First Aid Tips for Dogs

 

First Aid is important knowledge for any pet parent to have. It is particularly critical during times where there is a lot going on, such as the holiday season. There are numerous changes to routines animals face during this time: out of town guests, travel, inclimate weather, and more. Any of these can pose a threat to their well-being and emotional state, whether it is via food they shouldn’t eat, stress from air travel, or a paw sliced open on ice. 

The best thing we can do to protect our canine companions in these circumstances is to be prepared. There are really only two steps to canine first aid preparedness: know the basics & consider additional circumstances.  The basics are pretty easy, if a bit detailed.  

 

Medical Information

Have the contact information for your regular veterinarian and for the closest emergency vet clinic posted in an easy to find place, and placed in an outer pocket or luggage tag in your dog’s first aid kit.  Include hospital name, regular doctor’s name, phone number, and physical & website addresses. On the other side of this paper, have your dog’s information.  Be specific and include name, age or date of birth, breed, sex, known conditions or special handling needs, and medication/supplement list.  It’s also a good idea to download the Red Cross’s app, so you have quick access to first aid information for your dog.  

 

First Aid Kit

The main portion of first aid kit should contain a minimum of 3 days worth of basic supplies: collapsible food & water dishes, food & favorite treats, unopened bottle of water, and security item(s) like favorite blanket or toy.  For you preppers, check out doggie bug out bags; you can buy one ready-made though it’s ideal to tailor one for your dog’s specific needs.  

Packed and labeled in a smaller container, include items like medications, supplements, rescue therapies, unopened bottle of artificial tears or small bottle of unopened contact lens solution (both great for gently washing debris from eyes and wounds).  Some medications may harm your dog if stopped without tapering. Examples include anti-seizure, anti-anxiety, and GI or immune-modulation medications. Drugs like antibiotics, antacids, and prescription eye/ear medications should also be in the first aid kit, but a missed dose is unlikely to cause serious problems.  

 

Good supplements to have are those which serve multiple purposes so you don’t have to pack a ton of them.  Here are our favorites and why; remember to pick ones you know historically help you dog, and change them up as her health care needs change.

  • Hemp supplement: the endocannabinoid (ECS) excels at helping manage temporary stressors.  When your dog has need of first aid, her ECS is in high gear and will happily utilize compounds from hemp products.  This is one case where hemp oil is preferred as it absorbs quickly and repeat administration is easy; if your dog is already taking capsules, it is okay to administer hemp oil on top of her normal regimen.  
  • Essential oil blend or kit: terpenes found in many essential oils, like lavender oil, can be quite helpful in calming your dog and assisting her immune system in wound management.  You can place a drop on her collar or bedding for aromatherapy, and around the edges of a wound for immune system support. Warning! Make sure you choose essential oil brands which source responsibly and extract safely.  Here are some resources if you want to learn more: First Aid with Veterinary Medical Aromatherapy (great to have in a first aid kit) and Animal Desk Reference II (very detailed). 
  • TCVM or other herbal blend supplements: if your dog takes such supplements, make sure to pack them.  Contact your holistic or integrative doctor regarding any first aid herbal blends they recommend and have those on hand too. If your dog isn’t seeing an integrative doctor yet, the AHVMA is a place to start the search.     

 

Lastly, and also in a separate labeled container, have all wound care products, including nitrile gloves for you.  Your dog’s veterinarian may have a list of recommended items, or you can create your own. If you make your own, pack just enough to protect open wounds until you reach the nearest emergency veterinary hospital.  Items to consider: no stick pads, cling gauze, and paper tape. You may need someone to assist you during the wound cleaning process, as your dog may be in pain and can lash out.  

The basics of first aid wound care are thankfully simple.  With gloved hands, remove any loose large pieces of debris.  Next, rinse the area with contact lens solution, then apply anything your veterinarian recommends as directed, or lavender essential oil around the wound.  Start with the no stick pad placed over the wound, then bandage as shown here .  For non-limb wounds, you may need to hold a few no-stick pads in place if paper tape is too loose, or fit your dog with a snug (but not too tight!) T-shirt over the bandage.  Remember, your aim is to protect the lesion until you can get to a veterinary hospital.  

