CBD oil can be a natural, drug-free solution for calming anxious dogs.
As a rescue pup, Bennie had a rough start and continued to suffer from significant anxiety all his life, including having frequent nightmares. When his human first gave him hemp CBD, she was initially skeptical that this natural product could make a difference. Prone to panting, pacing and barking, Bennie’s anxiety had been problematic for all the dozen years they’d spent together. After his first dose of CBD, Bennie seemed to quickly become more relaxed. When other family members, who had no idea that Bennie had been given hemp CBD, remarked on his calmer, happier demeanor, it was a testament to what hemp CBD can do to reduce a dog’s anxiety and calm restlessness.
There are so many situations that can trigger nervousness in a dog: traveling, a new home, new residents, loud noises, or separation, so many pup parents are looking for natural ways to ease their dogs’ anxieties without harmful side effects. CBD can be the just the solution to treat behavioral anxiety for dogs.
There are major differences between the hemp plant from which pet CBD (cannabidiol) oil supplements are extracted and cannabis. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the compound that gives marijuana its psychoactive properties, is only present in measurable amounts in cannabis, which contains very little CBD. Conversely, industrial hemp has high levels of CBD and virtually no THC. It’s important to note that THC can be toxic to dogs, but CBD is safe. Cannabis and THC are highly regulated even in states where its use has been legalized, but CBD extracted from industrial hemp is legal in all states.
Another point to keep in mind that is that CBD oil and hemp oil are not the same thing, especially for calming purposes. Though they’re from the same plant and neither product is psychoactive, hemp oil is made from pressed hemp seeds, which do not contain CBD. In comparison, CBD oil is extracted from a compound found in hemp flowers, leaves and stalks. Be sure to choose products that contain CBD, not just hemp oil.
The most important differentiation to remember is that hemp CBD offers all the benefits without the THC, so you can be assured that your dog won’t get high–instead, they’ll experience a level of mild relaxation without any intoxication.
Due to sometimes confusing labeling and advertising restrictions, you’ll want to shop carefully to find the best hemp CBD for your dog. Look into how and where the hemp is grown, and make sure it’s pesticide-free, and lab-tested for potency and purity.
Make sure to compare the amount of CBD in the product, usually stated in mg. Compare the CBD content of the dose, not the package weight or bottle size. Most cost-effective options for larger dogs or dogs who will benefit from long-term use would be larger bottles of higher potency.
A variety of forms of hemp CBD for pets are available. CBD treats for dogs can be a convenient and enjoyable way to dose, but can get expensive for larger dogs over the long term, or may not be a good fit for dogs on a very limited diet.
You may want to choose CBD oil with terpenes that provide an entourage effect by offering a broad spectrum of beneficial, natural compounds.
Since some CBD products have a “grassy” taste, topical use can be the best option for finicky dogs. Coconut Oil with CBD is a wonderfully versatile product. It can be applied to the bare skin inside a dog’s ears to be absorbed transdermally, and since it’s also completely edible (and tasty) it can be added to food or treats.
Bottled CBD oils with droppers are a great option because you can easily give your dog the correct dose, adding it to food or a treat.
Every dog and every situation is different, so you will need to try with a dose in the middle of the recommended range and monitor. You should see calming effects within an hour. If not, you may want to give additional CBD oil and observe your dog again. Your dog will not be lethargic, simply visibly calmer, and observable symptoms such as panting, pacing and whining should decrease once the right dosage has been found. Online charts give a range, but there is no known toxicity level, so you can safely experiment to find the right dose.
If you’re using other medications, make sure you check with your veterinarian before using CBD oil. Many holistic and integrative vets are more familiar with this option and will be easily able to answer your questions.
Hemp CBD has been the drug-free path to a happier, more relaxed life for many dogs, and it’s expected to be used even more widely in the future as more dogs experience the same calming results as Bennie did.
• lack of appetite
• separation anxiety
• excessive barking
• nausea from car rides
• lack of vitality and energy
• trips to the vet or groomer
• muscle spasms or seizures
• pain from cancer or arthritis
• recovery from surgery or illness
• pacing or inability to settle or relax
• fear of thunderstorms, fireworks or loud noises
• grumpiness or aggression toward another animal
Produced in the Pacific Northwest, Wisely CBD supplements for pets are highly concentrated, mild in taste and easy to administer to both dogs and cats.
*Environmentally-friendly method preserves cannabinoids, terpenes, amino acids, carbohydrates, vitamins ( B1, B2, B6, D, and E), fatty acids (omega 3 and 6), and trace minerals (iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, and potassium). Ethanol is evaporated off in the final phase.