FAQ

WHAT IS DOGGIJUANA?

It’s catnip! Catnip is a plant in the mint family that contains the essential oil known as Nepetalactone. In cats, it is thought that when smelling the catnip, the Nepetalactone targets the receptors in the brain and causes euphoria. It does so by binding to protein receptors in the nasal cavity and stimulating sensory neurons which provoke a response in the part of the brain that regulates the emotions (Hypothalamus). Our signature catnip is grown throughout the United States and Canada.

HOW DOES CATNIP WORK IN DOGS?

Dogs have catnip receptors in their faces and stomachs, similar to cats. Nepetalactone, the essential oil in catnip, binds to the receptors and induces a response that is so relaxing, it’s drool worthy. Dogs don’t get “high” from catnip like cats do. Instead, it is a calming agent when eaten and a great way to encourage your dog to play longer through smell!

So why don't dogs get that euphoric response? Well cats also have receptors in their cheeks and the roof of their mouths. This is why people and dogs don't get the same reaction from catnip that cats do.

HOW DO I USE IT?

Place a pinch of 'nip in the pouch on the side of the toy, play with your pet for about 20 minutes, and then sprinkle about ¼ tsp on their food for a longer lasting calming effect.

  

IS CATINIP SAFE FOR MY DOG?

Yes! There are no documented side effects of catnip being used in dogs or cats.

CAN MY DOG EAT TOO MUCH CATNIP?

Eating a large amount (like the whole bottle!) could cause your dog to have an upset stomach. We recommend only giving them a small amount, about 1/4 - 1/2 tsp. The worst thing that can happen is that it will lose its effectiveness if used too much or your pet can become a tad bit too hyper or calm. The good news is that the effects wear off in just a few minutes.

DOES EVERY DOG REACT TO CATNIP?

Similar to cats, not all dogs react to catnip. However, many do and it usually takes about 30 minutes to see a reaction. The reaction is genetic and some dogs may lack the gene responsible for a reaction.

ARE THERE ANY OTHER BENEFITS OF CATNIP FOR DOGS?

It is effective at calming nerves for new objects, places, traveling, storms, fireworks or going to the vet or groomer. Additionally, it can encourage appetite for dogs suffering from diseases that cause them to be anorexic or nauseous. Catnip also contains minerals, vitamins, and essential oils that help keep dogs’ digestive systems healthy.

IS THERE MARIJUANA IN YOUR PRODUCTS?

Of course not!

HOW MANY TREATS CAN I GIVE MY DOG?

In general, dogs should not receive more than 10% of their daily caloric intake from treats. Since our treats are only 1.8 calories per piece, staying around 10-15 treats per day is a reasonable amount. Be sure to always have fresh water available.
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