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Posted on Nov 18, 2019
For some, the period between Halloween and New Year’s Day is the best time of the year. Some might even call it the most wonderful time of the year. There are many festivities happening during this holiday period. From parties to large family gatherings, people find ways to celebrate with many around them. For those who feel anxious in large crowds, it may not seem so great.
Our pups are such a huge part of our families but we can’t always be with them. The holidays can be especially hard for our pets because many of us take time off for travel to see family, friends, or take long vacations. Even though this time of year may be hard for them (and you), with some help and planning, it may be easier than you think!
Every year, millions of people are traveling by all modes of transportation to visit family, friends or simply take a well-deserved year-end vacation. For those who have a furry bud, holiday travel involves more than just packing a bag and skipping town. If your final destination is pet-friendly, it’s always nice to take your pet on the road with you to avoid separation anxiety. However, even though you’ve solved the separation anxiety problem, there can be other kinds of travel stress for your pup – especially if you have an anxious one.
Guess what? Your furry best friends are just like humans. Some pups love crowds and can’t get enough belly rubs from everyone in the room while others are anxiously sitting under the table and emotionally paralyzed with fear.
Many of our fur babies are actually very fearful about the presence of strangers in their territory and the unfamiliar scents and sounds that comes with parties. They tend to view this as an invasion of their privacy and territory. This holiday season, if you have decided to host your entire immediate and extended family, be prepared to have your pet experience a little higher stress than usual. However, that doesn’t mean your show can’t go on. It just means that more consideration for your pet will need to take place when planning the event.
In the past, you may have turned to your veterinarian for prescriptions to help alleviate stress during travel. This year, we encourage you to think about trying a natural pet CBD product during these challenging times to help with the anxiety of travel for our beloved four-legged fur friend.
CBD oil is all the buzz lately and studies are showing that the organic compound derived from hemp may have possible anti-anxiolytic properties. Like humans, pets have an endocannabinoid system with cannabis receptors. CBD works with this system to potentially help with our fight or flight response in times of stress and anxiety. So, whether your leaving on a jet plane or loading up your car, consider having a CBD product on hand for your pet! At Buzzn we not only offer CBD for your pets, we also offer all-natural, lab tested CBD products for you (in case you need some help with travel anxiety as well).
Supplements / Aids:
Instead of using Benadryl or vet prescribed anxiety medication for your pet, we strongly encourage seeking alternative, natural ways to soothe your pet’s anxiety. We suggest trying a natural pet CBD product like the Puppy Potion from Buzzn. Studies have shown that the organic compound (CBD) derived from hemp may have possible anti-anxiolytic properties. Like humans, pets have an endocannabinoid system with cannabis receptors. CBD works with this system to potentially help with our fight or flight response in times of stress and anxiety. Based on your dog’s health and your comfort level, check with your veterinarian prior to trying CBD.
If space isn’t a limitation, create a safe place in another part of your home for your pet. To help calm their nerves, try setting up their beds in a quiet room with toys, treats, and other necessities.
Be Mindful of Volume:
For those who have pets that are frightened by loud music or noises, be conscious of noise level. Animals have much more sensitive hearing than humans.
- If there is a good chance that many people will be coming and going at your holiday shindig, it would be wise to consider a doggy gate. When pets are frightened, their instinct is to fight or flight. You don’t want uncle Bob to accidentally open the door and give fido an escape route.
- Be mindful of small toddler or children unknowingly frightening the dog and be sure to have adult supervision at all times.
- Keep goodies and treats in an unreachable place for your pet. Many pets can’t resist temptation when it comes to human food. They may sneakily try to steal your hostess gifts. While some human foods are ok for dogs to eat, others can be incredibly dangerous to your pet. It’s best to be cautious and put all food items away.
Here are some other ways to help relieve their anxiety:
- Inform the sitter of the separation anxiety so they won’t be left alone too long
- Keep familiar toys, blankets and other items around – your scent will help them
- Make sure they get enough exercise
Based on your dog’s health and your comfort level, check with your veterinarian prior to trying CBD. To properly gauge the correct dosage, try to give your pet the CBD product a week prior to your trip. On the day of travel, give your dog the CBD product 30 minutes before travel. CBD may also be able to help with motion sickness as some dogs are prone to motion sickness like humans.
Even with preparation, of course you and your dog will miss each other. Just remember that this is temporary and if you stay calm, your pup will have a better chance of also being calm. Being prepared is the key to making sure both you and your pet have the most enjoyable holiday this year!