How to Help Your Dog Age Well

As a proud dog parent, you want the absolute best for your lovable four-legged child. Unfortunately, even the most lively and youthful canines aren’t immune to the natural effects of aging. Just like humans, dogs begin to slow down and weaken as they age, resulting in stiffness and reduced mobility. In order to mitigate these age-related symptoms and keep your pup in great condition throughout every stage of his or her life, it’s imperative to understand how a canine’s needs change over time and take steps to meet them.

At Canna Companion, we’re passionate about providing pet parents with all the knowledge and resources they need to support the health and happiness of their dogs and cats through cannabis-based supplementation. That’s why we developed Canna Companion, a unique blend of hemp that is specifically designed to enhance the supportive benefits of the cannabis plant while minimizing the high-inducing concentrations of THC. Today, to help you attain optimal health, comfort and care for your pet, we’ll be teaching you about the best ways to help your dog age well.

What Changes Do Dogs Experience as They Age?

Joint/Mobility Issues

It’s important to remember that a canine’s joints naturally degenerate as they age, making it significantly harder for them to run, jump and play like they used to. In more severe cases, a dog’s joint discomfort can become so debilitating it prevents them from navigating throughout the house or hopping up into your vehicle. If you notice your aging dog is reluctant to participate in daily physical activities, like climbing up steps or getting into your bed for pets, then be sure to take them to your veterinarian for a checkup as soon as possible.  The doctor can assess whether they’re experiencing joint issues and discuss a variety of options to get them on their feet again.

Decreased Immunity

Regrettably, your pup’s immune system begins to weaken with old age as well. As you know, your dog’s natural defense system plays an important role in protecting them from a wide variety of insults.  Older dogs are less able to manage normal daily insults to their immune systems and minor problems become larger ones quickly. Call your veterinarian if your dog seems tired, asks to use the bathroom more often, or injures herself.  Once it is determined your geriatric dog’s immune system is just getting a bit older, it’s time to consider pet-friendly supplements that support a healthy immune system.

Behavioral Problems

According to Vetstreet, geriatric dogs can become more likely to exhibit distress when they experience uncomfortable situations or stimuli, including when they’re left alone or are surprised by loud noises (like fireworks or thunder). And because a canine’s senses dull with old age, their response to these stressful situations becomes less and less predictable. Some older dogs that are startled may even respond with aggressive or destructive behaviors. As a result, we highly encourage you to reach out to your veterinarian if you notice your dog developing behavioral problems in their later years for additional advice and support.  

How Can I Help My Dog Age Better?

  1. Maintain Their Physical Health

Regardless of your dog’s age or condition, it’s imperative to keep their body in excellent shape. Remember, obesity increases the amount of stress your dog’s joints will have to endure each day and subjects them to additional health risks, reducing quality of life. Establishing daily exercise routines and a healthy diet (paired with regular veterinarian visits) is the best way to prevent these problems and ensure your canine stays active and lively.  Just remember your best friend is older and may not be able to run a 5K anymore, but a stroll in the park is a perfect doggy day.

  1. Make Your Home Easier to Traverse

Once again, joint discomfort can make it tough for your dog to navigate around your home effectively, especially when paired with vision loss (another common age-related change in senior dogs). Fortunately, you can safeguard your pet from many of these mobility troubles by making a few small alterations to your home. For example, try to keep all of the supplies your dog needs (including his or her food, water and sleeping space) on one floor of your home to help them avoid strenuous climbs up steps. This will help to prevent daily joint discomfort and potential injuries if your dog stumbles due to vision or coordination issues.  

  1. Talk to Your Vet About Health Supplements for Older Dogs

There are several pet supplements on the market that can be used to help your dog transition smoothly into his or her later years. For example, our Canna Companion supplement offers a number of invaluable benefits for aging canines. Not only does this formulation help to support your pup’s immune system, keeping their natural defenses in top form at any age, but it also mitigates joint discomfort associated with normal daily exercise and activity while supporting general joint health, enabling your dog to move around the house and play without experiencing discomfort. Last but not least, Canna Companion has been proven to encourage a normal calm behavior, preventing temporary and situational anxieties from negatively affecting your canine as he or she grows older. Be sure to chat with your veterinarian to gain a better grasp on which supplements will best suit the needs of your pet.

Contact Canna Companion Today

Interested in learning more about Canna Companion or our industry-leading cannabis products for pets? Then be sure to call or message us! We would love to hear from you and discuss what we can do to help your pet attain a higher level of health and comfort throughout each phase of life. Also, please feel free to reach out if you have any additional questions about dog mobility or helping old dogs with cannabis-based supplements. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

How to Improve Your Dog’s Travel Anxiety

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

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

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

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

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

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

2. Exercise and Cage Your Dog Before Each Travel Session

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

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

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

3. Invest in High-Quality Hemp Supplements

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

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

Purchase Canna Companion for Your Dog Today

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

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

6 Popular Large Dog Breeds and How to Take Care of Them

Despite their reputation for being stern and tough, large breed dogs are some of the most playful and affectionate pets around. If you’re fortunate enough to own one of these lovable canines, odds are good you can attest to that fact. Large dogs are classified as breeds typically weighing more than 40 pounds and less than 100 pounds. And while they aren’t quite as big or strong as extra large (or giant) canine breeds, large breed dogs are powerful animals that excel in a variety of roles. Regrettably, the inherent strengths of large breed dogs come with a handful of needs and health issues that must be managed and addressed. That’s why it’s so important for the parents of large dogs to understand these factors before they become serious problems.

