Does your furry friend get nervous when you leave the house? Are they extremely anxious when you’re not around? One of the most common talked about issues for pet parents is destructive behavior when dogs are left alone. Separation anxiety is a real issue for many pet parents and it can prove to be detrimental to your pet’s health and well-being. When helping a dog with anxiety, our goal with dog CBD oil is to resolve the dog’s underlying anxiety by teaching him to enjoy, or at least tolerate, being left alone. Dog separation anxiety has become more widely understood by dog lovers in the last few years and now we have the products and tool to help our furry friends through it. But what exactly is separation anxiety, and what causes it? Let’s explore.
What causes dog Separation Anxiety?
According to the Merck Veterinary Manual, dog anxiety can be caused by a variety of environmental factors, developmental, and lack of socialization. Here are some of the most common causes of dog anxiety:
Fear-related anxiety can be caused by loud noises – like thunder and fireworks, visual stimuli like bikes or skateboards, new or strange environments, specific situations — like the vet’s office, car rides or the groomers.
Separation- anxiety affects nearly one in every four to six dogs- around 20-40% of dogs are diagnosed with this behavioral issue. Dogs with separation anxiety are unable to find comfort when they are left alone or separated from their family members. This leads the anxious dog to urinate around the house, chew and destroy your furniture and even continue to bark for hours.
Age-related anxiety affects older dogs and can be associated with cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS). Just as with humans, as dogs get older they experience cognitive decline. Canine dementia can lead to changes in their awareness, learning, and most of all, their memory. These changes are similar to the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease in humans and understandable can lead to confusion and anxiety.
Common Symptoms of Separation Anxiety
Urinating and Defecating: Some dogs urinate or defecate when left alone or separated from their pet parents.
Barking and Howling: A dog who has separation anxiety may bark or howl when left alone or when separated from their pet parents. This kind of barking or howling is usually ongoing and begins when they are left alone
Chewing, Digging and Destruction: Some dogs with separation anxiety chew on objects, door frames, furniture, and anything else they can get their mouths on when left alone. They can easily injury themselves, like cutting their gums, breaking their teeth, scraping their paws and more.
Escaping: Some dogs go into flight mode and escape. This can also lead to injuries while they are trying to be escape artists
Pacing: Some pacing dogs move around in circular patterns, while others walk back and forth in straight lines.
Keep a close eye on your pets when you begin to notice any of the listed symptoms. You may begin to notice, as your pet’s anxiety increases, that the symptoms will become more frequent and lead to more serious issues. The most serious symptom that may come from anxiety is aggressive behavior. Aggressive behavior can slowly manifest into more serious acts.
How to Prevent Separation Anxiety
It is not always easy to identify the exact cause of the trigger for dogs with anxiety. Here are things you can do as a pet parent to help alleviate and avoid some of the challenges.
Pay Attention: You know your dogs the best. Pay close attention to their demeanor and body language. You will begin to notice when they are anxious and uncomfortable and can then address it immediately.
Socialization: This is extremely important and we can say this enough. Socialize your dog from a young age. Take them out, introduce them to people, new places, other dogs and animals. Your dog will be more comfortable because they have had experiences outside of their home.
Exercise: We all know the amount of well-being exercise brings for us humans, it does the same for our dogs. It is important for them to get physical activity which then helps stimulate their mental health too! This combination helps directly improve their anxiety and prevent future behavioral problems.
CBD for Dog Stress and Anxiety
Oftentimes, with extreme pet anxiety, pet parents may turn to anxiety relieving medications for their pets. Many medications may temporarily relieve the stress and anxiety symptoms, but in turn cause damages to the organs and other bodily functions. At Penelope’s Bloom we do not think you have to choose between making your pets happy while causing irreversible damages to their little bodies. We believe in taking a natural homeopathic holistic approach to your pet’s wellness starts with our best CBD Oil. CBD works by interacting with the body’s Endocannabinoid System, which is responsible for maintaining homeostasis in the body. Within the brain, CBD can mimic serotonin by binding and activating your body’s 5-HT1A serotonin receptors. Often called the ‘happy’ chemical, these serotonin receptors are responsible for emotional balance. Not all CBD oil is created equally! At Penelope’s Bloom we harvest organic pesticide, solvent and metal free hemp. Our CO2 Extraction method provides the safest and cleanest method of extracting the hemp from the plant. Your pet’s safety and health is our number one priority. We provide a certificate of analysis for every product that is tested by an independent third party lab.
What is the best CBD for Stress and Anxiety?
We have a variety of products you can choose from to begin your pets journey to stress free. Our number one Top CBD Stress and Anxiety treats are a big seller as they are delicious, drool worthy, and provide the ultimate relaxation. Choose from two sizes 300mg (for small to medium breeds) and 600mg (for medium to large breeds). The treats are baked in small batches, for the ultimate quality control and crunch! Freshly baked locally in Los Angeles!
Your next option is our Best CBD Oil Tinctures that provide the ultimate stress relief and the fastest absorption method. The tincture includes an easy to use dropper for clear dosage. The tincture is not flavored as it does not include fake natural flavors or additives. Choose from a variety of sizes for all your pet’s needs!
Our newest addition is the Peanut Butter infused CBD for dogs! We love this product as it is a classic peanut butter snack that provides the maximum relaxing benefits for your dog! It includes all organic and clean ingredients like coconut derived MCT oil, small amounts of honey (this is a superfood for dogs!) and organic CBD. Be aware of ingredients like dextrose in other company CBD peanut butters! This is highly toxic and can cause a host of health problems like diabetes, weight gain and more!