Breaking down our groundbreaking approach.

Introducing Therabis. Whole plant pet care.

We offer easy-to-use daily supplements for your pets in three specific formulations—Stop the Itch, Calm and Quiet and Up and Moving—all powered by our proprietary all-natural formulas. In recent years, the compounds found in hemp have garnered recognition for their nutritional and therapeutic benefits. And there’s a good chance you have questions about what they are and how they work. Below you’ll find lots of information about how we’ve formulated our products and how those formulations affect your pet’s body naturally and effectively.

“I think that the majority of pet owners are by nature very curious about the benefits of hemp right now, especially relative to their pets.” – Dr. Stephen M. Katz, Veterinary Expert and Therabis Founder

Of all botanicals currently being studied, hemp has shown the most therapeutic promise in clinical research. Unlike the drug, hemp does not create a psychoactive effect. This may be because certain key active molecules in the hemp plant do not directly bind to the body’s  receptors, but rather indirectly affects the receptors through other pathways. You may have seen hemp in the media in recent years for its success in treating epileptic disorders in humans. Researchers also believe that certain key molecules in hemp, will make good candidates for clinical studies, in a variety of other areas due to their low toxicity and dose dependency.

In the realm of veterinary science, hemp is one of the most exciting and promising ingredients being studied today.

What is hemp? And how is it different from the plant used to make the common drug often incorrectly associated with it?

Despite common misconceptions, hemp is not another euphemism for the drug often incorrectly associated with it. In fact, hemp and the drug that has a psycho-active affect come from two very different plants. Like a chihuahua and a mastiff are both breeds within the species Canis Lupis species (the domesticated dog), hemp and the psycho-active drug plant are ‘breeds’ (called strains or cultivars) of the cannabis sativa plant species. But just as the chihuahua’s and mastiff’s similarities end at their species, so it is with hemp and the plant used as a drug.
One of the most profound differences between hemp and the plant used to make the drug is psycho-activity. In recent history, breeders have worked to build strains of the hemp plant to fulfill industrial applications like fiber, paper and nutrition which contain less than 0.3% of the part of the plant that could make you feel high by law.  This is why neither people nor dogs experience a high when they consume hemp-derived products.

The man behind the Therabis method

Veterinary Expert and Therabis Founder, Dr. Stephen M. Katz

Dr.Katz’s lifetime dedication to the well-being of animals began accidentally in college with a trip to the National Zoo, when he saved the life of an unsuspecting zoo keeper from a 24-foot python! And after an encounter like that, the rest was destiny. He moved from the Galapagos Islands to Papua New Guinea to do research before becoming the director of a zoo for exotic animals in the Sahara. You could say Dr.Katz’s love of animals has really taken him places – literally.

Dr. Katz, a lifetime veterinarian, is remarkably passionate about the well-being of animals.

The motivation to develop Therabis came to Dr. Katz over the years when his clients were distressed about how their pets weren’t able to maintain their everyday routines as they aged. Dogs who loved curling up next to their owners on the couch suddenly weren’t able to make it onto the couch at all. With very limited options for treating arthritis, joint mobility and hip dysplasia, Dr. Katz took it upon himself to find better solutions for these pets and their families.

The Therabis formulation was founded on advice Dr. Katz received from a colleague. He told Dr. Katz that he was having great success by combining chromium and vitamin C. Dr. Katz tried that combination, liked the results he saw and continued to improve upon the formulation for an entire decade by adding ingredients like green-lipped mussel and more. The Therabis formula now includes all-natural hemp, because in his research Dr. Katz found that incorporating hemp with companion ingredients created “a synergistic effect with the cannabinoids in hemp to make them more effective while using less.”

I started by giving Therabis to friends. Then I gave it to my clients without charging. And they all came back for more and had anecdotal success stories about increased mobility and energy levels.

– Dr. Stephen M. Katz Veterinary Expert and Therabis Founder

The secret’s in our sauce.

More about the key ingredients in Therabis


On top of our proprietary hemp formulation, every Therabis product is formulated with nutritionally-rich full spectrum hemp, green-lipped mussel, vitamin C and chromium to help your pet maintain a calm energy, preserve joint mobility and enjoy overall skin health.

Key Active Ingredients in Stop the Itch

With Stop the Itch, we’ve combined quercetin and bromelain with our core formula. Incorporating it into your pet’s diet over the long-term will augment the general health benefits of the core formula with ingredients that promote skin and hair health. Bromelain, an enzyme extracted from pineapple, contains skin soothing amino acids that promote skin and coat health by addressing the causes of your pet’s scratching and reducing the response. Quercetin, a natural flavonoid that posseses skin calming and antioxidant qualities, can ease the root cause of prolonged scratching.

Key Ingredients in Calm and Quiet

The Calm and Quiet powder supplement has been designed to be incorporated into your pet’s diet over the long-term, allowing them to capitalize on the general health benefits of the core formula as well as the product’s very specific ingredients. Chromium works with vitamin C and hemp powder to help to potentiate the combination’s soothing capabilities. Though its actual mechanism is still being identified, chromium is an essential ingredient in this formulation due to its anti-anxiety properties. We’ve also added L-theanine, because it’s shown to increase alpha wave generation and lower anxiety in small-scale human studies.

Key Active Ingredients in Up and Moving

The Up and Moving powder supplement is designed to be incorporated into your pet’s diet over the long-term. This enables it to provide general health benefits that are compounded by mobility and joint health benefits. Vitamin C helps your pet’s body maintain healthy levels of collagen. Collagen is a core component of the connective tissue that affixes your pet’s muscles to their bones, and it’s an important component in joint health. Green-lipped mussel works in this formulation to provide much needed omega-3 fatty acids that improve mobility and support your pet’s overall joint health.

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