and hard chews for small and large dogs. While the Treatibles line of products is designed for dogs, cats and horses, the company is quite certain that other animals are enjoying the benefits as well.
Wildlife Safari began as the vision and dream of one man – Frank Hart. It was Hart’s goal to create a facility in the Pacific Northwest that would work to save rare and endangered species from all around the world. Almost 50 years later, Wildlife Safari has grown into an internationally recognized non-profit wildlife park dedicated to conservation, education, and animals in wide open spaces. The park opened in 1972 and is the only drive-through animal park in the state of Oregon. Wildlife Safari features more than 500 animals representing their wild counterparts from all around the globe, making the destination a true intersection of human and nature nestled into the picturesque hills of Southern Oregon; a veritable Garden of Eden, horticultural wonderland and Giraffic Park, all in one. With more than 400 acres of space for some of the rarest, most endangered and simply coolest species on earth to roam, Wildlife Safari is truly an experience beyond a zoo.
Treatibles’ exceptional full plant extract is sourced from the company’s own hemp fields across four states. Along with their master cultivator partners, they have created a proprietary formula which contains a full phytocannabinoid rich profile, producing a truly distinct product. All Treatibles products are free of THC, but contain CBD along with a host of other non-psychoactive cannabinoids naturally derived from the plant.
Born from a passion to help pets and people thrive, Auntie Dolores, the parent company of Treatibles, was founded in 2008 on the values of compassionate care, superior ingredients sourced in the USA, consistent, reliable information and integrity. All Treatibles products are Compassion Certified™ and proudly made in the USA.
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