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What’s Causing The Anxiety?

Did you know that dogs can have anxiety—just like humans? It’s not always fun, but it’s normal, and often a healthy response to intrinsic or extrinsic stressors. For humans, anxiety can come from job stress, money worries, relationship struggles, health issues…you name it! Modern life is full of pitfalls and problems that trigger the stress cycle. But you might be wondering what your precious pooch has to be anxious about. After all, their lives look pretty sweet…eat, play, sleep, repeat…what could be so stressful about that? 

In reality, there are lots of reasons why your dog might be anxious. Many dogs suffer from separation anxiety, and hate to be left alone. Rescue dogs, dogs with injury or illness, or dogs undergoing major changes in their environment or home life—all can suffer from anxiety at one point or another. If it’s happening infrequently, it’s probably not a big deal. But if Fido’s nerves are taking over your home life and you’re starting to get worried, seek help from your veterinarian. If left unchecked, high levels of anxiety may turn into a serious anxiety disorder that can affect their behavior and quality of life for years to come. 

How Do I Know if My Dog is Anxious?

Acute signs of anxiety in dogs include: 

  • Whining or whimpering
  • Panting
  • Aggression
  • Urinating or defecating in the house
  • Drooling
  • Destructive behavior
  • Depression
  • Excessive barking
  • Pacing
  • Restlessness
  • Repetitive or compulsive behaviors
  • Avoidance of eye contact
  • Fidgeting
  • Hiding
  • Trembling

Types of Dog Anxiety

General Anxiety

Sometimes there isn’t one specific reason why your pup is anxious. Just as some humans always seem to be a little on edge, some dogs can just be “wired” for anxiety. Any breed can run into anxiety issues, but certain dogs are known for being more susceptible, including Labrador Retrievers, Vizslas, German and Australian Shepherds, Border Collies, and Shorthair Pointers, Cocker Spaniels, Bichon Frises, King Charles Spaniels, Greyhounds, Havanese, Chihuahua, Miniature Pinscher, Jack Russell Terrier, and Shih-Tzu. 

Separation Anxiety

Separation Anxiety happens when your dog feels nervous and upset when you leave. If your dog is prone to general anxiety, they are more likely to have separation anxiety when left alone. Does your dog whine and cry when they sense you are preparing to leave? Do your neighbors complain of incessant barking while you’re at work, or do you return to find destruction and bathroom “accidents” in the house? Separation anxiety may be the culprit.

Rescue/Former Shelter Anxiety

Rescue dogs can suffer from anxiety for a variety of reasons. They may have suffered abuse or neglect in the past, causing them to feel nervous even in a new, safer environment. Loud, chaotic, and unstable shelter conditions can contribute to the anxiety burden these dogs shoulder. Constant change is another trigger for anxiety. You might have given your rescue dog their forever home, but they don’t necessarily know that. Their history has trained them to be nervous and on guard at all times, so be patient and go easy with these special pups.

Situational Anxiety

Even the most laid back dog can feel anxious when lifestyle or environmental factors cause problems. A new family member, a move, or a death in the family can all trigger nerves and stress for your pet. If the humans in the household are stressed and worried, their pets will often sense those emotions and mirror them. Even something as simple as a construction site next door can spark a bout of anxiety as the loud noises and constant flow of new people start to drive your pup crazy.

Illness-Induced Anxiety

If your dog is in pain or feeling poorly, they are often unable to communicate how they really feel. This frustration, along with the fear that accompanies illness and injury, can cause serious anxiety in your pet. If your pet is showing new or changed signs of anxiety with no obvious explanation, seek advice from your veterinarian. They may be trying to tell you that something else is wrong. 

Traditional Medications for Canine Anxiety

If your dog is exhibiting signs of anxiety that are persistent and troublesome, visit your vet right away. Your vet will talk to you about ways you can make lifestyle changes to help your dog. Training, desentizing, and counterconditioning can be extremely helpful in some cases of anxiety. 

