At Therabis, we know that you love your pet just as much as your pet loves you.
And we want to help foster that love for years to come. Which is why we’ve developed natural supplements that help your pet live as happily and comfortably as possible. Backed by 25 years of veterinary expertise and powered by hemp-derived cannabinoids like CBD, our products are designed to address the specific areas that challenge your pet. Therabis’ founder, veterinary expert, Dr. Stephen M. Katz, has spent a lifetime researching, developing and perfecting our natural formulations, resulting in unparalleled and specific products. So you can feel confident knowing that you’re providing your pet with reliable relief delivered through natural ingredients.
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THE BRAINS BEHIND THERABIS
An interview with Dr. Katz
WHAT LED YOU TO BEGIN DEVELOPING THERABIS?
Witnessing firsthand the prevalence of older pets with chronic conditions made me want to do something about it. I saw many clients concerned when their pets were no longer able to follow their daily routines. Activities such as going up the stairs, jumping into bed or jumping on the chair became prohibitive. And in those days, the treatments for joint mobility for disc disease, arthritis, hip dysplasia and anything that involves range of motion were limited. Seeing the improvement of a pet, and of a worried client, gives me more satisfaction than anything in veterinary medicine.
WHEN DID YOU FIRST KNOW THAT THE THERABIS FORMULA WAS A SUCCESS?
I started by giving the Therabis formulation to friends, and after various successes, I started giving it to my clients to try free of charge. They’d all come back for more and have anecdotal success stories about increased mobility, improved energy levels or even greater libido. Over the ten-year course of the formula’s development, I really had no intention of commercializing it. I was just doing it as a service to my clients. But I soon realized that I could make a much larger impact by making my formulations available to anyone online.
HOW DID YOU FIND YOURSELF WORKING WITH ANIMALS?
One day inside the reptile house at George Washington University in Washington, DC, I found the warden embroiled in a battle with a 24 foot long reticulated python who had wrapped itself around his leg. I was able to help get the snake off the warden, and that was basically the start of my career. The director of the zoo introduced me to the head of the World Wildlife Fund who offered me a position as a field researcher. And so began my journey around the world for the love of animals.
WHAT DID THE EARLY YEARS OF YOUR CAREER LOOK LIKE?
I worked in some of the most biologically fascinating places in the world—New Guinea and the Galapagos Islands—as a field researcher before accepting a position as the Assistant Director of the Hai Bar Biblical Wildlife Preserve in Israel. There, I helped oversee the care of animals that were endangered species of the Sahelian Belt of Africa and had maintained an existence in Israel during the time of the bible.
YOU NOW OWN ONE OF THE LARGEST PIT BULL PRACTICES IN THE NATION. HOW DID YOUR PRACTICE IN THE BRONX GET ITS START?
On a trip to New York, a friend of mine took me on a tour of the Bronx, and I saw that there were virtually no veterinary hospitals. So I decided to open one. In November of 1995, I opened the doors of the Bronx Veterinary Center on the Grand Concourse. For years I gave free exams to everybody—and a lot of people took me up on that offer. I used those exams as an opportunity to convince clients that they actually had to do more than show up to a free exam in order to take care of their animals. Over the last 20 years, my practice developed into one of the largest Pit Bull practices in the country with over 10,000 active Pit Bull clients.
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