Do you worry about your pet when you leave your home? Does your pet look sad and whine all morning while you get ready for work? Do you come home to a scratched down door or chewed up furniture?
If you do, it means your dog is suffering from separation anxiety. I know, I couldn't believe it myself either but it's true. I would leave every morning and come back to find chunks of my door torn and chewed off.
The largest complaint of pet owners (and their neighbors) is their dog misbehaving in a destructive way when their human leaves. This behavior can include anything from howling, chewing, digging, house soiling, urination, trying to escape, etc. It can cause major problems for dog owners who live in apartment complexes where the howling disrupts others.
While these behaviors are often a sign that your dog might benefit from more obedience training, they can also be signs that your pup is in distress.
However, I am here to tell you that you're not alone. In fact, there are so many owners dealing with pups who have separation distress that there are now animal behaviorist experts who are hired solely to help handle the issue. There are also anti-anxiety medication options that your veterinarian may recommend for severe cases (although we believe we have a safer option and cheaper). Additionally, there are several other ways to help manage separation anxiety in dogs, but first, owners need to understand the underlying causes of the problem at hand.
5 Mayor Causes of Separation Anxiety in Dogs1. Change in household membership
Separation anxiety is due to the fear that their owner won't return. The absence of the owner, long-term or short-term can be enough to incite full-on panic.
- Urinating and defecating
- Barking and howling
- Escape attempts
- Chewing, digging, destruction
- Coprophagia (eating feces)
- Excessive salivation and licking
Now, don't get me wrong. We have the utmost respect for veterinarian behavioral specialists. However, we do want dog owners to understand the pros and cons of such medications and realize that there are alternatives.
If you haven't heard of CBD for dogs, then welcome aboard! CBD is an incredible herb derived from the cannabis plant. CBD for dogs is specifically derived from the hemp plant (a species of the cannabis plant) making it 100% natural, effective, and safe. That means zero adverse, potentially irreversible reactions. CBD comes in several different forms from oils that can be administered orally or added to your dog's food, to treats and chews that can be enjoyed directly. Because of the fact that CBD is all natural, it has virtually no side effects. This means pet parents have the ability to ease their dog's anxiety without adding harsh chemicals into the dog's delicate system.
(Also, while we are going to discuss CBD for dogs, you may want to also look into CBD for dog owners... believe me, the benefits are truly out of this world)
- Immune system support
- Pain management
- Aid for those suffering from seizures and epilepsy
- Easing symptoms of arthritis
- Preventing inflammatory bowel disease
- Fighting cancer
- Easing symptoms from medications and cancer treatment
- Reducing autoimmune disease
- Decreasing chronic inflammation
- Supporting heart health
- Easing skin and allergy issues
3 Simple Solutions
HONEST PAWS CALMING CBD DOG TREATS
We recommend trying peanut butter flavored calming CBD dog treats! The treats are perfect for dogs in high anxiety situations and have proven successful for dogs with separation anxiety.
Dani from Oregon writes, “The oil and treats have had a calming effect on my anxious Boston terrier. The packaging looks great and gives clear directions on serving size.”
HONEST PAWS CALMING CBD OIL FOR DOGS
Pet owners may decide to start off with CBD oil for their furry friends. The oil is all natural, fast-acting, and highly absorbable. The majority of pet owners report that their pup had no qualms about the taste of the oil. However, if Fido seems resistant, owners can add the oil to their food or on their favorite treat.
HONEST PAWS CALMING CBD DOG CHEW
If you have a picky eater on your hands, try our poultry flavored CDB dog chews. The chicken flavor chew is impossible for any dog to say no to.
As with most things in life, consistency is key. While many owners report a positive change after a short time using the products, long-term use equates to long-term results. Consider saving money and subscribing to Honest Paws. That way, you'll always have exactly what you need and there won't be a lapse in your pup's CBD benefits.