3 Ways to Reduce Your Pet’s Holiday Anxiety this Season

This time of year is bustling for everyone. From putting up holiday decorations to connecting with loved ones, ‘tis the season of cheer – and stress.

Although this year’s festivities are bound to look different, the holidays may still be mentally hard on your pets. Whether all your attention is on your Zoom celebrations or taking some time for yourself, your pets could find themselves affected by anxiety, stress, or mobility issues that no pet parent would want for their four-legged friend.

We’ve compiled the top three things to keep in mind this holiday season to treat your pet’s holiday anxiety:

1. Create a pet-friendly space.

It is easy to get swept up in the merriment, especially after a year that has given us every reason to need a mental escape. However, as you are adjusting to the reality of holiday celebrations, your pets see the world differently.

Anything that they perceive as a threat can cause feelings of anxiety, fear, or nervousness. Being separated from you, meeting a new member of the family, New Year’s fireworks– all these situations can trigger a stress response in your pet.

Create a pet-friendly space in your home away from the activity with water, a comfy bed, and some new toys to help keep them busy. This will give them an area to retreat to when things get hectic.

2. Stick to your routine.

We get it. You get a couple of days off and you want to catch up on your Z’s and take some time for yourself. However, the sudden lack of attention can cause stress or anxiety in your pet.

While it can be annoying when your pet wants their morning walk or breakfast at a certain time, the more you stick to your routine, the more your pet will trust you, and the more it will help combat any anxiety or stress they may have.

3.Use a hemp-based supplement.

Sometimes, no matter how hard we try, our pets are still anxious. As pet parents, we know you want to do whatever it takes to help ease their stress. That’s why veterinarians recommend all-natural supplements to help your dog or cat calm down. 

Canna Companion’s hemp-based supplements help pets relax in high-stress situations. These supplements are intentionally formulated to unlock the power of the Cannabis sativa plant while minimizing the negative side effects associated with marijuana use. The result is a high-quality pet supplement that offers a wide range of supportive benefits, including promoting a calm demeanor.

Interested in learning more about cannabis supplements for your pet? Canna Companion offers free webinars and phone consultations for pet parents. Contact us today to get all your questions answered.

CBD & Situational Anxiety in Dogs

Any of us who have faced anxiety know that it can have a number of different sources. Situational anxieties arise when certain conditions are met in a short timeframe, and dogs can face a number of circumstances unique to the pack mind.  Every pet will be different, but there are things which can be done to help them be more comfortable during these frustrating times. The first step, of course, is determining the cause of their distress.


Common Causes of Canine Anxiety
Some of the more common causes of situational anxieties in dogs include weather, fireworks, moving, and changes to routine. Once can summarize these situations by simply stating either the pack is threatened (or perceived to be) or separated (or the possibility exists of separation).  To a dog, the pack is everything: their family, their friend, their playmate, and their security. Let’s look at how that thought process can lead to anxiety under seemingly innocuous circumstances.  

  • Loud noises: whether fireworks or thunderstorms, loud noises signal a potential threat to the pack.  What often triggers dogs to exhibit anxious symptoms is the lack of seeing the threat — it’s just loud noise which might cause problems with no obvious way to protect the family.  
  • Traveling: some dogs, like some humans, enjoy traveling and all the wonder and awe it can bring.  But to others, leaving the home territory can indicate the need to protect, or be protected from, causing significant anxiety for your pup.  Travel is especially difficult if your dog has a history of negative experiences either during or after travel.  
  • Routine changes: this particular stressor may seem routine to you — leaving for work every day — but your dog may see it as a huge change simply because their alpha human is missing … and how can they protect her if she’s not here?  Add in holiday travel and temporary pack members (holiday company), and your dog’s routine may be sufficiently changed to trigger significant anxiety.  

Symptoms of Situational Anxiety in Dogs

Now that we know what can stress our dogs, let’s talk about how to determine the language your dog uses to let you know he’s anxious.  Just like the large variety of breeds, there are seemingly endless ways a dog can exhibit distress.  The easiest way to tell is simply by changes in his normal behaviors, either by being aloof or clingy – whichever is opposite his normal personality.  If such changes occur around loud noises, travel preparations, or household changes, it’s likely your dog has situational anxiety, though schedule a visit with his veterinarian just to make sure nothing else is amiss.  

In general, dogs show ongoing anxiety via pacing, panting, and vocalizing.  The latter is usually sharp and high-pitched and all usually have facial expressions like wide eyes, elevated but back-ward rotating ears, grimacing (lip corners pulled up), and tail carriage down and to the left (right signals confidence).  

