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November 28, 2020

Helping Out Your Furry Friend: How to Calm an Anxious Dog Naturally

It can be agonizing to watch your beloved pup showing signs of anxiety. All you want to do is make them feel better, but sometimes it seems like no matter what you do, no matter how much you try to soothe them, it just doesn’t work.

Fortunately, there’s another way to calm an anxious dog that is safe, all-natural, and effective. It doesn’t come at a high price and it’s widely available.

It almost sounds too good to be true, but it is. Okoa Pet has a high-quality line of CBD dog chews designed specifically to alleviate anxiety.

If you want to help your furry friend feel better and learn how and why CBD helps anxious dogs, keep reading. We’ll walk you through everything you need to know.

What Makes an Anxious Dog?

Not all dogs have bad anxiety, but all are capable of it. Usually, anxiety is triggered by a specific event. The most prominent one is a situation that produces a fear response.

Dogs are like people in that they all have different personalities. Similarly, they all have a different level of tolerance for things that are new and scary. Some dogs are completely unfazed by fireworks, but others run howling under the bed in a panic.

Strange noises, new environments, or a sudden change can all produce anxiety in dogs. One of these changes is particularly anxiety-inducing. When you leave the house, your dog may experience separation anxiety.

Dogs are emotional and seek comfort in their human family. When everyone is at work or school, they aren’t able to do this, and they become nervous.

When dogs are anxious, they will act out, even if they are well trained. They may urinate in the house, chew things they’re not supposed to, or bark relentlessly.

Sometimes, these symptoms of anxiety can be interpreted as simply bad behavior, leading to punishment. However, this can make the anxiety worse. The dog will become more anxious due to lack of comfort, and act out even more.

Other, more obvious signs of dog anxiety are listlessness, depression, nervous pacing, and excessive panting. If you see your dog exhibiting these behaviors, try to comfort them to reduce their distress.

What Is CBD?

Unfortunately, when your furry pal has bad anxiety, there is only so much you can do to comfort them. Human touch and voice may not be enough. There is no quick fix for pet anxiety.

Sure, you could take your pal to the vet and get a prescription that will knock them out. That’s one kind of anxiety remedy. But we know you want your dog to be the healthiest they can be, and that means no strong, unnecessary pharmaceuticals.

Fortunately, there is a safe, 100% natural solution.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound found in cannabis and other hemp plants. It contains no tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the part of marijuana that causes intoxication. In fact, CBD is non-intoxicating and non-psychoactive, meaning that it does not produce the “high” usually associated with cannabis.

Neither humans nor dogs will experience a high after taking it. And for your pup, this is a very good thing – dogs don’t react well to the psychoactive effects of THC.

Rather, CBD is a natural supplement that is used for many different reasons in humans and animals alike. And unlike marijuana, it’s completely legal in all 50 states.

What Are CBD Dog Treats for Anxiety?

CBD by itself is safe for dogs, and Okoa Pet specifically formulates our CBD products to remove the THC to undetectable levels. 

We use a broad-spectrum hemp extract with naturally-occurring CBD. We take the extra time and care to perfect each batch because we know your pup is worth it. 

CBD interacts with dogs’ (and humans’) endocannabinoid system, which is located within the greater central nervous system in the brain. This particular system is a set of neurotransmitters that are triggered by CBD use. Ingesting CBD will cause these transmitters to fire up.

When these extra chemicals are at work in the brain, it produces a calming effect. Your dog will begin to feel rested and at peace. They might get a little sleepy, but it’s not a sedative – they’re just relaxed.

CBD is also an anti-inflammatory and is commonly used for pain relief in both humans and animals.

While this doesn’t ease anxiety on its own, when combined with the psychological effects of CBD, a body free of aches and pains will certainly soothe an anxious pup. The palliative effects can contribute to your dog’s overall relaxation.

Many pet owners will give their dog a CBD-infused treat right before leaving the house, to soothe separation anxiety. Wouldn’t it give you peace of mind to know your furry friend is snoozing the day away at peace, rather than pacing around your home in distress?

Having CBD dog treats for anxiety also allows you to plan CBD administration around events that you know will be especially stressful.

For example, if you’re moving to a new home, or if it’s the Fourth of July, it might be a good idea to toss your wet-nosed companion one of our CBD dog chews in advance.

Start Treating Your Dog’s Anxiety Today

At Okoa Pet, we are our target customers. We got into the business of helping animals because we are pet parents ourselves, and we know that they’re truly family.  At the same time, we’re professionals, scientists, and veterinarians committed to quality and science.

We care not only for your pet’s mental well-being but also for their physical safety. That’s why we have a third party laboratory certify all of our THC-free CBD before it goes into any product.  Then we test it again when the product is finished and post the results on our website.

Our “Hush, Puppy”  CBD calming dog treats are custom-formulated for an anxious dog.  They combine CBD with other natural calming ingredients like chamomile.  Whether you know exactly what you need or if you’re not sure where to start, we hope you’ll reach out to us to discuss how we can help your furry friend. Making pets feel better is our mission, and we look forward to helping yours.