Maisey was having a hard time dealing with environmental stressors like loud noises and didn't even want to go outside or interact with other dogs because of her overwhelm. That's when dog mom Bea discovered CBD, which helped Maisey manage her stress.
"The fact that she can finally relax and feel comfortable enough to just be a dog is so important to me."
Bea adopted her dog Maisey (aka Grandma) about a year ago.
Before she came to live with her new mom, Maisey had never been inside a home before. As a result, Maisey had a nervous disposition from the get-go, but Bea thought Maisey was simply getting used to her new surroundings.
It turns out that, like her mom, Maisey was having difficulty dealing with the stress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Maisey was picking up on her mom's stress, levels which in turn made her more stressed.
Maisey was getting frazzled by everything and was really having a rough time.
What was it about Maisey's behavior that made you realize something was wrong?
"My bed is high enough that she can stick her head underneath it but not her whole body, so she would stick her head underneath the bed constantly whenever she felt stressed.
"One thing that was really hard dealing with was that whenever we would go outside, she would feel really overwhelmed. For example, she would be on someone's property and then hear a sudden noise, and she would start to pull on her collar and kind of choke herself. She would just be so stressed out by different environmental factors that she didn't want to go out anymore. There were a lot of nights when she wouldn't go to the bathroom for 18 hours because she was so stressed out."
Bea lives about one block from a fire station, and between the noise from the station and the protests going on outside at the time, the overstimulation was really stressing poor Maisey out. Maisey didn't even like going to the local pet store. "She had a total meltdown there. It was the saddest thing I've ever seen. She started whimpering and she was just extremely nervous. She was so scared, and it was so sad."
What made you look into CBD as a possible solution?
"I decided it was time to develop some sort of care plan. I figured I would go ahead and start looking through different options online. I spent a week reading blog posts and speaking to different people."
Bea didn't want to give Maisey anything that was going to knock her out and was looking for a less aggressive approach to help lower Maisey's stress levels. "I thought maybe we should try something that was more like a daily supplement."
What made you decide to try Honest Paws CBD?
"I looked through a bunch of 'Best CBD' lists online, and I saw Honest Paws on three different lists. I thought, 'Well, that's a cute name' and it was highly rated too. I decided to look into it, and I just really liked what the reviews had to say.
"Since I don't really know a whole lot about pet CBD, I thought that the reviews sounded good, and I was also comparing the Honest Paws website with other CBD websites. Their website had all the information I needed, and it was also easy to navigate and understand. The ingredients were simple too. It was just peanut butter, oats, and hemp oil."
How could you tell the CBD was working?
"I first saw it at the dog park. I gave the treats to her in the morning, and I just noticed that she was carefree. Up until this point, she had really been by my side at the dog park, and she'd only go and retrieve balls when I threw them, or play with the Frisbee when I threw it.
"But for the first time, she was off exploring trees and chasing squirrels on the other side of the fence. She initiated play with a German Shepherd, and it was the first time she had done that with another dog. I was just completely bamboozled by emotion because I had just never seen her so excited and so happy."
"It just makes me so emotional, because she brings me so much happiness, and the fact that she can finally relax and feel comfortable enough to just be a dog is so important to me."
Now that Bea has found CBD, Maisey's life has transformed. The Honest Paws CBD products help her cope with her stress, and with all the nervousness gone, she gets to live every dog's dream: chasing squirrels and playing at the park!
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