They may be destructive, either towards their own beds, toys and blankets, or to household items like your bed, favorite shoes, luggage or the wall.  It is a sign of frustration and the need to ‘protect,’ which leads to this behavior. While it’s difficult, refrain from punishing your dog after the fact; he simply won’t make the connection and will be confused as to why you’re upset.  

Other dogs prefer to hide under blankets, beds, tables — anything which might shelter them from the potential threat.  And still others act normal but won’t eat or develop transient diarrhea.  


How to Help Reduce Your Dog’s Anxiety

One of the best things that can be done to help your dog through these is to prepare in advance. Many situational anxiety triggers are things which can be anticipated. This allows us to make sure that our pets will have a comfortable place where they can go to be more calm.  Include items which smell like you to help them remain calm, and offer chew toys which are hard to destroy. Chewing can ease anxiety as well as serve as an anxiety symptom, with the difference being his overall behavior — destruction usually signals boredom or anxiety, while gnawing methodically indicates healthy endorphin release.   

Additionally, things like white noise machines can mask frightening sounds, and diffusion of essential oils can provide calming aromatherapy to the most high-strung of pooches.  High value treats can also be a part of this, particularly when used to reward desirable calm behaviors.  There are also a number of supplements which could be beneficial, including pheromone sprays and diffusers that can be a useful part of your preparations. Ensuring that this space is always somewhere available and comfortable will be a big benefit, as your pet can seek shelter anytime he needs comfort.


Can CBD Help My Dog’s Anxiety?

You bet!  Let’s talk about how … When we administer cannabinoids like CBD, they support your dog’s natural cannabis receptor system, called the endocannabinoid system (ECS for short).  The ECS has one main function: listen to and correct cellular stress signals.  It accomplishes this task by changing the levels of CBD and THC at the receptor level, causing a variety of chemical reactions which lead to your dog feeling calmer.  In short, administration of hemp-based CBD, can have a calming effect on the mind, and is soothing to the body, particularly when situational anxieties arise.  


Which Hemp Product is Right for my Dog?

Developed by veterinarians, Canna Companion offers three different canine supportive supplements, all differentiated by CBD:THC and dosed based on your dog’s body weight.  When a whole plant product is administered, CBD helps mitigate the negative effects of THC, while allowing THC’s health benefits to shine — one of which limits the sedative effects CBD can have on your dog.  We want your dog stress-free, not a cute ball of fur on his favorite bed!  

We typically recommend our Regular Strength Canine capsules as the low CBD:THC supports the cannabis receptor system quite well for most conditions.  Start twice daily administration ideally 10-14 days prior to the known stressor, continuing for a few days after the stressor is gone.  There is no need to continue hemp supplementation if your dog is no longer anxious and stopping “cold turkey” is acceptable.  


For those dogs with multiple stressors or who need a punch to the ECS for high-stress times, our higher ratioed Extra Strength Canine capsules are preferred.  Begin administration as above, and if your dog needs more during times of extreme stress, it’s okay to give either formulation at twice the labeled dose; for example 2 capsules twice daily on days when a known anxiety trigger will occur. 

What if your dog will not take pills, you’re leaving in a few days, or your dog has extreme responses (running through sliding glass doors)?  Try our Whole Plant Hemp Oil;  with a CBD:THC between the capsule formulations, it’s a great choice for smaller patients and those with strong opinions about capsules — and anxiety triggers.  Oils also offer the option of bypassing GI absorption for ECS support in minutes, when administered orally rather than during or after a meal. This method may result in sedation or a wobbly gait, particularly if labeled doses are exceeded, but it also may be just the thing to help your dog relax.     


Whatever your dog’s needs, Canna Companion is here to help. Contact our Customer Service team or schedule a professional Consultation today.  Our passion is helping your pack member feel his best no matter what routine changes come his way!


CBD & Situational Anxiety in Cats

Situational anxieties are something none of us want to face. As pet parents, it can make us feel powerless when we cannot protect our furry companions. After all, they look to us to keep them happy and safe. Many of the situational anxieties cats and dogs face are the same, but individual pets and their responses to various therapies can differ greatly — what benefits one may not help the next, especially with our feline friends. The first step in treating situational anxiety is to identify the cause.


Causes of Situational Anxiety in Cats

As you can imagine, and perhaps have observed first hand, cats can seemingly ‘freak out’ over the smallest things.  They love their routines and any deviation from such can create a lot of stress. Let’s take a look at common changes to your cat’s routine and how it might cause anxiety. 