In some cases, your veterinarian may prescribe medications to help your dog with anxiety. SSRIs and antidepressants such as fluoxetine and clomipramine can help some dogs with chronic anxiety. For more specific events that elicit a predictable anxiety response (thunderstorms, fireworks, or car rides), your veterinarian might recommend a medication such as benzodiazepine in conjunction with an antidepressant to help your dog manage through the stress.

How Does CBD Help Your Pet’s Anxiety?

The FDA does not allow us to make specific health claims when it comes to CBD. But the AKC does discuss CBD in their treatment of anxiety disorders:

“Some dog owners have reported success in using CBD oil to treat dog anxiety. CBD is a compound found in cannabis and hemp that dog owners, as well as humans, have found useful for treating a variety of different health conditions. Anecdotal reports from dog owners claim that CBD oil can be effective in treating dog anxiety.”

Here at ABSC Organics, we hear from pet owners routinely about how CBD has helped their dog feel less stressed. 

I want to tell the story of Maverick. Maverick is our 3 year old rescue Rough Collie. Maverick had a very rough start in life. He was rescued from a very abusive situation in Oklahoma, where he and a couple of other pups were kept OUTSIDE ALL THE TIME! That was the least of the abuse this sweet boy endured. As a result, Maverick gets very anxious during high winds and thunder storms. We live near the mountains and experience very high winds when the weather is changing. When this occurs, Maverick will not settle down. He constantly paces around the house as if he is looking for a place to hide. At 86 lbs, that is not an easy task! I needed to find a solution that would help him deal with the weather and not “knock him out”. We have been using the C.H.O. PET tincture for our other dog who experiences seizures so I thought I would give it a try on Maverick. I thought, at worst, it would make him sleepy. The results were apparent in very short order! YES this worked!. I gave him about 6-7 drops inside his cheek and he calmed down and was relaxed enough to just lay on the floor. He wasn’t sleepy or droopy at all. Simply nice and relaxed. Chilled out you might say! I can’t thank you enough for bringing such a wonderful product to the marketplace. Maverick thanks you too!

– Diane S.

I definitely notice a difference in my 12yr old dog. Not only does it help with his arthritis but it also makes him much more calm when fireworks are going off in our neighborhood. It has been very helpful because our neighborhood believes the 4th of July lasts from June till September. My pup is so much happier now that we give him ABSC.


Research on CBD Oil and Anxiety

Although ABSC Organics is the industry leader in veterinary CBD research, we have not conducted any clinical trials related to anxiety at this point. We have, however, completed a Phase One Safety and Toxicity Trial that showed that our CBD oil is safe and well-tolerated, even at large doses. Our followup research to date has focused on epilepsy and arthritis, but we hope to conduct anxiety research soon. 

CBD for Other Health Problems

The FDA is very cautious when it comes to CBD. They are currently studying the available research and assessing the need for regulation. You will see many CBD oil providers making claims about epilepsy, arthritis, pain, anxiety, and even cancer. But the reality is that the FDA does not allow us to specific health claims, even if there is much anecdotal evidence to back them up. 

We can tell you that our pilot epilepsy trial at Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences showed incredibly promising results—including an 89% reduction in seizure activity. And we can tell you that the AKC’s Canine Health Foundation was so impressed by that pilot trial that they co-sponsored a larger followup trial using our oil. We can also tell you that we have an arthritis trial currently in process, and we look forward to publishing positive results soon. 

Finally, we can point you to our testimonials. These are real stories, from real customers, about real beloved pets. There are some truly compelling stories out there, and we can’t wait to do more research to back up those stories with irrefutable science. 

Why Choose ABSC PURE ORGANIC CBD OIL™ For Dog Anxiety?

If you’re looking for meticulously tested, proven safe, veterinarian-trusted CBD oil for your dog, ABSC Organics is the clear choice. Our CBD Oil for Dogs is the only product on the market with a depth of clinical research and safety testing behind it. We care deeply about pet health, and we prioritize science and transparency above all else. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take for CBD oil to start working in dogs?

Each dog is different, and every medical condition is different, but many dogs will see effects almost immediately. Other dogs may need to work up to a higher dose over a few weeks before seeing beneficial effects. If you are concerned that the CBD oil isn’t working for your dog, talk with us about slowly increasing the dosage—we’re here to help!

