Moving with Pets

Moving with pets can be stressful not only for you, but for them. There are a few things you can do to limit your pet’s stress and anxiety during the move.

Find a Temporary Place

Putting them in doggie daycare of with a friend for the day or the night before the move. Make sure that it is a place or person that they are comfortable with. They can already sense the change and chaos in any household that is packing up and in disarray.

If you choose to leave them with a friend or a sitter, make sure that they have their favorite toy, bed, or blanket to make them feel at home.

Pick them up only when you are all set to go. The less change they experience, the calmer they will be.

Driving with Pets

These guys are your precious cargo. If your pet isn’t kennel trained, you will want to make sure to train them well before the big day. We suggest putting their favorite treat in their kennel with a blanket or pillow, with the door open. Put a treat in there several times a day so they know that this is not an unpleasant place. Once they are inside, close the door and feed a couple more treats and encourage that good behavior. Start them out at 5 minutes, several times a day, then for longer periods. Eventually, start kenneling them up when you run errands so they get used to being in the crate especially if you are driving a long distance.

Flying with Pets

Make sure to check the specific airline rules way before traveling. Especially, if you are relocating overseas. If you moving with pets overseas or even to Hawaii, you will need to check the quarantine laws and vaccinations. For instance, countries like New Zealand, Australia have mandatory titer vaccinations. These vaccinations will be a series and sometimes may take up to 180 days to complete the series. Check the country’s pet importation laws well in advance.

Pet Relocation Services

This is another option for moving with pets is to hire a professional. They will explore all the avenues to get your pet safely to the destination without you having to deal with all the hassle. They will also be very well informed in all the required laws for quarantine and vaccinations. Just make sure that they are registered with the Agriculture Department if you choose this route.

Calming Aids for Moving with Pets

Tranquilizers used to be the method of choice before, but the risks were high, and was the number one cause of death in transporting animals. Most airlines refuse to transport animals that have been tranquilized.

Cannabis dog treats or CBD is a great alternative to moving with pets. They are calmed by the natural compounds found in the cannabis plant that have been known to alleviate stress, anxiety and PTSD in both humans and animals. Since it is not pharmacological, and is not medical marijuana (so there is no high) it has no lethal side effects, and is all-natural.

Depending on the anxiety level of your animal, you will want to start with 5 mg of CBD per 10 pounds of weight. I have given my dog up to three to four times the recommended starting dose if we are flying. She is noise sensitive and the roar of the jet engines escalate her fear and anxiety to the maximum level. Driving in the car for transport, I don’t give her any since she is used to her kennel in the back of the boot.

Assess your animal and dose accordingly. Try and give your animal a dose 30 to 40 minutes before you have to check them in at the airport. They will already be stressed as soon as you both arrive at the airport, and are bombarded with tons of stimulation, then having to be separated from you.

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CBD for Dogs: Everything You Need to Know

All animals with a spinal column have an endocannabinoid system, or ECS, in their body. Many scientists believe the system evolved around 600 million years ago and continues to exist to this day. This primordial system was first discovered in the 60s after several pieces of research were carried out to determine how cannabis affects the body. In summary, the ECS is largely responsible for the body to “relax, sleep, eat, forget, and protect.”

CBD for Dogs: The Science

The system does this by maintaining the body’s homeostasis- state of equilibrium – through a network of receptors spread out around the body and predominantly present in the immune system and central nervous system. Cannabinoids are the messengers that relay the instructions of the ECS to the rest of the body by binding to certain receptors to either activate it or prevent it from activating.

Most studies done about CBD primarily focused on its effects on humans rather than animals. Although animal models have been used in the research, the results of the studies are mainly in the context of CBD’s effect on humans. But the tide seems to be turning. We are seeing an explosion of studies that aim to explore CBD’s effects on animals, pets in particular.

  • A study in 2016 by Dr. Stephanie McGrath involving dogs with poorly managed epilepsy and osteoarthritis revealed that 89% of dogs that were given CBD saw a reduction in the frequency of their seizures.
  • A study led by Dr. Joe Wakshlag, an associate professor and section chief nutrition at Cornell University, determined the efficacy of CBD oil in managing pain in dogs suffering from osteoarthritis.
  • Dr. Dawn Boothe of Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine is currently exploring CBD as a treatment for epilepsy in dogs.

All these studies, among others, all suggest that CBD could be a potential treatment for the various ailments that dogs suffer from. But without clinical research support, establishing dosing and effectiveness will remain elusive and out of reach.

Still, many dog-owners still advocate that CBD products – like cbd oil, tincture, and pills – provide benefit to their four-legged companions. Dispensaries around the world have started marketing certain CBD products as safe for use on animals.


When giving CBD for dogs, the dosing can depend on their size. There are different oils that have different concentrations of CBD and it’s important that a vet is consulted before giving one to a pet dog.

Choosing the best method to administer CBD to your dog depends largely on your pet’s temperament, eating habits, as well as their illness. An important factor to consider is that a dose of CBD oil is not the same dose you would give to a child. A common recommendation would be to start with the smallest dose possible and observe how your dog reacts to it. You can slowly increase the dosage every 3 to five days until you achieve the desired results.

CBD for Dogs Risk Factors

Like all medications, CBD oil has a myriad of risk factors that dog owners should be aware of in medicating their pets. For one thing, most experts recommend giving dogs CBD without any THC. Things to look out for include:

  • Numbness
  • Abundant saliva
  • Vomiting
  • Tremor
  • Abnormal behavior