As a pet owner, I am sure we can all relate to our pet hiding in a dark corner during fireworks or being stressed about visitors coming into the house. Whatever the reason, it can be difficult to watch your animal suffer. Animals can get stressed, feel pain, or become anxious, just like any of us when they are not well. If you are like me, you would prefer a natural alternative when it comes to caring for your pet, which does not have the unwanted side effects that are accompanied by many common medications.
With the increasing popularity of CBD on the market, many of you have probably come across CBD as an option to ease anxiety, calm stress and even help with some types of pain for your furry friend. CBD, which does not make you "high," should not be confused with THC, the marijuana compound that does get you high. CBD or cannabidiol is used for its therapeutic properties to treat a variety of conditions, which has led many to consider the alternative option of using hemp products. They are available in tinctures, oil, capsules and lotions.
For animals, I personally prefer a CBD tincture because it is easy to either add to their food or give it to them directly in their mouth, if necessary. Another advantage of the tincture is that the amount you give them can be better controlled. Some CBD oil tinctures come in different flavors, but for animals, it is best to just stick to a blend with no flavor.
Common Signs of Stress in your pet
There are several reasons why your dog may experience stress in its life. It may have experienced some form of abandonment or trauma before coming to your home, loud noises may set them off, a visit to the veterinarian may shake them up, or new visitors may be unsettling. There are so many reasons why your pet may feel anxious or stressed, which could negatively affect its eating and sleeping habits.
What are some common signs that your pet is stressed or anxious:
- Loss of appetite
- Easily startled
- Abnormal behavior
- Unchecked aggression
- Urinating or defecating although they are house-trained
In these cases, CBD derived products can be a healthy alternative to soothe your furry friend in stressful times.
When is the Best to give your dog CBD?
Honestly, there is no wrong time to administer CBD to your dog. However, adhering to a regular schedule will help your pet stay calm throughout the day and also have a more restful sleep. If your pet has anxiety, it is important to recognize the signs and to start them with CBD regimen until their stress calms down.
Another valuable time to use CBD is if your pet has any pain, inflammation or indigestion. Although further studies are needed, proponents suggest that it may also be used for other conditions, including to relieve arthritis pain, control seizures and certain digestive complaints.
Correct dosage and Time of Day
As a general rule of thumb, it is best to start slowly and increase from there. The amount indicated usually depends on the weight of your pet, so remember to take this into account. Depending on the severity of the condition you can give them 2 doses per day, once in the morning and once in the evening, until the symptoms improve.
Frontiers in Veterinary Science they concluded "CBD has shown to be well-tolerated at doses ranging from 2 to 2.5 mg/kg twice daily for 4 or 12 weeks to 5 or 10 mg/kg twice daily for 6 weeks" in dogs.
How Do You Know It is Working?
Every pet owner knows that their pet will show them how they are doing with body language and behavior. Usually, you will notice that they are less restless, easier to sleep, or more affectionate. If you use CBD for its anti-inflammatory benefits, you may find that your pet is spunkier for their daily walk and that mobility has improved. Each pet is unique and responds differently, so pay attention to your pet's behavior to determine whether CBD is right for their needs or not.
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We recommend our 350mg Unflavored CBD tincture blend. It comes with a convenient dropper to help you measure the amount needed so you can slowly increase it as needed. All of our hemp derived products have been third-party tested for potency and to ensure there are not residual chemicals, pollutants, and pesticides. We provide only the highest quality CBD (cannabidiol) products on the market and all of our hemp is grown in sunny Colorado.