Anniversary Letter from Canna Companion CEO Sarah Brandon, DVM

Celebrate Canna Companion's 5 year anniversary with a sale!

Dear Canna Companion Pet Parents, Colleagues, and Partners,

It’s hard to believe five years have passed since Canna Companion’s inception. It has been fascinating being both an observer and participant at the crossroads of the veterinary medicine, animal supplement, and cannabis industries.

Allow me to introduce you to Riley!

Riley First Dog using CBD and Hemp

Here is Riley, pictured playing with his favorite toy.

Riley was our very first cannabis patient (my own pet) and forever altered the way a small group of licensed veterinary professionals practiced medicine. Riley was a Rottweiler that came to be a research subject at the end of winter in 2000 seeking mobility support. Within a few hours of administering a small amount of cannabis to Riley, we began to observe significant improvement in his mobility. Naturally, we began to question the role cannabis may play in Riley’s joint support. As a result, we began to study the endocannabinoid receptor system and its function in veterinary medicine.

We continued to administer cannabis to our pets while keeping track of all responses in journals. What started out as a simple observational test to hopefully improve the quality of life of one pet, ultimately led our small team in Oklahoma to a journey we’re continuing to this day in Washington.

When we moved to Washington in 2002, where medical marijuana was legal, we continued our studies with Lisa Anderson, an experienced and dedicated licensed veterinary technician, using CBD-heavy strains. Our years of documenting the use of measured amounts of state-tested products to our personal pets, fosters, friends’ pets, and eventually patients, all without getting them high, led to the development of what-is-now Canna Companion’s proprietary database that thousands of patients and their pet parents helped build.

As the database grew, it revealed patterns that helped us determine what would be effective for companion animals. Soon after, we realized it was time to share our knowledge with other veterinary professionals. In early 2014, we channeled our scientific background to form a company that produces high-quality products to reach a larger patient population. Hemp was our clear answer to meet regulatory demands and online sales began in March 2014.

Some customs from our experience of managing veterinary clinics transferred to Canna Companion. Our early clients dutifully filled out intake forms prior to purchasing our hemp products. We meticulously filled each capsule by hand, storing them in green Mason jars until orders came in. As clinicians, we followed up with our clients, offered consultative recommendations, and tweaked our formula to what it is today.

Without the input of our pioneering clients, we would not be here today.

Capsule Machine for Quality Cannabis Products

As a company founded by licensed veterinary professionals, Canna Companion’s aim is to be a source of education for pet parents and veterinary professionals with regards to the endocannabinoid system, and the functions our products can play in the lives of their animals. We have created a culture which honors the Veterinarian’s Oath, extending that obligation into the products we produce and expectations for industry standards.

Since 2014, we’ve celebrated many accomplishments, including:

  • Collaborating with the Food and Drug Administration and National Animal Supplement Council on good manufacturing practices and compliance.
  • Launching three product lines for three unique uses, consistent with findings from our database for cats and dogs.
  • Hiring a talented team from across the country who are passionate about our company goals.
  • Cultivating a culture of compassion for those we serve and commitment in providing high quality products that any veterinary professional would be willing to use on their own pet.
  • Distributing hemp products across the country to help as many companion animals as possible.

Our greatest accomplishments, however, are the ones our clients share with us. It brings real, unadulterated joy when clients relate stories showing how our products deepen the bond with their pets.

Kitten Chops Cat Benefits CBD and Hemp

As the cannabis industry steps out of prohibition in the coming years, our commitment to professionals and pet owners is to:

  • Continue being your trusted source in veterinary cannabis education.
  • Deliver quality products consistent with that education.
  • Navigate the regulatory landscape to ensure the support of your pet’s endocannabinoid system.

As a way of thanking you for being part of this journey, Canna Companion will be holding its first sale ever! Don’t forget to use the coupon code 5YEAR to receive 10% off your next order. The code is valid through this Friday, March 8, 2019 and cannot be combined with other discounts.

Dr. Sarah Brandon
Chief Executive Officer
Canna Companion Services LLC

5 Keys to Keeping Your Cat Happy

Unhappiness and stress can affect humans and cats alike. Despite their best attempts to appear calm and aloof, cats are very emotionally-sensitive creatures. Significant changes in their lives (such as being moved to a new home, losing a family member, or even a sharp decrease in exercise or activity) can trigger stress in felines.