 

 

Now, let’s consider additional circumstances, where things like travel, guests and weather come into play.  If you’re traveling, look up nearby emergency veterinary hospitals and add them to the medical professional contact list.  Similarly, prepare for seasonal weather changes specific to the region in which you’ll be traveling. Always be sure that it is warm enough if you are taking your dog out for a walk. Cold winter weather comes with risk of hypothermia, frostbite, and wounds to paw pads among other things. You can help protect against these things by ensuring that your dog has a sweater or jacket if they are a short-haired breed, or one without in insulating double coat if thicker coated. Numerous companies sell booties or other paw pad protectors specially designed for snow and ice. 

Should your dog get too cold (body temperature is below 98.5° via rectal thermometer) or if you find a dog out in the cold weather, the key is to rewarm slowly. First, wrap them in a wool or fleece blanket or equivalent (hoodies work for small dogs), and then place heat packs or water bottles near them. Make sure these items, too, are wrapped in towels to protect from rewarming too quickly or burning their skin. And make sure to get your dog veterinary care as soon as possible.

Of course veterinary care should always follow first aid. Whenever possible, take notes on any care that was provided so you are able to inform your veterinarian of what treatment has been offered. While accidents cannot always be prevented, a little knowledge goes a long way toward keeping our pets safe and healthy.

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!

 

8 Benefits of Adopting a Senior Dog 

 

The month of November is “Adopt a Senior Dog Month” and the Canna Companion family would like to make sure that our fellow pet parents know some of the benefits to look forward to when adding a furry friend to the family.  We all know that puppies are very cute, fun and may be around a lot longer than an older dog. However, there are several reasons why you should look for a senior dog to adopt rather than a rambunctious energy filled puppy.  An older dog has its own special characteristics and there are benefits in adopting an older pet that we cannot overlook.

 

  1. Temperament: Senior dogs already have established their personality and are less energetic than a puppy. By adopting an older dog you have a good idea of the type of dog you welcome into the family.  Whether you adopt a purebred pup or a mixed breed friend, make sure you consider how well that dog will fit into your family.  

 

  1. Training: Many senior dogs already have some basic training behind them, so very little training is required to get them on the right track and adjust to your home.  Adopting an already-trained dog will save you a lot of time and energy that you’d normally have to dedicate towards training a young dog the basics.

 

  1. Older dogs make instant companions: Unlike a puppy, which requires leash training and time to bond with a human pack, an older dog is ready to accompany you on a long walk and already knows how to integrate with humans.  An adult dog will make a great workout partner, a loyal companion, and a great snuggle buddy.

 

  1. You can teach an old dog new tricks: Dogs can be trained at any age and older dogs are just as smart as younger ones. Older dogs have a greater attention span than a puppy, which make them easier to train, especially with fun tricks.

 

  1. You become an instant hero.  Adopting an older dog may save its life: Many people are quick to adopt puppies and younger dogs, often overlooking dogs over the age of five. Shelters are overcrowded and unfortunately, older dogs are among the first to be euthanized if they aren’t adopted in a timely manner. By adopting a senior dog, you are not only providing it with a better life but are also saving it from being put down.

 

  1. They are independent: Senior dogs love to be by their humans’ sides, but they have also mastered the art of amusing themselves. Unlike puppies, you can trust older dogs to play safely on their own when you are occupied, especially once acclimated to their new home. While puppies get into the trash or shred your newspapers, senior dogs happily chew a bone or find a nice cozy spot for a nap.

 

  1. They Have Lots of Love to Give: Senior dogs may bear a few scars – both physical and emotional – but they don’t let their pasts keep them down, no matter how dark they may have been. Dogs have a way of forgiving, forgetting and living in the present. If you give your love to an old dog, you can be sure he will devote the rest of his life to loving you back.

