CBD For Separation Anxiety In Dogs

Separation Anxiety in Dogs

We are in an exciting time where research is becoming more readily available in regards to the well of goodness that CBD has to offer. In the past few years CBD has become a well known term in the states and many parts of the world. Just a few years ago, this was not a household name as it is now. We feel so fortunate we to be present in the shift of perspective around the healing properties of CBD for both humans and animals! Today we’ll dive into how this versatile cannabinoid can be a huge ally in combating separation anxiety in dogs (one of the many conditions it can be supportive of!)

What Are Signs Of Separation Anxiety in Dogs

If you have a pup that has anxiety, you have likely experienced one or more of the following symptoms (all of which can be categorized into ‘general nervous energy.’)

  • Pacing, panting, and/ or barking before their owner leaves the house.
  • Drooling, whining, and/or crying.
  • Chewing furniture, pawing at rugs, and/or tearing up trash.

There can also be other scenarios that bring on anxious patterns in dogs, here are a few:

  • Driving
  • Socializing with certain breeds
  • Lots of energy in the home
  • Life changes such as:
    • The pup is introduced to a new baby
    • Moving / changing environment or routine
    • Adjusting to sharing their human with another dog

These circumstances are important to note mainly because dogs are not that different from humans! They take time to adjust to new environments and need extra love when there are drastic shifts in their world. The great news is with a little extra training the use of CBD infused treats, their system calms and serotonin levels increase.

Separation Anxiety in Dogs

How Does CBD Work For Treating Anxiety?

Great question! CBD communicates directly with many systems in the brain. It works similar to a class of antidepressants known as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors or SSRI. By signaling the serotonin receptors it helps the brain transmit more serotonin signals. Having more serotonin readily available can reduce anxiety and increase mood! 

CBD is also an excellent source of antioxidants and therefore can help in eliminating oxidative stress when your pup is aging. When the brains of aged dogs accumulate oxidative damage to the proteins and lipids, it can  lead to dysfunction of neuronal cells. This can cause behavioral shifts such as separation anxiety and/or immune system weakening. Another strong preventative of oxidative stress build up, is to feed your pup whole complete dog food. These are a few reasons we are such firm believers in the product line we created using organic, locally sourced ingredients infused with full spectrum CBD! Combat stress= eliminate anxiety!  

How  Can Your Pup Receive The Benefits Of CBD

If you notice any of the above behavior patterns in your four-legged, they may be experiencing some form of anxiety. The excellent news is a small dose of CBD (3-5mg) may severely decrease symptoms within 20 minutes! Some pups may need a bit of a larger dose, and the great news is they cannot overdose! An excellent way to begin is with a low dose and gradually increase it throughout the following five days.  Pay close attention to how your dog is responding to the medicine. We recommend three times a day for dosage (morning, afternoon, and evening.) We are big fans of the dosed treats of course and another way to give your dog CBD is through tincture form by putting directly into their food or mouth.

CBD dog treats

To know whether it is working or not, observe your dog’s behavior patterns and look for decreased anxious energy. If your pup’s system is not seeming to calm down or they are in a scenario that can cause anxiousness, go ahead and give them twice the dose. When we do road trips (what used to be a big anxiety causer for my rescue pit, we would give her treats the whole way to shift the experience to a positive one rather then anxiety causing.) Her experience in the car is now much more pleasant both for her and her humans. She is able to relax and sleep most the way with no nervous panting, drooling or scratching!

Taking Your Pups Health Into Your Hands

When we first brought home our beautiful rescue pit, she was an angel for the first two weeks. Perfectly behaved and affectionate. House trained, great on the leash, and excellent with other dogs. Heaven sent as far as we were concerned. On the third week of her being a part of the family, she started to exhibit the above behavior. We would come home to mess of torn of recycling, chewed through hats and exhausted from trying to expel her anxious state. In my ignorance as a first time pup adopter, I thought this was normal behavior of a one and half year old rescue pup with minimal training. Little did we know she was exhibiting severe separation anxiety (after being abandoned on the streets and it was our job to shift her reality for the better!) We can happily report that Reina is doing fabulously and CBDawgs treats is part of her daily regimen now ( with extra doses for long car rides!)