  • Traveling by car — to the veterinarian, groomer, or vacation home — offers loud noises, vibrations, and usually a destination low on the list of cat favorites.  
  • Traveling by plane — to anywhere; cats generally can’t stand noisy places and these are the loudest.
  • Separation from preferred humans — applicable year round but especially when humans like to take extended vacations over the holidays.  Your cat loves you and is loath to be apart. 
  • Addition of extra humans in the home — common during holidays and school breaks — while your cat may love attention, sometimes it can simply be too much. 
  • History of traumatic experiences — PTSD is especially common in shelter adoptions, cats with feral histories, painful events, and of course, overt abuse.  These experiences often trigger cats in extreme ways; be cognizant your cat may need extra care if she has such a history.  


Fortunately many of these events can be anticipated and thus allow us to provide treatment in advance.  If the event itself cannot be avoided, there are steps we can take to ease anxiety for our stressed kitties, once we recognize their stress.  


How Do Cats Show Their Anxiety?  

Many will simply run and hide, preferring quiet dark places which are out of the way from traffic.  You can take advantage of this instinct by providing your cat with a safe getaway including soft, warm bedding, low light, gentle music and the basic necessities (water and litter box).  No animal likes to be cornered so always make sure that your cat has plenty of options for exits particularly around their litter box. This can help prevent anxiety associated with litter box use if your cat shares her house with other cats, dogs or small children.  

If hiding doesn’t ease their stress, cats may over groom, particularly in the upper arms, flanks and tail base.  They may become vocal, either yowling at night or hissing at offending targets. If matters worsen, or your cat is extremely stressed, elimination outside the litter box (urine or feces) may occur.  In the cat world, this is akin to shouting, “Help me! I am extremely unhappy!,” and often won’t occur until after running/hiding, hissing/vocalizing, or even clinging to your side, doesn’t resolve your cat’s distress.  


Tips to Ease Your Cat’s Anxiety

We talked about providing safe space for your kitty to run and hide, but what if you’re leaving town?  It is always a good idea to speak to your veterinarian prior to any travel so they may advise you on ways to keep your cat safe and healthy during their trip.  They can help you determine if leaving your cat at home is best vs a cat-friendly boarding facility, or even taking them with you. If you take her with you, check out these packing tips.   


If you leave your cats at home, never underestimate the comfort that choice provides to a cat — some will want comfortable beds as hiding spots and others will prefer high perches where they can get out of the way. Warm sunny spots, quality time with you, and music can also help calm an anxious cat.  Make sure a variety of safe places are present for your cats’ needs. And since you’re gone, make sure to leave a pillow case, blanket or T-shirt with your smell on it for added comfort.  


If your cat’s fear is something that cannot be avoided, like severe weather or a houseful of family members, consider adding a Thundershirt, calming essential oils (diffused in small amounts, essential oils can be quite helpful for cats), pheromone plug-ins, and herbal cat treats with l-theanine, chamomile and/or catnip.  


Can CBD Help My Cat’s Anxiety?

Absolutely!  Let’s talk about how … When we administer cannabinoids like CBD, they support your cat’s natural cannabis receptor system, called the endocannabinoid system (ECS for short).  The ECS has one main function: listen to and correct cellular stress signals.  It accomplishes this task by changing the levels of CBD and THC at the receptor level, causing a variety of chemical reactions which lead to your cat feeling calmer.  In short, administration of hemp-based CBD, can have a calming effect on the mind, and is soothing to the body, particularly when situational anxieties arise.  

Which CBD Product is Best for My Cat?

Developed by veterinarians, Canna Companion offers three different feline supportive supplements, all differentiated by CBD:THC.  When a whole plant product is administered, CBD helps mitigate the negative effects of THC, while allowing THC’s health benefits to shine — one of which limits the sedative effects CBD can have on your cat.  We want your cat stress-free, not a cute little furry lump on her favorite bed!  


We typically recommend our Regular Strength Feline capsules as the low CBD:THC supports the cannabis receptor system quite well for most conditions.  Start once daily administration ideally 10-14 days prior to the known stressor, continuing for a few days after the stressor is gone.  There is no need to continue hemp supplementation if your cat is no longer anxious and stopping “cold turkey” is acceptable.  


