Fear, separation and old age can all lead to anxiety in canines, which in turn can cause a range of unpleasant symptoms for dogs (not to mention our carpets). These can include one or more of the following: aggression, “accidents,” destructive or compulsive behavior, depression and excessive barking. In the past, a pet owner’s only option was to administer regular doses of anti-anxiety medications like Alprazolam, Amitriptyline and Clomicalm. Although sometimes effective, manmade drugs are linked to certain side effects in dogs, including bouts of depression, hyperthermia and even increased anxiety. Luckily, anxiety is one of the many ailments that pet CBD is being used to combat.
Cannabinoids, better known as CBD, activate receptors in the endocannabinoid system, which is associated with the central nervous system that controls pain and well-being throughout the body. These receptors help the body produce serotonin, which is a major contributor to well-being and happiness. Here are three common causes of anxiety that you can treat with pet CBD.
Anxiety brought on by past trauma is a common occurrence in dogs, especially those from rescue homes who had a difficult upbringing. Loud bangs from fireworks, raised voices and even the doorbell can trigger a bout of anxiety. There have been no studies to date on dogs being treated for anxiety with pet CBD, but a study on mice and rats by a team from the US and Spain found that anxiety was greatly relieved in test subjects who had been given CBD. More research is underway, and we will soon have clinical trials involving dogs who have been treated with CBD.
Stella and Jazzy are both mastiffs with anxiety related to loud noises. Their pet parent’s testimonial can be found on Cannapet (a CBD manufacturer):
“I first bought them because my 2 gentle giants are seriously afraid of loud noises such as storms, fireworks, loud music, loud trucks, and anything else loud that isn’t everyday normal. Well as soon as I sense a nervous girl I give them a few hemp biscuits and for really bad noises I give them biscuits and capsules and within 10 minutes they are calmed down and okay with their lives again.”
According to the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois, “twenty to forty percent of dogs presented to veterinary behavioral specialists suffer from separation anxiety.” This is one of the most destructive forms of anxiety because we’re not around to see what our dogs are dealing with. Dogs who are scared of being deserted can rip up the floorboards, tear at the curtains and generally destroy everything in the house to try and find a way back to their owners. With so many dogs suffering from this kind of anxiety, it’s vital that we find a natural remedy that works with a dog’s body to help him relax when he’s left alone. CBD is proving to be the miracle cure that every dog owner needs.
Getting older is something that can’t be helped, and with old age comes a change in personality for many dogs. Grumpiness is something we all associate with old age, but anxiety is something that affects many dogs as they get older. In fact, one of the most common forms of anxiety that affects senior dogs is that they start to view falling asleep as being separated from their owners. While sweet in its own way, dogs need their rest (14 hours or more as they get older). CBD has proven to help older dogs feel calmer and enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep.
Any opportunity to calm our dog’s anxiety and get them back to their old selves should be grabbed with both paws. Pet CBD is proving to be a trusted natural replacement for harmful medications that have until now been the only option for panicked pooches.