 

  1. They Never Stop Expressing their Gratitude: When you gaze into the wise and worldly eyes of a rescued senior dog, you will see an animal who knows they have been saved. They don’t care where you live, what you look like or what you do for a living; they will dedicate the remainder of their lives to thanking you. 

 

If you’ve been considering adding a new member to your family, let that member be a senior dog.  Adopt one from your local shelter this month to celebrate national Adopt a Senior Dog Month.  And if that new friend needs a little help adjusting to their forever home, consider Canna Companion CBD pet supplements.  Contact us today for more information — or to just tell us how wonderful your newly adopted senior dog is getting along!

Winterize Your Home for Senior Dogs

Slowly, the autumn breezes are turning to a winter chill. Every day brings a greater risk of waking up to frozen car door locks. With the colder weather comes discomfort for elderly joints, including in those of our canine companions. There are many options for keeping our senior dogs comfortable and at ease during cold weather, including supplements like Canna Companion which support joint mobility. 

Keeping them warm is one of the best things you can do for your senior dog, so providing some blankets for them in their beds is always nice. Additionally, there are heated beds made specifically for pets. There are both microwavable heating pads or electric beds. As long as you make sure you follow the instructions, these are all very safe.

If your dog gets in and out of the car frequently, or if they are allowed on the furniture, they may struggle more with getting to those spaces. We advise providing a ramp or stairs to help them get to those areas a bit easier. Pet slings can help pets who need a little help but don’t need a full set of stairs.  This will help to ease joint strain while also allowing them to get up off the floor, where it is colder.

Some dogs may not like it, but other dogs rather enjoy sweaters, jackets, and other items of clothing that will keep them warm on cold days. Try a number of different fits and textures, because not all dogs will like the same things. Additionally, if you are taking your dog out for a walk, consider a waterproof coat, booties, and a longer warm-up time. This will help your dog acclimate much more quickly.

A few further ideas include keeping dogs out of the garage to protect them from poisons such as antifreeze and deicer, and, perhaps best of all, cuddling with your pups whenever you have a chance. Together, we can help make this winter far more comfortable for your senior dog.

National Pit Bull Awareness Day

National Pit Bull Awareness Day (NPBAD) is October 26, 2019.  This is a day of appreciation and education designed to change perceptions and stereotypes about pit bulls and their responsible owners. NPBAD was established to educate and foster positive communications and experiences in the communities in which people and their dogs live, and it is an initiative dedicated to restoring the image of the American Pit Bull Terrier.

 We all can make a difference in our own way. We all can and should play a part in correcting false information and changing the perception of these incredible dogs. We are their voice, and they are depending on us to educate the public (not only about the breed in general, but with respect to responsible ownership practices), to dispel the false information out there, and to restore their reputation as a great American icon. Leading by example is a great place to start!

Extending the National Pit Bull Awareness celebration to year round education is a great opportunity for shelters, breed clubs, and rescue organizations to spotlight the breed with adoption, education, and responsible ownership events in multiple communities and venues!  Since its designation in 2011, we’ve been thrilled to see so many shelters and rescues across the country hosting events during the entire month of October, with the hope that the spirit of National Pit Bull Awareness Day is carried all year through.  

Through education and compassion, we will bring about a positive change for these incredible dogs!

Choosing the Right Cannabis Product for Your Dog’s Size

With hundreds of breeds out there, it’s no surprise that man’s best friend can range in size from about 1 pound to over 200 pounds! With that huge variation in size comes a multitude of breed-specific personality traits and health issues alike. For example, some breeds are more susceptible to certain conditions, like obesity or ear infections, while others are more likely to suffer from mobility issues like hip dysplasia.

As a pet parent, you’re likely always on the lookout for additional ways to keep your dog happy and healthy, no matter his breed or individual quirks. A hemp-based supplement can provide extra support for a number of your pup’s essential physiological processes, from joint function to neurological health. But how do you identify the ideal product for your canine, and how much of it does she actually need? We’ve put together a guide that can help you determine the proper supplement and dosage for your furry friend.