For those cats with multiple stressors or who need a punch to the ECS for high-stress times, our higher ratioed Extra Strength Feline capsules are preferred.  Begin administration as above, and if your cat needs more during times of extreme stress, it’s okay to give either formulation twice daily.  


What if your cat will not take pills or you’re leaving in a few days?  Try our Whole Plant Hemp Oil;  with a CBD:THC between the capsule formulations, it’s a great choice for smaller patients and those with strong opinions about capsules.  In addition, most cats only need 1-2 drops (0.05-0.1 ml) twice daily with or near a meal, and oils work very quickly … a few days to onset of action in most patients.  


Whatever your kitty’s needs, Canna Companion is here to help. Contact our Customer Service team or schedule a professional Consultation today.  Our passion is helping your cat feel her best no matter what routine changes come her way!

The Top 5 Most Common Anxieties & Phobias in Dogs

Despite the tough front they try to put up with all that barking and growling, dogs are just as susceptible to phobias and anxieties as humans. Unfortunately, our lovable canine friends don’t have the capacity to communicate their feelings like we can, which can make it difficult to pinpoint the cause of their distress and help them calm down. As you might expect, dogs can be upset by a massive range of objects, sounds, sensations and other animals, but there are a select few canine phobias and anxieties that are more common than most.

At Canna Companion, we value the health, safety and happiness of your dog above all else. That’s why we produce Canna Companion, a unique hemp-based pet supplement that’s designed to boost the supportive benefits of cannabis while mitigating high-inducing concentrations of THC. We’re also more than happy to provide you with any counsel and educational resources you need to provide the highest level of care for your four-legged friend. Today, we’ll be discussing five common temporary anxieties and phobias in dogs and what pet parents can do to reduce the effects these conditions have on their canines.

#5. Loud, Distressing Noises

Many canines are fearful of loud sounds, including fireworks and thunderstorms. Oddly enough, your dog can develop a phobia of a particular sound even if they’ve never had a traumatic experience associated with it. Many experts attribute this phobia to the fact dogs have such a powerful sense of hearing. If you think a firecracker sounds painfully loud when it goes off nearby, just imagine how tough it must be on your pup’s ears! In most cases, dogs with this phobia will attempt to escape or hide from the source of the loud noise, potentially leading to destructive behaviors.

#4. The Veterinary Office

Just like many children are afraid of taking a trip to the doctor, a number of dogs get stressed out at the idea of their next checkup with the local veterinarian. Canines learn to fear and avoid situations and people that cause them pain and anxiety, which is why many of them develop veterinary phobias. Dogs who are afraid of veterinary settings or the veterinary experts themselves will often tremble and hypersalivate once they arrive, and refuse to move forward on their leash. They may also attempt to hide behind or under nearby objects and furniture in the clinic. In more extreme cases, fearful dogs may attempt to bite or escape from staff members.

#3. Strangers

Dogs can develop an intense fear of any humans or animals they don’t know. In some cases, canines will only be distressed in the presence of certain types of people. For example, a dog who experienced abuse at the hands of a male owner might acquire a phobia of all men she isn’t familiar with. In a similar vein, pups who have a bad experience with a local cat might experience fear every time they come across a feline they don’t recognize. While some dogs express their fear of strangers through aggressive or destructive behaviors, most will simply hide from the stranger by retreating under furniture or moving to a different level of the house.  Other dogs are not afraid, per se, but become anxious when trying to protect their humans and territory.

#2. Riding in a Vehicle

While some canines adore jumping in the car to ride around the neighborhood, others associate their parent’s vehicle with stress and fear. Whether it’s due to movement sickness, negative past experiences or lack of familiarity with the space, many dogs struggle with severe travel anxiety. You can usually tell that a dog suffers from this anxiety if they refuse to enter a car or pant and drool excessively with attempts at getting into the car. Flattened ears, a tucked tail or urination when in or near vehicles are also telltale outward signs of this anxiety.

#1. Separation From You

Without question, separation anxiety is the most prevalent anxiety in dogs. Canines are pack animals, and the idea of one of their favorite packmates leaving for hours on end fills many of them with dread, especially if they’re left all alone for this span of time. Dogs experiencing separation anxiety will often engage in destructive behaviors to vent their distress. That’s why many pet parents come home to destroyed clothing and furniture after a long day of work or school.

How Can You Help a Scared or Anxious Dog?

