CBD for Your Anxious Dog...Is it Right for Your Pet?
Updated: Nov 16, 2020
Let's talk CBD for dogs and whether it actually works to treat dog anxiety. First things first. I am not a veterinarian, so before adding CBD or any other supplement to your pet's diet, I recommend that you do your own research and consult with your veterinarian.
That being said, I am excited to help you in your research by sharing my personal experiences with pet CBD and specifically discussing my three go-to pet CBD products. First, let's talk about CBD in general, and why I turned to this all-natural remedy for dog anxiety.
What is CBD?
"CBD or cannabidiol, is a compound found in cannabis and hemp." Acording to the American Kennel Club's Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr. Jerry Klein, "it is essential to note that in most cases, CBD oil does not contain delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound that gives marijuana its psychoactive properties. In fact, most CBD products are derived from hemp and not from marijuana." CBD Oil for Dogs: What You Need to Know, https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/cbd-oil-dogs/. In other words, CBD oil is not designed to get your pet "high".
I have a puppy who routinely experiences anxiety. Bailey, my yorkie, was diagnosed with anxiety by her vet when she was very young and given prescription medication to help calm her down in anxious environments. As instructed by my veterinarian, I administered the medication, but I quickly realized that this product was not right for her. While it certainly calmed her down, it made her incredibly zombie-like where she would sleep for hours.
While I wanted my puppy to be able to cope in stressful environments, I did not want her to become a zombie. So, I decided I could not continue to give her this prescription medication. However, I knew that I could not ignore her anxiety. As such I turned to an all-natural solution - CBD.
Below are three products that I administer on a regular basis to both Bailey and Bentley as part of their wellness routine to provide anxiety and stress support.
CBD PRODUCTS THAT I USE TO TREAT MY DOG'S ANXIETY
1. Petals and Tails CBD Calming Peanut Butter
My first go-to product is Petals and Tails CBD Calming Peanut Butter. This is a great product for owners who want to administer CBD to their pets, but are unsure about using an oil formula with a dropper. I do not know a dog who can say no to peanut butter, and Bailey is no exception. When I give this product to her she will happily lick this off my finger or a spoon.
How I administer this product: I give Bailey her CBD peanut butter 30 minutes to an hour before we are about to enter into a potentially stressful situation (e.g., we are going to the vet, we are visiting friends where there are large crowds and/or other dogs, a storm is brewing, or fireworks are imminent). In my personal experience, within 30 minutes of administering a small dosage of CBD to Bailey, she is able to calm down. She might take a brief 20-30 minute nap, but aside from that, her activity and alertness levels remain normal. I have even noticed that if I am late in administering the CBD product to her and she is already exhibiting signs of anxiety, such as incessant panting or pacing, she stops once the product takes affect.
Based on Bailey's weight (9.5 lbs), I only give her 1/8th of a tablespoon. I always believe in giving the lowest dosage necessary to receive the desired effect, and this dosage works great for Bailey. While Bailey will take this product from a spoon or my finger (or directly from the jar if I am not looking), my absolute favorite way to administer this product is to stick my finger into the peanut butter container and dab a bit on the top of her nose. She immediately licks it off and we are good to go. Check out the video below to see how I administer this product to Bailey.
2. Zen Dogs and Cool Cats CBD Oil
The second product that I keep in my dogs' wellness cabinet is Zen Dogs and Cool Cats CBD Oil as Bentley, my miniature dachshund, loves the flavor of this product.
How I administer this product: While Bentley does not struggle with anxiety as much as Bailey, he does still occasionally face stressful situations as dachshunds are noto