Can CBD oil for dogs be used with other medications?

There are no known contra-indications for ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ and other medications. That means that we are not aware of any reason you cannot use our CBD oil with other OTC and prescription medications. We always advise checking with your veterinarian for advice about your pet’s specific situation. 

Is CBD Oil addictive?

There is no evidence that CBD oil is addictive in any way. ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ contains no substantive THC (THC levels <0.3%), and does not produce a high or any psychoactive effects.

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Dr. Stephanie McGrath—CBD researcher and our hero!

honoring Dr. Mcgrath on International Day of Women and girls in science

We couldn’t let International Day of Women and Girls in Science go by without heaping praise on our own favorite women in science—Dr. Stephanie McGrath. Dr. McGrath is an absolute rising star in the field of veterinary CBD research and she’s leading the pack with cutting edge clinical trials and groundbreaking discoveries about dogs with epilepsy and other neurological diseases. Of course we’re biased because we’ve had the pleasure of working with Dr. McGrath on all three of her clinical trials, but we think no matter who you are, you’re bound to be blown away by this veterinary superstar.

Dr. McGrath is not only a veterinarian, a researcher, a professor, a mother, and a true animal lover…she’s also a podcast star! Check out this terrific and informative podcast from that features Dr. McGrath and her CBD research at Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences:

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We are filled with gratitude and admiration for Stephanie McGrath and her pioneering research with veterinary CBD oil. Thanks to her pilot study that showed an 89% reduction in seizure frequency using our oil, the AKC’s Canine Health Foundation has launched a larger trial that also uses our CBD oil. This type of research and positive results will allow more dogs to achieve a better quality of life in the very near future as more and more vets become comfortable discussing CBD oil benefits and uses with their patients.

Three cheers for Dr. McGrath and for all the women and girls who are shining in the field of science!

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CBD Oil for Dogs with Epilepsy

What are Seizures?

If your dog suddenly displays unusual changes in behavior, uncontrolled movements and or loss of consciousness, they could be having a seizure. A seizure is an electrical disturbance in the brain that is completely uncontrollable. Veterinarians will often diagnose your pet with epilepsy if they have repeated or recurrent seizures. 

 Partial seizures usually only affect a smaller part of the dog’s brain, and symptoms are not as severe. Grand mal seizures are one of the most severe forms of seizures your dog can experience. They involve both sides of the brain and may cause all four of your dog’s limbs to twitch or jerk involuntarily. Loss of consciousness is often associated with Grand mal seizures in dogs.

What is Epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that causes sudden, recurring, and uncontrolled and seizures. The seizures may or may not be accompanied by a loss of consciousness.

Epilepsy is a catchall term that veterinarians use to describe a variety of brain disorders and dysfunctions that manifest in seizures.  

  • Idiopathic epilepsy means that your dog’s epilepsy does not have in identifiable cause. If left untreated, idiopathic epilepsy can become more severe.
  • Cluster seizure describes a condition where a dog has more than one seizure in consecutive 24-hour periods. Dogs with established epilepsy—especially large breed dogs—are prone to cluster seizures.
  • Status epilepticus means your dog is having almost constant seizure activity at all times. This is a very serious and crippling form of canine epilepsy.

Potential Causes of Seizures in Dogs

Common causes of epilepsy may be genetic in nature (idiopathic epilepsy), brain tumors, kidney stress, toxins, liver disease, or brain trauma.  

How Does CBD Work to Reduce Seizures?

We are still learning about CBD and its effects on the body and brain, but we do know that it functions as part of the endocannabinoid system in mammals and other animals. The endocannabinoid system works to help control and mediate neurotransmitter signals in the brain. We’ve got a great video explaining the endocannabinoid system in depth here.

How Effective is CBD at Treating Seizures in Dogs?

The FDA does not allow us to make specific health claims about CBD Oil at this time. What we can tell you is that our pilot epilepsy study at Colorado State University showed an 89% reduction in seizure frequency. These results were so exciting that the AKC’s Canine Health Foundation decided to sponsor a larger trial—also using our CBD Oil—to study a larger population of dogs. The results of that clinical trial have not yet been released, but receive customer feedback almost daily that talks of seizure frequency and severity diminished. In some cases the customers tell us their dog’s seizures have completely gone away!