Fortunately, there are a variety of strategies you can use to help a canine that’s suffering from fear or anxiety. For example, Cesar Millan asserts that one of the best ways to calm down a fearful dog is through projection of calmness and assertiveness. If your dog sees that the things upsetting them aren’t affecting you, they learn to mimic your demeanor in those situations, including acting on your attempts to comfort them under stressful situations. Many canine parents will pair this strategy with pet-friendly supplements to help their dog cope with distress. That’s partly why our Canna Companion product is so popular. It’s incredibly effective at encouraging a normal, calm demeanor in dogs, making it a great tool for relieving temporary and/or situational anxieties.

Contact Canna Companion Today!

Be sure to call or message us if you have any other questions about dog anxiety or how to help a scared dog overcome its fears. You can also reach out if you want to learn more about our industry-leading hemp supplements for pets. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

How to Improve Your Dog’s Travel Anxiety

When most of us imagine a dog inside of a moving car, we visualize a happy and content canine (with a lolling tongue and a big, goofy smile) sticking his or her head out the window and taking in the sights and smells of the open road. However, not every dog enjoys riding in a vehicle. Travel anxiety is a common condition in dogs, and it can make the process of getting your pet to the veterinarian or visiting a distant location incredibly challenging and stressful. At Canna Companion, our mission is to keep your companions healthy, safe and happy. So today, we’ll be discussing a few simple techniques you can use to improve your dog’s travel anxiety.

1. Teach Your Dog to Associate Car Rides With Fun Activities

One of the primary reasons why dogs become anxious in the car is because they associate your vehicle with negative experiences. Fortunately, we can alter your dog’s perception by teaching them that jumping inside of your car can result in positive things happening to them.

To begin, use treats or toys to get your dog into the parked car with leash on and windows down. From there, spend a few minutes inside with them, and help them relax with a few snacks and pets, then calmly end the counter-conditioning session before your dog becomes anxious. If your dog starts to panic or anxiously pace around the car, ignore the behavior and sit quietly until they calm down, then cut the session off and let them out.  While it’s difficult to ignore our beloved companions when they are stressed, any attention during such an emotional state reinforces the situation.  It is best to ignore such behavior, provided they are not harming themselves or others, and to reward calm behavior as soon as it’s observed. After a few attempts, your canine should be perfectly comfortable inside of your stationary vehicle for extended periods of time.

OK, here comes the hard part. The next time your dog is lounging out in the car, hop into the driver’s seat and start it up, but don’t take the vehicle out of park. Ideally, your dog will barely react and continue to relax or chomp on his or her toys. If they begin to become anxious, sit quietly and patiently, perhaps putting on some soothing music. Once they’re calm, reward your dog with pets and turn the engine off; session complete.  Once your dog is comfortable with this routine, extend the training and take a slow and easy drive around the block for about three minutes or so. As soon as you make it back home, be sure to reward their good behavior with a shower of praise and snacks. Over time, your dog will start to associate his or her trips in the car with affection and tasty treats. Keep this up and your pup shouldn’t have any more problems with car rides.

Note: Once your dog can reliably handle short rides, you can reward them by visiting dog parks, lakes, houses with other animals or any other locations that they’ll enjoy.

2. Exercise and Cage Your Dog Before Each Travel Session

According to Cesar Millan, one of the most important steps when traveling with a dog is to wear them out with exercise. When canines burn through all of their energy, they become sleepy, calm and much less likely to panic during travel. The next time you want or need to take your dog on a ride, go for a short run or a long walk with them first. That way, they’ll be focused on resting and recovering from their workout instead of worrying about being in the car.

Cesar also recommends crating your dog during travel, stating that comfortable dog cages can actually make them feel more secure. Furthermore, crated dogs won’t be able to look out of all the windows and get worked up by taking in all of those potentially distressing visuals. You might feel like a bad owner for locking your canine in a cage, but many dogs prefer small, safe spaces to lie down in rather than an open seat or car floor. Remember, our canine friends are only one step away from their wild brethren who often prefer earthen dens for their homes, and a crate is just a different form of den.

Note: If you do elect to use a cage for your dog’s traveling adventures, make sure that it’s full of entertaining distractions (like chew toys or their favorite stuffed animal).

3. Invest in High-Quality Hemp Supplements

Canna Companion is a special blend of hemp that’s designed to optimize the health benefits of cannabis while negating the “high-inducing” capacity of THC. Unlike marijuana products, hemp supplements made from the seeds and mature stalks of cannabis plants, can be purchased and used legally in any part of the United States. At Canna Companion, we use only the highest quality hemp in our products. Our expert team of veterinary professionals works tirelessly to ensure the plants we use meet our strict quality standards and are free of pesticides and chemicals. Because our hemp contains a smaller amount of CBD and THC compared to marijuana, your pet will receive all of the benefits of the cannabis plant without the risk of feeling high.

