Having an anxious dog can be difficult – not only on your dog, but on your heart (and possibly your property!)
With the recent rise in popularity of CBD oil products, many dog parents wonder if CBD could be a good option to help their dog with anxiety.
Causes & Signs of Anxiety in Dogs
While 20-40% of dogs experience separation anxiety, nearly all dogs experience some kind of general anxiety or fear at one time or another.
According to the American Kennel Club, there are three main causes of anxiety in canines. They are fear (of situations, noises, people, or other dogs), separation, or old age. Some senior dogs begin to show signs of anxiety, especially if they develop cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS).
Signs of anxiety could include:
- Urinating or defecating in home (even after being let outside)
- Excessive whining and barking
- Running and hiding
- Pacing or restlessness
Why CBD for Anxiety?
CBD is one of over 100 identified cannabinoids, compounds that are found in cannabis. All high-level animals (mammals, birds, reptiles and fish), have an endocannabinoid system in their body. The endocannabinoid system is the system in the body that interacts with CBD to give you the positive effects that CBD has to offer.
One of the most popular uses of CBD is to treat anxiety. In fact, while there is a growing body of research around the many medical benefits of CBD, one of the most studied effects of CBD is as an anxiolytic (anti-anxiety).
However, most of the research about CBD is in reference to humans. We apply much of what we believe about CBD to dogs, because we know that all animals have an endocannabinoid system, and that system works the same regardless of species.
Studies on CBD Oil for Dogs
Studies of CBD on dogs are few and far between right now, but here are some of the more notable ones.
This study focused on the effectiveness of CBD as a pain reliever in arthritic dogs. The result was decreased pain in the dogs (observed by increased activity) without noticeable side effects.
In this study, dogs maintained their current epilepsy medications, while also receive CBD. The average reduction in epileptic symptoms was 33%.
These two studies on using CBD for pain and epileptic seizures, are consistent with study results from trials on humans. We deduce from what we know about the endocannabinoid system that CBD also helps sooth anxiety in dogs, just as it does in humans.
Customers Using CBD on Dogs with Anxiety
Here are a few testimonials from real customers that have used our CBD oil for their dogs to treat anxiety and PTSD.
“Doris is a stray that came into the Riverside, CA shelter and was due to be euthanized so we snatched her up. Doris has had lots to overcome, including health issues and what we would call PTSD. She’s doing better than we ever thought, with lots of love, good food, a warm bed and CBD twice a day to help with anxiety, she’s doing great.”
“Coco is a 12 year old miniature pinscher. She gets CBD to help with her anxiety and helps her to stop chewing on her front legs and paws.”
THC Warnings for Dogs
There is one very important warning that every dog owner must not ignore. THC is toxic to dogs and should not be present (not even in a tiny amount) in any CBD product given to dogs.
Many CBD brands are inconsistent with labeling. It is wise to check with your manufacturer to ensure that there is 0% THC in your product. The legally allowable limit of THC in CBD products (under the 2018 Fam Bill), is 0.3%, but this is dangerous to canines.
0% THC products can and do exist for dogs, you just need to find them. Request 3rd party verification from companies you purchase CBD from.
Types of CBD for Dogs
CBD can be administered to dogs through treats, tinctures, sprays or topical salves.
We also have a tincture that can be administered in the side of the mouth. Many dogs will lick it right out of the syringe. You can also put it on a small amount of bribe food if necessary and give that on an empty stomach, but in the side of the mouth is best. There is no added flavor, and our product contains 0 THC.
Best CBD Dose for Dogs
In the first study about using CBD for dogs, the trial used 2 mg of CBD per kilogram of body weight. This is just a starting point. Dosing of CBD in dogs with anxiety really depends on each individual dog.
Finding your dog’s optimal dose of CBD will take some trial and error. It’s important to always start with the smallest dose possible, and add gradually while monitoring symptoms.
Here are our recommended “perfect dosing steps:”
- Start with 2mg of CBD per kg of body weight, and maintain that dose for two days. Provide the CBD at least a half an hour before your dog’s morning meal so that it is more readily absorbed.
- Notice any side effects or reactions (extremely rare.) If your dog has any adverse effects, halve the dose for the next time and provide the new, smaller dose for a few days before trying to build back up.
- It can take some time for CBD to build up in your dog’s system. In order to get a good idea of how it is working, it’s important to increase the dose slowly.
- Continue to increase the amount of CBD per dose, until you see a decrease in benefit, or have any adverse reactions.
If you have questions about using CBD, you can send us a message.
We also advise you to seek out the advice of a veterinarian, especially if your dog is taking other medications. Depending on your state’s laws, some veterinarians may not be able to discuss CBD with you, but a search for “Holistic Vet” will give you a good start!
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