I belong to several Facebook groups for pet parents, and this week the same question is being asked over and over again - "My dog has anxiety, what do I do?"
July always sees a spike in dogs turned into the shelter because fireworks and thunderstorms can trigger their fight or flight response in a big way. Pet anxiety can be dangerous for everyone - dogs run away, they jump in front of cars, they get aggressive - so knowing how to deal with it is going to help make your summer celebrations run much more smoothly.
There are a lot of things you can do, but I want to talk specifically about hemp products. Like many things mother nature has provided us, hemp is one of those blessings that used to be commonly used but was replaced and forgotten by modern medicine's imperfect imitations.
Industrial hemp contains a component called CBD, or Cannabidiol. Both pet and human brains contain what are called Cannabanoid Receptors, and they received this name because of how perfectly several cannabanoid compounds bind to them. These receptors are found throughout the body and promote homeostasis, or balance. Therefore, when they bind to cannabanoids, they are promoting balance throughout the body, and support health in a myriad of ways.
Many people are beginning to use CBD products to regulate pain, anxiety, and even seizures and cancer. It is a homeopathic alternative to literally hundreds of medications that can't do the job as well as nature can. What is really great about using it for pets is that they actually have almost twice as many cannabanoid receptors as humans do, so if it works well for people, you know it is going to work wonders for pets.
Want to know more? If you read THIS article you can get super sciency, but honestly it was a little over my head, not being a scientist. If you want more information on hemp for pets, our favorite brand Healthy Hemp (local to SLC) has some great LINKS on their website you can use for further research. There is a reason Healthy Hemp is the number 1 seller at Desert Raw!
Steve's Real Food (also a locally-based company) has a hemp product we carry in the store that also has raw goat milk. The article describing their success with pet anxiety can be found HERE.
We also have other great items, including our Farm Dog Natural's RELAX tincture.
In the long term, training and coping mechanisms, exposure therapy, and more can help relieve dog anxiety, but if you need something to get you through the summer holidays, our hemp products will all be 10% off through July 4th. We want your pets to be comfortable during the holiday, and we strongly believe this is a great option.