Halloween Hazards for Your Furry Friends

Halloween is fast approaching with all its attendant delights, treats, and scares. There are a number of things we can do to enjoy this holiday while keeping our pets safe. 

 

Most of us are familiar with the fact that chocolate is hazardous for both dogs and cats, but that isn’t the only thing in your treat bag you need to keep away from them. Many peanut butters, gums, and sugar free candies are sweetened with xylitol, which is highly toxic and can cause precipitous drops in blood sugar, among other issues. And don’t even think of passing off those raisins that you didn’t want. They can cause acute kidney failure in both dogs and cats. The bags or pails themselves can also be a hazard. Some pets will get caught in them and can get scared or risk strangulation. And some will ingest the bags, leading to possible foreign body obstructions. Best to get your furry friend their own treats and make sure to keep all of yours well away from them.

 

Be sure to keep your pets inside. All pets, but particularly black cats, are at risk for cruel “pranks” on this day. It is unfortunate and hard for many of us to believe, but it does happen. Also darker colored pets are at greater risk of getting run over on a night when many are out and about. The best option is to keep them indoors. However, even indoors there are things to watch out for. Be careful with all decorations, especially open flames, food items (jack o’lanterns and corn), and webbing. Make sure to keep these elevated and away from where an excited or nervous pet might get caught in them, eat them, or knock them over. Anything that isn’t a normal part of their environment can be a potential hazard, including wires and cords. Keep your pet in mind when planning your decor.

 

If you dress your pet up, there are a number of things that you should be wary of. First, give your pet time to adjust to the costume in advance. If it’s making them unhappy, don’t do it. Make sure all parts of the costume fit properly, nothing can be chewed off, and that it doesn’t interfere with their normal movement. Never leave your pet unattended in their costume, and make costume sessions brief. Get a few quick photos or walk them through their local pet supply store for a treat, then remove the costume and put it away.

 

If you live in a neighborhood with a lot of trick-or-treaters, or even if you don’t but know your pet is sensitive to unfamiliar people or sounds, it is best to keep them somewhere safe and away from the front door. Strangers, especially small ones, can quickly overwhelm nervous pets, and the constant opening and closing of the door provides a lot of escape opportunities. Give your pet a safe space, similar to what you might offer on the 4th of July or New Year’s. Keep a comfortable bed in there, a blanket or piece of clothing that smells like you, a white noise machine, and plenty of water. Canna Companion can also help support your pet on this stressful day.

 

Lastly, ensure your pet has identification (even multiple forms if possible). That way, if they do get out, they are more likely to find their way back to you. Double check their tag has your current contact information at least 2 weeks prior to the holiday so you can update it if you need to. If they are microchipped, it is also very important to check and make sure the information connected with that microchip is correct and up to date.

 

A few simple precautions can help ensure a Happy Halloween for the entire family!

Human Foods and Your Pet

 

We all sneak our pets bites off our plates, give them a fry when we’ve gotten takeout, or are too busy laughing to stop them from stealing some of the popcorn out of the bowl. But do you know what is safe for them and what can be dangerous? 

 

Sometimes those two things can fall very close together. For example, many of us use peanut butter as a high value treat for training dogs. This is fine in moderate quantities, but be sure to check the ingredients first, for several reasons. Many peanut butters have added ingredients and too much sugar or salt isn’t healthy for anyone. Also, some peanut butters now contain xylitol, which is extremely dangerous for dogs. Xylitol does not appear to be as dangerous to cats, but it is still best to keep it away. Natural peanut butters, with peanuts as the only ingredient, are best.

 

While peanuts and cashews are safe for dogs to eat in very limited amounts, most nuts are not. Almonds (unsalted, of course) may be okay in limited quantities, but pose a choking hazard. Walnuts and pecans are toxic to dogs and can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and pancreatitis. Their high fat content can cause GI upset in cats as well. Macadamia nuts are highly toxic to both dogs and cats; contact your vet immediately if your pet eats these.

 

There are a wide variety of other foods that can be extremely problematic. Things like alcohol, chocolate, caffeine, grapes, and raisins are commonly known. Other things to keep a careful eye on are salt and fat content. Dairy is okay for some dogs and cats, but not okay for others. You can get additional information from both the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control and the Pet Poison Helpline.

