My mother and I rescued Lola, a 6 year old chihuahua, from a local organization in 2012. We didn’t know it then, but she would change our lives in more ways than one.
Not long after bringing her home, we learned that she was suffering from debilitating anxiety and phobias. Thunderstorms, travel, and being in social situations caused her extreme stress and anxiety. During thunderstorms she would run under my mother’s bed, shaking profusely. When in the car she would pant and shake, even on short trips. Plus, she wasn’t the slightest bit social with humans or dogs. We were familiar with the fact that being antisocial isn’t that unusual for chihuahuas, but we also knew her likely past abuse and neglect had engrained these deep feelings of anxiety.
We tried prescription medications recommended by our vet. They did calm her anxiety, but the side effects made her tired, depressed, and lethargic. Desperate to find a solution for her that wasn’t a pharmaceutical grade tranquilizer, we did our research on natural alternatives.
We had heard that this natural product could help with thunderstorm anxiety in dogs, however, when we dug a little deeper into the science behind cannabidiol, we realized that it has been shown in many studies to have anti-anxiety properties.
We decide to give CBD oil a try after consulting with our vet. We were surprised by the results. Within a week, her demeanor began to change. She was more relaxed and her personality really started to open up. She became curious rather than afraid and became open to new experiences. It was like she was a whole new dog.
Then the CBD oil was put to the test - a thunderstorm! We paid attention to the weather and got ahead of it with a few drops of CBD oil. For the first time, Lola was able to ride out the storm without a major panic attack. She was still a little bit stressed, but we found that after a few storms using the oil that her fear of storms rapidly improved. Now, she hardly even notices them and is easy to redirect with a fun game of fetch or a little peanut butter stuffed into her chew toy. She is learning that thunderstorms bring good things - games, treats, and a little extra attention. It has been a game changer for her!
Over time, using CBD oil and positive training techniques, Lola is more comfortable in social situations, rides well in the car, and even looks forward to meeting new people as the ambassador for LolaHemp.
We had finally found a solution that worked for our sweet little Lola’s anxiety – CBD oil. However, we had researched and learned about the benefits of full spectrum oil, known as “The Entourage Effect.” Disappointed with the quality in terms of the full spectrum CBD oil available just for dogs, we founded LolaHemp to fill the niche.
We firmly believe in our product and want to get it into the hands of every pet owner that has a dog who can benefit! Lola also inspired us to get more involved in the animal rescue community. We founded Lolawawa’s Pet Boutique in 2015 and continue to raise funds to support various shelter, foster, and rescue groups who work tirelessly to find forever homes for loving animals in need.
LolaHemp continues this effort by donating 1 bottle of our CBD oil to one of our participating rescue organizations for every 4 bottles sold. Helping these abandoned animals with the calming and healing benefits of CBD oil during this stressful time of transition in their lives is our way of helping our furry friends in need find their fur-ever homes.
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