“Emma was having a seizure every two weeks, she has now only had one in two months. The literature I read on phenobarbital indicated that treatment was considered ‘successful’ if the dog had two seizures a month. When my dog only [has] two seizures a month to begin with, that does not sound like success to me. Additionally, we were able to give her a dropper of the oil mid seizure and it shortened the duration of the seizure. While I do not believe that any product will completely eliminate Emma’s seizures, I see this reduction as a success.”

“The difference is astounding. No more discernible auras. No more confusion. She’s happy. Her energy is pretty good. She has a great appetite. I only rarely see a tick of the head indicating a slight seizure now and again.” 

How Much CBD Oil Should My Dog Have?

Every bottle of ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ comes with detailed dosage instructions. We recommend dosing our CBD oil at 2mg/10 lbs, given twice daily. You can safely escalate that amount up to five times if necessary, and we are always here to help you make dosing decisions.  

CBD Oil Research

ABSC Organics is the undisputed leader in veterinary CBD oil research. We put our money where our mouth is when it comes to touting the benefits of CBD oil, and we’ve got three clinical trials under our belt to prove it. Nobody else in this industry has sponsored a Phase One Safety and Toxicity Trial or TWO Phase 2 efficacy trials. Join us as we continue to learn more about cannabidiol and it’s amazing effects on dogs’ neurotransmitters. 


If you’re looking for CBD oil you can trust for your eplieptic dog, you’ve come to the right place. We’re in this business because we care about the science, we care about doing it right, and we care deeply about pets. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can anxiety cause seizures?

Anxiety can undoubtedly cause a myriad of symptoms—in both humans and their furry companions. When it comes to seizures, anxiety is not usually a cause on its own. (Seizures are electrical disturbances in the brain that are typically caused by toxins, tumors, underlying disease, genetics, or other idiopathic issues.) But if your dog is predisposed to seizures, stress and anxiety can often be a trigger. 

What dog breeds are prone to seizures?

Although any type of dog can fall prey to seizures, some breeds are known to be more prone to the malady. The following breeds top the list of susceptible dogs: 

  • Belgian Tervuren
  • Shetland Sheepdog
  • Beagle
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Golden Retriever
  • Keeshond
  • Vizsla

Do seizures go away on their own?

Most seizures do stop on their own, but once your dog has had a seizure, they are highly likely to have another. If the seizure is caused by a toxin, sometimes a pet-owner need only remove the toxin from the pet’s environment to prevent future seizures. Other causes of canine seizures are harder to root out and sometimes impossible to avoid. If your dog has had a seizure, seek advice from a trusted veterinarian right away. 

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ABSC Organics in the News!

Not all CBD oil is created equal

New year, same story. CBD oil is hot, sales are climbing, and new participants are flocking to the market, hoping to cash in on the CBD gold rush. But with federal oversight lagging behind the market and regulations murky, it’s buyer beware when it comes to this hemp-based product. Just ask Bill Bookout, president of the National Animal Supplement Council, who warned consumers about unscrupulous and poor-quality operators in a recent Denver Post article. “Probably 95 percent of the industry participants are responsible,” he said, “but what’s dangerous is the fly-by-night operative that wants to cash in.

ABSC Organics founder offers CBD counsel

“It’s really the Wild West out there,” said S. David Moche, founder of Applied Basic Science, a company formed to support Colorado State University’s veterinary CBD research and now selling CBD online. He advises consumers to look for a certificate of analysis from a third-party testing laboratory to ensure they’re getting what they pay for. “Testing and labeling is going to be a critical part of the future of this industry,” Moche said.

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ABSC Organics taking responsible path to CBD oil sales

WIth our focus on clinical research and rigorous testing, ABSC Organics has emerged as a leader in the industry and a beacon of responsibility and trustworthiness. Our partners at Colorado State University—including Dr. Stephanie McGrath and her team—are leading the way with timely and relevant research aimed at providing scientific proof of CBD’s efficacy. With three published trials already completed and a larger epilepsy trial underway in conjunction with the American Kennel Club’s Canine Health Foundation, we’re gathering data as fast as we can to support the anecdotal stories we hear every day from our clients.