Canna Companion can be used to support your dog’s immune system, maintain their GI tract, protect their joints from the discomfort of normal daily activities and encourage a relaxed and calm demeanor. When regularly administered, our supplements can assist your canine in managing and overcoming the anxiety they feel during travel while supporting their long-term health. Our hemp supplements also maintain healthy neurological function, making them an excellent tool to support the health of your canine’s body and mind throughout every stage of their life.

Purchase Canna Companion for Your Dog Today

If you’re interested in purchasing Canna Companion for your canine, then be sure to visit our online shop. Our Whole Plant Hemp Oil and Regular Strength capsule formulations will provide a perfect ratio of CBD and THC for most pets, but we also offer Extra Strength products for even more powerful results and end of life comfort. Regardless of which product you choose for your dog, you will typically start to see results within three to five days (with significant effects in ten to fourteen days).

Last but not least, be sure to call or message us today if you have any other questions about Canna Companion or aren’t sure which supplements will work best for your dog.

How to Improve Your Dog’s Storm Anxiety

Anxious dogThe lights flicker as a loud “BOOM” echoes through the air. You’re settling in for a cozy movie or a hot cup of coffee, content to listen to the storm outside—but your dog isn’t joining you in her usual spot on the couch. You find her cowering in the laundry room, terrified of the thunder. If this scene sounds familiar, your furry friend is dealing with storm anxiety.


To you, a thunderstorm may provide a soothing background soundtrack to read by, but to some dogs, those loud cracks of thunder represent an unknown threat. When summer arrives, we tend to think of long days in the sun, but with those long, sunny days comes the dark and tumultuous storms that characterize the season for most of the U.S. Whether you live in Montana or Mississippi, your hometown will most likely be visited by thunderstorms at some point during the season and throughout the year. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to lessen your canine companion’s storm anxiety, such as administering a quality CBD supplement. If your dog doesn’t like storms, then the below tips are for you. 

What Makes Dogs Afraid of Thunderstorms?

In dogs, a fear of thunderstorms is often referred to as storm anxiety or noise phobia. There is still debate among dog lovers and veterinarians alike as to what it is that triggers dogs during thunderstorms. Some theories include parts of storms such as the wind, thunder, or lightning, whereas others predict that it is the lesser-seen stressors such as barometric pressure changes or low-frequency rumbles that prompt dogs to engage in fearful behavior. Some veterinarians even theorize that the buildup of static electricity in the air before a storm can shock dogs. Researchers have also found that herding breeds in particular may be predisposed to storm anxiety.  And like our military veterans, such sounds can trigger a variety of PTSD symptoms, causing severe distress.  

Signs of Storm Anxiety in Dogs

Storm anxiety can arise unexpectedly, even in mature dogs, but it’s at least fairly easy to detect in canines. 


Keep an eye out for these signs of noise phobia or storm anxiety in dogs:

  • Panting
  • Pacing or catatonia 
  • Whining
  • Dilated pupils
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Drooling
  • Cowering or trembling
  • Howling or other excessive vocalizing
  • Attempting to escape or hide
  • Destructive behaviors
  • Incontinence

Effects of Storm Anxiety

Rest assured that you are not the only pet parent whose dog is struggling with this fear. Thousands of dogs experience mild to crippling fear during thunderstorms. 


Typically, a noise phobia is not something that a dog will just grow out of, and if left unchecked, you dog’s storm anxiety can result in serious side effects. In some cases, dogs will run and hide under a bed when a storm approaches. In other more extreme cases, owners have reported their dogs chewing through drywall to reach their safe spot if they are left alone when a storm hits. Some dog’s anxiety can become so severe during storms that they suffer panic attacks. If left unchecked or unintentionally reinforced, storm anxiety may eventually lead to chronic effects like a weakened immune system and a higher risk of infection in dogs.

Unfortunately, there’s no way to stop severe weather from coming. But if you’re wondering how to calm a dog during a storm, we’ve got you covered. There are several effective techniques to try when working with your dog to manage his noise phobia. Here are a few helpful tips for keeping your canine calm the next time a storm rolls through your neck of the woods. 

