Can CBD Hemp Oil Lessen My Dog’s Anxiety When Boarding?

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When I used to work every day outside of the home, I had to leave my dogs for a few hours at a time.  We all got used to the routine.  But now that we have been together all day every day for the last three years in our RV, you can imagine that the thought of having to leave them, and going on a trip without them is causing ME anxiety.  The thought is causing ME stress.  And although I have a trusting friend who is going to take care of them, I still worry.  How could I not?  They are my kids.


I have heard from so many of our readers that they do not take vacations or trips without their dogs.  At all.  And this is a very personal decision.  No viewpoint is wrong on this as long as we are taking care of our dogs and making sure that they receive the best care possible in the way that we know how. But sometimes, there are emergencies and situations beyond our control that warrants boarding our dogs with a sitter or friend, even if we don’t want to.


If we have done all we can on research, reading reviews and touring the facility or home that we are boarding our dog at, is there anything else that can help lessen our dog’s anxiety?  Isn’t this what causes our anxiety too about leaving our dogs? That they will missing us, stressed out and worried?


As we pack our own bags for Italy today,  I decided to look into the organic CBD hemp oil products from Pet Releaf  since their products were helping our dogs in so many other ways.  And the following is the information that I found out, and how we plan to use this on our upcoming trip to Italy.  Yes, Italy.  If you don’t know why we are going to Italy, well, you have some blogs to catch up on!


First off, if you have read our blogs for any amount of time, you know that Brickle and Digby are my heart. My soul. My everything.  I worry about Brickle’s demeanor and depression when we are apart.  I worry about Digby and his loneliness without his favorite Boy Person around.  So I had to know first, how does CBD help with a dog’s anxiety?  How does it really work?


According to the Pet Releaf website, “Cannabidiol (CBD) from the Hemp plant has been known to work wonders with people and with pets when it comes to temporary anxiety prevention. There are multiple scientific studies showing the positive effects of CBD for a multitude of health conditions- including pain management and anxiety reduction.

When CBD enters a mammals endocannabinoid system, specific receptors found throughout the body are activated. These are the only receptors in the body that allow for 2 way communication between body systems. Basically, CBD makes it easier for the body to calm down and relieve tension and temporary anxiety, because receptors in the endocannabinoid system can now “speak” to each other.

Pet Releaf organic CBD oil is extracted using no chemical solvents, it is safe for your pets (they can never over-dose), and it is non-psychoactive.”

I felt a bit better thinking back to when we have used Pet Releaf’s products like the Edibites when on the road and the CBD hemp oil during thunderstorms.


I knew that these products didn’t relieve their stress or anxiety 100%.  But the difference that I noticed made it clear to me that this was going to be a must if we were to be apart for two weeks.


To me, it’s like choosing to ignore a situation and hoping that your dog pulls thru it, or not ignoring the situation and doing something about it!  Just because we may have tried different approaches before that didn’t work, doesn’t mean that our dogs need to suffer because we won’t look into a “new” and effective way of helping them. But you may wonder, are their products legal?  Are their products safe for my dog?


Pet Releaf states their products are “completely legal and do not require a prescription. Our hemp is grown in the United States and has an undetectable level of THC at 0.1%, making it below the national legal limit of 0.3%, therefore our product can be purchased in all 50 states. Our CBD hemp oil is NOT made from the federally illegal marijuana plant. Further, our oil is completely natural and does NOT require any prescription or recommendation from your vet…Since our CBD hemp oil is 100% natural, it is completely safe for your pets. Pet Releaf CBD hemp oil also has no psychoactive properties so it will not get your pets “high”. Dogs and cats lack the ability to effectively metabolize THC – the psychoactive element in the marijuana plant. It can be very dangerous to give your pet anything containing any psychoactive levels of THC, such as medical marijuana products now being sold in much of the United States…The hemp plant is quickly being added to many “superfood” lists. By using the whole plant including the seeds, Pet Releaf CBD hemp oil provides these numerous health benefits. Hemp is one of Nature’s best sources of plant-based protein. Unlike soy, hemp does not contain enzyme inhibitors and phytates, so the full range of 20 amino acids, including the 9 essential amino acids are easily absorbed into the body. The hemp plant also contains significant amounts of essential fatty acids – Omega 3 and Omega 6 – in a 1:4 ratio which is touted by major health organizations as the magic ratio for healthy benefits. Hemp also contains the Super Omegas – Stearidonic Acid (SDA) and Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA).”