Cannabis for Small Dogs

Dogs age differently from humans—so differently that the first year of their lives is the equivalent of 15 “human years!” But they also age at different speeds depending on their breed, a phenomenon that grows more pronounced the older they get. For instance, a 12-year-old Miniature Pinscher would be approximately 64 in human years, while a Great Dane would be closer to 77!

What all this means is that smaller breeds like Chihuahuas tend to live longer than large breeds like Dalmatians. Proper care, good genetics, and preventative measures can provide your small breed with a high quality of life and many years by your side. Canna Companion’s unique formula can supplement your efforts with additional support for everything from the GI tract to the immune system.

Weight plays a large role in determining the amount of cannabis that will benefit your dog, so it’s essential to pay attention to dosage guidelines. Though there are no known long-term effects, ingesting more than the daily recommended amount can leave pets lethargic and uncoordinated for several hours. Canines up to 20 pounds should receive Canna Companion’s regular strength capsule for small dogs, with 205 milligrams of hemp. Dogs between 21 and 50 pounds will benefit the most from our capsule for medium dogs, which contains 355 milligrams of hemp.

Cannabis for Large Dogs

With all that extra weight to support, large breeds are more prone to degenerative conditions and joint issues, and they also age more quickly than smaller breeds—so it’s essential to provide your pup with everything he needs to stay in peak physical condition from the start. But even a dog in perfect health will begin to show normal signs of aging, such as stiffer movement, as he gets older.

Canna Companion can help ease joint discomfort that comes from daily activity, as well as help with comfort and care as aging dogs enter their golden years. Dogs from 51 to 80 pounds should receive Canna Companion’s large canine capsule with 440 milligrams of hemp. Extra large canines 81 pounds and over should take our capsule containing 525 milligrams of hemp.

Finding the Right Product

Cannabis, hemp, marijuana—the terminology gets confusing, but the most important takeaway is that cannabis dosages are largely unregulated and unmeasured. Your dog is much more sensitive to cannabis than you are, so it’s crucial to understand exactly how much of the substance you’re administering. Canna Companion was developed by licensed veterinarians who continue to maintain strict quality control so you can be sure that your dog is getting the exact dosage that appears on the label.

Once you select the proper product based on weight, you can work with your veterinarian to determine the exact regimen that your pet needs. Your decision may ultimately come down to oil versus capsule form. If your dog is quite small and doesn’t take pills very well, you may want to try Canna Companion’s whole plant hemp oil. Hemp oil is also a great option if you’re hoping to see effects faster, as it takes longer for the body to absorb oral pills.

Leveraging Hemp for a Happier Pup

No matter how old our dogs get, they’re still puppies at heart. At Canna Companion, we’re dedicated to helping you keep your canine companion happy and healthy well into his senior years so that he can maintain that puppy mentality and enjoy life by your side. Our veterinary experts created a hemp-based supplement that accomplishes just that by supporting a wide range of essential processes within your pup’s body. Reach out today—we’re always happy to answer questions about our products or schedule your complimentary consultation!

How to Help Your Rescue Dog Settle In at Home

So you’re bringing a rescue dog into your family—congratulations! Not only are you gaining a furry friend, but you’re also making a difference by providing a home to a dog in need. Ideally, the transition from the rescue to your home will go smoothly, and you’ll be able to walk your new dog through the door and watch her bound around, eager to explore from the start. But some rescue dogs have been through a lot, moving between multiple owners and environments. In reality, you might walk your dog inside and only catch glimpses of fur for days as he settles in and gets comfortable in his new surroundings.

At Canna Companion, we’re dedicated to supporting the health and well-being of all pets, from puppies to geriatric cats. Helping rescue dogs get comfortable doesn’t have to be stressful for you or your new pup! We want to make sure that pet parents have the tools and information they need to keep their animals happy, so we’ve put together a guide to easing your dog into her new surroundings.