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Use caution and common sense

If you’re interested in trying CBD oil for your pet’s pain, seizures, anxiety, or other symptoms, we hope you’ll buy from us. But wherever you buy, we urge you to use caution and common sense. The slickest website isn’t always backed up by the best science, and the biggest and boldest claims aren’t always verifiable. We won’t promise you that ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ is a miracle cure for every ailment, and we won’t make grandiose and unsupported claims. We will promise you that we’re the only veterinary CBD company who has invested the time and resources into multiple clinical trials at a leading veterinary research institution. We’ll promise you that the glowing testimonials and stories you see on our site are true tales from real customers. And we’ll promise you that our products are always tested for quality, consistency, and purity. Because we care about pets, and we care about doing it right. You can count on that.

Cold Weather Tips for Pet Health

We hear a lot about the dangers of excessive heat during the summer, but cold weather can be equally dangerous for pets. Read on for tips on making sure your pet stays happy and healthy through the winter!

Watch for arthritis and other joint pain issues

Cold weather can worsen some medical conditions—especially osteoarthritis. If your pet seems stiffer than normal or less willing to be active, consider adding in a supplement or talking with your vet.

Keep an eye on the paws

Your dog’s paws can suffer from cracked and bleeding paws and other cold-weather injury or damage. If your pet develops sudden lameness during a walk, or balks about going for a walk, they may have ice accumulation between their toes. Keeping the hair between your dog’s toes clipped can keep iceball accumulation to a minimum. 

Know your pet

Different pets react differently to the cold. The thickness of their coat, body fat stores, activity level, and overall health are just a few of the things that affect their tolerance for cold weather. Older pets may have trouble walking on snow and ice, while shorter-haired pets will often feel the cold faster. Diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, and endocrine disorders can impair your pet’s ability to regulate their body temperature, so pets with these conditions should be watched carefully. 

Your pet’s coat might not be enough

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If your dog’s coat is thin or very short, they meed need a jacket for extra warmth. Very small dogs also struggle to retain their body heat and may extra covering. You may also consider bootie’s for your dog’s feet during periods of snow and ice.

Watch out for deicing chemicals

If you live in a colder region, your roads are likely coated with deicers that can be toxic. Be sure to clean your pet when returning from walks during the winter to reduce poisoning risks. 

Provide indoor options 

Even if your pet is typically an outdoor animal, they will need indoor shelter during the heart of the winter. Don’t leave pet outside unattended for long periods of time without access to warm shelter. 

At ABSC, we’re committed to pet health and wellness. Our 100% pure and organic CBD oil is the only veterinary CBD oil that’s been through multiple clinical trials, and proven safe in a Phase One Safety trial. Try ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil for your pet today!

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CBD Helped This Adorable One-Eyed Jack(son)

ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ Helps Jackson Lives His Best Life

Here at ABSC Organics, we’re often talking about dogs. Our clinical research (so far) has been conducted on dogs, most of the conversation about CBD and animals revolves around dogs, and the bulk of our customers are buying ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ for canine companions. Nevertheless, we do offer a cat product, because we know that many people are successfully using it to help their feline friends. Today, we want to introduce you to Jackson. We’ll let his owner—Kristen B.—tell his story. She was kind enough to send us his tale recently, along with some terrific pictures:

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This cutie won the lottery when Kristen B. brought him home!

Jackson’s Story

“Jackson is 5.5 years old and has had nasty seizures since he was 1 year old. He was a patient at the clinic I worked at and brought in initially as a barn kitten with a bad eye. He had the eye removed, but had a difficult time coming out of the anesthesia. He was neurologic and couldn’t walk in a straight line. I took him home since the people who brought him in didn’t want to return him to his barn given his condition.”