Our dogs rely on us.  They can’t choose whether we go on that trip or not.  They can’t choose who we leave them with.  They can’t choose when we will be back.  But they did choose us to be their life.  And their lives deserve respect. I choose to give them a way to be content when we are apart.  And I am grateful to Pet Releaf for making the highest quality CBD products out there.

So what am I sending with Brickle and Digby when they head off to their spaw vacation and their home away from home?  Their favorite blankets, treats, toys and of course good food.  I am sending their vet records and making sure their tags are up to date.  I am requiring that the sitter text me every morning and night with pictures and updates.  And I am sending clear instructions with Pet Releaf CBD Hemp Oil 1700 for large dogs.  Their website has clear dosage and weight recommendations for your dog as well.


If you are planning on taking a trip without your dog, or if you are in need of something to ease different anxieties this time of year, perhaps CBD is your answer…and your dog’s answer to a quality way of life.  But do not just choose any CBD Hemp Oil.  Know the company, the people behind the company, where and how it is grown and the ingredients.  Pet Releaf’s website is transparent with reports and studies and they are a phone call away.  Yes, they answer the phone, they answer email and they respond to messages.  We have found that the best companies not only have good motivations to start with, but the best companies stick to their principles and promises.

Pet Releaf states, “Here at Pet Releaf, we consider our pets’ equal members of our family. For that reason, we believe that the products they consume should also be of the highest possible quality. From the food that they eat to the medications or supplements you give them, you should feel confident that they are natural, safe, and effective. That’s why we’ve created the highest quality CBD-infused products in the pet industry so that you never have to question what you’re giving your pets.

Often times, our customers turn to Pet Releaf when their loved one is suffering from illness or injury. We take that responsibility extremely seriously, which is why we spent years of R&D to guarantee that our CBD for dogs was not only the standard in the industry in terms of quality but also the most effective.

From seed to sale, from plant to pet, we’ve specialized our entire production process so that no quality is sacrificed in any of our CBD for dogs while they’re being manufactured.”

“The Pet Releaf Difference:

  • Our hemp is grown at our certified USDA organic joint-venture hemp farm in eastern, Colorado
  • PR-33, our specialized hemp strain grown specifically for pets, selected because of it’s extremely beneficial cannabinoid profile for dogs and cats
  • We extract our full spectrum hemp oil using only pressurized air and never with toxic solvents and chemicals
  • Our Edibites are handmade and baked in small batches in our Colorado kitchen
  • No 12 syllable ingredients in any of our products
  • 3rd party testing for guaranteed potency”

So if you have to leave your dogs this season, or any time of the year, consider making it easier on them…consider making it easier on you.  Time is short with our dogs.  Let’s make sure any time apart is still full of fun, ease and happiness for them.  CBD can help.

Am I still stressed about leaving Brickle and Digby today? Of course I am.  Oh, the days will drag on.  But when we see each other again, I just can’t imagine how happy of a day that will be.  And hopefully, the reasons behind our trip will have been worth it.  Stay tuned.

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-Rachael Johnson, Owner of 2 Traveling Dogs and Your Dog’s Diner

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Everything I Should Have Known About How To Give My Dog CBD Hemp Oil

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I was so happy!  The possibility that CBD hemp oil could help my dogs Brickle and Digby with some of their common problems was exciting to me.


However, I will admit something right away.  I am not one for detail.  If something needs to be done, I do it.  I don’t stop to think about it.  I get it done.  Being on the road for over two years means that we go, go, go.

Yet, giving the CBD hemp oil from Pet Releaf to my dogs without taking the time to read directions was a bit of a mistake.  No, it wasn’t a dangerous mistake, but a mistake that cost me some time…time that they could have been feeling better.  And we all know that time is very precious with our dogs.


Since we have embarked on this journey of learning about CBD hemp oil and using it for our dogs, we have not only grown closer to them, but to our readers as well. We see the concern that you have for your dogs.  We see how many of you have senior dogs in your lives or rescue dogs with some anxiety issues. We hear that your dogs have storm fears and reactions to fireworks, loud noises and social anxieties. But we also read your comments of admiration and adoration for your dogs.  And we also see that you want to help them feel better and be the best that they can be.


But many of you have questions about CBD oil and are a bit confused on the best way to give the oil to your dogs.


Don’t let that stop you from trying. Because we hope that you can learn from our mistakes and save some time so that your dogs can do better and feel better faster!


