Every dog is different. But they all have one thing in common: None of them like being left alone.
Usually, it’s no big deal and they’re just bummed-out for a moment or two when we leave. But for some pups, our absence can be pretty traumatic. They’ve got separation anxiety, and there’s nothing temporary about it.
20-40% of dogs who show up to a veterinary clinic suffer from separation anxiety. Many more likely have the condition and never seek to get help. So if your pup gets a little worried when you aren't around, you aren't alone.
What Causes Separation Anxiety in Dogs?
No one knows for sure why some dogs develop separation anxiety and others don’t. It’s seen a lot more in rescue and shelter dogs than dogs adopted as puppies into forever homes, which makes sense. But other situations cause it, too. Mosty likely, separation anxiety is caused by big changes like:
- A Change in Routines: If there are changes to their owners work schedule routines, that can trigger anxiety in pets. For example, if their owner's routine goes from taking them into work with them everyday to leaving them at home for 6 hours - they can become worried and alone.
- A Change in Family: Being abandoned, put up for adoption or passed over to a new owner can cause lack of stability and therefore separation anxiety in some dogs.
- Moving: Moving to a new home, especially early in life, can trigger separation anxiety.
- Loss (or extended absence) of a Family Member: Dogs create very strong bonds with their owners and family members and the loss of them, due to either death or moving, can trigger separation anxiety.
What are the Symptoms of Separation Anxiety?
We’ve all heard the stories of wrecked homes, potty incidents, barking and howling, escape attempts, and other troubles. It can get pretty serious pretty fast, and a single blog post just can’t cover everything there is to say on this complicated subject.
Here are some common symptoms, though, that will give you a clue into if your pet has separation anxiety:
- Urinating and Defecating
- Barking and Howling
- Chewing, Digging and Destruction
- Coprophagia (eating their own poop)
Can CBD Reduce Separation Anxiety in Dogs?
There’s lots of evidence showing CBD may be an effective potential treatment for severe anxiety like that seen in pups with separation issues.
One study, for example, found that 79% of people taking CBD experienced less anxiousness. And a recent Japanese project showed that CBD “significantly decreased anxiety” in teenagers who had been diagnosed with severe anxiety disorder.
Even more exciting, researchers have discovered that CBD possibly reduces what's called learned fear or automatically fearful reactions to certain situations that have been “taught” to us by our previous experiences. (Think things like phobias and PTSD.) CBD may do more than simply chill things out in the moment. It may also help us “unlearn” habitual fears so that we’re unafraid when we confront the same circumstances in the future.
While these studies are on people not dogs, more often than not what works for us works for our fur babies, too, and we’ve heard plenty of stories from our friends and customers when it comes to CBD, dogs, and separation anxiety.
How Do I use CBD for Separation Anxiety?
When dealing with anxiety, we recommend a few things:
Serving size: 2mg CBD per 10 pounds of weight to start. So if your pup is 50 pounds, 10mg of CBD per serving is a great starting point.
When: If your doggo has issues when you leave, try giving them CBD about half an hour before you go. That allows the CBD to start working before you leave and they get into an anxious mindset.
Consistency: Make sure to give CBD to your dog every day, at the same time, to see the best results. If, after a few days, the amount you gave is not enough, feel free to double the amount you give until you see them feeling calmer and happier when you leave.
What to Look For in a CBD Product?
Make sure the product you buy is of high quality and from a reputable brand. Your best friend deserves the best and there's nothing worse than spending your money on products that don't work.
Broad/Full Spectrum CBD from Hemp Oil
Full spectrum means the oil has the added benefit of the entourage effect, meaning the CBD works in tandem with the other cannabinoids, terpenes, and lipids to make the CBD more effective. Broad-spectrum is the same as full-spectrum, except all traces of THC have been removed.
3rd Party Lab Tested
3rd party just means a laboratory that isn't associated with the company tested the CBD to ensures the amount of CBD on the label matches what's in the product. To guarantee the efficacy of the CBD that you buy, check the 3rd party test results. All reputable companies have it listed online or will happily give it to you if you ask.
Organically Grown Hemp
Hemp is a natural bioaccumulator, meaning it absorbs nutrients as well as contaminants from the soil as it grows. Make sure the CBD you buy is from a farm that uses organic practices to ensure there are no pesticides or metals in your CBD.
Which is the Best CBD Product for Separation Anxiety?
Testimonials: Reviews on Using CBD for Anxiety
I actually notice a difference with Kayden’s anxiety, and so did my boyfriend! Kayden spends 90% of his time with me, he's rarely ever alone. So he has separation anxiety. Kayden will howl and sometimes even self-mutilation when left alone. He is also more anxious even if he's with my boyfriend and I’m not home. I’ve tried other CBD products and they seemed to help somewhat, but not like this CBD Oil! My boyfriend texted me while I was at work that he actually saw a difference, which he's never seen a difference with other CBD products. Which makes me so happy knowing Kayden is more relaxed while I am away.
Winnie is a rescued dog I found when I was going thru chemotherapy 2 1/2 years ago. He has separation anxiety & some other issues but is the best boy! I believe the biscuits are helping him to be more calm. Thanks for the great service & product!
My dog King LOVES the biscuits and is such a good boy when he knows he’s getting them as a treat. I find that two biscuits is perfect for him even though he’s 50 pounds. He’s lean and muscular (Rottweiler & Australian cattle dog mixture) so the five milligrams wasn’t enough for his energy and stature. It does wonders for his separation anxiety and we’re just so thankful to find something to help him with that.