Have the Essentials Ready to Go

The last thing you want to do is leave your dog home alone immediately to run to the pet store, especially if she’s anxious. You could come home to shredded furniture, a mess on the floor, or even a hole in the wall! This is an easy problem to avoid—just make sure to stock up on the essentials before heading to the shelter or rescue. You can pick up additional supplies, like gourmet treats or specialty toys, after your canine companion is comfortable staying home alone or being around someone who isn’t you.  

If you’ve had a dog before, you likely already have most of the necessary supplies. For first-time pet owners, make sure you have these things on hand:

  • Food and water bowls
  • Leash, collar, and identification tags
  • Dog bed or designated, comfortable resting area
  • Crate (if you’re crate training)
  • Suitable food
  • Toys
  • Veterinarian’s contact information
  • Treats
  • Emergency contact information (Animal Poison Control, 24-hour veterinarian nearby, etc.)

Create Routine

The unknown can be terrifying, particularly for a dog that’s been exposed to multiple different environments and a whole cast of strangers over a short period. The solution here is to create a schedule! Set certain times for feeding, walking, play time, and downtime each day, making sure to stay consistent. If you’re not used to such a rigid schedule yourself, consider setting reminders on your phone to let you know when it’s time to switch activities. This routine will create a sense of stability, helping your dog adjust to her new life.

Give Your Dog Space

Be patient as your furry friend works to adapt to his new routine. Some dogs will be leaping onto the bed to snuggle with you on their first day in their new home, but others might need some time to adjust—to you and any other humans or animals in the house, as well as to a new diet and environment. This process can take weeks or even months, so make sure you give your pup everything he needs to settle into his new pack and home. Provide a quiet, comfortable spot where your dog can go to feel safe, away from overwhelming noise and stimuli. It’s normal for your rescue pup to be skittish and wary at first, but with time and plenty of respect for his space, his true personality will start to shine through!

Show Plenty of Affection

That being said, be sure to make the most of the moments when you see your dog: encourage her to spend more time around you and continue to get comfortable in your home. You don’t have to go wild with treats, but a special snack coupled with verbal praise will go a long way in creating that positive bond. This is especially true when the praise and treat accompany a physical action your dog performs that fits the new “pack rules.” That action might be learning to sit on command or simply being good when other pets or children greet her. This combination of physical action, praise, and treat is a sure way to help any new dog feel comfortable.

Manage Anxiety

If your rescue dog is prone to anxiety, settling into a new environment may take him longer than most dogs—especially if you’re gone for long portions of the day without the ability to keep an eye on him. Certain situations, like thunderstorms, travel, or even you leaving for work can cause a stress response in your dog, leading to destructive behaviors. You may want to look into supplements for rescue dogs that can ease your dog’s nervousness. Canna Companion has created a high-quality hemp supplement that, when administered regularly, can help your dog relax when faced with these stressors. Just be sure to speak with your veterinarian before making any changes to your dog’s diet!

Support Your Pet’s Well-Being with Canna Companion

Our passion for pets runs deep here at Canna Companion—so deep that it led us to develop a perfectly balanced, hemp-based formula that allows cats and dogs to enjoy the many supportive benefits of the cannabis plant. If your rescue dog needs a little extra help adjusting to your home, we’ve got you covered with support for his or her immune system, joint function, demeanor and more. Reach out today to learn more or schedule a complimentary consultation with a licensed veterinarian.  

5 Signs of a Happy Dog

Have you ever looked at your dog and questioned how happy they were? After all, canines can’t express their feelings as clearly as their two-legged parents can, making it tough for us to pin down their emotional state. Of course, that’s not to say dogs are an emotional brick wall; they’re just a little harder to read without practice. Fortunately, if you know how to look for a handful of their big tells, it’s pretty easy to determine whether your pup is happy and content or in need of some help.

