Should you use CBD Oil for Dog Anxiety?
When you ask yourself: ‘Should I use CBD Oil for Dog Anxiety?’ Your answer should always be deeply rooted in improving the quality of life for your pet. If your dog suffers from a severe level of anxiety and it is drastically affecting its ability to eat, sleep, or genuinely wag-their-tail, it may be time to start to treat that anxiety, and CBD oil could be a great start.
But how do you know if your dog has anxiety? Are there any symptoms that you can spot?
Well, it turns out there are overt and more hidden implied symptoms of anxiety in dogs. Implied symptoms of anxiety are harder to detect and don’t necessarily mean that your dog is anxious. But they should be monitored and if they continue, should be assessed.
Some Implied Symptoms of Anxiety in Dogs
- Hiding or solitude: Some dogs look to isolate themselves during anxiety attacks.
- Seeking comfort: Some dogs look to find comfort in the protection of their owners or other dogs.
- Excessive licking or chewing: this can become damaging to the pet and their mental state
- Anxious dogs may compulsively lick or chew at their fur.
Overt Symptoms of Anxiety in Dogs
The more noticeable symptoms are a lot harder to miss. The behaviors may only appear when dogs are triggered by their anxieties.
- Excessive barking and howling: making loud noises and executing persistent tasks seem to distract anxious dogs
- Aggression: biting, snipping, bumping into owners
- Try to escape: anxiety sometimes causes fight or flight reactions in pets
- Other symptoms: Excessive energy, excretion, destruction, panic attacks:
What is Cannabidiol (CBD)?
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a compound found in cannabis with significant medical benefits for humans and animals. Almost all mammals have endocannabinoid receptors, demonstrating our long-lasting relationship with the plant. CBD is not psychoactive, meaning it doesn’t have the mental effects of consuming THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol. Because it is non-psychoactive, it makes it very appealing for medical patients and pet owners to experience relief without lethargy.
This illustration from Canna-Pet does a great job of visualizing the location of cannabinoid receptors in canines and how CBD oil for dogs anxiety can work.
What is CBD Oil?
CBD oil is usually taken from the resin glands on cannabis plants, but it can also be harvested from hemp, which is an industrial version of cannabis with little-to-no THC. When using CBD oil for dogs anxiety, there are many different brands that implement different solutions and mixtures.
For example, some brands use salmon and other fish oils to ensure an easier delivery to the dog. Products like FurBaby were one of the first pet-focused CBD options in Canada and targets anxiety, depression and pain relief.
How is CBD oil made?
There are 2 main ways CBD oil is made.
- Alcohol Extraction
- This method requires you to soak the plant material in a solvent, such as grain alcohol. Once the material soaks, the remaining liquid is full of CBD (and other cannabinoids), you evaporate the solvent and the remaining oil is ready for consumption.
- CO2 Extraction
- CO2 extraction requires a series of chambers that control temperature and pressure. Most simply put, the CO2 is forced through the plant material and the oil separates from the plant.
Why I Use CBD Oil for Dog Anxiety
This is Skyler. He is a 35-pound, 16-year old Bijon, American Eskimo, Standard Poodle mutt. Yes, you read that right. Despite looking like a youthful little pup, he’s basically palliative at this point.
Skyler has had health struggles for most of his time on earth. From Colitis to torn ACLs, to ear infections, this resilient little mutt has been through it all. Now nearing the end of his life, I’ve been searching for a natural sedative to help him with pain and the everyday anxiety that comes with being over 100 years old.
As a dog owner, there’s nothing worse than looking at your furry-friend and releasing they have fear in their eyes. When my dog was a pup, he would absolutely shudder and break down with the arrival of a thunderstorm. On one particularly stormy night, my family arrived home to find him scratching away on top of our antique wood dining room table.A trail of slobber, hair, and scratches marked his trail.
At his old age, we hate seeing him pant and scratch like he is uncomfortable.
Then, at a cannabis market in Toronto, I discovered hempseed CBD oil for dog anxiety. I knew that dogs have their own endocannabinoid receptors, but wasn’t quite sure how the treatment would react with my dog’s physiology.
We saw results on the first day.
Skyler was so anxious and itchy at points that he would lick and scratch away at his fur. This left holes and red patches on his skin. After giving him a small dose of CBD oil, we were able to remove the cone over his head as he seemed to be less itchy and calmer.
He had more energy, was calmer, and seemed to have a little more patience for the annoying pups in his life…coughh…chappie (pictured above). Skyler even stopped licking himself and was able to relax and sleep with a lot more comfort.
We had our dog back.
How to Give CBD oil to Your Dog
You can deliver CBD oil for dog anxiety in a variety of ways. The first method is the one I always recommend: tincture delivery through eyedropper straight into the mouth of your dog (pictured above).
Dogs have sensitive receptors below their tongues, so placing CBD oil right into their mouth is the fastest way to get results. Owners can also put the oil into their food, or enclose it in a pill form to be put into food.
How much CBD oil should I give My Dog For Anxiety?
Determining how much CBD you should start with depends on the weight, age, and physiology of your dog.
The standard formula is Weight of Dog (kg’s) X 0.25 (starting dose) = mg’s of CBD Per Day.
My family found that is was best to split the dosage into smaller portions throughout the day. Any expert we spoke to said that it’s not working, we should just give him more. In fact, there are no negative side effects for animals other than drowsiness.
Should you use CBD Oil for dog Anxiety?
Talking from experience, CBD oil drastically improved my pooch’s comfort and relaxation level. But that doesn’t mean CBD oil will work for your dog. I always recommend pet owners that are considering using CBD oil for their dog to consult their vet first.
If your dog is on medication, find out how and if the CBD oil will interact with that. Even though you may get the okay from your vet, you as the owner are responsible for dosage and monitoring of your dog. A canine cannot tell us how it feels or if it’s uncomfortable.
We have to know the signs and understand their body language. That’s why I always recommend a wealth of knowledge before dosing your pet. The more you understand about what your pet is trying to tell you, the better you’ll be able to dose and treat your furry friend.
If you want to hear more about Skyler’s treatment or learn about how he’s doing, drop a comment or email [email protected]