The new year is around the corner, and for dog-owners, so too may be a sleepless night comforting terrified canines as fireworks crackle and boom.
Just because we love watching fireworks doesn’t mean our furry companions do. Loud, unpredictable noises can wreak havoc on a dog’s anxiety. Many dogs will hide under furniture, shake, or bark incessently in reaction to the sounds of New Year’s celebrations.
But anecdotal evidence shows CBD has the potential to reduce the severity of anxiety in dogs, and it might be a solution worth trying this year.
Here’s how CBD might help your dog relax, and help you sleep, this New Year’s Eve.
How Does CBD for Anxiety Work?
Anxiety affects dogs in many different ways, like humans. When your dog shows signs of agitation or stress, it usually means its nervous system is overstimulated.
CBD works by interacting with the endocannabinoid system – which includes the nervous and immune systems – by stabilizing it and boosting the naturally created endocannabinoid levels in your dog’s body. It won’t get your dog high, but it will put them in a kind of zen state that might help them calmly process noises and other stimulants that would typically cause them to panic.
CBD Dosage for Dogs
Knowing how much CBD to give your dog is key to ensuring they are getting the most out of the supplement.
The basic dosing rule for dogs and cats is 1–2 mg of CBD for every 10 pounds of body weight. You should always start on the lowest dose.
Keep in mind that, as with humans, every dog will react differently to CBD, since no dog’s endocannabinoid system is exactly the same. Start low, go slow, and make dosage adjustments when necessary.
Additional Benefits of CBD for Pets
Like with humans, CBD doesn’t just help with anxiety. It offers a range of benefits that can help aid a better quality of life. CBD can help dogs in the following ways:
- Reducing inflammation
- Reducing pain
- Seizure/epilepsy management
- Immune system support
- Controlling symptoms of cancer, diabetes, and gastrointestinal problems
Possible side effects include dry mouth, lowered blood pressure, and drowsiness. If your dog experiences any of these effects, know that they should fade away within 24 hours of when they consumed CBD. Consult a veterinarian if any of these effects persist.
Before you give your dog CBD, it’s important to seek out advice from your veterinarian. This is especially important if your pooch is already on other prescribed medications, as CBD may alter or inhibit their affects.
Best CBD Products for Dogs
CBD for dogs often comes in the form of an oil, a cream, or a soft chew that can be given orally.
Current research has yet to offer any indication on which method is most effective. However, the safest route is to give your dog pet-friendly CBD (CBD prodcuts designed speicifically for pets.)
Ultimately, you should give your dog whatever method works best for them. For some, a couple of drops of CBD oil in their dog’s food works to calm their nerves. And for others, a soft chew acts like a reward and is easier for their pet to digest.
Remember the dosing rule is different for different methods, so be sure to discuss this with your veterinarian.
While there is little research supporting CBD for pets, many pet owners will tell you they’ve seen it work, and the side effects are generally harmless.
2021 has been dramatic enough. To enter the New Year with a silent night and a happy dog, CBD could help.