Anxiety Treatment & CBD Oil in Dogs
Amber LaRock, LVTLicensed Vet Tech
Date Published: 2020-01-07
Date Updated: 2020-01-14
Just like us, our dogs can experience anxiety due to a number of factors. While their personal triggers may differ from ours, their anxiety still has the ability to impact their life. In this article I’ll dive into the basics of anxiety in dogs and how CBD oil can help.
What are the signs of anxiety in dogs?
A dog’s anxiety has the ability to cause serious behavioral issues, chronic stress, and even medical complications as a result of their stress. Since anxiety in dogs can often mask itself as behavioral issues, it can be a bit challenging to get to the root of a dog’s struggle.
So what are some signs of anxiety in dogs?
● Urinating and defecating in the house
● Destructive behavior
● Excessive barking and howling
● Depression or disinterest in behaviors they once enjoyed
● Restless behavior
● Compulsive or repetitive behaviors
● Compulsive chewing or licking at their paws
● Self mutilation
What causes anxiety in dogs?
There are a variety of causes that can result in a dog experiencing anxiety. Things that may not seem like a drastic change to us can result in serious stress for our furry friends. If you think your dog is experiencing behavioral problems, take a look at the following stress factors and consider if any of them are present in your home.
Causes of dog anxiety include:
● Sudden disappearance of a person they were close with
● Brining a new pet into your home
● A new person present in your home
● Loud events such as thunderstorms, fireworks, etc
● Being left alone for long hours
● Lack of daily exercise
● Fearful experiences such as going to the vet, riding in a car, etc
● Pain associated with aging
● Moving into a new home
● Any other stressful change in their environment or daily life
How can CBD oil treat anxiety in dogs?
Both dogs and humans have an endocannabinoid system (ECS) that is affected with the use of CBD. Cannabinoids interact with the receptors in the ECS system to help maintain a balance within their body and help to keep them in a relaxed state.
Due to this interaction, CBD oil has been used to help relieve several medical conditions in dogs as well as relieve common anxiety. When offering your dog quality CBD, you can help them maintain a more balanced state of mind and “ground” them during their panicked state. CBD oil encourages a state of relaxation in your pup, leading to an overwhelming relief of their usual anxieties.
CBD oil also has the ability to relieve pain and inflammation, which can also be a common cause of anxiety in dogs. By relieving their daily aches and pains your dog may be more willing to participate in behavior they used to enjoy!
While CBD is still being studied for use in veterinary medicine, it’s already being utilized for several medical conditions and the many benefits it has to offer. If your beloved companion is currently suffering from any form of anxiety, CBD may be the solution!