Having posted my CBD oil on Anxiety Disorders series of articles, I thought: OK I am over and done with anxiety. Not true.
For the last two days, I’ve been anxious (!!!) to start a new article regarding CBD oil for pet anxiety.
At first, I thought of writing a single article for both our beloved creatures, cats and dogs. But I changed my mind when I realized that it would be too long, thus a bit confusing for a dog or cat mummy and daddy try to find the information he/she is looking for.
So, here is the first one dedicated to Fido 🙂
Why is my Dog Anxious?
A lot of friends of mine, parents of an anxious dog, ask themselves this question. I bet a lot of you are worried about your dog being anxious. Don’t be alarmed. Your dog knows that you love him. It isn’t something you do that causes anxiety to your baby.
The main categories of the most common reasons your dog suffers from anxiety are:
- Situational Anxiety – Fear of strangers, sudden loud noise (thunderstorms, fireworks, gunshots), travel
- Behavioral Anxiety – Separation anxiety
- Illness-induced Anxiety – if your dog is usually calm but suddenly shows anxiety symptoms, take him to his vet. His anxiety could be caused by an underlying illness or disease.
As often as humans, all dogs, no matter big or small, can be affected by anxiety during their lives. Fear and stress are connected to the stimuli from their environment. So is anxiety. Unfortunately, a lot of dogs can suffer from constant anxiety that can practically “ruin” their lives and their parents’ lives.
Separation anxiety is the most common one. Around 17% of all dogs suffer from the “I miss dad /mum” stress. Why? Perhaps because they are over-attached to mommy and daddy.
Any sudden environmental change can also cause them anxiety. Even a change in their routine. Moving into a new home, a new family member or a new pet arrival can cause stress to a dog
A dog’s past can cause various types of anxiety too. For example, a dog that has experienced mental and/or physical abuse tend to be anxious. Not only abuse can cause anxiety.
I want to tell you the story of Sugar:
Sugar was a quiet, friendly dog. My friend used to describe him as “an eternal baby”. At the age of four, he was attacked by a trained-to-kill Rottweiler while he was taking his evening walk. He survived the attack with several serious injuries and was “hospitalized” for 3 weeks. Six months later, Sugar had a car accident. Surgery, medicines, he went through hell and survived. But … A couple of weeks later anxiety appeared. Along with other common symptoms of anxiety, Sugar became obsessed with his tail and started chewing it. Months of antibiotics and “puppy Prozac” didn’t help him at all. His vet could do nothing but cut his tail off. Now the tail is gone but the rest of the symptoms remain.
What are the Symptoms of an Anxious Dog?
Here follows a list of some important symptoms you should look out of if you suspect your baby suffers from anxiety
- Urinating or Defecating in the house despite being trained not to
- Destructive Behavior
- Excessive Barking
- Restlessness or Hyperactivity
- Repetitive or Compulsive Behaviors
- Nervous licking of the lips
- Loss of apetite
- Having accidents in the home
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What is CBD oil for Dogs and How does it Work?
CBD (short for Cannabidiol) is a primary component of the cannabis plant. It contains less than .03% THC when it is properly produced and this is important because that amount is nontoxic to dogs. If CBD oil contains little or no THC, then the dog is not going to get “high”. (Be sure to verify this before administrating CBD to your dog). This natural and nontoxic oil for dogs is a conversation that is growing day by day, but how does it work?
Well, same as with humans, CBD oil works its way through the body using the dog’s own endocannabinoid system. It will work its way through the nervous system and will give relief to the parts of the body that need it. The same process allows CBD to enter the brain and release serotonin which calms your dog down and helps reduce his anxiety.
CBD is currently used by many dog owners who look for an alternative form of anxiety therapy for their dogs. Research claims that CBD causes a selective anxiolytic effect and is associated with significantly decreased subjective anxiety
In addition to those, further studies have indicated that chronic use of CBD doesn’t elicit negative side effects and does not induce tolerance
Can CBD help my Anxious Dog?
First things first…
If you notice a sudden change in your dog’s behavior and suspect that he suffers from anxiety, consult his vet. Perhaps, your baby’s anxiety is caused by an illness.
It is highly unlikely that CBD can help with anxiety if it’s illness-induced. I am sure that you don’t want to treat the symptoms of this kind of anxiety and not the actual cause that can be life-threatening.
As far as situational is concerned, CBD alone may be able to help our dog be less anxious and stressed. It’s easy to “predict” an event that can cause your baby stress and administer the right dosage of CBD to him. Your-mother-in-law is due to arrive today? Give some CBD to Fido (and to yourself if you feel the need). 4th of July or New Year’s Eve fireworks? A storm approaching? Before traveling? Changes in his routine? Remember what situational anxiety can be caused by and act as needed.
If your dog suffers from behavioral anxiety, CBD may be able to help as a complimentary aid. To treat this kind of anxiety, I think, you should combine it with proper training.
Can I give CBD for Humans to my Dog?
Well, the answer is yes but…
What do I mean with that?
Yes, you can. Your dog has an endocannabinoid system as you and most mammals. The CBD stimulates this system by activating or blocking the receptors the endocannabinoid system contains. This process is exactly the same as for humans, dogs, cats, horses, and most other mammals.
When pet owners started experimenting with CBD for their dogs used human CBD oil, but most of them very soon chose to move on pet CBD oil.
Your dog’s physiology is different from yours. Furthermore, your dog has a more complex endocannabinoid system than yours, with more receptors. For this reason, it can be complicated to calculate the right dosage of your made for humans CBD oil to administer to Fido. For the same reason, you should be ultra-cautious to choose a product which contains less than 0.03 % THC.
What is my advice? Don’t give your CBD to your dog.
The good news is that there are a lot of companies, producing pet CBD oil.
How Can I Give CBD to my Dog?
You can usually find Pet CBD products in three forms:
What is the right dosage?
I will give you the same advice as to humans :
“start low, go-slow and keep adjusting”
You are introducing a new product into your dog’s life. There’s no need to rush the process.
Generally speaking, CBD oils are administered in drops. Dosage can vary (this depends on the brand and the product you choose) and is primarily determined by the size and weight of your dog.
You can start with half the dosage recommended by the producer. Then, gradually, you can work your way up to the recommended amount, if needed.
CBD capsules usually contain between 5-20mg of CBD each.
The exact dose in capsules may vary from one product to another depending on the concentration of CBD in each capsule. The same rule-advice is applied to them.
CBD dog treats can contain specific concentrations of CBD and should be given to your dog as instructed by the manufacturer.
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CBD Side Effects on Dogs
The side effects of CBD are virtually nonexistent. In some rare cases, pet owners have reported lethargy and tiredness. If you notice a side effect, you can eliminate it by reducing your dog’s dosage.
The CBD Trend
I am not a vet. But I realize CBD oil for dogs can really make a difference in the lives of dogs and their parents. CBD is a natural medicinal alternative which is, slowly but steadily, getting the recognition it deserves. Pet CBD oil is a supplement that can help your dog be calm. Keep in mind that you should make correct use of it. It’s important to collaborate with your dog’s vet to ensure your baby’s well-being.
Open up about using CBD oil for your dog’s anxiety and Fido will thank you!
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DISCLAIMER: The content of this article is for informational purposes only. It is not meant to substitute professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.The information provided is not meant to alleviate or cure any disease or disorder. Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider for any medical condition.