At Canna Companion, there’s nothing we value more than maintaining the long-term health and well-being of companion animals. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of five key techniques you can use to keep your feline happy throughout every stage of its life.

  1. Exercise your cat daily

Physical activity is an essential component of entertaining your cat. It also helps maintain your pet’s ideal weight and strength. Try to spend about 30 to 45 minutes each day exercising your feline with toys that stimulate their hunting instincts. Bird feather toys, small mice toys attached to strings, and laser pointers will work perfectly. Cats are fickle animals, so split this exercise time into smaller 10- to 15-minute sessions and use a variety of toys to ensure that yours doesn’t get bored. If your feline completely refuses to touch its toys, don’t try to force it to play. Just wait a few minutes and try again.

As your cat ages, its joints and muscles make it more difficult to muster the enthusiasm to chase and bat at fake prey. Experiment with different types of toys, activities, or small doses of catnip to provide motivation, and consider speaking with your veterinarian about using pet supplements to support your cat’s general joint health. Canna Companion supplements even offer GI tract and immune system support for your aging cat.

  1. Create high spaces for your cat to roam and relax on

Most cats naturally seek out elevated platforms and perches. They developed this instinct because high vantage points are perfect for hunting small prey and avoiding large potential predators that can’t climb (like dogs and coyotes). Despite how safe and comfy your home or apartment is, cats just can’t shake their natural urge to find high places to hide and avoid confrontation, especially if there are other animals in the space. Buying a cat tree or two is a great way to offer an elevated space and a fun toy at the same time. You can also use tables, cabinets and shelves as heightened havens for your cat, but take care not to leave any breakable valuables on them.

  1. Provide companionship for your cat

Humans live busy and demanding lives, and that can make it really tough to slot time away for one-on-one time with our family members. Just like any other mammal, cats crave social interactions and experiences, so make an effort to dedicate 30 minutes or so each day toward socializing with your cat by petting and relaxing with it. If you travel frequently, consider adopting a second cat. The two will keep each other company and constantly exercise, through play and chase sessions, while you’re away, keeping them both content and physically fit.

Bear in mind special steps need to be taken if you decide to introduce a second feline into your living space. Cats can be incredibly territorial and hostile toward other adults, so it may be best to look for a kitten, though avoid kittens if your current kitty is older. Two adults can learn to coexist, but the amount of time this takes depends largely on whether both of the animals are calm and friendly toward each other or not. Regardless of the age of your new feline, be sure to use separate food and water bowls for each cat. Using one large dish for both of your pets can lead to overeating, undereating and constant fighting over these resources. Follow this link for a detailed guide on adding a second cat to your home, and be sure to keep in contact with your veterinarian if you need additional advice or assistance.

  1. Set your cat up with visual entertainment

Cats love to observe the world around them. You can stimulate this interest by placing bird feeders outside of open windows in your apartment or home, buying an aquarium or playing videos of nature on your TV. All those intriguing sights and sounds will fascinate your cat and stave off boredom for hours on end. This is a massive boon if you need to leave your cat without company for several hours each day. And if you’re feeling particularly ambitious, you can try putting your cat on a leash and taking them out a few times every day to explore the spaces near your home.

  1. Schedule regular checkups with your veterinarian every month

Cats are incredibly good at hiding discomfort associated with daily activity. This is another instinctual behavior designed to protect themselves from predators looking for weak and easy prey. This can make it incredibly difficult for owners to pin down whether their cat is distressed or hurting. To ensure that your pet’s daily life is free of pain and discomfort, consult with your local veterinarian to assess their condition. These medical experts can fill you in on any symptoms or injuries your cat is experiencing (including dental issues that are difficult to spot) and provide you with the tools and knowledge needed to assist them.

Use Canna Companion Supplements to Support Your Cat’s Health and Happiness

Keeping your cat happy, particularly as it grows older, can be immensely challenging, but there are resources you can rely on for help. As always, a trusted veterinarian will be your best source of support and counsel when caring for your cat, so take advantage of this relationship whenever possible. Be sure to talk with your veterinarian about arranging a supplement regimen for your cat, too. Canna Companion supplements can help your cat remain comfortable as it grows older and encourage a normal and calm demeanor as well.

