Does Your Pup Suffer from Anxiety? Consider CBD Dog Treats
If your dog suffers from anxiety or chronic pain, consider the benefits of CBD dog treats. There are many medicines out there for pets. But like people, they may provide unwanted side effects that make the situation worse. Before starting your pup on a medicine regimen, talk to your vet about CBD dog treats. These treats are a more natural option that can help calm your dog and treat pain. While CBD does not cure any ailments, it can boost the quality of life for your dog. Remember, though, that not all dogs will see the same effects. All dogs are different and may require different doses, treat types, or a different approach.
This month we’re going to explore the added benefits of CBD and what to do if your dog cannot take it. Keep in mind that you should always ask your veterinarian before starting your dog on any new treatments.
What Exactly Is CBD?
You may hear about CBD all the time. But do you know what it is? CBD, or cannabidiol, is a substance found in cannabis. The Mayo Clinic explains that it does not contain any amounts of THC, meaning there are no psychoactive ingredients. CBD comes in many forms, like oils and creams for humans, that owners shouldn’t use on pets. CBD can come in different forms for pets, like in treats or in drops. You may see displays at pet stores, or even at your vet’s office. As we mentioned above, all dogs are different, so keep that in mind when trying it out.
CBD is a big player in calming dogs. Many dogs who suffer from anxiety may find that CBD treats or drops soothe them. Pet owners may use these daily, or when expecting guests, storms, car rides, or other anxiety triggers.
Are CBD Dog Treats Safe for All Breeds?
There are many studies still going to best determine the safety of CBD. Cnet.com interviewed a Colorado vet on the path to researching CBD in 2018. Their findings led to the loose conclusion that dogs with liver problems should stay away from CBD. However, the research is still ongoing. Many vets and scientists are looking for clear ways that CBD helps pets (and even people). As we’ve mentioned, always talk to your vet before giving your pet something new. They can give you well-intentioned advice and set you on the right path.
CBD Can Help With Other Chronic Issues
According to the American Kennel Club, there are many chronic conditions that CBD can treat for dogs. These may include, but are not limited to:
- Neurological pain
- Appetite stimulation
- Inflammation/joint pain
The Canine Health Foundation is currently involved in a study to see just how effective CBD is in treating conditions like epilepsy in dogs. With the right research, you may be able to find a more natural approach to controlling health conditions with your dog.
Possible Side Effects of Using CBD
Like all medicines, natural or chemical, there are chances of side effects. CBD is no different. The AKC article above mentions a few potential side effects, like dry mouth, low blood pressure, and drowsiness. If your pet experiences extreme side effects, discontinue the product and make a vet visit. Your dog could be allergic to something in the treat or drops.
Other Options if Your Dog Cannot Use CBD
If your pup has an allergy, or just can’t take CBD, there are other options. Using a collar, storm coat, or keeping your dog away from stimulus can help. Be sure that your pup gets regular exercise and time to play to burn out some energy. Playing calming music and having a relaxing environment can also help to soothe your dog if they are feeling scared or anxious. If you’re having people over, remind visitors to not shout or make loud noises to not scare the dog further.
If your dog’s anxiety or other chronic issues are becoming too much, speak with your vet. There may be another medication that will work best for them. Never buy over-the-counter animal medications without first speaking with a professional.
Talk to the Winding Road Kennel Staff for More Information
Are you looking for ways to calm your dog or handle their chronic illness? Talk with the staff at Winding Road Kennel at your next visit. We can share our knowledge on various CBD treats and other natural treatments that may help your dog thrive.
Remember that CBD is not proven to cure any ailments, but owners may implement it into their dog’s treatment. We recommend buying natural products. Read the ingredients before purchasing and do proper research. As always, speak with your vet to make sure whatever you choose is right for your pet.
Does your dog take CBD treats or use drops? Let us know when they are boarding. We will make sure that they get the proper dose at med time.
When you need a kennel in the Mid-Ohio Valley, count on Winding Road Kennel. For more information about our services, give Winding Road Kennel a call at (304) 428-3518, or follow us on Facebook. We can provide more information on CBD dog treats.