Seizures and CBD

“Jackson eventually made a recovery, but then after about a year, he started having really violent seizures—so bad that he would run in a circle like the tasmanian devil and often would tear toenails off in the process. He started on gabapentin, then moved to phenobarbital, eventually we had to add zonisamide, and eventually we had to add levetiracetam. About two years ago, I started Jackson on CBD oil. After we started it, his seizure frequency diminished. The CBD oil seemed to really help keep the seizures at bay—and when he would have one, the severity was diminished and he wouldn’t have another in immediate succession a few days later.” 

A Bad Reaction to a Different Brand

“Recently, Jackson has begun to have a terrible reaction to the brand of CBD oil he has been taking. For some reason, even after two years of taking it without incident, he began to drool and vomit after being dosed with it—this is a HUGE problem because sometimes when he would vomit, it would include vomiting his other seizure medication. This development was devastating to me because I didn’t want to have to change his regimen. I want to give him the best life possible for as long as possible and the CBD oil was part of that effort. I purchased gelatin capsules to put the CBD oil in and began to pill him with it, but the capsules were just too big and hard and eventually he seemed to lose interest in eating; I believe they were irritating his throat, and seeing as I have to pill him 5 other times during the day, it was affecting his quality of life.” 

ABSC Organics Offers a Solution

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ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ has helped Jackson stop vomiting.

“This is why I sought out ABSC. I had been trying for months to figure out which oil was being used by CSU in their research, but had no luck. I had a friend who went to vet school there and she didn’t know either. Finally I found it in an article online and I ordered it. I was so excited to start Jackson on it and was hoping it would allow me to continue his normal regimen. 

Jackson has NO reaction to this CBD oil. I think any reaction he does still have (and he does, because he’s a drama queen) is leftover from what he *thinks* is going to happen when he gets his CBD. But when I dose him with the ABSC oil, he doesn’t drool, he doesn’t run away, he doesn’t vomit. It must be because the flavor is so mild – I even tried the two to compare and the other oil we had is definitely more bitter. 

I don’t know what caused him to start having a bad reaction to the other oil—but I have to tell you that I am so thankful that we did get the bottle of ABSC oil. I can continue him on his anti-seizure regimen and feel good that his quality of life is being preserved. I just wanted you to know Jackson’s story. We really appreciate your product and now that I see how easily he takes it, I’ll be switching brands. Thanks for your understanding—and for your amazing customer service.”

We Love to Hear Great Stories Like Jackson’s!

Big thanks to Katie B. for sharing this story! We’re working hard to get the clinical research done, but that world moves slowly. In the meantime, anecdotal stories like this one are one of the best ways we can learn more about the specifics of how our CBD oil is affecting cats, dogs, horses, and any other animals who might be taking it. If your pet has benefitted from ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™, we’d love to hear your story too. If we publish it, we’ll send you a 25% off coupon as a thank you!

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Candy and Costumes and Doorbells…OH MY!

Keep Your Pet Safe and Calm this Halloween

Halloween can be a spooky time for our furry friends. Costumes and masks, crowds of people, constant doorbells and strangers approaching your home…it’s enough to send any pet into anxiety overdrive! Fortunately there are ways you can help manage the Halloween stress for your dog or cat. Read on for some common sense tips to make sure everyone in your household stays sane and safe this Halloween!

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A pack of loud kids at the door can be scary to your pet—no matter what they are dressed as!

Nix the doorbell

If your dog gets wound up every time the doorbell rings, consider creating a candy dispensing station OUTSIDE your home to head the trick-or-treaters off before they hit the buzzer. Grab yourself a comfortable chair, stock up on snacks and your favorite beverages, and enjoy the parade of ghouls and goblins who troop up to your door.

Play soothing music or background television

Unless your home is totally isolated, you an almost guarantee there will be lots of commotion outside on Halloween night. Even if you follow our first tip and avoid the doorbell, you’ll still have chattering kids, crying babies, and lots of masked and costumed humans traipsing across your property. Playing calming music or leaving the television running can help drown out the outdoor noise and chaos and soothe your anxious pet.

