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  • CBD and Pets: How to Help Your Dog With Anxiety

    by Emily Bergquist
    pug wrapped in a blanket on a bed looking anxious

    Anxiety can certainly be debilitating and it affects not only people, but animals as well. In many ways, our pets suffer from stress and fear just like we do. Below, we take a closer look at what causes anxiety in pets and how you can help your dog with anxiety using supportive strategies, and natural products.

    How Do CBD Supplements Help My Dog With Anxiety?

    One of the fastest growing health trends in pet care is using Hemp and CBD oils to help treat dogs with anxiety. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a compound found in cannabis and hemp. Research has found that CBD helps manage anxiety by changing the brain’s receptor response to serotonin. Though it comes from cannabis, CBD products contain almost no THC, the psychoactive compound that produces the “high” effect in marijuana. Providing your dog with CBD supplements will give them the benefit of relaxation without any intoxication.

    In order to treat your dog’s symptoms, it’s important to first understand the root of the issue. There are three main causes of anxiety in pets: fear, separation, aging and general health.

    1. Calm Your Dog’s Fears With a Patient Approach and CBD Supplements

    Many dogs have a fear of loud noises such as fireworks, thunderstorms, or vacuum cleaners. Other dogs are scared of cars, strangers, large bodies of water, or even other animals. Dogs often have a very physical reaction to their fears and may show they are scared by cowerering, hiding, shaking, whining, or showing signs of aggression. 

    Like humans, animals are often afraid of what they don’t understand. If your dog starts displaying signs of being scared, consider slowly desensitizing them to the phobia so they become more familiar with it. Just be sure to keep the approach slow and steady as not to instill more fear in your dog. 

    Another strategy is to divert your dog’s attention away from their anxieties by focusing on something else such as practicing tricks for treats, or using their favorite toy to play with them. It’s important that no matter what you use to distract them, you remain calm and speak in a soothing voice. Dogs are sensitive to tone and body language and will detect your anxieties, so you’ll want to reassure them that everything is perfectly fine and okay.

    It’s also a good idea to swap out regular treats with treats that will help ease and comfort your dog. The Anxious Pet offers a variety of calming soft chews, including CBD chews with peanut butter or bacon flavors. Delicious, nutritious, and effective. 

    The Anxious Pet's dog chews with CBD.

    2. Best Practices to Ease Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety 

    Some dogs simply hate to see their owners leave and panic when left alone. Most pet owners have seen the damage this distress can lead to: incessant barking or howling, chewing things up, getting into the trash can, and other misbehavings. Experts have stated that pet separation anxiety is expected to increase when people return to work after Covid-19 shelter-in-place mandates end.

    Though there aren’t any quick fixes for separation anxiety, there are ways you can help adjust their behaviors. Make sure they get their exercise in —a  tired dog is less likely to get into trouble while you are away. Additionally, you’ll want to be aware of how long you are away and be sure not to extend beyond your dog’s comfort zone. 

    Many dogs also benefit from crate training, though like any new system, you’ll want to slowly introduce your dog to the crate. Practice using it while you’re home to get them comfortable with the crate before leaving them in the crate while you’re gone.

    3. Improve Your Aging Dog’s General Health and Mobility Using Natural CBD and Hemp Oil Supplements

    Symptoms of anxiety in your dog can be an indication of pain or physical discomfort. Whether it’s joint pain, or genetic chronic pain, they may become lethargic, irritable or show other behavior changes. Witnessing your beloved family member in pain can be distressing for any pet owner. It’s always best to first take a trip to your local Veterinarian to get checked out.

    Research studies have found that CBD and Hemp oils help reduce joint inflammation and improve an aging dog’s mobility. CBD treats for dogs are also closely regulated by the FDA and do not contain more than 0.3% TCH. If you have an elderly dog with joint pain, consider using vet certified natural supplements such as Full Spectrum Hemp Oil as pain management for your dog’s condition. 

    The Anxious Pet's all natural hemp oil with CBD.

    It’s never easy seeing our dogs suffer from stress and anxiety. Knowing how to help your dog with anxiety begins with understanding what is causing their symptoms. Once you know the root of the cause, you’ll be able to help bring them comfort by introducing a plan of action, providing them with beneficial supplements, and consulting with your vet. To learn more about your pet’s health, read our article about common health problems in dogs. By understanding your dog’s pain and knowing what to do, you can help them live a longer, healthier, and happier life.

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