Many people do not know that dogs suffer from anxiety just like humans. Perhaps because dogs can’t be vocal about what they are experiencing. All breeds of dogs are prone to anxiety – not only one particular breed. And it can affect dogs of all ages.
There are many symptoms of anxiety in dogs including restlessness, aggression, drooling, depression, panting, and more. There are different causes of anxiety in dogs including fear, separation, and aging.
Anxiety due to fear is very common in dogs. Our furry buddies tend to get spooked by loud noises such as firecrackers. Some dogs also get frightened when they meet strangers or see something they’ve never seen before.
Dogs can also grow anxious when they are left alone at home. Separation anxiety is real with dogs. If you find that your dog is prone to destructive behavior like damaging your property or urinating and defecating all over the place when you’re not around, it could be a sign that the animal is suffering from anxiety.
Thankfully, there are many ways to treat and prevent anxiety in dogs. For example, your dog can be trained to overcome its anxiety. This usually involves exposing your pet to the source of anxiety and helping the animal get over the condition. There are also medications that you can administer to your dog to reduce symptoms of anxiety.
If you want a natural option for treating your dog’s anxiety that is free from side effects, cannabidiol (CBD) may be the answer. CBD is a cannabinoid that is extracted from the cannabis sativa plant. It is one of about 103 cannabinoids in this plant. Before we proceed, it is important to note that CBD is not psychoactive. It will not make your dog “high” or make the animal exhibit any weird behavior. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the compound that is responsible for the intoxicating effects of cannabis. THC and CBD are two different things. Although some CBD products may contain traces of CBD, it is not enough to have any mind-altering effect.
How CBD can Reduce Anxiety in Dogs
CBD is very effective in relieving stress. It can make your dog feel calm and collected even in stressful situations that can lead to anxiety. CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) and stimulates the production of serotonin. Serotonin is a chemical produced by the brain that is responsible for making you feel happy. By increasing the level of serotonin in your body, CBD helps to counteract the effect of anxiety. It also helps to improve the mood of your dog.
A paper published in the Journal of the American Society of Experimental NeuroTherapeutics supported the use of CBD to treat anxiety disorders. The paper, which was published in 2015, was based on an analysis of different studies into CBD.
“We found that existing preclinical evidence strongly supports CBD as a treatment for generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder when administered acutely,” the researcher stated. The researchers concluded that CBD has “considerable potential” for treating anxiety disorders. However, the researchers noted that further studies are necessary.
Anxiety can ruin the quality of life of your pet and put a lot of burden on you. However, CBD is an effective way to deal with this condition.
CBD is not only useful for dealing with anxiety but many other conditions including chronic pain, seizures, cancer, tumors, blood diseases, diabetes, digestive problems, and more.
Although CBD does not have any severe side effects, always start at a low dosage when administering it to your dog. You need to observe the effect on your dog before you increase the dosage.