Here at Canna Companion, we’re proud to provide pet parents with all of the knowledge and resources they need to provide optimal health, comfort and care for their four-legged children. That’s why we produce Canna Companion, a unique hemp-based pet supplement that’s designed to enhance the supportive benefits of the cannabis plant while minimizing the “high-inducing” concentrations of THC. We also understand how much the parents of large breed dogs can worry about their pups, especially if they understand the behavioral and medical issues that can affect them. So today, to ensure your favorite canine stays healthy and happy, we’ll be discussing six incredibly popular large dog breeds and the best ways to care for them.

6 Popular Large Dog Breeds

1. The German Shepherd

As one of the most courageous, intelligent and loyal canine breeds in existence, German Shepherds are a joy to care for. Not only are these large-sized dogs powerful and agile, but they’re also incredibly fast learners, making them a natural candidate for rescue and police work. However, as the pet parent of a German Shepherd, it’s important to support their instinctual desire to serve. That means plenty of exercise and play to keep their powerful minds and bodies fully engaged. If you can meet these needs, a German Shepherd is a wonderful companion that will fill your days and nights with happiness, laughter and love.

2. The Golden Retriever

The iconic Golden Retriever is a well-balanced dog sporting a gorgeous golden coat. Golden Retrievers are one of the most popular canine breeds around due to their friendliness, compelling aesthetic and outstanding versatility. Not only do Golden Retrievers make perfect family companions, but they can also thrive as hunting, tracking, service or drug detection dogs. Like German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers feel a natural drive to serve and be useful, meaning that they can become hyper and destructive without proper stimulation. Abundant exercise and mental challenges (like puzzle treat dispensers) are the best ways to scratch these inherent itches and keep your Retriever in excellent shape.

3. The Collie

Collies are beautiful, strong and highly active dogs that pair athleticism and speed with exceptional intelligence. Their friendly nature makes collies a great choice as family pets who are also very effective herders. Bear in mind all Collies require significant daily exercise and social interaction to stay in peak condition. And as long as you have the time and energy to meet these needs, Collies will be an excellent companion for you.

4. The Alaskan Malamute

As one of the most energetic and hardy Nordic breed types, Alaskan Malamutes are unrivaled when it comes to pulling power, sacrificing speed for strength and endurance. Alaskan Malamutes are independent and strong-willed animals, but they’re also very friendly and fun-loving, meaning they can work very well as family dogs. Note that Malamutes don’t do well in warmer climates due to their thick coats; this breed might not be the best choice for your home if you live in states like California or Florida. It’s also worth noting Malamutes require heavy exercise to keep their abundant energy in check. Underworked Malamutes will quickly resort to more disruptive or destructive behaviors to keep themselves entertained. Regardless, owners who can keep up with their Malamute will swiftly fall in love with their implacable spirit and contagious friendliness.

5. The Bernese Mountain Dog

With a large, sturdy and strong build, the Bernese Mountain Dog is a veritable powerhouse that can easily herd other animals with its outstanding athleticism. In terms of personality, Bernese Mountain Dogs are very calm and easygoing, making them a solid choice as a family pet. Like many other large breed dogs, Bernese Mountain Dogs require significant physical and mental stimulation to stay happy and content. However, as long as you can meet these needs, you’ll find that Bernese Mountain Dogs are some of the most friendly and social pets you’ll ever meet.  

Bonus: Bernese Mountain Dogs love to relax with the family after a hard day’s play!

6. The Rottweiler

The Rottweiler is a large breed that’s tall, robust and powerful. While their natural aversion to strangers and protectiveness makes them natural guard dogs, Rottweilers are incredibly friendly and loving once they warm up to you, meaning they can work just as well as family pets. Regardless, it’s important for Rottweiler parents to manage the physical needs of their canine. Rottweilers are naturally energetic, and their assertive, domineering personality takes hold if they don’t receive enough physical activity and direction from their humans each day. Pet parents who can handle this energy will be happy to note that Rottweilers are just as lovable, loyal and friendly as other large breeds.

Supporting Your Large Dog’s Long-Term Health and Happiness

Due to their large size and intensive exercise needs, large breed dogs often struggle with mobility and joint discomfort associated with normal daily activities. After all, all of that running, jumping and playing puts incredible strain on your large dog’s joints. Fortunately, through consultations with your veterinarian and pet-friendly supplementation, you can mitigate this problem in your pup, keeping him or her in top form. Here at Canna Companion, we offer a special line of our Canna Companion supplement for large dog breeds. Not only does this formula support your dog’s immune system and promote optimal neurological function, but it also helps to reduce the joint discomfort associated with normal daily exercise and activity, supporting general joint health in the process. Just be sure to consult with your veterinarian before starting your large dog on any new supplement or medication regimen.

