Treating dog anxiety with CBD

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Introduction

Dogs are vulnerable to anxiety. This can be from a variety of sources such as if they are rescue pups suffering from PTSD, dogs that are introduced to new environments because the owner is moving to a new home, or dogs that regularly meet strangers and other pets who they may not be comfortable with. If your dog suffers from this, you may want to try giving them CBD or cannabidiol.

Safety of CBD

CBD is one of the most popular supplements for addressing anxiety in dogs. It is made to interact with their Endocannabinoid system to reduce the stress that they feel and improve mood regulation.

There are some owners who have reservations about using CBD. Because it is a cannabinoid, some are scared that it might cause complications for their dogs.

The good news is that CBD is very safe. The ones that are given to pets come from the strain of cannabis that is gathered from industrial hemp or sativa plants. These have a high level of CBD and have almost 0% THC. Hemp plants have long been legal in the United States and have been used for a variety of industries such as for making clothes and furniture.

What is THC?

THC is the compound that is responsible for giving the marijuana plant the psychoactive properties that give you the sensation of being “high”. THC is the one that is regulated to become safe and is mainly only used for recreational and medical use of humans. This is because it can be toxic for dogs at high levels.

Because of this, dogs who receive CBD will only be relaxed. They will not get high. They will also be able to avoid the side effects of THC such as dizziness, disorientation, and weakness. 

How should you give CBD to your dog?

CBD comes in a lot of forms to make it easier to get to your dog. One of the easiest and convenient ways of doing this is through oils that come with droppers. This is because you can easily measure its dosage by counting how many drops you give your dog. You can either drop this in their mouth directly or put it in their food.

Another form is through dog treats which are made from ingredients like oat, starch, milk, and CBD. This is easier to eat for some dogs as it has flavorings added to them that gives it a meaty flavor. It can also be used for training them. The number of treats that you will give will depend upon the size of the dog.

These vary in terms of their potency. The most recommended ones are those mixed with other plants such as rosemary and black pepper which can further boost its medicinal effects. It must also have low THC content to make it safe to administer to your dogs.

Can you give your dog too much CBD?

CBD, just like any other substance, must be slowly introduced to your dog system. Because of this, you must give it slowly increasing dosages until you reach the point where you see its effectiveness. Usually, we start with one drop which we then increase depending on its effects on the dog.

The good news is that even if you accidentally give them too much of it, they will not experience any risky side effects. The worst that can happen is diarrhea, bowel irritation, and sleepiness. 

In case your dog is currently taking other medications, you should first consult with your veterinarian. This is to ensure that there will not be any contradicting effects on your dog’s body. For the most cases though, CBD is safe to use and does not conflict with other medicines.

How does CBD affect the dog’s body?

CBD affects the dog’s body by promoting the actions of the Endocannabinoid system or ECS. This part is present in the bodies of humans, dogs, cats, and other animals. It plays an important part in the different cognitive and physiological processes of the body. It can affect our immune system, mood, memory, pain sensation, and others. By boosting its functions, CBD’s does not only relieve dogs from stress, but also give them an overall health boost by lessening any chronic pain that they feel, making them more active, and ensuring that they are safe from diseases.

CBD, even if it is only recently popular in the market because of loosening of restrictions, is well-researched. It was first found in 1940 and has continued to be researched as to be utilized for medicinal purposes. 

Although it can be hard to ensure that our dogs are always at peak mental health which is why using CBD can be a great help. It is not toxic for them even in high dosages and does not cause a sensation of being “high” for them. Because of this, it is very easy to administer. Its effects can start showing on the first week of regularly giving it. 

Final thoughts on reducing dogs anxiety with CBD products.

Ensuring that your dogs are always at peak mental health can be very hard. This is why using CBD can be a great help. It is not toxic for them even in high dosages and does not cause a sensation of being “high” for them. Because of this, it is very easy to administer. Its effects can start showing on the first week of regularly giving it. 

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