For many of us, our pets are our whole lives. Their health and wellbeing are just as important as our own, our loved ones or friends. Their love for us is boundless, and our love for them is unconditional. So it is that when they suffer, the pain they feel is often amplified tenfold in ourselves.
Rosie, a true animal lover, was not new to this. Living in Spain with her pup Sam, she became involved with animal shelters and sanctuaries in her area where she could help those creatures who hadn’t been given the best start in life. Day-in and day-out she fell in love with animals over and over again, but when she met Ginger, she knew that she’d found the next addition to her growing family.
But, however much you might prepare for a rescue dog, you will never be able to completely anticipate everything that is to come. Rosie remembers, “I adopted Ginger, a beautiful, large Shepherd dog cross who is extremely intelligent, loving and playful.” Already having one pup, Rosie initially spent much of her time introducing and acclimatising her two pups to each other. She knew Ginger’s history and made sure she was there as much as possible to ensure her comfort and health were taken care of.
Rosie was truly lucky in that even though “Ginger had been abandoned by her previous owner, suffered injuries and spent time in a shelter, she trusts people and gets along with every dog she meets.” Her other pup Sam wasn’t entirely impressed with the new addition, however, Ginger didn’t seem to mind his deference. She was just happy to finally be loved and cared for.
But the bliss of a new family was not enough to counter Ginger’s years of abandonment, neglect and outright brutality. “A short time after bringing her home,” Rosie recalls, “I noticed that anytime I left, she would bark, cry and persistently pace until I returned.” After so much instability, Rosie deduced that Ginger suffered horribly from separation anxiety. She was terrified every time Rosie left the house.
Even though Rosie’s other dog Sam remained calm whenever she left the flat, Rosie noted that “his presence did nothing to calm her.”
She eventually went to speak to a professional about what steps to take to allow Ginger to feel at ease, and allow her to go to work without worrying about the mental wellbeing of her other rescue. She knew it would be difficult, but she also knew that she could not allow her new pup to continue on in this way unheeded.
“I spoke to a professional and spent many hours desperately scouring the internet for information about Separation Anxiety and the steps I should be taking to help her.
After many failed attempts at desensitizing her to my comings and goings, distraction toys and games, lots of exercise, Ginger still freaked out every time I had to go to work.”
Living in an apartment meant that every move and every noise was noticed by her neighbors, and although Rosie had been doing everything in her power to ease her pups initiation into her new environment, it did little to negate Ginger’s anxieties.
It all came to a head several weeks later when Rosie was hit with some hard news. “I began receiving complaints from my neighbors, warnings from my landlord and even a warning from the police,” about Ginger’s barking and whining.
“Needless to say the pressure was on and I myself began feeling anxious and worried each time I went to work, dreading a text from a neighbor or a warning slipped under the front door.”
For lack of a better option, she was forced to take a route she wished she hadn’t had to. “Although I hated doing it, I was having to leave her with a muzzle on each time I left, which could be for up to 4-5 hours at a time. I couldn't risk her barking whilst I wasn't at home, and being evicted from my flat.”
It hurt to see her already anxious pup endure further distress with the restraint on, and with not many other options apart from debarking—which was absolutely unfathomable to Rosie—she was forced to search for other possibilities.
“I heard about CBD oil from a friend who told me that one of its benefits was reducing anxiety.” This friend was an animal lover as well and could see the way Ginger and Rosie both suffered. So, she gifted them a bottle of Endoca 3% raw Hemp oil.
With a recommendation from this friend, Rosie was ready to try it on her pup. Her friend even helped Rosie administer Ginger’s first dose, and from there the change was palpable. So, Rosie began Ginger on a CBD regimen, using the uptritation technique. “I began giving Ginger just one drop a day, a couple of hours before I needed to leave for work, and slowly I noticed that she seemed to relax a bit each time I left.”
Rosie hadn’t received any complaints from neighbors since starting Ginger on CBD, however, she wanted to see for herself just how effective it was while she was out. So she began leaving her webcam on, recording Ginger and Sam while she was at work.
“I began to see that whereas before she would pace and whine, now she was sneaking up onto the sofa and taking naps. I think she feels calmer with CBD and I've been administering two drops each day now for over a month.”
The relief that both Rosie and Ginger felt to have found an option that was natural, and that meant there was no more need for a muzzle, was immense, and an incredible reward after the weeks of worry and anxiety.
Some days, Rosie admits she has forgotten to give Ginger CBD and she says that “it's generally those days that I come home to watch the webcam footage, and see that she's been pacing more, whining and generally seems more stressed.”
Rosie now believes firmly in the effects that CBD has had on Ginger and will continue to use it as long as it takes for Ginger to be in a place of relaxation and comfort.
She tells us that Ginger’s “anxiety hasn't gone away. I think this is something that will take some time and patience and hopefully, once she's completely settled into her new home, and understands that I'll always come back and that I'm not going to abandon her, she will stop. But for the moment, I'm a lot happier about leaving her alone, I can see that she's more relaxed and doesn't get so agitated, which makes a huge difference.”
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