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.

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.

CBD Oil for Senior Pets

Is your beloved family dog going grey in the muzzle? Has your cat stopped leaping up onto the couch beside you? If we had our way, our animal companions would stay young and spry forever, but every senior pet slows down and begins to show natural signs of aging eventually. These signs can include anything from loss of mobility to serious health issues. It’s up to pet parents to consult a veterinarian and provide the right combination of preventative care and specially made products for old cats and dogs in order to keep these precious companions happy and healthy.

At Canna Companion, we’re passionate about providing you with the tools and resources you need to support your pets as they grow older. With the right care and attention, your furry friend can enjoy life well into his or her golden years! Today, we’re looking at the benefits of a hemp-based, supportive complement to your pet’s routine—CBD oil for old dogs and cats.

What is CBD Oil?

Officially known as cannabidiol, CBD is one of over 545 chemical compounds produced in the cannabis plant. These compounds are able to bind with cannabinoid receptors that in turn support the health of the endocannabinoid system. What all this means is that, in the proper form and with the proper administration, CBD supplements for older cats and dogs can allow your furry friends to enjoy the many supportive benefits of the cannabis plant!

Over 20 years of veterinary research into the proper combination of phytocannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids led to the creation of Canna Companion and our hemp-based products. Our supplements come in capsule form or as a liquid, allowing you to choose the option that works best for your pet. When it comes to elderly cats and dogs, you may find that CBD oil is the best fit for your pet’s current lifestyle. 

Canna Companion’s Whole Plant Hemp Oil is formulated specially for cats and dogs, delivering the supportive health benefits of cannabis with a carefully controlled ratio of THC to CBD. The oil is particularly helpful for aging pets who may need more immediate endocannabinoid system support, as well as for those senior dogs and cats who have trouble taking pills. 

How Can CBD Oil Help My Elderly Pet?

Unlike the psychotropic compound THC, CBD does not cause the feeling of “highness” commonly associated with marijuana use. Instead, it provides access to a range of supportive benefits that can help your aging pet maintain health and quality of life.

Provides Speedy Support for the Endocannabinoid System

CBD oil is particularly helpful for pets who need more immediate endocannabinoid support than a capsule can provide. That animal might be anything from a geriatric cat that needs end of life comfort, or an increasingly nervous dog that could use some help staying calm. 

Maintains GI Tract Health

Even older cats and dogs sometimes get into things they shouldn’t—and our geriatric furry friends definitely don’t have iron stomachs. While you can’t monitor your pets constantly, you can help to support their normal digestive processes with CBD oil. 

Promotes “End of Life” Comfort

Your pet deserves a high quality of life no matter his age, and we’re dedicated to helping you provide just that. Our hemp oil can promote comfort and care while promoting relaxation as your pet nears the end of his life. 

Encourages a Calm Demeanor

Pets can change as they grow older, and you may notice your cat suffering from nervousness or your dog experiencing separation anxiety that wasn’t evident at a younger age. Canna Companion can help your pet stay calm in the face of situational stressors like fireworks and other loud noises. 

Supports the Immune System

Just as an elderly person’s immune system isn’t as strong as a healthy young person’s, senior pets may have weaker immune systems than their younger counterparts. Coupled with regular visits to the veterinarian to catch any emerging health problems, our hemp oil can help to support your pet’s functioning immune system, maintaining existing health and happiness. 

Helps Maintain Normal Joint Health

We all get creaky and achy as we grow older, and the same is true for pets. At a certain age, normal daily activity may leave them feeling sore and lethargic. Canna Companion’s Whole Plant Hemp Oil supports normal joint health and may ease the discomfort that comes from normal daily activity. 

Supports Healthy Neurological Function

As pets age, their brains can change in both normal and negative ways. Canna Companion works to support the endocannabinoid system, which in turn will help to support normal neurological function in your cat or dog.

Support Your Senior Pet with Canna Companion

Your pet deserves the absolute best. We want her to enjoy as many happy years by your side as possible, which is why we invested years of veterinary research into developing hemp-based pet supplements that support the most important features of your pet’s major bodily systems. If you’re looking for high-quality supplements for old dogs and cats, you’ve come to the right place. Give us a call today—we’re happy to schedule a complimentary consultation with a licensed veterinary professional.

