(Last Updated On: April 13, 2021)

Anxiety is becoming prevalent not only among human beings but also in animals. If you are a pet parent, especially a dog parent, you would know this better than anyone. Anxiety among pets is a common issue, and most pet parents don’t know how to deal with it. However, if not taken care of, anxiety may lead to severe health conditions and behavioral problems for your fur buddy. So if you think your beloved puppy is experiencing anxiety, it’s time to act on it. There is no better way to treat any health condition than using products with natural ingredients in them. CBD is a wonderful natural component that may help you relieve your dog’s anxiety and make them feel relaxed.

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What is CBD?

CBD is a naturally occurring cannabinoid that you can find in cannabis plants. It offers many health benefits with little to no side effects. Observing those benefits, many brands started manufacturing a wide range of CBD supplements. Almost all CBD manufacturers use CBD for dogs derived from hemp plants since it contains traceable amounts of THC. However, if you consider using CBD to calm your pets and treat anxiety, an oil can be convenient. 

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CBD and the ECS

If you wonder how CBD works and may help relieve your pet’s anxiety, here’s how. CBD regulates the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which maintains balance and manages bodily functions. This endocannabinoid system is present in all mammals like dogs, cats, horses, etc. The ECS comprises cannabinoid receptors known as CB1 and CB2 receptors. Internal cannabinoids that activate these receptors are already present in the bodies of all mammals. However, in moments of distress and discomfort, the body may fall short of cannabinoids. CBD acts as an external cannabinoid in such cases and regulates the ECS.

CBD and Anxiety

As mentioned above, CBD offers many health benefits. But the most talked about is its ability to relieve anxiety. The potent anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) properties of CBD may help reduce all sorts of anxiety disorders among pets. The best part is that CBD is highly non-psychoactive, which means your pet won’t experience any discomfort after its consumption. Here‘s how CBD may calm your pet and help them relax better.

Can Boost the Serotonin Levels

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter responsible for managing cognitive functions, mood, and appetite. The serotonin levels reduce in situations of distress, depression, and anxiety. CBD interacts with the ECS and increases the production of serotonin in the body. CBD is also known for its potent calming properties. Thus, your pet will be less likely to have anxious thoughts and have a pleasant state of mind. CBD can help alleviate all forms of anxiety disorder, including generalized anxiety disorder, separation anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Increased serotonin levels also help in increasing appetite among pets with poor appetite. It is a win-win situation since the loss of appetite is one of the anxiety symptoms among dogs.

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May Help in Pain Management

There is no wonder that chronic pain and anxiety disorders are connected. Here’s another area where CBD excels. CBD may act as a natural pain killer because it can numb the pain. Once consumed, CBD interacts with the ECS and can block all the receptors receiving pain signals from various parts of the body. That way, it can block and numbs pain efficiently. Similarly, it can also restrict any inflammation messenger activity and reduce inflammation, thanks to its potent anti-inflammatory properties. If your pet is experiencing chronic pain due to illness or a medical procedure lately and experiencing anxiety, chances are it is due to the pain. 

May Help with Illness-induced Anxiety

Any underlying health conditions and illnesses can also cause anxiety and aggression among dogs. CBD can help treat various health conditions. For instance, research suggests that CBD may reduce the seizure frequency among dogs experiencing canine epilepsy. Similarly, CBD can help alleviate joint pain caused by arthritis among elderly dogs. While CBD may not be able to kill any tumors, it may help slow their growth in the body. 

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Choosing the right CBD products for pets

Here’s a common mistake many novice pet parents may commit. Never provide CBD products made for humans to your pets. CBD affects everyone differently, and it’s better to use CBD products specifically made for pets. Check the packaging and the ingredients used. Trusted and renowned manufacturers always make sure their products pass a third-party testing process. You can also request the manufacturing company to provide a certificate of analysis (COA) to ensure quality. Always buy CBD products from renowned sellers and brands.

Dosage

As mentioned above, CBD affects everyone differently. So, the best way is to start providing your pet with small amounts of CBD and gradually increase the dosage. Large doses of CBD can cause mild drowsiness in some. So, if you notice any side effects, reach out to a veterinarian about the same.

Final Thoughts

CBD is a natural cannabinoid that helps in alleviating many health conditions in people and animals. However, it’s better to use it only as a supplement and not depend on CBD products entirely. Both situational and behavioral anxiety among pets requires constant training, social interaction, and physical activity. Start slow and train your pet accordingly to face such issues and overcome the stress, along with some delicious CBD treats at regular intervals. If your pet is undergoing some treatment for any underlying medical conditions, it’s better to consult the veterinarian before providing CBD. 

Written by Kathy Cooley