4 Ways to Ease Storm Anxiety in Dogs

1. Start Rewarding Early

Quite a few pet parents make the mistake of only attempting to correct storm anxiety when a storm is happening. Instead of trying to reason with your dog while his mind is gripped by fear, start by rewarding calm behavior year-round. Try teaching your dog the command “settle,” which can either include having your dog go to a mat and laying down or having your dog lay at your feet. With plenty of praise and other positive reinforcement like treats, your dog will get the idea. Once your dog gets the command down, you can try it out during a thunderstorm. Ideally, the routine of the command will make your pup feel safer and understand that it’s time to calm down, even when there’s a frightening storm overhead. 


Some pet parents have found success with this practice while using a special “settle” item such as a leash, bandana, or vest. For this method, only practice the settle command while your dog is wearing your selected item. This tells the dog that when that item comes out, it’s time to settle.

2. Make a Safe Haven

Often, when dogs are feeling frightened during a storm, they will either run around frantically or will try to climb all over you. Cut this behavior short by providing your dog with a safe spot made just for her. This spot can be anywhere that is at least semi-enclosed. Ideal locations could include in a crate, under a desk, or in a bathroom. If your dog already has a location that she runs to when the weather starts to turn ugly, then encourage the use of that space as your pet’s safe spot. Remember that the space should only be semi-enclosed—you want your dog to be able to come and go freely, as a sense of confinement can often worsen storm anxiety. 


When preparing this spot, add a soft blanket, some of your dog’s favorite toys, and a water bowl to turn it into the ultimate storm-time getaway. Add some soft music and diffuse pet-centric essential oils.  The hope is that this area will provide a space in which your dog can feel protected during storms. But if you notice her still exhibiting severe signs of anxiety while in this spot, you may need to combine this technique with another. 

3. Functional Accessories 

For some dogs, a snug-fitting garment can drastically reduce their storm anxiety. You’ve probably heard of such products as the Thundershirt; these types of jackets provide targeted pressure along your dog’s body that may allow for your pet to feel more secure and at ease during a storm. The act of having a dog wear a snug-fitting garment is often compared to the act of swaddling a baby—both acts work to calm and reassure the wearer that everything is alright. 


Try to have your pet wear its snug accessory a few times when there isn’t a storm present. This will help him get used to the act of putting it on and the sensation of wearing it. Having your dog only wear his Thundershirt or similar product while it is storming may lead to him associating the product with thunderstorms as opposed to calmness. Again, you can use treats and praise to help him get used to the idea of wearing this strange contraption. 

4. Canna Companion Cannabis

Animals, like humans, can benefit from the use of cannabis. But while marijuana can be beneficial for humans, it’s not ideal for pets. That’s why Canna Companion has created high-quality hemp supplements that can help your dog cope with her storm anxiety and other situational stressors. 


Canna Companion hemp supplements will not make your dog “high.” Dogs can receive a wide range of benefits from the low-level intake of hemp. Cannabis helps support a normally functioning cannabis receptor system which kicks into gear during storm-related anxieties. By administering hemp during this time, the receptor system has more “ingredients” with which to counter that anxiety.  


When creating hemp supplements, Canna Companion uses specific parts of the hemp plant, namely the mature stalks and seeds, rather than relying solely on the flower of the cannabis plant. In addition, when multiple hemp compounds are utilized, e.g. CBD, THC, terpenes, flavonoids, etc., an increase in health benefits and a decrease in adverse effects are observed. Hemp supplements are fully legal and could be just what your pup needs to overcome his storm anxiety. 

Make Your Pet Feel Safe During a Storm

Whether you decide to teach your dog to “settle,” make her a safe spot, wrap her in a snug garment, or ease anxiety and promote a calm demeanor with cannabis supplements, rest assured that you now have some actionable techniques for helping your pup.  


Remember that you will not be able to correct your dog’s anxiety overnight. You may have to try different combinations of these tactics until you find the right formula that works best for your pet. Each dog is different and will react to storms and your suggested coping mechanism differently.


At Canna Companion, we’re passionate about pet health and dedicated to providing the education pet parents need to support their four-legged friends. Our high-quality hemp supplements and CBD oil for dogs can help your pup remain calm in stressful situations, as well as provide a whole host of other benefits

Don’t hesitate to give us a call if you have questions about the benefits of CBD for pets. We’re also happy to schedule a complimentary consultation with a licensed veterinary professional who can address questions and concerns about your furry friend’s unique needs. We wish you the best of luck in your journey to overcome your dog’s storm anxiety!