Call or message us today to learn more about providing the best care for your cat and ensuring its happiness for years to come.

How to Know if Cannabis Supplements Are Right for Your Pet

Across the United States, more and more pet parents are turning to cannabis-based pet products to enhance the happiness and overall well-being of their cats and dogs. Moreover, because hemp-based supplements are completely legal, many pet parents favor these products over marijuana supplements, which are still illegal to own in many parts of the US. However, considering the wealth of information on hemp and marijuana floating around the internet, it can be very challenging to determine whether cannabis-based pet supplements will work well for your canine. Fortunately, your friends here at Canna Companion will be shedding some light on that subject today. Let’s jump right in.

A Brief Rundown on Cannabis Supplements for Pets

Cannabis supplements are designed to provide natural support for the health and balance of your pet’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), a group of endogenous cannabinoid receptors located within every tissue of his or her body. When concentrations of the natural compounds found in cannabis interact with these receptors, a number of physiologic and pathophysiologic processes occur, fostering increased comfort and health through adjunctive and palliative therapy. Best of all, when used at low doses there are no known negative interactions between cannabis supplements and other supplements or veterinarian-prescribed therapies.  The ECS excels at bridging the gaps between various therapies so your cat or dog (regardless of age, breed or condition) can benefit from the phenomenal effects of these formulations.

How Do Cannabis Supplements Aid Pets?

To give you a better idea of whether cannabis supplements are the right choice for your pet, let’s take a few minutes to review their potential benefits. Of course, each cannabis product brings different advantages to the table due to its unique composition, so we’ll be using our Canna Companion hemp supplement as an example here. Canna Companion can aid your pet in the following areas simply because the ECS has one function: identify and correct stress signals within the body, no matter where that stress is located.  

  1. GI Tract Support

The phytocannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids found in Canna Companion support key digestive processes in cats and dogs, ensuring normal GI tract health and function.

  1. Immunity

Your cat or dog’s immune system protects them from a wide range of potential health threats. Canna Companion provides exceptional support to this key defensive system, keeping your pet in great condition.

  1. Mobility and Joint Support

Daily activities and exercises can put significant pressure on your pet’s joints, causing mobility and joint issues. Luckily, Canna Companion can mitigate this issue by supporting his or her general joint health, managing any discomfort caused by normal exercises and activities.

  1. Neurology

Canna Companion can support your pet’s mental health and performance by maintaining optimal neurological function.

  1. Comfort and Care

Canna Companion is a great boon for pet parents looking for a product to assist in “end of life” comfort and care for their animal.

  1. Demeanor

By helping pets to overcome any temporary and/or situational anxieties, Canna Companion can encourage a calm and relaxed demeanor in dogs and cats.

If you’d like to provide any of the benefits listed above for your cat or dog, then you should strongly consider investing in a cannabis supplement for them. However, before you start researching and ordering different cannabis products for your lovable companion, it’s essential to check in with their doctor first. That’s right, it’s time for a vet visit…

Consulting With Your Veterinarian

Ultimately, the fastest and most effective way to determine whether your dog or cat will benefit from a cannabis supplement is to consult with your veterinarian. Your favorite animal expert understands your pet’s health needs and constraints better than anyone else, making them a great source of knowledge and support on the subject. With their help and expertise, you and your veterinarian can assess the best supplements to promote optimal comfort, health and care for your pet.

Contact Canna Companion Today

If you’re interested in learning more about Canna Companion or our unrivaled hemp-based pet supplements, then don’t hesitate to call or message us. Also, feel free to reach out if you have any questions about cannabis for pets or cannabis science in general. We’d be happy to set you up with any additional resources or support you need to care for your pet.

5 Things You Need to Know About Cannabis for Dogs

There’s a reason dogs are known as man’s best friend. They’re loyal, they love us unconditionally, and nothing welcomes you home quite like those wet, slobbery kisses. We love our dogs, so why wouldn’t we do everything we could to make their lives better? That’s just what many owners across the country are doing for their beloved pooches, all with a little help from hemp pet supplements. Just like humans, our four-legged friends have been known to experience health benefits from cannabis. When it comes to cannabis for your favorite canine companion, there are a few things you need to know.