Here at Canna Companion, it’s our mission to keep your dog happy and healthy well into his or her golden years. That’s why we produce a range of pet-friendly hemp products for canines, including oils and supplements which leverage the power of natural compounds in cannabis to support the health and balance of your dog’s neurological, physiological, immunological and endocannabinoid systems. We’re also proud to provide pet parents with all of the counsel and support they need to assess and improve their canine’s mental and physical well-being. So today, we’ll be taking a few minutes to discuss five signs that your dog is happy and potential solutions you can try if he or she isn’t exhibiting them.

A Healthy Appetite

If your pooch is eager to chow down on a few meals each day, that’s a telltale sign that she’s happy and content! However, it’s important to remember that how much (and how often) a dog eats can vary drastically depending on their breed, age and lifestyle. Feel free to check out this article from petMD for more specific information on how much your canine should eat per day. If you notice a sudden and consistent decrease in the amount of food your dog is willing to eat over the span of a week, then there’s a strong chance she’s experiencing some kind of physical or mental problem. Sharp increases in appetite are also a sign of several problematic conditions in dogs. In any case, you should always take your pup to the veterinarian if you notice a marked change in her eating habits just to be safe.

Lots and Lots of Sleep

Did you know that a healthy and content adult canine is expected to sleep for up to 14 hours every day? When dogs are properly exercised and stimulated, they need long periods of rest to recharge their batteries. So don’t be alarmed if your favorite four-legged friend ends up snoozing away most of the day. It’s perfectly natural! Also, bear in mind that many dogs will catch a nap or two while guarding the house when you’re away at school or work. If you’re really eager to pin down exactly how much rest your dog gets each day, you can set up a few cameras in the house to be sure. You can usually tell whether your dog is getting enough sleep based on their energy levels and mood. Exhausted dogs will be reluctant to play and may seem depressed. Regular visits with the dog health experts at your local veterinary clinic are the best way to confirm that your pup is catching enough sleep.

A Calm and Relaxed Demeanor

One of the quickest ways to assess your pup’s level of happiness is by examining her demeanor. You can do this by monitoring her body language and behaviors when she isn’t playing. Canines with loose, relaxed muscles and posture that exhibit calm behaviors are almost always happy and content. On the other hand, stiff, tense muscles and frantic behaviors are strong indications that your pooch is nervous or anxious about something. In many cases, dogs will develop phobias and anxieties centered around certain objects and events, such as loud, disruptive noises, strangers, other animals or vehicle rides. If you notice your dog isn’t projecting a calm, relaxed energy when they should be, be sure to consult with your veterinarian. They can set you up with a number of strategies and pet-friendly products to help her regain a calm demeanor. For example, our Canna Companion supplement is incredibly effective at encouraging a calm, normal demeanor in dogs.

Sociability

As pack animals, dogs are inherently social creatures. And while some of them might dislike the presence of certain types of animals, most dogs are more than eager to meet and play with new pets and people. When you take your pooch to a local dog park or other locations with animals or people she hasn’t met yet, take a moment to observe how she treats them.  Dogs who pleasantly greet strangers are usually in very high spirits. However, if your pup gets aggressive or becomes anxious around new people or animals, it’s a strong indication that she’s not happy. That being said, not all dogs are eager or comfortable with strangers. Talking to your veterinarian about these potentially problematic, anti-social behaviors is the best way to sort out what kind of behavior is and is not normal and work towards a solution.

Enthusiasm for Playing and Other Activities

Regardless of their age, all happy canines adore daily walks and play sessions with their favorite people. Of course, older dogs might not be as eager to bound around the house or chase after rabbits as their younger counterparts, but they’ll still get excited at the prospect of getting outside and moving their bodies. If your pooch seems unwilling to participate in activities they usually enjoy, that’s a strong indication that they aren’t feeling well. Loss of enthusiasm can be linked to depression, sickness and even injuries, so be sure to check in with your veterinarian to sort out the cause of your dog’s reluctance as soon as you can.