The Benefits of Whole Plant Cannabis Products

There are quite a few CBD and hemp-based cannabis products out there which claim to unlock the potential benefits of the endocannabinoid system. Where on earth does a pet parent start? Unfortunately, cats and dogs can’t read labels, so it’s up to you to do the research and make a decision as to what product will best fit your pet’s unique needs.

Because every product is different, it’s crucial to know exactly what you’re giving your pet. At Canna Companion, we’re dedicated to providing high-quality cannabis pet supplements and demystifying the science of hemp. We’re breaking down the differences between single compound and whole plant cannabis products to help you better understand their benefits and decide what’s best for your furry friend.  

Whole Plant Cannabis vs. Single Compound

Both single compound and whole plant cannabis products interact with the endocannabinoid system, which is made up of a network of cannabinoid receptors in the body. Those receptors affect cellular stress and can be stimulated by the administration of cannabis. But the two types of cannabis-based products interact with the endocannabinoid system very differently.

Single Compound

Single compound cannabis products, also referred to as CBD products, contain a cannabinoid and terpenoid profile mostly made up of one compound. This single compound outweighs any benefits that might be conveyed by traces of other substances, leaving CBD products to affect the body exclusively as a single compound formulation. When administered regularly over a prolonged period, single compound products can actually throw off the entire endocannabinoid system, unbalancing things and resulting in less efficient support.

Whole Plant

Despite what the name suggests, “whole plant” doesn’t mean grinding up an entire Cannabis sativa plant and turning it into a pill. The term actually refers to the substantive properties of a cannabis product. While single compound cannabis products have just one compound in their cannabinoid and terpenoid profile, whole plant formulations utilize the entire spectrum of cannabinoids and terpenoids. For this reason, whole plant formulations are also referred to as “full spectrum” products.

At Canna Companion, we use a blend of the stalks and seeds of the Cannabis sativa plant to produce a supplement that includes the full range of cannabinoids and terpenoids. And we rely on the natural makeup of the plant itself to do it! The hemp plant contains a broad chemotypical composition that we make use of through normal harvesting and processing.  

The Entourage Effect

The cannabis plant contains over 500 naturally occurring chemical compounds, including flavonoids, phytocannabinoids, and terpenes. Each of these compounds acts as an important building block in chemical structures, but together, they can work to regulate and maintain a number of physiologic and pathophysiologic processes in pets.

Whole plant formulas produce a phenomenon known as the “entourage effect,” a synergistic relationship between those various compounds of the plant. Most notably, the entourage effect allows pets to enjoy the benefits of cannabis while limiting the negative effects caused by marijuana, which contains a much higher concentration of the psychotropic compound THC.

The Benefits of Whole Plant Cannabis

We believe strongly in the benefits of the entourage effect, so we developed a unique whole plant formula that creates a synergistic relationship between key phytocannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. These various compounds work together to effectively unlock the major supportive benefits of the plant, as nature intended!

As a crucial part of its unique formula, Canna Companion contains an optimal ratio of CBD to THC. What that means is that our hemp-based supplement will not get your pet “high.” What they will do is support key bodily functions while minimizing those adverse side effects associated with marijuana.

Here are some of the ways a whole plant hemp supplement like Canna Companion can maintain your pet’s quality of life:

  • Support digestive processes and a healthy GI tract
  • Promote long-term health by supporting and maintaining the immune system
  • Ease joint discomfort stemming from normal daily activity
  • Support healthy neurological function
  • Provide end of life comfort and support overall quality of life as pets age
  • Encourage a calm demeanor, particularly during periods of high stress

Keep Your Pet in Peak Condition

At Canna Companion, we’re passionate about helping you keep your pets happy and healthy—that’s why we use only high-quality ingredients in our formula. Our whole plant products are a wonderful way to introduce cats and dogs to the supportive health benefits of cannabis while minimizing the negative effects caused by marijuana. Contact us today to learn more about how our hemp-based supplements can support your pet, or to schedule a complimentary consultation with a veterinary professional.

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.  

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.

Contact Canna Companion Today!

Are you interested in learning more about how to determine your dog’s happiness? Then be sure to call or message Canna Companion! We would be more than happy to chat with you and discuss the best ways to improve and maintain your pup’s happiness and overall quality of life. Also, feel free to message us if you’d like to learn more about our industry-leading hemp products for dogs and how they can be used to provide your pooch with an optimal level of comfort, care and support. Talk soon, fellow pet parents.