Canine Cannabis is Formulated Differently

Your furry friend can take a small amount of CBD-heavy cannabis, which will not make them high like THC-heavy products, and reap the same health benefits as humans when their endocannabinoid system (ECS) is supported. Remember, dogs are much smaller than humans and can take advantage of very small amounts of cannabinoids (like CBD & THC) in a product. In fact, Canna Companion’s supplements are made from hemp, the cannabis species with lower concentrations of both CBD & THC than marijuana. Hemp always contains more CBD than THC, so your pet cannot get high but is able to receive the full benefits of a balanced cannabis product.

Canine Cannabis is Available in Different Forms

Just like people, dogs can be picky, especially when it comes to taking supplements or eating treats. Canine cannabis is available in different forms, from treats and tinctures to capsules. And while some pups enjoy these treats, others may be put off by them. That’s when a capsule comes in handy.

Just like people, dogs benefit from formulation choices when it comes to their supplemental regimen. Canine cannabis comes in a variety of forms including chews, oils, tinctures, capsules and more. However, sometimes it’s difficult to ensure your dog receives the full recommended amount, and Canna Companion understands! That’s why we have two balanced whole plant hemp options for your beloved furry friend: capsules and oil. Both should be administered during or after one of their daily meals. You can find more information on these Canna Companion options and how they differ from each other here.

You Won’t Have to Get a Prescription

While it’s legal in 23 states to purchase marijuana for human consumption, it’s illegal for any veterinarian to write a prescription for marijuana for your pet. While there’s no shortage of interest in how cannabis can support your dog’s ECS to improve his or her quality of life, few veterinarians are advocating for the use of cannabis in treating pets. This is because the FDA has not approved cannabis use for dogs or cats, though scientists are quickly working to change that fact. However, the benefit of hemp-based cannabis products is that you’re able to access cannabis for your canine without seeking a prescription. If you’re unsure of whether or not your pet can benefit from cannabis, you’re more than welcome to reach out to one of our trusted veterinary professionals for advice or a consultation.

Canine Cannabis Helps With Supporting the ECS and Improving Quality of Life

Canine cannabis contains a variety of natural compounds (including phytocannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids) that can be used to support your dog’s neurological, physiological, immunological and endocannabinoid systems. Not only can dog-friendly cannabis products foster optimal immune system and GI tract performance, but it also encourages a normal, calm demeanor, making it a great choice for canines suffering from temporary or situational anxieties. Moreover, canine cannabis can help with mobility issues and joint discomfort associated with normal daily exercise and the natural aging process, helping geriatric and active dogs stay in peak condition.

Overdoses Are Rare

Depending on your dog’s size, weight and species, it is possible for them to overdose on canine cannabis, resulting in mild lethargy or lack of coordination for several hours. Fortunately, these instances are rare and aren’t associated with any known long-term effects. In most cases, overdoses are the result of unclear administration guidelines from the manufacturer. That’s why it’s essential to invest in a pet-friendly cannabis product producer like Canna Companion. We take the guesswork out of administration by providing size-appropriate capsules and clear instructions for our hemp oils, ensuring your pup receives the perfect amount of cannabis support for their needs.

Contact Canna Companion

Giving your dog cannabis is not a decision to make lightly, but for the right dog, a small amount can make all the difference in their quality of life and happiness. At Canna Companion, we want to help your dog feel their best throughout their life. For more information about our canine hemp supplements or to schedule a consultation with an experienced cannabis-friendly veterinary professional, contact us today.

8 Ways to Help Keep Your Dog Healthy

Keeping your canine in good health is a demanding responsibility. As a dog owner, it’s your duty to ensure your dog stays strong, safe, clean and happy. But this can be incredibly difficult if you don’t understand the things your favorite canine needs to flourish. Canna Companion puts immeasurable value on maintaining the well-being and long-term health of dogs, and that’s why we’ve put together this list of eight tips you can use to help keep your canine in peak condition for many years to come.

  1. Brush your dog’s teeth

Dental care is just as critical for dogs as it is for humans. Regrettably, canines are much less receptive to receiving a daily brushing than we are, often retreating away the second they smell that pet-friendly toothpaste or fervently pushing the brush out of their mouths. You may be tempted to abandon playing dentist with your dog entirely, but daily teeth cleanings can help protect them from dental disease and overgrowth of normal oral bacteria. This will also significantly improve the smell of your dog’s breath, so you stand to gain from these brushing sessions, too. If this procedure proves too difficult or takes up too much time, consider arranging occasional teeth cleanings with your local veterinarian. It’s not as beneficial as daily brushing, but a thorough dental checkup a few times a year is much better than nothing.