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How to Manage Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety

Dogs depend on their two-legged parents for more than just food, water and the occasional belly rub. Our canine companions fiercely crave our company, affection, and leadership, which is why so many of them become distressed whenever we leave the house for school, work or trips into town. In fact, separation anxiety is one of the most common concerns affecting dog parents and their pups today. If left unchecked, this condition can cause disruptive behaviors and severely decrease a canine’s quality of life. Consequently, it’s incredibly important for pet parents to develop techniques to help them manage and mitigate the impact that separation anxiety has on their dog.

At Canna Companion, we’re passionate about leveraging cannabis science to provide optimal health, care and comfort for pets. That’s why we produce a wide range of pet-friendly hemp products that harness combinations of terpenes, phytocannabinoids and flavonoids to provide natural support for the balance and health of your dog’s neurological, physiological, immunological and endocannabinoid systems. We’re also proud to offer pet parents any advice and resources they need to understand and care for their four-legged kids. So today, we’ll be discussing a handful of strategies you can employ to manage your pup’s separation anxiety. But before we jump in, let’s take a moment to review this serious condition and a few of its telltale symptoms.

Understanding Separation Anxiety in Dogs

Separation anxiety in dogs can be defined as the worry, unease and stress a canine feels when their guardian leaves them. Because dogs are pack animals, they feel a powerful drive to keep members of their family together. In light of this fact, it’s not hard to imagine why our pups become upset when we take off for eight or nine hours every single day. In most cases, dogs will vent this stress and worry through whining, urinating, barking and pacing restlessly around the house. These anxiety symptoms usually start up as soon as they realize their owner is preparing to depart. In more severe cases, dogs will resort to more destructive behaviors in their distress, which can lead to damaged property and even self-injury. Put simply, if your canine constantly barks, whines, urinates, damages non-toy items or attempts to escape from their space when left alone, it’s very likely that they’re struggling with separation anxiety.

Now that you have a solid understanding of what separation anxiety is and how it manifests in canines, let’s run through a few tactics you can use to lessen the effects this condition has on your favorite four-legged friend.

1. Exercise Your Dog Thoroughly Before Leaving Home

According to Cesar Millan, one of the best ways to manage your dog’s separation anxiety is by tiring them out before you leave each day. Thorough exercise triggers a “resting state” in canines, making them more submissive and accepting of your departure. In many cases, after a nice, long jog or fetch session, your dog will be too tired to get worked up about you leaving, causing them to relax and sleep the day away until you come home. And since healthy adult canines are supposed to sleep for up to 14 hours each day, they’ll wake up feeling refreshed, happy and ready to greet you when you return.

2. Provide Companionship for Your Dog

Another great way to manage your dog’s’ separation anxiety is to set them up with a companion while you’re away. If your canine has some form of company, they’re much less likely to fret over your absence and turn to negative behaviors. While taking your pup to a daycare facility or leaving them with a friend or family member are effective tactics, they can be expensive and inconvenient. That’s why we recommend adopting another inside pet to provide this companionship. A second dog is usually a good choice, but it’s important to note that some canines don’t mesh well with other dogs. In situations like these, you might consider adopting a cat. And if your dog doesn’t play well with any other animals, you can still simulate companionship by turning on the TV or radio while you’re gone. These pleasant distractions can go a long way in helping your pup calm down and stop fixating on the fact that you aren’t around.

3. Utilize Pet-Friendly Supplements

Did you know certain pet supplements can help to reduce the effects of separation anxiety in pets? For example, our Canna Companion supplement for dogs uses a variety of natural compounds found in hemp to encourage a normal, calm demeanor in canines. When regularly administered, Canna Companion can help your dog relax during periods of temporary or situational anxiety. Just be sure to consult with your veterinarian before starting your dog on any new supplement product. Together, the two of you can find the perfect product to meet your dog’s unique health needs.

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4 Activities to Do With Your Dog to Keep Them Healthy

It’s no secret that keeping your dog’s body in top form plays a huge role in maintaining their overall health and well-being. And while daily walks and runs are a great way to keep you and your pup in peak physical condition, they can also become very stale over time. In fact, if you’ve lived with a canine for more than a year or two, odds are good you’ve already grown tired of these standard workout rituals. Fortunately, with a touch of courage and inspiration, you and your canine can enjoy a range of fresh and highly effective workout routines that further strengthen your bond.