CBDawgs treats

It is our role as dog owners to give them the best life possible. They rely on us to feed them properly, exercise them adequately, and of course discipline and love them unconditionally. By implementing CBD into their daily regimen, it not only acts as treatment to symptoms such as the ones above, but it can also be a preventative for experiencing such symptoms in the future. We hope this information is helpful in discerning what your four-legged family may need! Leave a comment below or message us directly for specific questions!


Cannabis as Medicine, An Evolving History from People to Dogs

According the The American Cancer Society, marijuana and hemp extracts have been used as cancer treatment for centuries (American Cancer Society).  Although there is evidence confirming the use of Cannabis predating this record, the earliest written record of Cannabis for medicinal use dates way back to 15th century China in the Chinese Pharmacopeia, the “Rh-Ya” (National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)).  Since then, the interest regarding the powerful healing affects and clinical applications of Cannabis continues to inspire research on CBD in correlation to life threatening conditions.  For example, the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health presents researched-backed support for CBD as a potential anti-cancer drug due to mechanisms that promote cancer cell death and inhibits cancer cell growth, and this is just the tip of the iceberg (Massi et al.) Exciting new evidence about the therapeutic effects of CBD continue to wow the scientific community.

In 2013, a little girl named Charlotte Figi made headlines.  Charlotte had been suffering from hundreds of epilepsy related seizures every week and was no longer able to talk, eat, or walk due to her life-threatening condition until CBD became part of her treatment.  Her story spread like wild fire and soon, like Charlotte, many others experienced a significant reduction in the seizures, from hundreds down to just a few per month!

The list of medical applications for cannabis, and CBD, continues to expand (Interlandi).  Most recently, Alzheimer’s treatment has been added to the file.  Exciting new studies reported on in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, present preliminary evidence supporting claims that CBD is successful in “preventing the development of social region deficits in subjects,” meaning that CBD could prevent deterioration of the brain areas responsible for “recognizing the faces of people they know,” adding to the growing and evolving laundry list of miraculous discoveries regarding CBD as an alternative medicine (Johnson).

Novel studies are now showing that these positive results are possible for any animal with a spine.  Which means, that CBD is a medical option for our canine companions.

For information on the benefits read our articles on How CBD Works and CBD Side-Effects


Disclosure:  All media published on this website are not intended as a substitute for medical advice.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding your individual situation/conditions, please consult a healthcare professional.

What Are the Side Effects of CBD?

In 2015, According to the British journal of Pharmacology, CBD expresses “anxio-lytic [or anti-anxiety], antidepressant, antipsychotic, anticonvulsant, anti-nausea, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic and antineoplastic [or anti-cancer],” properties that have proven to be very therapeutic and have been exhibited physiological benefits in both animal studies and clinical trials. (Mcpartland et al. 737-753).

For information on the benefits read our articles on “How CBD Works” and “Cannabis as a Medicine

In a small amount of cases, patients using CBD presented mild side-effects including:

  • lower blood pressure (for some this is a good thing!)
  • dry mouth
  • light headedness
  • drowsiness
  • inhibition of hepatic drug metabolism, which means it is like an anti-high (which again, is sometimes a positive outcome).


According to Medical News Today, “There have been no significant nervous system side effects, or effects on vital signs or moods among people who use it either slightly or heavily” (Johnson).

In other words, because CBD is non-psychoactive, and because CBDawgs CBD is hemp-derived, you and your dog can use it without worrying about getting high.  (See the difference between hemp and marijuana derived CBD)

Disclosure:  All media published on this website are not intended as a substitute for medical advice.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding your individual situation/conditions, please consult a healthcare professional.

What is CBD and How Does It Work For Dogs?

Please note that both the simple and complicated answers provide the same basic information.  Pick the one that’s right for you!

Simple Answer:

CBD is a compound found in hemp and marijuana plants that does not get you high but still provides lots of medical benefits.  It is especially useful in treating anxiety, pain and inflammation in both humans and dogs.

According to numerous clinical trial and teams around the world, CBD can be used to treat an array of conditions that include but are not limited to the treatment of Epilepsy, Parkinson’s Disease, hip dysplasia, inflammation, anxiety, heart conditions, cancer, and there is even evidence to suggest that CBD can help with pain management and can be used as an alternative to powerful opioids (Rowland T., & Calamita T.).

New scientific methods allow us to extract the CBD from marijuana and hemp without extracting the compound in the plant that induce an altered state of mind, THC, that gives you the feeling of being “high.”

