Anxiety is awful. We all know that. And even though fear and anxiety are both natural and essential responses for coping with potential danger, too much or ongoing stress can negatively impact ones quality of life. We all have unique triggers that cause us stress, and we all cope with anxiety in our own individual ways – both healthy and not so healthy.
And of course, the same goes for our pets. If your pet has separation anxiety, is afraid of loud noises, doesn’t like unfamiliar places, hates crowds, panics in the car, has experienced emotional or physical trauma, goes after the mailman, hates kids, fears the vet or the groomer, they are experiencing stress. Without the coping skills or ability to change their environment, prolonged feelings of fear can wreak havoc in our poor pets resulting in:
- Destructive behavior
- House soiling
- Lack of appetite
- Sleep disruption
- Incessant licking, pacing, panting, or shedding
- Cowering or clinging
- Excessive shedding
We hate seeing any pet suffer, so what can you do about it?
Unfortunately, many pet owners turn to pharmaceutical tranquilizers for relief. Tranquilizers depress the central nervous system making your pet sluggish and bleary eyed, but internally they still feel the anxiety even though they are too sedated to show it. The problem is masked, but not solved! Tranquilizers also often come with a range of negative side effects, such as lowering blood pressure and breathing rates to dangerous levels and increasing the threshold for seizures in some breeds.
Why not try CBD?
CBD, or cannibidiol, is a compound found in hemp that works with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) to help the central nervous system and the immune system promote balance or homeostasis. There are tens of thousands of scientific research studies that explain the ECS system and cite the wide range of benefits of CBD including reducing anxiety, pain, inflammation, seizures, nausea and promoting sleep, appetite, immune function and more.
- No, it doesn’t get you high.
- Yes, it’s legal.
- No, it doesn’t have any side effects.
So, how does it work? It’s pretty technical, but by way of example, let’s say that your dog is freaking out over fireworks. The dog is clearly stressed and out of balance, so the ECS is activated. You give her/him a dose of CBD. The CBD then binds to the ECS’s cannabinoid receptors and through a series of physiological processes prolongs the activity of the body’s serotonin pathways, thereby reducing anxiety and helping your pooch return to a state of calm, naturally.