  1. Clip your canine’s nails

Maintaining your dog’s nails can be a challenging task. After all, most canines aren’t exactly comfortable with having each of their paws held and worked on for several minutes. Furthermore, it can be really difficult to determine how short to cut the nail to avoid bleeding and pain. These factors make most dog owners hesitant to pull out the clippers or grinders, but allowing your dog’s nails to grow too long can cause pain, damage tendons in their legs, and deform their feet over time. Luckily, veterinarians have developed a few tips and tricks to make this important grooming process easier on both parties.

First of all, you need to ensure that your dog stays calm and still throughout your trimming session. Use their favorite toys and treats that take a long time to finish to distract your dog while you work. Trimming nails can take time, so keep a few spare treats close by just in case they burn through the first too quickly. If you’re using a grinder to shorten your dog’s nails, take several minutes to acclimate them to the noises that it makes while feeding them treats. Dogs are much more tolerant of machines that make scary noises when they associate those sounds with tasty snacks.

  1. Groom your dog’s ears and eyes.

Dogs love to get dirty. In fact, they’ll seek out mud, stains, and other messy substances to roll in constantly, especially if it has a strong or interesting smell. During particularly energetic play sessions, an excessive amount of dirt can build up inside of your dog’s ears and cause painful ear infections. (This can happen if too much ear wax is allowed to accumulate, too.) Fortunately, you don’t need a complex tool or product to clean your dog’s ears. Simply find a clean and soft cloth, dampen it with warm water, and gently wipe your canine’s ears down. Just make sure you don’t allow drops of water to get too deep inside the ear canal.

This procedure will work really well for cleaning the gunk that naturally forms near your dog’s eyes as well. Dampen a soft cloth and gently wipe it around your pet’s eye, working outward to ensure none of that nasty material gets pushed further inside. If this problem becomes too prevalent or severe, consider arranging a visit to the veterinarian for an eye checkup to rule out any chance of injury, infection or lodged foreign objects.

  1. Check your dog’s poop

We realize that this isn’t a pleasant process, but looking at your dog’s poop can give you incredibly useful information about deficiencies in their diet or digestion system. A healthy dog’s stool will be moist, firm and carry a mild odor. Greasy and grey poop can be a sign of excessive fat in your dog’s diet (this can eventually cause inflammation in the pancreas and severe damage to your pet’s health). Watery diarrhea is usually either the result of high stress or the presence of a parasite in the body. If your dog’s poop is abnormal, be sure to consult with your veterinarian to pin down the exact cause and potential solutions.

  1. Don’t bathe your dog too frequently

It can be very tempting to bathe your dog several times a month, especially if they develop a penchant for covering themselves in grime, mud or even more unpleasant materials (refer back to the last tip for a prime example). But too many sessions in the bathtub will deprive your dog of natural oils and dry out their skin. To further complicate things, each breed of dog requires a different grooming and bathing schedule depending on the length and thickness of their coats. Do some research online to determine the best bathing practices for your canine and make sure that you use pet-friendly shampoo.

  1. Make sure your home is safe for canines

Dogs have a tendency to prioritize playtime over safety. That’s why it’s critically important to remove sharp corners from your home or apartment. Fortunately, there are several products online that make this process really simple. Make sure to keep your spaces clean (to avoid potential tripping hazards) and free of dangerous foods and chemicals as well. Just in case your dog does ingest something nasty, it’ll be useful to understand how to get it out of their system, and be sure to contact your dog’s veterinarian as soon as possible.

  1. Exercise your dog regularly

Just like grooming, the amount of exercise your dog will need depends on its breed. Check out this great source for a detailed breakdown on each dog breed and how much they need to work out to maintain optimum health. Dogs have a tendency to be overly energetic, destructive and aggressive when they aren’t engaging in enough physical activity. To keep your dog in good shape and avoid these undesirable traits, take them for regular runs, walks and play sessions. This is a fantastic way to build your dog’s confidence, keep their weight in check, and tire them out before bed each night. Best of all, these activities will give you a decent workout, too!