Check out our site and other articles to learn more about what CBD can do for you and canine friends.

Disclosure:  All media published on this website are not intended as a substitute for medical advice.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding your individual situation/conditions, please consult a healthcare professional.


Complicated Answer (for those of us who dig the science):

Until recently, delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC as it is commonly known, has been the subject of much discussion.  Both THC and CBD are cannabinoids, or compounds found in the Cannabis plant. THC is known for its “mind-altering” effects whereas CBD is a non-psychoactive component of Cannabis.  Both compounds yield numerous medicinal benefits (Johnson). CBD, unlike THC however, delivers many of the same medicinal benefits of medical marijuana without any adverse side effects on cognition or state of mind, meaning you will NOT get high using CBD.  In fact, it can have antagonist effects on THC, meaning the CBD can lessen duration and intensity of THC’s side-effects (Project CBD).

In both our bodies and the bodies in all animals containing a spine, aka our fur babies, lies the endocannabinoid system.  The endocannabinoid system has two receptors CB1 receptors, located primarily in the central nervous system, and CB2 receptors found on cells primarily in the immune system.  The CB1 receptors, which THC primarily binds to, are found in the brain including areas responsible for motor function and coordination which is why when you smoke or ingest THC it results in an altered-state of mind or a “high.”  CBD has a very low affinity for this receptor resulting in negligible binding, and as a result, your state of mind remains unaffected.  CB2 receptors, found in the immune system however, are indirectly affected by CBD and result in no “high,” while still exhibiting physiological benefits.  Research supports that CBD and THC’s affinity for, or the effect on the CB1 and CB2 receptors, were not statistically different in humans or animals meaning, that CBD positively effects both us and our furry friends similarly (McPartland et al. 737-753).

Disclosure:  All media published on this website are not intended as a substitute for medical advice.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding your individual situation/conditions, please consult a healthcare professional.

CBD is CBD is CBD, except for when CBD is mixed with other stuff

Is Marijuana derived CBD any different than Hemp derived CBD?  According to Franjo Grotenhermen, former Chairman of the International Association For Cannabinoid Medicines (2000-2003), “CBD is CBD…the human body does not care where the molecule comes from” (Attwell).

Other research about the positive impact on CBD for animals suggests that if this is true for people, then “CBD is CBD” is also true for dogs.  Read more about that in our article Cannabis as Medicine

CBD is CBD is CBD, except for when CBD is mixed with other stuff.

Just like oxygen is oxygen, whether we are breathing it at the top of a mountain or sitting on our front porch, the molecule is the same – O2, so long as it’s by itself.  These misconceptions that hemp derived and marijuana derived CBD are fundamentally different stem from regulations that the government has regarding the legality of the CBD depending on where it was sourced. The reality however, being that active cannabinoid CBD, regardless its origin, is molecularly the same.  The difference is in what else is mixed with it.

According to Alice O’Leary, the wife of the late Robert C. Randall, the first man to legally smoke marijuana in 1976 and spear head the legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes, notes there are two different varieties of the Cannabis plant in the eyes of the law and the scientific community. The first is the variety of Cannabis that contains more than 0.3% of psychoactive THC and can potentially induce an altered state of mind. The other is hemp variety of Cannabis, which contains less than 0.3% THC and elicits no psychoactive effect, or in other words, no high is experienced with use.  Both Cannabis relatives contain cannabidiol (CBD), and according to O’Leary, “there is no difference between CBD derived from hemp and CBD derived from cannabis. The CBD molecule itself is the same, regardless of which plant it is extracted from” (O’Leary-Randall).

In this case, nurture, not nature, is what really matters:

But just like air, oxygen is not the only molecule making up its composition.  Although CBD is CBD and oxygen is oxygen, be aware of the quality of the whole product since all products containing CBD are not created equal.

The purity of the CBD is dependent on how it is grown and how the CBD is processed into an oil and other products made from its flower form. Make sure you are purchasing CBD that has been lab tested to ensure it quality, making sure it is pesticide free, and contains no harmful chemical additives from the extraction process.

At CBDawgs, we lab test every batch of our family grown, clean co2 and ethanol extracted, hemp-derived CBD for purity standards. We know what is and is not in our products so that you can have confidence adding our CBD treats to your dog’s canine health plan.

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The Difference Between Hemp Derived and Marijuana derived CBD