Top 3 Reasons Your Cat is Anxious

Many pet parents can attest to the fact that cats are some of the most laid-back animals around. They love to spend their time napping, snuggling and playing with their favorite humans. Regrettably, even the most mellow felines can experience temporary stressors that give them periods of intense stress and anxiety, resulting in a wide variety of problematic behaviors. For example, cats with situational anxiety may become more tense and aggressive, causing them to lash out at random with teeth and claws when you or one of your guests try to pet them. It’s essential to understand the causes of their distress and address them as quickly as possible.

Here at Canna Companion, we’re proud to support the health and happiness of cats and dogs across the country through cannabis-based supplementation. That’s why we produce Canna Companion, a unique blend of Cannabis sativa strains (derived solely from the mature stalks and seeds), frequently referred to as hemp, designed to increase the supportive benefits of cannabis while mitigating its “high-inducing” concentrations of THC. This proprietary formulation utilizes a combination of natural compounds found in hemp at the time of normal harvesting and processing to provide your cat or dog with optimum health, comfort and care. We’re also passionate about offering pet parents proven advice to help them take care of their canines and felines. Today, we’ll be helping you to manage and maintain a healthy state of mind for your four-legged friend by discussing three prevalent causes of the occasional feline anxiety. But before we jump in, let’s take a few minutes to review what to look out for.

Common Symptoms of Situational Cat Anxiety

Luckily, a majority of cat anxiety symptoms are relatively easy to spot. According to PetMD, here’s a list of ten telltale signs your cat is feeling stressed out:

  • Urinating or spraying outside of the litter box
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Excessive grooming (cats may lick a spot on their legs until it turns raw or bald)
  • Excessive scratching
  • Hiding
  • Frequent vocalization
  • Sudden increase or decrease in appetite
  • Sudden increase in sleep or lethargy
  • Unprovoked aggression towards animals
  • Unprovoked aggression towards humans

Note: If you notice your cat exhibiting any of these behaviors for extended periods of time beyond the situational stressor, it’s critical to get them to a veterinarian as soon as possible. Your local animal expert will professionally diagnose your feline’s troubling symptoms and determine whether the cause is simply situational anxiety or a deeper medical issue.

Now that you have a solid idea of how anxiety affects cats, let’s move on to three of its most common causes.

1. Adding a New Pet to the House

Despite their cute and cuddly behavior, cats aren’t always fond of company, and this is especially true with new animals. While your kitty certainly doesn’t mind spending time with you and other family members, the presence of animals outside of their social circle can cause them to feel threatened or distressed. To exacerbate matters further, some cats are very territorial, meaning that introducing a new pet too quickly to their space can be a potent recipe for anxiety and conflict. Fortunately, most cats can learn to like (or at least tolerate) another cat or dog as long as they’re introduced to each other properly. For more advice on this process, be sure to check out this article from The Humane Society. If your cat is still experiencing anxiety after a few months with their new playmate, then we highly encourage you to visit your veterinarian for additional help and counsel.

2. Separation From You

Your cat doesn’t just rely on you for food, water and a fresh litter box. Felines have an innate need for socialization and affection, which you can provide in spades. Even if they don’t always show it, your cat loves and craves your attention and company, which is why they can become deeply distressed when you leave for several hours each day for work or school. In most cases, pet parents will solve this separation anxiety issue by picking up another animal to keep their cat company, but this might not be an option if your kitty isn’t a fan of other pets. Fortunately, by providing your cat with plenty of toys and exercise, you can usually tucker them out or keep them preoccupied while you’re gone, allowing them to sleep or play instead of worrying about when you’ll come back. You can also keep your TV or radio on while you’re away to give your feline something to focus on. In fact, even something as simple as a bird feeder outside one of your windows is a solid source of entertainment for a cat!

3. Change of Home

A large number of cats need time to adjust to a new home. If your cat suddenly becomes anxious when there’s no discernible cause, it’s entirely possible that they may be acting out due to the effects of the transition. You may be able to develop a series of exercises and natural treatments to mitigate this issue.

Note: If your cat is having situational anxiety problems, be sure to chat with your veterinarian about helping them with pet-friendly supplements. For example, our Canna Companion formulation is incredibly effective at encouraging a calm demeanor during moments oftemporary or situational anxieties in cats. Together, you and your veterinarian can develop a perfect treatment plan to meet your feline’s unique needs.

Contact Canna Companion

If you have any questions about Canna Companion and how our supplements can be used to support the physical and mental well-being of your cat, then be sure to call or message us today. Also, don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any additional questions about how to help your anxious cat. We’re always here to help.