 

By now, you may be wondering, “What  foods can I share?” The first thing to note is that some animals have food sensitivities.  For example, eggs are generally safe for dogs and cats, but sensitive pups will vomit if only a small amount is ingested. Second, it’s important to always be careful about the amount of calories you are feeding. These extra treats can quickly increase your dog or cat’s weight if you’re not paying close attention. With those things in mind, here are some items you can share with your furry companion:

  • Pumpkin
  • Sweet Potato (one of my dog’s favorites)
  • Banana
  • Carrots
  • Berries (we pick blackberries as treats on our walks)
  • Cheese (in small quantities)
  • Chicken or turkey (cooked, deboned, no skin, plain)
  • Plain yogurt
  • Low-sodium broth

 

Always use caution when giving anything new to your pet. If you are uncertain whether an item is safe, you can look at the above resources or contact your veterinarian.

Autumn Plantings and Your Pets

Autumn is the second most popular time for gardening, with people laying in both cool season vegetables and bulbs for the spring. A number of these plants can be hazardous to your animal companions and it is important to review what you are planting and where it will be located. Most autumn and late season plantings won’t involve fertilizer, as that promotes tender new growth, which is not ideal heading into frost. That, at least, is good, but there are still many things to be careful of.

 

Some common autumn plantings to watch out for include:

 

  • Members of the Liliaceae family. Not limited just to lilies, these include many flowers which are commonly planted in the autumn. Hyacinths and tulips both can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and depression in cats and dogs. Lilies are extremely toxic to cats, causing acute kidney failure.
  • Allium, Daffodils, and others from the Amaryllidaceae family can cause vomiting, diarrhea, low blood pressure, convulsions, and cardiac arrhythmia. These are particularly important to take note of, as bulbs are the most poisonous part of the plant. Garlic, leeks, and onions all can cause vomiting, hemolytic anemia, elevated heart rate, and weakness. 
  • Gladiolus and Irises cause vomiting, drooling, and lethargy, with the highest concentration of the offending chemical in the rhizomes and cormlets.
  • Sweet Peas are more toxic than many know, not only to dogs and cats, but also to humans (which one of our staff learned the hard way as a child). They can cause weakness, lethargy, seizures, and possibly death.

 

Other potential offenders include hellebores (also known as Christmas or Lenten roses), dahlia, crocuses, and ranunculus. Be sure to store and plant these in places that are inaccessible to your pets. When in doubt, always check the ASPCA Poison Control or contact your veterinarian if you have any concerns.

 

Spotlight on Sustainability

Canna Companion Sustainability Practices

As you likely know, we are in the middle of a global environmental crisis. Around the world people are looking for ways to reduce or reverse the damage being done to our planet. At Canna Companion we feel it is our duty to minimize our impact on the environment. This value informs every part of our business from ingredient sourcing all the way to the products we use to clean our facilities.

Over the years we have made many changes in order to maximize our use of recycled materials and minimize single-use items and hazardous chemicals. We like to avoid print advertising whenever possible, preferring to focus on social media and online advertising in order to reduce paper use. We recently attended the ACVIM Forum in Phoenix, AZ. There, we had both folders and pens with our logo to hand out. Both the folders and pen casings were 100% post consumer recycled and recyclable.

You may have recently noticed or soon be noticing a change in the packaging for our capsule products. This, too, is a result of our commitment to the environment. Our new packaging contains 25% less plastic than the old and is 100% mixed plastics (PET/HB & LLDPE) recyclable. Additionally, it is FDA Food safe compliant. You can rest assured that when you purchase our products you are purchasing from a company that is committed to protecting our planet.

As a company, we are always looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint and provide you with a more environmentally friendly option to support your pet’s health. This is something that we keep in mind in our day-to-day operations and as we continue to make improvements we will certainly share those updates with you.

