Dogs affected by anxiety can express symptoms in very different ways. Some dogs might display stress in ways, such as adopting an avoidant attitude toward people and/or other pets, panting or shaking without reason, or simply being excessively clingy. Some dogs, express their anxiety in more obvious ways, like barking or howling excessively when left at home, compulsively chewing on your beloved possessions, pacing, restlessness and even defecating inside.
Just like people, anxious dogs have their fair share of fear of abandonment, fear of strange or new situations, people, or animals, or fear of potentially life-threatening situations such as loud noises and storm anxiety.
Anxiety in dogs can be mild to severe. In mild cases, you can help your beloved pet get over its anxiety through a mix of training and preventive tactics, while in severe cases medication prescribed by a veterinarian might be a solution. Nevertheless, if your dog shows signs of anxiety, you should take it to a vet, as its anxious behavior might be caused by an underlying medical condition.Reasons Why a Dog Could Be Anxious
Dog anxiety has multiple causes, but the most common types of anxiety are:
- Separation anxiety
- Anxiety caused by new or strange people or situations
- Storm Anxiety
- Generalized anxiety
Separation anxiety affects around 14% of dogs. Dogs do not like to be left alone due to their exceptional social nature. A dog with separation anxiety when left alone in the house might bark or howl uncontrollably, or adopt a destructive behavior toward things he would not touch when calm, such as gnawing on your furniture, pooping on your carpet, climbing on furniture. Some animals will even turn on themselves by compulsively chewing at their fur.
A dog might become anxious when left alone regardless of how much time you are away. Five minutes without their primary caregiver can throw some dogs into panic. Separation anxiety can also be linked to a previous traumatic experience and can get worse with old age and declining health.
Dog anxiety can also be caused by new and/or strange situations, people, and other animals. New situations, such as car rides or taking your dog to the vet, might aggravate the symptoms of an anxious dog, and so might new people or other dogs. Loud noises, such a fireworks, thunderstorms, vacuum cleaners, or noises from construction sites, might spark anxiety in a dog.
Generalized anxiety could stem from anything, such as genetics and upbringing trauma and illness. if you notice excess anxious behavior in your dog without apparent reason, you should talk with a vet as anxiety can put a lot of physical and mental stress on your dog if left untreated. In addition, the condition might be spurred by an underlying medical condition, such as hypothyroidism, diabetes, encephalitis, or aged-related hearing and vision loss.How Can You Help Your Dog Overcome Anxiety
Some dogs will overcome their anxiety if you just give them a gentle nudge, such as taking them for a energetic walk before leaving the house or creating a consistent and predictable schedule, but other dogs will need a bit more.
- The first step to take when dealing with an anxious dog is to take him to the veterinarian, to rule out any medical conditions that might be causing discomfort and pain.
- In severe cases, a vet might prescribe different medications, such as SSRIs and antidepressants to see what works, but these types of meds should be given only as a last resort and monitored by a veterinarian.
Fortunately, there are also all-natural alternatives to prescription meds, like dog anti-anxiety blankets, oils, herbs, and supplements. According to multiple studies, one of the most promising natural therapies for generalized and social anxiety disorders is CBD oil.
But for most pet parents, one question remains…Can Dogs Take CBD Oil?
To answer this question, we need to first understand what CBD oil is. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring active cannabinoid that can be found in both marijuana and hemp, two strains of the same plant, Cannabis Sativa L. Because people often confuse CBD with its more potent and psychoactive cousin, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), they tend to steer clear of CBD-infused health products, such as CBD oil, as they fear that it might get their pets high.
However, CBD oil extracted from industrial hemp, by law must contain no more than .3% THC, which means that it can’t get pets stoned. CBD hemp oil is an all-natural alternative to anti-anxiety prescription meds, it is safe for relieving a dogs anxiety as well.
So, can dogs take CBD oil? The very short answer is yes!
There are a number of methods for administering CBD to your furry friend. Spray applicators are an easy method of accurately giving your pet the correct amount every time either directly into the pets mouth or onto its food or treat.
To make things easier for you, we have infused our PAWS EFFECT Whole Hemp Extract Oil (250 mg) with natural bacon flavor, which makes it more palatable for your dog. You can spray the oil directly into its mouth or on to its food or treats. Also, you don’t have to worry about the product’s safety as all our products carry the ToxicFree Foundation and Cruelty Free certifications. All of the Paws Effect products are derived only from hemp plants that have not been treated with pesticides, herbicides, or toxic fertilizers.How Much CBD Oil Should I Give My Dog for Anxiety?
CBD hemp oil is not only good for anxiety, but it can also help relieve joint and muscle pain and inflammation. Dosage largely depends on the dog’s weight, its metabolism, the CBD concentration, and the quality of the CBD extract.
As a rule of thumb, you should give your pet from 1 to 3 mg of CBD for every ten pounds of body weight. Paws Effect takes a conservative approach and recommend the following servings. 1-2 sprays for dogs weighing less than 15 lbs, 2-4 sprays for 15-30 lb. dogs, 4-6 sprays (30-60 lbs.) and 6-8 sprays (over 60-80 lbs). For dogs above 80 pounds one additional spray for every 10 pounds.
It is also worth noting that every dog is different and the effective amount will vary between animals. If you do not see positive effects in the first day of usage, you may increase the dose, but bear in mind that there might be the need of more than one dosage morning and evening. Please review the serving suggestions.to notice any improvements. You can check out our customers' online testimonials for further inspiration.
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