Anxiety Problems in Pets: Humans suffer from anxiety, animals too! Anxiety affects a dog’s mental and physical health and well-being and can have a serious impact on their lifestyle. Stress, fear or trauma in pets are the possible culprits. Anxiety in pets can lead to many reactions such as excessive barking, whining, restlessness, lack of appetite, and aggressive behavior in pets. Possible triggers could be a road trip, a new family member or pet, a change of residence or environment, separation anxiety from the pet’s parent, the transition to a crate, thunderstorms, fireworks, a trip to the park, crowded places, loud noises, or even a visit to a vet or groomer in some cases. If these triggers are not taken care of by socialization or medication, they can lead to fear, anxiety, and possible aggression in pets. CBD oil is known to be a natural relaxant in pets and helps them calm all of these triggers.Also Read – Delhi AIIMS Develops 2 Mobile Apps For Patients With Anxiety And Depression
What does social anxiety look like in pets?
- Become aggressive and growl, bark, or jump at a person or animal.
- Moaning, screaming or hiding under the bed / sofa, or moving to the far corner of the crate in fear.
- Continually urinating and defecating or panting, drooling and being nervous.
- If there has been no human contact before or in case they have suffered extreme physical abuse from the owner.
- Verbal abuse through loud speech or a violent environment is also likely to trigger stress.
Socializing pets at an early stage can help deal with most of these situations, as well as training sessions that help correct the behavior with positive reinforcements. This helps build trust between owner and pet and helps reassure pets that they are in good hands. Their mental well-being and anxiety can be taken care of with the help of CBD treats and supplements. Also Read – Regular Exercise May Reduce Risk Of Developing Anxiety By 60%, Study Finds
What is CBD oil and how is it used in pets?
CBD or cannabidiol is a natural, non-intoxicating compound found in cannabis or hemp. It is made by extracting the CBD from the cannabis plant and diluting it with a carrier oil like hemp seed oil or coconut oil. CBD is one of the non-psychoactive compounds in cannabis and there is clinical evidence to show that it produces calming effects in animals with anxiety, seizures or chronic pain when used as a medicine for animals. in the dosage prescribed by veterinarians. Also Read – How Gemstone Healing Helps Fight Anxiety And Depression In Millennials?
CBD oil products are used as a ‘dog medicine’ for skin infections in dogs and are also used as pain relievers for dogs to relieve itching and rashes when used by topically. It has anti-inflammatory properties, soothes rashes, reduces arthritis pain, lubricates joints, and maintains healthy skin in dogs and cats when used as a topical measure.
How Does CBD Oil Or Supplements Help Animals With Anxiety Problems?
CBD or Cannabidiol interacts with endocannabinoid receptors located in the central and peripheral nervous systems of pets, which helps to maintain balance in the body and keep it in a normal and healthy state. In other words, CBD oil or supplements help manage anxiety in pets by altering the response of brain receptors to serotonin – the key hormone that stabilizes mood and empowers cells of the brain and other cells of the nervous system to respond to and regulate behavior, awareness pain, heart and lungs, mobility, appetite, body temperature, anxiety, etc.
It is important to note that CBD oil does not contain THC, the compound that gives a high because most products are derived from hemp, not marijuana.
How do you choose the best CBD oil for anxious pets?
The right dose of CBD oil to treat anxiety is very important and it is always best to see a vet. Choose a broad spectrum CBD oil because it contains 100% natural plant compounds. Oils can vary depending on their potency and effectiveness. Choose a product in the form of a spray because it can easily be added to their food or dipped in treats or even applied or sprayed on the skin to counter rashes or allergies that trigger anxiety attacks in pets. The dosage will depend on the disease, breed and size of the animal as per the vet’s suggestion and the effect is mostly visible within an hour. It is advisable to administer the dose to your animal only after a thorough understanding of the animal’s history and condition by a qualified veterinarian.
Pets will appear calmer, relaxed, and less anxious once their dosage is set. A happy pet will in turn make their human more calm and stress-free to lead a healthy and long life. Introduce your pet to the wonders of CBD oil and watch them thrive in their environment.
– Contributions from Dr Dilip Sonune, Director of Veterinary Services at Wiggles
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