Sneak Peek: New Equine Formula

Cannabis Hemp Equine Formula

Over the years at Canna Companion we have consulted with many pet parents assisting them in determining which of our products would be most beneficial for their animal companions. While we have provided support for many different species, our focus has primarily been on cats and dogs, up to this point. That is all about to change as we get ready to release our newest product, a paste specifically designed to meet equine needs.

This product can be used for calming; ligament, tendon, and joint health; gastrointestinal support; immune support; and neurological health support. In this, it is similar to our other products. However, this paste is formulated specifically with the needs of the horse in mind. It will come packaged in a dial-a-tube which dispenses, pre-measured 1 gram per turn. The standard dosing recommendation would be one gram per 1,000 lb every 8 to 12 hours by mouth or in food.

While the endocannabinoid system of equines is no different from any other species, they have other needs that are vastly different from cats and dogs. As a result of the equine essential fatty acid needs, we have chosen to use flaxseed oil in this mix. In addition, efficient equine hindgut fermentation means we need to slow absorption. This is also been taken into account in the formulation by using a blend of alfalfa, barley, beet, and oat powders.

As the launch date for this product approaches, we look forward to sharing more details with you. Please keep an eye on our social media pages and our website for additional information. We are currently aiming to release this product in late fall 2019.

Canna Companion Attends ACVIM

Veterinary Cannabis Researchers at ACVIM 2019

Recently a number of our staff were in Phoenix, AZ attending the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) Forum. The ACVIM Forum is a conference for veterinary professionals which offers continuing education on the latest scientific research in the industry via numerous lectures by specialists, as well as extensive networking opportunities. The ACVIM Forum was first held in New Orleans in 1983 and had 350 attendees. Today it has grown to more than 3,000 attendees and offers over 450 hours of continuing education credit.

As a company focused on education surrounding cannabis use in veterinary medicine, we believe our attendance is important so that we may provide professionals with an understanding of the science behind this novel therapy. Through that education process, we help them feel comfortable recommending it to their clients. We aim to bridge the gap between the needs of these professionals and a ground-based movement wherein their clients are using cannabis-based products on their pets before Western research and education have provided this support. Canna Companion’s annual attendance helps:

  • Provide education
  • Serve as a resource for them and their clients
  • Offer a consistent and clean hemp product line specifically designed for use in companion animals
  • Encourage conversations between medical professionals.

We also learn a lot from the lectures and the conversations with attendees. This year some of the interesting topics we learned about include the endocannabinoid system (ECS) physiology, observed patient responses, and legal restrictions on veterinarians with regards to cannabis-based therapies. With regard to the ECS we learned the research community understands we more about it than most previously thought… and realize just how little we understand as whole. Not an uncommon situation for scientists! We were informed by attendees that even if they didn’t recommend it, they do see improvements in their patients whose pet parents elect to administer a hemp-based products, including our own. Lastly, we learned while some states prohibit doctors from discussing the pros and cons of cannabis supplementation, others simply state that prescriptions may not be written for marijuana or CBD derived from marijuana due to its schedule 1 status. We intend to contact such states’ veterinary boards to help educate them on the topic.

Among our many conversations with attendees, one that stood out was when an ultrasound technician came up to let us know our product had helped her dog with osteosarcoma, a nasty type of bone cancer. Her beloved friend was able to maintain quality of life for four months allowing their bond to shine bright. While we were saddened to hear of the dog’s passing, she felt like she had time to adjust and say goodbye, all while not having to watch her best friend suffer. That is our primary goal: to support the ECS in such a way as to relieve suffering and improve the human-animal bond. We then began a lively discussion regarding her current pup who is in need of GI and immune system support.

Our favorite part of the conference was getting to explain our philosophy of supporting the ECS as it functions normally, using ratios and entourage effect, to help our patients feel better using lower doses. We do not need to use doses currently reported in canine-centric literature as our products provide a balanced assortment of compounds the ECS can use more efficiently with fewer adverse side effects (e.g. elevated ALP, which we have not had reported in 20 years of administering these compounds to dogs and cats). There were several lectures on ECS normal function and we were heartened the information we provided was also provided in the lecture hall; our peers listened intently and asked intelligent questions – education at its best!