Keep the candy away from your pet

Dogs and chocolate just don’t mix—it’s the methylxanthines in chocolate that can be toxic to dogs. In general, the darker and more bitter the chocolate, the worse it is for your dog. Halloween night can be particularly scary if you dog gets into the candy stash. PetMD has a great toxicity calculator that will come in handy in the event of exposure. But the safest course of action is just to keep the pups away from the candy!

Distraction is key

Consider stocking up with a few new toys to distract your pet on Halloween night. If your dog is a chewer, a long-lasting chew bone or rugged toy can occupy him or her for hours, and provide some much-needed distraction when the kids start arriving!

If CBD oil is part of your pet’s wellness routine, consider giving them a dose early in the evening on Halloween to help them stay calm. Although our clinical trials to date have focused on epilepsy and arthritis, many of our customers tell us the CBD oil works wonders for their pet’s anxiety. Our oil has been tested safe and effective in multiple clinical trials at Colorado State University, so you can give it to your pet with confidence on Halloween or any day!

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CBD for Rescue Dogs

Four Tips to Help Your Dog Transition from Shelter to Home

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October is National Adopt a Shelter Pet Month, which means it’s a perfect time to bring a new furball into your family. Many shelters and rescues are running adoption specials to help them deal with the sad reality of overcrowding and limited resources at their facilities. 

Here at ABSC Organics, we love shelter pups and we love the organizations that work tirelessly to find them homes. That’s why we want to celebrate this month by donating CBD Starter Packs to the shelters and rescue organizations you love. For every five bottles of ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ we sell this month, we’ll donate one full-size bottle to a shelter or rescue organization. You can enter your favorite organization to win by sharing our Facebook post and tagging the organization  (publicly, so we can see who’s being entered!), emailing us the organization’s info at, or commenting on this article with all the relevant info so we can contact the shelter. Shelters can nominate themselves too, so spread the word! 

Thinking about rescuing a pup of your own this month or in the future? Read on for some tips to help your dog transition smoothly to their new home sweet home! 

Rescue Dog Tip #1: Manage Your Expectations

Set yourself and your new pet up for success by entering your new relationship with the right expectations. Bringing home a new pet can always be overwhelming, and rescue dogs can come with special challenges. Shelter life is stressful, and they may have a history of abuse or neglect. Know what you’re getting yourself into before you start, and commit to the patience and training it will require. Your commitment will pay off in spades—rescue dogs seem to offer a special type of love and gratitude once they settle into their new families. 

Rescue Dog Tip #2: Keep Your Pup Safe

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Chew toys are great but cords can be expensive and dangerous.

It should go without saying that you need to do some dog-proofing before bringing a rescue pup home. Create a safe space with baby gates or other barriers and make sure cords, breakables, and valuables are removed or secured in that area. Remember that your rescue dog will not know the rules of your home, and may not have ever lived in a nurturing and safe environment. They will be curious and anxious, which can lead to problems if they are left unattended with the run of the house. 

Rescue Dog Tip #3: Go Slow with the Socialization

Be patient with your shelter pup and give them lots of time to get comfortable with you in a non-threatening environment. Let them come to you for affection, and don’t be offended if they are wary at first. Limit interactions with other pets and other people in the first few weeks to give your new pet time to acclimate, and manage interactions with other dogs carefully. 

Rescue Dog Tip #4: Establish Healthy and Consistent Routines

Like most humans, dogs love predictability and consistency. Shelter dogs crave that sense of security even more, so it’s important to set schedules and routines and stick to them. Choose a healthy, high quality diet and don’t experiment with new things in the early days. Establish consistent sleep cycles and give them scheduled potty breaks. 

Consider Veterinary CBD Oil 

All of these tips will help convince your dog that their new home and family are here to stay, and should help them manage the natural stress and anxiety they may feel. If time and patience don’t do enough to ease your new pet’s stress levels, consider adding CBD oil into their wellness routine. We hear from pet owners every day who say that CBD oil helps manage their dog’s anxiety levels while offering a host of other benefits. Our ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ is the only veterinary CBD oil that has been through multiple clinical trials for safety and efficacy, so you can buy with confidence. And when you shop in October, you help us donate more to shelters and rescues across the country! Save 15% through 10/1 with code SHELTERPUP15!