  1. Take advantage of pet health supplements

Supplements are an excellent resource for pet owners looking to improve the long-term health of their pets. At Canna Companion, we pride ourselves in producing supplements that support your dog’s immune system, GI tract and maintain a normal – and relaxed – disposition. As always, you should consult with your local veterinarian before starting your pet on any new supplement regimen. They can help you determine which products will most effectively meet the unique needs of your canine. Implementing a supplement regimen early in your pet’s life is also a great way to help maintain their optimal health.

If you have any questions about which Canna Companion would be best for your canine, call or message us today to learn more.

How to Improve Your Dogs Storm Anxiety

The lights flicker as a loud “BOOM” resonates through the air. To you, a thunderstorm may provide a soothing background soundtrack to read by, but to some dogs, a thunderstorm is much worse. 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 summer 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. If your dog doesn’t like storms, then the below tips are for you.

In dogs, a fear of thunderstorms is often referred to as storm anxiety or noise phobia. If your dog is suffering from storm anxiety rest assured that you are not alone. 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 phobia can take on very real and very 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. Sadly, there’s no way to stop severe weather from coming. However, there are several techniques to try when working with your dog to manage their storm anxiety.

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 the storms such as the wind, thunder, or lightning, whereas others predict that it is the lesser seen stressors such as barometric pressure changes, static electricity, or low-frequency rumbles that prompt dogs to engage in fearful behavior. Some dog’s anxiety can become so extreme during storms that they suffer panic attacks. So how can you keep your canine calm the next time a storm rolls through your neck of the woods?

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 going to a mat and laying down or having your dog lay at your feet. Some 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 them. 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 it 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.

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 products 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 it’s snug accessory a few times when there isn’t a storm present and treat your pet when it is wearing it. Having your dog only wear their Thundershirt or similar product while it is storming may lead to your dog associating the product with thunderstorms as opposed to calm.

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 hemp supplement that will help your dog cope with its storm anxiety. No; Canna Companion hemp supplements will not make your dog high; dogs like humans, can receive multiple benefits from low-level intake of hemp. Cannabis helps support a normally functioning cannabis receptor system which kicks into gear during storm-related anxieties.  By giving 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 can be just what your pup needs to overcome its storm anxiety.

Make Your Pet Feel Safe During a Storm

Whether you decide to teach your dog to “settle,” make them a safe spot, wrap them in a snug garment, or help their anxiety with cannabis supplements. Remember you will not be able to correct your dog’s anxiety overnight. You can try combining 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.

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.

What Are Phytocannabinoids?

Phytocannabinoids are the main group of natural compounds found within hemp. Even in small concentrations, these compounds are incredibly effective at stimulating a mammal’s endocannabinoid system (a group of endogenous cannabinoid receptors in the brain and nervous system), fostering an optimized neurological system. Moreover, phytocannabinoids help to maintain a healthy digestive tract in animals while also supporting a normally functioning immune system and encouraging natural immune responses to external stimuli. That’s why thousands of pet parents across the nation utilize animal-friendly hemp supplements to promote relaxation, comfort and increased quality of life in cats and dogs of all ages.

Canna Companion is passionate about supporting the health and happiness of canines and felines through high-quality supplementation solutions, which is why we developed Canna Companion, a unique blend of Cannabis sativa strains (hemp) that is designed to enhance the benefits of cannabis while negating the “high-inducing” capacity of THC. Canna Companion is the result of over 16 years of endocannabinoid system research, and each capsule contains a combination of phytocannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids that facilitate improvements to your pet’s quality of life. Today, we’ll be teaching you more about phytocannabinoids and how they can be used to keep your cat or dog in peak condition for many years to come.

The Science Behind Phytocannabinoids

Cannabis contains a number of naturally occurring compounds, and a majority of these are phytocannabinoids. As of today, 111 phytocannabinoids (which are unique to Cannabis sativa L) have been identified. Some of the most impactful and extensively researched phytocannabinoids are CBD, CBG, CBC and CBN. CBD (cannabidiol) is particularly valuable for pets due to its capacity to generate positive physiologic and pharmacologic effects on mammalian tissues via function of the normal endocannabinoid system, resulting in a range of health and behavioral benefits. These effects are created when exogenous phytocannabinoids synergize with endocannabinoids and impart those biologic effects directly through the endocannabinoid system. It’s taken cannabis researchers decades to fully understand this complex chemical interplay, through the application of the scientific principles of veterinary medicine, pharmacology, and clinical trials, experts in the field of cannabis science have developed specialized pet supplements that allow animals to take advantage of the plant’s invaluable health benefits.

