Many dogs suffer from anxiety on some scale. They may become anxious when separated from their owners or begin to panic upon arriving at the veterinarian's office. The resounding crash of thunder during a summer storm could send your faithful friend into a panic.
While it's normal to experience some level of stress during specific events, some canines have developed anxiety disorders which are like their human counterparts. These disorders can cause great distress and loss of overall quality of life, including a lowered immune system which leads to increased infections and illnesses.
It is not an easy thing to watch your pet suffer. Depending upon the level of anxiety, your pet may cease eating, lose weight, experience hair loss, or even wet themselves accidentally when frightened. The good news is that recent studies with hemp CBD oil have shown that it is as effective at treating canine anxiety as it is at combating their human's own disorders.
WHAT IS HEMP CBD OIL?
Scientifically known as cannabidiol oil, this is one of two naturally occurring chemicals found in hemp plants. The other compound, THC, is the one responsible for the side effects people associate with being high - like the munchies, hallucinations, cotton mouth, and/or a general feeling of euphoria or altered perception. CBD, on the other hand, has powerful medicinal benefits due to a unique ability to activate a mammal's endocannabinoid system.
WHAT IS THE ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM?
This system is one specific to mammals, which works with most other major systems. These include the digestive, circulatory, and respiratory systems. In addition to these, the endocannabinoid system (ECS) also works with the processes responsible for relaxing, cognitive memory, and many others.
What makes the ECS so unique is that it has a two-way response mechanism that allows information to not only be received but also passed back to the brain.
IS IT SAFE?
There have been numerous studies done which show that the use of CBD oil in anxious dogs is not only safe but effective. The benefits for canines are not restricted to anxiety either, but also other ailments which affect man's best friend.
I DON'T WANT TO GET MY DOG HIGH
Rest assured, your dog will not become high using pure, hemp-derived CBD oil with a 0% THC content. As briefly mentioned above, THC is the second naturally occurring chemical found within hemp and is also the one responsible for the side effects most associate with being high. CBD does not produce any of these unwanted side effects.
WHEN SHOULD I USE IT?
It is possible to use CBD oil in any situation which normally triggers anxiety or panic attacks in your dog. The most common situations that people report as causing their canine to experience anxiety include trips to the vets, fireworks, thunderstorms, and separation. You can also use it if your pet becomes anxious for any of the following reasons:
Due to pain after surgery, from chronic conditions, etc.
- During travel
- When company comes over
- During construction or renovations on your home or a neighbor's residence
- When an older child or other household members move away
- Before doggy daycare to improve socializing efforts and decrease aggression derived from panic attacks
- When bringing an infant home from the hospital, as well as during the first introductions
- When you plan to introduce a new pet to your family
For more information about the many different ways you can use hemp CBD oil, or to purchase some for use with your own canine friend, contact us today. We have an abundance of useful information and several high-quality hemp-derived products with a guaranteed 0% THC content for your peace of mind.