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.

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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!)

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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!


The Importance of Sustainably Sourced Organic Food for Dogs and People

When you hear “sustainable,” what are the first thoughts that come to mind? Perhaps local, seasonal, organic, or permaculture? We invite you on a journey into our practices of what sustainability standards we hold when choosing our sourced materials, for people and dogs alike.

Why Local?

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Buying local meat and produce from your region has many benefits for your personal health, the local economy, and the planet. Lets begin with how food local to your region can benefit your body.

The region you reside has a unique climate zone. These zones dictate what grows ease-fully with the weather patterns and natural pollination. Specific pollens, insects, and flowers thrive in a given grow climate. They also contribute to what sort of allergies, pollens, and plant life can thrive in the climate. Eating plants, herbs, and meat that comes from your local region allows your body to intake nutrients that it’s already  familiar with. The benefit of eating food and herbs that our bodies are familiar with, is it strengthens the immunity and builds antibodies specific to your environment.

Supporting Local Economy

Small family farms are becoming harder and harder to maintain. As a society we’ve been fooled to believe that industrial farming feeds more people, therefore this is where our resources tend to be allocated. This concept is the opposite of sustainability. One major factor is it feeds into the cycle that keeps us reliant on foreign market resources. This tends to create large ‘specialized crops’ being the key focus of a given area. For instance, California produces 80% of the world’s supply of almonds. Almonds take 10% of the entire water supply yearly! Water is a precious resource for everything to grow and allocating such a large percentage of water supply (and depleting ground water yearly,) for one crop is a bit extreme.

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A few ways you can support your local farmer economy are:

  • Go to your local farmers market and buy what is in season. This may seem like a simple one, but it’s truly beneficial to keeping small farms thriving and your local economy abundant.
  • Sign up for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture.) This is a way that family farms band together to create a monthly subscription box that can be picked up at a local provider they partner with (or even sometimes delivered!)
  • Sign up for a ‘meat share’ or get meat from your local butcher. This one can’t be stressed enough as the industrial meat industry is one of the largest flaws of modern time for many reasons.
  • Plant a small garden! This is excellent for keeping the soil rich, and the earth and other living beings thriving.
  • Eat what’s in season and local to your region.

Good For The Planet

Have you ever paused to think about how far your food on your plate may have traveled to reach you? Whether by truck or by plane, extra resources are being used to bring food that is not local into the region. Buying food from the store is part of our modern day evolution, and we understand that certain staples do not grow locally (even in California!) But the less we are reliant on out sourced materials, the less gas emissions in the air due to its travel.  Growing food enriches the soil. Having healthy, nitrogen rich soil is key for our local plant and animal friends. By supporting your local farmers, you are supporting the earth literally beneath your feet!



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Why Sustainably Farmed Food For Dogs

The missing link on how all of this information is relevant to CBDawgs and our mission, is of course, dogs. Do you know where a large percentage of commercial dog food meats come from? Food that is not suitable for humans– toxic, spoiled, and sometimes even roadkill. Industrially farmed, poorly treated animals are feeding our pets. This is not acceptable to us, and this is why sourcing our meat locally is so important!

We are dedicated to supporting farming practices for both produce and meats that are supportive of the planet. We believe in putting the best, organic, love infused food into our bodies, and hold the same standards for our animals.




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