We always enjoy an opportunity wherein we may both receive and provide education on this increasingly common therapy. We look forward to attending next year’s ACVIM Forum in Baltimore, MD.

6 Benefits of Hemp for Cats

We adore all pets equally here at Canna Companion, but we’ll admit it—there’s something extra special about a kitty curling up next to you for a nap or purring as you scratch behind his ear just right. With the right combination of care and good genetics, cats can live happily by your side for decades. But cat owners have their work cut out for them in terms of keeping their pets safe and healthy over the years. Outdoor cats are exposed to all manner of toxic substances and other dangers, while indoor cats can become depressed or develop additional health issues.

A cannabis-based supplement can provide support for your cat in a number of health areas. But not all supplements are created equal—because cannabis dosages are largely unregulated, some products marketed for pets may still contain unsafe amounts of compounds like the psychotropic THC. The veterinary experts at Canna Companion developed a special formula that unlocks the supportive effects of the cannabis plant while minimizing the negative impact of THC. Here are some of the key benefits of hemp for cats.

Immunity

Your kitty’s immune system is the first line of defense when it comes to protecting her from sickness and disease, so it’s important to help her take good care of it. Infections and even genetic makeup can weaken that system, leaving her susceptible to health issues. Canna Companion’s hemp-based formula contains cannabinoids that help to support her immune system, promoting her health in the long run.

Mobility and Joint Flexibility

Chances are that your kitty has ruined at least one of your shirts or surprised you by stalking you from the shadows. Cats love to hunt, pounce, climb, and scratch. Not only does all that movement keep them in prime physical condition; it keeps them happy! But as cats age, their bodies and joints can weaken, leading to stiffer movement and other mobility challenges. You might notice your senior cat beginning to slow down, but that doesn’t mean that he can’t continue to enjoy playtime. To maintain a high quality of life, your cat needs to stay mobile. Canna Companion can ease joint discomfort that comes from normal movement while supporting overall joint health—leaving you with more mornings spent playing around with your kitty!

Digestive Support

Just because your cat can eat something doesn’t mean he should! Felines aren’t garbage disposals, and they don’t come equipped with iron stomachs. Unfortunately, cats are experts at getting into things they shouldn’t. Outdoor cats are at risk of ingesting toxic substances like antifreeze, while indoor cats can easily mistake human food for a treat. Substances like chocolate can wreak havoc on their digestive system and even prove fatal. While it may be impossible to prevent your kitty from eating something bad, you can help support his digestive function and the overall health of his GI tract with a supplement. Our plant-based formula works to keep your cat’s digestive system in peak physical condition and can help reduce normal GI distress.

Neurological Function

You probably know that your cat has a nervous system—but did you know that he also has an endocannabinoid system? This system consists of a number of receptors found throughout the tissues of the body. Canna Companion supports your cat’s endocannabinoid system with the help of phytocannabinoids, the natural compounds found in hemp. When stimulated, those receptors work to correct cellular stress! And because your cat’s neurological tissue contains a high percentage of receptors, activating his endocannabinoid system helps to support and maintain healthy neurological function.

Calm Demeanor

If your cat suffers from anxiety, anything from a bad thunderstorm to an unexpected visitor could cause her stress. The last thing you want is her climbing the rafters in panic whenever you have guests over. Canna Companion can help with that! Our supplement helps pets calm down during periods of stress, encouraging a normal, relaxed demeanor. With regular administration of our formula, your kitty may soon find herself much calmer during those periods of unexpected stress.

Comfort and Care  

Your cat may be in perfect health, but aging brings natural changes that can decrease his quality of life, leaving you feeling like you’re losing your best friend. We want to help you keep your companion comfortable and happy as the years go by, so we formulated our hemp-based supplement to support quality of life, promote relaxation, and help with normal discomfort. The best part is that it won’t take long to see the effects: you may notice changes in your cat’s behavior in as little as three to five days with regular administration!

Reap the Rewards of Hemp-Based Supplements

Nothing is sweeter than a happy cat! At Canna Companion, we’re dedicated to helping you promote your kitty’s health so that she can enjoy life by your side for years to come. That’s why we created a hemp-based supplement that supports a wide range of essential bodily functions in pets. If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of hemp for cats or want to find out if Canna Companion is right for your pet, we’re happy to help—reach out today for a free consultation.