Marijuana vs. Hemp

Cannabis supplements come in two main types: marijuana and hemp. Both marijuana and hemp supplements utilize phytocannabinoids to support the endocannabinoid system. And while marijuana products can be incredibly effective for humans, they don’t work well for pets. That’s because marijuana contains higher concentrations of THC, a psychotropic compound that causes feelings of euphoria. The CBD:THC ratios used in most marijuana products promote relaxation and comfort in humans, but they can cause negative effects in pets, including:

  • Low blood pressure
  • Anxiety
  • Aggression
  • Incontinence
  • Inability to walk straight
  • Lethargy or excessive pacing

These serious side effects make it abundantly clear why most pet owners forgo marijuana products in favor of hemp supplementation. The phytocannabinoid, terpene and flavonoid profiles in hemp work perfectly for pets. Hemp supplements contain smaller amounts of CBD, THC and other non-psychotropic cannabinoids, giving companion animals all of the benefits of cannabis while minimizing its side effects. Additionally, cannabis overdoses occur far more frequently in marijuana than hemp because of its more potent concentrations of cannabinoids. Last but not least, it’s important to remember that possession of any marijuana product is illegal in many parts of the country. Hemp, however, is 100% legal to own and use in every single U.S. state.

Put simply, if you’re looking to provide optimal care and support for your cat or dog through cannabis products, it’s best to stick with formulations derived from hemp.

The Benefits of Canna Companion

Canna Companion is a pet-friendly supplement that combines key phytocannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids to produce the “entourage effect” in pets. The entourage effect occurs when all of the cannabis plant’s major components work in concert with one another, resulting in greater efficacy. Our formulations are a fantastic way to introduce your pet to the many benefits of cannabis without the risk of feeling high or stoned. Here are some of the ways that Canna Companion may help support and maintain your pet’s overall quality of life:

  1. Digestion Support

Both cats and dogs can have incredibly sensitive digestive systems. Fortunately, Canna Companion is formulated to be very effective at supporting digestive processes and maintaining a healthy GI tract for each species.

  1. Joint Flexibility and Mobility Support

Normal daily exercise and activity can cause severe joint discomfort in cats and dogs, especially as they approach their later years of life. This can make it very difficult for your lovable four-legged friend to move through the house and jump up onto the bed for pets each morning. Canna Companion may help to support joint flexibility, mobility and general joint health, making it perfect for dogs and cats of all ages.

  1. Optimized Immunity

The naturally-occurring cannabis compounds found within Canna Companion may help to support your pet’s immune system, keeping their body strong, promoting long-term health.

  1. Promotes a Calm, Relaxed Demeanor

Many pets experience periods of high stress throughout the day. Stress responses in cats and dogs can be triggered by major and minor events alike, including moving to a new home, losing a family member, being caught off guard by loud noises (like fireworks or machinery) or even watching their human leaving for work or school every morning. Regrettably, the negative emotions caused by these stressful situations can result in destructive behaviors. When regularly administered, Canna Companion can encourage a normal, calm demeanor, mitigating the effects of temporary/situational anxieties.

  1. Maintains Neurological Health

Canna Companion uses the entire hemp plant to support your pet’s endocannabinoid system, resulting in a normal, healthy and properly functioning neurological system.

  1. Provides Comfort and Care

Old age and adverse health conditions can cause a number of uncomfortable symptoms that lessen an animal’s quality of life. Canna Companion promotes relaxation and comfort for animals of all ages, keeping them happy and in high spirits.

