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The Anxious Pet Review: To Help Ease My Dog’s Fear of Loud Noises

  • May 26, 2020
  • By MaggieLovesOrbit.com
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The Anxious Pet Review: To Help Ease My Dog’s Fear of Loud Noises

A portion of this post is sponsored by The Anxious Pet.  All opinions are 100% my own.

My four year old Boston Terrier recently developed a fear of loud noises.

We were spending a Sunday afternoon watching a movie and she was asleep under the blanket on my lap. It was an action movie and there was a scene where a car exploded.

It woke her from her sleep and she bolted off the sofa and hid by the jasmine bushes on the back side of our house.

It took some coaxing to get her back in and a few weeks before she would even spend time in the living room if the TV was on.

Since then she’s sensitive to loud noises.

This presented a problem when recently we had to have our roof completely redone. There isn’t anything louder than roofers pounding above you and you can only imagine how much stress that would be to my sound sensitive dog.

The CBD marketplace can be confusing and I’ve tried many different brands over the past two years.  In this post I’ll tell you what you need to know about The Anxious Pet’s CBD product and if it worked for my dog.

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In this review:

  • What I Like
  • Important Features
  • How Much Does It Cost?
  • Did It Work For My Dogs?
  • My Final Verdict

Which Product Did I Try

I tried the Peanut Butter flavored Soft Chews with 5mg of CBD Per Chew

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What I Like

  • Thorough directions in how much to give to your dog
  • The website is easy to navigate through I could find answers to the questions I had
  • Free Shipping
  • San Diego, CA based company (my home town)

Important Features

Veterinarian Formulated

The CBD industry can be a bit of the Wild West. You have pet companies getting into CBD and you have marijuana companies getting into the pet CBD space.

My preference in purchasing a dog wellness product is that the company has worked with a veterinarian to formulate their product.

Laboratory Tested

The Anxious Pet sends their product to a third-party lab that verifies potency, purity and consistency. You can find the recent “COA” or Certificate of Analysis on their website.

A Certificate of Analysis (COA) is a laboratory evaluation of a product that provides an objective measurement of potency of each compound, terpene profile and contaminant information. It is essential to know what is inside of the product you are giving your pet. It would be like taking a Tylenol and not knowing how many milligrams of acetaminophen there are in the product or if there any additional toxic substances

Not all CBD companies carry their COA and share it with their customers. I prefer to purchase CBD products when a COA is readily available.

You can view the COA via the Test Results on each product page.

Dosage Instructions

You would be surprised how many other CBD companies miss this in their packaging instructions and you have to either dig through their website or contact them.

In this case, the dosage instructions were very clear on the packaging itself. It stated how much I should give my dogs the first 3 days and then how much to give after.

In their FAQ – dosage is fully explained as follows:

The majority of medications in veterinary medicine follow a linear dosing curve. In other words, as the dose increases, drug efficacy increases (or reaches a plateau). Similarly, side effects develop with increasing dosage. With hemp products, however, dosing follows a biphasic dosing curve, meaning after the “optimal” dose is achieved, any further increase in dosing leads to diminished clinical efficacy. When using a full spectrum product, a way to not miss (or overshoot) the optimal dose, it is very important to start very low gradually increase the dose until you find your pets ideal dose. By slowly increasing the dose overtime, the receptors increase in number and become “primed” so the body can tolerate more cannabinoids with increase in side effects.

Broad Spectrum

Broad-spectrum CBD contains cannabidiol and all the other compounds within the plant, save for THC, which is completely removed after the initial extraction.

Because broad-spectrum extracts contain multiple cannabinoids, they also produce the “entourage effect,” but without the THC.

Vegan and Grain Free

This isn’t as important to me but for some dog parents who’s dog’s might have allergy issues it’s comforting to know that the Anxious Pet is Vegan and Grain Free

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What Are Their Claims?

