For many of us who have rescue animals, we know that ownership comes with potentially anxiety-ridden pets.
Quick story: we know the cutest rescue, her name is Pawlly. Pawlly is a hound, lab mix. She looks big and sturdy, but she’s just a big scaredy-cat. One day, Pawlly was left alone for a few hours when her pawrent went for some errands, it started storming. Thunder, lightning, the whole thing. When her pawrent got home, the apartment door was open, and Pawlly was hiding in a corner down the hall – shaking (did we tell you? Pawlly knows how to open doors). When they got inside, there was blood everywhere because Pawlly was so anxious to get away from the noise that she ripped out her dew claw in an attempt to open the door. When Pawlly went to the vet to get patched up, the vet prescribed Trazodone to deal with future anxieties, 4th of July fireworks, etc.
For those of you unfamiliar with Trazodone, it’s a SARI (serotonin antagonist reuptake inhibitors). It’s also used to treat depression in humans. Trazodone works by helping to restore the balance of serotonin in the brain. Of course, as with any drug, it does come with side effects. The adverse impact of Trazodone in dogs is currently not well documented. Potential side effects for dogs are:
Aside from the above, Trazodone can also interfere with other medicines that your pet is on.
Going All Natural
After doing research, Pawlly’s parents decided to take natural measures (Trazodone would be the last resort). They decided to try CBD oil for Pawlly. While more studies are still being conducted for CBD benefits for dogs, some early studies have shown CBD oil to help ease:
- Anxiety and stress
- Moderate to severe pain
- Chronic inflammation
- Joint pain
- Digestion problems
There are so many reasons why your furry friend may show signs of anxiety and aggression. Unfortunately, they can’t speak, so it is essential to try to figure out what the triggers are.
What Does CBD Do?
CBD oil shows great promise in reducing anxiety in both humans and dogs. Aggressive behaviors are often found to be rooted in fear, CBD oil can help reduce aggression by reducing the stress they feel.
Both humans and pets have an endocannabinoid system (ECS). ECS is often referred to as a “meta-system” because it penetrates so many other systems. The ECS’s primary function is balancing all the different systems of the body. The ECS acts as a bridge between the body and mind, so as the CBD oil affects the endocannabinoid receptors in your dog’s body, it also helps to calm their mind. When the world looks less scary to your fur love, they will display less anxious or aggressive behaviors.
Again, further research is still being done on the effects of CBD oil on pets. If you decide to give your pet CBD oil, consult with your vet first. Some key things to remember when selecting a CBD oil for your pet:
- Choose an organic brand/oil
- Find out how it’s processed
- Ask for 3rd-party test results?
- What’s the THC level? (high levels of THC could be harmful to your pet)
- Start with a low dose and in accordance to your pet’s size
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