Contact Canna Companion Today

If you’re interested in learning more about our high-quality hemp supplements, then be sure to call or message us. We’d be happy to teach you more about what Canna Companion can do to support the health and happiness of your pet. You can also reach out to us if you have other questions about cannabis sciences or phytocannabinoids for pets. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Benefits of CBD for Dogs

The cannabis plant contains a large number of chemical compounds, and many of them may offer substantial health benefits for mammals. Consequently, hemp supplements that utilize these compounds can be used to support and maintain the long-term health and well-being of companion animals. At Canna Companion, we’re passionate about teaching pet owners across the nation about the incredible impact that cannabis can have on their favorite four-legged friends. Today we’ll be discussing one of the most potent, natural occurring chemical compounds in the hemp plant: cannabidiol.

What is Cannabidiol?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a powerful chemical compound that’s very prevalent, natural occurring, in the cannabis plant. It’s one of over 80 chemical compounds that are known as cannabinoids (compounds that are secreted by the cannabis plant). When cannabis is consumed or administered, these cannabinoids bind to receptor sites, called the endocannabinoid system, located throughout the body. Bear in mind that cannabinoids have a different effect on the system depending on which specific receptors they connect with, and some of the compounds have a stronger affinity for certain receptors. As a result, each type of cannabis product has a unique “cannabinoid profile” to support the endocannabinoid system.

The Effects of CBD

Amounts of CBD found in the hemp plant at the time of harvesting promotes a calm demeanor, which is incredibly useful for animals that are struggling with situational anxiety, behavioral problems or sleep loss, such as during a thunderstorm or fireworks display. Because CBD is a type of cannabinoid, it has the capacity to bind to cannabinoid receptors, allowing your pet to benefit from its phenomenal effects, making it a great tool for supporting its normal functioning endocannabinoid system.

Choosing the Right Cannabis Supplement for Your Dog

By investing in high-quality pet supplements that make use of cannabis compounds derived solely from lawful sources (either hemp or the mature stalks and seeds of cannabis), you can provide your dog with all of the support they need to stay happy and healthy for years and years to come. However, it’s imperative to avoid marijuana products. Marijuana contains much higher concentrations of THC than hemp, allowing it to create powerful feelings of euphoria. This effect can promote relaxation and relief of stress for humans, but the same is not true for animals. Regrettably, marijuana-based products can cause a multitude of problems for cats and dogs, including:

  • Low blood pressure
  • Increased anxiety
  • Aggression
  • Incontinence
  • Inability to walk straight
  • Extreme lethargy or excessive pacing

Additionally, despite the fact that medical marijuana is legal in over 30 U.S. states, it’s still illegal to possess marijuana products in many parts of the country and not recommended to give to a pet.

Canna Companion supplements are much safer for your pet and are designed to give them all of the benefits of cannabis while minimizing its potential negative side effects and are derived solely from the mature stalks and seeds. Furthermore, unlike marijuana, our product is completely legal to possess in any part of the United States, allowing you to provide optimal care for your animal without worrying about legal complications or consequences.

Canna Companion

Canna Companion is a unique blend of hemp that’s designed to magnify the benefits of cannabis while negating the drawbacks and euphoric effects of THC. Each capsule contains a mixture of ingredients that are naturally found in the cannabis plant stalk and seed. When creating our supplements, we use the the stalks and seeds, rather than relying solely on its flowers. This revolutionary technique actually increases the benefits of our products and further mitigates the adverse effects of marijuana. We also maintain strict quality standards to ensure that your dog receives the best and most effective product possible to support its endocannabinoid system.

You can use Canna Companion to help support and maintain your dog’s overall quality of life. Here are some of the incredible benefits that our products may provide:

GI Tract Support

Our hemp supplements may help to support your dog’s proper GI tract health.


It’s imperative to keep your dog’s immune system in good condition to protect them. Canna Companion supports your dog’s first and best line of defense.

Mobility and Joint Support

Daily exercise and activity can cause pain and discomfort in dogs. Canna Companion supplements may help by supporting general joint health and reducing joint discomfort associated with regular activity or old age.


Canna Companion encourages a calm and relaxed demeanor in dogs, aiding them with the process of overcoming temporary and/or situational anxieties.

Order Canna Companion for Your Dog Today

Check out our online shop to learn more about our quality hemp supplements and find the perfect product for your dog. Just be sure to consult with your veterinarian before starting your pup on any new supplement regimen.

Finally, if you have any questions about cannabis for dogs, then don’t hesitate to call or message us today. We value the health of your dog just as much as you do, and we’d be happy to connect you with any additional information or resources that you need to take care of them.