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!

What to Pack for a Road Trip with Your Cat

People typically think of dogs as the pets eager to go for a ride in the car, leaping into the back seat and sticking their heads out the window without a second glance. But don’t count cats out just yet! Your feline friend can make an equally great travel buddy, provided you have the right setup and supplies.

At Canna Companion, our goal is to support your cat’s health and happiness in all situations, whether she’s traveling across the country or curling up on the couch with you. Have a road trip coming up? We’ve put together a handy checklist of items to pack when it comes time to travel in the car with your kitty.

Cat Carrier

Your cat shouldn’t be roaming freely while your car is in motion. She could get stuck somewhere in your vehicle, or worse—wind up under your feet as you’re trying to drive. Provide a comfortable cat carrier to keep her safe and help her stay calm on the drive. To make her feel more relaxed in her carrier, consider leaving a comforting item inside of it, such as your unwashed pillow case, some catnip, or organic chamomile tea leaves. Covering the carrier while she’s inside can also help set her mind at ease.

If you’re gearing up for a long trip and your kitty isn’t used to cat carriers or being in a car at all, you may need to introduce the carrier and vehicle gradually to get her used to the experience. With time and patience, you can have her settled in and ready to go for a ride!

Extra Food and Water

Car trouble is never fun, and it seems to strike at the most inconvenient times. A flat tire, engine trouble, or a drained battery could leave you and your kitty stranded on the shoulder for hours as you wait for roadside assistance. Prepare for these kinds of situations by packing more cat food than you think you need for the trip, as well as additional water. You may also want to bring collapsible food and water dishes if you plan to be on the road for more than 12 hours.

Leash and Harness

Maybe you’re going on a relatively short trip and don’t plan to take your cat out of his carrier, but it pays to be prepared. You never know when you’ll run into car trouble, have to take a detour, or encounter some other issue that keeps you on the road for longer than expected. Cats can move quite quickly when spooked or uncomfortable, so it’s important to either keep your furry friend inside her carrier or on a leash at all times when you finally do get out of the car.

If you’re going on a longer road trip with a cat, make sure to take pit stops so she—and you!—have a chance to eat, drink, and use the restroom. Break out that leash and kitty harness so your cat has a chance to stretch her legs as well. And if she’s new to the harness, spend some time getting her used to it before the trip.

Pet Tags

If your cat isn’t already microchipped, consider getting the simple procedure done before heading off on a long trip. The last thing you want is for your feline friend to get lost in a strange place! Whether or not she’s microchipped, you should also outfit her with a breakaway collar and tags so anyone who finds her knows exactly who to contact. On the off chance that your cat does get away from you, she’ll have the necessary contact info attached to her collar, bettering the odds that you’ll get her back safe and sound.  

Hemp-Based Supplement

Traveling with a cat can be stressful, both for you and your kitty. If he experiences anxiety, he might spend the whole drive meowing, scratching at his carrier, or even making a mess. If you know your cat gets particularly nervous on car rides, make things easier on the both of you with a hemp-based supplement. When administered regularly, Canna Companion can encourage a relaxed demeanor and help your cat stay calm during periods of elevated stress like she may experience on a car ride. Our high-quality supplement also helps to support normal GI tract health and mobility, working to keep your cat in great shape.

Emergency Info and Supplies

It’s impossible to predict accidents and injuries, but you can at least be as prepared as possible to tackle them when they happen. Make sure you have the contact information for your veterinarian and Animal Poison Control, as well as the details of any medication your cat may be taking. Pack extra doses of any medicine your cat is on or that you think she may need, and bring along a first aid kit so that you’re ready to treat minor injuries until you can get to a veterinarian.

Support Your Pet’s Health

We’re passionate about pet health, which is why our veterinary experts have developed a hemp-based supplement that provides natural support for your pet’s neurological, physiological, immunological, and endocannabinoid systems. Still debating whether hemp is the best choice for your cat or dog? We’re happy to help! Reach out today to schedule your complimentary veterinary 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.