Contact Canna Companion Today

If you have any additional questions about how to care for your pet or want more information on large dog supplements and which will work best to safeguard your pup’s health, then be sure to call or message us. We’d be more than happy to meet you and discuss what we can do to keep your canine feeling their best for many years to come!

How to Get Your Dog Eating Again

More often than not, our canine friends will eat just about anything that looks and smells tasty. That’s why it can be so distressing when they refuse to touch their food and treats. Could they be sick or experiencing situational anxiety? Do their teeth hurt? Or are they just not hungry at the moment? Here at Canna Companion, though our products are not an appetite stimulant, our number one goal is to provide you with all of the knowledge and resources you need to keep your pets safe and healthy. Today, we’ll give you a step-by-step guide on how to get your dog eating again.

Step 1: Set up an appointment with your veterinarian.

If your dog is turning down their daily meals, they should definitely be examined by a veterinarian within the next week or so. Loss of appetite is a key symptom of many serious conditions in dogs. Of course, this behavior could just as easily be linked to less severe and dangerous conditions (like emotional distress or an upset stomach), but you won’t be able to definitively identify the source without the help of an animal health expert.

Depending on your veterinarian’s schedule, they may not be able to see your pet for a few days, and that’s perfectly fine. You just need to lock down a date to ensure that you’ll have access to professional assistance if the suggestions we provide in this guide don’t work. And even if your dog’s appetite returns with a vengeance before the appointment, it wouldn’t hurt to have them examined to rule out any serious afflictions.

Now that you’ve arranged a visit with the vet, we can focus on using a few simple tricks to coax your dog into eating.

Step 2: Try exercising your dog before each meal.

There’s nothing like a morning jog or an intense round of fetch to rekindle your dog’s appetite. If your canine is old or feeling weak, then a nice, long walk will suffice as well. Believe it or not, regularly exercising your pet can be incredibly beneficial for their digestive system. Last but not least, taking in new sights and smells by spending time outside can raise your animal’s spirits, taking their mind off of any emotional distress or anxiety that might be responsible for their lack of hunger.

Step 3: Switch up your dog’s eating ritual.

Make no mistake, animals can be just as picky about their eating routines as humans. Even the smallest shift in smell or bowl positioning can throw them off and cause them to avoid their food altogether. Next time you’re about to pour your dog some food, swap out their old dish with a fresh one and play with different heights and angles to see which ones they prefer. You can even place a few pieces of their favorite treat close to the bowl to see if that perks their interest. One of our favorite techniques is to make a game out of the meal by using special chew toys that dispense treats. It might seem ridiculous, but these strange little alterations might be just the thing to get your dog excited about eating again.

Step 4: Experiment with different types of food.

Most dogs find certain types of food more appetizing than others. For example, in the eyes of almost every canine, a dry and boring bowl of dog food pales in comparison to a freshly cooked slice of chicken breast. Make up a few warm and smelly (in a good way) bowls of broth with fresh chicken, pork or beef in them. Meals like these are almost irresistible to most dogs, so odds are very good that they’ll take a few tentative licks at the very least. Dishes with meat in them usually work best, but each canine has their own unique preferences. Feel free to experiment with as many dog-friendly foods as you want until you find one that sticks.

Step 5: Stay positive and don’t panic.

Even if all of these steps fail to get your dog eating, it’s imperative to stay positive. Once you take your four-legged friend in for their checkup, you’ll be given all of the information and tools you need to improve your dog’s appetite. Your veterinarian might prescribe a special diet or medication to stimulate their appetite. In more severe cases, they will provide you with a liquid diet (that you will feed your dog with a syringe) or insert a feeding tube until they identify and address the cause of their loss of appetite. In any case, your pet will be on the road to recovery and good health very soon.

Note: During your veterinary consultation, be sure to let them know if you have any questions or concerns about caring for your pet or applying their recommended treatments. These professionals value the well-being and happiness of your pet just as much as you do and will be more than happy to provide you with all of the support and guidance you need.

Support Your Dog’s Health with Canna Companion Supplements

Once your canine is back to his or her old self, you should consider giving them high-quality pet supplements to help maintain an excellent quality of life. Canna Companion is a unique blend of Cannabis sativa strains (commonly referred to as hemp) that is designed to support the “entourage effect” of the Cannabis plant. These supplements are easy to administer and offer a wide variety of benefits for our canine friends.

Canna Companion’s capsule and oil products support healthy neurological function, maintain a healthy GI tract and encourage a calm demeanor, mitigating temporary and situational anxieties in the process. These supplements also assist in the normal functioning immune system and joint mobility, making them a great choice for older dogs that are starting to transition into their later years.

If you’re interested in learning more about Canna Companion or our pet supplements, then call or message us today.

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.