They claim that their CBD promotes the calming effect and supports inflammation reduction

The excerpt below is directly from their website:

  • Provides a sense of comfort and ease with a Veterinarian formulated blend of natural ingredients including cannabidiol (CBD).
  • Tasty easy to give soft chews containing Acetyl L-Carnitine, Magnolia, St. John’s Wart and Barberry, which are known to decrease symptoms of depression, reduce anxiety-related behavior, and improve mood.
  • The addition of Broad Spectrum Hemp Oil and Organic MCT Oil pair well with these natural ingredients adding the benefits of Cannabidiol (CBD) including; anxiety reducing, inflammation reduction, supporting joints and pain relief.
  • These non-allergenic peanut butter flavor and or a vegetarian bacon flavor tasty chews are made in the USA in a cGMP facility. They are corn, wheat, soy and grain free. They do no contain any artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.

May support

  • Calming effect on nerves
  • Immune system
  • Bone and joint health
  • Normal brain activity

May reduce

  • Inflammation
  • Skin irritations and seasonal allergies
  • Nervous Behavior

How Much Does It Cost

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Packaging

I really liked the packaging. It was nicely presented in a box. I can’t tell you how many CBD products I’ve received in a bubble wrap bag carelessly thrown in to tumble around prior to getting to me.

I love the dosage labeling on the chews. I didn’t have to get on the website to find the dosage instructions.

But if you felt like you needed to visit the website their address is on the label itself.

Did It Work For My Dogs?

YES it worked!  I have two Boston Terriers. One of them Maggie has a history of car anxiety and generally more high strung. I’ve tried different brands (oils and chews) through the years on as as needed basis (like long road trips etc.).

But as I mentioned my younger dog all of a sudden developed a fear of loud noises and so now she needs a calming product as well.

I was able to get my hands on The Anxious Pet prior to the start of our roofing repairs.

With Maggie, my older one that has had CBD products before there wasn’t an immediate noticeable affect on day 1.

With Orbit, my younger sound sensitive one – I noticed within two hours.

The starting dosage recommendation for their weight class are two chews which you do for 3 days and then adjust up or down depending on your dog’s reaction.

I noticed that with Orbit her eyes were considerably softer with two chews upon the first dose. So I immediately dialed her down to one chew and kept Maggie at the two chews per dose.

We had roofers come in and the first day Orbit was exhibiting discomfort. Her eyes were large and she looked tense and uncomfortable.

I took her for a walk to let the CBD kick in. I then dropped her off at the local doggy day care so she could be away the first morning.

When I picked her up at lunch she was much more relaxed and for the remainder of the week I kept her at home while still giving her CBD and she became used to all of the loud noises going on above her.

Maggie wasn’t bothered by the roofers at all. She was more curious as to why they were walking around in our back yard but she remained calm the whole time they were here.

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My Final Verdict

Overall, I’d give The Anxious Pet Four out of Four Paws. I don’t have any complaints about the product, packaging, or instructions.

It was a delight to unpackage. Easy to administer and most importantly it worked on my dogs.

Other products “seemed to work or maybe not” but with The Anxious Pet CBD Soft Chews they calmed my dogs down during a time I needed it the most when roofers were in the house.

Orbit is now going through a phase where re-introducing and desensitizing her to different types of loud noises is part of our training week so I continue to keep her on the chews.

Where to Buy

You can buy your dog (or cat) their own Soft Chews or Hemp Oil by visiting The Anxious Pet directly.

Alternatively they have a learning section if you want to learn more about Pet Anxiety first.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hannah Zulueta and her two dogs Maggie and Orbit

Hello, my name is Hannah and I dance with my dogs.

I am a Boston Terrier Breed Advocate.  I started this blog because there isn’t enough space to tell our story on our Instagram.

My mission is to bring Boston Terrier dog parents the best, most accurate information to help your dogs live happier, healthier lives.

I have two Boston Terriers of my own. Maggie is my socially awkward heart dog while Orbit is my shadow and soul dog.

You won’t read about cats here, but you will get a fairly large dosage of articles dedicated to this wonderful breed to help you learn more about them or provide practical tips as you raise your own. Read more about us.

By MaggieLovesOrbit.com, May 26, 2020
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