At Canna Companion, we value the health and happiness of your pet just as much as you do. That’s why we produce innovative hemp-based pet supplements that enhance the supportive benefits of the cannabis plant through a combination of phytocannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids. We also pride ourselves in providing helpful advice for pet parents to ensure they can support maximum strength and wellness in their cats or dogs. Today, we’ll be walking you through four of our favorite activities canine parents can use to keep their lovable four-legged children in phenomenal physical and mental shape.

1. Dog Yoga

Dog yoga (also affectionately known as “doga”) is one of the most entertaining and beneficial activities for dogs. Most doga classes are split up into two phases: dog-focused yoga and human-focused yoga. During the first phase, you’ll lay out your yoga mat and help your pooch perform a few key yoga poses. These poses will vary depending on the size and physical shape of your dog, but they’re all fun and relatively easy for both parties to pull off. For example, one of the most basic yoga poses for dogs is the Chair, which just involves holding your dog from behind by the front paws as they balance on their hind legs. The second phase of doga will involve you performing yoga poses while your dog relaxes or socializes with other canines in the class. The beauty of doga is that it pairs fun and unique exercises that improve your dog’s range of motion and circulation with fun bonding opportunities. By the end of a thorough doga session, both you and your dog will leave feeling tired, relaxed and even more comfortable with each other.

2. Hiking

There’s nothing quite like a hiking session when you want to work out and experience the beauty of nature in all its splendor. Unsurprisingly, these hiking excursions are even more fun when your canine friend can tag along. Dogs adore hiking because it gives them the chance to explore new areas outside and embrace a whole new range of sights and scents while enjoying time with their favorite humans. However, most national parks forbid dogs from traveling on their trails. Luckily, some pet parents are so passionate about dog hiking that they’ve developed a site to help others find nearby dog-friendly hiking spots. If you do choose to embark on one of these fantastic journeys with your pup, just be sure to bring enough of the right provisions. Hiking is hard work for humans and canines alike, so your dog will need a healthy supply of food, water and encouragement pets. You’ll also want to bring along a few poop bags to keep the trails clean.  

3. Nose Work

As you might expect, dogs love to exercise their potent smelling power. That’s why most of them have a blast when participating in nose work. In case you don’t know, nose work encompasses many different types of canine scent detection activities. Over the course of these exercises, canines learn how to track down certain objects and foods using their sense of smell. With nose work, you can train your dog to seek out his or her favorite toys or treats regardless of where they are in a given space. Sounds pretty cool, right? Nose work activities can be done almost anywhere, meaning that you can perform them with your dog whether you’re at home, a friend’s house or on vacation. Best of all, these exercises burn through a great deal of your dog’s mental and physical energy, keeping both their body and mind stimulated throughout.

4. Trick Training

Dogs crave a sense of purpose, which is why many of them enjoy learning and performing tricks for their two-legged parents. Depending on which tricks you pick, these training sessions can provide solid opportunities to keep your dog’s brain and body in shape. For example, teaching your dog how to fetch is a challenging and highly rewarding process that will mix up your exercise routines while stimulating your pup’s natural desires to play and chase. Moreover, we’d be remiss not to mention how fun it is to show these tricks off to your friends and family once you and your dog master them! Not sure which tricks you should focus on? Here’s a handful of simple and fun canine tricks to get you started. Be patient, have fun and treasure these excellent learning experiences with your pooch. Oh, and be sure to reward their efforts with plenty of tasty snacks and pets.

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Interested in learning more about how to keep your dog healthy? Then be sure to call or message Canna Companion! We would be more than happy to hear from you and set you up with additional activities and exercises you and your pup can enjoy together. You can also shoot us a message if you have any questions about our industry-leading hemp supplements and how they can be used to provide your dog with optimal comfort, care and support throughout each stage of life. We’re always here to help.