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I Gave My Anxious Dog CBD Oil During a Flight, and Here’s What Happened

Seven hour-long episodes of Poldark downloaded; Bluetooth headphones charged and ready to go; and a book just in case we’re stuck on the tarmac for longer than expected. I’m so prepared, my flight anxiety is basically at zero.

As for my pup, Oakley, she’s totally fine traveling with me…well, except for that tiny little portion of the trip when the plane’s ascending or descending. I’m no doctor, but I’m pretty sure it has to do with the change in pressure because as soon as we plateau, she relaxes. But during takeoff and landing, Oakley is freaking the hell out, whimpering and shedding like never before. Poor baby.

My sweet Pekingese-Dachshund mix has been prescribed “puppy Prozac” from a vet before, and while it definitely quells her anxiety, it also zonks her out for the entire day. So, on my most recent flight, I decided to try something more holistic: CBD-infused hemp oil.

Before you call me the next Pablo Escobar (or the cops), you should know that hemp-derived CBD (cannabidiol) is legal in all 50 states. It’s non-psychoactive, and you don’t even need a medical card to buy it. While I couldn’t get a vet to recommend any products (they’re not legally allowed to at this point), one did tell me—off the record—that if you get your CBD oil from a reputable company, it honestly couldn’t hurt to try.

So, a couple days before the flight, I put two little drops of Extract Labs hemp tincture (hemp oil rich in CBD in a base of fractionated coconut oil) in my dog’s food. I didn’t notice much of a difference in her behavior, but I also didn’t notice any adverse effects either. Phew. The next day, I gave her a couple drops without food. The change was subtle; she was more relaxed and a little more cuddly than usual, but she was back to barking at skateboarders within the hour. Perfect.

The little vial of hemp tincture was easy to carry with me on the plane, and while it is perfectly legal, it smells like, er, a college dorm. So, yeah, I did feel part badass, part the first 25 minutes of Brokedown Palace. As soon as we got in our seats, I gave Oakley two drops of the tincture sublingually (under her tongue), and I didn’t detect any disapproving faces about the short-lasting smell. By the time we were taking off, Oakley was still on higher (pun not intended) alert than usual, but her whimpering was significantly dialed down. Plus, she didn’t make her usual crazed attempt to escape and run down the aisle. That’s a win to me.

When the flight attendant announced, “prepare for landing,” I gave Oak another couple of drops, and that was that. Usually, after flights my pants are covered in dog hair shed from all that nervous energy. This time, I didn’t even need to dig out the lint roller in my bag. Another big win.

An hour later, we were barbecuing at my parents’ house, Oakley was back to normal, running around like a Tasmanian devil, and my dad was begging to try the CBD oil himself—we all took a drop. But that’s another story.

How to Prepare Your Pet for Holiday Travel: 5 Tips for a Safe & Pleasant Trip!

We know that planning for holiday travel can be a bit challenging when you want to bring your pet along. For many of us, pets are part of the family and the last thing we want to do is leave them behind. If you’re struggling with how to bring your pet along this holiday season, take a look at these five tips to make holiday travel with your pet as seamless as possible.

1. Pet Releaf CBD Hemp Oil

Not only can holiday travel be stressful for you, but it can be even more stressful for your pet! If your pet gets stressed during travel, whether it be in the car or on a plane, CBD hemp oil may be a great choice to help promote calmness in your pet!

Since CBD has a half-life of 9 hours, we recommend administering half of the recommended usage amount about an hour before you depart. This will give it enough time to kick in and they should be covered for at least 9 hours of the trip. If the trip will be longer than 9 hours, then you can administer the other half after the first 9 hours to ensure for 18 hours of coverage!

We also recommend testing the oil out before the vacation just to make sure you find the right amount that works for your pet’s needs. Our recommended usage amounts are only recommendations, since some pets might need more or less for it to work for them. Check out Pet Releaf’s product finder for additional information on the best products and usage amounts for your pet’s personal situation.

2. Transportation

First thing’s first, will you be traveling by car or plane? Either way, we have tips for each!

If your trip requires a plane ride, there are some precautionary steps you should take. Some airlines do not allow pets on board, so it may take some extra research to find a safe and trustworthy airline to travel with your fur friend. Plus, a stop at the vet is essential to guarantee that all of their necessary vaccines are up-to-date before hopping on that plane.

Heavy exercise before a flight or car ride is also key to make sure your pet is as relaxed as possible and ready for the trip. Bring along a bag of Pet Releaf Edibites for extra support along the way. Dogs love the taste and there are no known overdoses on full spectrum pet CBD so you can always administer more if needed!

3. Where to Stay

Whether staying in a hotel or an Airbnb, it’s imperative that you research the rules and regulations of each place. We love to see so many pet-friendly hotels and Airbnbs that can now accommodate you and your companion. Look for hotel brands like Kimpton that provide free dog beds and treats to make your stay even more fun!

Spend some additional time researching regulations if you’re planning to spend time in nature this holiday season. Some national and state parks do not allow pets on the premises, so you may want to consider pet-friendly parks. Also, many hiking trails and campsites require that your pets are always leashed, as there will most likely be other pets on-site. It’s important to obey the rules to ensure the safety of your pet.

If you’re bypassing hotels and going straight to stay with a family member at their home, make sure to have a conversation with your family before you go. Find out if there are certain house rules that you and your pet need to follow to avoid any family conflict.

4. Pack the Essentials

Don’t forget to pack the essentials for your pets! Depending on how you’re traveling, you may need a crate or a traveling bag to bring on a plane. Other travel essentials would include:

First Aid Kit

    is great if your pet gets in an itchy situation or experiences occasional joint discomfort after a long hike.

Food, Treats, Water Bowl

  • Make sure you’re stocked up on your pet’s food so that you have enough to cover your trip!
  • A foldable water bowl a convenient packing accessory and can be used in any location or situation!
  • Bring along a number of toys so that your fur friend doesn’t get bored. We love food puzzles because they can keep your pet busy for an extended period of time!

Leash, Collar, and & ID Tag

  • Always make sure your pet is wearing their collar and tag to ensure their safety, in case they get out and start roaming around in an area that’s new to them and they can’t find their way home.

Blanket & Bed

  • Bring something that brings them comfort and reminds them of home, like their favorite blanket or dog bed.

Waste Bags

  • Don’t forget to bring plenty of waste bags and always make sure to clean up after your pet!

5. Most of all… Have fun!

Now that you’ve done your research and packed up the essentials, it’s time to have some fun with your pet. Make the best of your trip by making sure to get outside with them, even if it’s cold. Bundle up and get out in the snow! Your pet will cherish the memories and quality time with their favorite human just as much as you will.