Got a nervous pet?
Does Fido pace and whine when it’s bedtime?
Does Fluffy cry at the top of her lungs when you leave the house?
An anxious pet is no walk in the park.
If your pet is nervy, you’ve probably tried just about everything to get ‘em to calm down – 5 hour walks, valerian root, maybe even prescription benzodiazepines (a.k.a., doggy Xanax).
But there’s a new solution that may be exactly what your pet needs to calm down, relax, and get a good night’s sleep:
While research is still ongoing, there’s growing evidence for CBD’s ability to help with anxiety.
For example, a 2019 study published in the Brazilian Journal of Psychiatry found that “studies using animal models of anxiety and involving healthy volunteers clearly suggest an anxiolytic-like effect of CBD. Moreover, CBD was shown to reduce anxiety in patients with social anxiety disorder.”
“Anxiolytic” just means “reduces anxiety.” So this study indicated that giving patients with anxiety CBD reduced their anxiety. Simple as that!
This study was conducted with both humans and animals, and had similar results for both – not surprising, since both animals and humans have similar endocannabinoid systems.
So this means there’s pretty solid evidence that CBD can help your pet’s anxiety.
As always, we recommend consulting with your vet before giving your pet anything new.
Which type of CBD product should you use?
So maybe you’ve decided to try CBD for your pet’s anxiety, but you’re not sure which CBD product to choose.
To address anxiety in pets, your best bet is CBD that’s either ingested, or taken sublingually.
CBD Edibles for pets are best for preventing anxiety, given that they release a consistent serving of CBD slowly. So if you know your pet is nervous all the time, consider giving them a CBD treat on a daily basis. Sometimes CBD’s anxiolytic effects are cumulative – as in, they work better when CBD is administered regularly and consistently.
Another advantage for CBD edibles for pets is that they’re dead-easy to give to your pets – with delicious flavors like bacon, peanut butter and banana, or cheese, you won’t have to struggle to get your fur baby to take ‘em.
CBD oils and tinctures for pets are better for addressing an immediate need, since they are absorbed into the bloodstream more quickly than edibles. They also have a higher bioavailability, meaning more of the active ingredient actually makes it into the bloodstream.
One thing to be aware of when giving your pet CBD oils or tinctures: sometimes, the dropper used to dispense the oil is made of glass. In that case, you need to be super careful when administering – so that your pet doesn’t bite down and break the glass! A plastic dropper carries no risk of shattering.
CBD topicals for pets, while fantastic for addressing skin issues, pain, and inflammation, aren’t likely to be terribly helpful with anxiety.
CBD for your pets can carry other benefits, too. So if you’re looking for an all-natural solution for your pet’s anxiety, that may also help reduce pain and inflammation, CBD could be exactly what you seek.