Like the CBD products themselves, the way to give them to our dogs are just as basic. You can do this. You really can!


Lets start by explaining what makes Pet Releaf CBD oils different.  Nope, we don’t and will not recommend any other brand. Pet Releaf is organic. Can other CBD oils say that?

Pet Releaf CBD Oils Contain Only Two Ingredients. Certified USDA organic CBD hemp oil and organic coconut oil are the only ingredients in every bottle! The higher the potency, the more concentrated it is with the hemp oil verses the coconut oil.


The first mistake that I made at the beginning was not giving the oil to Digby and Brickle on an empty stomach. If you know Digby, you know I had to work to find that time!


For max absorption, their oils should be administered directly into the mouth outside of mealtimes. This is because cannabinoids (like CBD) lose efficacy when exposed to the gastric acids in the stomach. But what happens if you have a dog like Digby that won’t take the oil alone?  If needed, giving the oil on a teaser amount of food or placing directly in their empty food bowl is fine. I found with Digby that giving the oil to him on some peanut butter did the trick. I also tried the oil capsules.  This is an economical way to start off and by putting the capsule in peanut butter it worked like a charm!


But Brickle, who is usually the more picky one, will lick it directly out of my hand.


Pet parents should increase the recommended daily usage if they see the impact go down as a result of administrating the product using a teaser amount of food.

Every Pet Is Different.  All of their usage recommendations are just that, recommendations! They always suggest starting with their usage recommendations and moving up or down based on the results you are seeing. Dosage and all directions come with every bottle and product. This makes it easier for me because my dogs are as different in their personalities as they are in their eating habits and likes and dislikes.


So taking this into account, I found that because I because I was more concerned about Digby’s health lately, that I had not read the directions fully and I was giving him too much of the oil. Again, another mistake on my part. Many of you may wonder if you can overdose your dog.  And like me, you are probably worried about that too.

No Dosage Is Unsafe. A pet parent can safely select from ANY of their three potencies because there are no known or documented overdoses on Pet Releaf products!


They typically recommended their lower potency oils for small to medium sized dogs as they are a bit more palatable. They recomend higher potency products for larger dogs as pet parents will get the most usage out of a higher potency product.


How much should I give my pet?

According to Pet Releaf’s website, “The amount you should give your cat or dog depends on two main factors:Your pet’s weight and what you’re utilizing the product for. It’s important to first base usage information off of your pet’s weight as an effective starting point. However, if you’re utilizing our product to help your pet recover from a more severe injury, illness, or ailment should start with our recommended usage and increase the amount of product given until you see desired results. There are no known or documented overdoses on a full spectrum CBD hemp products.

It’s important to note that all of our CBD hemp oils are safe for dogs of all sizes, however, each one potency was developed with a certain size in mind.”

I also just assumed that giving Brickle and Digby their recommended dosage at one time was the way to do it.  I was wrong again.

Pet Releaf CBD Hemp Oils have a 9 hour half life. That is why they recommend splitting the recommended usage between the AM/PM, so that your pet can be covered for the majority of the day!  That works for us.

So which oil should you choose for your dog?  Your dog’s weight will determine the recommended dosage. Find each dosage and complete directions here. 

CBD Hemp Oil 330 — 100mg Active CBD (for small dogs and cats).

CBD Hemp Oil 700 — 200mg Active CBD (for small to medium sized dogs).

CBD Hemp Oil 1000 — 300mg Active CBD (for medium dogs).

CBD Hemp Oil 1700 — 500mg Active CBD (for large breed dogs).


The best thing for me about going on this journey of using Pet Releaf’s CBD Hemp Oil has been that I don’t have to worry about hurting my dogs if I make a mistake.  And I made them all.  But even when I wasn’t using their products to their full potential, I saw results which made me excited to keep trying. I took the time to ask questions.  I took the time to read labels.  I took the time to read all of their informative blogs and testimonials on social media.

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Changing the way we take care of our dogs sometimes can seem overwhelming.  But as my Pappy always said, don’t keep doing the same thing expecting different results.  Our dogs need us to help them with aging symptoms and physical and mental disabilities.  If you have tried everything…don’t give up.  Aren’t our dogs worth a little time and learning on our part?


As I have said before, I sincerely wish I would have started my dogs on CBD from Pet Releaf when they were younger, but it was simply not available.  Now it is.  Now I have this opportunity to help them.  I hope that you take this opportunity too.


-Rachael Johnson, Owner of 2 Traveling Dogs and Your Dogs Diner

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