You could tell your dog your schedule and post it on the fridge, but he still won’t understand. That’s why your furry companion may experience stress and anxiety as he watches you leave, unaware of when you’ll return. If your pet exhibits excessive anxiety or disruptive and destructive behavior when you’re not together, he may have separation anxiety.
Separation anxiety in dogs is common – about 20 to 40 percent of all dogs with behavioral issues have the condition. Many animals develop this extreme distress as a result of changes in location, owner or schedule. You and your pet do not have to go through this alone. Advances in animal medicine are making it easier for your furry friend to cope with the stress of being alone. Natural alternatives like Pure Paws CBD Hemp Oil may reduce anxiety while also providing a general wellness boost. We’ll lay out symptoms, causes and treatment options for separation anxiety in dogs so you and your pet can live healthily and happily.
Separation anxiety in dogs is caused by overattachment to an owner, and it results in extreme stress or panic attacks when your pet is left alone. Animals with separation anxiety often exhibit erratic behavior like indoor urination and defecation, barking, howling, chewing, digging and trying to escape when you leave, but rarely continue this behavior once you return. Even signs of departure like grabbing your keys or putting on your shoes can trigger symptoms of separation anxiety in dogs. Dogs with extreme anxiety may follow you from room to room because they are anxious to be away from you. Your furry friend may go so far as to try and stop you from leaving or try to follow you out the door.
Before diagnosing your pet with separation anxiety, it is important to rule out other possible causes of his behavior. If your dog is urinating in doors, it may be because of incomplete house training or a medical condition. It is important to consult a vet to ensure there is not an underlying disorder causing this behavior. Some dogs will excessively bark when left alone because of outside noises and stimulants like passersby, other dogs, storms and fireworks. These instances can trigger stress that is fundamentally different from separation anxiety. Consider how much time you are spending away from home, as prolonged separation can cause adverse behavior even if your dog does not have separation anxiety.
Our furry companions are extremely emotional beings and form feelings of security and strong attachments to their owners. Hyper-attachment to owners can lead to the development of separation anxiety in dogs. This disorder is prevalent in animals that have been given up for adoption or abandoned by their owners. Sudden loss of a loved one through death or relocation can increase the risk of this disorder, as can changes in schedule. For example, if you worked from home and suddenly begin to spend hours away every day, your pup may feel stress and anxiety.
Depending on the severity of your pet’s separation anxiety, there are certain conditioning methods that may ease the stress your pup feels when you leave the house. Giving them a toy when you leave and removing it upon your return may give them an alternate focus. Ignoring your pup’s erratic behavior when you return home and engaging with them once they calm down may encourage behavioral improvements. Natural calming supplements like CBD can reduce your pup’s stress and make it easier to create independence. Although this natural compound will not reverse the condition, it may reduce aggressive and destructive behavior when you leave.
CBD, or Cannabidiol, is a natural compound found in both Hemp and Marijuana plants. However, the chemical properties and functions of these two plants differ. Hemp plants contain high concentrations of CBD and trace amounts of THC. In comparison, Marijuana plants contain only small amounts of CBD but up to 35 percent THC – the active compound responsible for intoxication. Due to its low levels of THC, Hemp-derived CBD is federally legal in the U.S. At Pure Paws, we use a CO2 extraction method to separate CBD from the other cannabinoids, or chemical compounds, found in Hemp plants. The resulting CBD isolate is 99 percent pure and THC-free. You can see for yourself on our third-party lab tests.
The CBD isolate in our products can potentially calm stress and separation anxiety in dogs, encourage better sleep quality and reduce aggressive behavior. It does so by working with the Endocannabinoid System, or ECS. The ECS is a network of receptors and molecules present in all mammals. This intricate system maintains homeostasis, manages pain and mood, and controls cell growth and development. While the body produces its own cannabinoids, it also responds to plant-derived cannabinoids like CBD. When you give your fur buddy CBD products, the natural compound works with the body to strengthen the effects of the ECS and provide maximum results. This interaction results in stabilized mood and reduced anxiety, as well as regular sleep patterns.
Pure Paws Hemp knows that your fur baby may experience anxiety and stress just like anyone else, so we created a human-grade product line to help relieve symptoms and provide an overall health and wellness boost. Our CBD Hemp Oil and CBD Dog Biscuits are packed with a potent dose of CBD and will have your best buddy begging for more. When used regularly, our products may encourage prolonged calmness and reduce symptoms of separation anxiety in dogs. Read more for homemade CBD dog treat recipes that are sure to help your dog relax while you’re away.
University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine – Separation Anxiety in Dogs
ASPCA – Separation Anxiety
MSPCA-Angell – Dealing with Separation Anxiety in Dogs
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