CBD for Pet Anxiety
How CBD can put your furriest family members at ease
It’s summertime and that means thunderstorms, hurricanes, and fireworks are happening almost everywhere across the country. The loud noises and flashes of light which accompany stormy weather and fireworks can often cause stress in cats and dogs, whose hearing is far more sensitive than ours. The stress comes from the loud noises being amplified to them, but also that they don’t understand where the noises and flashes of light are coming from. Furthermore, loud noises are often associated with doing something wrong or being somewhere they shouldn’t be. This further confuses and overwhelms pets. Overall, it’s not hard to understand why this time of year can induce anxiety in otherwise non-anxious pets and anxious pets alike.
So what can you do to help your pets relax during storms and firework displays this summer?
Well, we have good news! Just like with humans, CBD (or cannabidiol) is an effective treatment for anxiety for animals too. This is because animals and humans both have the endocannabinoid system (ECS) which makes introducing phytocannabinoids like CBD easy and natural to the body. CBD is a natural and over-the-counter way to help your pet deal with their anxiety. Here’s a little knowledge to get you started on introducing CBD to your pet’s daily routine.
Dosage for Your Dog
Just like with your own body, your dog’s CBD dosage needs vary with their weight, pre-existing conditions, and potency of the CBD in question. It’s important to consult your vet before you introduce this dietary supplement for your pup, just to be safe! It’s equally important to do thorough research on the brand you choose for your pet too, as many have toxins and others unhealthy additives.
As far as dosage goes, a popular rule of thumb is to give your dog one to two milligrams for every ten pounds your dog weighs. Because of their size, small dogs (weighing between two and twenty-two pounds) need less potent CBD oils or treats whereas large and extra-large dogs (weighing between fifty-nine to over 100 pounds) will need much more; about 1500 milligrams or more of CBD a day. It’s a huge difference!
Keep in mind that your dog’s activity level is important to note, as that effects how fast they metabolize the cannabidiol. Pre-existing health conditions regarding the kidney and liver function of your pet is important to note, which is another reason why it’s important to consult your veterinarian before introducing CBD to your dog’s diet.
Dosage for Your Cat
Just as with your dog, consulting your vet before you give your cat any CBD is important. Pre-existing medical conditions, weight, and activity all factor in to keeping your kitty happy and healthy, just like with a dog.
It is important to air on the side of caution when giving CBD oil to any pet. For your cat, try underdosing and observing their behavior. Then, slowly increase by a milligram every couple days or so to see if you notice any changes. No one knows your cat’s behavior better than you, so trust yourself. Keeping a journal is an easy way to keep track! When you feel your cat is calm during stressful times, you’ve hit the sweet spot on their CBD dosage.
CBD and Your Pets
When a dog is anxious, they may whimper or cry and be difficult calm down. They may also have accidents in the house, even though they are house-trained. Cats often breathe heavier and have accelerated heart rates. They may cry as well, run around frantically, or hide themselves away. If you notice your cat or dog are acting like this during storms or fireworks, or just in general, CBD may be a good option for you.
Once you’ve consulted your vet, you need to make sure that you are buying a high-quality CBD oil or treats for your pet(s). Since the CBD does not have to be approved by the FDA, there are a lot of low-quality products on the market right now. It’s important to read the Certificate of Analysis (or COA) in order to know exactly what you’re giving your pet.
High Peaks excels at creating high-quality hemp extract for human and animal bodies alike. Our COA’s aim to be transparent so that you know exactly what the product in question contains. There are no hidden ingredients, no added colors, no added toxins. This is the purest hemp extract to produce the most natural and positive results.
So this summer, instead of letting your pets suffer from anxiety, try introducing CBD to their diet. The results could mean less stress for them and you as you won’t have to worry about them during storms and fireworks.