Meet our boy, Odie. This feisty 12-year-old miniature Schnauzer HATES thunderstorms. He can sense their arrival way before we can, and he immediately starts to tremble and cry. It pained me to see him suffer an d I hated feeling helpless when he looked up at me with those eyes! Since using CBD, Odie no longer shakes, paces, or panics during thunderstorms. Instead, Odie, and my other anxious animals on the farm, are able to rest and nap despite the noise.
Lavender essential oil has been used for its calming effects for a long time. In a study done on mice, “continuous exposures to lavender essential oils significantly inhibited anxiety and depression-like behaviors.” CBD and Lavender have the same aromatic compound (terpene) called Linalool. Linalool is believed to promote relaxation and calming effects. Linalool also helps the immune system combat the effects of stress. Stress causes a shift in the distribution of white blood cells in the body. In a study of rats , Linalool prevented the stress-induced changes in how the rat’s DNA was expressed.
Despite all of the frightening facts about storms and noise anxiety, there is a safe way to help your pets and even yourself: Full Spectrum CBD. Full spectrum CBD has been proven to help manage PD, C-PTSD, and PTSD during triggering events such as fireworks or thunderstorms.
Dosing CBD for Thunderstorm Anxiety in Dogs
Despite common misconceptions, dosing CBD has very little to do with your dog’s size and weight. Some dogs have a more sensitive endocannabinoid system than others, so the optimal dose of CBD can vary between dogs.
If your dog doesn’t seem to be responding to the initial dose, it is perfectly safe to give them more without fear of overdosing. If you feel nervous about experimenting to find the upper limit of their sensitivity, rest assured, it is completely safe. Numerous studies have proven the safety of cannabis based medicine at even extreme high doses. Doses of up to 640 mg of CBD rich extract were well tolerated by dogs, with only mild adverse effects such as diarrhea.
CBD works by interacting with the body’s Endocannabinoid System, which is responsible for maintaining homeostasis in the body. Within the brain, CBD can mimic serotonin by binding and activating your body’s 5-HT1A serotonin receptors . Often called the ‘happy’ chemical, these serotonin receptors are responsible for emotional balance.
In recent years, multiple reports have surfaced of older dogs and even puppies suffering heart attacks which lead to their death during triggering events, such as thunderstorms or fireworks displays. Additionally, during these triggering noisy events, there are increased incidents of dogs running through sliding glass doors or running away. In fact, more dogs are lost on July 4th and January 1st than any other days of the year.
If you think your dog has ingested too much CBD and is experiencing these symptoms, you should call your vet. Treatment can vary depending on the severity of the symptoms. Some mild cases can be managed at home, but more significant cases may require IV fluids and medical care.
Some dog owners report it also can help treat seizures, but scientific studies are still underway to confirm this benefit. We recommend talking to your vet before starting treatment for this or any other of the claimed benefits to make sure CBD is safe for your pup.
Human use of CBD oil is growing in popularity, especially in states where medicinal and recreational marijuana use is legal. But can you give CBD oil to dogs? Is it safe for our canine friends and other pets?
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They then suspend the CBD in omega-3 rich krill oil, which includes essential fatty acids known to be an efficient catalyst for delivering CBD to the body. Many holistic vets recommend King Kanine products. And the company is also an ASPCA business ambassador, raising funds and awareness for the ASPCA. Learn more in our interview with King Kanine’s founder Jeff Riman.
It can depend on the type of CBD product you purchase for your dog. If the product contains no THC whatsoever, then an overdose is less likely. But if the CBD product has a percentage of THC and Fido gets into the stash, an overdose could occur.
In contrast, CBD is an active cannabinoid compound that comes from the leaves, flowers, and sometimes stems from mature cannabis plants. It’s this compound that provides the medical and therapeutic benefits you get from CBD oil (see below).